Sunday, 9 December 2018

***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #1 (January)***

January 2019 mp3 MIX #1
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

I've never been more than a week late on a blog mix, but after 5 days of the flu and a bunch of exclusive premieres in a row, I am taxed. Here is a stripped down post for y'all that take the time to visit this blog. Thank you so much! 💓

Here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#11 that was reviewed in November:

1) BLIND GIRLS - "3am"

2) SUIS LA LUNE - "Hands are for Helping"

3) IEATHEARTATTACKS - "Refuge Tropicana (demo)"

4) coming next month from Francis

5) COUGAR DEN - "Ash Not Dust"

6) Review coming in November from Francis
8) ØØØ - "II"

9) TASHARAH - "What is the Primary Function of P?"

10) QUIETUS - "if you didn't care the first time, then it was useless by the second."

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

GIRL ARM 'Outside Language' LP
cassette (order here for US / here for everywhere else)
ENVY/LOVE 'A Tribute to Envy' LP
Massa Nera
(listen here)

Marée Noire


***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- CROWNING podcast w/Vanessa Valadez (guitar/bass)
- IEATHEARTATTACKS video premiere
- Vancouver shows 2018 feature
- ZAMPLER #12 - 'Oh God, We're All Gonna Die' premiere

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
- BURIAL ETIQUETTE song premiere
- TASHARAH interview
- KODOS album premiere
- QUIETUS interview
- BIG WATER song premiere
- BARQUE album premiere
- SHADOW PEOPLE song premiere
- SAVAGE SPIRIT album premiere

***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the December mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

***2018 OMSB mp3 Mix #12 (reviewed in December)***

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #1 houses 10 tracks with reviews from numerous writers including:
*-* a previously unreleased track!
*-* a song from the best demo of 2018
*-* screamo so dancey the band included "Dance" in their name
*-* dark, blackened screamo from Hull in the UK
*-* Indonesian skramz

NEW => ***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #1 (reviewed in January)*** <= NEW

Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

***SAVAGE SPIRIT exclusive album premiere***

'Do Art Thou Wilt'
exclusive album premiere
For fans ofEvery Time I Die, Norma Jean, Prize The Doubt, Leveless, The Bled and Glassjaw

I was sent Alex McCormick's solo project SAVAGE SPIRIT and his new EP 'do art thou wilt' a month or two ago in hopes of premiering it on this blog. Over six years I have spoken with countless people, musicians and artists, sometimes connecting beautifully and other times sensing an obvious disconnect. When I read over Alex' emails, his diction and passion, it was pretty fucking obvious that this is the kind of person that I want to help, in whatever capacity that might be. Luckily Alex and I are fully immersed in hardcore/metal and the like, so helping premiere the new 6-song album was a no-fucking-brainer. It is an excellent piece of work. It is riveting. It is smart. It is honest. It slaps. Alex wrote these songs over the last two years, hoping to find musicians in order to round out the band in a live setting...but no avail. Wait, maybe Alex should just explain it...

Aside from wanting to put on a unique and energetic live show, one of those cool things is a music video laced drama film that I wrote for this EP. It's based on true events that happened in my life within a span of 2 years. I'm a commercial fisherman. It generates enough cash flow to keep a roof over my head and fund all the things I've needed to do in order to bring this EP from demo stages to solid recordings and album art.  Being a touring musician/national act has been an aspiration of mine since I was 15 and started my first band. In that process I've averted a "real career", have gone homeless so my money could go towards studio time and rehearsal space rent/merch/etc, I've compromised personal relationships and sadly so have even plummeted myself into some gnarly depressions trying to keep this dream alive. The older I've gotten the harder it's been to find other people who wanna make a career out of music or...get in a van, film everything, produce content, STAY on the road (until something gives and people catch on), and essentially take a risk by leaving their well paying jobs to pursue creating something bigger than themselves. I still have too much gas in the creative tank to give up on that. I'd rather die failing at what I love doing than settle for a life I don't love. Some people look at their records and just think about the good times, the fun times. To be fair they should. However it's more to me than just that. These are musical staples in time that will let anyone who may give a shit about me when I die know where I was mentally and sonically through out the course of my life. Some of these documented times were really far out and interesting. Fun even. Some of them are really fucking darkly inspired by both some pretty tragic events in my life and the city I grew up In as well as some of the really unfortunate ways this place has absolutely destroyed many of the people I've cherished most growing up. How these events affected me and how I felt while dealing with them 100% shaped the content of this record. I'll never be 100% happy with anything I put out. Always room for improvement and innovation... but.... I'm very proud of this EP. Means more than I may be able to put into words. Hopefully they resonate with you! 

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 1 - "Do art thou wilt" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
The opening title track is nearly five minutes in length and covers a lot of ground. The song doesn't really get going until the 30-second mark, at which point it careens around the road smashing into mathcore, metalcore, hardcore, post-hardcore and some proper singing as well. There's a fair amount of spoken word on this track too, giving it another layer not normally utilized in traditional hardcore fare.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 2 - "What comes up might go down" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
This song is pretty goddamn metalcore and I'm loving it. Obvious comparisons right off the bat are Norma Jean, Von Wolfe and Every Time I Die. Imagine if all of the slower, chill parts were taken out of the first track and it just goes all out for its 2:10 tenure.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 3 - "PR Nightmare" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
Hot damn, another cinder block over the head with this song. This might be the densest, heaviest of the songs, bringing to mind Leveless and Druse, although the midsection and last half feature some excellent vocal work, again bringing Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley to mind.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 4 - "Nodcopper" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
Want some intricate and sick instrumentals? Well, I think this might be the ticket for you, as the guitars alone during the intro are spectacular. This is likely the most versatile song, as it manages to never stay pinned in a single style for more than 30 seconds, and within that I feel like their may be some System Of A Down and Protest The Hero influence...but I'm just assuming.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 5 - "Surrounded by heaven, covered in hell " (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
This track as well as the closer were already premiered on the SAVAGE SPIRIT bandcamp page but I might as well tie this post up properly. This first minute is downright eerie, awkward, jangly and bi-polar. It ends up building into a fantastic transition for the rest of the song, which is much more targeted, destructive and venomous. Aside from the crooning prior to the first minute, there's another stellar section from 1:48 to 2:15 that revolves around one hell of a guitar hook which transitions to a behemoth of a breakdown.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 6 - "$.t.r.u.g.l.i.f.e (we out hea)" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
The closer opens with a plethora of feedback and arguments, which are clung to until the 45-second mark when the first strum of the guitar is hit. This builds with the drums and vocals until 1:18 when the lid pops and biting, metallic hardcore spews forth. Writing this must have taken some serious effort, as the song bounds around like a rabid patronus charm, attacking anyone within jaws reach. After exhausting itself at 2:42 "$.t.r.u.g.l.i.f.e." recedes back into white noise (one would assume in order to take a breather) and then empties the tank during its final 40 seconds.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

***SHADOW PEOPLE exclusive song premiere***

exclusive song premiere
For fans of: The Catalyst, Whores, Isis, Ken Mode, Slint, Sonic Youth, Julia, Four Hundred Years, Portraits Of Past, The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul and Helmet

I found out about SHADOW PEOPLE through Billy Thompson, the resident skrampa in Baton Rouge who plays in Secret Smoker and Heavy Mantle. The three-piece have existed as such since 2015, with vocalist/guitarist and drummer initially forming the band in 2013. They released a 9-track LP last year and took very little time with this outstanding followup EP titled 'Secrets' which will be available in full tomorrow (December 7th, 2018) on all platforms. The band will self-release 400 cds (order here) and Santapogue Media is taking care of the cassettes, whose pre-order info will be added to this post asap.

The song premiering today is "Romania", the second last song on the release. Without giving too much away (it is from a release titled 'Secrets'), I will divulge that it is about a christ behavioral modification camp that performed exorcisms on the...subjects. Jam it below and be sure to check out the full release tomorrow!

(2018) SHADOW PEOPLE - "Romania" (from 'Secrets')
Prepare yourself for a hell of a ride in just 2:15, as you'll bounce around a few genres. The song begins in heaving, sludgy fashion (think The Catalyst and Whores) littered with yells and venomous screaming. This transitions into a slow, post-hardcore/emo instrumental section that sounds like a completely different band, and it boasts a killer guitar swing at 40 seconds that hooks me every time. Just before the minute mark the song falls back into the tarpit, only to hoist itself up again a mere 20 seconds later with those lush, dreamy instrumentals. The final section is a behemoth and buries the song under its own, dense and volatile weight. Wooo that was fun.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

***BARQUE exclusive premiere***

'Pyre Builders'
exclusive album premiere

A few years back BARQUE released 'Coffin Cutters', which I got hard into and even did a post about which you can check out here. So to say I've been waiting for this is a bit of an understatement. The French band's new five-track EP is titled 'Pyre Builders' and it's like getting clocked with an iron girder right in the head. It's a heavy, sludgy, dark and impatient romp through doomy, metallic hardcore. Imagine if Lightbearer wrote three minute songs and you're almost there. The EP will get the vinyl treatment on 500 colour 12"s in 2019 via Eastrainrec (FR), 5 Feet Under (DK), Smithfoodgroup (NL), Suspended Soul Tapes and Recs (US), Mosh Potatoes (BE), Rip Roaring Shitstorm (UK) and KLVR records (FR), among others.

Enough jibber the EP!

(2018) BARQUE - 1 - "Deadly Tides" (from 'Pyre Builders')
The opener weighs in at just under three minutes and spends the first 30 seconds creating atmosphere before outright pummeling the listener with raging drums, bellowing screams and murderous riffage. Things slow down halfway through and sound as dark as bands like Hexis and Euglena.

(2018) BARQUE - 2 - "Kirke" (from 'Pyre Builders')
Track two is fucking awesome and much more playful than the opener, as it includes a tightly connected set of individual parts that really build off of each other and accentuate the song as whole, as opposed to the opener which built an eerie, depressing mood and rode it right through the gates of hell. The guitar-work in this song is great, as is the inclusion of dual, back-and-forth screaming, bringing British heavyweights Lavotchkin to mind.

(2018) BARQUE - 3 - "Haunted by Fire" (from 'Pyre Builders')
The midsection of the EP is also the lengthiest, as track three is nearly five minutes in length. Don't let that mislead you though, as the song is fast-paced, brutal and epic. There's a beautiful balance between the gritty, acidic, metallic hardcore of Perth Express and the dark, experimental post-hardcore of I Am A Curse. This track definitely shows the most growth and is likely the most accessible of all of the songs, as it crosses a few genre barriers during its tenure.

(2018) BARQUE - 4 - "Infernaut" (from 'Pyre Builders')
The second-last track is hella punishing and perhaps the most reminiscent of the band's earlier material, although all tracks do maintain the signature BARQUE sound. This is the angriest of the bunch, boasting some seriously deranged vocals and a non-stop onslaught of heaving, crushing hardcore. And that last 20 seconds...holy shit.

(2018) BARQUE - 5 - "Hanged, Drawn and Quartered" (from 'Pyre Builders')
The closer is, surprisingly enough, the shortest song at 1:41. You can't get much more Swarm Of The Lotus than this, holy hell, and it's awesome. Not only do the vocals dip themselves in the overextended extreme of the aforementioned band, but the instrumentals, drive and overall feel of the song are soaked in the hellish, striking and sludgy metallic hardcore...or is called metalcore now? Fuck me I don't know.

I do know that this EP rules. Keep it up BARQUE, y'all are sick.


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

***BIG WATER exclusive premiere***

exclusive song premiere
For fans ofHeritage Unit, Snag, L'Antietam, Ten Grand, Slow Fire Pistol and Yaphet Kotto
pre-orders open on Dec 7th, 2018

Well hot damn are you ready for a week bursting with premieres? No? Gawwwwdammit. Screw it, we're doing this anyways. The first premiere this week comes from Kansas City's BIG WATER. They released the first single from their debut EP 'Drink More Water' in November called "Half-Eatin' Sandwich" and floored a lot of people with their dirty, sludgy nods to late 90s screamo. Over the next three weeks you will hear premieres from this EP on a myriad of blogs but let's start here with track one, the exclusive premiere of "B.M.". And you shalln't be disappointed, I promise you.

Some quick info that has not been released: 'Drink More Water' can be found physically on 125 tapes, with 41-42 copies on your choice of dark blue, light blue or clear blue. The cassettes will be released by the band, The Ghost Is Clear Records and Zegema Beach Records with pre-orders going up on Friday with the next song premiere.

(2018) BIG WATER - "B.M." (from 'Drink More Water')
This track is fucking awesome and is the perfect introduction to a killer demo EP. "B.M." wastes zero time and goes full speed right from the get-go, complete with crashing drums, hyperactive bass, frenzied strumming and thick, broken screams. At 42 seconds the song transitions into a palm muted build that'll get your blood pumping, and by 53 seconds it has morphed into a an extremely driving, slightly jarring beast of section that brings older, playful, dancier screamo jams like Robots Don't Cry, D'Amore, Daniel Striped Tiger and Sometimes Walking, Sometimes Running as well as new bands such as Snag and Hawak. The chills out a bit for the outro twenty seconds, but I mean chill like Heritage Unit and Slow Fire Pistol, which is perhaps just as reminiscent of the EP as the other 75% of the song. More songs coming your way soon, so if you like this you're in store for a pretty dang good December.

Saturday, 1 December 2018


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Ambient / Shoegaze / Experimental
Related artists: Malysz, September Malevolence, Trembling Hands, Mixtapes & Cellmates, Räd, Sore Eyelids and Years Passing.
Country: Stockholm/Gothenburg SWEDEN
Years Active2005-2018
Song: "Hands are for Helping"
Album: "Riala"
Year: 2012
For fans ofVia Fondo, Trachimbrod, Kaddish, Pettersson, Infant Island, DaïtroDöda Löv, Careless, Raein, La Quiete, Ken Burns, Captain, Your Ship Is Sinking, Rainmaker, Shirokuma, Envy, The Reptilian, Shizune, Ephemera, Marcovaldo, And Always, Elle and Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Ape Must Not Kill Ape / Topshelf Records / Quiet Still Dead Records / Release The Bats Records / Asymmetrie / Serene Records / Leaves Records / Listen To Aylin Records / Fasaden Records / Escucha Records / TDD Records / Blessed Hands Records / Black Star Foundation / Neat Skeleton / Protagonist Music / Tokyo Jupiter Records
This post's artist is from the November 2018 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the November 2018 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2018 Mix#12 here.

It feels weird to start this review with "SUIS LA LUNE was a band", as the band seems to have
carved a place for Sweden in the screamo scene much like Refused did for hardcore and the evolution of that genre. Their early 2005 demo sounds like Raein and La Quiete, so does the comp track "As Concrete Replaces Hope" that appeared on the legendary 'The Emo Apocalypse' 12". From the 'Demo', both "The Feeling I Get When You Place Your Eye On Me" and "Dance Red River, Dance!" are hella La Quiete, and by far the screamiest, speedy and volatile stuff that the band recorded. Things started to slow down on the first self-titled 'Suis La Lune' 7", although the songs still retain passionate screaming, aggressive sections and nods to the two aforementioned Italian gods.

It was 2006's 'Quiet, Pull the Strings!' that was my very first SUIS LA LUNE purchase, which I nabbed on cd over a decade ago. It is a pretty somber affair, which really expands from their previous 7" and lays the foundation for their future material. There's also a lot of spoken word on this record, and although it's not a band trademark is definitely utilized more often from this LP onward. After an instrumental opener, "Utter Lisence is Fragile" hits with screamo that mixes Catena Collapse and Belle Epoque with shoegaze elements, although at 1:30 shit gets pretty abrasive to the intensity of La Quiete, making the second half much more up my alley than the first. The next two tracks blaze through quite quickly in fine European screamo fashion, followed by the title track. "Fingers, Voice, Heart, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake" is awesome and one would think a likely influence on my Swedish sweethearts Via Fondo. "A Letter - A Void" fires off some sweet, spacey lazerbeams disguised as guitars while closer "My Mind is a Birdcage" is a swelling, epic, exhausting, seven-minute journey through a beautiful and tranquil wilderness (not unlike most of Trachimbrod's material).

I don't know what the fuck Henning and gang did in 2007, but with their 2008 'Heir' EP they pull out some seriously technical and incredibly catchy instrumental jams which certainly helped catapult them into the hall of screamo forever. Opener "With Wings Of Feathers And Glue" boasts a killer riff with dual vocals and has the perfect mix of melodic slowdowns and cathartic intensity. "September Gave Us Awkwardness, October Gave Us Nothing" is much heavier, faster and screamier but mostly abstains from the spacey, twinkly least for the first half. There are seriously an incredible amount of similarities with these awesome Swedish screamo noodles by SUIS LA LUNE and their contemporaries Via Fondo (even faster and more chaotic) and Trachimbrod (similar but perhaps even a tad softer), both of which you'd be silly not to immerse yourself in have you any love for this band. "The Greatest Actors Keep On Acting Offstage" continues with the long titles, as well as the engrossing guitar wizardry while closer "Can't Believe I Spelled It Out To You" matches the opening track in the way that it seamlessly blends the melodic with the chaotic. They also released a great song on the 'Har du hört den förut? 29 svenska artister tolkar Förmögenhet' compilation titled "Förmögenhet" (aka "Fortune") which is easily one of my favourite SUIS LA LUNE tunes. It begins in lightspeed fashion before slowing down slightly and incorporating multiple people screaming...I love it.

It was another four years until another proper EP or LP came from SUIS LA LUNE, but they did release a split 7" in 2009, a two-song tour 7" and stuck a song on a compilation. The 'Osceola split' houses "Friends", a distorted and dreamy concoction that is as screamo as any SUIS LA LUNE song could be. I am unsure if the band was listening to The Strokes, but this is about where I swear that a lot of SUIS LA LUNE solos are influenced by the American rock band, as they follow a very similar structure and sound but are sped up to twice the speed. This is definitely not a knock as I really like The Strokes and their guitar solos which are candy for the ears. The two songs on the 'US Tour 2010' 7" are much softer, giving us a glimpse into what Sore Eyelids was going to sound like, but it definitely retains the band's sound, they just kinda jump back and forth without ever quite reaching the fury of the previous five years. "BTW That Untitled Song on Your Mixtape was for You, I Wrote it When I Missed You" in particular has more clean singing than any previous material. Their compilation track can be found on the spectacular 'Vi Är Alla Släkt' tape and is an instrumental song titled "So Much for Keeping It a Secret".

Then in 2012 came 'Riala'...and holy shit, the screamo world went nuts. Understandably so. This album speaks volumes of the talent the band possess as well as their obvious myriad of influences coming together under a gorgeous but jarring umbrella of Swedish screamo. You'll find your screamo jams like opener "Cornea", shoegaze elements in "Stop Motion", sections of post-rock and post-hardcore in "Wishes & Hopes" and sad/pathetic vocal delivery on "Remorse" - although every song is great. But it is with tunes such as "Hands are for Helping" (that's one hell of a solo...and it goes on for almost the entire song), "In Confidence" (a web of angelic post-hardcore/shoegaze), "Sense In a Broken Dialogue" (very mature/mesmerizing) and "One and All, Every Bit" (the epic closer) that the band propel themselves from great to legendary.

SUIS LA LUNE wasn't heard from again until 2015 when they released 'Distance/Closure', likely due to the fact that Henning was working on a lot of Sore Eyelids material. The opener "Different Perspectives" is a slow build to it's nearly seven-minute close, but once it, it fuckin' hits. "Endless Cycle" swirls around in screamo lullaby land, "Better Parts" is faster paced but still pretty and closer "Within" is dreamy, vast and 11:37 in length, making this release more in line with a full lengths run time of nearly half an hour.

SUIS LA LUNE's final recordings are on the 2016 'Shirokuma split' 12"LP with that Dog Knights released with some fantastic die-cut packaging and colour variants. The four songs here are an excellent collection of farewell gems, including "What these hands can't hold" (holy guitar interplay after the three-minute mark), "Beyond repair" (twinkle city), "In between heartbeats" (your standard, epic and lengthy SUIS LA LUNE track) and closer "Lost moments" (shortest but softest).

To reiterate, it's fucking weird to think that SUIS LA LUNE is done, but good golly they left a fair amount of material spanning more than a decade so let's be happy about that.



2005 - Demo 3"cdrEP
2005 - Suis La Lune 7"EP

2006 - Quiet, Pull the Strings cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)
2006 - The Emo Apocalypse 12" compilation (contributed "As Concrete Replaces Hope")

2008 - Heir cd/10"/12"EP
2008 - Har du hört den förut? 29 svenska artister tolkar Förmögenhet compilation cd (contributed "Förmögenhet")

2009 - Osceola split 7"EP

2010 - US Tour 2010 / European Tour 2011 7"EP
2010 - Vi Är Alla Släkt cassette compilation (contributed "So Much for Keeping It a Secret")

2012 - Riala cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)

2015 - Distance/Closure 12"EP (stream/buy here)

2016 - Shirokuma split cassette/12"EP (stream/buy here) [buy in ZBR distro here]

2017 - The First Five Years cd compilation


(2016) SUIS LA LUNE - "In between heartbeats" (from 'Shirokuma' split)

(2015) SUIS LA LUNE - "Different Perspectives" (from 'Distance/Closure')

(2012) SUIS LA LUNE - "Hands are for Helping" (from 'Riala')

(2012) SUIS LA LUNE - "One and All, Every Bit" (from 'Riala')

(2010) SUIS LA LUNE - "I Don't Want to Be a Part of This Anymore" (from 'US Tour 2010')

(2010) SUIS LA LUNE - "So Much for Keeping It a Secret" (from 'Vi Är Alla Släkt' comp)

(2009) SUIS LA LUNE - "Friends" (from 'Osceola' split)

(2008) SUIS LA LUNE - "With Wings Of Feathers And Glue" (from 'Heir')

(2008) SUIS LA LUNE - "Förmögenhet" (from 'Har du hört den förut? 29 svenska artister tolkar Förmögenhet')

(2006) SUIS LA LUNE - "Fingers, Voice, Heart, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake" (from 'Quiet, Pull the Strings')

(2006) SUIS LA LUNE - "As Concrete Replaces Hope" ('The Emo Apocalypse')

(2005) SUIS LA LUNE - "Let the Bastards Come" (from 'Suis La Lune')

(2005) SUIS LA LUNE - "The Feeling I Get When You Place Your Eye On Me" (from 'Demo')

(2005) SUIS LA LUNE - "Dance Red River, Dance!" (from 'Demo')


SUIS LA LUNE additional links