Friday, October 18, 2019

NETHERLANDS - "Zombie Techno"

Kerrang! has premiered the incredible new animated music video for Netherlands' latest single, “Zombie Techno."

Watch it, here:

Kerrang! reports: “If you’ve never done psychoactive drugs in a big city, listening to Netherlands will give you an idea of what the experience is like... The band’s new animated video for the track ‘Zombie Techno’ comes at you with a two-headed approach of alt-comix psychedelia and existential terror.” 

The song will appear on the Brooklyn band’s next album, currently in the works for a 2020 release. 

Netherlands plays a crushing yet hook-filled brand of psych-sludge-pop, in semi-sync with the sounds of The Melvins, Torche, Mastodon, and Jane's Addiction. Of "Zombie Techno," frontman Timo Ellis states: “The theme of this song, as well as our entire new wave of material, is a comment on the illusion of community and civic participation that’s become the currency of all the new media platforms. Virtually everyone is constantly feeding overlapping algorithms that are sustained by a near-constant supply of curated narcissism, which while outwardly appearing to be ‘issue driven,’ much more often than not, don’t actually reflect any kind of real world action or real coalition-building or organization, whatsoever.” 

Catch the onslaught live, October 24th at Brooklyn Bazaar, with Flipper:

Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Thursday, October 17, 2019

BAD LOOKS + MetalSucks

"Any idiot who claims that rock is dead hasn’t heard Bad Looks. The Los Angeles trio — vocalist/guitarist Alessandro Pulisci (At Our Heels), drummer Denny Connolly, and bassist/vocalist Lafayette Kartchner — stir up metal, punk, sludge, and stoner metal into an irresistibly riotous package that feels at once timeless and wholly modern."
- Metal Sucks

Stream "A Wolf Knocks Once," the first track off of Bad Looks' upcoming EP II, via MetalSucks, here.

Bad Looks was founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2017 by vocalist/guitarist Alessandro Pulisci (At Our Heels) and drummer Denny Connolly, and was shortly thereafter cemented with the addition of bassist/vocalist Lafayette Kartchner. The trio released their first self-titled EP in 2018. More recently, Bad Looks contributed a track from this debut EP to the soundtrack of 2019 horror film, Bliss, which also features the likes of Doomriders and Electric Wizard, among others. Described by reviewer Nick Senior of New Noise Magazine as “furious, hooky, aggressively melodic, and perfect for those who long for the mid 2000s Southern metalcore boom,” the band plays heavy punk with a rock and roll swagger in the vein of Mutoid Man, Metz, Every Time I Die, and Queens of the Stone Age.

EP II will be released digitally on November 15th. Preorder, here.

Upcoming shows:
Oct 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar w/ Pissed Regardless

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

BODY STUFF - Body Stuff 3

BODY STUFF: new EP “Body Stuff 3” to be released by The Chain; details and artwork revealed

Body Stuff 3, the third EP by Body Stuff, will be released on January 10, 2020.

Based in New York City, Body Stuff is the duo of Curran Reynolds and Ryan Jones. Reynolds, the songwriter and vocalist, began the project in the early part of this decade, when both he and Jones were members of Today Is The Day.

Body Stuff 3 is the third in a trilogy of EPs: the self-titled Body Stuff (2013), Body Stuff 2 (2016), and Body Stuff 3 (2020).

Body Stuff 3 will be released by The Chain, the multi-faceted company founded in 2016 by Reynolds, Three One G Records owner Justin Pearson, and graphic designer Brandon Gallagher.

Reviews of the first two EPs singled out a few aspects of the Body Stuff sound. On the surface, there were crooning vocals, simple hooks, and an earnest spirit, nodding to the rousing rock songs that filled late-‘80s FM radio dials – U2, Billy Idol, et al. Underneath, something heavier: programmed drums and thick guitars conjured industrial-metal power in the vein of Godflesh or Killing Joke. And deeper in the mix was a dreamlike ambience that evoked the places the music was conceived – namely, the streets of New York City (the debut EP) and a lake in rural Maine (Body Stuff 2).

Of the lyrics, a review on Stereogum stated, “Reynolds’ lyrics are a focal point and tell snippets of stories in a hundred words or less that are as haunting as they are evocative.” Reflecting on memories of violence, death, poverty, and heartbreak, Reynolds sought to make sense of the past, while finding his place in the present. His lyrics depicted a protagonist who identified as an outsider to society, yet pointed toward a sense of oneness in all things.

Scheduled to be one of the very first releases of the new decade, Body Stuff 3 promises to expand on the musical and lyrical themes set forth on the first two EPs. Opening with these lines – “I can never go home, or so I’ve been told / Well, I am the world, the glance of every guy and girl” – Body Stuff 3 sees Reynolds continue to navigate the lines between individual and collective, isolation and connection.
Featuring the longest, most highly developed songs Body Stuff has created so far, the EP consists of five, intense, radiant anthems that take the Body Stuff style to the next level. 

Some new elements in the mix include: the prominent use of synth on multiple songs; a guitar solo by KMFDM guitarist Andee Blacksugar; acoustic guitar; and Jones' death metal vocals (which fans of his other band Mutilation Rites will recognize).

Body Stuff 3 was recorded and mixed by Jones and Reynolds at Jones’ studio, Growlhouse, in Queens, NY. The EP was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Torche, Full of Hell).

The artwork was created by Reynolds and The Chain's Brandon Gallagher.

1) Spies
2) On the Run
3) Inches
4) New York in the Rain
5) Words

Curran Reynolds - vocals
Ryan Jones - guitar, bass, programming, backing vocals on "New York in the Rain"

Guest musicians:
Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM) - guitar solo on “Inches”
Al Huckabee and Polly Watson (1-800-BAND) - backing vocals on “On the Run”

Body Stuff EP (2013, The Path Less Traveled Records)
Body Stuff 2 EP (2016, The Path Less Traveled Records)
Body Stuff 3 EP (2020, The Chain)

Body Stuff has played live with Godflesh, Uniform, Psalm Zero, Tombs, Collapsing Scenery, TV Baby, Statiqbloom, Murderpact, and more. Stand by for announcements of the band's next shows.

Photo by Justina Villanueva

Friday, October 11, 2019

Out today: SYNAPSES FIRING 'Ruining You'

Ruining You, the brand new album from Synapses Firing, is out today.

"a four-piece specializing in a crunchy sort of alt rock that has unmistakeable punk influences" - New Noise Magazine

"containing a mixture of songs both old and new that... hit "straight from the gut to the jaw." - Scene Point Blank

A collection of songs written by the Bronx, NY quartet with a focused moody sound similar to the likes of Rival Schools or Balance and Composure, Ruining You is an alternative rock throwback featuring rom-com soundtrack like hits. The record showcases great song writing and melodies matched with the stellar production of Adam Cichocki (Coarse, Gatherers, Thoughtcrimes).

“We all come from the Bronx hardcore/punk scene which sometimes had rough edges,” lead singer Sean Dowling says. “As we grew older, we all drifted towards musical influences outside of metal and hardcore and wanted a project to reflect that. Making a music scene work in the Bronx was always an uphill battle; there are very few places to practice out here, no house shows, and very few all-ages events. Cops and neighbors were never used to hearing a punk show down the block. There was never a culture or a model to follow.”

Stream the record Ruining You, here.

Follow the band here:

Thursday, October 10, 2019


“Oftentimes, when bands cram unlikely styles together (for example, grindcore, ska and jazz), it comes across as unnatural or even novelty. But Seizures organically shift from angular melodies and odd time signatures to reverb-drenched ambience to angry hardcore and beyond.”
- OC Weekly

Read more insight into Reverie of the Revolving Diamond, via OC Weekly, here.

From the beach town of Dana Point, California, Seizures embodies the sounds behind the Orange County curtain with their own brand of surf, psychedelic, and shoegaze influenced Mathcore. Made up of members Albert Navarro and Nathan Najera (Guitar), Buddy Porter (bass), Cameron Miller (vocals), and Cory Blaine (drums), the band blends their adventurous and complex style to tell stories of old and new personal experiences and realizations with sci-fi fantasy undertones. Friends and listeners have coined their new sound as “Surf Core” or “Beach Math”, they call it Seizures.

The album was released October 4th digitally, on limited vinyl (100 transparent indigo/opaque aqua blue variant, 200 neon orange variant) on the band's own Sun Terrace Records, as well as a limited edition of 100 tapes via  Portrayal of Guilt. Order tapes, here. | Order vinyl, here.

Reverie of the Revolving Diamond LP:
1. Mazarine 2. The Cycles Unnumbered 3. In a Valley of Twilit Meres 4. Toxophola 5. The Ponds Have Dried Yet Still You Stare 6. Atollian 7. Of Indigo and Seven Crows 8. Severnaya 9. Bedlam Blues 10. On Saturnine Shores 11. Eru

Check out Seizures live at one of their upcoming shows:
Nov 8 - Santa Ana, CA @ FTG Productions w/ Ridgeway, No Sun, Mai, Wolves
Nov 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Offbeat w/ No Sun, Machinekit, Split Moon

Monday, October 7, 2019

MICROWAVES + BrooklynVegan

"The video is as mind-melting as the song itself..."
- BrooklynVegan

Watch the new video for Microwaves track, "Ex Moonwalker," via BrooklynVegan, here.

Of innumerable bands that traffic in dissonance, the musick of Pittsburgh, PA’s Microwaves shears clean and hot as an oxy-lance through the defenses of even the most cynical noise rock aficionado. The  trio plies a no-wave/prog-thrash scree that evokes the doings of today’s renegade wetware punks who shove glass-sheathed RFID chips and rare-earth magnets into fresh incisions - dimensions away from the bluesy shot-and-beer heartland rock of their local bar scene. Bursting forth with 2001’s “Professional Systems Overload” EP and the following year’s “System 2” (both featuring original bassist/vocalist Steve Moore, now of ZOMBI) John Roman (drums, formerly of the 1985, and current member of Night Vapor and Brown Angel) and David Kuzy (guitar, vocals) cycled through bass players for several years (including a stint as a synth/sampler-augmented duo) before joining with Johnny Arlett for their longest-running lineup to date. Over the years, Microwaves continued to pick up the loose ends left by Voivod, MX-80, Snakefinger, and some of their own Pittsburgh-area “math-rock” contemporaries, twisting them into a Gordian knot that at once rages and confounds.

Visuals and editing for Ex Moonwalker video by Johnny Arlett. Animations by David Kuzy.

The band's most recent album, Via Weightlessness, is available through Three One G Records on black vinyl as well as digitally via iTunes. Order here.

See the insanity live at one of their upcoming shows:
Nov. 1- Louisville, KY @ Kaiju
Nov. 2-  St.Louis, MO @ Schlafly Tap Room 
Nov. 3- Dubuque, IA @ Blu Room
Nov. 4- Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s 
Nov. 5- Minneapolis, MN @ Part Wolf
Nov. 6- Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
Nov. 7- Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
Nov. 8- Detroit, MI @ Kelly’s Bar
Nov. 9- Columbus, OH @ Spacebar

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


"...the controlled chaos of Discordance Axis meets the spazzy-ness of Retox..."
-No Echo

Take a listen to the entire Contemporary Sickness EP, via No Echo, here.

Deaf Club is a savage sound bath dripping with sardonicism: a blastbeat-centric hardcore punk assault channeling crust, thrash, and grind (un)sensibilities. Succinct  pauses, surreal frequencies and effects, breakneck pace and sharply hurled vocals characterize the band’s aesthetic, which seems as though it is rooted in a sort of nasty-sound-meets-highbrow-message ethos. Fueled by the onslaught of society’s insanity and driven mad by tinnitus, Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run With The Hunted), and Leo Ulfelder (Fissure) approach music as an opportunity to confront our collective sicknesses. We’ve got to try to listen, lest we all frolic headfirst towards the bright side of death, dragging this pillaged planet down with us. So whether you think the music is a radical disruption to the airwaves or just headache-inducing noise, you can feel free to tell them the brutal truth-- they can't hear you anyway.

The Contemporary Sickness EP will be released October 4th digitally as well as on limited edition, specially printed vinyl through Three One G Records. Mixed and mastered by Brent Asbury (who has worked on albums by bands like Retox, Panicker, Dead Cross, Planet B). Vinyl/cover art by Jesse Draxler (who has done artwork for Nine Inch Nails, Daughters, The New York Times, Dita Eyewear, and MCQ Alexander McQueen, among others). Layout and design by Bran Black Moon. Pre-order the EP, here.

Contemporary Sickness EP:
1. Boyfriends of Christ
2. Bright Side of Death
3. Lofi Mono Tombstone
4. Bounced Reality Check
5. Days of Amusement Are Over

See the band live at one of their three record release dates, below:
Oct 4- Los Angeles, CA @ Factory DTLA
Oct 6- Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
Oct 8- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Monday, September 30, 2019


"In the press release for the new album, Reverie of the Revolving Diamond was explained like this: 'In essence, this record is a musical narrative of a fictitious place created by band member Albert Navarro.' When No Echo saw that, we figured it would be interesting to ask the guitarist what books helped inspire the new Seizures album."
-No Echo

Read the five books that inspired the new album, according to guitarist Albert Navarro, via No Echo, here.

From the beach town of Dana Point, California, Seizures embodies the sounds behind the Orange County curtain with their own brand of surf, psychedelic, and shoegaze influenced Mathcore. Made up of members Albert Navarro and Nathan Najera (Guitar), Buddy Porter (bass), Cameron Miller (vocals), and Cory Blaine (drums), the band blends their adventurous and complex style to tell stories of old and new personal experiences and realizations with sci-fi fantasy undertones. Friends and listeners have coined their new sound as “Surf Core” or “Beach Math”, they call it Seizures.

The album will be released October 4th digitally, on limited vinyl (100 transparent indigo/opaque aqua blue variant, 200 neon orange variant) on the band's own Sun Terrace Records, as well as a limited edition of 100 tapes via Portrayal of Guilt.
Catch Seizures live at one of their upcoming Southern California shows, below:
Nov 8 - Santa Ana, CA @ FTG Productions w/ Ridgeway, No Sun, Mai, Wolves Nov 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Offbeat w/ No Sun, Machinekit, Split Moon

Friday, September 27, 2019

Out today: CAR BOMB - Mordial

Mordial, the fourth album by Car Bomb, is out today.

Listen and buy, here:
Punishing, baffling, and beautiful – Mordial sees Car Bomb expand its supra-Meshuggah math-metal with moody hooks, shoegaze textures, Satriani-shred, and much more. Guitarist Greg Kubacki has stated, "With this particular record it really feels like the gloves came off, and that we were free to experiment with whatever we wanted to.”

Mordial was recorded by the band in Brooklyn, New York, at Silver Cord Studio (Gojira), mixed by Nolly Getgood (Periphery, Animals As Leaders), and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic.

Sept 29 - Cologne, Germany @ Euroblast Festival - EU record release show
Oct 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland - US record release show


"Liquid T-1000 metal."
–NPR Music

"The new Car Bomb song digs its verses straight out of the 'The Great Southern Trendkill'’s apocalyptic sludge and launches its chorus directly into White Pony’s airspace. Shit is sick."

"'Mordial' represents progression and innovation for a group already more innovative than the vast majority of their peers, stepping into the truly avant-garde by actually aiming to redefine avant-garde altogether... Ultimately, Car Bomb represents the blurring line between man and machine, between the authentic and the artificial, between simulacrum and truth."
–Invisible Oranges

"'Mordial' is a testament to [Car Bomb's] ever-evolving nature as well as their preposterous weight, imploding in on itself while both scrambling your mind and kicking your teeth in. The Dillinger Escape Plan may be no more, but this music is the future!"

"An experimental chunk of riffs and noises that's sure to completely and utterly blow your mind."
–Metal Injection 

"A devastating show of death metal-leaning mathcore. Few bands have quite as violent a sound as Car Bomb, and 'Mordial' is another finely crafted album to tack on their discography."

"On their latest album 'Mordial,' the long-running Brooklyn-area extreme mathcore band Car Bomb amp up their music’s already punishing sound... They also liberally infuse sweeps of heavy atmosphere to deliver captivating, dynamic builds and meltdowns."
–Hard Noise

"The mathematical wildness of this album is bound by a greater, more epic and almost orchestral sense of being... It’s the vicious metal record we all wanted, and a mile more beyond that... All hail 'Mordial'! It’s the one."
–Everything Is Noise

"The progressive New York hardcore unit have carved a career out of one of the most spastic sounds in metal, and Mordial brings that approach to its most honest and compelling fruition yet, shifting through time signatures like gears and juxtaposing closed-fist riffage against pops of irresistible melody. In our dystopian Dillinger Escape Plan-less future, Mordial is a ray of hope, especially for those of us who enjoy counting polyrhythms in the pit."
–Free Williamsburg

"It further cements their place as one of the most creative, eccentric, and valuable active bands in the modern extreme metal scene."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Where else are you going to find these heavy, technical sounds combined with the detached mescaline trip of 90's alternative and shoegaze? It's like Meshuggah collided with Sonic Youth."

–Metal Trenches

"Dissonance, melody, brutality and groove... The constant changes make for an unpredictable album, but also a satisfying one."
–Heavy Music HQ

"The technicality which comprises 'Mordial' is jaw dropping even if you’re used to the unforgiving carnage which the Long Island outfit can provide... Car Bomb haven proven time and time again that they are in a class of their own and this release has only cemented that fact even further."
–Distorted Sound

"There are so many moving parts to what Car Bomb are doing that it is sometimes difficult to pin down exactly what is going on, but by the time you reach closing track ‘Naked Fuse’ your brain is so scrambled from the pure excellence of the album, the sounds just wash over you in a kind of heavy acceptance."
–Astral Noize

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Full Album Stream: SEIZURES + Alternative Press

Seizures 2019
"The members of Seizures—vocalist Cameron Miller, guitarists Albert Navarro and Nathan Najera, bassist Buddy Porter and drummer Cory Blaine—approach their work more like movie directors. The musical atmospheres conjured are polarizing and jarring—sometimes in one song—but the emotional arc parallels the sonic extremity. The aural jump cuts heighten everything like a film plot, with sections given time to breathe easily and pummel mightily.”
- Alternative Press

Stream Reverie of the Revolving Diamond in its entirety, via Alternative Press, here.

From the beach town of Dana Point, California, Seizures embodies the sounds behind the Orange County curtain with their own brand of surf, psychedelic, and shoegaze influenced Mathcore. The band blends their adventurous and complex style to tell stories of old and new personal experiences and realizations with sci-fi fantasy undertones. Friends and listeners have coined their new sound as “Surf Core” or “Beach Math”, they call it Seizures.

The album will be released October 4th digitally, on limited vinyl (100 transparent indigo/opaque aqua blue variant, 200 neon orange variant) on the band's own Sun Terrace Records, as well as a limited edition of 100 tapes via  Portrayal of Guilt. Pre-order tapes, here. | Pre-order vinyl, here.

Reverie of the Revolving Diamond LP:
1. Mazarine
2. The Cycles Unnumbered
3. In a Valley of Twilit Meres
4. Toxophola
5. The Ponds Have Dried Yet Still You Stare
6. Atollian
7. Of Indigo and Seven Crows
8. Severnaya
9. Bedlam Blues
10. On Saturnine Shores
11. Eru

Friday, September 20, 2019


Wild Gods – the new album by The Number Twelve Looks Like You – is out today on Overlord Music.

Wild Gods is the New Jersey band's first new album in ten years.

Stream and buy the album, here:

"Back from the dead since 2016, spazzy, soaring Jersey progcore veterans the Number Twelve Looks Like You dropped their first new album in a decade,
Wild Gods, today and this standout cut ["Of Fear"], which features guest vocals by Rolo Tomassi's always electric singer Eva Spence, offers up the kitchen sink and more. A ferocious beatdown that culminates in beautiful swells and melodic coos, it leaves a serious mark."


"The New Jersey mathcore quartet spent the better part of the 2000s making a name for themselves with their bizarre and untameable mixture of death metal, hardcore, screamo, and triple-jointed prog, as well as with their cathartic live performances... Wild Gods takes its time, reveling in the theater of the band’s music and the open moments between the riffs. The result still has the same convulsing overkill of The Number Twelve Looks Like You’s previous work, but adds a Mike Pattonish grace to their sound."

"A fevered comeback rife with sudden stylistic changes from overbearing doom intro to frantic technicality cut with jaw-cracking breakdowns."

"Refreshed and refocused...
Wild Gods broadens their sound a bit without diluting any of their mathcore fury. It’s also their most consistent album."
–New Noise

"Dizzying twists, quick-change turns and inability to sit still... from noisecore to indie, metal to jazz, electronica to psychedelia, choral church music to new wave."

"The band's fifth full-length, Wild Gods, captures everything you could want from an experimental metalcore band, and although it's arriving long after anyone expected it, is well worth the wait."

"NJ mathcore vets The Number Twelve Looks Like You announced their first new album in a decade... as chaotic and genre-defying as you’d expect."

"It's been a decade since we've heard new music from mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You, but Jesse Korman and company are back to melt faces."
–Metal Injection

"Evil, creepy, jazzy, and wistful… This band may actually have more talent in any given member’s pinky toe than most groups do in their entire line-up."

Wild Gods is the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, and easily the band’s finest work to date."
–Everything Is Noise

Wild Gods is phenomenal, bombastic, overflowing with aggression and urgency and energy. It’s exactly what anyone wanting another The Number Twelve Looks Like You record could ask for."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Wild Gods is an adventure, plain and simple. Brilliantly produced, brutal-but-beautiful throughout and eerie in all the right ways."
–New Transcendence

"Between brute technical force and immersive atmosphere."
–Captured Howls

"One of the finest (and most underrated) mathcore groups of all time."
–Metal Trenches

WINGTIPS - "Here and Now"

"Sweet, dreamy, synth pop tinged with melancholy... That kind of dream pop post-punk that I listen to on repeat on grey days."
–Cvlt Nation

With Wingtips' debut full-length, Exposure Therapy, out now on Artoffact Revords, Cvlt Nation has premiered the new music video for the band's song, "Here and Now."

Stream the video, here:

Stream the album and buy, here:

From Chicago, Wingtips is the duo of Vincent Segretario and Hannah Avalon. Their dark anthems fall somewhere between early darkwave and the textural, yearning sounds of The Cure's Disintegration. Scene authority has labelled it, "a hybrid of post-punk and dark synth pop – as if The Cure and Depeche Mode circa 1983 were to come together in a studio in Berlin."

Wingtips play the Cold Waves Festival tonight in their hometown of Chicago, and will embark soon after on a tour of the Eastern US and Canada.

Sep 20 – Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival
Sep 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
Sep 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Cousin Danny’s (w/ Korine)
Sep 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar (w/ Korine)
Sep 30 – Richmond, VA @ Banditos (w/ Korine)
Oct 02 – Raleigh, NC @ The Wicked Witch (w/ Korine)
Oct 05 – Tampa, FL @ Absolution Festival (w/ Korine)
Oct 09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn (w/ ACTORS)
Oct 10 – Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
Oct 11 – Louisville, KY @ Art Sanctuary
Oct 16 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Oct 17 – Toronto, ON @ The Boat
Oct 18 – Montréal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Oct 19 – Newark, NJ @ QXT’s
Oct 20 – Baltimore, MD @ Rituals

Photo by Alexus McShane

Friday, September 13, 2019

Out today: CLOUD RAT - Pollinator

Cloud Rat's new album Pollinator is out today on Artoffact Records.

Stream the album and buy, here:

More details, here:

"In a couple of key ways, Cloud Rat are what every grindcore band should be. Their music is inexhaustible, spasming through elaborate rackets of heaving riffs, spit-flecked vocals, and berserk percussion without ever slowing down. At the same time, there’s an atmospheric creep to their music that gives it a hard menace, adding that pinch of heavy metal darkness to what could easily just be a lot of noise and sweat. In this way, the Michigan three-piece give listeners both sides of what they want from furious music: the tooth-grinding rancor and the hand-kneading darkness, indivisible."

"'Pollinator' ironically plays more like a 30-plus minute multi-movement piece of music than a collection of short tracks... Cerebral metallic punk."

–Consequence of Sound

"The Michigan band is particularly adept at pivoting between churning, math-y riffs, pummeling brutality, and moments of real beauty, wringing catharsis from Madison Marshall’s bloodied-yet-unbowed howl all the while..."
–Bandcamp Daily

"Cloud Rat have a genuinely fresh, unique take on the genre... Even on their grindiest songs you can tell that Cloud Rat are experimentalists at heart."

"Vocalist Madison Marshall presides over the controlled chaos, giving an absolutely blistering vocal performance. Each shriek is ferocious but measured, striking the balance between brutality and intelligibility. As always, Cloud Rat remain one of the tightest bands in their genre, turning on a dime with each change."

"One of the best records to come out of the heavy music underground this year. Speed and sonic ferocity are certainly the key musical elements of Cloud Rat’s massive output. But after ten years of constant composition and gigging, they do a lot more than pummel and spew. They play great songs."

"Cloud Rat is on a war path with their killer new album, Pollinator, and I can't say enough great things about it. If you're into grind that explores new realms of possibility, you owe it to yourself to check it out!"
–Metal Injection

"Cloud Rat’s forward-thinking grind has never failed to impress. Pollinator is by-and-large their quintessential effort, bringing everything they’ve accomplished thus far to the fore and imbuing it with sophistication and grace."


"With their formation nearly a decade ago, the Michigan band used grindcore as the medium to spread a message espousing personal and sociopolitical issues important to them... With the release of their fourth full-length, Cloud Rat continues this pattern of resolutely clinging to their beliefs while employing completely unorthodox ways to express them."
–Invisible Oranges

"Their most intense and blistering recording to date... the entire album plays like one continuous song."

–New Noise

"Running through snapped strings and sticks at a million miles a minute, Pollinator is beautiful and threatening in it’s most panic-inducing moments, while lavish and lurid in its more sickly sweet sections."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Michigan’s grindcore-slash-hardcore trio Cloud Rat harnesses their emotion with deadly precision, even emotions beyond the signature rage and aggression of their chosen subgenre. Melancholic post-metal melodies float wistfully alongside – and sometimes within – the pummeling grindcore blasting, adding a somber tone of reflection balanced against those lightning-tempo spurts of fury."
–Last Rites

"A constantly mutating blend of melodic hardcore, slowcore, post-black metal, and, of course, radioactive grind, Pollinator doesn’t use its blinker when changing lanes, and yet everything feels of a part, thanks to Madison Marshall’s desperate yalp and the band’s emphasis on dramatics at every turn in their exit-less interstate system."
–Free Williamsburg

"Cloud Rat seize the innovation of classic Discordance Axis and make it their own... This record is insanely brutal and unrelenting, yet within the limited framework of Grindcore, they are able to create music that is emotional, passionate."
–No Clean Singing

"Rather than a mere collection of chaotic songs, Pollinator is a true album – Cloud Rat have presented a curated journey that’s ambitious in scope and textured in such detail to put them more in spiritual league with artful black metal than the nihilist brutalism of your average grindcore band."
–Toilet ov Hell

"While Pollinator is certainly not meant to be an easy listen, either in terms of its abrasive sound or its reflections of a truly fucked-up society, it is a rewarding one... It’s a bracing and necessary listen, and a high-water mark for an already great year for hardcore."

"The emotions dealt with include loss, depression, and more, and Pollinator provides an at times almost euphoric push through these torrents to another side."
–Captured Howls

Thursday, September 12, 2019

PRISSY WHIP + Ghettoblaster Magazine

“Bathory was my main influence for the words of this song. She started the brain wheels turning, and along with her came the bewilderment of the consequences (or lack thereof) that rich people suffer for their criminal actions. Filth and fortune.” 
-Crow Jane, Prissy Whip

Listen to Prissy Whip's latest track, “Erzsébet”, via Ghettoblaster Magazine, here.

Los Angeles-based noisy art punks Prissy Whip's upcoming LP, Swallow, comes out swinging-- a wild carnival ride of distortion and dissonance, unhinged from its opening track. From there, it is unrelenting in its chaos, whether it be in the slow, trudging fashion of “Erzsébet” or moments of all-out mania such as those found in “Dr. Jessup.” Prissy Whip approaches music with all the gritty extravagance of an operatic sideshow, and this album bottles their frightening beauty in its most potent form.

 Swallow will be released September 21st digitally and on clear vinyl, limited to 250. | Pre-order vinyl, here.

Upcoming shows:
Sep. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Factory Sep 26 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar Sep. 28 – Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room (PRF) Oct. 1 – Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis Oct. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ miniBar Oct. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ FOAM Oct. 5 – Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex Oct. 6 – Millvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s Oct. 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Oct. 8 – Pawtucket, RI @ Machines With Magnets Oct. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland Oct. 11 – Baltimore, MD @ Rituals Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys Bar Oct. 15 – San Antonio, TX @ Amp Room Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ 523 Thompson Oct. 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Lunchbox