Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GOD MOTHER + Metal Injection

"God Mother are one of Sweden's most vicious exports..."
–Metal Injection

"God Mother, the Swedish powerhouse signed to Party Smasher Inc, escape easy classification. Their blend of sludge, hardcore, punk and grindcore is blistering."

"An utterly relentless burst of skittish Swedish metal... God Mother have basically taken spazzy, Melvinsy, HM-2-y mathcore to Pluto."
–Gear Gods

"A pummeling rapture of audio violence."

"After 20 years of touring the world and playing thousands of shows with thousands of bands, it is hard to impress me. But Sweden has done it again. God Mother is an undeniable 'force majeure' that demands attention like bands did in the old days, by just being that fucking good. Torch, officially passed!"
–Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan

Metal Injection has premiered the new music video for God Mother's track, "Weak," off the Swedish band's upcoming new album Vilseledd. Watch the clip, here – a typical Swedish breakfast, descending into psychedelic horror:

Vilseledd will be released October 20th on Party Smasher Inc, the label founded by Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Pre-order, here:

On Vilseledd, God Mother packs hardcore, grind, sludge, and noise into lethal projectiles, fueled by bilingual lyrics denouncing society's ignorance, in both Swedish and English. The sound is electrifying – inspired as much by the grinding speed of Nasum and Rotten Sound as by the almighty weight of the Melvins. 

The band's 2015 debut Maktbehov was hailed by Pitchfork as "an asteroid crash of an album that renders most of its competition extinct."

Vilseledd was recorded at Soundtrade Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the historic studio where artists from ABBA to Rammstein have made music. The album was mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.

The "Weak" video was filmed by David Ahrström and Pär Rockner, and edited by Oleg Rooz.

Photo by Stephen Odom

Saturday, September 9, 2017

REPTOID + Cvlt Nation

“There’s really no accurate way to describe the beautiful weirdness REPTOID create…”
-Cvlt Nation

“'The New Reality' is one of the heaviest things you’ll hear all summer: as abrasively noisy as it is fuzzily earworm-y. And, of course, there’s a badass concept of inter-dimensional reptilians controlling our society a la They Live."
- Gear Gods

“This noise-punk brain-child of Jordan Sobolew attacks listeners with abrasive tones and angular drumming patterns that are sure to please fans of the sonically abstract. However, even with the project thematically assuming the perspective of a malevolent shape-shifting alien, the songs aren’t so unapproachable as to alienate all but the most die-hard of noise-philes.”
-Ghettoblaster Magazine

“Reptoid encases feral-yet-precise drumming with noxious clouds of noise and maniacal synth. And it’s just one guy. ...Reptoid crafts complex mathcore that rests on the same echelon as that of The Locust, Daughters and Lightning Bolt.”

--Invisible Oranges

Check out the video premiere of Reptoid's newest video, "Overlords," via Cvlt Nation, here.

Scum Supreme was recorded and mixed by Jordan Sobolew in Oakland, CA. Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East Mastering. The EP will be released on 7” vinyl on August 24th through Cool Room Records and Barcop Records, as well as digitally through all major outlets (including iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, etc.). Preorder here.

Scum Supreme EP:
  1. Dead Planet
  2. The New Reality
  3. Overlords

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


"The most primitive and feral elements of its style... John Bonham kick tone, smashed-to-shit vocal distortion, gravel-throated bass tone and a couple guitars that sound like they're being picked with glass shards... Cruelly effective."

"Rising Philly noise rock royalty Plaque Marks... Nasty in all the right ways."

"Philly noise rock royalty" Plaque Marks will hit the road in November as main support for the legendary Unsane on a large chunk of the band's coast-to-coast North American tour. 

Unsane, Plaque Marks:

Nov 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus 
Nov 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Nov 19 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Nov 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Nov 21 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 25 - Austin, TX @ Lost Well
Nov 26 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Lounge
Nov 28 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Nov 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Dec 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Dec 4 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nick's
Dec 5 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
Dec 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
Dec 7 - Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
Dec 8 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Dec 9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Dec 10 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

The self-proclaimed "stain on the smile of the Philadelphia music scene," Plaque Marks is a new quartet comprising members of Creepoid, Fight Amp, Ecstatic Vision, and The Powder Room. Debut EP Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship is set to drop October 27th on Minneapolis label Learning Curve Records. 

Listen to new song "Plaque Marks," here:

Caveman drumming, tooth-rattling bass, painfully distorted guitars, and buried yells are the elements at play, and on Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship they sound like they were recorded with one lone mic, hanging from a noose in a Philly warehouse. Lyrics are from the perspective of a rogue's gallery of characters – a corrupt cop, a cough syrup addict, a Christian zealot.

Plaque Marks credit Texas legends Rusted Shut and Cherubs for inspiration, as well as the early works of 
contemporaries Pissed Jeans and tourmates Unsane – but the Plaque Marks racket is in a league all its own, over in the darkest corner of the noise-rock room. As a review on Stereogum put it, the band deals only in "t
he most primitive and feral elements of its style."

Pre-order Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship, digital:

Pre-order Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship, vinyl:

Photo by Dante Torrieri


Revolver presents the premiere of Mossbreaker's new music video, "Between the Noise and You." The song is the title track off the Los Angeles trio's latest album, Between the Noise and You, released in July on Glory Kid Ltd.

As displayed on "Between the Noise and You," Mossbreaker makes heavy, dreamy rock, descended from '90s alternative icons like Failure and Hum. A driving beat and fuzzed-out guitars set up vivid hooks that absolutely enthrall – melancholy yet electrifying. 

In a perfect match-up, none other than Failure frontman Ken Andrews, a true pioneer of the '90s scene, provides the guest vocals heard on the song. Rolling Stone called Failure, "one of the great unsung alterna-metal bands of the Nineties... Muscular, rhythmic, beautifully spacey rock."

Mossbreaker frontman Gabe VanBenschoten says this about collaborating with Andrews:

"It was a dream come true to have my mentor and one of our biggest influences take part in a piece of music we've created. I began working for Ken in 2012, starting out as an intern at his home studio then eventually becoming Failure's touring guitar tech. I've been through a lot with Ken and the guys over the past five years and I consider them family. It's still pretty surreal to have Ken Andrews sing on our record and appear in the video."

Andrews himself adds:

"I've known Gabe and Mossbreaker for a while now. I've always liked his band but when I heard this song I was really impressed. I had a great time singing on it."

The "Between the Noise and You" video was directed by Chris Wolford and shot and edited by Chad Hill. The projections seen in the video were created by artist Ryan Converse. 

The song, and the album it comes from, were recorded and mixed by frontman VanBenschoten who has helped engineer and mix recordings for M83, Youth Code, Ancestors, and more. It was mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell).

Buy the album and merch, here:

Mossbreaker embarks on a West Coast tour this week, with Sheer on most dates:

Sep 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 1 w/ Sheer
Sep 8 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods w/ Sheer
Sep 9 - Portland, OR @ The Alleyway Bar w/ Sheer
Sep 10 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Sheer
Sep 11 - Medford, OR @ Johnny B's

Photo by Priscilla Scott

Thursday, August 31, 2017

CHAINLINKS: September 2017

Welcome to the new installment of Chainlinks! At the end of each month, we at The Chain reach out to friends and colleagues to find out what's been inspiring them. This time around we have recommendations from pro Muay Thai fighter Elijah Clarke, drummer Jon Syverson of Daughters, and musician/DJ Chip K.


Elijah Clarke (Renzo Gracie Muay Thai)

Clarke is a Muay Thai fighter with a professional record of 6-1. Born in St. Lucia, he is based in New York City where he teaches and trains out of the Renzo Gracie Academy. His next fight is a light heavyweight bout against Juan Jackson, September 29 at Lion Fight 38, which will be televised nationally on AXS TV (and on Fight Network throughout the rest of the world).

1) Bob Marley - "Babylon System"

2) My daughter Chloe

3) Renzo Gracie Muay Thai

This week I saw one of our students at the academy and she had to cancel her membership because she moved. She told me how much she enjoyed training with us. That inspired me.


Jon Syverson (Daughters)

Syverson is best known for his drumming in Daughters. He's also a tour manager for various bands and is constantly on tour. Over all, the guy rules. Even when Daughters take their sweet-ass time writing new material for a new album, he still rules.

1) Kraftwerk - "Numbers"

I have always enjoyed some Kraftwerk. This song in particular never leaves my playlists.

2) Keurig Coffee Machines

The best part of waking up... is my Keurig machine. Oh Keurig, my heart couldn't quit you if it tried.

3) Roseanne

Do I need to explain myself here? Fucking John Goodman!? My comfort zone.



Chip K (Chorizo, Triple Hex, Silk Stalkings, Nocturne)

Chip is bassist and keyboardist for NYC bands Chorizo and Triple Hex, and a DJ known around town for her Silk Stalkings parties (with collaborator Jeanage Wasteland) and the brand new Nocturne party (with collaborator Rob Mayson) which makes its debut this Saturday, September 2nd at Ceremony in Brooklyn, with live music by Twisty Cats, Pleasure Motel, and Body Stuff.

1) Rudimentary Peni - "The Evil Clergyman"

2) Chrome - "Meet You in the Subway"

3) Martial Canterel - "Windscreen"