It’s a hectic time recently, with lots of overtime at work – including weekends. But Album of the Day rolls on, and here’s this week’s recap, with Japanese hardcore; modern emo; soul-destroying doomgaze; brutal tech-death; and blackened screamo. Enjoy!
Another week, another nice variety of records, including black metal, grind, crust, and old-school death/thrash madness. Enjoy!
A pretty mixed week for Album of the Day this time around; still pretty heavy on the hardcore, but with some very different takes on the genre, as well as some Alien-themed death metal. Enjoy!
The previous release from Arid, Offerings, was a punishing EP of “anti-fascist, anti-state, anti-human” crust, fueled by a righteous anger and sense of protest. It was a great release, that hinted at something very special to come. Now, following a shift in line-up and direction, the band return with Scars of War. Whilst you might expect such changes to potential undermine the momentum the band had previously displayed, Scars of War displays a band that are still possessed by the same sense of anti-fascist anger, determined to kick back against the growing tide of fascism, with these four songs (and Doom cover) being the soundtrack to protest marches and direct action.
Label: Blackened Death Records
Does Pope Richard ever sleep? Judging by his consistent stream of quality releases, I’m hard pressed to believe it. One of the latest is Crustfucker under the Discord moniker, which is – as you might expect from the name – a nasty slice of crust and D-beat. Featuring songs with titles like ‘Cop Crusher’, ‘New Nazis’, and ‘Racists Don’t Own Shit’, it’s as politically charged and unsubtle as you’d hope for from the writer of songs such as ‘Stop Supporting Racist Bands’. And, just as you’d hope for from a crust records, it’s full of high energy riffs and righteous energy, the sound of a one-man protest against the bullshit systems that oppress so many.
Compared with 2016, this year didn’t see me write about quite as many reviews, and life demanded that I take a break around the Spring time; yet I still listened to a whole lot of music, much of it I simply never found the time or energy to write about. A lot of this music was very good, and it speaks highly of how strong my favourite 25 records – which can be found here, here, and here – are, that none of the albums below made the final cut. All of them are worthy of your time, attention, and support.
2018 is shaping up to be another exciting year, and I have some plans for The Sound Not The Word that will hopefully help me continue my aims for the site – namely, to explore the underground, and do my little bit to help support and promote artists within it. To that end, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that you can follow TSNTW on Facebook, which is the best place to keep up to speed on what’s happening; and any musicians, labels, and PR agents can always get in touch via the Contact tab at the top of this page.
Enough of that. Here’s the records that didn’t quite make my top 25, but deserve your attention.
I mentioned last month how excited I was over SubRosa coming to the UK, but that excitement has been matched this month by the announcement of a new Planes Mistaken For Stars record. I honestly never expected it to ever materalise, ever though the band have been playing shows for years since reforming. There’s few bands I hold in higher regard than those guys, so I’m very excited.
But, that’s for the future. For now, we have Bloodshed Remains offering up some hardcore Peace; Austrian D-beat/hardcore/grindcore band Six Score with Lebensräume; metallic French hardcore bruisers Pallass and their Devotion Of Souls; Yūgen from atmospheric black metal act Ashbringer; UK anti-fascist black metal band Dawn Ray’d with A Thorn, A Blight; and the pumelling split between Sea Of Bones and Ramlord. Oof!