Sunday 29 October 2023


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Metal / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Experimental
Related artistsBrighton, Jin Baker, Jean Jean, Sure, Ghoster, Dawnshape, Kid North, Painting By Numbers, Radius System, Every Reason To..., HKY, Huata, and Subterraen.
CountryParis FRANCE
Years Active2003-2008 / 2016
For fans ofShora, Sine NomineTempest, Knut, Cassilis, Llynch, (early) Botch, (early) Devil Sold His Soul, and Akimbo.
Label(s): Self Released / Basement Apes Industries / Radar Swarm / Slow Death

     Sometime late 2022 someone posted TIME TO BURN somewhere (I think a friend added it to my screamo music video playlist) and I finally stumbled, hella late I might add, onto this absolutely ferocious French four-piece with dueling guitars, poignant chaos, and fantastic screaming. How in the actual fuck did I miss this? We can't blame geography as I've been into Daitro (from France) for over two decades. The style isn't one I just happened upon recently either, as I've been all over this frantic, screamy metallic/hardcore for just as long. Y'know what? Who gives a shit. This band fucking slayed and their entire discography is worth your time, especially if you like the sheer intensity and lunacy of bands like Shora and Sine Nomine.

     In 2004, just a year after the band's inception, they released their debut EP 'Burn the Lie Down'. These four songs are really sick and show the band's identity immediately...before they blow up that brain of yours. All songs are very most representative of the band's sound, but five-minute bangers "Lyksyr" and "Trauma" are my choices for strongest cuts. The former layers atmospheric post-hardcore amidst the destruction and lengthy/sustained screams while the latter lays down some seriously epic shit bursting with vigor.

     Just a year after they released their most chaotic album, titled 'Starting Point'. This thing fucking owns. The momentum this album is able to generate and subsequently prolong is astounding, and definitely gives me Sine Nomine vibes in the that department (as well as a few others). The harrowing, primal screams on this release are phenomenal and definitely bare resemblance to Shora and early Cassilis. Following a dark instrumental intro the album digs itself in with "Lost In Poetic Words", a dangerous three-and-a-half minute deluge through swirling/driving instrumentals and those aforementioned glorious screams. This is followed by the absolutely unhinged carnage that is "Jelly Roll" which clutches to prodigious and imposing riffs over speed and chaos, complete with a desperate, nightmarish unraveling of a conclusion. Title track "Starting Point" is next and follows a more streamlined approach than the preceding song, opting for big riffs and an avalanche of vocals interspersed with panic-inducing mayhem. Speaking of mayhem, no song is more of a punch in the face than "Waiting For The End" which clocks in at only 2:26 and is a literal steamroller stuck on fast-forward. Capping off the album are two more songs, "Burn The Lie Down" which I would assume was written around the time of their previous EP and is another fucking banger that would have me running around if I ever saw them live, and closer "Alma" which leans hard into creepy post-hardcore and reminds me a bit of Botch's "Afghamistam" during it's first half and an instrumental version of TIME TO BURN for it's remainder. Woot woot what a record!

     Next up is the equally awesome and more experimental 'Is.Land' full length. After another intro song "Is" we are met head-on with "Nayeli", a helluva headbanger with mad groove and even better, fuck me I wish I could scream like that. It sounds like his poisonous emanations reverberate in an echo chamber for a few years before finally escaping his mouth. The song itself owes a bit more to sludge and dynamics than speed, ferocity, and chaos, which can applied to the album in general. "Emma Peel" is a slower burn at 7:15 but definitely pays off, and this also includes the first clean singing from the band and in all honesty it fits so damn well. Not only that, but the vocals are actually quite good, and when coupled with the keys come 4:20 the atmosphere of it all has a tight gravitational pull. This clean singing unites again with posty perfection in the closing song "Land" which has early Devil Sold His Soul as well as obvious Deftones vibes. Following an eerie intro, "Tormenta" brings back the chaos from the previous album and gets straight up ridiculous at 1:30, holy fuuuuuuck this song is amazing. The ambient interlude "." is next and the rockin' instrumental "Isle Of Men" follows that. Then we're back in annihilation nation with the brooding "Tsering Lhamo" (good lord, those screams!), relatively short "Sang", and the almost Celeste/Hexis-esque "Gream".

   In 2008 the band also tossed up their two comp tracks as a "B-Sides" EP, with "Candle In Wind" coming out in 2008 on the 3xCD 'Falling Down' comp and "Elena Djinn" seeing the light of day two years later on the second 'Falling Down II' comp, this time on 2xCD. I don't know the info on when these were recorded but I would assume during the 'Is.Land' sessions. Both are decent tracks with the  former blazing through 2:26 and the latter having a slow start but ravenous conclusion.

     Wow, I haven't done a track-by-track review in some time, but goddamn this band was worth it.



2004 - Burn the Lie Down EP (stream/donate/download here)

2005 - Starting Point cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2007 - Is.Land cd/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2008 - B-Sides digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2007) TIME TO BURN - "Nayeli" (from 'Is.Land') official music video

(2007) TIME TO BURN - "Tormenta" (from 'Is.Land')

(2007) TIME TO BURN - "Land" (from 'Is.Land')

(2005) TIME TO BURN - "Waiting For The End" (from 'Starting Point')

(2005) TIME TO BURN - "Lost In Poetic Words" (from 'Starting Point')

(2005) TIME TO BURN - "Burn The Lie Down" (from 'Starting Point')

(2004) TIME TO BURN - "Trauma" (from 'Burn the Lie Down')

(2004) TIME TO BURN - "Lyksyr" (from 'Burn the Lie Down')


Additional links


Thursday 26 October 2023

*** PODCAST #134 Alex Crist (Closet Witch) ***

     I've been a massive CLOSET WITCH fan since getting the Euth split 7" and their self-titled first LP around the same time the better part of a decade ago. Their pulverizing, non-stop assault on the senses was something that really resonated with me as despite the speed and chaos, the four-piece employ just enough hooks and repetition to cross the threshold from unlistenable to fucking amazing. After meeting them at ZBR Fest 2023 we began talking a lot more, and luckily Zegema Beach is also helping release their new 'Chiaroscuro' 12"LP releasing November 3rd, 2023. Quickly, we didn't get to talk about it during the podcast, but Alex wanted to know my top three horror here they are in no particular order: Candyman, The Babadook, and the original The Exorcist (director's cut). Things we did discuss in this podcast: ditching the corporate world and brain-destroying jobs, Unreal Tournament, disguising cds that mom won't like, taking inspiration from everything, Alex's pre-Closet Witch years, 49ers are the only team, the the abandoned Whitby Psych Ward and Billy Talent ties, a Deftones tangent, stealing nu-metal riffs, memory routines during chemotherapy, 'Chiaroscuro' info, the album after 'Chiaroscuro' info!, the handshake deal, Lowell influences, the underdog, stepping outside the glam-box, avoiding wanktown, narrowly avoiding felony charges, thank god for Jersey Shores, good vs. bad lawyers,  etc. Bands played in this podcast: Billy Talent, Def Leppard, Hillsboro, Rebuilder, Time To Burn, and TV Cop. Listen to podcast #134 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

1 It's Like Luck of the Draw While Playing With a Rabid Dog
TV COP "Am I Dumb?" (Alex) [official music video linked here]
HILLSBORO "Exit Plan" (Dave) [official music video linked here]

2 We Created Closet Witch To Get People the Fuck Out
REBUILDER "Le Grande Fromage" (Alex) [official music video linked here]
BILLY TALENT "Try Honesty" (Dave) [official music video linked here]

3 'Chiaro', Chemo, and the Underdog
DEF LEPPARD "Rocket" (Alex)

4 Closet Witch Goes to Jail
TIME TO BURN "Waiting For The End" (Dave)



Sunday 22 October 2023

*** HEXIS + TRAUMA MODEL + JISEI show review ***


Victoria Event Centre in Victoria on September 23rd, 2023

Live Show Review

     Full disclosure, this was the most stressful event I've ever put on. Booking a venue in Victoria can be super hard and expensive, and if it's something you're looking for, please note that I will decline. With that out of the way, I enjoyed myself, saw some sick bands, met some cool people I had wanted to meet for some time now, and watched Luca eat his first all-dressed potato chip.

     Literally the only place I could find to host the event (after the first venue double-booked and then cancelled my reservation) allowed a two-band bill max. Luckily after some back and forth I was able to get local talent JISEI on the bill as an opener. Their two-piece chaos outfit was a lotta fun to watch, and hearing the vocal abilities of Leda is kind of absurd in the best possible way.
(2023) JISEI "41% Burnt (live)" (from 'Big Money Cybergrind' comp)
For fans of: grindy/deathy myspace stuff


I chatted it up hard with these three super nice dudes from Kingston, Ontario. When they got on stage though, holy fuck that's just carnage. Playing down-tuned and with the gutteralest of vocals, they flew through some sludgy deathcore mixed with riffs that reminded me of Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza with Advent vocals.
(2023) TRAUMA MODEL "I.C.E (live)" (from 'Suffering Soul')
For fans of: mathy, sludgy, deathcore


Destruction from Denmark, Hexis has been killin' it for a decade now. I've seen them in Croatia and Nanaimo, being blown away both time by the sheer ferocity of their live show. Drawing on chaotic hardcore and black metal, it sounds like a bit of a cross between Celeste and AmenRa, and is and endless assault on the senses. This band tours more than any other band I know so please check out a gig next time they roll through anywhere near you.
(2023) HEXIS "Letum" (from 'AETERNUM')


Thursday 19 October 2023

*** OTHIEL exclusive song premiere ***

exclusive song premiere
For fans ofCaution Children, Crowning, Eyelet and Gillian Carter

     Today I've got a brand new jam from the Pomona, California screamo band OTHIEL. The band sent Zegema Beach their new LP 'We Will Be Our Home' a months back and they are already done at the plant! The 9 tracks release December 1st, 2023 via Zegema Beach Records over 200 black 12"s. The songs are both beautiful and pummeling, and I think a cross between Crowning and Caution Children is a pretty decent comparison to those unfamiliar with OTHIEL. This album and all songs contained therein are fantastic. Be on the lookout for the full release December 1st!!!

(2023) OTHIEL "Erasing" (from 'We Will Be Our Home')

Thursday 12 October 2023

*** LLEWELYN exclusive song premiere ***

"Disposable Culture"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofTransistor Transistor, King Slender, These Arms Are Snakes, Ribbonhead, Abandoncy and Life In Vacuum

     LLEWELYN is a new band featuring members of Forever Losing Sleep, The Home Team, Moaded, St. Yuma, etc. and today I'm premiering their first single and title track from the upcoming 'Disposable Culture' cassette EP releasing November 10th, 2023 on Tomb Tree. CDs will be handled by The Ghost Is Clear Records. The five songs are frantic, fun, visceral, and very screamy. Making a home for themselves somewhere between Transistor Transistor and Abandoncy - rockin' and sassy whilst keeping it heavy and interesting. Don't take my word for it, jam that shit below!

(2023) LLEWELYN "Disposable Culture" (from 'Disposable Culture')

Monday 9 October 2023

*** PODCAST #133 Onewaymirror ***

     Having recently heard the four-piece Californian band ONEWAYMIRROR and falling in love, learning that 1) they were only 14-16 years old and 2) that they had an LP in the works made this podcast a must. Their debut self-titled album releases digitally and on cassette (Jean Scene Creamers) tomorrow October 11th, followed by 12" vinyl (Tomb Tree, Oliver Glenn Records, BSDJ Records) late 2023. Find out a ton more about the band via this podcast. Some things discussed: cool dads, kindergarten trumpet lung capacity, Tate influences everyone, Onewaymirror inception/band name/covers/influences/upcoming releases, fighting about The Great Redneck Hope, growth during tours, 10-minute sets, everything sucks except the new stuff, Burial Etiquette are the best, clear goals, the teenage screamo injection, completely self-recorded, gettin' sweaty and no shoes, sneaking people into shows, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Bleeding Kansas, Breakdance Kickboxer, Comadre, The Great Redneck Hope, Fainting In Coils, Lifetime, and New Forms. Listen to podcast #133 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Serving a Plate of Screamo
COMADRE "Remind Me Never to Stick My Hand Out the Window Again!" (Tate)

2 The Best to Ever Do It
THE GREAT REDNECK HOPE "Nevermind the Amputees, Let's Have Sex" (Milo)
BLEEDING KANSAS "Retract the Altitude" (Dave)

3 Bypassing Being In Shitty Bands
LIFETIME "Northbound Breakdown" (Harris)

4 Yellow Shirt Kid
NEW FORMS "Pull Me Out" (Dave) [Official Music Video]



Saturday 7 October 2023

*** INOSUKE exclusive song premiere ***

exclusive song premiere
For fans ofTrainwreck, Lentic Waters, CrowningMen As Trees, and Stormlight

     If you haven't heard of INOSUKE yet, they are a Cleveland two-piece featuring Jason of Locktender/Men As Trees and Erik of Lord Snow/Stormlight. Yeah...I know, right!?!? They've got a 12"LP releasing this December on Zegema Beach Records. I'm stoked to be premiering the 4th of 6 brooding, crushing, and flat-out amazing tracks today, "deadfall". Check that shit out below!!!

(2023) INOSUKE "deadfall" (from 'rage/ruin')
     Opening with rolling drums and clean single notes, the song quickly shifts into the behemoth that is INOSUKE. By 1:05 we're knee deep in the thick of it, utterly pummeling and precise-as-fuck, the song shifts between emo/post-hardcore and some kind of condensed hardcore/doom sound, keeping the 2:49 interesting and unpredictable.

Thursday 5 October 2023

*** NEW FORMS exclusive music video premiere ***

"Pull Me Out"
exclusive music video premiere

For fans of
Nuvolascura, Youth Funeral, Roman Candle, Blind Girls and Rainmaking

NEW FORMS were kicking ass back in 2019 right before the covid shutdown. After this they snagged some new members to hash out their unit, giving them more depth and an even more lethal explosions. They kicked everyone's ass at Zegema Beach Records Fest 2023 during the pre-show, and we are now just a few weeks away from the release of their debut 12"LP 'As Dust Collects'. I've heard the entire thing, and I can't recommend this technical, angular, emo-violence perfection enough. Easily one of the best albums of 2023. NEW FORMS features members of Alessa, She Died Real Pretty, Youth FuneralDistricts, Lessener, Reveriesand Casper Elgin. Their record release show will be held on November 18th, 2023 at Deep Cuts w/Gospel, Foxtails, Pyreand Kirkby KissThis video was filmed & directed by New Forms & Mikko K.

The band's new/first-time vocalist Mary had this to say about the song:
Pull Me Out is about the art of self sabotage. Whether it’s through unhealthy habits, self medicating, avoidance, or just undermining our self worth, it’s easy to create a cycle of self-destructive patterns in life. When personal power is lost, it can become difficult to recognize ourselves.

(2023) NEW FORMS "Pull Me Out" (from 'As Dust Collects')

Parts of me vanished
Fading to black
Numbing existence 
Try to forget
Withering til there’s nothing left
Flowers will be nothing more
Than a distant memory
Call of the death bird
Parts of me vanished 
Call of the death bird
Drowning in crowded waters
Burning myself at the stake


"Pull Me Out" live at ZBR 2023:

Additional ZBR Fest 2023 video:

Wednesday 4 October 2023

*** ONEWAYMIRROR exclusive song premiere ***

"Biting The Hand That Feeds Me"
exclusive song premiere
For fans of.gif from god, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Saetia, In Loving Memory and мища

     In case you didn't know, there is a massive surge in teenage screamo bands right, and I feel like it's culminating with the Widowdusk and ONEWAYMIRROR 12"LPs. Today's premiere comes hot off the hands of Will Killingsworth who literally just finished mastering them. The four-piece from Los Angeles range from 14 to 16 years old, which makes this track and album even more mind-blowing. The 12"LP releases this winter on Tomb Tree, Oliver, and BSDJ with tapes dropping on the digital release day of October 11th, 2023 via Jean Scene Creamers. I've heard this entire LP and it's gonna smack yer brain.

(2023) ONEWAYMIRROR "Biting The Hand That Feeds Me" (from 'onewaymirror')

     Opening with layered screaming, the song goes all-out just over 10 seconds in erupting like Piri Reis mixed with early .gif from god. Honestly it's staggering and extremely effective. The bass it turned up nice and high, giving it the audio equivalent of a pummeling wave. The urgency and chaos on the vocal front should also be mentioned, as tis impeccable, with the flurry of screams reminding me of Welcome The Plague Year. There's also the incredible ending that kicks off at the one-minute mark and provides an In Loving Memory-esque breakdown, being the highlight of the track.

Tuesday 3 October 2023

*** PODCAST #132 Riversleem ***

     It's no secret that I freakin' love RIVERSLEEM. Since guitarist Drew sent me their 'A Debut Release by Riversleem' I've been all-the-fuck-over the Saskatchewan four-piece. Somewhere between, punk, hardcore, d-beat, thrash, and screamo, they've carved a very sharp niche that has turned more than a few heads. Following 'A Second Release by Riversleem' just last week this podcast was a must. A few topics touched upon: lies about Elvis, people that sound like loons, post-secondary football lineage, MuchMoreMusic was my bible, 10-year olds working at record stores, an attempted definition of cinema-grind, really good demos, making the national news, the next release, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Deerhoof, Fall Silent, Fucked Up, Iceage, King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, and Wednesday. Listen to podcast #132 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

Links to 7" vinyl

1 Formation of Sleem
DEERHOOF "Plant Thief" (Kurt)
WEDNESDAY "Turkey Vultures" (Dave)

2 Exit Visa Thriller (live)
FUCKED UP "Police" (Kyle)
FALL SILENT "Seven Plies" (Dave)

3 Riversleem is National News (CBC gets Sleemed)
ICEAGE "Against the Wind" (Conner)