Review: Canavar – Canavar (self-titled)

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Label: Self-released

Normally if we talk about a band blending hardcore and metal, it’s likely that the term “crossover” will come to mind, and with it, thoughts of bands like Suicidal Tendencies of Power Trip. But there’s more than one way to combine the two genres, with Canavar on their self-titled debut combining moments of Slayer-influenced thrash with hardcore that sits between Sick of it All-style muscle and youth crew melodic sensibilities. It’s a bright, energetic sound, and though it might be a rough around the edges, Canavar is an album that’s a hell of a lot of fun to listen to.

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Album of the Day recap 27/8/18 – 31/8/18

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The selections for Album of the Day for the past week have been some of my favourites thus far. I want to give particular attention to the self-titled album by No Anti, which is one of the most extreme things I’ve ever heard. Elsewhere, we’ve pummelling hardcore, atmospheric black metal, and all-consuming blackened death. Enjoy!

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Review: Gnaw Their Tongues & Crowhurst – Burning Ad Infinitum

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Label: Crown and Thorne Ltd (vinyl) / Tartarus Records (cassette)

At some point in the distant future, the world will end. The end of humanity is coming ever-sooner, to the extent that human extinction within the next hundred years is ever-more likely. And then there’s the period after that ending, up until the expansion of the sun, consuming the Earth so that there is no trace of our species left. Between those two points, the broken machinery and ruins of cities will be our legacies – automated processes screaming in to the void, computers and robots toiling away uselessly until their circuits finally give way to an ending. It’s this bleak future that Burning ad Infinitum makes me think of, with the collaboration between Gnaw Their Tongues and Crowhurst combining noise, drone, and bursts of grinding metal in the most inhospitable and damaged of ways.

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August 2018 Blasts

And so, another month, another selection of short reviews. As always, it’s an eclectic selection, taking in a dark abmient soundtrack by Guillermo Pizarro; classic speed metal from Wardance; a reissue of some occult black metal, courtesy of Shaidar Logoth and Sentient Ruin; retro-rock from Wheel in the Sky; stomping hardcore from Peace of Mind; and some crushing death metal in the shape of Skeletal Serpent‘s self-titled EP. Enjoy!

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Album of the Day Recap: 13/8/18 – 17/8/18

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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!

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Review: Descent – Towers of Grandiosity

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Label: Redefining Darkness Records

The rise of bands in recent times embracing the most visceral, physically vicious tendencies of both hardcore and death metal has been thrilling, with the likes of Trap Them, Nails, and All Pigs Must Die creating some of the most crushing, intense music of the past few years. Descent can now be added to that list, with the Australian band unleashing their debut album Towers of Grandiosity at the end of August. It is the kind of album that prompts moshing as much as head-banging, with physical hardcore catharsis combining with death metal violence with thrilling results. It may not offer anything new when compared to those previously mentioned bands; but when the music is this intense, this vicious, this irresistible, any complaints over lack of originality seem churlish.

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