If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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We have heard reports that Lorna Doom of The Germs, a true fucking icon of punk, has passed away. The passing was confirmed by Don Bolles. Our hearts go out to Don, Pat and all her friends. No further information is available at present so just blast GI. I mean shit, you really should anyway.
Mike Shaw from the band Mindforce and his partner Nicole are old friends of mine and I was very upset to hear that homie almost lost his very valuable life – seriously, this is one of the good guys – when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle early this year. Please help out if you can. It is a long recovery and Mike is a strong dude but the PMA from the community is vital right now. Send some love and money if you can. Represent!
Please donate to help Mike in his recovery – any little bit counts! https://t.co/Rp94U5PcoK
— Mindforce (@MindforceNY) January 7, 2019
1999 was a really crazy year for me. I was in college at SUNY New Paltz, was a raging drunk, very promiscuous and played some of the best underground shows of my life with my old sludge punk/metal band FUSE. We played shows with awesome bands like Orange 9mm, mearth. Pitchfork Militia and Joeys Throwin’ Elbows and put out a CD Organizm that year that I am still really proud of and had a unique meld of influences. I had a year off heroin after a bad problem for five years as a teen and despite a lot of challenges I started one of the more fertile creative periods of my life as well as a deep dive into more and more music. It was chaotic and not entirely halcyon and I still had a lot of buried insecurities to unpack about my gender fluidity and being bi, often taking it out on myself onstage in very self destructive displays that were also likely inspired by Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals is certainly the record I spun the most that year and remains my favorite of his), but it was a transformative and cathartic time.
I am very happy that twenty years later despite all the ups and downs since that I am still writing about music and recording it myself. I think the troubled young person of that year would shoot me a sly wink and a shit eating grin and give me a thumbs up before whirling away in a blur of manic energy.
Here is a look at 5 records from the year 1999 that I think hold up 20 years later. Read more BELOW.Add to My Radar
Happy New Year, lovelies. New Year’s Eve was crazy. I am a bouncer at a bar and it was a very messy party. I have a terrible sniffle today from germs from shaking too many people’s hands and handling money all night charging a cover to get in and dance to a new wave dj. Chugging Vitamin C and praying while simultaneously tweeting about how the Lords Of Chaos movie is gonna suck today. Was just also listening to “Bleeding Mascara” by Atreyu and feeling old af, lol. Let’s get to some of our first stories of the year.
Ex-Melvins/Clown Alley bassist Mark Deutrom is the man. He played on my favorite heavy album of all time, Stoner Witch. Used to love seeing the dude live. Mark has a new effort coming out called Blue Bird via Season of Mist and we want y’all to support. Trippy, well composed stuff.
Deutrom offers with the release the album, “A thread of sentimentality represented by the blue bird runs from the late 19th century, through the 20th, vanishing behind the fog of digital ascendancy in the 21st… or maybe it’s just over the hill.”
Maryland-based psychedelic doom trio YATRA (ex-Blood Raven) prepares for the release of their debut album, Death Ritual, through Grimoire Records this Friday. Advancing its release, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the entire record. The full length debut from the band is rightfully anticipated. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, Yob, and Sleep will find plenty to enjoy in Death Ritual.
Dana Helmuth of Yatra offers, “We are humbled to present this first offering of YATRA, Death Ritual, and look forward to hearing about the journey that it takes you on.”
Stream YATRA’s entire Death Ritual album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features three mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Helmuth.
2018 was an intense year. That’s an understatement. I hope in 2019 we manage, where possible, to be more understanding to one another and foster growth. I am thinking about how much passion people carry for hardcore, metal and the like and I hope we can harness that into continuing to improve and not by gaslighting and targeting journalists who are trying to ask reasonable questions about potential ties to NSBM or sexism or other issues. I can like a band’s music but if they start doing that, it is really a souring experience.
It’s weird being a musician and a writer because your net of considerations is perhaps wider. I am not saying that as a superiority thing or in any way to diminish writers who aren’t also artists. If anything I think being a writer as well as a performer makes me side with journalists more, because they get way too much shit from a lot of bands who ought to know better (which doesn’t mean some writers can’t do better as well, trust me). Still, there are a lot of hateful little troll caves sprinkled through our fair Metal Middle Earth, so to speak. And even a few sewery Mordors. But I digress.
Or do I? Mental health was a big concern this year for myself and others. One of my favorite metallers, Jill from Huntress, was lost way too soon as she struggled with depression. Her fight was not in vain though as she inspired so many and will always be remembered.
Look, we get that some of you just wanna rock or have ‘fun’ or be edge lords. Other people use metal and hardcore as a refuge and to heal from experiencing hate. You aren’t an outsider if you are reinforcing the status quo of patriarchy, transphobia, racism, factory farming, yadda yadda. I was super bummed. for instance, to see Mark Hunter of Chimaira and Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under /Cannibal Corpse fame yucking it up on Twitter the other night making arguably transphobic jokes about educating people to be more inclusive of non binary people. Mark said he felt he was on acid for seeing a video about AFAB people who menstruate but identify as male. Maybe, just maybe he meant that it was weird for him to get used to or wrap his head around as it is outside his cis het experience, but he didn’t call out the supporters in his comments who were saying they should be burned- which thankfully Twitter had the user remove.
Hot take. it is actually good to teach people to be inclusive of different gender identities and make them understand that different people are figuring out themselves at different times in their lives. Barnes made it even worse and wrote “yawn” when confronted about his own shitty follow up joke that sounded like a fifteen year old just heard about Woodstock.
LGBTQAI people have contributed and continue to contribute so much to punk and metal culture. Stop shitting on us with normalizing nasty jokes at our expense. That isn’t ‘extreme’ or cool or ‘metal’. It’s just embarrassing. Read the Non Binary Wiki and get your head out of a bad batch of AC/DC covers and songs about murdering girls and maybe catch up with 2019 where people are facing serious persecution. I am never listening to any of either of your music again, dudes. I hope that was worth losing several decades of support over.
Thanks, y’all who have supported this site and who try to make the scene a better place. “SJWS” are not “the real Nazis”. Please. Let’s do better. Support Black Flags Over Brooklyn in 2019, for starters. And we will take it from there, cool? See you on the other side of the calendar, kids.
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Good thing Patrick O’Brien wasn’t carrying skittles like Trayvon or he might have been in danger of being shot. Look, I love Alex – one of the absolute chilliest dudes in metal, and I feel very very bad for the rest of the Cannibal Corpse band right now. Right when they should be celebrating joining Slayer’s farewell tour some complete bullshit happens. I don’t know if it was a mental break or covering up some illegal shit in his burning home or Patrick was drunk or what, but initial reports say O’Brien’s house was burning down while meanwhile he was assaulting some lady and then hiding in a yard before charging cops with a knife. Florida does not look kindly on any of this but I can’t help but think of the utter hypocrisy of how this would have played out if O’Brien was black. I never want to hear another Trump bootlicking right wing metal edgelord say white privilege doesn’t exist ever again. Moronic.
I am wondering if dude had some illegal weapons in his house and bugged out and got mega paranoid and tried to hide nearby? Seems like a full blown panic attack and certainly doesn’t make a lick of sense.
Anyway, Cannibal are still obviously one of the best death metal bands of all time and are genre kings. What the fuck does anyone need to be doing wild ass antics like this for? Hopefully Patrick gets some help mentally because he has certainly ruined his life and is lucky to still be breathing. Damn shame. But why do cops not use tasers more often when someone is of a darker hue?Add to My Radar
Hey pals. My rescue cat Lil Puff is meowing her ass off for food even though she already had lunch (don’t worry, she doesn’t have worms). Nonetheless, I am going to try to concentrate long enough to type out some metal news for you today. First up, Happy Michael Flynn day! Secondly, before we start I want to share this thread from Twitter that has been thankfully well received about what I will and will not cover these days. While this excludes a number of large bands as a result, I really don’t care and they are already centered on many a site or festival. To progress, you actually have to seem like you give a shit about being a better person.
Yo, if you ain’t done more than bare minimum of restorative justice or are presumably innocent beyond reasonable doubt but Aggro victim blame or have fans do so in a way that discourages discourse or are into edging the age of consent, you will not be featured long as I run site.
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) December 4, 2018
Now to some rad tours, videos and yadda yadda.
Seattle death doom merchants UN, hot off of releasing one of the the coolest albums in recent times Sentiment, are now touring the release further. CHRCH are in tow for this one and each show promises to be a special meeting of minds!
Maggot Heart are one of the most compelling bands in the world at the moment. The project spearheaded by Linnéa Olsson is driving, timely and colorful even at the bleakest points. It’s a great post-punk sounding platter of sounds and the newest release Dusk To Dusk is great. It really seems like a lot of care went into these skillful tunes.
Some February dates have been announced:
8 MTS, OLDENBURG, DE
9 Grauzone Fest, DEN HAAG, NL
10 MTC, COLOGNE, DE
11 Slow Club, FREIBURG, DE
12 Black Label, LEIPZIG, DE
13 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE
14 Musikens Hus, GOTHENBURG SWE*
15 1000Fryd, AALBORD, DK*
16 Huset, COPENHAGEN, DK*
Lastly today but not leastly, underground mainstays Deadbird kick total ass and have a music video out at mighty Kerrang! The long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October.
DEADBIRD’s first video comes in the form of “Heyday,” the longest track on III: The Forest Within The Tree. The video was directed and created by my homie David Brenner (Gridfailure) utilizing nature footage filmed by the band’s Alan Short and his wife Tera in Northwest Arkansas, and live footage of the band filmed by Frank Huang at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh during this year’s Migration Fest.
Alan Short offers, “My wife Tera and I shot all of the nature footage at the White Rock Wilderness Area and The Upper Buffalo National River, both in Northwest Arkansas. Our families have been seeking peace and refuge from the insanity and demands of city life in these areas for generations. Much of it has been protected from development, but we must stay vigilant. In fact, we just got news that the effort we have been involved in to deny industrial hog farming in the vicinity a permit that would have allowed them to continue polluting the river with run-off was successful! Permit denied!”
He adds, “I feel like the video is the perfect balance of elements for DEADBIRD; immersion in loud electric rock and roll and the contemplation of and within the natural world inform both our songwriting and our lives. Participating in music (both transmitting and receiving) is a powerful way to shed the static of the human world. Listening to a river’s water speak as it moves over rocks can remove the shadow from one’s heart. Putting these elements together shows not just who we are, but how we are.”
Check it out RIGHT HERE!
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Ozzy turned 70 today, proving you really can achieve anything with the help of heavy metal and perhaps some unholy magic pacts? In all seriousness, congrats to Ozzy and thanks for all the years loving and living rock n roll. Everyone has a favorite album or song or show or memory and I hope it is not insulting to say that with all his antics over the years there are many people who were expected to outlive Ozzy but he proved them wrong and has had a wild, full and incredible life.
Here’s one of my favorites from The Prince Of Darkness. “Road To Nowhere”? Nah, man. More like road to eternal metal glory.
Happy Birthday @OzzyOsbourne, have a great 70th! All the best, Tony.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) December 3, 2018
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Happy 70th birthday Ozzy!!! @ Royal Arena https://t.co/Ql3UZyyHMC
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 3, 2018
ERIK RAYMOND LINDMARK
It is with great sadness that we must announce that our CEO & Founder, Erik Lindmark, passed away today after battling with Sclerosis.
The indelible mark he has left on the Death Metal genre is monumental, both as a business man and as a musician. pic.twitter.com/Mz1evenKfn
— Unique Leader Records (@UniqueLeaderRec) November 29, 2018
We just learned of the passing of Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark. He took a chance on Fallujah when we were still in school working on what would become The Harvest Wombs. We, and the west coast Death metal… https://t.co/xiOdEGu3Xg
— Fallujah (@Fallujahbayarea) November 29, 2018
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Today we are heartbroken.
Thank you, Erik. Rest Easy. https://t.co/9d26hc5X2E
— Lago (@LagoAZ) November 29, 2018
Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.
Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!
Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.
It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.
2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.
But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.
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Hello readers and rioters. Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, honoring those who were killed due to transphobia. I am contemplative and worked hard today but now am resting and wrapping up my year end list. We have several coming over the next few days from all enby or binary trans writers which happens to be the bulk of staff and also (guess what?!) is normal! Yep, there are all kinds of people in the world. Deal with it.
Anyway, I like to get the lists going around the week of Black Friday so that (ugly yoke of capitalism pandering aside) you or your friends might actually buy something on here for yourself or -gasp- as a gift to others. And yes, naysayers, most writers in music media have heard a slew of Haulix promos months in advance and besides last minute album drops during weeks when most press are already on break in December, rest assured we pretty much might know what we liked already. This year it was HARD to condense because I liked so many albums and some really, really good ones did not make it. I trimmed this in half from thirty, blah blah blah. I am pleased however with the variety of styles I ended up with which reflects a semi-decent range of the underground though also is somewhat slanted towards my tastes, bigly. I really believe in these bands, though.
I had an intense year. Was part of making an awesome psych folk/indie album with my partner and I am really proud of her and it. Also finished a collab record due out next year with Gridfailure and my solo project Walking Bombs that features some nuts guests like Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (Caustic Resin) and many more amazing people TBA in 2019 (stay tuned). I stopped HRT after a year and am living more non binary than a fully binary transition. Losing my parents house and some other mental health factors led me to decide to be super mindful of my moods right now and I have been mostly successful and am feeling more level than I have in half a decade, thank God. I might in the future take estradiol again but I also lost my father only a few years ago and it weighs on me so I also stopped electrolysis because the resemblance of our faces is one of the last tangible things I have of him. It’s complicated, I don’t know. Love you all though.
But through all that and some other challenges music remained a wonderful blanket and refuge or a brittle, cathartic ice water bath both invigorating and frighteningly emotional as we live under fucking Trump. Let’s NOT ever have as stupid a President again, Ok? This is toxic on a world level.
Anyhow, here are my favorite top 15 of 2018 for Metal Riot. Support the arts and your friends and say no to the nasties out there. – Morgan Y. Evans
1. My album Of The Year: Soft Kill – Savior
From tragedy comes one of the most elegant and inspiring, beautiful albums you’ll ever hear. Cold and warm completely blur into one emotional high and low and high and low and we’re dancing on glass. Treasure your moments and create fearlessly the art and world you want to live within. Crucial.
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Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.
Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.
Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.
“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”
“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.
The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!
MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
MONOLORD comment on the signing:
“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”
MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.
MONOLORD Tour Dates:
— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —
Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg
What can we say? Stan Lee, RIP. His impact changed the world and brought worlds of endless imagination to millions. A few reactions I grabbed initially off social media below. I am taking the day off or maybe I’ll stream Ant Man & The Wasp cuz this super sucks, fam. At least he got to see at the end of his life that his impact was never going away. Excelsior.
— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee was a visionary and a pioneer. I owe a lot to him for personally shaping my childhood fantasy worlds, my appreciation for art on all levels, & for teaching me humanness and humility through his wonderfully insightful stories. He will be missed. Long Live FOOM ! pic.twitter.com/coMUHWXGKV
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) November 12, 2018
Today I was working on Issue #5 of Shuri. I took a nap and woke up to learn that Stan Lee had passed. I’m glad he was able to see what he started explode into a vibrant universe loved by so many.
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) November 13, 2018
Stan. The. Man. Safe travels, groovy legend! pic.twitter.com/aWGXkIYRom
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) November 12, 2018
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I really don’t have words to describe what Stan meant to me. I don’t know how to quantify what his imagination meant/means to my life. Everything I have ever done creatively has been influenced by The Man, a constant in my life for 50 years. In The Man’s own words, “‘Nuff said.” #Excelsior #MMMS #FOOM #SOAPBOX #StanLee
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met stan lee at comic con few years ago got to shake his hand and thank him for my childhood im sure a million people tell him every day but it felt great all the same …the first comic I ever bought with my own money was a marvel starwars number 7 …comic book shops weren’t kool like they are today they were dark cramped cozy with amazing piles of books n boxs everywhere i miss that its to clean now (not me in that old timey pic but right time period of my childhood) … what better way to honor stan lee then to go buy comics so today i went and grabbed two @marvel comics of course…moon knight with a dope @beckycloonan cover and an awesome what if reprint .. bury me with my comics
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— Jim Lee (@JimLee) November 12, 2018
metal would not be the same without wolverine blues. pic.twitter.com/EMAVYyGWR5
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) November 12, 2018
— Regal (@RegalMovies) November 12, 2018
— The Gifted (@TheGiftedonFOX) November 12, 2018
So I’m driving Ms. Idea (6) to school. Out of nowhere, she asks me“Who’s your favorite X-Man?” “Mine is Storm”, she said. I replied “Bobby Drake, the Ice Man!”. It struck me in that instant what Stan Lee had accomplished in creating Common Ground for a 50 yr old guy & his kid
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) November 13, 2018
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Stan Lee, you made misfits cool. You made heroes out of the most unlikely of people. Thank you for celebrating nerds. pic.twitter.com/iTojUWXV7w
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 12, 2018
Hey gang. Midterms in the U-S-of-A have come and gone and progress is huge and mostly positive, though there is still much to be done. Even today Jim Acosta was accosted by buffoonish blubbering Trump and it seems like the are ditching Sessions as fast as possible to try and prepare some crooked bs in preparation for the Dems reclaiming the House in January. Hold fast.
If you are needing some musical release today, I can’t help you with “relaxation” after the manic energy swell of the election, but these bands can purge a large release of energy cathartically in a more robust way. SunStare from France are a convincingly passionate post-metal project with very cool guitar textures and a great bass tone in particular on new material. Please Pre Order their latest album Eroded (out this month) HERE. A lot of the best post metal or other sludgy forms I heard of came from talking with French extreme music fan friends and journos, and the scene over there has a lot of cool talent in various underground genres. SunStare have been active since 2013 and are certainly talented enough to capture your attention and pull you into their world quickly and for keeps.
Noise monsters Gnaw have released a new video for “Prowled Mary” from the Translation Loss release Cutting Pieces from last year. This record is a visceral experience and should be navigated at least a few times by anyone who cares about current relevant bands whether you become a big fan and keep coming back to it or not. This song in particular calls to mind the creepier side of Today Is The Day to me.