Sunday, May 26, 2013

Destroyer Destroyer

This band reaches new depths of brutality in mathcore.  When I first gave them a listen,  the first thing that stuck out for me is the inhuman vocals reaching piercing high screams that are bound to have chills run down your spine.   Crushing detuned 7 string guitars, polyrhythmic drumming and slamming chaos make this band a must have for all grindcore/mathcore enthusiasts.

Artist: Destroyer Destroyer
Album: Littered with Arrows
Song: We've Been Had v2
Genre: mathcore/grindcore


Phoenix Bodies/Tyranny of Shaw

This split is extremely short consisting of four songs all two minutes and under; the raw chaotic intensity is like being shot in the head with a powerviolence bullet.   This shit is absolutely furious with a driving intensity that thrashes you about with cut throat vocals fast as fuck drums                                                           Artist: Phoenix Bodies
 Artist: Tyranny of Shaw
                                                                                        Genre: powerviolence/grindcore/screamo

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Upsilon Acrux

There are a lot of math rock bands out there that are very similar in nature; Upsilon Acrux is not one of those bands.  Described as “brutal prog” (not sure what exactly that means but it definitely fits), Upsilon Acrux take the math rock aesthetics and makes them completely their own.  In one song, you will hear various genres of influence and unique sounds created from all the instruments presented (guitar, synth, bass, drums) creating a thoroughly entertaining experience with new things to be noticed with each listen.  Despite the complex poly-rhythms and abrupt changes, it all some how flows together beautifully creating unconventional melodies sure to please.  
Artist: Upsilon Acrux
Album: Live set
Song: Live set
Genre: math rock/progressive

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gang Gang Dance

I am thoroughly excited that I came across this band.  A whole discography to explore of avant-garde noisy beauty.  It truly is a difficult task classifying this band or let alone describing them.  There's so much going on and there songs/albums are so different from each other.  If anything, this music is adventurous.   In the experience of a song, you don't know where the path leads, but you're intrigued.  At points its something you don't understand; odd instrumentation that can't be identified and noises floating through, but then you find yourself back to familiarity floating in the Pink Floydian space rock grooves laid before you.

Artist: Gang Gang Dance
Album: God's Money
Song: A) Glory in Itself B) Egyptian
Genre: avant-garde/noise rock


Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Abominable Iron Sloth

Everything about The Abominable Iron Sloth is heavy; even the name provokes dirty, heavy, sludgy mental imagery. This band doesn't fuck around; they immediately throws you in a groove filled, bottom-heavy sludgefest with the vocalist bringing it over the top with his relentlessly aggressive vocals sounding like his throat is about to rip open.
Artist: The Abominable Iron Sloth
Album: The Abominable Iron Sloth
Song: Hats Made of Veal and That New Car Scent
Genre: Sludge/hardcore/doom



Fucking MF DOOM.  A genius hidden behind the ominous metal mask, i.e. Metal Face DOOM, King Geedorah, Viktor Vaughn, Metal Fingers, etc... now has a new moniker being JJ DOOM, a collaboration between producer Jneiro Jarel (JJ) and MF DOOM.    DOOM's unmistakable flow is just as bad-ass as ever if not at its peak and the instrumentals are perfectly fitting for his style.  His 2009 album, Born Like This turned out to be one of, if not my favorite album of his career, but now with Key to the Kuffs released I might have to name a new favorite.

Artist: JJ DOOM
Album: Key to the Kuffs
Song: Bite the Thong
Genre: rap/hip-hop


Illogic & Blockhead

Illogic is one of the most talented and intelligent rappers out there in the scene today, which is seemingly over run by dip shits.  Blockhead is an extremely inventive instrumental hip-hop artist who has been featured on Adult Swim's late night psychedelic fest,  Off the Air.  The two collaborated to release a cd of enriching instrumentals with polyrhythmic/intellectual raps layed over them to create a thoroughly entertaining and exciting experience. 

Artist: Illogic & Blockhead
Album: Capture the Sun
Song: Atlantis Depth
Genre: rap/hip-hop 


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shabazz Palaces

Truely a unique and mindbending rap experience.  They have more of a modern sound, but the lyricist/vocalist Ishmael Butler is actually from an early 90's rap group, Digable Planets, and the percussionist uses instrumentation from Zimbabwe.  The outcome is an intelligent, trippy album that you can't help but get lost in.
Artist:   Shabazz Palaces
Album: Black Up
Song:   An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum 
Genre: Rap; Hip-Hop; Psychedelic


Like this new IDM infused instrumental Hip-Hop scene (often showcased in Adult Swim's bumps) thats been popularized by the likes of Flying Lotus and Daedelus?  We'll TOKiMONSTA is a unique and a great player in this movement.  Her psychedelic drenched, experimental hip-hop is packed full of booming bass, light textures and grooves to get you hooked.
Album: Half Shadows
Song: Soul to Seoul
Genre: experimental hip-hop/electronic