Metallic hardcore has been beaten to death, with countless bands taking their own spin on the groundwork laid by acts such as Integrity and Disembodied. These outputs rarely sound unique, with riffs grafted from forebears and peers, the same old riding beat and negativity for the sake of being negative
Collaborative works can either be a complete misfire or work against all odds, despite the stylistic differences between the artists (see last year’s Scott Walker and Sunn O))) effort, Soused). Here we have Finland’s Haapoja and Greece’s Dephosphorus together on what the promo touts as a collaboration, both in function
Fuck-Ushima closed 2014 with their third release, the nine-track album First Come, First Served, and it is quite an interesting release for sure. Following last year’s Selfbeated and 2012’s Reel 1, this Finnish five-piece plays music of no discernible style, gravitating from hardcore to sludge to grindcore with a fervor that ranges from fluid to clumsy.
Black metal infused punk, or punk infused black metal, is nothing new; however, the style has never sounded as fresh as it does coming from Boston’s Human Bodies. No Life, their third output overall, released back in August, surprises me in that it didn’t make it on at least the honorable mentions sections of some year end lists (at least that I’ve seen).
With hardly two months having passed since Southwest Terror Fest‘s last iteration, which featured Neurosis, Goatsnake and Sunn O))) among others, the time has come to begin unveiling the unholiness that the fest’s next installment will offer. CVLT Nation, on behalf of Southwest Terror Fest presenter David Rodgers (of Godhunter),
Italy’s Hierophant waste no time when it comes to following up their albums with further madness. 2013 saw the release of their second album, Great Mother: Holy Monster, with 2010 debuting their self-titled onslaught. With barely a year and a half gone by, Hierophant end 2014 with their third LP,