This album has been in and out of my listening cycle for the better part of the last 6 months. While maybe not so angry it definitely has a melancholic and pessimistic feel. In any case: a great listen. (Also recommended is the other project from Kristina Esfandiari, King Woman – link further down.)
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FFO: taking long walks in winter and feeling bummed out about existing in the world – but at the same time getting a high from that.
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Crushing sound. These two songs are from their split with Reproacher (another band worth checking out).
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FFO: Dead in the Dirt, Nails
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Reproacher on Bandcamp
Lately I’ve been on kind of a SDF-binge after seeing them live in Berlin. This is one of their later releases. Quite prolific, always experimental, not so angry. “Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile” is a must-hear.
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FFO: Creative Adult, Drug Church
Not really much to say about this –
probably album of the year.
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FFO: Ajax, Death Token, Impalers, raw punk
Lik is branding themselves as blackened hardcore, and that is at least in my vocabulary to stretch the boundaries of things “black” quite a bit. But these guys are Norwegian and thus should know more about black metal than me. I admit that the vocals are quite black and there are some parts with blast beats… well actually I’m not on a genre police quest here, so lets just leave it at that. Just don’t expect the chaotic, wall of sound, hipster black that usually comes out of your speakers when listening to “blackened hardcore” these days. You are very welcome to disagree with me here. Still this is a great record with some quite melodic, aggressive, experimental and memorable tunes, apparently all sung in some Norwegian dialect. There is a remix of one of the songs in the end!!!!? The album is out as a 12″ vinyl through The Mind is Everything Records.
Lik’s Facebook page
FFO: Kvelertak, Nag, Deafheaven.
Brilliant new hardcore punk band from St. Anger on the cold and rainy Norwegian west coast, featuring members of Agenda, Avast, Rank N’File + Hold Fast (Kvelertak cover band) . Their selftitled debut LP is out now via Fysisk Format and features 13 slaps of well played, brutal yet strangely catchy hardcore anthems. Wrapped in a very good production leaning towards a stripped down oldschool garage punk vibe. All in all a very pleasant experience, complete with angry lyrics, full of stone cold sarcasm. At least the last viking did not get far, when they came for him at a seminar. Go check it out.
Nag’s Facebook page
FFO: The sound of former oilers and whalers on permanent shore leave playing punk covers of German schlager hits.
I’m just going to copy what their label says about them – that should be sufficient:
“Old school Death Metal domination straight from Kadiköy hell, featuring members from Decaying Purity, Deggial and Burial Invocation. Engulfed are eager and ready to pull your weakling soul into the sulphurous depths of fucking hell !!! Their debut ep “Through The Eternal Damnation” will drag you into the torture chamber of satan without the hope of ever being resurrected. Prepare for 25 minutes of godlacerating nailgun sodomy!!”
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FFO: old school death metal, Undergang, Mammoth Grinder
Brutal Swedish death metal at it’s best. Unfortunately this album is only out in a CD-version – may we hope for an LP some time in the future?
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FFO: Entombed, HM2, Skitsystem, Everything Swedish
Great Japanese band. It’s crusty hardcore with a unique sound. Very nice people too. Fun fact: Their guitarist is a rice-eating champion. Plenty of HM-2 buzzsaw.
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FFO: No Fealty, Nails, Trap Them, Black Breath
Six crushing instrumental and experimental tracks about rocks and other heavy elements from Aalborg based duo Batolit. I guess rocks don’t have feelings and the music is thus not very angry per se, but it is heavy and rowdy enough for me to qualify as angry music. Who needs lyrics to bang your head and clench your fists anyway? Out now on a heavy piece of orange splatter 7″ vinyl via 5FeetUnder Records.
FFO: Fossils, Kolos.