Friday, 18 January 2019

***DIM INTO DROSS exclusive album premiere***

"Specters of Indifference"
exclusive album premiere
For fans ofStraight No ChaserCapsuleGraf Orlock, Worst Days, Greyskull and Euclid C Finder

Following up the song premiere from a few days back, this is the full LP premiere of DIM INTO DROSS' 'Specters of Indifference' in all its glory. Featuring members from Massa NeraMiriamPermanent TensionBury YourselfEntiaInvalids and In Angels, this very technical hardcore album is right up a lot readers' alley, I would think. Take a listen now, and grab it from the DIM INTO DROSS bandcamp page as of Saturday, January 19th.

(2019) DIM INTO DROSS 'Specters of Indifference'

1 - "Heritage" (1:08) = a raging opener

2 - "Episode" (1:22) = huge breakdown at 20 seconds

3 - "Interview With a Job" (1:22) = the sweeps, THE SWEEPS!

4 - "We Will Break This" (1:31) = pulverizing double-bass

5 - "End Begin End" (1:07) = ridiculously chaotic/amazing, kinda Hayworth/Euclid C Finder

6 - "Osidian" (2:44) = a longer, chiller post-hardcore venture with an explosive first minute

7 - "That's Crazy Glue" (1:07) = in short, a mindfuck

8 - "Where Are You" (0:55) = shortest song, feels twice as long with that gargantuan second half

9 - "Learning Difference" (1:38) = non-stop guitar wizardly, good god

10 - "Posthumous Book Club" (2:32) = epic, all-encapsulating closer

Thursday, 17 January 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsRKK and Mendadak Kolektif.
CountrySurabaya INDONESIA
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Katastrofe"
Album: "Prahara"
Year: 2018
For fans ofLKTDOV, Raein, 124C41+, Viva Belgrado, Tröpical Ice Land, Karloff, They Sleep We LiveSketchbooks, Lucas Kane, Lessener, Funeral Diner, Dear Tonight, Massa Nera and Suis La Lune aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Paska Records
This post's artist is from the January 2019 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the January 2019 Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2019 Mix#2 here.

I was sent this band's debut EP a few months back and have finally gotten around to reviewing it. MELABUH KELABU hail from Indonesia and sound a bit similar (in a good way) with another Indonesian band I am smitten with, LKTDOV. This band plays a slightly melancholic but driving style of screamy hardcore on their only offering thus far, the 'Prahara' EP, released by Paska Records. It opens with the strongest track titled "Katastrofe" which delves directly into raw, unbridled screamo not unlike They Sleep We Live and Tröpical Ice Land. Slowing down before the one-minute mark, they abandon the emo-violence instrumentals for an epic post-hardcore/screamo second half that brings Viva Belgrado and LKTDOV to mind. "RE_Subject" dumps the intricate, layered screamo in favor of driving hardcore for the first 30 seconds, then spend the next 30 in chill mode before adding another 12 seconds of hardcore to the close. Title track "Prahara" is next, taking a nice, groovin', instrumental swing at a track that is more post-rock than it is hardcore. Closer "Bab III" is much more akin to the opener, but longer, and after the opening screamo whirlwind it takes a soothing approach reminding me of those Swedish post-hardcore junkies Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket.



2018 - Prahara cdrEP (stream/buy here)


(2018) MELABUH KELABU - "Katastrofe" (from 'Prahara')

(2018) MELABUH KELABU - "Bab III" (from 'Prahara')


MELABUH KELABU additional links


Wednesday, 16 January 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Black Metal / Crust / Doom / Ambient / Experimental
Related artistsLate Night Fiction and As The Blessed Fall.
CountryHull U.K.
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Wretch"
Album: "Karin"
Year: 2017
For fans ofJune PaikNic (aka ██████)['selvə], Tentacles, Ostraca, Old Soul, Underdark, Carol, Acme, Nulajednanulanula, Tenue, Malevich, Hope Drone, Milkman, Welcome The Plague Year and Red Water aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Spat On Tapes
This post's artist is from the January 2019 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the January 2019 Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2019 Mix#2 here.

STILL is a band from the UK that released a live-off-the-floor demo in 2017 that I didn't get around to obsess over until mid-2018. Playing an excellent, brooding style of evil, dark, screamy hardcore and black-metal, it's the destroyed vocals that take the cake cuz they sound like every nightmare I've ever had rolled into one. They take what are normally 10-minute monsters and condense them down to more digestable 4-6 minute chunks, thus resembling Tentacles, June Paik and Red Water to a pretty strong degree. They've also played shows with the likes of Hexis, Hundred Year Old Man and Dawn Ray'd.

Their sole release (so far, keep reading...😇) opens with the fantastic "Daughter", which mixes a glorious concoction of sprawling post-hardcore and epic black-metal. And it is on this track that we first hear those outrageously destroyed vocals, which are probably my favourite thing about the band. After the band's patented two-minute introduction they shift to volatile hardcore, then back to tranquil post-hardcore, and finally back to the initial Hope Drone and ['selvə] spacey riff that just kills me. Oh, and that instantaneous shift from destruction to complete tranquility at 3:07 is fucking genius.

The second track from 'Karin' is so good I used it as the opening track on the January 2019 blog mix. "Wretch" is the ultimate display of STILL's ability to crush the listener, and is without a doubt the darkest and unsettling song released to date. When the swing hits at 1:26 with lightning drums make sure you're wearing a chin-guard cuz that shit'll make your mouth drop like a ton of bricks. After a bassy lull the song kicks back in at full speed halfway through to strip whatever remaining hair may be left in your ears. And those vocals, my god, they sound like a demon shrieking in pain...and I fucking love it.

"Dancer"  begins with an equally calming and unsettling ambient intro that bleeds out to just drums that act as the transition to a swirling guitar progression and its subsequent annihilation at the two-minute mark, although they do resurrect it soon after and layer it over top the darker, sludgier section. The song picks up yet again following a few destructive bass riffs at around 2:45 with what I can only describe as the cataclysmic sound of the end of the human race. Alongside "Wretch" this is my favourite of the songs here.

"Priest" is a cool jam with a hypnotic and minimal instrumental jam from the first to second minute, but otherwise it's a mixture of spacey post-hardcore and unrelenting, blackened screamo. Closer "Execution" bides the first two minutes with a dreamy and lush instrumental opening whilst simultaneously recruiting an army of evil goblins, all of which are unleashed upon the listener for the song's final 1:28.

I contacted the band and they have informed me that they are set to release a three-track EP this spring and are also working on an LP which will be, "heavier, more abrasive and considerably darker!"...fuck yeah!!! If you're around be sure to catch them on February 9th in Hull at Kingston Studios.



2017 - Karin cd/cassetteLP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) STILL - "Wretch" (from 'Karin')

(2017) STILL - "Daughter" (from 'Karin')

(2017) STILL - "Dancer" (from 'Karin')


STILL additional links