Rust is the new album from Chicago’s Harms Way. Recorded at Bricktop Recordings by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Dead In The Dirt), mixed at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Nails), the album is brutally and meticulously refined. Rust brilliantly combines industrial repetition (think Godflesh), metal attack (think Sepultura, Helmet, Celtic Frost), and hardcore aggression, showing that Harms Way have emerged from the wreckage of past genres as the new high watermark of heavy in contemporary aggressive music.
Opener “Infestation” stomps with machine-like precision before plunging into a depressing sonic dirge. While songs like “Law Of The Land”, “Hope”, “Cancerous Ways”, and others introduce guitar and electronic driven atmospherics into the arsenal. These subtle dynamics bleed into other aspects of Rust as well. Mid-album beast “Left To Disintegrate” unfurls as an unforgettable anti-anthem ripe with infectious creeping metallic undertones, while “Amongst The Rust” and “Turn To Stone” introduce guest vocals from Colin Young (Twitching Tongues) and Emily Jancetic. Both of them adding haunting nuance to the brute force of the band. All of this leads to the epic closer “Ease My Mind”; a take-no-prisoners aural bludgeoning so heavy that it needs to be heard to be believed.
Listen to “Law Of The Land” below. And pre-order Rust from Deathwish Inc. right now here.
Rust Track Listing:
02. Law Of The Land
05. Cancerous Ways
06. Amongst The Rust
08. Docile Bodies
09. Turn To Stone
10. Ease My Mind
As if we weren’t excited enough for SUMAC‘s debut LP The Deal, they done and gone and debuted a new song. “Blight’s End Angel” is a slower and heavier and more plodding extension of anything we’ve been given to hear from the band thus far. If this indicates the experimentation the band is willing to be doing, then we’re in for a hell of a ride when the album drops on February 17th.
Start counting the days.
Minus The Bear have announced a run of dates for this Spring in which Into It. Over It. will be joining them. A few of the dates will be special anniversary sets for Menos El Oso and Beer Commercials. See the dates below.
FL’s metallic hardcore band Poison The Well went on hiatus back in 2010. After the release of 2009′s The Tropic Rot and a tour in support of the album, the band put all on hold and parted ways to “explore other interests.”
Now it seems the time is nigh for the band to reconvene in a way to perform at this year’s Skate And Surf Festival in NJ. The full line-up you can see below, but what has more than a few people excited of PTW‘s return. The band took to their FB to post:
We’re playing Surf and Skate Festival in New Jersey. We’ll probably play some more shows and make another record. Well, actually we may not do any of that stuff, but we wanted to cover our asses and make sure we admitted to each cliche ahead of time.
Only time will tell if this is more than a one-off.
Busting out with a very strong first single from their upcoming new album Salome, Marriages have premiered the song “Skin”. The song finds the group hinting at a more redefined and constrained sound that what we previously heard in 2012′s Kitsune.
There’s a sharper focus on Emma Ruth Rundle’s vocals in which she goes back and forth with a languid delivery and desperate cries. Musically, the band has evolved in creating a more ambient-like sound that reverberates throughout while still possessing a subtle heaviness at points.
Taking influences from bands as disparate and kindred as Weezer and Sleater-Kinney, London, UK’s Doe blast their way through some catchy-as-all-hell 90′s indie punk. The great thing is that they freshen up the sounds and twist them into their quirky style that doesn’t require any basslines whatsoever. The guitars are fuzzy and crunchy and melodic in all the right places and the shared boy/girl harmonies throughout add a layer of sugary-sweet pop that is catchier than any current pop punk band would even dream of.
Doe has been around since 2013 and have released a slew of singles and EPs and just recently compiled them all under the First Four LP released by Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Listen below to the entire First Four below, and if you’re hooked enough (as you will be!), know the band are heading Stateside for a string of shows that will culminate with a showcase by Old Flame Records who will release the LP in cassette format.
Count us in as fans already!
Doe US Shows:
2/21: New York, NY @ Pianos
2/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
2/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
2/25: Brooklyn, NY @ The Grand Victory
2/26: New Brunswick, NJ @ The Court Tavern
2/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (presented by Old Flame Records, w/ Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Life Size Maps, Left & Right)
There are times when a band and even a single songwriter takes elements from their favorite styles and genres and melds them together to create the perfect storm of a song and album. In the case of King Woman, main person and head driver Kristina Esfandiari has crafted what is easily the perfect amalgamation of pained shoegaze/newgaze and fuzzed out noise-pop possible. Esfandiari cut her teeth in some note-worthy Bay-area newgaze noise bands but it’s when out on her own that she has allowed her true voice and talent to be heard and shine.
On King Woman’s Doubt, she’s not only allowing a fuller band back her up (with the ever so-great Sky Madden of Chasms assisting on bass guitars and more) but essentially opening up and becoming more vulnerable and personal. Doubt is the type of record that would be emotionally-jarring and a perfect fit for the 90’s shoegaze scene explosion. Thankfully this is here right now and fitting for what we’re going through emotionally at the moment.
Starting with the very haunting crescendo of lonesome guitars and vocals in “Wrong” that pick up a pace that is unlike anything heard previously, King Woman set the pace for what is to come. It’s a mood that is being set here. It’s not some “listen casually” type of music. It’s music to stir and twist up all the emotions in your heart and rattle your thoughts. It’s rare when a piece of music can do that.
By the time you make your way through the following three songs, especially “King of Swords”, you will easily be left as a husk of a person. All emotions and feelings left out and drained and simply spent. The jarring emotion that is inherent in the music is a glimpse into the difficulty and passion that went in to recording of Doubt. It’s obvious that this is a band and group of songwriters that truly feel and express all that is around and within them. And that right there makes for great music.
Doubt is King Woman’s preview of a full-length record that is yet to come. If this is so, then we’re in for a treat. Whatever label you may want to stick the group with, newgaze noise indie fuzzed out pop, it’s all right and wrong. King Woman is all about emotions and feelings. Most specifically those most pained and heartbreaking feelings that everyone can relate to. It’s all much better when they’re put into song and music. And this record has made it so. And we’re damn lucky to be able to listen to it.
Hollow Sunshine, the doom-ladden garage pop noise band comprised of vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist/songwriter Reuben Sawyer, will see the release of their second full-length album in the Spring via Iron Pier (Self Defense Family, Weed Hound).
Titled Bring Gold, the LP will be “integrating more harmonic song structures and guitar work than prior releases, these eight tracks are a radical jump in Hollow Sunshine’s evolution and a full realization of its thunderous shoegaze attack.” The press release additionally describes, “Think Nothing and Jesu underpinned with sludgy, droney, post-rock guitar; Bring Gold is a fully realized artistic statement ready to take its place alongside other giants of the genre.”
We’ve been big fans of Hollow Sunshine‘s music since first out and we took notice. Definitely exciting to hear new material.
Salt Lake City’s Cult Leader is a band that needs little introduction. After the early 2013 dissolution of their prior band, metallic hardcore mainstays Michael Mason, Casey Hansen, and Anthony Lucero were joined by bassist Sam Richards to form a brand new beast: Cult Leader.
Cult Leader released their debut, Nothing For Us Here, last April via Deathwish Inc. Now, the band will head to Salem, MA to record new tracks that will become their yet-to-be-titled sophomore full-length, due later this year once again on Deathwish.
CULT LEADER – ON TOUR
March 3 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
March 4 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studios
March 5 St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
March 6 Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter Lounge
March 7 Columbus, OH @ The House with No Name*
March 9 Washington, DC @ The Dougout*
March 10 Wilmington, DE @ Claymont VFW*#
March 11 Montclair, NJ @ Uncle Slevs*
March 12 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
March 24 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House^
March 25 Sherbrooke, ON @ La Murdoch^
March 26 Montreal, QC @ La PBR^
March 27 Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro^
March 28 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck^
March 30 Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City^ %
March 31 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class%
April 1 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary%
April 2 Chicago, IL @ Club Rectum%
April 3 Omaha, NE @ Midtown Art Supply
April 4 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
* w/ Purge
^ w/ Old Wounds
% w/ Hollow Earth
# Full of Hell
Digital hardcore punks Atari Teenage Riot keep churning out music to reflect today’s social and media activism climate. Their new EP J1M1 is an anthem to question what is fed to you via the news media and standing up for yourself and making your decisions.
You can watch the video below and also stream and download the EP with remixes on their Bandcamp page linked below as well.