Listen: The Hammer – Demo 2014

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I’ve been covering some great hardcore the recent years, but there’s been both great hardcore coming out recently and not so great hardcore, but nothing quite like this. At least not when you’re at your demo-stage. The Hammer is a hardcore-band from Gothenburg that released their first demo today, titled “Demo 2014“. We have no idea about the origins of this band or who is behind it, but it sounds very great even though it’s their first demo. That much can’t be said about a lot of bands. It sounds like a crossover in between hardcore, punk and metal, but it’s mainly hardcore and punk. Gothenburg seems to be a stronghold when it comes to certain mind-altering, in a good way, sounds from that particular sphere of genres. What makes it even more interesting is that this crossover blend makes it sound a lot like fastcore and powerviolence, with the fast rhythm, the fast riffs and everything that makes those genres great. The vocalist in particular is absolutely stunning, when you hear his rage and anger between the lines that are riddled with fast-paced hardcore almost all the way. This is certainly one of those demos that you should pay more attention to. You can download this three-tracked release free from their Bandcamp. But I think you should support them with some money if you like what you’re hearing. It was recorded at Fvck Life Studios in Trollhättan, mastered by Fred Hunger. We’re certainly looking forward to future releases by this band.

Snabbhetsljus: Hypertension – Primeval Tyrants Prevails

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Inte för inte så överraskar Sverige med ytterligare ett metalband som står ut i den stora mängd av metalband som landet faktiskt producerar. Med detta sagt, så är Hypertension, från Östersund – ett säkert kort om man vill låta sig orienteras bland klassisk thrash-metal och speed metal, medelst en välbehövd vridning åt det mer originella hållet. Det största fokuset för detta band, i och med det senaste släppet “Primeval Tyrants Prevails“, verkar ligga på ytterst väluttänkta riff som fullkomligt skriker pondus. Ibland låter det black metal-inspirerat, ibland kan det handla om en totalvändning, för att de tänkt gå i en helt annan riktning. Trots att det är grymt thrashinfluerat, så är avsaknaden av tugget med trummor och ointressanta riff som bortblåst i deras närvaro. Mörkret drar sig in över Östersund och det är denna trio som står för den omvandlingen. Trummorna kunde å andra sidan vara lite mer finstämda, då de av någon märklig anledning försvinner ut i mörkret ibland. Fast med tanke på allegorin, så är det förmodligen meningen. Skönt med ett band som är lite okonventionellt för en gångs skull, då huvudfokuset inte nödvändigtvis ligger just där. Även om trummorna är en stor del, så överglänser annat. Däremot så ändras snabbt åsikten, efter att man lyssnat till albumet ett tag. Plötsligt så känns trummorna mer old-school än någonsin, och verkligen något man kan acceptera till förmån för helheten. När det kommer till sångaren så har han en unik ingång till sin raspiga röst. Den överliggande metalhammaren spränger skallar som lyssnar på deras ljudvallar, men det är ändock något dunkelt som är inblandat i ljudlandskapet. Behållningen är inte endast särskild inom en särskild del av låtarna, utan håller i sig genom hela albumet. Vilket är positivt, i dessa nyckfulla tider, där man inte kan leta runt på internet utan att bli störd av ansamlingen utav mediokra metalband. Så, ta till er albumet och lyssna för bövelen! Finns ingenting mer att tillägga här, åtminstone inte i nuläget. Albumet är helt klart en hänsynslös vidareutveckling av demot “Envenomed By Vipers“, och förtjänar helt klart att vara några ribbor högre än O.K.-stämpeln.

Intervju med Twist Action Heroes inför deras 2-årsfirande!

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Tiden går snabbt ibland. För snart ett år sedan intervjuade jag Twist Action Heroes, som ingår i en DJ-allians under samma namn. De är rockentusiaster med höga ambitioner, där de utöver att bara vara DJ’s – även driver klubben Beggars Banquet på Debaser i Malmö. Mycket har hänt sedan dess och det kändes rätt i tiden att återigen, inför deras 2-årsfirande, återkomma till deras territorium. Som ni kanske redan vet så är det Olle Helkimo och Martin Gustafsson som står bakom detta. På Lördag den 20/4 så fyller deras klubb Beggars Banquet två år. Inför detta så har jag intervjuat bägge två, där man bland annat får reda på vad som har hänt sedan förra året, konceptet som sådant och där den hemliga gästen som kommer att uppträda på firandet, avslöjas. Förutom detta så utlovas det en hel del annat, utöver det. Så ta er tid och läs igenom, och skänk ett ögonblick till att ta detta till er. Hipp hipp, hurra!

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Metal Tank Records is giving away 10 copies of Panikk’s latest album entitled “Unbearable Conditions”. To enter to win all you have to do is email Metal Tank Records at office@metaltankrecords.com with “Metal Tank Records Giveaway” as the subject and on March 25, 10 winners will be chosen randomly.

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Thee Showcase [#8.6]: Id3m and Deuil!

2953837284-1Thee Showcase is back once again. For everyone with taste or distaste for music, you might actually find your own fix. First up is the Spanish crossover band Id3m. Last year they released their first album which was recorded at Studios Area 61 and it’s titled “New world nemesis“. There’s something interesting about their manufacturing of grindcore, hardcore and metal in one. It’s a rhythmic specimen which often takes its turn, decimating both the realms that are bestowed upon them, but also introducing an unconventional method of crossover. Usually, crossover is all about punk and hardcore, but I decided to use it here because I see it as an apt description. It actually also carries some hints of the all so famous Gothenburg melodic metal sound. I also think that they manage to combine the general grittiness of real death metal, with the more brutal and speedy grindcore, with hints of their melodic self. Some of the parts that are less melodic seem to float neatly into the more melodic nerve of this band. It’s everything you’d want a cheesy melodic death metal band to be, melodic but also with hints of overall brutality. Actually, some of the hardcore that floats into their metal parts form a little bit of metalcore at the edges, but not too much. I’m not very fond of metalcore, but it should be done right or at least be minimized to just a minor influence. This is the metal I could recommend to anyone that simply wants everything from metalcore, hardcore, grindcore, gothenburg melodic death metal, death metal and everything in between in one sound-scape. If they turn it up a notch, get a little bit more tight and decide which influences to cut, just to make it less messy – then they’ve got the world at their feet. Tracks range from “Here come the puppets” to “Spider web to the little near“, it was released by themselves in October last year.

2095305637-1Another band that is being featured today is also in the same department. They might not have the same influences, but could be categorized as metal. But they’re surely beyond that one label. The Belgian band Deuil have put their effort into an entire different category, with their release titled “Acceptance / Rebuild“. A general topic that they seem to revolve around is the notion of destruction, but also the notion of starting once again, but from scratch. After an almost spiritualistic introduction, á la monks and almost tribal hymns, they’ve put a line in the sand between ambiguous and thoughtful. Even though I don’t really prefer the mix of shoegaze, drone and black metal in one – they’re worthy of taking at least a little bit of the crown for being purveyors of an interesting sound. It’s been around for sure, but they utilize it in a totally different manner. With extremely long songs, featuring everything from droopy drones, to fluorescent shoegaze and finally the huge impact of raw orthodox black metal. Their slow and noteworthy escalation of the sound-scape itself is wonderful, as it progresses through a multitude of landscape before the unhinged black metal environment starts to engulf everything in between. I’ll also have to say that they include the element of doom metal with a pretty interesting twist, amongst old and forlorn samplings that can almost be heard in the wobbling noise that is their current destructive landscape. Nocturnal would be the word, destructive another and abandoned a third. It’s a pretty tempting landscape, but I must say that you need to have heard the likes of it before you venture into it. This is not for the meek, as you’ll transgress both noise itself and wander into unknown territory where you won’t know the in and outs. Featuring the two tracks “Acceptance” and “Rebuild“, released by themselves on the 31st of January this year.

Some questions for Boris Records!

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I like to have a peek into the lives of people that make records possible, or just people that like to help other people out. When it comes to music, there’s a lot of labels, artists and bands that rarely get the opportunity to answer questions about their doings. Therefore, these series are meant as a sneak peak into their business. It is not meant to be extravagant, long or in-depth. I just want to know what they’re doing and I want to promote them in any way possible. This time, I asked Boris Records, a local Atlanta label that releases records related to metal, a few questions. Remember to support your local label in any way you can, if you like what you’re hearing or what they’re doing.

What would you say make Boris Records different from other metal-related record companies?

– I created Boris Records to help support the Metal scene here in Atlanta. I only release records by Underground Georgia Metal bands.  As long as there is enough good Metal coming out of Ga. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. In recent years there has been a resurgence in the Metal scene here and as a Metal fan, Boris Records is my way contributing to it as well as documenting it.

Could you tell me what the main focus of your releases are supposed to be when it comes to metal – is everything included?

– No shitty core bands – just good Metal. I just a released a great Thrash record by Sadistic Ritual. The two records before that were Death Metal records and my next release will be by Hellgoat, a Black Metal band from Atlanta. After that I’m putting out another Thrash record, a Doom record and a couple of more Death Metal records. It’s all really diverse good stuff.

What other companies influenced you to start up Boris Records?

– I dig a lot of smaller labels like Detest, Deathgasm and Hells Headbangers, but I think it was more of a realization that there was no one focusing on releasing records by local Metal bands that gave me the idea to start up Boris. I grew up in Texas and the Metal scene there in the 80’s was insane, so in retrospect I guess I just wanted to help get some of that same energy and excitement going here in Atlanta, that I experienced in my youth in Texas.

Currently you’ve released four releases with metal but could you tell me anything about the process behind the making of each album?

– There is no real process. It’s been slightly different for each band. Basically, if I like a band enough to put out a record and the band is into it, then we move forward. I have zero interest in making money at this. Ideally I’d like every record to generate just enough money to put the next record out.

So, what would you say is happening in the near future for Boris Records in these times?

– I should have at least five more releases out by the end of this year – including more insanity from Spewtilator (7″), a CDEP from Disfigurement and I’ll also be releasing a 10″ vinyl this summer from a new Atlanta band.