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Nightfear: Cryptasm

November 23, 2017
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With a unique and interesting mash up of death metal, crossover, and hardcore, Nightfear bring to us their newest EP titled Cryptasm. Presented on this EP are five original tracks as well as a cover of The Misfits song We Bite. Each of the five original tracks are just as ripping and skull grinding as the last as Nightfear provides you with nothing but head banging and heavy tunes. The overall sound is very reminiscent of old-school death metal, but instead of entirely following in the footsteps of their death metal fore fathers, Nightfear add their own twist creating something that is entirely unique.

From the very first note on you are greeted with nothing but flesh tearing riffs that are only to be paired with bone cracking drumming as well as ghoulish blood curdling vocals. Each track is incredibly energized and hardly ever played at a slower tempo providing you with a chaotic and stampeding listen. Once one cut ends, another begins gifting you with a suffocating and life threatening listen. Of the four original tracks on this release, all five are face melting from beginning to end.

Nightfear never really lets you settle in to their new EP Cryptasm as they lay the hammer down right from the get go. As mentioned above, Nightfear never really slows their tempo down too much at all, so for five straight tracks you become under siege and pummeled within an inch of your life. Cryptasm is entirely menacing and powerful and no matter who you are, you will feel as though you have been chewed up and spit right back out after listening.

Cryptasm is a monster of an EP and in only five tracks you feel as though you have listened to a full length. Each track is fairly short with the two longest running at just over three minutes each. Even as short as this EP is however, you are provided with an incredibly intense and savage listen. Once you press play, Cryptasm hits you, and hits you hard. It attacks you from all sides without warning and continues its oppressive sonic assault until the final gnarled note has sounded off, and once the EP is all over with, you reach to listen again.

This release is pumped full of dangerous metallic goodness for your ever scarred ears. Cryptasm is an incredibly entertaining, heavy and memorable listen as well as a release that you will keep coming back to over and over again.

Nightfear Bandcamp: https://nightfearpa.bandcamp.com/album/cryptasm

The second cassette pressing will be out December 11, 2017 limited to 100 copies through Graven Earth Records.

 

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American Standards: Anti-Melody

November 11, 2017
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Founded in 2011, American Standards has released a self titled EP, three full length records one right after another year after year, and now in 2017 they have released their most emotionally charged and pointed record. Within this record, American Standards has found a way to incorporate their social commentary with loss and sorrow. This is a solid and cohesive record that is fueled by plenty of anger, depression, sorrow and many more emotions that you get to experience alongside with the band. Everything on this record seems to be left out on the table. No punches are pulled and no emotions are spared with this release and that makes it just makes this release just that much better.

Throughout this release, you can really feel where American Standards is coming from, whether they are talking about social and political issues or personal loss. Each emotion can be felt and each lyric can be felt as they hit you right in the chest. Once you press play, you begin a chaotic, noise filled hardcore ride with these maniacs and it definitely is incredibly enjoyable. There isn’t a track on this release that you could do without or that you would want to take out as each of them are just as solid as the ones that came before it.

The majority of the tracks on this release are chaotic and filled with plenty of neck snapping hardcore noise for you to bruise your brain to. The spastic riffs and the tumultuous drumming has your head spinning in minutes as the sharp and throat shredding vocals poke through-and add to-the sonic madness. Each track is a whirlwind of harsh noises, turn-on-a-dime tempo changes and just pure neck breaking energy. Once you begin listening you have no choice but to head bang until your head does fall off and I’m sure American Standards would have it no other way. This is a heavy, head stomping and unrelenting release that comes at you full tilt all the way through.

Throughout Anti-Melody, each note can be felt hitting you square in the jaw, each lyric can be heard clearly, and each emotion can be felt. Anti-Melody is a well crafted and executed record that not only brings social and political issues to the table, as well as plenty of deep emotion that you might not hear all that often. American Standards does a great job of portraying exactly what they are feeling and they do a great job of getting all of their points across clearly and loudly so that we all can hear them.

Overall, Anti-Melody is a great record. You are treated to so much while listening to this record. There is a lot of content that is packed within this record and all of it is spot on. The musicianship is great, the production is solid, the lyrics are on point and you are gifted with plenty of emotion that courses through this entire release. American Standards brings all of these elements and more together to create a cohesive and well constructed effort that is sure to win over the hearts and ears of many.

American Standards Bandcamp: https://americanstndrds.bandcamp.com/

Employed To Serve: The Warmth Of A Dying Sun

November 9, 2017
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Why it has taken me so long to discover Employed To Serve is well beyond me. Ever since stumbling upon them the other day and listening to their newest record The Warmth Of A Dying Sun, I have to say that they may be one of the finest hardcore acts out right now. Employed To Serve brings pure, raw, visceral energy to their music that creates a very catastrophic and devastating atmosphere. There is so much energy and aggression pumped in to this record that you almost feel inclined to just break shit and bash your skull against a wall.

From the first note on you are encircled in a chaotic moshpit of nothing but purely destructive and venomous hardcore and yet you don’t want to leave the pit. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun certainly is an abrasive and wholly chaotic record, but even so you feel the need to listen over and over again to get your skull grinding fix. Even as caustic as this record is, it still is hypnotic in its own twisted kind of way. Once you start listening you just can’t help yourself but to listen all the way through and then listen again.

Each of the ten tracks that appear on this release are gritty and grimy and make you feel uncomfortable because of how aggressive and in your face they are. These tracks are punchy, venomous, blunt and down right deadly. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun is an undeniably heavy and relentless record that chews you up and spits you out the other side once it is done with you. With that being said you end up jumping right back in and taking that beating all over again. This release is addicting honestly and the more that you listen, the more that you seem to not be able to pull yourself away from your speakers.

With all of their aggression, Employed To Serve ends with Apple Tree, where the band takes a different direction in their approach. Apple Tree is slower and more melancholic and somber in mood and yet it definitely rounds The Warmth Of A Dying Sun out perfectly. This track is more emotional and nearly serene compared to the other nine tracks that came before it. Apple Tree is a welcome and almost warm sight as well as a great way to end such a chaotic, well rounded and well crafted record.

The Warmth Of The Dying Sun is a great record. One that is harsh, punishing, chaotic, captivating and just an all around solid release. Employed To Serve is a unique band, one that takes hardcore and twists it to their liking creating a sound that is all their own and in turn creating such a solid record.

Employed To Serve Bandcamp: https://employedtoserve.bandcamp.com/album/the-warmth-of-a-dying-sun-2

 

The Nika Riots: Anti-Social Social Club (Single)

November 3, 2017
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Hailing from Oslo, Norway is The Nika Riots and recently they have released their very first single Anti-Social Social Club from their upcoming EP titled Set Fire. The Nika Riots is an interesting combination of hardcore with some elements of metalcore thrown in the mix to keep things interesting. Anti-Social Social Club is a punchy, powerful, violent, yet memorable and incredibly catchy. You will find yourself head banging along while you sing along. Anti-Social Social Club is an aggressive in your face kind of track that just doesn’t go away that easily. This track is sure to be playing in your head for days to come once you listen. For the first single released from The Nika Riots’ upcoming EP, this is a solid track to say the least. If the rest of the EP is anything like this track, we are in for a memorable and heavy treat.

Check out the official video for Anti-Social Social Club below!

Set Fire will be released through Negative Vibe Records January 19, 2017

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