Six Noises EOY ’16: Punk

Fuck ranking albums. Especially punk albums. A fucking pecking order is the absolute antithesis of what the music below stands for. But then, you kids like your lists, right? You love your countdowns, listicles, and … actually, you know what, as much I crave the sound of disorder and disobedience charging over the hill, I’m pretty sure I love a nicely ordered end-of-year list more than anyone. (I also love stuffy period dramas as much as... Read More

Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

I didn’t listen to as much metal this year as I have in the past few years. But that’s no bad thing. I decided to step off the review/deadline/review/deadline treadmill in 2016, and while less of the hustle meant I listened to fewer albums, it made listening to those albums a far more gratifying experience overall. In the end, I still managed to gather a stack of contenders for my end-of-year metal list easily enough. I did cut a few high-profile... Read More

Bastard Noise & Sickness: Death’s Door

Harsh noise is a hard sell. It’s deliberately challenging, demanding and punishing, and most people don’t even consider it to be music at all. That includes people who’ll happily listen to warp-speed grindcore, gruelling sewage sludge, or the rawest black metal. But it often seems like noise is just a step too far. If you’re in that camp, then you’re going to hate what sonic executioners Bastard Noise and Sickness have cooked up on their... Read More

Rotten UK: That Is Not Dead

The first record I ever bought was a rowdy UK punk compilation called Punk And Disorderly III. I’ll understand if you’ve never heard of it before, because it was released way back in 1983. But in all the years since, I’ve never forgotten how I felt when I dropped the needle on that compilation’s first track. My life changed forever when Abrasive Wheels’ “Burn ’em Down” kicked in. It was like getting hit by a bolt of lightning.... Read More

Setentia: Darkness Transcend

Setentia are an atmospheric death metal band from New Zealand. They write hard-hitting, complex songs where jagged melodies do battle with tremolo deluges on dissonant soundscapes. The band’s accomplished full-length debut, Darkness Transcend, intertwines gut-felt ferocity with forward-thinking expressiveness. And yes, with those creative hallmarks, Setentia have been compared to New Zealand’s much-lauded death metal behemoth Ulcerate, many times… [Click... Read More

It Only Gets Worse: Angels

Prolific Dutch musician Maurice de Jong is famed for conjuring nightmarish visions with his black metal/harsh noise project Gnaw Their Tongues. It’s not all dissonant exploits for de Jong though. He also delves into shoegaze, drone, and avant-garde electronics with his other solo and collaborative ventures. But whether he’s making music that’s extreme or ethereal, de jong’s always shown great skill in sculpting sounds that unnerve. Matt Finney... Read More

Vermin Womb: Decline

Vermin Womb’s moniker is the perfect match for the band’s virulent sound. The trio’s music is an incensed breeding ground for pestilence and animus, and the band’s debut full-length, Decline, is a whirlwind of hate-fuelled intensity. None of that is a huge surprise though. Because Vermin Womb were born from the demise of Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire: a band who described their music as, “total fucking dissonant anti-life funeral... Read More

Ulcerate: Shrines of Paralysis

Ulcerate have been on the receiving end of abundant critical acclaim for a number of years now. Each subsequent release from the formidable Auckland, New Zealand-based death metal band is seemingly hailed not only as the band’s very best work, but also as a genre-quaking release in its own right. Truth is, while we all know that the world of heavy metal is awash in hollow hype, Ulcerate deserve every single iota of that praise. You can expect... Read More

Winter Deluge: Devolution – Decay

Changes within a band can lead to creative uncertainty or even outright artistic collapse. But that’s clearly not an issue for New Zealand black metal outfit Winter Deluge. Last time we heard from the group was back in 2012, when they released their hate-fuelled full-length debut, As the Earth Fades into Obscurity. Since then, Winter Deluge have cycled through a few bassists, and lost and gained both a guitarist and a vocalist. But none of those... Read More

Seputus: Man Does Not Give

US trio Seputus features ¾ of the lineup of technical death metal band Pyrrhon. But where Pyrrhon specialise in frenetic sound experiments, Seputus hammers home a musical message that’s dunked in punk, abraded by noise and black metal, and then kicked around the yard by grinding death metal. Seputus pre-dates Pyrrhon too. But the band was set aside and it’s Pyrrhon that’s ended up attracting critical attention in recent times. So what does... Read More

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