Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.
It took us a while but today we’re back with a new review. Let’s talk a bit about the new Full of Hell album. This band needs no big introduction. They were formed back in 2009 and since then they’ve been producing albums of hellish, overpowering music. The first Full of Hell album i ever listened to was the collaborative album they did with the japanese lord of the void. Yes, that album they did with Merzbow was trully something else. Their new album ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” was released this May by Profound Lore Records. First of all i’d like to say that the album’s cover artwork has made a huge impression on me. I think it’s one of the best album covers i’ve seen in a long time now. It’s simple and symmetric. It’s an image that leaves no room for misconceptions. Evil lies within. Eleven tracks are included in this album. In my opinion the listener gets the message from the very beginning. This is gonna get ugly. Once again grindcore blends ideally with black and death metal. So, yes this album sounds really brutal. It’s like an ongoing sonic storm that’s impossible to escape from. There’s definitely an imposing atmosphere throughout ”Trumpeting Ecstasy”. All of the album’s tracks hold immense amounts of raw power inside of them. Yet they feel like necessary parts of a certain procedure. I personally could not imagine this album without one of these eleven songs. Quite ecstatic about this album i’ll tell you what i think though. I think it is a great album. It’s definitely one of the best albums of this year so far. I sure as hell loved it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. In my opinion ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” gets a 9 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to this album.
Telepathy is a four piece, instrumental band from Essex, U.K. Their new album ”Tempest” was released on March 31, 2017 through Golden Antenna records. Eight tracks are included in this release. Never before had i heard of this band in the past. So let’s see what lies beneath this album. O.k so i’m listening to a music blend that is comprised of three main ingredients, namely post metal, sludge and black metal. In my opinion though ”Tempest” is a post metal album. It’s definitely atmospheric as it is heavy. There’s a certain sense of epicness throughout this album. I certainly liked their riffs. I’ll tell you that for sure. I also liked these black metal parts that make this album sound really dark and cold. ”Tempest” is an instrumental album but listening to this album feels as if someone is telling a story. It starts with ”First Light” and it ends with ”Metanoia”. This journey from the first till the final stage may sound to you a bit depressive and gloomy. It depends on one’s perspective. As for me, i’m liking this album but i’ve heard stuff like this many times before in the past. I didn’t exactly fell in love with it but i didn’t hate it as well. Please note though that is just one man’s opinion. Here’s a link where you can listen to ”Tempest”. Have you already heard this album? Then feel free to leave a comment in the comment section and tell us what you think about this album.
Higher Power is a five-piece hardcore band from Leeds,U.K. Their new album ”Soul Structure” will be released on May 19 through Flatspot Records. The album was mixed by Arthur Rizk at Salomons Gate (Power Trip, Mizery, War Hungry) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and it is also comprised of ten tracks. Well, good ol’ hardcore is the case with this one. The band draws a lot of inspiration from NYHC bands and presents us with an album that stands out for its aggression and positive vibes. O.k, perhaps these guys don’t aim at changing the way that people perceive hardcore. Nevertheless they sure as hell know their craft. In my opinion, many tracks from ”Soul Structure” sound as if they were taken from the hardcore golden era and that’s why i believe that many people will feel a bit of nostalgia while listening to this record. Speaking for myself, it didn’t take long for me to like these ten tracks. As for my favorite tracks from this album, these would have to be ”Looking Inward” and ”Four Walls Black”. Overall, this is a really good album and i believe that hardcore fans are gonna enjoy it.
I love weekends. It’s saturday morning and i’m listening to Code Orange’s new album. Well, too many people are enthusiastic about this album so i decide to see what the fuss is all about. For those of you who don’t know let me just state that Code Orange is a four piece/ hardcore band from the United States. ”Forever”, which was released on January 13, 2017, is their third, full length album. Eleven tracks are included in this release. Code Orange isn’t your typical hardcore band. That became clear to me when i first listened to their previous album called ”I Am King”. In my opinion, ”Forever” is another big step for this band. First of all i’d like to comment on the album’s top notch production. I think it is beyond great. All of the album’s tracks sound super heavy to me. Apart from the heaviness, which is of course too damn obvious, their music is also quite diversified. A lot of industrial type parts make this album sound more claustrophobic and cold in my opinion. If you add to the aforementioned these great beatdown parts then you’re sure you have something special in your hands. In my opinion ”Forever” is not an album that you come across everyday. You must of course turn up the volume before you start listening to this album. Here you’ ll find many songs that will become part of your songlist for a long time. My personal favorite is ”Kill The Creator”. This is a great song and that’s hands down. Overall this is a great album. It is an album that can be easily enjoyed by fans of all sorts of genres. Definitely recommended for metalheads, punks, hardcore fans, e.t.c. I, myself loved it thus i’d like to recommend it.
Idre is a three piece band from Oklahoma City. Their new album ”Unforgiving Landscapes” will be released this May through Wolves And Vibrancy Records. 2 tracks are included in this release. So, before we start talking about this album, just sit back, relax and free your mind from whatever that’s been bothering you. A journey into gloomy landscapes is about to begin. I’ve been there before. The band’s debut album was indeed an excellent one. I, myself wanted to listen to a new album. The wait is over. Their music could be described as sludge meets dark wave meets post rock. Nevertheless ”Unforgiving Landscares” sounds a bit different compared to its predecessor. In my opinion, this time it is not that experimental. I feel that these guys knew what they wanted to achieve and they got it. This time they took a slightly different direction, that’s heavier if you ask me. The result is something that can be described as more than satisfying. As it has already been mentioned Idre’s new album is comprised of two tracks. Each track lasts for about twenty minutes. Let me remind you that it’s not that easy to write such a song. The way i see it, it is a true challenge. Your challenge is to take your message across. It is to make the listener get lost inside a sea of emotions. There is no doubt in my mind that Idre nailed it. These two songs form an album of darkened, enchanting music. As for me, i’m totally down with it, i loved it, i rocked thus i’d like to recommend it. Gentlemen from us it is a nine out of 10.
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