Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Really mindblowing! Not that they exist, because they do, but because they sound the way they do. Someone built a goddamn time machine. Channeling the chaotic and emotive fury of Iowa/South D. (In Loving Memory/SOV/etc), Daido Loori plays this kind of music the way it's supposed to be played. Honestly thought bands stopped doing this sound (aside from certain ones that start up and break up instantly) in exchange for a more boorish B9 hardcore sound. Hopefully Daido Loori keeps a longer life than other bands, because they're pretty fucking awesome. Hopefully this is another preview of shit to come from the screamo scene, it was pretty dull and overproduced for a while (or incredibly lo fi; the two extremes made for bad mix cd's).
Daido Loori - Laika
So... this is not a free release, it's $2, but really I'm posting this here to not forget to buy one of their tapes, that I hope they still have. It sounds really amazing. Angry and sometimes frightening grindcore. Those vocals are really killer. I'd definitely like to get to know more about this band, and get one of 'em tapes (soon). You should check them out, literally listening to this is more important than reading this, so go listen, stop reading!
Worn Out - Demo 2011
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 10:19 AM
Just a few minutes ago Lord Snow, on their facebook, announced that they had put up their new EP for download through bandcamp which was a pretty awesome move by them. I suppose they realized that it was going to end up on the internet regardless, and now you can nab it free (or with donation) with a (kind of) clean conscience. Are download blogs killing music? Who can tell? I know I'll do my part to kill just about anything. If you haven't heard Lord Snow before think of modern day screamo stuff with high pitched vocals. This really shouldn't matter, but they have a female singer who also sings for another pretty well known band. Actually, another thing that shouldn't matter, but the band is made up of other fairly well known and well liked bands: Raw Nerve, Suffix, Lautrec, and others. It's some pretty good kitten violence, hehehe, a little bit noisy as well, and not really in that Japanese way, but the guitars are always distorted regardless. It's pretty good, very emo. They also announced that they have new shirts, cds, and tapes, so hit them up on their facebook (link below).
Lord Snow - Sovngarde
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 10:03 AM
Stumbled upon this band on bandcamp again, because it's spring break I have time to do this shit. I dunno what to say. I suppose I can start with comparisons and then break away from there. Firstly this sounds like In/Humanity, Luke Skawalker, The End of the Century Party, and other 90's stuff with similar powerviolence music that had those screechy/shouty/oddly weird vocals. I like this a ton. It's a modern day emoviolence thing, but I'm sure the band would hate being called that, so let's just say it's straight up evil Power Violence. I mean, if you know what I mean then you don't have to read the rest of this post. Think of someone screaming high pitched, but to where they've done it so much they couldn't scream as high pitched any longer, so instead of screaming they did this weird shouty thing, kind of the same high pitched sound, but not as high pitched, more crushed, or something, with instruments that address fast paced hardcore music, sloppy and urgent. I don't know.
ULTRA//NEGATIVE - Finally, I'm At Peace
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 9:44 AM
Monday, March 19, 2012
It's always groovy to see a community get together and do something really nice, especially when the community is often misunderstood as being pointlessly angry and very scary. We're all creeps in this world, but some of us still have our hearts in the right place. Each band has a distinct sound, but overall are all punk or whatever. I don't like some of the bands really (more like just one of them, and believe me it isn't Troubled Sleep, they rule), but oh well, and boo hoo. Great work!
DIALOGUES: A Benefit For Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary
Cassette / Digital download on Hydrogen Man Records (HMR004)
"Dialogues: A Benefit For Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary" is a compilation of songs by bands who promote, encourage, and/or live by a vegan diet. The comp features 13 bands from around the United States that are active in the DIY punk/hardcore community and advocate for animal rights. All proceeds of this release will be donated directly to Chenoa Manor, a non-profit animal sanctuary outside of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This compilation is available now as a donation-based download.
Various Artists - Dialogues: A Benefit For Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary CS
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 3:54 PM
Host are a really good band, pretty groovy, or not. I don't know what to say anymore, I think I've run out of things to say and should let the music speak for itself, but hey, who cares? Darkened and blackened and all that other cool stuff I've been saying about bands for the past couple of years since I heard Teen Cthulhu. This is kind of like the great Teen Cthulhu (but I feel a lot more chaotic), a little bit at least, crusty and mad as all heck hardcore punk, metallic hardcore, or I don't know - I feel there are a billion ways to describe this kind of unfocused non-kind of melodic, super pissed off emotional hardcore stuff. I don't know anything. I suppose if you want to know something you'd hit up their faceook, and if you wanna buy a neato 7" with these four songs then don't be scared to hit up Cricket Cemetery (particularly here). You can also peep their demo here.
Host - There's Nothing Up There But Heavy Clouds
Viduus have successfully made some darkened hardcore songs. Really angry, and uber nihilistic. Formed from members of other bands, and thrown into the blender of hardcore punk that spits out metallic stuff like His Hero is Gone and Tragedy, you know what I mean. Surprisingly, this stuff isn't as relentless, but it is just as good, at least I think so. Properly done and properly angry. The lyrics have some big words in them, so I had to bring out a dictionary to understand some of them, and realized that Naught But Perversion was basically a big fuck you to me and my generation. Well, we deserve it. I'm pretty much anticipating what the band does next. I also ran into a mediafire link with more stuff (essentially the artwork to be thrown on a tape for your listening/viewing pleasure), but you'll have to look that out on your own, or simply message the band/ask nicely on facebook.
Viduus - Fearfully Awaiting The End
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 2:33 PM
Mass Movement of the Moth rules. Some of their stuff is very out there to the point where you want to stay there with 'em, but they made some super accessible stuff too. Outerspace is probably their most accessible output. It's all good, because it's just what the world needed at the time. I never felt scared to put it on when some of my swoopy haired homeboys were over, the only thing that would probably creep them out was the obvious satanic (or whatever) undertones that they fucked around with in the lyrics, at least I think... I've never known their lyrics really, but I recognize their songs by their music, the synths, the guitars, drums, bass... and the way it all incoherently goes so good together. Like a circus side show, Mass Movement of the Moth was an awe inspiring post hardcore band. RIP. Also I realize that I made a post on them a while ago, but I wanted to actually write about them this time. Check out their website, which has cover art, even more download links (it's like they're practically giving it away!) and a goodbye note or something, and then listen to the rest of their stuff which has been made downloadable on bandcamp.
Mass Movement of the Moth - Outerspace
*Reminder, most of these posts have the bandname linked to their facebook page or if not there should be a website somewhere there. Like the bands and say "thx" or something cool.
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 1:56 PM
A few things before I continue with my meaningless life; firstly, I've been posting a lot because I'm on Spring Break, secondly, I have been looking for a job and found out that I still have two misdemeanors on my record for stuff that I took care of a while back but recklessly forgot to wipe from my criminal record. Two misdemeanors that I would like to get off my record, because they make me look like a goddamn worthless drug addicted fuck head to every HR person in my state. Two misdemeanors that I need money to annex from my history. I'm kind of screwed. I don't care, I do care. I'm very mad.
Oh wait, a third thing, kind of; Witch in her Tomb are apart of a roster of bands that are kind of mysterious to me, but I dig, you can check out Crippled Sound Recordings itself here (update coming soon!) and more Crippled Sound Recordings stuff (free music) here, and you can even be a cool guy and buy some of their stuff here, be cool you guy.
Witch in her Tomb are destructive black metal. That's not really a genre, "destructive black metal," but that is how they sound like to me. Kind of like WOLD, or so. I'm not a big black metal aficionado, as I have mentioned before, but I do like to listen to it from time to time and get down with some angry stuff that nationalists and poetics alike can get down with. Not to say that I listen to NS black metal, because I don't, unless Witch in her Tomb are NS, which I don't think they are, more than likely they're not, but you should email them just in case.
Witch in her Tomb - Witch in her Tomb
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 1:32 PM
A band that I had heard nothing of, and almost over looked if I had not noticed that they are ex Men as Trees, which makes me feel like a dumb ass. I feel like this band is going to go places, or has, or will continue, I don't know, but this is honestly some of the best emo to take hold of me. The first and third song are pretty long, but not boring or overall lengthy in a miserable way, all three songs on the bandcamp page have awesome guitar lines which sound really good, nearly perfect, accompanied with gutteral/shouty vocals and competent drums. These guys know what they're doing, the production of each song is awesome. It's not overproduced either like a lot of screamo/hardcore/whatever nowadays, with over the top sounding snare drums and vocals that overtake the rest of the music. It's almost perfect. Poetic lyrics, that they seem to be proud of, if you're into that. Check out their wordpress that has updates and some other stuff. You can preview it on their bandcamp page.
So Locktender is a conceptual hardcore band from Cleveland, OH with all of the members of Men as Trees. All of our songs are about and inspired by different works of art and our albums will focus on specific artists. This 'Collected' release is three songs that are all being released on vinyl splits this year. A 7" with Cassilis from Philadelphia, a 12" with Brighter Arrows from Chicago (ex-Lautrec, Mans, Phoenix Bodies), and another 12" that is still TBA. Our singer Nick will do the CD release through his label Mopsorden and Utarid Tapes will do one in Malaysia. As with MAT, everything will be free to download so we are just trying to get this out there as much as possible before our Euro tour this July with Sailing On from Germany.
Locktender - Collected
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 12:57 PM
I am such a turd, I know in the last post I said that Black Kites weren't honestly my thing, my total 100% thing, but they're still a good band, and aren't awful at all. Their last three song output just proves this and makes me think that I should revisit all of their material and put my foot in my mouth. Tom is a nice dude, makes CMHWAK worth being a site honestly. I love the fact that he provides commentary in the forums (and on his blog). He needs an award for sticking with the hardcore scene for the past 15 or whatever years of his life. These songs are ragers, very aggressive and angsty, noisy at times and screamy at all times. I'm not sure what the purpose of these three songs are other than to say goodbye, but you can hear a transition between Black Kites and capacities (I don't think that was done purposeful though). The tracks are untagged, but in pretty good quality and provided courtesy of Ride the Fury who is also selling this release as a tape (which there are probably some still available of and I need to get, god damn it).
Black Kites - Last Three Songs
and you can listen to it on their bandcamp
Black Kites - Last Three Songs
and you can listen to it on their bandcamp
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 12:31 PM
I'm going to jump around like a maniac and say this is totally god damn awesome. I wasn't the biggest fan of Black Kites, they were a bit too chunky hardcore for me, and let's face it, they weren't going to make music just to please a retard (me) that lives on the other side of the continent, although they were also awesome (those last three songs are a testament to what we lost when they broke up). So Tom from Black Kites (and other bands, You and I for one) surprised the F out of me by posting this on the CMHWAK forums (a little bit too) recently. I hope this guy never stops making music. One of the best. Screamo, Skramz, hardcore, whatever. These can be considered preview tracks for a full length (12 songs) that I hope gets released somehow.
capacities - Preliminary Recording
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 12:04 PM
I don't have a Download for this, no one does maybe. I feel that you should check this out if you are totally into DIY Noisy Screamo. It has all the best elements of bands like Jeromes Dream and Adriell mixed in with some experimental noise ala Asami Yamazaki and some Japanese Noise Not Music. Nolan has been doing this for a while as xIWSWUYSBx and Celestial Being, but this is just a far cry ahead of anything else he's done imo. Not to knock on his other efforts, because I dig them, but they (and his label Plastic Smile Records) haven't had the attention they deserve that I feel xTTADx will give to them. Support Nolan, PSR, and xTTADx.
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 11:52 AM
They're a pretty hip band, you can tell. I mean, I know, because when I saw them play they were all hip. This band has members of other bands playing Crustened Hardcore, which is I guess Crust punk. A little black, you know? Darkened. Lyrics that make the human species pathetic and nihilism the end of the dirt road, there ain't pushing past misery here. This rules, that's all. Slurry guitars/bass, guttural vocals, pounding drums, and it's all fucking fine. Six songs of immoral self-hatred.
DEADSTARE - Demo
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 5:45 AM
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The angsty emo band name, it's a convenience that the emo scene is kind of weirdly intellectual, even if not on purpose, with lots of references to interesting people or stuff. I'm not an intellectual myself, being as how I'm a little wet in the brain, but I appreciate it and hope it rubs off on me. Sarte are from Ottawa Canada, the land of... not sure what comes from Ottawa, but there are and have been really awesome bands from that area; seems like a nice place generally. I only know English and Spanish, so I do not know what the lyrics are when reading them (google translator does that for me), but they sound pretty cool, especially at the end of Être Heureux, Et Puis Mourir when they are screamed in unison. The band is pretty heavy, not like chugga chugga heavy, but the guitars sound full and discordant, pretty sure the band is loud live. It's a bit on the melodic side, even if intended to be chaotic, but in an overall a groovy kind of way. Musically sounds like Hero of a Hundred Fights mixed with Transistor Transistor (my Dad threw away "Erase All Name and Likeness" when I left it in his car while I was in Highschool) which is awesome. I dunno. Mappy needs to post something.
Sarte - Sarte
Sarte - Sarte
Posted by Manuel Mayhem at 8:44 AM