Hey folks. These last few weeks have been super soothing and peaceful, but it has finally come to play. The final hoorah of American Aftermath is here in the form of our final compilation: Covers (In The House Of Flies). This, if you can’t tell by the title, is a Deftones compilation that Lane and I started putting together almost two years ago. It’s finally here and free to download. Stream it below. Farewell, Aftermathletes.
New Jersey technical death metal outfit Dystrophy released their second LP, Wretched Host, independently this past June, but they’ve recently teamed up with Selfmadegod to give the album a proper worldwide release. And thank you, Selfmadegod, for that! Because Wretched Host is quite the impressive slab of modern tech-death, mixing traditional influences with stunning technicality and a fresh, progressive approach. In this interview with American Aftermath, we chat with guitarist Peter Lloyd about Wretched Host, working with the label and how Dystrophy’s sound has evolved since their 2010 debut, as well as the challenges of writing complex, technical music and more. Continue reading
New York-based moody synth duo Ghost Simpson are set to release their debut self-titled EP on December 1 via Nefarious Industries. Lee and Melissa Chernowetz, with the aid of drummer of Greg Meisenberg (Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant), craft ethereal and Gothic soundscapes on this semi-conceptual release in which song tells a supernatural tale. We at American Aftermath are stoked to bring you the opening cut from the EP, “The Silver Arrow”. Pulsating electronics and ghostly synths make up the bulk of this tune and is spearheaded by Melissa Chernowetz’s crooning. Check out the track after the break.
Punishing hardcore isn’t super hard to find these days, but when one comes along I tend to pay attention. The latest band to gain entrance onto my list is Wasted Blood from Ashtabula, Ohio. These kids are crushing shit with their fierce approach to death-driven grindviolence. The bands forthcoming release VOID will see release next month, but I am beyond stoked to premiere the album for you right here, right now. Click on over after the jump and get bashed in the face with raditude. Jamz. Continue reading
A genre of music that I find mesmerizing is blackened punk. It’s filthy, it’s raw and it’s amazing. I really love Raspberry Bulbs and now I’ve been turned on to a new band called Cape Of Bats. These guys absolutely destroy with their doom-influenced blackened punk madness. The band has given me the first five tracks off of their forthcoming album Violent Occultism and you can stream those after the jump. Check it out. It’ll crush you. Continue reading
Back in December of 2013 I premiered a track for a band that, at the time, was new to me. The band is a vicious hardcore act out of Seattle and they were prepping the release of their album A Dim Lit Place. That band is Mercy Ties, who I love and now they are promoting their upcoming album Proper Corruption. You can pre-order the new album here, but that’s not all I want to tell you. Because I love you folks, I am happy to premiere Mercy Ties new music video for their song “Analysis Of A Smile”! This song kills and the video is rad. Check it out below! Continue reading
A while back I was doing what I often do, skimming Bandcamp for rad new bands. Eventually I stumbled across Judd Madden, a multi-instrumentalist from Australia who has a penchant for putting out numerous releases per year. After enjoying his music for so long, I finally sat down to chat with the man himself. Continue on to see what Judd has to say about being consistent on his albums, his latest release and what inspires him. Continue reading
A while back I got in contact with a dude named Andrew Lima to acquire a cover song for a compilation I was putting together. The guy was really awesome and he gladly gave me a song to use. His cover was Nirvana‘s “Negative Creep” and since then I have called him friend. He’s given us many amazing new covers and now, as he preps his sophomore album, I bring you his first ever interview. Continue on to learn the world that Andrew Lima resides in. Continue reading
Seattle noise makers Great Falls (Ex-Kiss It Goodbye, Playing Enemy, Jesu, etc) are set to release their new devastating full-length, The Fever Shed, this Fall on Init Records. The follow-up to 2014’s Accidents Grotesque is a dark and disorienting affair in which mathcore, noise rock and abstract metal blend together to create a menacing, heart-stopping sound. We here at American Aftermath are excited to bring you a taste of what is to come with the album’s fourth, crushing track, “A Gathering in the Head”. This six minute beast stomps about with huge, dissonant, grimy riffs that will break your limbs and drag your limp body through ear-splitting walls of noise. Subject yourself to some good ol’ auditory abuse after the break.
Feel free to stream the album’s opening track, “Dressing The Saints”, below as well.
Tennessee titans Yautja are set to release their vicious new EP, Songs of Lament, early next month via Forcefield Records. We’ve already got our first taste of the seven-track follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Descent with the blistering “Breed Regret”. Now, we here at American Aftermath are beyond stoked to bring you your next helping of Yautja goodness. Behold “Thankful; Appalled”, a 77 second whirlwind of mangled madness. Furious riffs, rife with dissonance and grime, rush out of a cloud of piercing feedback and aim for the throat with open jaws. In short, it’s heavy as hell. Check it out for yourself after the break.
It’s been a little bit, but back in August Lane posted about a new track by New York’s black metal at Teloch Vovin. The band is amazing and I really dug the track, so when the EP came down the tunnel (so to speak), I was super stoked. It’s an incredible release and I am so happy to be bringing you a full stream of Further Down The Tunnel today. Relax, it’s black metal radness. Stream the album in full below. Continue reading
Denver’s Of Feather And Bone are set to unleash their crushing debut full-length, Embrace the Wretched Flesh tomorrow (September 18) via Good Fight Music. Rooted in hardcore and combining different elements of crust, grind and death metal, the trio have crafted an exceedingly dark and gritty set of discordant tracks that are filled with despair and visceral aggression. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, vocalist/bassist Alvino Salcedo discussed Embrace the Wretched Flesh and working with Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void, SubRosa), as well as the record’s lyrical approach, the camaraderie within the flourishing Denver metal scene and more.
Ævangelist are a faaaaantasticly heavy blackened death metal band that I have been digging for a while now. The band hails from the States and they absolutely crush. They are going to release their new album Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss early next month and I am so stoked to announce that we here at American Aftermath are premiering a killer new track titled “Gatekeeper’s Scroll” and I want to inform you that it will destroy you. Dude, Ævangelist are so sick. Check out the new track below. Continue reading
Somewhere between Through Silver in Blood-era Neurosis and the most cerebral of Godflesh‘s material lies the sound that Lament Cityscape possesses. This Oakland-based duo released an album of apocalyptic proportions by the name of The Torn just a few short weeks ago. The record is immense and powerful. Behemoth, down-tuned guitars collide with thunderous percussion for maximum sonic abuse. But darkness is often met with light as shimmering melodies, although somber in their expression, entangle themselves in the mechanical inner-workings of these industrialized opuses. This group has crafted, arguably, one of the more enthralling albums of the year. American Aftermath recently caught up with Lament Cityscape head honcho, Mike McClatchey, to discuss the new record, future plans and the inevitable VHS version of the album.
Last week (September 1), Italian sludge quartet Grime released their new LP, Circle of Molesters, through Argento Records. The album marks the first release for the label and is the band’s second full-length, following 2013’s crushing Deteriorate. The new release captures a more mature take on Grime’s corrosive, groove-filled sludge sound that is exceptionally gritty, bleak and depressive. American Aftermath recently caught up with vocalist/guitarist Marco Matta to discuss Circle of Molesters and how adding another guitarist has had an impact on the band, as well as the record’s disturbing artwork, perverse themes and more. Continue reading