Sunday 16 June 2024

*** VOTIVE exclusive music video premiere ***

"Lesser Replica"
exclusive music video premiere
For fans ofPortrayal Of GuiltFoxmoulder and Komarov

     Are you fucking stoked? If not you will be in a few short minutes, as I'm stoked to bring you the music video premiere of Austin based screamo outfit VOTIVE's first single from their first LP 'Towards The Pillory' releasing on July 12, 2024 via No Funeral Records. The one-sided record with an etched B-side across 2 variants - coke bottle clear /100 and black ice /200 follows their sensational debut cassette EP, which if you haven't heard means this is going to blow your mind. The band is made up of members who have played in Respire, Gas Up Yr Hearse, Portrayal of Guilt, Foxmoulder, Porcelain, etc. bringing a heavy blackened emo-violence sound that'll get you goin'. Go.

(2024) VOTIVE "Lesser Replica" (from 'Towards The Pillory') official music video

Thursday 13 June 2024

*** CHARGER PORT exclusive song premiere***

"hey is for horse is"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofHellaTera Melos and The Totemist

orders open June 19th @9am PST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

     Holy moly this upcoming split from Tomb Tree, Fisher King, and Soft Grit are releasing 50 lathes on 25 black 12"s and 25 clear 12"s. Fans of mathcore, math rock, and mathy metal are gonna be all the fuck over this shit. Today's premiere is the final of three CHARGER PORT tracks which is the solo project of Hunter who plays in both Terror Cell and Thin. Sunday will see an additional premiere of a Serling track by This Noise Is Ours! Art by Robbie Smith. Mixed/mastered by Joey Woodward.

(2024) CHARGER PORT "hey is for horse is" (from 'I don't watch sports anymore' split w/Serling)

     Clocking in at a hair over four minutes, the song wastes zero time getting into catchy-yet-choppy rhythms that show even more attention to production and power, as this shit sounds super crisp, clean, and jarring. The song shifts gears about a third of the way through and relies on some wonky slides to keep things interesting before plummeting off of a cliff after the 2:10 mark with a wildly heavy breakdown. The remainder of the song sounds like the slow demise of the jumper as they die on the fucking rocks in epic fashion.


Charger Port's EP on Softseed Music

Tuesday 11 June 2024

*** MYSTIC WILL exclusive album premiere ***

'That Is All, But That Is Enough'
exclusive album premiere

For fans of
Underdark, Circle Takes The Square, RespireLocktender and Hope Drone

     I am stoked today to bring you an early premiere of 'That Is All, But That Is Enough' in its entirety from St. Louis' MYSTIC WILL. These songs were written before and during the pandemic, with the band laying down tracking from early 2022 to early 2024 and features Jack (vocals) - Miracle Whip, Smidley, Jr. Clooney, ex-AnkouSean (guitar) - Furnace Floor, ex-AnodesDerek (bass) - Path of Might, ex-Hot Corpse, and Casey (drums) - The Vast, ex-Anodes. The seven mighty tracks were engineered by Ryan Wasoba and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. The painting for the cover is by Mark Stopforth.

     Ah Dave, but what does that shit sound like? Well, besides hinting at it with some of the members other projects, they cite City of Caterpillar, Welcome the Plague Year, Union of Uranus, At the Gates, Dissection, Circle Takes the Square, Thou, Birds in Row, and Jungbluth. Pretty much all of those track into the band's final sound, with Circle Takes The Square probably being at the forefront. Most tracks gravitate toward the four-minute mark with the opener and closer both stretching into five-minute territory. It's fast. It's blackened. It's pretty fackin' dark, to be honest. It reminds me of atmospheric black metal crossed over with hardcore and a bit o' screamo. The vocals are like acid, the drumming is wild, and the bass/guitars weave crushing and swirling melodies that meet halfway between death and lullabies. They have no current plans for shows or physical release but they're not ruling anything out completely, but releasing this is probably the last thing they do as a band! Please check it out <3

     This releases in full on the band's Bandcamp Friday June 14th, 2024.

(2024) MYSTIC WILL 'That Is All, But That Is Enough' full stream

Tuesday 4 June 2024

*** CON.FLEX song premiere ***

"watch the hands"
exclusive song premiere

For fans of!Apeshit!, Colossamite, xbxrx, Holy Molar, Arab On Radar, and The New Flesh

Releases in full June 6th, 2024 on Smoke And Mirrors

      I am very stoked to bring you this new song just two days prior to CON.FLEX debut release on Smoke And Mirrors. The self-titled album features 8 tracks and will be available on limited 7" picture disc with zine on June 6th. This opening track "watch the hands" is a clusterfuck of noises (the beginning sounds like seagulls screaming), guitar wonkery, and jarring rhythms and the rest of the album follows suit by not following the rules of hardcore. Featuring members of Under His Eye, Buried In Coal, It's All Quiet Here, Apostles Of Eris, Our Future Is An Absolute ShadowArmagideon Time, etc.

(2024) CON.FLEX "watch the hands" (from 'Con.Flex')

Friday 31 May 2024

*** PODCAST #154 John Scott (Usurp Synapse, Displacer) ***

    On the heels of USURP SYNAPSE's resurgence into the screamo scene comes my podcast with vocalist/bassist John Scott. Zegema Beach Records was lucky enough to host the band this May at ZBR Fest as well as release their highly anticipated return release 'AssIIAss', or 'Polite Grotesqueries' if you wanna be a dick about it 😉 Some things discussed in this podcast: born of the grunge era, gushing Helmet, peacing out in 2001, moving out of Edie's house, 2009 and the death of screamo, touring with Saetia, going to film school, Antonio gets on the mic, the best unused band name, working at the Chicago Music Exchange, inspired by the Jeromes Dream reunion, Meth. friendship, the AssIIAss debacle, aggressive & gross, the birth of Ex-Members Club, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul, Closet Witch, Colored Moth, Constantine Sankathi, Doomsday Student, and In/Humanity. Listen to podcast #154 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Constantine Sankathi as a Doorway
THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL "Somewhere in the Arteries" (Dave)

2 The Goldilocks Window
IN/HUMANITY "Double Digit Fun" (John)
CLOSET WITCH "We Met On The Park Boundary Trail" (Dave) [official music video]

Having One Big Mid-Life Crisis Together
COLORED MOTH "Decay Accelerating Factor" (Dave)



Wednesday 22 May 2024

*** MOURN RECIF w/ The Grundles, Vying For Glory, Skum Shine, Kesu Fnord ***


@Time and Space Continuum in Duncan on April 27th, 2024

Live Show Review

Welcome to Dakota-Fest aka the April 27th show in Duncan and the first for bands The Grundles and Mourn Recif, the latter of which I play guitar/vox for. Dakota put on this show (the dude in three of the five bands!) which was primarily acoustic folk punk and punk/hardcore merging with screamo. Mourn Recif's next show is May 24th in Victoria (linked here) then May 25th back in Duncan at the Time and Space Continuum (linked here).

Closing act and another first show, THE GRUNDLES played thrashy hardcore to close out the night, and it was their "Haille Sellasse, Up Your Ass" cover of Propagandhi that had me screaming along.

(2024) THE GRUNDLES (live)

This was our first show. We've been a band since January 2024. We are influenced by punk and screamo, primarily. Usually I'm pretty decent at band comparisons but when it comes to projects that I play in I just draw blanks. If you have any opinions about "for fans of" or "sounds like" please let me know in the comments so I can use that shit in future posts. We have two shows this weekend, Friday in Victoria and Saturday in Duncan. Stoked.
(2024) MOURN RECIF "Slow Reign" (live)

extra video: "Our Kids Are Orchids"


Mixing dirty rock'n'roll with punk, this Duncan band played a buncha stuff including covers.
(2024) VYING FOR GLORY (live)


This Victoria-based collective featured a stripped-down two members (but snagged Dakota a few days prior to triangle out that trio) and had the crowd singing along in no time. Acoustic folk punk.
(2024) SKUM SHINE (live)


This opener was a very cool solo act featuring vocals and an acoustic guitar. Folksy punk rock fer sure.

(2024) KESU FNORD "Democracy Is Dead" (live)




Monday 13 May 2024


For fans ofHayworth, Fainting In Coils, Swan Of Tuonela, Onewaymirror, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Letters To Catalonia, Dispensing Of False Halos, .gif from god, My Heart Your Hands, Long.Way.Down., Me And Him Call It Us, A Paramount A Love Supreme, and Ihuntmonsters.
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists: Versera, Widowdusk, Theodore War, and Clay Birds.
CountryCalifornia U.S.A.
Years Active2023-present
Label(s): Self Released

     This debut KIOWA ep is fucking awesome! The metallic hardcore/screamo concoction is done in a way that sounds both refreshing and amazing, a hard feat to come by nowadays.

     The band's songs can be broken into two categories, the 50-second bangers and the 2+ minute brooding epic jams. The former include the sassy opener "Batter Up" and "You're Eggin' Em On" which houses a massive bass drop that is dripping with Hayworth influence. "A Toast to Before" has a great build that holds back for most of the jam, giving it a feeling like it could explode at any second, whilst still retaining some beauty in the emo section. "Are You __ Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?" is heavy on the metallic hardcore while "Something Greater" manages to sneak in some clean vocals nicely into the first section before all that destruction. "This Is No Laughing Matter." follows the same epic trajectory and is the perfect closer. Woo-wee what a ride!

    I do believe the California band has a few splits coming out later this year see keep at least one eye out!



2024 - Forever ends today EP (stream/buy here)


(2024) KIOWA - "You're Eggin' Em On" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - "Are You __ Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - "A Toast to Before" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - live

Tuesday 7 May 2024

*** PODCAST #153 Constrain ***

    Once I heard CONSTRAIN's material for the Loose Teeth split tape that released on Tomb Tree last year, I was fuckin' hooked. With the imminent release of their new EP I spent some time hanging out with them and talked about a buncha awesome stuff including: hair metal influence, Blood Brothers album rankings, fuck Brampton, Killing Is Contagious and Short Attention talk, the Nate factor, the rare and elusive "click", how Hamilton got not shitty, from skramz to neo-metalcore and screamo elitists, SeeYouSpaceCowboy influence, the Fall Of Troy connection, a miserable party that someone recorded, info on the upcoming 'Welcome To Club Vampire' ep, Sass Fest info, podcast therapy, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The Blood Brothers, Dance Gavin Dance, The Gorgeous, In Her Head, The Love And Terror Cult, Push Over, and Transistor Transistor. Listen to podcast #153 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Intros and Influences
THE BLOOD BROTHERS "Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon" (Cinco)
TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR "I Am The Goddamned Devil" (Dave)

2 Oh You Mean Something Like This?
DANCE GAVIN DANCE "The Backwards Pumpkin Song" (Jesse)
IN HER HEAD "There are no doves in outerspace" (Dave)

We Like Breakdowns
THE GORGEOUS "Lake Ontario" (Cinco)
THE LOVE AND TERROR CULT "We Are You On Fire" (Dave)
PUSH OVER "1ne" (Jesse)



Saturday 27 April 2024


For fans ofThe Love And Terror Cult, (early) Cave In, Weak Wrists, O'God The White Whale, Converge, I Hate Sally, Back When, Botch, Lockslip, and A Needle Under The Nail.
GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Mathcore / Screamo / Skramz / Grindcore
Related artists?.
Years Active2004-2005
Label(s): Imagine It Records

     I downloaded THE BINDING's EP earlier in 2024 and was for some reason under the assumption that it was also released this year. I had it on my list as the best EP of 2024. So I was surprised to find out that this thing came out nearly two full decades ago, making it that much better as the relevance this band holds in terms of sound is mindblowing. It's also noteworthy that NONE of these tracks were on Youtube so I rectified the fuck outta that.

     The band played a volatile mixture of metallic hardcore and mathy metal, melding the two to the point where I don't know what I'd call them if I had to choose one of those descriptors, as perhaps chaotic hardcore is the best description here.

    The band's only release spans five songs in about 17 minutes. For an initial band comparison I'd go with Closet Witch (partially because of those venomous screams) but with a more melodic injection and longer songs. I'm hesitant to say grind meets metallic hardcore but technically I just wrote it so fuck let's roll with it. Opener "Keep Walking Empty Eyed Man" has massive metal chops in those licks, but the entire thing is something to behold and I can't recommend it enough. "Insanity in Numbers" and "Shoot the Shooters" follow the same trajectory of chaotic, stop-start, metal-influenced hardcore not unlike early Cave In and Converge, with the former housing a ridiculously sassy riff post 1:20 and the latter is wild and unpredictable throughout its 4:16 runtime. The band also display instrumental chops in "Addenda" which reminds me of Edhochuli and Harris Hawk's offspring, really gorgeous for a bit, and then massive later on. Often instrumental tracks seem to be an afterthought or just plain boring, but this is anything but a throwaway track as it's probably my second favorite jam on here because it's done expertly.

     Damn, really wish there was more material but at least we have this fuckin' fire.



2024 - The Binding digital EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2005) THE BINDING - "Insanity in Numbers" (from 'The Binding')

(2005) THE BINDING - "Keep Walking Empty Eyed Man" (from 'The Binding')

(2005) THE BINDING - "Addenda" (from 'The Binding')


THE BINDING additional links


Sunday 21 April 2024

*** PODCAST #152 Party Hats ***

    I caught up with PARTY HATS aka Ethan, Johah, and Chris from Denton, Texas prior to their ZBR Fest run. Besides asking them to play the fest, I've helped release 'Fatima' on cassette via Tomb Tree so they've been on my radar since then. Twinkly/screamy emo/screamo for the few readers who may not have come across this band yet, but I think they're kind of a mix between The Exploration and D'Amore. Some things discussed amidst awesome music: ripple effects of Warped Tour, laptops as babysitters, Mojo Haiku, the need for output, Dave's small net, Venus Twins' love, excitement for ZBR Fest 2024, destroying a house, Terry Green exclusive premiere, where the 'Autobiographical Autopsy' songs came from, the new 4-way split, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Fake Pollocks, Make Me, The Plan, Sinatra, Terry Green, and Zona Mexicana. Listen to podcast #152 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Thick'n'Sick Screams
MAKE ME "Hello Moon" (Chris)
SINATRA - "Do You Want Me to Save Dude?" (Dave)

2 Deconstructing Party Hats
ZONA MEXICANA "Waking Up Dedicated" (Ethan)
THE PLAN "3x3 Lines" (Dave)

Selling Out and Playing Corporate Offices
FAKE POLLOCKS "A Busy City Street" (Jonah)
TERRY GREEN "Blur" (Dave) *** Exclusive Premiere ***



Tuesday 16 April 2024

*** USURP SYNAPSE exclusive song/video premiere ***

"Jaw One"
exclusive song/music video premiere
For fans ofLower AutomationWhores and Jeromes Dream

     New USURP SYNAPSE. More info soon.

(2024) USURP SYNAPSE "Jaw One" official music video

Monday 15 April 2024

*** PARTY HATS + VS SELF + KNUMEARS + CATALYST split premiere/order link ***

exclusive album premiere





     I am fucking ecstatic to be the one bringing you the exclusive first premiere of the entire 7" 4-Way split featuring four of the hottest screamo bands around. Larry Records had this to say about its origin:

"This split was heavily inspired by the 4 way split series ZBR did a few years ago. I wanted to take my 4 favorite new screamo bands and throw'em together for a super split. I’m very happy it worked out, and maybe I’ll do a second volume if you guys like it!"

You heard it! Pick this sucker up so we can get another incredible 4-Way Larry split 7". In a few weeks @milkcrate_merch will be doing t shirts too!

12" Split breakdown: 900 copies total
-200 on half neon violet half black (vs self)
-200 on half neon green half black (knumears)
-200 on half neon yellow half black (catalyst)
-200 on half neon pink and half black (party hats)
-100 on black wax with an alternative cover (larry exclusive / pre-order here after 12pm EST!!!)

CATALYST "Yesterday's Apology"
"no count"
"tide and swell"
"Today's For Sale"

     CATALYST kicks this thing off with the exceptional "Yesterday's Apology", which carries an air of impatience before sliding nicely into a groove section followed by some dark-ass panic chords and a spoken word section, as well as mixtures of the aforementioned styles. KNUMEARS is next and their pretty lengthy jam of "no count" clocks in at 4:07 and is the heaviest/fastest song on the split. The song creates an excellent mood before catapulting into what is almost a mixture of Senza and Ostraca, I shit you not, and it is glorious. VS SELF begins the second half with arguably their strongest song to date, melding together D'Amore-esque screamo with the emo noodlings of The Exploration. Their grasp of making the softer stuff pop whilst continuing to take the sound into darker territory is very fun to watch in realtime. Closer "Today's For Sale" by PARTY HATS also falls into the noodlier category, but goes both more ramen and screamier than the splits previous band, teetering between the two extremes and showing off why they are playing ZBR Fest 2024.


Saturday 13 April 2024


For fans ofFrail Body, Othiel, Gil Cerrone, Youth Funeral, Crowning, Brahm, Elle, Beau Navire, and Heavenly Blue.
GenresPunk / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsLess Dead, Low Before The Breeze, Noisy Sins Of The InsectStevan Filopovic, Tara Tarama, and Jornada Del Muerto.
CountryAtlanta, Georgia U.S.A. + Istanbul TURKEY
Years Active2024-present
Label(s): Tomb Tree / Mevzu Records

     After releasing such an incredible debut I felt it necessary to try and push it a bit more through this blog, cuz goddamn why aren't more people talking about how awesome this is?

     Born from the ashes of Less Dead and Low Before The Breeze, the origin of the band is traced by their members in this exclusive piece that you need to check out if you dig this release. Essentially their final member if from Turkey but has been frequenting the U.S. enough for him to be included in the fold, and has spent time in a few bands including the most notable Noisy Sins Of The Insect and Jornada Del Muerto.

     The bands' sound is rooted in fast, short, violent bursts of screamo but manage to hit the slow motion button and insert some incredible nuances, frills, and melodies not unlike Frail Body, Youth Funeral, and Othiel. It's almost like screamo on speed then diced up with post-hardcore. 36-second opener "Once/Always" teases a lone guitar before pulverizing the listener with lightning fast instrumentals and a buncha vocalists screaming. "Sinking" shows the band showing a firm grasp of soft/hard and slow/fast dynamics with hella atmosphere that teeter into black metal territory but bring it back to pulsating screamo at the one-minute mark. Continuing the heater trajectory, "Alone" blazes through its first 30 seconds before planting firmly into some slower, very accessible, emo/post-hardcore instrumentals that showcase the band's aforementioned ability to balance a feather with an anvil. "Too Late" follows in a similar path (aka fire) and then shifts into slightly slower, but this time to a much heavier, cathartic, and sinister second half with the best vocals on the entire EP. "Gratitude Denied" and "Golden Calf" both show the band gravitating toward the emo/post-hardcore/screamo sound I mentioned earlier with injections of both beauty and chaos. Closer "Epilogue" is an instrumental number but not the throwaway kind, rather the epic-closer kind.

     I can't recommend this EP enough. I think it's fucking stellar, bias be damned.



2024 - .22lr cassette EP (listen/download/buy here)


(2024) .22LR - "Too Late" (from '.22lr')

(2024) .22LR - "Alone" (from '.22lr')

(2024) .22LR - "Golden Calf" (from '.22lr')

Tuesday 9 April 2024

*** VOW exclusive song premiere ***

"Die Silent"
exclusive song premiere
For fans of
Undying, Rotting In DirtPathos Departure, (early) Left Behind, Advent, Brothers and Xibalba

releases April 16th on Tomb Tree

     VOW is a new band from Chicago and holy fuckin' smokes this 'Demo' hits like a concrete slab. Vocalist Andy Klingensmith has done a bunch of drone/noise and acoustic folk but when he sent me this four-track debut I couldn't believe my ears. Pummeling yet dynamic, heavy yet melodic, this band's release comes out on cassette via Tomb Tree on April 16th. The band is generally influenced by a lot of classic 90s metallic hardcore and early 2000s metalcore bands. Citing influences Xibalba and Undying as guitar influences as well as Renounced, Falling Cycle, and Boundaries regarding the vocal/lyrical approach.

      The band started with Andy (vocals) and Aaron (guitar) bonding over heavy music at work. Andy recollects:

"I specifically remember he had sent me the song "Wasitaratisaw" by Kicked in the Head By a Horse in April of 2023 and we started talking about potentially working on something together. He wrote the music for our demo shortly after and we were practicing by that summer. There wasn't really a "why" though, we just wanted to bring stupid heavy, emotional music to the city in a style we felt a lot of other bands here aren't doing and do it well."

(2024) VOW "Die Silent" (from 'Demo')

     The third track wastes zero time and goes directly for the jugular with a lightning intro that battles against devastating vocals for a mere 20 seconds before shifting into second gear. The vocal dynamics are on full display with gutteral growls, higher shrieks, and spoken word all going down in less than a minute. The spiral descends until the 1:30 mark when the moshpit will open up in your brain and shit gets fucked up. Seeing this part live would be a very dangerous experience lol. The song moves through a few more segments (all fucking sick) before trailing off into a beautiful piano outro drowned in a downpour.

Saturday 30 March 2024

*** LIFE IN VACUUM + THE DOG INDIANA + DASTARD live show review ***



@Lucky Bar in Victoria on March 29th, 2024

Live Show Review

I'm starting to get back into the cycle of seeing a lot of shows and I couldn't be happier about it. Besides the most recent Emma Goldman show and this, expect reviews of the Comeback Kid/Spy show in Victoria as well as the first few Mourn Recif shows, a few of which will be with Hillsboro and Bok Suna (bands on CanaDave's Softseed Music label). Trekking out to this on my lonesome was a tad daunting but I got hugged immediately by a few friends upon entering and all of my worries dissipated, and I even made a few new ones while there. This show was all-around amazing and I can't wait to get more involved in the Vancouver Island scene over the next 3 months with at least 5 shows that I'll be playing.

     The opening band was very, very up my alley. Sounding like a slightly more accessible Die Princess Die (I'm looking at the first LP in particular), I absolutely loved that groovin' bass over maniacal drums, weirdo guitars, and yelled vocals. I'm hoping to get these dudes out to Duncan so they can play with my new band. Super impressed!
(2024) DASTARD "1"
For fans ofDie Princess Die and Fugazi

extra video


     Holy shit! I'd never heard of this band but after a friend told me they jammed Unsane and The Jesus Lizard I had a grasp, but goddamn they were even better than that! It was unhinged, screamy, groovy, fun, and heavy all at the same time. I would argue that I didn't even catch their best songs, as they are even better than the below video suggests. Be sure to check them out!
(2024) THE DOG INDIANA "2"
For fans ofTricky Woo and Ken Mode

extra video


     Oh ma gawd, ma boyeez. I met them waaaaay back at this early show in the blog's history and I've been on LIV train ever since...which is a decade in exactly two weeks! Playing almost exclusively material from 'Lost', they had the room movin' and groovin' with their slightly slower-paced and rock-oriented material mesmerizing the room. They were even chanted into an encore and played "Apartment" which I've embedded below. They've got another 7 or so days left on tour so see'em if you can!
(2024) LIFE IN VACUUM "Apartment" (from 'All You Can Quit')
For fans ofBlue Youth and Congratulations

extra videos: Lost / Try Again / Lately


Thursday 28 March 2024


For fans ofConverge, Horsewhip, Ed Gein, Volp, Engineer, Cult Leader, Kidnap Soundtrack, The Chariot, Cave In, Rotting In Dirt, Sectioned, Frontierer, Dillinger Escape Plan, Advent, Lavotchkin, Achilles, and Lentic Waters.
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Math Metal / Mathcore
Related artistsHouse Olympics.
CountryLoas Angeles, California U.S.A.
Years Active2023-present
Label(s): Bad Break Records

     I've had the review queued up for over a week but have had a tough go with the exception of "this kicks major ass", so I'll make this quick.

     The Los Angeles quintet will likely make my best EPs of 2024 with a four-song banger that released the day after my birthday back in January. The debut by LOCKSLIP is very heavy, dynamic, and cathartic, without being too emo or too tough-guy, likely falling into the camp of Converge, Horsewhip, Engineer, and The Chariot. There's pretty much no letting up on the 14 minutes of this talent showcase, with opener "Guillotine Blueprint" setting the tone immediately with blazing vocals amidst wonderfully controlled chaos. Lotta chugs, lotta riffs, wails, screams'n'breakdowns, it's all here in a mere 3:09, with the maniacal solos taking the cake for me. "Bend" is next and lays on that double-bass from the get-go, amidst swirling guitars, bouts of feedback and downright venomous vocals. My personal favourite is "Evildoer" as it rides some truly powerful screams through a maze of down-tuned, chuggy, and lazer-esque mathcore/metallic hardcore that even fans of Sectioned and Frontierer will appreciate. Closing track "Payment" opens with a badass bass riff that does the audio equivalent of turning the lights off, plunging the listener into utter darkness. As the feedback slowly and inevitably consumes you the track then blows up like the big bang at the 40-second mark, expanding outward until 2:10 when the EP takes it's first breather, reverting back primarily to bass. This doesn't last long as the vocals then kick into high gear, bringing about a most bangin' breakdown at the three-minute mark. A goddamn solid EP.

     Fack, that wasn't very quick.



2024 - Lockslip digital EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2024) LOCKSLIP - "Evildoer" (from 'Lockslip')

(2024) LOCKSLIP - "Payment" (from 'Lockslip')

Additional links


Wednesday 20 March 2024

*** FARAH RUD + OPIÁCEA + DESVIO split premiere ***

exclusive album premiere
For fans of
OrchidJune Paik and Amu Daria

     Today's premiere of this incredible 3-way split featuring 7 songs in 16 minutes from Farah Rud (Indonesia), Desvio (Brazil), and Opiácea (Brazil). It releases in full March 21st via Lua Negra Records, a Brazilian screamo label, on their Bandcamp page as well as streaming platforms. The production was completely DIY: all the songs were recorded, mixed and mastered by the bands themselves. They are currently looking for labels interested in a tape release, so if that's your thing or you'd like it to start to be your thing please contact the bands! Lastly, at the end of march, Desvio is touring Brazil's southeast region, on the "ninho torto tour" ("crooked nest tour"). More info about the tour linked on Instagram here!

     Things begin with three quick FARAH RUD songs that bring to mind emo-violence ala Orchid, Senza, and Mis sueños son de tu adiós - ya know, lotsa screaming and an early 2000s feel, with the closing jam experiencing spaghettification as it breaks down into feedback and chaos. OPIÁCEA's two jams are much darker and fall on the screamo/black-metal/crust side of things, bringing to mind bands such as June Paik, Deszcz, and His Hero Is Gone. DESVIO finishes this killer split off with two songs that find the balance between the two preceding bands, as they mix post-hardcore, sludgy rock, as well as both fast and slow elements along with the skramz. I don't really have band comparisons here because they really branch off and do their own thing, maybe some heavier Joliette mixed with Amu Daria or something.

(2024) FARAH RUD + OPIÁCEA + DESVIO full stream

Saturday 16 March 2024

*** PODCAST #151 Flesh And Blood Robot ***

    Nick Miller from FLESH AND BLOOD ROBOT joined me on the most recent podcast which I'm airing a day before their reunion show with From A Second Story Window on March 17th, 2024 at Pyramids Scheme in Grand Rapids, the band's first show in 18 years. Nick also plays in Dust Biters and is a hella funny and interesting guy. Some things discussed: stupid back injuries, being a roadie at 16, Myspace messaging board beefs, screamo and instru-metal tangents, surviving on the McDonald's $1 menu, reuniting and playing with From A Second Story Window, the Ion Dissonance trailer show, the Sunn O))) effect, the last thing recorded whilst being murdered, resurrecting social media presence, the future of FABR, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Alluviul, Deadwater Drowning, Ekbom, Johnny Truant, Nuvolascura, and The Red Chord. Listen to podcast #151 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 The Tech Gods
DEADWATER DROWNING "The Best Sex I Ever Had Started With a 900 Number and a Credit Card Verification" (Nick)
JOHNNY TRUANT "I Love You Even Though You're a Zombie Now" (Dave)

It's All Patterns and Counting
THE RED CHORD "Nihilist" (Nick)
NUVOLASCURA "Cerulean Wound" (Dave)

I Lost the Floor
ALLUVIUL "Colony" (Nick)
EKBOM "Elogio Alla Miopia" (Dave)