Summer is over, suckers. The sun hangs low and the darkness reigns supreme: it’s time for a recap of this week’s best hardcore, metal, and punk rock. We dug through the record crates to find the new tunes we think you need to spin and rage to. Looking for some new death metal to set the mood this Fall? Got you covered. Need some grindcore to get your Autumn off on the right foot? Say no more. Strap in kiddies; it’s time to rock.
The doom monster known as Khemmis have released another track from their upcoming LP Hunted. This one’s called “Three Gates” and it has a lot going on. There’s some serious groove throughout, and riffs that summon the ghost of Motorhead or classic Black Sabbath. There are deathly growls that sound like a demon is an inch away from your face. There are even some melodies and vocals that can only be described as beautiful. Khemmis are out to prove they are metal’s next big thing, and Hunted just might do that from them. Songs like “Three Gates” certainly prove they know the score and can rip it up like the masters of the genre. Khemmis are poised to reign supreme.
We love Red Fang. This is a well documented fact. We love their hard rock and classic metal infused sound. We love their contrast between catchy, radio-friendly vocals and ugly snarls. We also love their sense of humor. These guys have a habit for music videos that feature their own deaths at the hands of vicious nerds, and their newest video for the song “Shadows” is basically a riff on Predator. The track is awesome and sounds like vintage Red Fang; tons of roaring guitars and a big, singing-along chorus; the video sees the band getting dispatched in bloody fashion by some vengeful comic-book fans. It’s funny, violent, and everything we love about Red Fang. Only Ghosts can’t get here soon enough.
Oathbreaker are releasing one of the year’s best albums very, very soon. Rheia is coming September 30th and if you haven’t done so already, you need to order it. We’ve shared a few of the albums tracks already, but “Immortals” might be the best showcase of what makes Rheia so incredible. It’s a haunting masterpiece; violent, vicious, and gorgeous. The song is intense and beautiful; all at once catchy and challenging. We really, really can’t say enough good things about this record. It’s a must buy. Listen to “Immortals” and then pre-order Rheia. We’re not asking you, we’re telling you. Buy it. That’s an order.
Brain Tentacles are a weird band. There’s really no other word. They are just super, super weird. Their new self-titled album is shockingly good: a mixture of stoner metal, sludge, doom, and jazz. It’s all driven by horns and bass, a strange brew of psychedelic heaviness that is downright weird (there’s that word again). Witness the video for “Fruitcake” below; it’s as weird as the band. The song sounds a like bit like the Ghostbusters theme, but channeled through acid and punk rock. It’s an odd journey through a wasted landscape, which could also be a description of the entire album. Whatever it is, we like it. We like weird stuff.
I have these neighbors who like to blast modern country music super loud on the weekends. They turn it up and hang out in their backyard and piss me off. So, to get even, I now crank up the new Trap Them record at the same time. And my stereo is louder. Much, much louder. Take a listen to “Revival Spines” and get a taste of the sonic piledriver I am delivering to my dumb neighbors every Sunday. It’s crushing and brutal, the sort of ugly hardcore that scares people into contacting the homeowner’s association and telling them you’re a devil worshiper (screw you, Dan). Anyway, true story, this album is awesome. Check it out.
Netherlands are a nightmare, in a good way. “In Cyan” sounds like a death robot stepping on your soul. It’s a huge track that is accompanied by a bizarre video that is reminiscent of the old Heavy Metal cartoon or something you’d once have seen late at night on Liquid Television. There’s something metallic about it; something mechanical and mean. There are also some awesome bass riffs and cool synths hiding in there. It’s hard to put Netherlands into words; they’re in a class all their own. If you are looking for something complete different and more than a little exciting, check them out.
Lastly, we’ve got some Italian hardcore for you. Tutti I Colori Del Buio (don’t ask us how you pronounce that) play no-frills hardcore punk rock. Their debut full length, Initiation Into Nothingness, is a record we’ve had our eye on for a while and now that we’ve had a listen to one of the tracks, we’re pretty freaking excited. “The Crab’s Failure” is the sort of song that makes you want to jump in a circle pit and get bloody. The vocals are a nonstop scream and the music is all chug chug chug. We love this sort of stuff and Tutti I Colori Del Buio is a band we’ve officially added to out list of awesome bands. It’s a long-yet-prestigious list and no, you can’t see it. Just listen to Tutti I Colori Del Buio, try to pronounce their name, and punch your best friend in the face. Get bloody, people.
Hey, that’s it for us this week. What are you spinning lately? Got a heavy playlist you need the world to hear? Sound off in the comments below.
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Benjamin Bailey writes for the Nerdist and can be found on Twitter talking about Godzilla, comic books, and hardcore music.