Thursday, 4 August 2016
Since their inception in the 2012, Sunderland's Osiah have quickly become synonymous with creating a strain of technical deathcore like no other. Known for their disgustingly down-tuned guitars, punishing rhythmic precision and Gatling gun percussion, their debut album was always going to be highly anticipated. Terror Firma was released on June 24th via Siege Music, an independent label based in the UK and US, and blew all expectation out of the water. Seeing the bands already potent blend of slam infested savagery taken one step further. The record itself is a concept album of sorts depicting a world in pandemic, ruthlessly being destroyed by an “immortalising disease”. One with a purpose to destroy all concepts of religion, society and the economy. Ultimately causing the collapse of civilisation and thus forth bringing an end to mankind as we know it. The lyrics recount each evolutionary stage of the disease, from initial contraction and pandemic chaos, to the alteration of human genetics leaving some to combine with the virus. Forming a symbiotic relationship between parasite and host. A very fitting image given the way Ricky Lee Roper constructs his vocals. At times it is as if he becomes a vessel of demonic parasitic evil. Spewing forth sounds that are all together inhuman. Whilst the majority lurks around the bottom end of the spectrum, Ropers use of high inhales and exhales are second to none. Resulting in a style not too removed far from the lows of Alex Teyen spliced with the shrieking squeals and gargles of Steve Maoris.
However, the concept doesn't end in the lyrical department. Everything about this record screams disease and decimation. One thing that stands out straight away is the amount of powerful low end the band produce. On tracks such as The Harvesting and Planetary Infection you can almost hear society imploding and cities collapsing in on themselves. Combine that power with the bands unique way of constructing blistering breakdowns, and you're left with something that'll shake your bones to the core. An impeccable command of rhythm enables Osiah to create riffs that just keep hitting harder and harder. Whether that be suffocating downtempo sections such as those found on Humanimals, Conceived Through Ignorance and HV; or flesh hacking slams, slicing like a butchers cleaver on Brokden and Subterranean Refuge. All infested with short splurges of panic induced shred frenzies.
The level of depth possessed by this record is unbelievable. Every single track is drenched in layer upon layer, resulting in ominous soundscapes seething with misery. Warped guitars, synthesisers and samples create disorientating textures that sound like a disease seeping into the bloodstream, shutting down the nervous system and perplexing the senses. These are occasionally used to transition from one song into the next, connecting the album together as a flowing entity, giving it an overall soundtrack-esque conceptual finish. So if you're after a dose of sinister apocalyptic deathcore, there's no need to look any further than Terror Firma. Osiah have every base covered with such an impressive debut album. Follow the link below to grab your own copy of Terror Firma from Seige Music. Alternatively, you can stream the album via YouTube. This is not a band you should be sleeping on, as this release is already making big waves across the extreme metal community. Make sure you keep an eye on what the lads are up to via their social media and head out to a show near you. Having already destroyed the likes of Techfest this summer, they possess a live show that is not to be missed.
Physical CD: HERE
Saturday, 2 July 2016
Ladies and Gentleman your attendance is mandatory...
Doomlines is what brought Holy Spider Promotions into existence last year - we threw it together at the last minute and it stuck. But this year we've had more time to plan and put the lineup together, so come and celebrate Holy Spider's 1st birthday and get down to a hand-picked selection of the slowest/dirtiest/straight-up heaviest underground UK bands. It's part of Sheffield's city-wide Tramlines music festival, and this year it will be held at the Yorkshireman Rock Bar.
† 10 bands from 2-11pm on the Saturday of Tramlines
† Wristbanded event so come and go as many times as you like - £6 OTD
† Under 18s allowed during the day if accompanied by an adult
† Plenty of merch and ale to spend your money on too
Possibly the most stoned-out band you will ever hear. Their music is the very definition of a bad trip. Featuring Adam Richardson of Ramesses.
Wigan's kings of sludge who just released the monstrous, Herb Your Enthusiasm on Black Bow Records.
This will be the Steel City sludge trio's only show over the weekend so come and get an aural mauling; "shudderingly heavy"...
Sheffield doom/post-metal heroes. Huge riffs, battle drums, songs about swords, beards galore.
A 50/50 mix of cryptic sludge and straight ahead hardcore makes for an absolutely crushing sound in the hands of these guys from Durham. Glad to have them back after their Holy Spider show in August last year.
One of the most creative bands we've come across yet, seriously! They're like the best bits of Melvins, Swans and Mr. Bungle all in one. Stockport's finest.
Formed after the breakup of Poison Dwarf and based in Huddersfield, this sludge trio write songs about cosmic annihilation. They put out a split with Nomad last year and we caught them when they played with Samothrace in Manchester recently. Impressive stuff.
Grim grind/black/doom/everything 2-piece from Nottingham.
A new band who've emerged from the burgeoning Sheffield doom scene. These guys are yet to play their first show but what we've heard is brooding, droning, dark, post-metal/doom goodness...
First show for another brand new doom/drone duo out of Sheffield. Featuring George from Kurokuma on drums.
Monday, 27 June 2016
Under are quite a new band from the Stockport , Manchester area and are quite a bit different from even the varied styles that have been on the blog so far..
Their debut EP "First Attempt" is quite an unusual listen tho at first feels very familiar... Let's deal with the elephant in the room first.... so what's immediately apparent is these guys obviously LOVE Melvins as soon as the first song "Trading Tokens" started first thing i could think of was Melvins that stop start format the haunting Buzzo-esque vocals however whilst this is an apparent feel throughout these guys are definitely doing something different with the format and musically are hard to pin down the song structures are fairly twisted and very off kilter not too far removed from the madder timings and structure of the recent Boss Keloid album NOT that they sound like them at all they were the only other band i could think of that were that crazy!
The Melvins comparison may be selling these guys a little short here, there's a lot to this band the songs have so many parts to them it's hard to single one out for praise best way I can describe them is think of the heavier end early AmRep bands like Jesus Lizard and Helmet take away the noisier parts and add a healthy dose of chunky metal guitar and you'll get the picture. There's a lot of work been put into crafting the songs on this 3 track EP The 7 minute "Suicide By Cop" has some great chiming guitar and ethereal vocal melodies that build and build into a nice heavy but differently heavy conclusion these guys go less for the head smash it's more gently massage your brain with riffs!!!
These guys are (without sounding like a prick here) quite a "cerebral" band it's not something you can turn on and not pay attention to nor is it something that you can immediately get into from first listen it is quite a challenging sound and one i think maybe some people might find hard to get into it's quite awkward sounding but repeated listening will bring rewards. I can imagine that these guys could easily have written plenty of big fat riffs and pounded you into the ground like a fence post but instead they have spent obvious time crafting a challenging and original sound that separates them from other bands in the scene whilst as i said there are some derivatives (The Melvins influence) they have taken that sound and done something completely their own with it the same as 90% of the bands I listen to have with Sabbath so it's no big deal really.I hope these guys get to reaching more people they have a forthcoming second EP which i for one can't wait to hear Go give them a like on facebook for more news on that.
Here's some links you can buy a download of their "First Attempt" EP on bandcamp and go like them on facebook to keep up to date with current news. So go check em out give your ears and your brain a treat definitely a band to watch....
"First Attempt" EP - Bandcamp
Facebook page - HERE
So this initially enthused project has kinda stalled a bit I had previously felt that it was unfair that this blog for the brothers and sisters of the NXNW region was only covering Stoner/Doom etc so after being approached for a review by Death Metal band Cancerous Womb i decided it was high time i got someone involved who knows something about this sorta thing
Ladies and Gentlemen Meet Brett Baker...
Brett currently provides low end bass destruction to Chesterfield based Death metal band Revelations (whom i have encouraged him to publicize) And is now gonna be writing reviews for North X Northwest The First of which is his review of Cancerous Womb's forthcoming "It Came To This" EP can been seen right HERE So folks from now on you got a death/grind/brutal sounding band you wouldn't have thought would fit with this blog you now have a champion! You can submit your brutality to me (Dave) by PM on facebook HERE Welcome aboard Brett looking forward to more reviews and pushing the NXNW scene forward! CHEERS!
Since their release of Born of a Cancerous Womb in 2014, the band have quite obviously been flexing their creative muscles. Due to be released this July, It Came To This contains all the grinding death metal sensibilities you'd expect from Cancerous Womb. But there appears to be a few added extras thrown into the mix. It seems that over the past two years the Scot super-posse, featuring members of Crepitation and Narayana, have adopted a no-holds-barred attitude towards their sound. If there was ever a box to stick a band in, this lot definitely aren't in it. In fact, they're a a hundred feet away in the opposite direction, armed with four tracks of utter sonic mayhem. Locked, loaded and ready to blow the thing to pieces. If you're the kind of fan who likes their listening material strictly genre specific, then this probably won't be a release for you. It is impossible to put your finger on where the record will turn to next. Old school death metal grooves bend into angular, disjointed, attacks of angular noise. Side to side hardcore stompers give birth to raw grind frenzies in the blink of an eye. All in all resulting in a tightly packed ticking time bomb of manic listening.
Opening track "The Shrieking Of Idiots" is the most reminiscent of the bands early works. With insane amounts of groove, grim tremolo sections and frantic guitar work. Proving that the grindcore inspired approach to death metal, that won the four piece so many fans in the first place, is still alive and well. But, whoever said, “Start as you mean to go on.”, clearly forgot to mention it to these lads. The following track Formless is exactly as it's namesake suggests. A mind bending, ear melting, warped audio maelstrom. All tightly wrapped up into just under one minute. If you can imagine the sound of a fist fight between Miles Davis, Terrorizer and a tribe of rabid chimpanzees, you may be close. Isolation Frenzy takes it back to where The Shrieking Of Idols left off. Forming an amalgamation of raw grind abrasiveness and the occasional urgent, yet fluid, math-rock guitar runs. If the past three tracks are anything to go by, the band clearly have a few Napalm Death records in their collection. Just to make things clear though, a sickeningly heavy cover of When All Is Said And Done closes the EP. It's always risky business covering such a revered cult classic, but Cancerous Womb pull it off flawlessly. Retaining all it's original violent fervency but with their unique twist.
Whilst every riff, drum groove or vocal pattern may not stand out as instantly memorable, it doesn't seem to matter all that much. It's the way in which they are dynamically spliced together that draws the listener in. The unpredictable nature of each track is what makes this record come alive. Whilst there may be some feathers rustled amongst label obsessed pigeon-holing purists, one thing is for certain. It Came To This is cued to be one of the most talked about releases of the summer. Regardless of the fact that they've been active for almost a decade, the band continue to push their boundaries whilst growing from strength to strength. If your mouth isn't already watering at the thought of another Cancerous Womb full-length, a taste of this EP will definitely do the trick.
Listen & Preorder the EP & More on Bandcamp - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Website - HERE
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Pedant are a fairly new band from the Wigan/Bolton area I was only introduced to these a couple of days ago (Cheers Mike!!!) and whilst fitting in nicely with this blog these guys are peddling a different kind of noise than the other bands I've been writing up lately I've played their "I think you'll find it's spelled D-E-M-O" a couple of times and have really enjoyed it!
This quirky 3 piece have a great energetic sound and their bluesy thrashing is really kicking my arse they could have easily downtuned the guitar put it right in your face throughout and could have just fell in line with the likes of Mower and Barbarian Hermit (no bad thing obviously i love those bands) however they have chosen a different path.... firstly the sound is fairly bass driven whilst in a reversal of the usual way bands operate the guitar seems to provide backing for the great bass lines a lot of the time in the verses not that these guys can't hit the overdrive and smash it with a noisy guitar part when it's needed but it is good to hear Bass being played really well and not just providing a bottom end for the sound.The variety on display here in the music is something that will definitely have me coming back to this demo repeatedly, The opening track "Watchers" is a great bluesy, punky thrash which has little nods to the Minutemen (I think? maybe it's just the bass driven stop start thing??) whilst the bass line in the disjointed verse part has that classic 70's rock feel and blending those elements together in the one song is pretty cool Then 2nd track has a kind of Noise Rock meets guitar thrash and that 70's rock motif rears it's head again and is just great! However it's the way they blend all these different sounds with a great groove and a kinda off the wall approach to it that makes these guys stand out big time, the intro to "Giant Killer" would have Jimi smiling down from guitar god heaven with pride but it also has a fucking surprising monstrous groove to temper the Jimi blues which just leaves me with a huge grin on my face and my head nodding and when they hit that "1st-album-Sabbath-on-speed" groove at the end and up the anti with the fuzz pedal it's just mind blowing and that's just one song! "Typo Dave" (a song tile which i sure as shit appreciate any readers of the blog will know why) is a great meandering heavy blues jam with some killer riffing and insane vocals and closing with the quiet/loud jam of "The Hand" i was left happy as you like but definitely craving more and thinking these guys must be a total BLAST live!
I'm really glad I'm not too late to the party with these guys as trhe demo was only released in Dec last year and considering that the confident and accomplished playing on here is all the more impressive and along with some of the other stuff I have been writing about it further affirms that it was worth my time starting this blog! This is an outstanding demo the musicianship is nails and the sound is sometimes disjointed and crazy whilst managing to still throw grooves and big riffs in at exactly the right places and holds enough surprises not to fade into background music territory and to work electric blues into the equation (which is of course where all great heavy music originates from) and some more off kilter touches is a stroke of sheer mad scientist brilliance! I could easily see these guys slotting into the heavier end of Alive Records roster (Home of Radio Moscow and Left Lane Cruiser to name just a couple) Or at least being on the same bill!
I strongly urge you to go get this demo immediately they are charging a measly £1 for 20 minutes of highly entertaining grooving and crazy tunes that are well written brilliantly played and above all fun to listen to! If something leaves me smiling during AND after I'm listening to it it's a fuckin prize winner and no doubt!
"I think you'll find it's spelled D-E-M-O" - Bandcamp
Pedant Facebook - HERE
Sheer Attack are a new band from Liverpool With a line up featuring local Psych monsters Mind Mountain's Bassist Marc Glaysher (Along with Russ on Vox, Broomo on Guitar and Dave on Drums) Marc has also put on some BLISTERING bands in Liverpool including Lecherous Gaze and Dirty Fences! Sheer Attack have been causing quite a stir in the NXNW with some apparently blistering live shows I went down to Liverpool to see them with The Flex, Denim & Leather & Bad Meds I got there 10 mins before the show started and Sheer Attack were opening and it was already sold out! No mean feat for a local band with no music out yet however I stayed in the bar where i could clearly hear them and I was really impressed!!
These guys are about to drop their debut EP and Marc was kind enough to give me a listen for this review and from the second i hit play I was immediately blown away for a band not yet a year into it these guys are on fuckin' fire this is all guns blazin' balls out hardcore rock 'n' roll! Taking a template that is filthy 80's Venice Beach hardcore adding a touch of Motorhead a pinch of Thin Lizzy and the raw chops of classic garage like The Stooges and MC5 and your just about there! you can tell instantly that they are driven by a love of dirty riffing and the case seems to be that these boys HAD to do this not just because they wanted to and there's no arguing with how shredding the music is!
With 4 songs clocking in at 10 minutes this is a perfect 7" EP the sound would fall nicely in line with the current so called "New Rock 'n'Roll" (fucking media terminology when did Rock 'N' Roll ever go away??!!) and i could easily see these guys on a bill with The Shrine or Hot Lunch as equally as they would fit on a bill with BL'AST! or Suicidal Tendencies (in 1982) The playing is tight and the songs are memorable without losing their gnarly edge they are just brimming with energy and aggression but not in a macho muscle flexing way more of a middle finger, beer in hand skateboard in the other aggression! There's loads of great Mid-era Black Flag type guitar and bass runs and they manage to have a good bottom end without being "heavy" that's no surprise with Marc on bass tho if you know him you know! The vocals are just spot on having enough belligerence to match the energy of the music and enough melody to not just be shouting and the frenetic and awesome drumming holding the whole thing together!
I can't express my sheer glee at hearing this EP the world needs more music like this i can't even pick a favourite from it or single a particular one of the 4 for praise cos they are ALL great I love the gang vocals On "Black Lagoon" and that creepy SST sounding opening to "Public Service Offender" breaking into that running riff and it just KICKS off in the middle and makes me grind my teeth and want to get in the pit even if it would literally kill me now is just fucking great! These guys play well together and they are obviously well versed in Old School influences going back through the 70's/80's and beyond but bringing it crashing and smashing into the present i also know at least one of them skates and that's what this EP reeks of grinding kerbs,drinking beer, graffitti ridden skateparks,venues with sticky floors ,battered amps and volume!
I am not even joking when i say i have lost count of how many times i have played this EP since yesterday I only stopped to listen to the Boss Keloid album so i could review it properly!!! You owe it to yourself to get out and check these guys out live and hopefully by the time of their upcoming shows they should have this EP on vinyl for sale I would get it if i were you it's just great!
These guys love to play live they have a show on March the 30th at Temple Of Boom Leeds opening for Poison Idea (Also playing are The Flex & Denim & Leather that will be a BLINDER More Info - HERE) and they play the Mayday Mayhem event again at the Temple Of Boom in Leeds (get more info - HERE) however they do play a few local (Liverpool Shows) and other areas round the NXNW so go give them a like on facebook and keep up to date with shows there and I'm sure the EP will be for sale there soon.
Sheer Attack Facebook - HERE