Today Swedish VSE warriors and my very good friends XironX announced that they will part ways with their singer and bass player after af final show with the current line up in Stockholm in October. Sad news indead, but hopefully Calle and Erik will be able to find suitable replacements to carry the torch forward. However on this day I feel like sharing Iron’s first EP, which in many ways for me is the best release from them yet. Featuring five awesome tracks that I have heard maybe a million times live as well as on record. Always an awesome experience and one that – in spite of – or maybe actually because of – their NMA – gives you a reason to live, to bash the bigots and bash their fucking heads in! Thanks!
Yet another release from the grind-noise-workaholics Full of Hell. The speed with which they spit out releases is impressive. The speed with which the drummer keeps his pots boiling is equally impressive. This is imho the most coherent full album from them yet. I like! the noise parts has somehow been turned down a bit – I like that as well.
Full of Hell on facebook
Awesome 6-track 7″ from one of the newer bands in the K-town HC family Ond Tro. Featuring members from bands like Under al Kritik, Slægt, Chainsaw Brigade, Knæk & Bræk and Lors Doukaiev the fast paced songs and lo-fi production comes as no big surprise. But it’s a good addition to the already long list of awesome K-town HC bands imho, well deserved that they got to open this year’s K-town Hc fest.
Ond Tro on facebook
FFO: Hjertestop, Death Token, Sløseri der Skader os Alle
Relatively new crusty HC outfit – apparently featuring members from Masakari + His Hero is Gone. Their debute EP, released on tape via Halo of Flies earlier this year has qualified for four spins in a row on my playlist today, when I first discovered it. That is definitely not a thing that happens to everyone. I quite like it, so here’s my recommendation for you. Heavy, melodic, down tuned, d-beat, awesome!
Syndrömes on fabecock
FFO: Masakari, Tragedy, Wolfbrigade
New EP from Swedish/International SxE super group City Keys, who actually had the honor of being featured as the very first post on this blog. It’s out today, it’s well produced, well written, well played (even though I would have prefered the drums with a bit more punk-edge and nerve) and heavy as f¤%k. Can’t wait to see these guys tear Underwerket a new one next week.
FFO: Anchor, Wolf Down, beatdown
New Mutoid Man album out today. It’s so good that even Søren digs quite a few of the tracks – and that’s at least something if you have discussed Mutoid Man with him in the past. What can I say? – they don’t reinvent themselves here, but they don’t need to yet IMHO.
FFO: Converge, Mr. Bungle, Weird Al Yankovic, Comedycore
Another pleasant surprise for me at last months Northern Discomfort festival was Cult of Occult from France. Pleasant is probably the wrong term when talking about groundshakingly loud and dirty doom, but guess you know what I mean. They recently released a really good split with Wuppertal doom-sludge monsters Grim van Doom via Vendetta. The Cult of Occult side of the split is no less than one slow and droning and completely awesome track of 22 minutes. Grim van Doom’s side consist of 4 tracks of heavy sludgy recorded at die Tonmeisterei and is some of the best I’ve ever heard from GvD. All in all a really good split imho.
FFO: Doom, sludge, filthy heavy
New album from another one of Sweden’s scandicrust veterans. Not a lot to say here either. You get what you expect and you get what you pay for. Sometimes you just need a solid dose of D-beat and HM2-guitars, and then this is a good place to start out.
FFO: Myteri, Skitsystem, Martyrdöd
At Northern Discomfort festival at Ungdomshuset af few weeks ago I had a few very pleasant surprises. Toner Low from the Netherlands was indeed one of them. With their abrasive and all embracing bass sound they completely devastated Ungdomshuset and left it in ruins. Good choice to put them on as the last band. The only reason I didn’t buy their album was that I thought the cover was ugly – I really regret that now, as it is almost as good on record as it is live.
FFO: weed and doom
Brand new hardcore punk band with none other than Dr. Hardcore himself on guitars. Hailing form Münster these dismal fuckers, sharing their name with the awesome debut LP from the now defunct filthy doom sludge monsters Nightslug, has put out an awesome first EP, with four tracks of ripping, heavy hardcore with a crusty edge. Really looking forward to hear some more in the future.
FFO: Agenda, Myteri, Skitsystem