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Clawing: Spectral Estate

May 10, 2018
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Spinning torturous tales of night terrors, child abuse, and a haunted house, Alabama’s own Clawing presents Spectral Estate. This drone/noise band tell harrowing story after harrowing story through their six track effort, putting you in a broken and darkened state of mind. As oppressive and dark as this release is, it is just as depressive and mind bending. These are not fun topics that Clawing spins stories about. Spectral Estate makes you feel unwelcome and unsettled right from the very beginning as it throws you in to horror after horror unapologetically so until you have sunken in to the darkest recesses of your mind never wanting to crawl back out to see the light of day.

Through each track you can hear a boy narrating portions of these tracks in unsettling and skin crawling fashion making each track just that much more sinister and twisted. More than that, you are treated to odd and distorted sounds that ebb and flow laying out a soundscape that is blisteringly dark and cold. Each track consumes you and throws you in to a never ending darkness from which you cannot see the light. Through each track you are presented with a toxic and venomous atmosphere that hangs over you like a noose waiting for your call.

Each track is foreboding and dread instilling making this out to be an uncomfortable listen. However, as uncomfortable as each track is, they are gripping and engaging in their own right as you continue to listen wondering where Clawing will take their twisted music next. Spectral Estate has a way of drawing you in to its darkness that unfurls with every nasty and blasphemous thought that you have until you no longer can see the end of said darkness.

Spectral Estate is one wonderfully crafted nightmare after another, presenting you with a harrowing and miasmal listen that will be reverberating through your skull for some time. This album’s gnarled sound gnashes at sanity and paints you grim and bleak soundscapes in which it walks you through until the final odd note plays through.

If you are in to drone or noise in general, Spectral Estate is certainly more than worth the listen. This release is gripping, dark, chilling, harrowing and well crafted making it to be a well rounded and overall solid release.

Links To Follow: 

Dullest Records Bandcamp

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Gnaw Their Tongues: Genocidal Majesty

February 11, 2018
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Eternally descending in to mind eating madness, ever contorting and forever blurring lines between sanity and insanity is Gnaw Their Tongues’ newest oppressive force Genocidal Majesty. This nine track offering is the stuff of eternal nightmares in musical form. As brutal and degrading as this release is, it is just as compelling, gripping and memorable in its own right. This experimental project that not so crudely sews black metal and perhaps some elements of sludge and doom in to the mix-among many other elements-to create and all together cohesive and wonderfully terrifying sound. Genocidal Majesty grips you right from the beginning, and through out the release you find it hard to pull away from your speakers. This is the type of record that grabs your attention immediately and violently only to pull you in to the dark depths of dementia and hysteria along with it.

The amalgamation of numerous musical influences would very well seem to create nothing but a muddled mess, but you will find within this record that that is not the case. Each element plays its own part in this mind warping musical venture to create a sound that is all together cohesive and brain numbing. From the first track on you become pelted with violent and incredibly filthy noise that rings through your ears only to infect your mind driving you deeper and deeper in to a state of quickening madness. Genocidal Majesty is an ever shifting, ever darkening record that very quickly thrusts you in to the throes of insanity with a massively oppressive force, never to let you escape the utter mania until that final gnarled note crosses through your speakers.

There have not been too many records-that I am aware of at least-that make you feel as though you are actually losing your mind. With the ever present life draining noise that is coupled with the constant howling, haunting and demonic vocals that appear and disappear like apparitions, you feel as though your mind is breaking. In every track it is the vocals that make it seem as though there are voices inside of your head calling out to you only to continue rattling around in your mind constantly reminding you that you are going insane. The way in which Gnaw Their Tongues grasps you by the throat never to let you go and then drive you mad within its run time is something spectacular.

Genocidal Majesty is wonderfully grim and twisted, and from the very first note on you become hooked. This sonic wall of mind deteriorating madness is something to behold and definitely not something to pass up. Genocidal Majesty is something unique, potent, damning and incredibly intoxicating. This is certainly one hell of an album that is hard to forget and hard to stop listening to.

Genocidal Majesty was released February 9, 2018  through Consouling Sounds.

Watch the official video for the title track Genocidal Majesty below!

Links to follow: 

Gnaw Their Tongues Facebook

Gnaw Their Tongues Bandcamp

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/

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