Fight Amp – Constantly Off
Philadelphia’s hard-hitting trio Fight Amp return with the highly-anticipated follow-up to their 2012 stunner, Birth Control. The new record, titled Constantly Off, continues along the thunderous path the band have laid out for themselves. Although it contains a mere six tracks, the band make sure each one provides an ample beating. For those unfamiliar, Fight Amp play a delightfully heavy blend of grunge, noise rock, hardcore and sludge. The band waste no time pummeling the listener with the opening, drop-tuned march of “Ex Everything”. Massive guitars stomp about like Polyphemus and shake the entire earth. The track bleeds into “Survival Strange”, which churns out high octane grooves drenched in a Bleach-era Nirvana aesthetic. Bulky bass lines flex their muscles, drums spiral out of control and guitars cycle between angular assaults and dissonant dirges in this monstrous beatdown. “I Perceive Reptoids” begins with an Unsane-esque bass lines that grumble menacingly before the guitars unleash spiraling, dissonant melodies and AmRep grooves. Another massive bass line introduces “Happy Joyful Life” as bellowing guitars are birthed through walls of feedback. The song slowly builds in speed and chaos as it progresses and eventually reaches its hardcore-tinged, tumultuous climax. Constantly Off doesn’t show Fight Amp treading any new ground, but that doesn’t matter when the songs are this insane. If there is anyone out there who hasn’t been introduced to this band yet, now is the time.
Label: Brutal Panda
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Favorite Tracks: “Survival Is Strange” and “I Perceive Reptoids”
For Fans Of: Unsane, Melvins, Nirvana and Blacklisters
Wailin Storms – One Foot in the Flesh Grave
One Foot in the Flesh Grave, the debut full-length from North Carolina’s Wailin Storms, is a mighty doom punk opus that will be forever stuck in the minds of all who listen to it. This 33-minute effort features southern fried sludge colliding head on with doomed blues and hazy-eyed punk nuances. It is a sound likened to Samhain’s deathrock if it were hijacked by The Murder City Devils and more recent Wovenhand material. The dark and raw occult recording begins with the menacing, possessed blues romp of “Don’t Forget the Sun”. Moody, death-tinged chords clang together like metal, reverberating leads call out in the night air like devilish incantations and vocalist Justin Storms’ bluesy howl ties everything together in a nice swampy rock package. Primal percussion introduces the album’s second track, “Ribcage Fireplace”, and paves the way for hypnotic, repetitive grooves to spearhead the track. In between bellowing one-note riffs, the track brings in murky psychedelia and satanic country twang in this ludicrously catchy tune. The band unleashes its inner Danzig on the Gothic punk stormer “Mystery Girl” while noisy cacophonies blend into the southern stomp of “Lost”. The album’s closer “German Fur Trails” features echoing leads that intertwine with downtrodden chord progressions and thunderous percussion. The song’s memorable choruses, walls of feedback and bestial climax makes for a satisfying end to a satisfying album. One Foot in the Flesh Grave is a catchy, doomed opus that serves as the essential first step to Wailin Storms eventual greatness.
Label: Magic Bullet
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Favorite Tracks: “Don’t Forget the Sun”, “Ribcage Fireplace”, “Walk” and “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board”
For Fans Of: Samhain, Danzig, Wovenhand, 16 Horsepower and Ancient VVisdom