It’s a cliché to put it like this, but fuck it: Imagine Thurston Moore and Josh Homme had a child (yes, it’s scientifically possible). When that child is angry it sounds exactly like Nice Hooves. As far as I understand it, they’re a side project of The Armed (a band that I ought to check out, but haven’t gotten around to yet).
Their selftitled LP from 2013 isn’t bad, but it’s not as good as “The Gall” from 2015. I can’t find the lyrics anywhere online and he does sing something like “Honestly a man is a man” on the first song, but I can’t exactly discern the rest of it – better not be some misogynistic bullshit. I hope not, because here I am, writing a blog post recommending their stuff. For now they’re getting the benefit of the doubt – I should probably buy the record and check if there’s a lyric sheet or something.
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“Weddings and Funerals” was the song that got me interested at first so you might want to start there.
FFO: Baptists, QOTSA and Sonic Youth
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.
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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!
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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.
City Keys on facebook
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.
Mutoid Man on facebook
FFO: Converge, Mr. Bungle, Weird Al Yankovic, Comedycore
Debut album from this Icelandic raw punk-quartet. Super noisy and super cool!
Dauðyflin on Facebook
FFO: raw punk and anger
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.
Wolfbrigade on facebook
FFO: Myteri, Skitsystem, Martyrdöd
This album isn’t new (it came out six months ago), but this is my first post on this blog, and I’m a huge Trap Them fanboy, so obviously it had to be about them. (Spoiler: I like the album).
To get at why I like Crown Feral, let me list some things I like about Trap Them in general: In my opinion, they have one of the best vocals in hardcore, excellent riff-work, and they master both fast, slow and mid-tempo hardcore.
All of this still holds true on Crown Feral. It is perhaps a bit “less frills, more to the point” than their previous offering, Blissfucker (and also shorter, clocking in at 31:31 in ten songs). In spite of that you can still feel a development in the band and songwriting. The opener “Kindred Dirt” is an example of the slower kind, setting a nice atmosphere for the album before “Hellionaires” sets the tone of the rest of the album (more fast and mid-tempo riffs).
Crown Feral can be seen as a kind of rebirth of Trap Them. Break-up rumors and changing of band members is (hopefully) water under the bridge. All of their previous albums and EPs have lyrically taken place in the fictional town of Barren Praise, but it seems like Trap Them ended that story on Blissfucker. On previous albums each song was one day in Barren Praise, whereas the whole album BLissfucker was Night 77, starting at 1:00 and ending at 12:00. Crown Feral makes no explicit mentions to this, but lyrically I suppose the songs could have worked within the Barren Praise universe. It would ve interesting to hear, if someone could ask vocalist Ryan McKenney about this in an interview, I guess.
In short, if you like Trap Them, you will ike this album. If you haven’t heard them before, you should definietely check out this album, as well as the rest of their discography.
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FFO: Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Cursed
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.
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FFO: Agenda, Myteri, Skitsystem