So, this weekend marks five years since I registered The Sound Not The Word on WordPress. How time has gone by! The site has grown far larger than ever expected, covering a huge variety of music – as perfectly demonstrated by the variety on offer each week when Album of the Day is recapped. This week takes in Ebullition emo; straight-edge hardcore; progressive doom; and noisy Japanese emo. Oh, and the WOMAN II compilation. Enjoy!
The Moon is a Dead World is one of the greatest albums ever made. It blew me away upon release, and it continues to do so to this day. It’s something of a shame, though, that this classic of progressive post-hardcore has been out of print since, well, since the wonderful Level Plane Records closed. At the time of writing, CD copies on Discogs are going for over £20; and vinyl for over £60. Sure, it might be on Spotify, but that’s no substitute for actually having a copy that sounds the way the album should, and I’ve been hoping for years that someone would reissue it. Well, good news, because the wonderful people at Repeater Records are reissuing the album on vinyl, with pre-orders starting on Friday 12th October.
It seems that the world gets worse and worse each week, with recent events in America being particularly disheartening. I wish I had some words of encouragement, but that’s not where my head is right now. Instead, here are Albums of the Day for the past week – largely chosen with the intent of keeping myself grounded. Enjoy!
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!
This wek has been a tough one in lots of ways – but rather than wallow in sadness, I’m gonna instead try and focus on just how good the picks for Album of the Day have been this way. Includes a four-way split of emo and related genres; anti-fascist black metal; soul-crushing beauty; and stomping hardcore. Enjoy!
That Level Plane Records is no more is nothing short of a tragedy. Between 1997 and 2009, the label released some of the best underground punk, hardcore, screamo, metal, and everything in-between. Originally set up simply so Greg Drudy had an address to put on the back of the first Saetia 7″, the impact and influence the label would go on to have upon the underground scene was huge. Some of these records have been re-issued by other labels – with special praise being given to The Archivist label for getting so many on Bandcamp – but some might require searching on Discogs or eBay.
As such, limiting this list down to only five releases has been rather painful. There’s so many I wanted to include – so many records of superb quality, so many that meant so much to me, and still do – but there’s a reason this series is called Five of the Best, not Twenty of the Best. So, here we go. Feel free to tell me what I missed or what your favourite records from this excellent label are. Enjoy!
Label: Dog Knights Productions
Dog Knights Productions have some vastly under-rated records within their history of releases, and Town of Cats can be counted among that number. The final album from Todos Caeran (before “running out of Funeral Diner songs to rip-off”) is a passionate ride of emo that is undeniably reminiscent of Funeral Diner and 90’s Ebullition bands, but is played with such talent and sincerity that any complaints regarding lack of originality are render moot. Town of Cats is like some last relic from the 90’s – albeit with a decent production, and full of references to Haruki Murakami books.