Thursday 22 December 2022


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Powerviolence / Grindcore
Related artists?.
CountryMinsk BELARUS
Years Active2015-2016
For fans ofFrancis Brady, Deleometer, Blind Girls, Building Of A Heart Breaker Pyramid, Tristan Tzara, Louise Cyphre, Ghost Spirit, and The Short Blooming.
Label(s): Self Released / Le Blast

      I discovered Икар (I think it's pronounced Ikar) through Le Blast Tapes who continually release some of the most obscure/underground screamo/emo-violence from all over the world. After picking up the label's most recent releases I came across this Belarusian band that recorded a live set in 2015 and an EP in 2016, both short, both fucking awesome. 

     This band in particular played intense, cathartic, speedy, and shrieky emo-violence in the vein of Blind Girls (minus the intricate guitar melodies), Francis Brady, Piri Reis and Beau Navire. Honestly this shit should have blown up as the 2016 '\​\​\​\​\​\' in particular is top-fucking-notch stuff. It contains six tracks that are usually a hair under two minutes and the production is (obviously) vastly improved from the live recordings.

     Zegema Beach Records has the final copies in their store but only 15 were made and we already sold the first half!



2015 - Live/Unreleased digital EP (available on tape only)

2016 - \​\​\​\​\​\ cassette EP (stream/donate/download here)

2022 - \​\​\​\​\​\ + Live/Unreleased cassette (buy from Zegema Beach Records)


(2016) Икар - "Последняя" (from '\​\​\​\​\​\')

(2016) Икар - "Ветра потерь" (from '\​\​\​\​\​\')

(2016) Икар - "Ревущие деревья ждут, когда мы вернемся" (from '\​\​\​\​\​\')

(2015) Икар - "2" (from 'Live/Unreleased')


Икар additional links

Saturday 17 December 2022


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Sludge / Experimental
Related artists: Bbaatbifffs.
CountryChicago, Illinois U.S.A.
Years Active2013
For fans ofA Paramount A Love Supreme, A Day In Black And White, Truman, Swan Of Tuonela, Trotsky, Infant Island, Sleep Debt, Closedown, Neev, Nouveau and Burial Etiquette.
Label(s): Self Released

     This three-piece from Chicago, Illinois were around in 2013 and then were done. In and out with a single six-song EP called 'Tainted', how very screamo indeed. The songs are very dark, emotional, raw, eerie, and generally just super moody, with jarring/shrieky vocals and the occasional spoken word (but so much more, like a controlled emotional wail). Tracks like "Cold Winter Showers" (very bassy), "Hold" (very playful), "How Many People Should Be Dissected?" (very diverse), and "Ignorant Assimilation" (very epic) are the ones to perk your ears up for when listening through, as they are fleshed out and super engaging. The closer "Ignorant Assimilation" (live video here) is my numba one here, as that dark/dancey vibe builds until the vocalist is left alone screaming before the climax - HOLY FUCK that's some good shit. They definitely hit a sweet-spot that's hard to place, but A Paramount A Love Supreme, Swan Of Tuonela, and Truman are probably the most apt comparisons here.


2013 - live WHPK (2 songs) digital (stream/donate/download here)
2013 - Tainted cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2013) ATALANTA - "Ignorant Assimilation" (from 'Tainted')

(2013) ATALANTA - "Hold" (from 'Tainted')

(2013) ATALANTA - "How Many People Should Be Dissected" live


ATALANTA additional links

Friday 16 December 2022

*** PODCAST #106 Dean Strike (Salt Money, Spear Of Schlonginus, etc.) ***

     Another stabby reminder not to release your year-end lists early cuz you would have completely missed SALT MONEY's 12-track LP. I spoke with vocalist Dean and had a great time. We delved heavily into the band's creation, their upcoming tour, the Australian scene, and a ton of other stuff such as: the Australian screamo explosion, why Spotify is definitely lame (edit: they thought I was using "feat" as in "featuring"), Parkway Drive ruling Australia, twinkles, more talking in screamo, the metamorphosis of Lumens, the future of Salt Money (and a music video!), selling out, some love for Racoon City/Flesh Born/Pianos Become The Teeth/The Saddest Landscape/Gil Cerrone/Keratin/Thank You Driver, etc. Bands played in this podcast: A Mourning Star, Eremo, Komusō, I Have A Heart, I Have Dreams and World Sick. Listen to podcast #106 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



1 I Say Spear. You Say Schlong.
WORLD SICK "Job Ready" (Dean)
EREMO "L'Ego In Un Pagliaio" (Dave)

2 Getting Into Screamo (soon to be called Talko)
I HAVE A HURT "Hello Darkness" (Dean)
KOMUSŌ "暗宿" (Dave)

3 Unboxable
I HAVE DREAMS "Thank you so much for having the courage to help a friend change his life for the better" (Dean)

4 Small Scenes
A MOURNING STAR "Original Mind" (Dave)



PODCAST #106 linked here


Wednesday 14 December 2022

*** THANK YOU DRIVER exclusive music video premiere ***

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Math Metal / Mathcore / Chaotic Hardcore
Related artists?.
CountryLangley, British Columbia CANADA
Years Active2020-present
For fans ofThumbscrew, .gif from god, Hayworth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Matter Device, Poison The Well, Unearth, Under The Pier, Wreck Of The Minotaur, Shai Hulud, Deftones, (early) Codeseven, and Ion Dissonance.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records

     A few months back I was introduced to Langley BC's very young quartet THANK YOU DRIVER via their 'Nothing You Do Can Stop Us' three-song EP which cracked open my skull. It's so good. So I helped release it. Then I went to a show and shot some footage for a music video. Then Trilly edited it. Now we're here. Let's go.

     2020 'Thank You Driver' opener "An Aggressive Display of Screaming and Acceptance" begins like Deftones but quickly switches to noodley emo, which is super surprising considering the band's two 2022 EPs sounding nothing like either of those things. The song as well as the next wo songs on the album follow this formula with varying degrees of success; lots of spoken word, layers of vocals, hard/soft dynamics, noodles, emo, post-hardcore/post-metal, and the like. Closer "Heartbreaks and Openers, Pt. 2" is probably my pick for best track as it focuses on the heavy and when the chill moments pop up the guitar tone sounds fantastic, combining into and early Codeseven meets Snapcase hybrid.

     In early 2022 the band released 'They Taught Us How To Read In Nam' which is a complete pivot from their preceding material as the band obviously got hard into The Dillinger Escape Plan and early 2000s metalcore. Even with all the same members they switched to super techy metalcore without a hint of emo, and therefore these three songs fucking shred. The vocals are also very different and are rabid and on the lower end of the screaming spectrum. "Interview With B. Rice" goes apeshit immediately and brings in some extremely nifty instrumentals come 1:45 that remind me of Unearth. "Rich In Bootstraps" has a bit of a Shai Hulud feel to it with those swirling guitars and introspective vocals but hot damn that breakdown and subsequent shift halfway through the song is badass. Closer and title track "They Taught Me How to Read in Nam" is more experimental than the first two but opens with some nasty chugs and gutteral vocals and contains some serious guitary wizardry and multiple screamers. Mmmmm baby. Appetite whet.

     In late 2022 the band showcased their growth over the past few months and delivered one of my absolute favourite EPs of the year with 'Nothing You Do Can Stop This'. The math is still there but the band delves into myspace/grind and come out sounding like a mixture of Thumbscrew, .gif from god, and Poison The Well. And they fucking nail that shit. Right from the 10-second mark in opener "Dyer Blueprint" the listener is catapulted into a tornado of chugs, wild solos, stop/starts, and shrieking maniacal vocals. The song sounds like the band stepped into warp drive as the dizzying shifts and aural onslaught seems to occur at every possible moment, leaving just 15 seconds of breathing room at its close. If the opener is a team of snipers then follow-up "A Motion Picture Fantasia" is a racecar/stream-roller that flattens any human it its path. Everything is stepped up on this release, and it culminates in closer and lead single "Virgil Scump" which really pushes the Poison The Well-esque spoken word to the forefront, embraces more accessible transitions, and boasts the EP's longest length. 



2022 - They Taught Us How To Read In Nam cdEP (stream/donate/download here) / [buy from Zegema Beach Records USA here]
2022 - Nothing You Do Can Stop This cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here) / [buy from Zegema Beach Records USA here]


(2022) THANK YOU DRIVER - "Dyer Blueprint" (from 'Nothing You Do Can Stop This') official music video EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!!!

(2022) THANK YOU DRIVER - "A Motion Picture Fantasia" (from 'Nothing You Do Can Stop This')
(2022) THANK YOU DRIVER - "Virgil Scump" (from 'Nothing You Do Can Stop This')
(2022) THANK YOU DRIVER - "They Taught Me How to Read in Nam" (from 'They Taught Us How To Read In Nam')

(2022) THANK YOU DRIVER - "Rich in Bootstraps" (from 'They Taught Us How To Read In Nam') official music video

(2020) THANK YOU DRIVER - "Heartbreaks and Openers, Pt. 2" (from 'Thank You Driver')

THANK YOU DRIVER additional links


Sunday 11 December 2022

*** PODCAST #105 Adam Brock Ciresi (Carrion Spring, Said Goner) ***

     When I first started this blog I spoke a bunch with Adam Brock Ciresi from CARRION SPRING about the band, his upcoming solo project (now fully formed band SAID GONER), and their artistic I commissioned Adam to design the Zegema Beach Records logo, thus tying us together forever. I then released the debut Said Goner 12" and years later the self-titled Carrion Spring cassette and met them in Toronto at the final Skramden Yards show and the second New Friends Fest. I love Adam and this was a conversation just littered with juicy info, jokes, band references, and interesting tidbits. Discussed in this episode: moving from New York to Portland, Crohn's disease, Sizzle Pie and makin' pie's for Isis and Neurosis, oversized kids' band shirts, Beavis and Butthead influence, injuries at shows, screamo moves, The Sawtooth Grin, playing in: Gunslinger, The Amazing Plaid, Logs, the origins of Carrion Spring and: the band name, iterations, dealing with suicide, channeling band members through mushrooms, first show in three years w/Loma Prieta, Slow Fire Pistol, and Hybrid Forms, new material, Said Goner; band name, almost dying, new material (both albums!), etc. Bands played in this podcast: Congratulations, Death Crash, Poison The Well, Rockets And Bluelights, Shai Hulud, and Works. Listen to podcast #105 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



1 Faceplanting Into a Whole New Scene of Music
SHAI HULUD "This Wake I Myself Have Stirred" (Adam)
POISON THE WELL "Nerdy" (Dave)

2 The Best Fucking Emo Band That Ever Existed
ROCKETS AND BLUELIGHTS "Forest Green and Autumn" (Adam)
CONGRATULATIONS "Aren't You Frightened Skinny Scary Skeleton" (Dave)

3 The Ongoing Existence of Carrion Spring
DEATH CRASH "Dancing With Jeremy" (Adam)
WORKS "Punishment" (Dave)

4 I Sent You a Mix Just In Case I Died in the Hospital
no music



Friday 2 December 2022


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryNew Jersey U.S.A.
Years Active1997-2000
For fans ofYou And I, The Story Of Floating Weeds, The Assistant, Dispensing Of False Halos, Crestfallen, Tyranny Of Shaw, and Codeseven.
Label(s): Inertia Records / Cast Down Records

     I was recently shown this album from New Jersey hardcore/metalcore/emo band BLUE SKIES FADE. They seem to have played shows for a few years around the release of their only album 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off'. The album is loaded with neurotic moments and transitions (sometimes seamlessly, sometimes not) that swerves the vessel between varying track lengths and genres, generally emo with raw sung vocals, metalcore/metallic hardcore, and screamo. Songs such as "Pacify the Agony" and "Blur" hold my attention while others like the 7+ minute opener "Monday", "Numb", and closer "Conspiracy" have but a few beacons of light amidst a flurry of stuff that just doesn't jive with me. Primary, the unjiviness comes from the clean vocals that are kinda tone-deaf - which some people love, but not me. The thing is, when the band moves into the heavier stuff they really excel at it. The first half of "Angelica's Story" is badass and reminiscent of bands like Dispensing Of False Halos, The Assistant, and 'Division of Labor'-era Codeseven (those dual vox are intense), but the introspective midsection doesn't do anything for me. This holds true for the last two minutes of "On The Side Of Darkness" (another needlessly lengthy endeavor), most of "Blur" and "Pacify the Agony" as the intense, engrossing, cathartic aspects of the band shine brightly. 



1998 - The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off cd/cassette LP (buy tape in the U.S. / buy tape everywhere else)


(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Angelica's Story" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')

(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Blur" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')
(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Pacify The Agony" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')


BLUE SKIES FADE out of print mp3 discography download / additional links