Tuesday, 12 November 2019

CADY

BandCADY
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsKomarov, I Don't Want To Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Ennui, Ergonomic Management Keyboard, For This World Is Hollow And These Hands Have Touched The Sky, Piss Kidney, LadstormThisismenotthinkingofyou, Working Man Noise Unit, Witch Cult and Virgin Dad.
CountryLeeds/London U.K.
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Void/Impasse"
Album: "Silence Will Not Protect You"
Year: 2019
For fans ofLa Luna, Guidelines, O'God The White Whale, Welcome The Plague Year, Komarov, I Hate Sex, Coma Regalia, OsoLuna, Suffix, Kilgore Trout and Hiretsukan.
Label(s): Self Released / Middle Man Records / Zegema Beach Records / Wolftown DIY / Boslevan Records / Cave Of Roses / Lunar Lander Records / Meatcube Label / Kakusan Records
This post's artist is from the October 2019 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the November 2019 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2019 Mix#12 here

CADY are a punk/hardcore/screamo/emo-violence band from the United Kingdom that began in 2013 as a two-piece and have undergone a couple of member changes. I first became aware of them in 2018 when I helped release their 4-way split 10" thanks to Shawn Decker aka Middle Man Records. I was told at the time that the songs had been recorded a while back and that they had since acquired a new vocalist, but that didn't stop me from the loving the shit outta those two songs. Then in 2019 I saw them fucking shame everyone (in a good way) at Cry Me A River Fest in Versmold, Germany. Not only that, but their cassette released this year entitled 'Silence Will Not Protect You' is easily contender for EP of the year.

The band's first release was a very early demo that I am in the process of acquirng and then posting here. Officially their debut release is a cassette called 'Demo '14', a three-track barrage of dark, throaty hardcore/screamo. It's a good introduction to the band but certainly not a good indication of their sound in 2019. This release is not on bandcamp but Loz just tossed me the tracks so I've included them to download and put one of the songs on youtube. Have at it here!

'Zodiacal Dust' came in 2015 by way of cassette and contains four tracks of hardcore punk with a few screamo leanings. I enjoy the release but the lack of extremes (in both directions) leave me wanting to fast-forward to later material. That being said, I'd wager that "Dust Clouds" might be the heaviest thing the band has recorded and "I Hope You Get To Enjoy Half An Hour In Heaven Before The Devil Knows You're There" is a pretty awesome closer.

The following year 'Isle of Flowers' was released on 7", again containing four jams, albeit much more screamo as is shown during the intro guitar section of opener "Dock Ellis" and subsequent ass-kicking. "E. Bloch" is now a personal favourite after filming it with new vocalist Polly at CMAR. It was epic as fuck and is a must-watch below in the youtube embeds. From 45 seconds onward this song is absolute perfection, both on recording and live. "Bitter Lake" has excellent, interchanging vocals and closer/title track "Isle of Flowers" is slow, brooding and epic, as well as perhaps the most reminiscent of CADY's other half Komarov.

On the first half of their 'Desolate Hands Move the Hour' contributions, the band blasts through 2:11 of very heavy, screamy and growly screamy hardcore with a few mild metalcore leanings. The final half, "Beyond Being Seen", is another banger with a final minute that might just be the highlight of the entire split.

2019's 'Silence Will Not Protect You' is, simply put, incredible. With the inclusion of vocalist Polly the band ventures into new waters that definitely include O'God The White Whale, Guidelines and Hiretsukan, and it's all fantastic. The first track is worth $5 alone, as "Void/Impasse" opens with a lone guitar riff that soon builds with the drums and bass and eventually feedback until a slight stop lets Polly in and the flurry of screams begin. The emo-violence spliced with breakdowns is much appreciated and, in my opinion, underutilized. "Humiliation as a Political Reality" injects a slow build and spoken word before delving into some tremolo territory and a sick-ass groove at the one-minute mark. "Failed Morality" begins in similar fashion to its predecessor but goes lightning speed come 30 seconds and leaves the jammy section until two minutes in. Closer "Living in Silence" is stupid. I'm sorry, but it's fucking stupid. Stupid good, and the best song on the EP. After a chaotic initial blast, the song flourishes around beautifully toned guitars paired with stick-clicks that bring us to a standstill at a cliff's edge, and Polly's screams push everyone over the edge. In all of the shrieking, pummeling confusion, CADY manages to seamlessly blend in more grooves as well as a second epic transition post-two minutes. And good grief, that throat-splitting breakdown that closes the EP is otherworldly.

It should also be mentioned that Tom (bass) and Loz (drums) also play in Komarov, with the former helping record and tour in Coma Regalia, among other things. I do believe we'll see more material in 2020 but don't quote me. I am...hmmmm...elated...yes, elated, that this band exists.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2014 - Demo cassetteEP (download here)

2015 - Zodiacal Dust cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Isle of Flowers 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - Desolate Hands Move the Hour split 10" w/Majorel, Coma Regalia & Agak (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR distro U.S.A. here]

2019 - Silence Will Not Protect You cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2019) CADY - "Living in Silence" (from 'Silence Will Not Protect You')

(2019) CADY - "Void/Impasse" (from 'Silence Will Not Protect You')

(2019) CADY - "E. Bloch" live @Cry Me A River Fest

(2018) CADY - "Beyond Being Seen" (from 'Desolate Hands Move the Hour')

(2016) CADY - "Dock Ellis" (from 'Isle of Flowers')

(2015) CADY - "I Hope You Get To Enjoy Half An Hour In Heaven Before The Devil Knows You're There" (from 'Zodiacal Dust')

(2014) CADY - "H.H. Holmes" (from 'Demo'14')

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CADY additional links
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Friday, 8 November 2019

ISAÏAH

BandISAÏAH
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Deuil, Wyatt E. and Torn In My Pride.
Country: Liège BELGIUM
Years Active2007-2009
Song: "Derrière le voile et la croix, elles acceptent la mort"
Album: "Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas"
Year: 2009
For fans ofBökanövsky, The Solexine Chapter, Lakmé, Aleska, Potence, Amanda Woodward, Aussitôt Mort, MilanKu, Ema Camelia, Aporia, Envy, Rosetta, Daïtro, Sed Non SatiataI Was A Cosmonaut Hero, Mesa Verde, Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort, Mr. Willis Of Ohio, Only For The Sake Of Aching, Captain, Your Ship Is Sinking and Les Deux Minutes De La Haines.
Label(s): Self Released / Let The Tigers Out Records / For U & X aka FUX / Ruin Your Fun Records / Internationale Records / Swarm Of Nails / Still Leben Records / Utarid Tapes / Chucky The Rat Records / Heart On Fire Records / Hidden Rainbows / TRVS Records / Субъектив / Swarm Of Nails
This post's artist is from the October 2019 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the November 2019 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2019 Mix#12 here

ISAÏAH were recently introduced to me, and after hearing a few tracks I was pretty much smitten. The Danish band played a very French-sounding screamo/post-hardcore sound not unlike The Solexine Chapter, Amanda Woodward and the almighty Envy from Japan. I have been unable to find their 2008 self titled cdr but everything else is available online and truly exceptional.

As I just stated, the band released a demo cdr titlded 'Isaïah' in 2008. In 2009 they released a ridiculous amount of material...over 13 tracks spanning over an hour of music. On their only LP '' opener "Quand les flammes viennent des occupants" lets loose 30 seconds in with beautifully tortured screams amidst powerful post-hardcore, but after the minute mark we are in lala land with an ethereal instrumental passage. ISAÏAH does that sometimes, kicks your ass and then heals you. The closing minute of the opener definitely leaves you in the ditch, broken and bloody by means of a trainwreck breakdown. "Des enfants, j'aurais dû le tuer deux fois" follows a similar trajectory but the instrumental break is much darker and foreboding. The next track "Derrière le voile et la croix, elles acceptent la mort" is probably my favourite of the batch, as it lays into the listener from the get-go and drags them down into the fiery subterranean depths from which it was birthed. "Yo...chill out there Dave-o." Aight so next is the bassy blast know as "21 - 28 mai 1871" cuz goddamn, that's some bassy basserson. "Dave...you doing okay?" Oh, ahem. Uhhhh...fuck. Oh yeah, track five's "Des chiens de garde et des cerbères" and finale "Enfants de l'apathie" clock in at around 8 minutes apiece, and are as epic and lush as you'd expect from the band. Track seven is the shortest and perhaps most aggressive song "Euthansie De Nos Ames Perdues", positioning the band at the other end of the spectrum. "Well done, Dave. You're back on track." Thanks imaginary me.

Their other release in 2009 was a 'split w/The Bride Of Changes', apparently released the exact same date as their LP. These six tracks also appeared on a 'Tour cdr' that came out at an undetermined time. They open with "Le désir d'a(perce)voir", a gorgeous, swaying and entrancing post-hardcore/post-metal/screamo number that is classic ISAÏAH length at 4:35. "Mémoires d'un vaincu" toys with the listener for a minute before telling Chewbacca to fucking punch that hyperdrive throttle, and punch it they do. "L'angoisse d'une réussite éphémère" is a helluva lot more playful and positive sounding, therefore coming across more like Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort than The Solexine Chapter and Lakmé, although that ending is something fierce. "Interlude" is just that, a five-minute, ambient, instrumental passage that leads us to "Euthanasie de nos âmes perdues", the only song repeated on both the LP and the split release. This is understandable, it's a fucking banger. I should mention that there is a short instrumental opening not included in the LP version that is a nice touch. Closer "Le poids des mots" is ridiculous. Goddamn that shit is a 10/10 without a shadow of a doubt. The intensity is so strong you'll likely feel a slight g-force before an awesome, chill-yet-epic Euro-screamo instrumental section.

The band's final output came via Moment Of Collapse's 'Connections Part 2' 12" split/comp. These two exclusive tracks are excellent and a fitting close to the band's incredible existence. Beginning with "Qu’Ils Crèvent Enfin…", the song is ripe with electric riffs that take it into the spacey, Rosetta sector while "…Et Nous Laissent Décider" is the band's shortest ever song (2:28) but again the very uplifting vibe shines through and makes this much more spacious and epic than chaotic and intense.

So there you have it, and hot damn it's..."noooooo Dave don't do it!!!" (arguing/fighting)

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2008 - Isaïah cdrEP (download here)

2009 - Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)
2009 - The Bride Of Changes split cd (stream/donate/download here)
2009 - Our First 2 Years Discography cassetteLP

2010 - Connections Part 2 12"LP compilation {contributed "Qu’Ils Crèvent Enfin…" & "…Et Nous Laissent Décider"} (listen here)

???? - Tour cdr (same tracks as the split)

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(2009) ISAÏAH - "Foi en la démesure" (from 'Isaïah')

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Derrière le voile et la croix, elles acceptent la mort" (from 'Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas')

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Euthansie De Nos Ames Perdues" (from 'Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas')

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Quand les flammes viennent des occupants" (from 'Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas')

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Mémoires d'un vaincu" (from 'The Bride Of Changes' split)

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Le poids des mots" (from 'The Bride Of Changes' split)

(2009) ISAÏAH - "Le désir d'a(perce)voir" (from 'The Bride Of Changes' split)

(2010) ISAÏAH - "Qu'ils crèvent enfin..." (from 'Connections Part 2' comp)

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ISAÏAH out of print mp3 discography download

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

***SAWTOOTH GRIN exclusive interview***

THE SAWTOOTH GRIN
Exclusive 2019 Interview
by: Tarquin Jones

In case you missed it, which you probably did, the long-awaited 'Cuddlemonster' 12" by THE SAWTOOTH GRIN sold out in less than an hour, with two of the three variants lasting only five minutes. Will it be repressed? No, that's not how Wax Vessel rolls, so we can all stop asking. All the more reason to stay on top of new releases...psssst the next one is November 18th!


Hi, Rich. How are you keeping?
R: Hi! I think I'm keeping well. Well, but busy. Too busy? That's the real truth of it, right? "I'd be great if it wasn't for all the things I have to do." Life is mostly great! Husband, Dad, Home owner, etc. I have a lawnmower, it's electric. I think a young person would look at my life and classify it as boring. That thought works for me on every imaginable level.

Could you tell us a bit about how the band formed, what inspired the name and what lead to the band's initial exposure back in the earlier days?
R: Well, Thomas and I were in a local Westchester band that sort of sounded like Shai Hulud. 6 people in that sonofabitch! Two singers! Anyway, when that band split, half of us formed Sawtooth, and some of the other guys would go on to form the Heatherton Heatwave. I had the name bookmarked in the back of my head for a while. Something to evoke... not toughness, but insanity. The band formed in 99 or 2000? So long ago. The initial lineup and material looked and sounded quite a bit different. A bit of an early Cave In vibe, maybe a little dirtier sounding. We even played a gig! This first incarnation of Sawtooth fizzled a bit after writing a few tunes. The Heatwave started acquiring members from across the Hudson River, in Rockland County. That's how we met Jay, and eventually Chris Russell. We were then, very much, off to the races, so to speak.

What was the writing process like for the band's material? I've noticed some Jazz influences creeping in for example. Did you take any other outside influences into the songwriting approach?
R: My approach was to pester the rest of the band to write material that was less appealing, more obtuse, and harder to like, all while knowing significantly less about playing music than anyone else in the band. It's the Captain Beefheart method, and I swear by it. 

Rich you are well known for your distinctive high pitch screams. Can you elaborate on the artistic choice for this direction?
R: The only really intentional choice I made was that I was going to scream for real. So many of the genre's vocalists do what I call "aggressive music vocals TM". It sounds like a scream or a roar, and maybe it's a cool or tough noise when amplified, but, in reality, they're  barely above speaking volume, doing an impression of a tiny gremlin. My whole thing is that I scream, as hard as I can. What comes out of me is less conventionally cool, but arguably more authentic. I don't sound tough, I sound like maybe I'm being killed. Some people think it's great, and some people hate it. Polarizing a demographic suits me just fine. I could teach a class on it.

How did you approach penning lyrics for Sawtooth's material? Were there any particular themes or did they draw from personal experiences?
R: I hate lyrics. Obviously, that's a sweeping generalization, but go with me on this one: I have nothing important to say. I'm not particularly political, so I steer clear of that because A: How much of a beating can that dead horse take? and B: I'm kind of an ignoramus! I don't watch the news or pay attention to anything outside of my own interests. So, if Sawtooth's lyrics were political in nature they'd be both dumber and more derivative than they already are! Something else to note is that I'm also not a particularly emotional person, so I try to stay pretty fictional when I write. I live a happy, drama free existence, but I've always been drawn to dark fiction. I was thinking about it the other day: "Do I actually like anything that's pleasant?" The answer is "No", I guess. I'd much rather be a proficient band that's generally not about anything. The Seinfeld of Loud music. I've always said "What we have to say isn't as important as the sound we use to say it".

Were there any bands that you would cite as influences that helped to mould the direction of the band?
R: I think we had a lot of different influences from band member to band member. There was a fair amount of shared interests, for sure, but I think, if you could talk to everyone individually, you'd get a lot of different answers. For me, vocally, I had to spend a fair amount of time looking outside the genre. Looking at James Brown or Wilson Pickett, who had really great, authentic screams. Within our more applicable spheres, I gravitated towards Grindcore and it's offshoots the most. Discordance Axis, Mortalized, and Naked City were big eye openers for me. As for other subgenres that end in "Core" there were a few standouts. I really loved what Drowningman was doing vocally, and anything Steve Austin produced, primarily because he'd do backing vocals on those records in addition to producing. At the time, I was listening to plenty of death metal too, but none of it grabbed me, vocally. For all that incredible musical brutality, A low growl very rarely measures up.

What was the process like whilst recording both Cuddlemonster and Pervavor?
R: Not nearly as horrible as I would have expected. Borderline pleasant, even! Of course, we had an ace engineer in Jay DeZuzio. He really took care of us and made the best effort to capture the very specific thing we were angling for. Regarding the vocals: We took a very expensive studio mic and stuffed it in the back of a piano. Then I had a handheld to scream directly into. So we had the two mic's going a bit hot to get that live feel. A studio setting can really suck the life out of a scream. Especially if you cultivated said scream in a live setting. I also tried to not go too crazy doing take after take. One or two runs through each tune and a bit of doubling up for some gang vocal moments. I think we hit an interesting mid point between psychotic and annoying. My true wheelhouse.

Can you list some post Sawtooth projects that you have been involved in? Are there any current projects in the works?
R: Well, I did Cloacal Kiss, Snake Baptist, and Old Painless. Of those groups, Old Painless technically still exists. We play occasionally and are lazily threatening to record a full length. File that under "Someday". I've also got a bit of a long distance, internet project going on that's basically ready and waiting for me to throw vocals all over. The problem is that, without being in a band that practices regularly, I don't have a space that's easy to record in. Plus, I'd rather record after getting fully back in vocal form. I think I'll end up recording that stuff when we get around to doing the Old Painless LP, as we'll have had to have practiced our asses off to make that happen.

Were there any contemporaries during Sawtooth's existence that you would have liked to have collaborated with, be it a split release or guest feature on a particular track?
R: I've always had a pretty strict "No guests" policy about albums. Something about wanting the authoring band being responsible for all the sound you're hearing appeals to me greatly. With that being said, I've always had this idea that it'd be pretty neat if we could've done a spit with a band, and instead of it being "Here's some Sawtooth tunes and here's some tunes by another band", we'd just create one big band and co author a batch of tunes. I'm not sure what bad would've been best to do that with though.

What are your thoughts on the current revival of this particular era of noise based music, especially bands who cite Sawtooth as an influence?
R: I still can't believe that anyone would look to Sawtooth for inspiration, but the idea that bands want to push forward in this direction again is great. For a while now, I've felt that aggressive music in general has reverted back to the ideas and tendencies of a bygone, long surpassed era. That's great if your only agenda is to prove that you're well versed in the history of Grindcore, Hardcore, or Powerviolence, but it ignores what I consider to be one of the central principals of aggressive music. To escalate. In recent years, we've seen bands strip away their most visceral and technical elements in the name of  "Experimentation" or "Maturation" but what they can't claim is that they're escalating their sound. They're not playing faster, or crazier, or more technical. They're using aspiration terminology to justify playing beneath themselves. That's why I'm so excited about this current revival. The possibility of the return to escalation.

Do you have any interesting tour stories?
R: Jay and I once got pulled over on an overnight drive from Ohio to home. I was falling asleep and all over the road when we were stopped by some state troopers. They shone a big light on us and asked that I step out of the car. What I had forgotten was that I was actively wearing two Roy Rogers french fry holsters on my belt that I had put on after eating at a rest stop earlier in the evening. Once we got past the moment where the Troopers almost shot me over it, we all found it pretty funny. In the end, I thanked them for pulling me over, as I would most certainly be wide awake for the rest of the drive home.

What are you listening to right now? Anything you would recommend?
R: Besides podcasts about pro wrestling and Twin Peaks?  I just got off a big Harry Partch jag. He was an American composer who invented his own scales and instruments. He was born in 1901, so none of that stuff is new. I like the newest stuff from Beirut and Neko Case a lot. As for loud stuff, The new Fawn Limbs and No One Knows What the Dead Think have my strict attention.

Monday, 4 November 2019

***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #12 (December)***

(((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))
December 2019 mp3 MIX #12
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
https://www83.zippyshare.com/v/CCw1hNcQ/file.html
...and updates

Four things, my friends:


1) Yep. That's the teaser poster for ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest 2020. Please share if it excites you at all. I'm bursting over here, and the other bands I have confirmed are equally amazing. So yeah, we'll reveal everything early next year and open pre-sales which will yet again include a massive amount of free records if purchased, so don't sleep on that.

2) Next up were the ZBR Tape Box Sets #/5 with 10 test tape swirls aka alternate colors, j-cards, etc. A few are already gone and if you'd like to pick one up it'd mean a lot cuz those boxes consumed my nights.

3) I spent way too much time going through every video that I took on tour and uploaded most of them to youtube with links and a few additional words in the European tour video collection linked here. And here's that sweet documentary that Dave Cullen made about it.

4) Lastly, here is the ELLE test press winner draw video!

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Here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#10 that was reviewed in October:

1) ANTARCTICA - "Lazerz 30 Airsoft 3"

2) THE LORD'S WINNING TEAM - "Molotov Cocktease"

3) WRECK OF THE MINOTAUR - "Bull Fight Starts"

4) QUONE - "Spare Me the Pleasant Trees"

5) CELEBRATION - "If i'm dead, you guys have been dead for weeks"

6) coming soon

7) GRIP - "Conception"

FOXTAILS 'querido hija' album review

Much love,

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

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ZBR Store/Bandcamp

MALEVICH 'Our Hollow' LP
.GIF FROM GOD 'approximation_of_a_human' LP
METH 'Mother of Red Light' LP
LOWMENINYELLOWCOATS 'lowmeninyellowcoats' LP

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***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- THE SAWTOOTH GRIN exclusive interview
- SNAG exclusive interview

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
- A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME track premiere
CROWNING / SWALLOWS NEST tour video recap (featuring videos from every band we played with on tour!)
- NEW FORMS song premiere
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***The following page have changes:
- nada
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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 November mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

OLD MIX
***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #11 (reviewed in November)***
https://www83.zippyshare.com/v/14yuixdj/file.html
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The new OMSB mp3 Mix #12 has 6 songs plus a few extra from Tarquin that are not included, such as:
*-* screamy, post-hardcore meets These Arms Are Snakes, oooooohhhhh baby
*-* a band that inspired me almost as much as they inspired Protest The Hero
*-* this band's new album is more Pelican than Pelican
*-* Fall Of Efrafa meets Trachimbrod!
*-* mid-2000s You And I worship

NEW MIX
NEW => ***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #12 (reviewed in December)*** <= NEW
https://www83.zippyshare.com/v/CCw1hNcQ/file.html
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Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email zegemabeachrecords@gmail.com: 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, 2 November 2019

ANTARCTICA

BandANTARCTICA
GenresPunk / Rock / Math / Mathcore / Hardcore / Metal / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Grindcore / Noise
Related artistsCar Made Of Glass, Potion, Zelophilia, Tom Noyd, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Potion, Specters Track Bloody Trails, Hockey Slut, Shark Sandwich, This Weeks Leader, The Experimental Boys Of the Jetback Frontier (aka Tebotjf), Trichomaniasis and A Waking Grave.
CountryHumboldt Country, California U.S.A.
Years Active2008-2014
Song: "Laserz"
Album: "Beheaded By Voltron"
Year: 2009
For fans ofHayworth, Ed Gein, Fall Of Troy, The Great Redneck HopePiglet, Loftus, Hella, Ahleuchatistas, The Rabbit Theory, Entrana, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Oktober Skyline, Enkephalin, Letters In Binary, Me And Him Call It Us, Black Nail, Binary, The Jonbenét, .gif from god, Letters To Catalonia, Kiss 2, Every Time I Die, Von Wolfe and Edhochuli.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Hydrogen Bomb Island
This post's artist is from the October 2019 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the October 2019 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2019 Mix#11 here

I must have heard about ANTARCTICA from Christan Segerstrom of Mathcore Index, as he was in the band in 2009 when they released 'Beheaded By Voltron', a seldom discussed masterpiece of extreme rock, hardcore and metal that could easily be likened to mathy, metallic screamo. Founding member Quade was only 16 when most of it was written...and that's just mindboggling. The technical prowess and a tendency to absolutely shred in the screaming department hooked my attention right from the get-go, and was actually convinced that they shared members with Hayworth until I found that geographical misalignment. I describe them often to friends as "Fall Of Troy meets Hayworth" which is generally met with excitement bordering on salivation. And for just reason.

YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS.

Before I get started, be sure to read the last paragraph of this post for some awesome news. I also find it interesting that most of their music was written in a barn that later became a DIY venue. Each of the song titles is a quote from a friend or a pop culture reference. The band had a plethora of members and style changes throughout their seven year career.

In January of 2008 the band recorded three songs after changing their name from Tebotjf, all of which were rerecorded in that same summer to end up on the 'S.O.C.K.' EP, which stands as a better lo-fi introduction to what the band fleshed out and nailed on the following year's LP. The exclusive songs are "Sushi Making Party" (oh my god those pig squeals) and "Chowder, the Heaviest of All Soup" (that's one awesome song title). At this juncture there were two vocalists, Quentin's ear-shattering shrieks alongside some pretty ridiculous death growls. It is an interesting listen, but those gutterals are too much for me, so let's just jump forward in time.

2009's 'Beheaded By Voltron' is, in this reviewer's opinion, a disregarded masterpiece that perfectly blends the sensibilities of Fall Of Troy with the jarring destruction of Hayworth and guitar wizardry of Edhochuli. After the brief "You Bring the Doom (We'll Bring the Natty Ice) - Introduction" we are met with a very dancey/disjointed opening of "Electrocuticated" complete with sassy shouts before the band goes hella Hayworth 48 seconds in with ear-piercing shrieks and lightning-fast breakdowns. If you aren't sold by the digitally destroyed vocals at 1:19 then just stop reading this review and find a new blog cuz this is 100% my shit. "Suspended Carbonite" is next, swirling around like an antagonistic teenager until the hulk is revealed come 37 seconds via a behemoth breakdown. The last half of the track is chill, Dillinger Escape Plan worship which gives the listener one of only a few breathers on the record. The next song is as humorous as it is catchy and intense. First off, the laughing screams at the beginning set a not-so-serious tone before that drawling, "My baby left me..." section with what sounds ilke an old cowboy crooning the lyrics. Regardless of the aforementioned this song is fire, especially that screamy, scratchy palm-muted section that starts at 27 seconds. Oh, and I'd be an ass to forget the monumental breakdown at 1:29 that, again, screams Hayworth, so I fucking love it. Then it's time for the banger, the shit, my absolute, ultimate jam, "Lazerz 30 Airsoft 3". The shifting, unstable opening is a riot, reminding me of Me And Him Call It Us and Loftus (and yes, Hayworth, too). Then 40 seconds hits and I'm in heaven. Seriously this section is fucking unreal. The stop/start instrumentals mix with a flurry of shrieks that I can't help but scream along to, "You, you fucked up! You know you fucked up!" followed by sassy delivered lyrics of, "Bring, your razors. Bring your razors." And then bam we're getting slammed by a slide-driven breakdown. I haven't even mentioned the second dancey section and ridiculous metal outro...until now I guess. Finishing off side A (mmhmmm) is "I Grew Up In a Single Wide", a 1:59 romp through more sassy, mathy and extreme rock/hardcore/metal that has technical moments of Edchochuli juxtaposed with metallic breakdowns not unlike Tower Of Rome, all topped with Fall Of Troy melodic/dancey sensibilities.

The B-side opens with the sensational "The Magic Bullet", putting on clinics in both ultra-shrieky, danceable, whitebelt/myspace music as well as extremely technical hard rock and metal guitar solos. Be sure to watch the live video of this song with Quentin doing the entire thing with an unplugged mic. It is truly one of the most cathartic things I've ever seen, and somehow the only live video of the band currently in existence. Take a ride on the style carousel with "Distributing.Rhythmic.Abuse." and shatter any ideas you have about bands staying in a single genre during the course of a song. I also feel the need to reiterate how powerful the screaming is - I actually messaged my friend and U.S. counterpart at Zegema Beach saying, "Those vocals are everything I want to be." As the song fades out we are hit full force by "Aqua Teen Destroyed Boston's Life", a relatively short but explosive number that fans of .gif from god and Oktober Skyline are sure to enjoy immensely, especially the tearing of the space-time continuum at 1:05 and that monolithic breakdown come 1:24. It's the title track "Beheaded By Voltron" that has the most Fall Of Troy influence shining through, but they definitely take the instrumental side to the next level and leave clean singing out of it altogether. I am under the impression that before writing closer "Tennis Grunts" the band said, "Hey, we love Psyopus. Let's do a Psyopus song," and that they sure as shit did. This album is a truly remarkable and underappreciated gem that I hope starts gaining more recognition.

2010 'Beheaded By Voltron (reissue)' which was uploaded online with bass added in courtesy of Luke Kelly. I hadn't realized it until writing this review, but I had been jamming the old version of the record and this new one with bass is fucking badass. The groovy sections have a lot more groove and the heavy sections/breakdowns are ridiculous. I have to jam this through all the way again because it's like getting a second xmas this year.

In 2012 the band released 'Escape From Hooker Mountain' which was three songs initially intended to be used for a split with Echoes Build Empires, but instead were reverted to a digital EP and dubbed an "unfinished product". A very noticeable change was no more Quentin...or vocals of any kind. It's an enjoyable listen, but not for anyone looking to hear more chaotic, shrieky ANTARCTICA. Two years later in 2014 the band released a posthumous 'split w/This Weeks Leader' that pretty much ditches metal/hardcore for twinkly math rock and ambient/noise not unlike PigletHella and Ahleuchatistas. Again, not really my thing but some people here will dig it, I'm sure.

So why did I start talking about A and B sides concerning the 'Beheaded By Voltron' LP? Cuz as the cds have been sought after for a decade it's high time for Zegema Beach Records to make some goddamned tapes. Cassettes /60 coming in late December/January with a bonus live track. Fuck to the yes.

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2008 - Demo digitalEP (anyone got this?)
2008 - S.O.C.K. cdEP

2009 - Beheaded By Voltron cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2010 - Beheaded By Voltron (reissue) digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)

2012 - Escape From Hooker Mountain digitalEP

2014 - This Weeks Leader split cassetteLP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2009) ANTARCTICA - "Lazerz 30 Airsoft 3" (from 'Beheaded By Voltron [reissue]')

(2009) ANTARCTICA - "Aqua Teen Destroyed Boston's Life" (from 'Beheaded By Voltron [reissue]')

(2009) ANTARCTICA - "Electrocuticated" (from 'Beheaded By Voltron [reissue]')

(2009) ANTARCTICA - "Beheaded By Voltron" (from 'Beheaded By Voltron [reissue]')

(2009) ANTARCTICA - "The Magic Bullet" live

(2008) ANTARCTICA - "Chowder, The Heaviest of All Soup" (from 'SOCK')


(2012) ANTARCTICA - "Mind Eraser" (from 'Escape From Hooker Mountain')

(2014) ANTARCTICA - "escape from cowboys from hell pt. 2" (from 'This Weeks Leader' split)

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ANTARCTICA out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

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Friday, 1 November 2019

'querida hija' by: FOXTAILS

Year: 2019
Label: Emocat Records (listen/buy here)

For fans ofDad Thighs, Kaddish, Lautrec, Eucalypt, Fall Of Troy, Nayru and Off Minor.

Review by David Norman:

I'd heard good things about FOXTAILS but had never taken the chance to check them out. That was quickly changed at New Friends Fest 2019 where I saw them play to a very full room. Their obtuse, jazzy, screamy, punk rock/hardcore is one that immediately draws zero direct band comparisons because FOXTAILS fucking sound like FOXTAILS. After five releases, this is pretty much the place most bands want to be, but usually break up earlier or jump genre ships a few times without holding a style unique to the band. FOXTAILS are from Connecticut and have achieved this in their early 20s, which makes their sixth release 'querida hija' all that much more impressive. Emocat Records will be releasing it on cassette and 12" vinyl by the end of the year.

'querida hija' is seven tracks spread over 25 minutes of music, boasting so many influences that it's nearly impossible to pick out anything obvious. Opener "zzz" is two minutes of dreamy vocals and a creepy, folky ambiance while the following track "the chickening" is a shrieky, jazzy post-hardcore tune with some nice crooning and nods to Slint as well as Scottish screamo elite Kaddish. The sting in "prime crier" from 57 seconds to 1:30 is straight-up Dave street thanks primarily to a flurry of screams that make another appearance near the end of the track. "it was the first time i remembered a saturday night i forgot about" takes a jump outside of punk, hardcore and screamo during the intro, opting for a cool lounge section with a sax before tearing shit up prior to the first minute elapsing. The song dips in and out of the two extremes by riding the very intoxicating waves of Jon's guitar, and I'd be amiss not to mention the drumming of Mike who blends the clusterfuck of genres into a very smooth paste that can be put on just about anything. Two of the best songs come near the end of the album as "lucky cat sticker pack" and "i experienced ego death on a skramcave thread" are both excellent, driving, screamy, mathy tracks with those patented FOXTAILS subdued sections, although the latter is easily the heaviest/best song in this reviewer's opinion. The other track on here is "querida" which feels like the sibling song to "zzz" but includes all of the band members sticking to their instruments, creating an ethereal, peaceful jam that lasts over five minutes.

The band goes on tour in November so be sure to catch them and pick up a copy of the new album.

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(2019) FOXTAILS "i experienced ego death on a skramcave thread" (from 'querida hija')

(2019) FOXTAILS "lucky cat sticker pack" (from 'querida hija')

(2019) FOXTAILS "the chickening" (from 'querida hija')

(2019) FOXTAILS Full Set live @New Friends Fest

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

CELEBRATION

BandCELEBRATION aka Nerver
GenresPunk / Noise Rock / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Sludge
Related artistsRifle Cult.
CountryColumbia, Missouri U.S.A.
Years Active2014-present
Song: "If i'm dead, you guys have been dead for weeks"
Album: "Sompting"
Year: 2014
For fans ofSenza, Moxiebeat, Breather Resist, Jeromes Dream, Under A Sky So Blue, Jesus Lizard, Hive Mind, Straight No Chaser, Mara'akate, Big Water, Cassilis, Ed Gein, Blacklisters, Portrayal Of Guilt, Melvins and Deadseraphim.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / The Ghost Is Clear Records / Friendly Otter / Suspended Soul Tapes And Records / Off Cloud Nine Label
This post's artist is from the October 2019 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the October 2019 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2019 Mix#11 here

In January of 2015 I went to the Austin Blood Alliance Fest in Texas. While I was there with my good friend Tony of Congratulations I was approached by a member or two of CELEBRATION. After a brief and friendly exchange I ran into an issue of mixing up those band names on a pretty consistent basis. Well I don't need to worry about that anymore, as the band recently changed their name to NERVER and after releasing a sick tune (on the 'Meditations in Affinity' series that I'm doing with Bobby of The Ghost Is Clear Records) I've had the pleasure of hearing their new full length and it's a fucking banger, holy shit.

Let's go back quickly, shall we? In 2014 CELEBRATION was doing the shrieky emo-violence thing and they did it swimmingly. Their debut four-song EP 'Sompting' begins with a Simpsons-reference track "To pronounce it correctly, i would have to pull out your tongue" which is a dark, multi-screamed attack that is over in just 1:32...making it the longest song here. "Unscannable!" is a clusterfuck in less than a minute bearing resemblance to their Atlanta friends Under A Sky So Blue and earlier Senza material. "If i'm dead, you guys have been dead for weeks" is much thicker and is perhaps reminiscent of the material that permeates the 'Shook' EP, while closer "Love my canyons" is pretty abrasive and heavy, reminding me most of early Straight No Chaser and Mara'akate.

The following year a decent song titled "The Soil is Not Clean" was given exclusively to the 'Follow the Rules' compilation tape put out by Friendly Otter, followed by three more tunes on  a 'split 7" w/Under A Sky So Blue'. Opener "Gouge it out!" is an assault on the senses in just 30 seconds, complete with a short clip from Punch Drunk Love. "I can hear them calling to me from hell" is fucking massive, swelling like a crashing like a violent storm. The first 30 seconds will rip your face off, followed by nearly a minute of call-and-response screaming that winds the track down to its 1:37 close. The final song is "Forgive me, Lisa. There's a monster inside of me." is another short banger that again reminds me of Senza, albeit condensed and much shorter.

In 2017 they dropped what I would consider their best work, the self-released 'Shook' cassette EP (which we premiered on OMSB right here). I didn't expect this sonic shift in the band's style, but it quickly grew on me and surpassed the shrieky screamo that I oh-so generally turn to. All of the songs are much more on the dirty southern hardcore side rather than the shrieky emo-violence one, and although they all pack a punch there are a few tunes that are next level. The first is opener "Degloved" which opens with a lone, repeating guitar before the rest of the band chimes in on its second pass, creating a devastating introduction to a truly gritty, dirty and pummeling hardcore record. There's a chug stop/start at 40 seconds that transitions into a quick little four-note diddle that gets a sprawling grin from me on every listen. Oh, and the last 50 seconds resembles what I would assume playing doomy hardcore whilst getting drunk in a cave would sound like. "In the Dream" is another premium pick, as it brings the heat with a very catchy progression that is littered throughout the 1:28 tenure. But it's the behemoth section at 48 seconds that brings me to my knees every time as those apocalyptic instrumentals flush the streets of any life, leaving just the band members screaming over top of one another. The other jawdropper is track five's "Follow the Heat" during which the band cuts to silence and drops in a lone palm mute over a Tommy Lee Jones clip, then chimes back in to close out the track.

In 2018 CELEBRATION released their final tracks as said band with a two-song 'Tour Cassingle' in 2018 with a song called "Congratulations" and a Scratch Acid cover. The exclusive new track is 2:50 in length and rank with slurred vocals and sticky, sludge-covered riffs, opting for a noticeably slower, trippier approach to its digestion. The cover of "She Said" is ripe with CELEBRATION scent, and is an excellent choice.

The final song written as CELEBRATION was "A General Erosion of Morale" but released under the new name NERVER. This song sounds like the bridge from 'Shook' to the new LP so be sure to give this a spin (and pick up the 4-way split 7" with yours truly on it) if you haven't already. It is the opening track to the second in the 7" series 'Meditations in Affinity: Cultivation 4-way split' and is an obvious choice to get things started. It's a fucking ripper, delving right in after patented CELEBRATION/NERVER style with a lone guitar that soon crashes into the entire band. Early on there's a wicked line of "you're giving us the eyyyyeeeeeee!" and then shit goes bananas and at 45 seconds we are graced with a chuggy buildup that gets more epic than anything CELEBRATION ever did before the first minute is even over. 

Sometime in late 2019 or early 2020 you'll witness the ravage beast that is NERVER's new LP, but until then you can catch them on tour, including a ridiculousness show tonight! (October 30th, 2019) NERVER plays with some incredible bands Frail Body and Niboowin, as well as Evan's related act Rifle Cult. Check out the event here.

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DISCOGRAPHY

as CELEBRATION:
2014 - Sompting cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Under A Sky So Blue split 7" (stream/donate/download here)
2015 - Follow the Rules cassette compilation (contributed "The Soil Is Not Clean") (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Shook cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - Tour Cassingle (stream/donate/download here)

as NERVER:
2019 - Meditations in Affinity: Cultivation 4-way 7" split (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR U.S.A. here & Canada/International here]
2019 - upcoming LP

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(2019) NERVER - "A General Erosion of Morale" (from 'Cultivation' 4-way split)

(2019) NERVER - "Imminent Death Syndrome" live (from upcoming LP)

(2018) CELEBRATION - "Congratulations" (from 'Tour Cassingle')

(2017) CELEBRATION - "Degloved" (from 'Shook')

(2017) CELEBRATION - "In the Dream" (from 'Shook')

(2017) CELEBRATION - "Follow the Heat" (from 'Shook')

(2015) CELEBRATION - "I can hear them calling to me from hell" (from 'Under A Sky So Blue' split)

(2015) CELEBRATION - "The Soil is Not Clean" (from 'Follow the Rules' compilation)

(2014) CELEBRATION - "Unscannable!" (from 'Sompting')

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CELEBRATION additional links
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