Monday, 6 July 2020

***PODCAST #46 Sean Leary (Loma Prieta / Stormlight / Elle)***

Holy moly I spoke with Sean Leary about his multitude of years in the punk/hardcore/screamo scene, his bands and his art. There's so much interesting information in here and sick bands that you can't not listen. In the off chance that you didn't know, Sean has spent time in Loma Prieta, Beau Navire, Elle, Stormlight and Mare Island. Podcast #46 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.




A DAY CALLED ZERO - "Observation of the Perpetual" (Sean)

DIE PRINCESS DIE - "Pardon the Interruption(Dave)
GUYANA PUNCH LINE - "Remote Control" (Sean)
MEIA LUA E SOCO "Lacra O Shopping(Dave)

THE MALL - "Acrid" (Sean)
HUGS "Who's On First, Who's On Second?(Dave)
KID DYNAMO - "Constellation" (Sean)



PODCAST #46 linked here

Saturday, 4 July 2020


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Crust Sludge
Related artistsDescubriendo A Mr. Mime, Boneflower and Eros + Massacre.
CountryMadrid SPAIN
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Long Night"
Album: "Barely Buried Love"
Year: 2020
For fans ofMajority Rule, Portrayal Of Guilt, Converge, Creeper, Tentacles, Dead Hour Noise, Binary, Ritual Mess, Lamantide, Litany For The Whale, Crestfallen, Spires and Drei Affen.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Catábasis Records / Mise-En-Scène Records / The Braves Records. / Fireflies Fall / Kill Vinyl Records / Tirano Intergaláctico / Violence In The Veins / Bent Nail Collective / Dingleberry Records
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the newish June 2020 Mix#6 here.

CROSSED is a crusty hardcore/metal band with definite screamo ties from Spain. Their most recent 2020 LP 'Barely Buried Love' is without a doubt my most listened to album of 2020, if that says anything about how much I love this band. Their dirty, evil, metallic hardcore is very reminiscent of Majority Rule and newer takes on the style such as Portrayal Of Guilt and Binary. I find the primary allure (but by no means the only) Miguel's fucking stellar vocal work. Their ability to seamlessly switch from piercing pukes to bellowing lows is a thing of beauty and, when combined with the crusty, pummeling and sinister hardcore/metalcore, you've got a recipe bound for success.

The band's debut appeared in 2018 by way of the 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void' EP. It's a very good introduction to the band, but features more of the foundation than the frills and uniqueness that was captured on their 2020 LP. The vocals are still vicious. The instrumentals are still disgusting. Four of the six tracks are pretty decent, but you can most definitely hear the budding of their later sound on "Glory" (which goes ballistic come 30 seconds and shows their faster side) as well as "Pink Mist" (excellent use of dynamics and a swelling, gargantuan ending).

In 2019 they released a single titled 'Distrusted' that is the portal linking the old CROSSED world to the new. Miguel's vocals go all-out pretty much from the get-go, with complimenting metallic hardcore that sounds like massive sheets of ice falling into the ocean. The climax of the songs comes at 45 seconds when a sample of "chaos reigns" plays right before some seriously heavy shit goes down.

I wasn't aware of the band's existence until late January 2020 when my friend Rodrigo (from Descubriendo A Mr. Mime) emailed me asking if I wanted to release it their new full length 'Barely Buried Love' on 12". I literally heard the opening track which is less than a minute in length and responded with a yes before hearing the rest of the album. It's that fucking good. And the opener isn't even the top track! (although it is a fucking banger) Seriously every track has something unique and amazing about it, but I'm not about to cycle through 13 tracks of gushing. As stated before opener "Fading" goes so fucking hard and embeds the most Majority Rule sound to it that I've ever heard, especially after the 30-second mark. This is followed by the utterly annihilating "Melencolia" that showcases some of the best vocal shifts I've ever stuck my ears out for, as well as a behemoth of a breakdown at 50 seconds. And then there's "Long Night", just a fucking boulder of gold and currently in contention for the best song of 2020. It opens with screams so thick you'll think you've been doused in molasses before moving into a swelling groove that may or may not be a breakdown. There's a short atmospheric break led by a sick bassline before a swirling guitar brings everything back in to support the best vocals I've heard since early Orchid (in particular the sass injected into the word "forever"). And then the song ends...after a punishing stop/start with multiple screamers. Goddamn that's a keeper. You'll notice Rodrigo's unmistakable scream make an appearance on "Colored Pain", hypnotic guitar harmonies at the end of "Salivate", screams that I would liken to a face on a hot plate throughout "Shiver", the greatest feedback note I've ever heard at 1:04 of "No Love" and finally the prodigious/gorgeous finale "Saudade".

If you haven't checked out CROSSED yet you are missing the fuck out, as 'Barely Buried Love' is cracking my top 10 LPs of 2020 without a shadow of a doubt. I think we have around 5 total copies left across both Zegema Beach Records stores so if this tickles your fancy (which it probably does) I'd strongly recommend nabbing one before they're gone!



2018 - Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void EP (stream/donate/download here)

2019 - Distrusted digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2020 - Barely Buried Love 12"LP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR U.S.A. here or Internationally here]


(2020) CROSSED - "Long Night" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "No Love" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "Saudade" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "Melencolia" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2019) CROSSED - "Distrusted" (from 'Distrusted')

(2018) CROSSED - "Glory" (from 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void')

(2018) CROSSED - "Pink Mist" (from 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void')


CROSSED additional links

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

***LYED + VIENTRE split exclusive premiere***

'Split 2020'
exclusive split premiere
For fans ofThe Bled, Shin Guard, Joliette and Viva Belgrado


Initially set for a late May release, this stellar split was pushed back a month so I've been jamming this thing for quite some time so I can say without a doubt that it's fucking killer. LYED are from Texas and have been around since 2013, play metallic hardcore/screamo and I even helped release their 2017 12"LP 'The Immolated Earth'. VIENTRE features members of Mico and play a very chill, beautiful but still cathartic brand of screamo from Colombia not unlike Viva Belgrado and Joliette.

LYED had the following to say about the split's origins:

"The idea for the split came around June 1019 (almost exactly a year ago) when Vientre did a US tour and Lyed booked a few dates with them in Texas. The connection between both bands started back in 2018 when Lyed did a tour in Mexico. Lyed had started to make some lineup changes ever since the release of the 2017 full length “The immolated earth.” For the Mexico 2018 tour we had Gabo from Saton fill in on drums and played all the dates with Emilio from Saton’s other band at the time, Derriben al Rey. They introduced us to Vientre’s music since then and eventually Lyed had the opportunity to play those Texas shows with them. We talked about the idea of releasing a split, and finally once Lyed realized a solid lineup in late 2019, headed to the studio to record two songs, which are the ones on the split. Vientre did the same and both bands have been planning the release since March 2020. For obvious reasons 2020 has not been a regular year at all, for which we’ve had to postpone the release until now. We’d love more than anything for people to listen to these songs given all the work and extreme patience we’ve had to endure to not only solidify our lineup, but also coordinate with our friends in Colombia. Lyed had plans to tour with Vientre to support this release and look forward to fulfilling all these plans in the future. Lyed’s also begun writing for an EP which will hopefully see the light of day before the end of 2020. Both bands appreciate all of the help provide by everyone involved in this project."

A tape limited release (50 copies) is now up for pre-sale at, linked here.

(2020) LYED's side of 'Vientre split'
"Shadow Lands" is pretty short and quite aggressive, leaving behind the skin of their 2017 LP for they've obviously outgrown it. "Holy Locust" is longer (3:30) and dips into some post-realms, but it creates and excellent mood and still slaps.

(2020) VIENTRE's side of 'Lyed split'
"Zaga / Luna Roja" is on the band's more relaxed side and features more clean than screamed vocals, but as they can sing with the best of'em that's fine by me. "Frontieras" is much more cathartic and features a whole lotta screaming and some truly excellent guitar tones.

Monday, 29 June 2020

***PODCAST #45 - Jesse Mowery (In Wolves Clothing/Apostles Of Eris)***

There's so much to say about my good friend Jesse Mowery than I wouldn't even know where to start. Oh wait...yeah I do. Love you, buddy. You've been the best touring buddy I could ask for. You let me scream over your incredible music. You also show me tons of amazing bands. So besides skinning a suitcase alive and giving its skin to an amp to wear like a goddamned second layer we discuss his bands (primarily Dawn, Marj, Karoshi, Altar Of Complaints and In Wolves Clothing) and listen to six other fantastic ones. Podcast #45 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


BLAME GAME - "Bankalaria" (Jesse)

MATHS "Culpa(Dave)
BLACK EYES - "Pack of Wolves" (Jesse)

HERCULES HERCULES - "Red Makes White(Dave)
LAUDARE - "Mania the Virtuous" (Jesse)
NOW NOW EVERY CHILDREN - "Not One, But Two(Dave)



PODCAST #45 linked here

Friday, 26 June 2020

***HAPPY VALLEY exclusive video premiere***

exclusive music video premiere
For fans ofDemersal, Long Distance Runner and R. Josef

Sweet as! I've got a mean exclusive music video to show you from Wellington, New Zealand's HAPPY VALLEY. After releasing a solid debut EP in 2019 they're back with this first single titled "Achilles" as a stand-alone single before they release their new EP and it's a fucking banger. The song was recorded by Joram Adams, mixed by Fabian Prinzen and mastered by Will Killingsworth with the video being directed, written and produced by Adam Joseph Browne. Members have also played in Sicari, Tempered and Todesnot.

(2020) HAPPY VALLEY "Achilles"

Lying somewhere between darkened post-hardcore, black metal and screamo, the song wastes no time drowning the listener in desperate screams. As the ascent on the stairs begin the drums double-up, creating a very tangible and frightening experience. At 1:40 the climax hits and it's extremely gratifying, thus concluding a most excellent new single.

Monday, 22 June 2020

***PODCAST #44 - Seb Alvarez (Meth/Virgin Mother)***

Seb Alvarez is synonymous with sick-ass music, plain and simple. Residing in Chicago, he has played in a multitude of bands including Meth., Carnivores At Grace, Liberal Scum, Tweak, Other Masquerades, Split Tongue, Citrus Wavelengths, Wild Abandon, Cadence Fox and his new solo project Virgin Mother. I was supposed to meet Seb with Meth. who were set to play Zegema Beach Records Fest 2020 but then covid happened, so we decided to do this instead. We obviously grew up with similar music and I felt like we connected really well considering this was the first time that we've ever spoke. Find out a ton of info including his initial music sources, the band that impacted him enough to start one, his sources for genre-hopping, Meth., Virgin Mother and a ton more. Podcast #44 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



ZACH HILL - "Face Tat" (Seb)

BLACKLISTERS "Mouthpiece(Dave)
GILA MONSTER - "I've been thinking of becoming celibate" (Seb)

SINE NOMINE "Today There Was An Outbreak Of West African Killer Bees Along The Alaskan Pipeline(Dave)
NITKOWSKI - "Broken Rites" (Seb)
OKTOBER SKYLINE - "The Story of Jimmy Plaid Pants(Dave)



PODCAST #44 linked here

Saturday, 20 June 2020

***2020 OMSB mp3 Mix #7 (July)***

June 2020 updates

Okay straight-up, since COVID I've been in overdrive and am burning out fast. Having my two kids home with no school occupies my days and Zegema Beach Records occupies my nights. I will keep doing this cuz I love it, but as summer approaches I will forced to do about 1-2 posts per week. If school is full-on come September I can get back on track, otherwise this is the new norm. I'm tossing out the blog mixes unless someone actually complains, cuz I don't think they are really downloaded and it takes a good hour to get everything in order. In the future I will use the posts as a recap and give exclusive Zegema Beach Records news and contests.


Here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#5 that was reviewed in May/June:

1) KUROI AME - "Black Rain"

2) STREGA MORTA - "Hedge Apple"

3) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "In Shackles"

4) VON WOLFE - "The Great Kneer"

5) BURIAL DANCE - "A Shadow"

Much love,

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


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

NUVOLASCURA - 'As We Suffer From Memory And Imagination' LP
OKTOBER SKYLINE - 'Diskokraphy' LP
cassette (order here for US / here for everywhere else)
(listen here)

MATTACHINE - 'Isolation as a Form of Torture' EP
BLUE NOISE - 'World of Harm' LP

CROSSED - 'Barely Buried Love' LP
MAHRIA - 'Analemma' cassetteLP


***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- Seb Alvarez (of Meth. / Virgin Mother / Carnivores At Grace / etc.) podcast
- Jesse Mowery (of In Wolves' Clothing / Apostles Of Eris / Majorel / etc.) podcast
- Sean Leary (of Loma Prieta / Elle / Stormlight / etc.) podcast
- Mark Boulanger (of Massa Nera / Our Wits That Make Us Men / Miriam / etc.) podcast
- a Tarquin review (I swear)
- DEAD HOUR NOISE exclusive interview (I swear)

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
Lucas Norman (my son) podcast
NEW FORMS podcast
- OBROA-SKAI podcast

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.

Friday, 12 June 2020

***PODCAST #43 - Amy + Cory (Obroa-skai/Rayleigh)***

Who doesn't love Amy and Cory? Honestly? These two have been ridiculously active in the Edmonton scene for years, as both played in Rayleigh and now rock out with Durell in OBROA-SKAI. My partner Lisa and I got along with the two of them swimmingly at 2019's Zegema Beach Records Fest so we decided to do a double-date podcast. Find out the couple's origin story, what they're gearing up for, and why your band should play Edmonton if going playing Western Canada. If you haven't checked out their new split with Ysidro and 4-Way with Coma Regalia, Indisposed and 소나기 then you can by clicking through the OBROA-SKAI bandcamp below. If interested, you can check out the podcast I did with Durell right here in which we also discuss his old band Mahria. Podcast #43 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


ASPERGERS - "Пыли" (Dave)
ZETA "Mochima (feat. Alejandra Campos)(Amy+Cory)
DANIEL STRIPED TIGER - "Goldwood" (Lisa)

PYRAMIDS "Stationed(Cory)
BLACK CHANNELS - "Visit the Windows" (Dave)
MARÉE NOIRE - "Aller (Sans revenir)(Amy)MARA'AKATE - "Congratulations On Your Impending Nupitals" (Lisa+Dave)



PODCAST #43 linked here

Thursday, 11 June 2020


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Chaotic Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore / Mathcore / Grindcore / Sludge
Related artistsCroatone and Reconnect.
CountryLansing, Michigan U.S.A.
Years Active2013-present
Song: "In Shackles"
Album: "Sleeping Dogs"
Year: 2020
For fans ofEvery Time I Die, Bleeding Kansas, Curl Up And Die, Von Wolfe, Converge, Lavotchkin, Creeper, Officer Jones And His Patrol Car Problems, Botch, Coarse, The Minor Times, Llynch, Dangers, Olam, Ken Mode, Orphan Donor and Norma Jean.
Label(s): Self Released / Tomb Tree Tapes / Silver Maple Kill Records
This post's artist is from the April 2020 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2020 Mix#6 here.

I first heard about DEAD HOUR NOISE when they sent me their 2020 'Sleeping Dogs' full length to review and I fell pretty hard for them. Right away there was a confidant swagger to their mathy, metallic hardcore approach that calls for comparisons to Every Time I Die, Curl Up And Die, Von Wolfe and Bleeding Kansas. I delved into their back catalogue and the following are my thoughts, but be sure to check out that new album (and cds from the band + gorgeous swirl tapes from the band and Tomb Tree Tapes) because it hits all the right notes if you like the aforementioned bands.

The band's hey-how-ya-doin' was 2014's 'Tension' which, when compared with pretty much everything released after, is dirtier, grittier and a bit less technical. It houses 8 tracks and for a debut this is fucking stellar, bringing to mind Curl Up And Die and Creeper in the way the songs seem to drip in black from the ceiling but are still fast and heavy enough to catch you by surprise and subsequently crush you. "Slumber" and "1960" are fast and deadly, both of which stay in the chaotic hardcore realm more than the mathy, metallic hardcore one you'll find them in now. The most out-of-the-box song is "Affliction" although closer and lengthiest number "Pardon Me" boasts some very different sounds which are still highly effective in kicking my ass. My personal favourite is "Sinner", although straight-forward in approach, it goes super hard and lays down some mad licks at around 40 seconds as well as a deathly breakdown thereafter.

After two decent tracks 'Bad Things Are Going To Happen To Good People' really gets going. "Gambler" is dirty-as-fuck with a breakdown at 45 seconds that is bloody disgusting. "Guerra" is chunky and apocalyptic with a bit of Botch going on and "Wood Chipper Abortion" is fantastic, sounding just like you think it does in a mere 30 seconds. Ace in the hole. "Dead Dreamer" is another righteous banger not unlike a dense, spastic ball of energy bouncing seemingly at random off the walls.

In 2017 they released a split 7" with Hordes, the first in the 'Hard Split' series, and their song "4138" is the bridge from the early material to the later, as once that breakdown hits just before the minute mark...well, that's essential DEAD HOUR NOISE right there.

First off, the production on 'Sleeping Dogs' is fantastic, making everything crystal clear. Opener "Scatter" wastes zero time in creating raw excitement, but it's at 50 seconds when the flexes a driving riff that eventually topples the entire song with a crippling breakdown. "The Texas Effect" is next and also boasts some seriously killer time signatures, shifts and another swelling, circular riff that ushers delicious screaming. The methodical breakdown in "Nerves" that crosses the three-minute mark is a joy to listen to on headphones, and good lord those drums kick-ass. "The Waltz" is more Ken Mode and Curl Up And Die then I think I've ever heard another band do, and it's done in DEAD HOUR NOISE-mashup style, making it even sicker. The nightmarish bass and drawn-out/eclectic screams lead into an insanely sludgy, stop-start at the two-minute mark, and is topped at four minutes with some mad Bleeding Kansas solos. "Vessel" is another banger that brings their Botch love to the foreground, while at 1:20 in "In Shackles" shit gets gets fucking wild, with the remainder of the song going so hard that I just have to mention The Minor Times. The most adventurous tune on this album is track 10's "Audience Joins Murder" which surpasses seven-and-a-half minutes, hitting all the major DHN hallmarks and adding a few ones, including that magnetic, epic riff that permeates the midsection of the song.

I should reiterate again that the Tomb Tree Tapes cassettes for 'Sleeping Dogs' are very sick and come on three variants (opaque swirl, transparent swirl & white) that can be picked up from the band or the ZBR distros. I've been interviewing the band and we just wrapped it up so expect that later June!



2014 - Tension cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Bad Things Are Going To Happen To Good People LP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Hordes split 7" (stream/donate/download here)

2020 - Sleeping Dogs cd/cassetteLP (stream/donate/download here) [buy tape from ZBR U.S.A. or Canada/Internationally]


(2020) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Vessel" (from 'Sleeping Dogs')

(2020) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "The Waltz" (from 'Sleeping Dogs')

(2020) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "In Shackles" (from 'Sleeping Dogs')

(2017) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "4138" (from 'Hordes' split)

(2016) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Guerra" (from 'Bad Things Are Going To Happen To Good People')

(2016) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Gambler" (from 'Bad Things Are Going To Happen To Good People')

(2016) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Dead Dreamer" (from 'Bad Things Are Going To Happen To Good People')

(2014) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Sinner" (from 'Tension')

(2014) DEAD HOUR NOISE - "Pardon Me" (from 'Tension')


DEAD HOUR NOISE additional links


Sunday, 31 May 2020


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Dark Hardcore / Neocrust / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsHelter Skater, Piolun and Torpur.
Country: Tarnów POLAND
Years Active2011-2015
Song: "Black Rain"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2011
For fans ofCraneo, Virginia On Duty, Mališa BahatRêche, Saligia, We Watch Clouds, Crossed, Drei Affen, Foxmoulder, The Usual, Black Kites and Furnace.
Label(s): D.I.Y. Kuroi Ame / Quatuka Records
This post's artist is from the April 2020 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2020 Mix#6 here.

Yet another incredible band that I have no idea how I found about. It looks like I downloaded the 'Demo' in 2013 (two years after its release) but only ended up listening to it in early 2020. KUROI AME were from Poland and only released said 7-song 'Demo' in 2011 on both cassette and cd. Their crusty, dark hardcore and screamo concoction with dual vocals is reminiscent of bands such as Mališa Bahat, Virginia On Duty and Craneo.

The EP opens with "Intro", a fully instrumental jam that sets the tone and bleeds wonderfully into one of the ultimate bangers "Black Rain". This thing is huge, teetering and groovy hardcore/screamo track that goes from good to great come 1:25 with excellent call-and-response dual screaming, lots of bell hits and a killer outro. "Reinvent the Moves" is another rager with the band's signature bass-driven transition and a stellar second half that has both vocalists sweeping across the instrumentals, giving the track a supercharged finale. "False Needs" digs even deeper than the two previous songs and navigates beautifully through subterranean passages, taking more from hardcore than screamo and burying it deep beneath the Earth. "Grace" is punishing but injects some noodles and nice melodies in now and again, creating a much more diverse and mature sound that leads me to believe it may have been one of the final songs written for this. I should probably mention that the vocals on this demo as for the entirety of "Follower" I'm just thinking "damn, I love these vocals." They are top-notch and the perfect mixture of screaming, one a bit higher and one a bit lower. Closer "Production Line" is the final audio boot to the face, with explosive drums and vocals that could strip paint off of a door. The climax hits at about 1:35 with a staggering start/stop and subsequent organized destruction.

I've almost never seen this band posted about and think they are very overlooked, as this lone EP is fanfuckingtastic. Enjoy!



2011 - Demo cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2011) KUROI AME - "Black Rain" (from 'Demo')

(2011) KUROI AME - "Production Line" (from 'Demo')

(2011) KUROI AME - "Grace" (from 'Demo')


KUROI AME additional links


Friday, 29 May 2020


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Back When, Caught In The Fall, Hercules, Powerslop and Eyes Of Verotika.
Country: Omaha, Nebraska U.S.A.
Years Active2019-present
Song: "Hedge Apple"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2019
For fans ofCaught In The Fall, Eyes Of Verotika, D'Amore, Synodus Horrenda, Under Glass and Karloff.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2020 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2020 Mix#6 here.

I was sent STREGA MORTA by Aaron Broveak, as it is his solo screamo project that was recorded in January of 2019, releasing 'Demo' the following month. Who's Aaron Broveak? Well holy shit, he played in Back When, Caught In The Fall, Eyes Of Verotika, and if none of those names ring a bell you got some mad homework, my friend.

'Demo' houses four songs, all of which focus a combination of raw hardcore, screamo and the occasional death growl. It opens with "Blossom", a callback to the Caught In The Fall days of Omaha screamo. The rhythmic shifts and dual vocals are awesome, with a very sick groove transition just before half-way through and pretty aggressive subsequent behaviour. "Hedge Apple" is next and my pick for strongest track, as it lays on some seriously driving, cathartic and explosive screamo following its one-minute ambient intro. "Levitation / / Mediation" is by far the most somber of the lot at 2:04 of distant, discordant, ambient and experimental screamo that leads nicely into closer "Preghiera Delle Streghe". At 1:22 this thing is a fucking beast, complete with some massive drums, ridiculous timing and a shit-ton of back-and-forth screaming/growling, making it the most chaotic and least accessible song it's one of the best!

We'll see what's in store for Aaron later this year, as I'm hoping he'll have time to write a follow-up during the quarantine. Fantastic demo.



2019 - Demo digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2020) STREGA MORTA - "Hedge Apple" (from 'Demo')

(2020) STREGA MORTA - "Preghiera Delle Streghe OR Blossom" (from 'Demo')


STREGA MORTA additional links

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

***PODCAST #42 - Chris(New Forms/Casper Elgin)***

A few weeks back I spoke to Chris, the drummer of NEW FORMS and ex-Casper Elgin. We geek out over screamo pretty hard and he even premieres the skeleton of what will hopefully become a new NEW FORMS song! Podcast #42 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

L'ANTIETAM - "Boxes" (Chris)
BUCKET FULL OF TEETH "Capital Distracts and Imprisons(Dave)
SEABREEZES - "Nothing is Real But Blue" (Chris)

Реклама На Канале Снов "32(Dave)THE CABS - "キェルツェの螺旋" (Chris)
LOFTUS "Crusty(Dave)

CHRIS/NEW FORMS - "skeleton/demo" (Chris)
VEIN - "Gust" (Chris)
BACK WHEN "A Hero's Welcome(Dave)



PODCAST #42 linked here

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Mathcore
Related artists?.
CountryDaytona Beach, Florida U.S.A.
Years Active2010-2012
Song: "The Great Kneer"
Album: "Life's a Beach"
Year: 2011
For fans ofDead Hour Noise, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, My America Is Watching Tigers Die, Coarse, Breather Resist, In The Name Of Havoc, Bleeding Kansas, Karat's Gold, Millions Of Them, Llynch and Botch.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2020 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2020 Mix#6 here.

I don't know where I first heard about VON WOLFE, but if you like Every Time I Die, early Norma Jean and that sick new 'Sleeping Dogs' LP by Dead Hour Noise then I highly recommend this snarky, playful, chaotic, short-lived and awesome Daytona Beach band. Releasing but a single cdEP in 2011 titled 'Life's a Beach', the album still kicks ass to this day.

'Life's a Beach' opens with "Out of Workaholic" which gets the Every Time I Die and Norma Jean mix going nice and early. There are half-yelled/half-screamed vocals, breakdowns and changeups galore, making it a great introduction to the band. Their ability to combine melody with a flurry of precise and focused aggression is most excellent, and put on full display on the following track "The Great Kneer". Despite a bunch of great material, it does lack some diversity as the tracks kind of blend together without many distinguishing features. I'd be a fool not to mention the awesomeness of "Scumbaguh Doughnuts", the fan-favourite and obvious choice for one of the more unique songs on the EP.

I guess there isn't too much left to say. They released just this one EP, but you can check out a full live set below if you're hankering for more.



2011 - Life's a Beach cdEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2011) VON WOLFE - "Scumbaguh Doughnuts" (from 'Life's a Beach')

(2011) VON WOLFE - "16 Roman Candles" (from 'Life's a Beach')

(2011) VON WOLFE - "The Great Kneer" (from 'Life's a Beach')

(2012) VON WOLFE - full set @Festivus For The Rest Of Us


VON WOLFE additional links

Saturday, 16 May 2020

***PODCAST #41 - Lucas Norman (my son)***

Every year my son Lucas and I will do a podcast together. The first one was last year and this year we hiked to the top of a mountain, had a picnic and did this podcast, during which he was able to describe the music and he straight up loves all six songs on here. Podcast #41 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

Here's us dancing to the chugs of LIFE:

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Sick Sick Sick" (Lucas)
CROWNING "Trakada(Dave)
BLUE NOISE - "One" (Lucas)

LIFE "ametic(Dave)
FALL OF TROY - "F.C.P.S.I.T.S.G.E.P.G.E.P.G.E.P (demo)" (Lucas)
ZMAR "Vytratit se(Dave)



PODCAST #41 linked here