Antigama – The Insolent
With each new release, Poland’s Antigama seem to propel us further and further into the future of grindcore. True forward thinkers, Antigama pursue new and creative ways to build upon their past work while experimenting and pushing the boundaries of this violent style of heavy music. Even labeling them as simply “grindcore” is kind of a disservice. The Insolent is the newest addition to their mind-numbing discography and it is nothing short of chaotic. The 32-minute record is rife with the shredding, technical guitar acrobatics and furious percussion they have become known for. “Reward or Punishment” sucks you into Antigama‘s tornado of knife-like, mangled riffs and doesn’t hurl you back out until seven tracks later. The guitars conjure up these rapidly shape-shifting, dissonant and frenetic sections of total chaos that will reduce you to bits. Lukasz Myszkowski’s hellacious growling only adds to the record’s uninhibited madness. It’s not until the seventh track, “Sentenced To The Void”, that the bombardment of insanity lets up a bit. Here the band scale back on the lobotomizing riff play for more straight-forward, but no less punishing grindcore stylings. The band only continue to experiment and switch things up on the tracks that follow. “Out Beyond” comes across as the band’s attempt at space rock. Layers and layers of interstellar ambience can be heard hovering above down-tuned, pulsating guitars and primal percussion. Modulated, robotic vocals and spiraling synth keys can also be heard as well, calling to mind groups like Maserati, Zombi and the like. “Eraser” marks a brief return to the blistering, more straight-forward grind while seven-minute closer “The Land of Monotony” finishes the record off with sprawling, cataclysmic chord progressions. The Insolent is a natural progression from 2013’s Meteor and is yet another auditory feat in their impressive discography. If you haven’t by now, it’s time to let Antigama into your life.
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Favorite Tracks: “Reward or Punishment”, “Used To”, “The Insolent” and “Out Beyond”
For Fans Of: Maruta, Rotten Sound, Crowpath, Noisear and Discordance Axis
White Spot – Father Songs
Louisiana native Marcus Lemoine (AKA White Spot) channels The Jesus Lizard, Steve Albini-related projects and general madness on the new record, Father Songs. Written and recorded by Lemoine himself, these seven tracks will make you question this young man’s sanity. After the 20 seconds of pulsating sound on introductory track “Light Curve Waves to Sound”, the release officially begins with “The Fall”. Bouncing, disfigured riffs give way to noisy cacophonies and Duane Denison-esque rock swagger on this two-minute stormer. Lemoine’s deranged, pain-stricken vocals only add to the song’s (and the album’s) volatile nature. White Spot cuts back the eccentricities a bit in favor of slow-burning blues rock on “Home” and fuzz-laden grooves on “Counting Steps” and “The Ones You’ll Never Know”. Lemoine’s chaotic nature rears its head again on the tracks “Bark and Key” and “Alive”. This one-two punch cycles between drug-induced rock, Jesus Lizard-esque crawls, doomed dissonance, walls of oppressive noise and spiraling math rock assaults. Songs like these seem to be more entertaining than the slower tunes and it would have been nice to see more experimentation in this vein. But overall, the release is rather enjoyable. Father Songs is a short listen but an eclectic one at that. Noise rock fans should have no issue salivating over these seven maddening ditties. Pick your favorite illicit substance of choice and put on Father Songs.