Monday, 22 April 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Powerviolence / Grindcore / Noise / Metal
Related artists: Поминай как звали.
CountryMoscow RUSSIA
Years Active2015-present
Song: "Zäh"
Album: "Worsen"
Year: 2018
For fans ofBuran, Aspergers, Minaret, Euglena, Graf Orlock, Pig Destroyer, Six Brew Bantha, Carl Johnson, Lora, Hexis, Afterlife Kids and Storm{o}.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2019 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the April 2019 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2019 Mix#5 here.

SHOT TWICE are a self-described screamo/powerviolence/emo-violence/fastcore band from Moscow, and they nailed that description on their 2018 debut EP 'Worsen'. Five songs in just 8 minutes gives you an idea of the speed before even listening to the music.

The digital (as far as I can tell) EP wastes no time dismembering the listener with the 43-second introductory blast "Не смешно (вообще)", but it's the second track "Льву с моего герба стыдно на нём находиться" that takes the blazing hardcore and trains it to restrain enough that the song unloads over two minutes instead of in the blink of an eye. This track gives me strong Euglena and Storm{o} vibes, but the subsequent two fly by quickly before the mindfuck of a closer "Reported Speech Translation Problems" comes in to sweep away your ashes.

This music is dirty, dark, angry and explosive, so if you're looking for a relaxing listen maybe just jam something else. This is music for the world we live in, and it mirrors the truth to a t.



2018 - Worsen digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2018) SHOT TWICE - "Льву с моего герба стыдно на нём находиться" (from 'Worsen')

(2018) SHOT TWICE - "Zäh" (from 'Worsen')


SHOT TWICE additional links


Sunday, 21 April 2019

***TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL release show w/Ape War, Shearing Pinx & Balance***

'Spooky Girls' Gymnasium album release show'
@The Avant-Garden on April 19th, 2019
Vancouver, B.C. CANADA

Live Show Review

Opener BALANCE were super nice and were the first to introduce themselves to me upon entering. About two songs into their set I went from thinking, "this is pretty good," to "oooo damn I am diggin' hard!" The closest comparison I had was Kowloon Walled City, as their dark, abrasive hardcore utilizes progression and expansion within a generally confined genre. These two videos don't do them justice, as the subsequent two songs were even better than the videos I've posted.
(2019) BALANCE - 2

Holy fuck. This was what I said to myself and everyone else I saw that night about APE WAR. I don't think many there had seen this hardcore/grind/powerviolence/thrash/metal mutation before but people started shitting themselves once those vocals hit. Absolutely ravenous shrieking took the cake for me, but the dual-guitar attack was on-point and the bass and drums were tight-as-fuck. They had fantastic energy and my favourite moment of the night came when one of the guitarists nuzzled his head into the vocalist during a song. It was a very tender moment amidst a very violent and intense set. You will be seeing more of this band on the blog soon. Do yourself a favor and be sure to make it to at least 2:25 in the embedded video below...good lord almighty.
(2019) APE WAR "Born of Sodom"
For fans ofDiscordance Axis, Pig Destroyer and Cannibal Corpse


It was their release show, and they brought it. Any other way would have been a letdown and this entire show was anything but. Henrietta strutted around squawkin' and screamin', Matt danced around with the bass, Miggy let loose some ear-shattering shrieks whilst guitarin' it and the drummer Matt lost every stick possible and looked like he was having a helluva time. Their new album 'Spooky Girls' Gymnasium' was released but two days ago to much acclaim (OMSB, Sophie's Floorboard, Idioteq and Bandcamp) so ya best get on it.
For fans ofInnards, Kiss 2 and The Blood Brothers


I was aware of a few other projects by members of SHEARING PINX, but hadn't heard or seen this band yet. They were excellent and played a mishmash of rock, post-punk, noise and post-hardcore that were a perfect end to the night, especially their instru-metal jam that reminded me of Pelican and the embedded semi-improvised closer below with a rather terrifying climax. I get a bit of a Sonic Youth vibe but this is most certainly out of my comfort zone when it comes to accurate comparisons. It turns out the drummer is from Nanaimo so hopefully I can meet up with them soon and break into taking a 2-hour ferry each way for shows is expensive and time-consuming...but goddamn I love it.
(2019) SHEARING PINX - closer

more live videos from the show:
APE WAR - *1* & *2*


2018/19 Vancouver Shows

Friday, 19 April 2019

***APOSTLES OF ERIS / RAINING exclusive split premiere***

exclusive album premiere
For fans ofAltar Of Complaints, Raein, Cease Upon The Capitol, Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes, Caught In The Fall and In Loving Memory

Spoiler alert, I am biased. For I do some of the vocals for APOSTLES OF ERIS as well as run the label that released it (Zegema Beach Records) and I'm friends with the members of RAINING because two of them played in Emo Lendvai with me. That being said, I think I know my stuff, and I like this stuff. Very much, actually. So does Eric who runs Larry Records as they are coreleasing it.

The APOSTLES OF ERIS side is instrumentally the most screamo thing I've ever been a part of, and lyrically/vocally what I am most proud of to date. Jesse Mowery does all the instrumentals including the drums on a real kit. He is one of the most passionate, friendly, honest, caring and hilarious people that I've ever met and sharing this music with him is more than an honor. Opener "...and one for all that I know" has guitars that give me goosies every time I hear that Via Fondo-esque intro, and the swing post two-minutes with those spacey lead riffs are unreal. The clips in "Fascist Pacifist" are from The Dark Knight and the song boasts a chorus that I dare say is one of the heaviest, angriest things I've ever written. Oh, and when Jesse fires off that lazerbeam of a riff come 1:43 my legs get all wobbly and I get butterflies in my stomach. No song has made me cry as much as writing the lyrics for "Mikey Got His Gun", which is about my brother's destructive cavernoma that robbed him of the use of 3/4s of his limbs and left him in a wheelchair at 32 years old. It's our longest and most varied track, and instrumentally reminds me of European screamo/post-hardcore with a ton of layered vocals. I even tried out some spoken word stuff inspired by bands such as Sed Non Satiata and Amanda Woodward with a questionable degree of success. "A fire for your horrid life..." was the first track we wrote together for this split and is about my utter revulsion at the ideals, education, hate and greed brought on by anything related to what Asshat Trump is associated with. Closer "The Eye" is a relatively straightforward screamo jam with a heavy swing around the one-minute mark that bleeds into a build that hits full stride at 1:45 before the post-rock/strings outro.

The RAINING side is, honestly, much better than I had anticipated as they gained two members since their previous endeavor and both add their screaming to the mix, bringing the total number of vocalists to four. Think In Loving Memory crossed with Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes and you're pretty much there. Opener "blanktree" is a whirlwind of screaming and chaotic instrumentals with a 90s emo midsection and I fucking epic/groovy conclusion. "inoperant" is similar albeit shorter and screamier with an excellent use of the sax. "two mirrors" is the subdued interlude by way of acoustic guitar and some spoken word before the intoxicating rhythms of "sleepy ernst" hit, and that cut/transition at 1:55 to the isolated groove is remarkable. Closer "chervonenkis in the swamp" is a sad, awkward and depressing affair that is also the sides longest track at 4:58. The band has an LP and another split coming out, one would presume in 2019.

(2019) APOSTLES OF ERIS "Fascist Pacifist" (from 'Raining' split)

(2019) RAINING "Sleepy Ernst" (from 'Apostles Of Eris' split)

(2019) APOSTLES OF ERIS full side of 'Raining' split

(2019) RAINING full side of 'Apostles Of Eris' split