Born out of a love for the post-industrial music and culture that had inspired him ever since he had first discovered music as a teenager, Cult of Youth began as a series of home recordings by founder Sean Ragon. Ragon’s solo Cult of Youth project released a 7-inch and then one full length on then fledgling Dais Records (also responsible for introducing the world to Cold Cave and releasing Genesis P-Orridge’s pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings for the first time). The early recordings seemed to strike a chord with many people who felt alienated by the cultural irony and lo-fi slacker mentality that was ever present in independent music at the time. Adding three permanent members to the line-up: performance artist/director/painter/occult scholar Micki Pellerano on bass, machinist drummer Glenn Maryanski, and the violin virtuoso/goddess Christiana Key. (Key’s brilliant string arrangements were recently featured on new Zola Jesus single “Poor Animal.”)
To appreciate Trap Them's new album, Darker Handcraft, it helps to start with the Filth Rations EP from 2010. Trap Them has consistently charged its hardcore side into a collision with metal that refuses to get dragged down in grime.
The four songs on Filth Rations give as sure a sign as ever that the band's craft and tightness can always match its sheer impatience. The third track, "Dead Fathers Wading In The Bodygrounds," keeps up a gimpy, stumbling trudge as the drums gradually thud harder, and vocalist Ryan McKenney bellows himself up to a pitch that invokes scalding tears and unforgivable injuries. There's a sense that Trap Them is in a desperate frenzy to repeatedly overload their songs, lest a single McKenney roar or screech of feedback from the guitar go unused. Even the cramped handwriting of the lyrics in the EP's liner notes looks more like a dozen rows of snaggled teeth than a sequence of words.
Well, the people asked for it and here it is: our beloved Shroud Eater's first full-length effort, Thunder Noise. And I can tell you whole-heartedly that it continues the savagery and unrestrained stoner metal doom laid out in 2009's self-titled EP.
Nothing short of a category-five hurricane, Thunder Noise brings on everything that is good to the foreground with sadistic gusto. These are eleven tracks of soul-destroying, mind-melting chaos.
RRD released a four song EP and a split record with the austrian band Boredom. Toured Europe three times and made many shows in Hungary too. Influenced by From Ashes Rise, Catharsis, Tragedy, Amebix, Discharge, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, the Spectacle, Zegota and so on.
Here’s a band worth keeping an eye on. Light Bearer, formerly Aeshættr (UK), may be the most ambitious post-metal project to emerge from the British underground since the mighty Fall of Efrafa. After years of writing, the band has just wrapped up the recording of its debut full-length, ‘Lapsus’, the first chapter of a four-part epic recounting the tale of Lucifer’s banishment from heaven.
11 new tracks of angry, raw and brutal riff/d-beat driven hardcore punk with a rocking edge and political lyrics – think Totalitär, Discharge, maybe a little Darkthrone in the vocal department. [Doom Forum Cred: features two members of Monarch! + Nagawika artwork