Mohammad Kabeer review the new album from Full of Hell titled Rudiments of Mutilation, released via A389 Recordings.
01. Dichotomy 02:10
02. Vessel Deserted 02:11
03. Coven Of The Larynx 01:03
04. Throbbing Lung Fiber 01:02
05. Indigence And Guilt 01:51
06. Embrace 03:37
07. The Lord Is My Light 04:21
08. Bone Coral And Brine 01:54
09. Rudiments Of Mutilation 02:06
10. In Contempt Of Life 03:56
Full of Hell is one of the most exciting bands to watch out for in modern hardcore. Their last album Roots of Earth are Consuming my Home was probably one of the darkest, most “malicious” sounding hardcore I have ever set ears on. Vii caso’s description of their live performance at Maryland Death Fest made the band even more intriguing as according to him It was pure evil with the dark lighting and harsh noise transitions in between songs and too add to that a rabid, visceral frontman. So it was obvious that there new album had some huge shoes to fill.
For those who don’t know and would like to get some background about this band ,Full of Hell is a four piece from Maryland/Pennsylvania , now that that’s taken care of lets get down to business. When compared to their last album the production is much more cleaner, however that does not really take anything away from the band as these guys still sound evil, nasty and at some points even frightening in a completely new way. Whereas the previous album was all about the high gain heavy hardcore, that mixed some doom and sludge, this album is much more experimental , an example of which can be seen in the track Coven of the Larynx which has your typical chord driven guitars played to a skank beat which is layered with oddball dissonance something that would fit well with Deathspell Omega, in fact another track Indigence and Guilt has the skank played along to very detailed, wicked and almost black metal sounding guitars not too dissimilar to other black metal bands today like Nightbringer and Aosoth. This reaches its peak in the track when the bands brand of technical, chaotic hardcore is juxtaposed with weird flanger guitar effects and power electronics. There are some tracks which move away from hardcore as well, for instance The Lord is my Light opens up with somewhat drone-ish guitar work which brings images of insanity, loneliness and desolation which later builds up to a sonic nightmare with weird guitar effects that makes you feel as if everything around you is melting and there’s no way you can run(damn this band fuels me to write!) , and the last track In Contempt of Life where the band experiments with really crushing , sludgy/doomy guitars, which is accompanied by some really chilled laidback stoner rock drumming. But with all of that being said, these elements don’t really take away Full of Hell’s signature sound and in fact adds much more to it, making it much more elaborate.
Thus keeping everything in mind I would say that Rudiments of Mutilation is a challenging, yet highly rewarding release., that will be enjoyed by anyone who is into extreme music, not just hardcore. One of the best hardcore releases of 2013 so far.
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We haven’t really gotten out this June, and we apologize for this very fact. Today Mohammad Kabeer reviews the latest from Fubar titled Lead Us To War, released via Give Praise Records.
01. Everything Is Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition 00:51
02. The Demon Rose From Greed 01:04
03. Grief 01:13
04. I Scream Protest! 01:08
05. Beasts As They Are 01:43
06. Requiem For Peace 01:08
07. Dysfunctional Parts Of The Machine 01:19
08. The Iron Cage Of Hope 01:42
09. Let Them Control 01:16
10. Communication Into Nothing 00:27
11. Lead Us To War 04:02
12. Worst Unfolding Tragedy 00:52
13. The Curse Is Upon Us 01:07
14. The Burden On The Back Of The Unknown Men 01:29
15. The Nail Facing Downwards 00:45
16. Flip The Coin 01:01
17. Doomsday Has Crossed The Horizon 01:19
18. Misplaced Faith 00:56
19. Damage Control 01:59
20. The Doom Tornado 01:05
21. Scaring The Monsters 00:31
22. The Sting Of Our Collective Conscience 01:28
Grindcore had its humble origins in the UK, with Napalm Death trying to sound as raw and primal as they can. But if you look at it today, the genre although still maintaining much of its ferocity, is now more open to experimentation with bands like Rotten Sound and Pig Destroyer who have a more refined sound, Noisear, Maruta and Antigama which focus more on the technical side of the genre and, of course, you have bands like Wormrot and Cretin which are a kind of revival of traditional Grindcore. And then there is FUBAR which comes somewhere in the middle.
FUBAR is a band from the Netherlands, their sound is too put it simply, pure old fashioned Grindcore, fitting perfectly with Phobia P.L.F. and Insect Warfare, however when it comes to their actual performance there is more to it than what meets the eye.. or should I say ear . The band triesto mix a lot of melodic elements which are interwoven into their grind and can be heard pretty much throughout the album with songs like I Scream Protest and Doom Tornado, these elements reach their peak in the songs The Demon Rose from Greed and Misplaced faith, which to be honest sound really bad, The former sounds like a bad punk pop song trying to be grind and the latter well.. Doesn’t really sound grind at all in fact it just sounds like really bad… uhmm.. Nu metal, and that’s exactly what’s the problem here. When I heard this album for the most part, what I felt was that these guys were really trying hard to experiment but still stay true to their roots, and honestly that’s all that they could do really.. Try, somehow the melodic stuff sounds very awkward when juxtaposed with old school grind, it doesn’t fit in at all and as a result takes away a lot of the intensity which this album has and I think another reason for this is that I guess is the songwriting, the two don’t really mix seamlessly into each other but seem more like interruptions and don’t fit in well with the dynamics. But then there are some bright shining moments that this album offers and those are when the band decides to go full throttle leaving experimentation aside to play some pure brutal grind with tracks like the very dark The Burden on the broken man the extremely chaotic Communication into Nothing and Doomsday has crossed the Horizon. These moments really reflect the primal side of the band which I enjoy a lot more because I can feel that the band is much more comfortable here and this side of the band seems much more organic. It is the one that they should explore further.
So the final word? Well FUBAR came pretty close but didn’t really get hold of any cigars but had they unleashed that beast hinted at they could have had all the cigars they want.
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Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new album from NVRVD titled Coma, released via Hummus Records.
02. Impartial Eyes
03. We are
04. An Echo to your unbeliefs
05. No Heaven
Hello again! I had not been well for quite some time , but here I am again reviewing another hardcore album, this one comes all the way from the land of Teutonic thrash , but if you think I am going to review some Kreator worshipping band than you are far from right .The band in question is NVRVD and the genre that they play is actually one whose ancestors helped give rise to the birth of Thrash in general.
NVRVD is a three piece from Bielfeled, Germany consisting of Stefan Braumschmidt (Bass, vocals) Lukas Heier (Drums, Sound) and Christian Braumschmidt (Guitar, Vocals). Although the band’s music can be described as Modern Hardcore , the band does its best to be more than just that with songs like Oborhoe in which the band uses haunting wails accompanied by very slow , sinister bass which is very reminiscent of the sluggish forms of powerviolence , whereas the second track , Impartial Eyes takes a slight melodic turn with twangy , a little overdriven, slightly black metallish guitars and to top it all. And to add to it there are two interesting post metal songs here as well, especially An Echo to your Unbelief’s which has a very 70’s spy movie feel to it . But honestly all of this is good but where the band really excels is when it comes to just going full speed ahead and knocking the listeners dead with some crushing guitar chugs accompanied by some very complex yet intricately carved dissonance which just go all over the place like a screw ball ,accompanied by some really simple yet powerful drumming.
So the final verdict? Although this band isn’t particularly doing anything which hasn’t been done before, they have managed to come up with a pretty good ep which is good for what it is, and in general, their craft is much more direct, more impactful than their contemporaries.
Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new album from Age of Woe titled Inhumanform, released via Give Praise Records.
1. Like Embers
2. The King of Thieves
3. The Antagonist
4. Black Rain
5. At First Light
6. Red Eyes
7. Cold Cycle
8. Rite of Passage
Here I am again with another review and this is a very special moment for me as this is the first time I will be reviewing something from Give Praise Records, which is a label that introduced me to Hardcore,Grind and Powerviolence . I have such great memories listening to gems like Soil of Ignorance, The Afternoon Gentlemen and Titanarum, and now to know that I have gotten an official promo from the label itself is indeed an honour. The very band that I will be reviewing from this label today is Age of Woe and the album is called In Human form.
Age of Woe are from Gothenburg, Sweden, a place famous for harvesting Melodic Death Metal, this band however are a different breed. The band’s sound can be described as sludge mixed with hardcore and that’s pretty much it really, not saying that that’s a bad thing. I mean the band has everything that makes up for some good sludge/hardcore, dirty guitars , massive breakdowns energetic drumming ,adding slower sections so that there is some breathing space etc. Then again I do feel that it all of it comes out sounding a little … well for the lack of a better word a little redundant. Honestly they don’t really have anything new that they can bring to the table , although they do try to at times with songs like Black Rain which add elements of funeral doom and The Antagonist,Cold Cycle and A Rite of passage which gives the band’s sound a melodic turn but these few bright moments can’t really hide that.
But then again for what it is Inhumanform is a lot of fun, if you just want to let loose without thinking too much, this would be a pretty good choice, not the best but definitely a good one.
Today we have Mohammad Kabeer reviewing the new album from Inter Arma titled Sky Burial released via Relapse Records.
1. The Survival Fires
2. The Long Road Home (Iron Gate)
3. The Long Road Home
7. Love Absolute
8. Sky Burial
Often you find that Metal seems to push itself towards a particular cage, and doesn’t even try to come out of it , sometimes to create something that will appeal to the mainstream audiences, sometimes because of the narrow-mindedness of the musicians and fans themselves and sometimes because it just doesn’t want to . Once in a while however you do come across a band that changes things, Inter Arma is that band .
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Inter Arma is a five piece from Richmond Virginia, consisting of T.J. Childers(Drums) Steven Russel (Guitars) Trey Dalton (Guitars) Mike Paparo (vocals) and Jon koerkes ( bass). The band’s sound is very hard to categorize in one single word, the best way to describe it would be black/sludge/doom metal that is strongly influenced by psychedelic rock but that barely scratches the surface. One word that describes this album perfectly is rich, both in terms of production, which encompasses a really thunderous, deep drum sound and also multiple layers of guitar tracks, and in terms of the actual performance which dosen’t really stick to one formula or genre for that matter. The Survival Fires mixes avante-garde black metal with crushing sludge while Sky burial does the same, except mixing it with really melancholic rock , whereas you have less extreme tracks like The Long Road Home(Iron Gate). The long road home and Love Absolute which have more of a psychedelic vibe, mixing spacey effects with simple acoustic guitar . And if that’s not all there are tracks like ‘sblood which is driven by very tribal drumming, mainly on the toms accompanied by really mystical guitar work that sounds almost like a didgeridoo and Destroyer which has really buzzing ,hypnotic almost drone like guitar work accompanied by simple minimalistic drums, which reminds of Venus in Furs by Velvet underground.
All of these factors make Inter Arma a challenging yet quite intriguing listen; these guys are doing something different and thinking out of the box. This is definitely an album that I think every music fan will enjoy regardless of their preference in music .