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!
Jonas from This Gift is a Curse turned me onto these guys. This record is great! Dirty and distorted in just the right way. They have a kind of crusty edge combined with the complex riffing known from bands like Botch. Sadly they broke up long ago.
FFO: Botch, Trap Them and Burning Love
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.
Nice Hooves on Facebook
“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.
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
Debut album from this Icelandic raw punk-quartet. Super noisy and super cool!
FFO: raw punk and anger