AUDIO: Usurpress’ “Beneath The Starless Skies”

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September 23rd is when Sweden’s Usurpress will be releasinga new album through Agonia Records called The Regal Tribe and everyone involved want to share a track from it to you. Fir fans of progressive metal with touches of crust and doom, check out “Beneath The Starless Skies”.

LYRIC VIDEO: Usurpress’ “Across The Dying Plains”

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Out on September 23rd will be a new album from Sweden’s death metal monarchs Usurpress. Okay, maybe not monarchs but they are a great band and The Regal Tribe (Agonia) will be a continuation of what they have been doing to fans, and that is be supplies of brutal progressive death metal with a hint of crust and a touch of doom. For a taste of the ugliness, have a listen to “Across The Dying Plains”.

SOME STUFFS: Expander hi-pro their new EP

Austin, Texas band Expanded had recorded a 6-song EP and pressed it up themselves, only made 25 copies on cassette and decided to see if a few copies would sell. It did and Caligari Records decided to give the EP new pressing done on professional tapes and nice looking covers. Only 150 copies were made on cassette but if you are someone who loves thrash and hardcore with blasts of crust and punk, you’ll really enjoy what these guys have to offer. Stream the EP above and if you want to go for the cassette, you can find out how to order by heading to Caligari Records.

RECORD CRACK: Satanic Dystopia release “Double Denim Shotgun Massacre” EP as a 10″

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For fans of the crustiest thrash out there, make sure to check out Double Denim Shotgun Massacre (Mordgrimm), the brand new 8-song EP by Satanic Dystopia. The EP will be released as a 10″ with a fold-out sleeve, and will be limited to 250 copies. The first 50 orders will get a free patch, one patch per customer regardless of how many records you order. To preview the music, you can stream it via Bandcamp below. You can pre-order your copy directly from Mordgrimm’s online store.

RECORD CRACK: Rectal Hygenics release “Cold Meat” 7″

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“Cold Meat” and “Hoard Of Violence” are two Rectal Hygenics tracks released digitally in September, but now you’re able to pick a physical copy up in the form of a 7″ single on the Diseased Audio label. Order a copy or two by clicking here.

REVIEW: Rectal Hygienics’ “Even The Flies Won’t Touch You”

Rectal Hygienics When you form a band and you end up choosing Rectal Hygienics as your moniker, it’s safe to say you’re not going to do any love songs. Even The Flies Won’t Touch You is a 7-track album that will get into the nerves of most listeners, as this isn’t easy to listen to. For everyone else, imagine Venom if they were influenced by Buzzov•en and Eyehategod. Now imagine them getting even more ruthless. The lyrics are as demented and twisted as anything you’ve ever heard, and yet if you take away the heaviness of it all, some of it comes off quite humorous in its own way, perhaps unintentionally. Either that, or these guys don’t mind trying to be funny in the name of sounding ultra violent. If this is music meant to represent the filth of the world and the filthy, it’s a perfect soundtrack.

(Even The Flies Won’t Touch You is available on cassette from Depravity. Digital fiends can check it out by clicking their Bandcamp page.)

REVIEW: Black Goat Of The Woods’ self-titled EP

Photobucket It’s great when a band comes out with new music out of nowhere, or at least that’s the common phrase to use when someone makes music that blows you away, leading to the question “where did these guys come from?” In this case, Black Goat Of The Woods are from Indianapolis, Indiana and they play the kind of music that makes you want to deny everything good in the world, only to lead you to want to cut your eyes open with a razor blade. Some of it comes off like Venom if they were raised in the 90’s or 00’s, still bringing on that dark heaviness that made them famous in the 1980’s but playing with the kind of precision that lacks toe sloppiness Venom sometimes had in their heyday. With tracks like “Terrorize The Church”, “The Whoring Cunt”, and “Fisting Angels”, they will most likely not be welcome at your holiday get-togethers but outside of the shock tactics of the titles, Black Goat Of The Woods, don’t dwell too much on embellishments for most of the album, keeping things under the two minute mark (sometimes under the one minute mark). But when they do go for demonic anthems, as they do in “Crawling Through Hell”, they show what they’re all about by playing in a number of different speeds and structures, offering a glimpse of what they are capable of. There’s also a track here where the vocalist allows himself to get into David Lee Roth grunt mode, which for me tells me that while they are serious about creating brutality in metal form, they can add a bit of unintended/unexpected humor to throw listeners off. I hope the expected and unexpected will follow in future releases.

(Their EP is a CD-only release, which can be ordered by clicking here.)

REVIEW: Coffins’ “Sewage Sludgecore Treatment”

Photobucket When your band name is Coffins, your album is called Sewage Sludgecore Treatment and your album cover is an illustration of someone screaming as their body decays, you’re not going to give metal fans Katy Perry covers. However, considering that this EP is indeed differnet covers, I could probably imagine these guys treating Perry’s music with disgusting justice.

Coffins cover songs by some of their favorite bands, and it’s nice to hear new interpretations of celebrated underground classics. The EP begins with their take on Buzzov•en‘s “Broken”, and I’m sure Kirk Fisher would be proud of this one. Their version of Eyehategod‘s “Sister Fucker Part I” is explored two ways: studio and live versions, and I love the bluesy Black Sabbath vibe in their rendition, and its groove is probably due to Eyehategod’s own roots of New Orleans. The EP also features covers of Iron Monkey‘s “Black Aspirin”, Grief‘s “I Hate You”, and a very short attack of Noothgrush‘s “Evazan”, but the brutal grind of “I Hate You”, stretched out to over seven minutes, justifies things.

REVIEW: Generic Concession Stand’s “Restoration”

Photobucket The last time around, I had said the music of Generic Concession Stand had a bit of a “nu-metal” vibe but with their new Restoration EP, I’m hearing metal on a more crusty vibe on a Buzzov•en level, and I’m loving it. What I also like is the punk vibe that can be felt within the vocals, and while I would have loved the sound quality of the vocal tracks to be up to par with the music (but that’s my producer ear at work), this sounds like something you’d hear if you went into their basement or practice shed. When the songs offer up a light hip-hop vibe, they do it quite well, making sure they do it the way they want to without sounding like others who have blended the two styles.

The best song has to be the incredible title track, which adds a slight progressive metal groove by bringing in different textures, tempos, and paces in a six minute time period, where it feels like if they wanted to get into Voivod or System Of A Down mode, they could. Restoration simply makes me want to wait around to hear more.

RECORD CRACK: Slabdragger/Meadows split 12″ EP is on its way

Fans of stoner, sludge, doom, and crust metal will want to keep an ear and eye out for a forthcoming 12″ from the Head Of Crom label out of the UK, for they are releasing a split 12″ between Slabdragger and Meadows.

You can pre-order the 12″ directly from Head Of Crom by clicking here. Those outside of the UK should keep in mind that the cost of postage will be considerably high, so if you don’t want to pay the postage rate, feel free to ask if the record will be available elsewhere for ordering. You can have an audio preview by clicking the Bandcamp player below (or if it’s not showing up, click here.)