Tuesday 15 August 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore/ Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Thrash / Grindcore
Related artists?.
CountryBaltimore, Maryland U.S.A.
Years Active2008-2010
Song: "318"
Album: "FUCK"
Year: 20
For fans ofThumbscrew, Oktober Skyline, Vein, Tyranny Of Shaw, Clancy Six, Enkephalin, Euth, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Machina Genova, Letters In Binary, Owen Hart, Crestfallen, Phoenix Bodies, Hive Mind, Ed Gein, .gif from god, Advocate, Tentacles, Anger Is Beautiful, Kelut, Arkata, (early) Back When, Converge, Bury Me Standing, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Great Redneck Hope, Harlots, (early) Examination Of The..., (early) From A Second Story Window, The Sawtooth Grin, Secondgradeknifefight, Hospital, Weak Wrists, Aureole Of Ash, The Armed, Malevich, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Robinson, Textbook Traitors, Flesh Born, (very early) The Bled and Worst Days aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Ignite Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

Kyle Stevens linked me to the 'FUCK' EP on Bandcamp probably two to three years back and I only just got my head out of my ass and jammed it. Dear lord of science, this shit is fucking bananas. Remember Thumbscrew? No? Well, KISS THE SKY GOODBYE plays a style much akin to that extreme band, which is to say they play frightful mathcore, metalcore and emo-violence. Existing from 2008 to 2010 in Baltimore and running into a few lineup changes near the end of their short career, the material left behind surely influenced many.

In 2007 (officially it came out December 31st) they dropped a two-song debut which is, simply put, amazing. "My Brother" opens the 'Demo' and good lordy is this song fantastic. The staple metalcore/panic sections are in abundance, to the point at 55 seconds when a riff occurs that must have been studied by SeeYouSpaceCowboy as well as Black Nail, .gif from god and Letters To Catalonia because they all share a striking amount of sick similarities. The breakdowns during the final 20 seconds are prodigious and imposing which make this track one of the band's best, and it's from a goddamn demo! The second track is titled "The Poacher." and is decent but doesn't hold it's own against the opener.

In 2009 the band released their best release, the five tracks that are the 'FUCK' EP. This thing is downright evil. With spastic changes in direction, venomous shrieks, menacing speed and ferocious drumming, KISS THE SKY GOODBYE created what I consider to be one of the best chaotic metal/math-core records I've ever heard. Likely influenced heavily by Thumbscrew, Love Lost But Not Forgotten and early From A Second Story Window, the maniacal bursts of noise are all violence and without a moment's peace. Opener "Handless" seems to have begun a second before the song actually begins, as the screaming and batshit crazy drumming come straight in before you even know what's happening. By 21 seconds the first, very quick breakdown occurs and is rather reminiscent of The Great Redneck Hope, Letters In Binary and early Ed Gein so by 40 seconds the song is over. My personal favourite is next, the fucking insane "318". This thing is all over the place, with some of the best in speedy drums that I've ever heard. After 1:10 the guitars and bass take a slight breather as the drums continue to spiral out of control until 1:30 when an absolutely massive breakdown takes us to the penultimate riff of "dah-nah-nuh" that repeats itself from 1:43 until the bass utterly breaks the song apart at 2:08. Title track "Fuck" follows smack dab in the middle of the EP and in 2:22 it does more of the same. "I Can't Recall" tries to walk a tight rope between their regular style and more straightforward punk/hardcore, but it ends up being the weakest song on the EP. The finale "Oh, How I Hate This Place" manages to squeak in the lone, slower, relatively chill instrumental interlude after its initial pandemonium.

Apparently in 2010 KISS THE SKY GOODBYE reformed and was able to record but a single, titled "Covering the Majority" which is meh. The vocals and production are noticeably inferior but that doesn't stop the first minute from running amok before settling down into a slightly softer, breakdown laden second half. Seriously the guitars on the latter half of this track are great and include some noodley, mathy stuff that help anchor down the chaos.



2007 - Demo EP (stream/download here)

2009 - Fuck EP (stream/download here)

2010 - Thank You, Joe single (stream/download here)


(2007) KISS IT GOODBYE - "My Brother" (from 'Demo')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "318" (from 'Fuck')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Handless" (from 'Fuck')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Oh, How I Hate This Place" (from 'Fuck')

(2010) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Covering the Majority" (from 'Thank You, Joe')


KISS IT GOODBYE additional links


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