Wednesday, 20 October 2021

***MIRIN BIDE exclusive song premiere***


"Remolcar La Vida"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofSenza, Moss Rose and Кальк


Digital/12" vinyl release November 15th, 2021
via Zegema Beach Records and Larry Records

This is the official reveal of the 2021 4-Way split 12" featuring two new songs from Armywives, To Be Gentle, Alas, and Mirin Bide. One of the To Be Gentle songs ("Attachment") can be found on the Zampler #17 compilation, but otherwise zero info has been posted. The 12" will be released on Zegema Beach Records (150 copies) and Larry Records (60 copies) on a total of 250 across three variants. 100 yellow w/black splatter, 100 smoke merge, and introducing Zegema Beach's first Stupid Fancy out of 50. You'll have to wait for more pics, but for now I can reveal a few random selections from the smoke merge variant...and holy moly are they gorgeous!!!

The split releases in full on November 15th, 2021 with 12"s shipping immediately. Until then, here's a kickass song premiere!!!

(2021) MIRIN BIDE "Remolcar La Vida" (from '2021 4-Way')

Starting out blazing, this back-and-forth screaming intro leads to an eventual collapse at the 40-second mark. From the rubble emerges a positive, noodley, build that explodes into a new form of something closer to emo/hardcore than emo-violence. Very cool.

Friday, 24 September 2021


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Thrash / Crust
Related artists?.
CountrySaskatoon CANADA
Years Active2020-present
For fans ofMattachine, Furnace, Weak Wrists, Fluoride, Mouthing, and Fall Silent.
Label(s): Tomb Tree Tapes

2021 is the year of The Sleem for me. Ever had a shower band? No? Y'know, a release that you rock out in the shower to, blasting from your phone to be heard over the water? Last year it was Brahm's first outing and this year it's RIVERSLEEM's 'A Debut Release' cassette EP. Mixing shrieky vocals with pulverizing, metallic hardcore, it's not overly original but something about it makes it highly likely to be my favourite EP of 2021. I should also mention that the reason Tomb Tree Tapes picked up the EP was because the band submitted to this very blog, and I was like...yo...this fucking rules. I need to make you tapes, please. And now we're here.

The EP kicks off with "Cavalier", and there's no doubt about what you're gonna get from these four songs by the 30-second mark. Punishing, unrelenting, metallic hardcore. Those guitar squeals amidst the breakdown a minute in is fucking awesome, as are the peculiarly but confidently delivered ramblings of vocalist Kyle to close out the track. The vocals really shine on each song, but honestly everything does as the instrumentals are tight, punchy, chuggy and all-around very interesting to listen to, and a top-notch recording job doesn't hurt either.

Second up is "Observatory", a winding, chaotic, maze of a song that makes me think I'm being punched in succession. It's written in a way that the listener in funneled down a predetermined, shifting corridor that bounces you back and forth like a pinball. "Eyebrow" follows, and don't be fooled by the playful palm-muting, as the shortest track on the EP (about 1:30) is also one of the most vicious...ooof that ending.

Closer "Richard" is a helluva good time, opening with those sick, thick, RIVERSLEEM chugs. As it screeches around the half-minute mark it makes a plummeting dive for a slow-motion breakdown and the subsequent, danceable section features some very memorable repetition with the vocals, screaming...I think, "I am a chemical!". The tail-end of the song can be spotted by those ridiculously prolonged and sinister shrieks amidst evil, subterranean breakdowns.

Straight up, this debut EP is fucking incredible. There's absolutely no filler. The songs are mad intense. The running time is perfection, just shy of 9 minutes. The band is also community driven as they donated all digital proceeds to Prairie Harm Reduction. And to top it all off they're hilarious, just watch this video they released yesterday titled "Behind the Sleems".

A final note (besides how well those fucking tapes turned out) is the band's first show/release party tonight in Sasketchewan. If you're in/around Saskatoon and are double vaxed please go so I can live vicariously through you. All details in this facebook event page.

The Sleem for Prime Minister <3 <3 <3



2021 - A Debut Release cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2021) RIVERSLEEM - 'A Debut Release'

(2021) RIVERSLEEM - "Behind the Sleems"


RIVERSLEEM additional links


Saturday, 18 September 2021


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryMadrid SPAIN
Years Active2016-present
For fans ofViva Belgrado, Standstill, La Parade, Chavire, Yarostan, Aleska, Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket, Moving Mountains, Daitro, Envy, Sed Non Satiata, and Descubriendo A Mr. Mime.
Label(s): Self Released / Zilpzalp Records / Dingleberry Records / Pundonor Records / Tirano Intergaltico / Inhumano

Not that much need be said about this band, as it's pretty straight-forward.

1) If you like Spanish/European post-hardcore/screamo like Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, Viva Belgrado, La Parade and Standstill then methinks you'll fuckin' love this.

2) First album 'I' was released in 2017, it's kinda meh. Not my thing. Both the instrumentals and vocals have no real bite. They're decent, and a very good first go, but I never revisit these 7 tracks. Moving Mountains lite.

3) EP 'La herida renace en tus manos' came out the following year and is noticeably better than its predecessor. Very much in line with their subsequent output, heavier vocals, thicker instrumentals, less singing/more spoken word, all of which is encapsulated in closer "Águila".

4) It was 2019's 'Nuestro enemigo' 12"LP that initially caught my attention (due to a free tape) and had me picking up the vinyl immediately. The swirling, atmospheric tones mix beautifully with the post-hardcore twinkles and chugs, bringing to mind bands such as Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Myket, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime and Daitro. After a short, initial opener the album gets kick-started with the fantastic "Calma y olvido", anchored by a wailing guitar and excellent progressions, with the two-minute mark swing being my fave. "Penitencia" continues the beautiful balancing act but goes of at 2:10, "Cólera" is a beautiful acoustic/sung track that is worth a mention (kinda Standstill/Viva Belgrado), title track "Nuestro enemigo" has a music video (linked below) and is a banger that hits its stride at 1:50, and closer "Afasia" is damn-hell-ass epic.

5) Now I await the next material, as that last LP was fuckin' great.



2017 - I digital demo EP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - La herida renace en tus manos digital EP (stream/donate/download here)

2019 - Nuestro enemigo cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2021) ALTAIR - Hand 2 Paw Fest full set
(2019) ALTAIR - "Nuestro enemigo" (from 'Nuestro enemigo') official music video

(2019) ALTAIR - "Calma y olvido" (from 'Nuestro enemigo')
(2019) ALTAIR - "Penitencia" (from 'Nuestro enemigo')
(2018) ALTAIR - "Águila" (from 'La herida renace en tus manos')
(2017) ALTAIR - "Alias" (from 'I')


ALTAIR additional links