Cult of Occult (FR) – Grim van Doom (DE) – “Split”

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.

Cult of Occult on facebook

Grim van Doom on facebook

FFO: Doom, sludge, filthy heavy

Wolfbrigade (SE) – “Run with the Hunted”

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: MyteriSkitsystem, Martyrdöd

Toner Low (NL) – “III”

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.

Toner Low on facebook

FFO: weed and doom

Trap Them (US) – “Crown Feral”

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.

Trap Them on Facebook

FFO: Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Cursed

 

Dismalfucker (DE) – Demo

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.

Dismalfucker on facebook

FFO: Agenda, Myteri, Skitsystem

The Arson Project – Disgust

A million years underway this LP was  worth every second of the wait. The release party and kick off of their upcoming tour will even happen in Copenhagen on 6 April. So I hope to be able to get my hands on one of their self released pieces of vinyl before they sell out, which is likely to happen as fast as they play.

The Arson Project on facebook 

FFO: Napalm Death, Dead in the Dirt

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