Brutalism, the debut album by UK five piece IDLES, may not reinvent the punk rock wheel but is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I've heard in years.
LA hardcore act Xibalba is back with one of the heaviest, most savage albums you'll hear this year--though slightly one-dimensional.
Powerviolence outfit Full of Hell has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with some pretty brutal full-length recordings, but their interests reach outside of the dismal worlds of sludge metal, grindcore, and hardcore punk. In a series of EPs I believe they've been dropping since 2011, the band actually indulges in some experiments in noise music--not to imply that their LPs aren't noisy hellstorms, though.
With a healthy interest in the abrasive, the band has invited none other than Merzbow to participate in their latest collection of songs, adding some head-splitting feedback shots and distortion walls to the band's already aggressive collection of blast beats and punishing guitars.
Give a listen to the track "Blue Litmus" above, which sounds like Full of Hell as usual, but with a bit more noise peppered in between the riffs.
Victoria band Six Brew Bantha will be dropping a new record later this year titled Intravenously Commodified, but you can stream it now via the widget above. If you're in the market for some crusty, unforgiving grindcore and powerviolence, well, you don't need to look any further than the nine songs streaming above. What Six Brew Bantha doesn't have in dynamics, they make up for in unrelenting ugly. From the filthy guitar tones to the ear-popping snap of the drummer's snare, there isn't a corner of this album left uncovered in grime.
Stream / Download: Child Abuse - "Straight Out Of Compton" As is the case with most avant-garde, noisy, progressive rock bands, you either get it or you don’t. Child Abuse leaves many who stumble upon the name wondering what on earth they could sound like, and I'm sure most check out one song and stop right there. Often, the bizarre, brutal, start-stop thrashing sound this band puts out leaves me sweating, a little scared.
As the name would suggest, Child Abuse is violent, almost to the point of being taboo. This violence is so unlike what one would find in metal or punk--the expected, almost controlled violence of a misunderstood teenager. Child Abuse’s sound is the worldly violence which surrounds us, making it like the soundtrack to Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, a story of delinquents, psychos and terror-mongers. Trouble in Paradise is tighter than previous albums, as well as a little more thought-out, but the energy and horror is still as in-your-face as before. With gnarled, growling vocals, peculiar rhythms and harsh but almost futuristic melodies; the album causes intentional emotional discomfort, and if that’s your thing, you’re in for a treat.
Try a track from the album above, and enjoy!
- Fin Worrall