Hey kids! If you are like me and have spent most of yesterday mentally exhausted wondering when Bernie bros will stop making excuses for why pandering to the WWC “economic anxiety” myth while punching down on intersectional oppression issues and the marginalized concerned with these issues is wrong, you might just be in the need for some RIFFS! Well, a lot of good stuff has been going on over the last few days.
Let’s start off with the rabble rousers in Slaves BC. This band is by far one of the most important in the underground these days, from their willingness to speak truth to their uncompromising sound and musical fury. The new single “Mihpares” is up at The Fear And The Void HERE and is very exciting stuff with almost a chaos vortex jazz noise metal feel in the bridge that got really unsettling and I LOVED. I did not give these cats enough coverage last year and I nonetheless love them and you should as well.
Next up, Venom Prison! I know this band and track have gotten a lot of hype but they deserve it. This group crushes the skulls of dumbshits so profoundly every time! We stan! If you haven’t experienced the intensely pulverizing and frightening “Uterine Industrialisation” you need to fix that ASAP. Those circle pit worthy parts into crushing slower riffs and chug and yarrrghhhhh!!! This band is so on point with their death metal influences while engaging solidly with important issues of the day. Let’s hope they keep using their platform for awesome stuff and also as their hype grows they pick and choose well what festivals to play if some of the other bands are problematic.
Anyway, I couldn’t be more thrilled with anticipation for their forthcoming effort Samsara and I know I am not alone.
Last up for today, Tribulation. The frightening and aesthetically excellent death brandishers have released a new Live video and their Melancholia EP is available now in numerous vinyl formats HERE. Follow this link to watch their performance in Oberhausen, captured by Dirk Behlau, produced by Beastwoodfilms and mixed & mastered by Linus Björklund of Hi Filer Productions. Their last few records really struck to heart (no vampire staking pun intended) of the band’s ability to evoke a passion for the dark. Few groups are so adept at cultivating a shadowy mystique without being completely absurd or losing sight of songwriting. “Nightbound” isn’t as “new” as the other songs on here but this video is!
Ok, like bats in the daytime…hang in there, brethren.