In a caustic mashing of grindcore and black metal, Sophist comes storming through the gates of the netherworld to grace us with a truly skin ripping and flesh tearing sound. Their upcoming offering Betrothal To The Stone features six unbridled and unhinged offerings of grinding blackened malevolence that is sure to twist your neck leaving your head screwed on backward. Nearly from the onset you come face to face with pure brute force savagery that is never to relent until the last gnarled note pierces through your ear drums. Ever ripping, buzzing and maiming, Sophist offer up a terrorizing wall of noise one track after the next that devastates and scorches earth.
Once you press play, Sophist leads you in to their opening (and title) track with an unsettling clip before blasting your brains out with tumultuous blast beats and buzzsaw riffs. Completing the true terrorizing sound are hellish vocals that are as gritty and bloodied as you could imagine, cropping up from a true sonic wall of terror and malice. This ripping offering sets you up for what you are about to witness for the remainder of the five tracks that follow. Each track that is to come after follows closely in the footsteps of the opening track as each one of the them is just as explosive and flesh peeling.
You are given no reprieve, and there is no light at the end of this as you are left mangled and bloodied once all is said and done. Each track is a blitzkrieg of damaging and terrorizing noise that pierces through you nearly immediately after it crops up. From beginning to end you come under siege, suffocating underneath the wall of grinding face melting noise never for you to crawl out from underneath it. Betrothal To The Stone is truly a maelstrom of scalding metal that picks you up only to spit you out the other end definitely looking worse for wear.
Betrothal To The Stone is an unholy, sinister, and malevolent creation, one that has you ripped to shreds before all has concluded. This cacophony of evil is just that, as this entire EP is riddled with six malevolent hymns that are as chaotic and piercing as you would imagine. In skull sanding and neck twisting speed, the occult and an overall wicked drive to produce an overall devilish sound, Sophist has created an overall great release here with Betrothal To The Stone.
Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto is to be released August 16.
Check out the title track and single off of the release below!
In mind numbing, chaotic and schizophrenic fashion, grind duo Brutal Blues offers up their newest release simply titled BB. Filled with ten tracks of nothing but ear drum gnashing metal, Brutal Blues intends to make your head spin and your brain buzz. From beginning to end you are accosted on all fronts by this aural assault as Brutal Blues dish out track after track of pure grinding madness. With odd effects added in the background to their harsh and punishing sound, BB is a disorienting and spine twisting listen to say the least. Brutal Blues leaves everything and then some out on the table through this ten track release to provide you with an altogether chaotic and head caving listen.
Brutal Blues set in immediately as they barrel forth with their first track. They don’t give you time to prepare yourself for the assault that you are about to witness as they bombard you with a furious metallic onslaught from the very beginning. This barrage of chaotic metal does not stop until the final song has concluded as Brutal Blues bulldozes from track to track. Never giving you enough time to breathe between each track, Brutal Blues suffocates you with their ear drum tearing and brain impaling sonic blitzkrieg.
From the very get go they make their horrid intentions known as they blast through your speakers with ever spastic drumming, throat blistering screams and schizophrenic riffs to make your head completely spin off of your shoulders. Each track is a maelstrom of burning grind that is sure to sheer your face clean off of your skull. Never once do Brutal Blues take their foot off of your throat as they ladle punishing sound after punishing sound until all is said and done, and even then these tracks will bounce around your head.
BB is an explosive and volatile record, one that snaps your head back as soon as you begin listening. This whiplash inducing release is just that. It is head caving grind done to a tee. BB is a noisy, bombastic and explosive record that will leave you riddled with scalding shrapnel at the end of it all, and that is exactly what a good grind record should do.
BB will be released June 22, 2018 through Give Praise Records.
Hailing from Northern Ireland, specifically Lisburn and Belfast is grind outfit Wardomized. Forced to Eat From the Apple Tree is their second EP to come out three years after their debut EP titled In the Raw. Much like their debut EP, Forced to Eat From the Apple Tree is a short but blasting offering that does its best to peel your face back over your scalp. Each of the four tracks that are present on this release are played between a mid and up-tempo pace that gets your head rocking back and forth before you know it. Each track is gritty and grime filled with an intense raw feel to them as well. There is just no bullshit here as what you get for four straight tracks is ferocious and deadly grind.
Wardomized doesn’t wait to shoot right out of the gate and out of your speakers as they hit you quick and hard with their opener Suicide Death Rock-Inflicted By Force. This near three minute track sets the tone for the rest of the EP as it barrels out of your speakers hitting you square in your chest as well as your gnarled ear drums. This track is a rampaging one as it blasts away at your skull immediately only to cease its assault once it has concluded. The track to follow is an interesting one especially for a grind band. Blue, White and Black Flowers is a slower offering for the majority of its run time only to pick up at the very end to provide you with a deadly caustic assault for the last few seconds. Blue, White and Black Flowers breaks up the usual grind and blast first ask questions later formula and provides you with some variety and diversity among the usual brain scrambling grind.
After Blue, White and Black Flowers concludes you become bombarded with more sonic punishment firmly rooted back in the grind landscape. Each of the four tracks on this release have their own unique sound to them making them stand out among the others. Never does it seem as though you are listening to the same songs over and over again as Wardomized does a great job in providing you with plenty of variety throughout only four tracks. Forced to Eat From the Apple Tree doesn’t just sound like a wall of spastic noise, instead you can clearly pick out each track and really enjoy each of the track’s own uniqueness.
Overall, Forced to Eat From the Apple Tree is a solid EP, one that grind fans will surely enjoy. This EP is short of course but that only means that you get to listen to it again and again while bashing your brain against the front and back of your skull. The musicianship is on point and the vocals are monstrous and throat ripping as one would expect and to top everything off this EP has a nice raw and gritty kind of production that is wholly enjoyable. Forced to Eat From the Apple Tree is an all around entertaining and enjoyable listen.