Friday, May 22, 2015

Recap of new releases

May 12 - Invisible Things - Time As One Axis - New Atlantis Records
• Noise-rock/free-jazz madness from Brooklyn and Chicago
• Ex-US Maple guitarist, ex-Parts & Labor drummer
• Produced by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane, Herbie Hancock)
• US tour in May
• "A racket all you Lightning Bolt lifers will dig" 
–Self-Titled
• "Driving eccentric noise-rock" 
–BrooklynVegan
• "Skronky indie rock zaniness... a tapestry of gloriously messy tones" 
–Exclaim!
• Guitarist and drummer of Harm's Way
• Produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos)
• "Sonically diverging from the metallic hardcore of Harm's Way, their main influence is Alkaline Trio" 
–Alternative Press
• "Brilliantly crafting some of the most amazing music I've heard this year" 
• Raw, blackened punk with a goth streak, from LA
• A masterpiece of simplicity, melody, and angst
• The latest in Melotov Records' hot streak that has included releases by ACxDC, The Banner, Old Wounds, Outer Heaven, and more
• "Noisy, stripped-down punk, shot through with elements of goth" 
–Noisey
• "Blackened punk... brings to mind the lo-fi punk of Raspberry Bulbs" 
–Stereogum

• Co-ed psych rock/country from Brooklyn – self-proclaimed "country music for space travelers," inspired by The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, Bobbie Gentry, Waylon Jennings
• Drummer also plays in filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's band, SQÜRL
• Aqualamb Records is the new Brooklyn label known for releasing albums in the form of 100-pg softbound books
• "A unique brand of lo-fi psych rock... huge-yet-minimal sound, mixing psych with blues and country-style riffs to make something great" 
–Magnet
• "Neo-Paisley Underground" 
–CMJ

Jun 16 - Abrams - Lust. Love. Loss. - self-released

• Sludged-up post-hardcore from Denver
• Produced by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, SubRosa, Call of the Void)
• US tour in June
• "Effortlessly meshing angular mathcore with chunky stoner metal... recalls Remission-era Mastodon" 
–MetalSucks
• "Post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs" 
–Invisible Oranges

• The crushing sophomore LP from New Jersey's finest young cannibals!
• Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon)
• Takes cues from the heaviest hardcore of the late '90s – Turmoil, Disembodied, Buried Alive – and laces it with drama, soul, and melody inspired by Type O Negative and Deftones
• "Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore... Furious and meticulous..." 
–Pitchfork
• "Old Wounds are making a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore." 
–Alternative Press
• Pacific Northwest hardcore punk in the Black Flag tradition
• Recent shows with Cro-Mags, Harm's Way, Code Orange and more, West Coast tour in June
• Twelve Gauge Records is the SF label behind Sabertooth Zombie, Youth Funeral, Nervous, etc.
• "If Coliseum were Damaged fanatics, this might be what you would get." 
–PunkNews
• "The wild-eyed, antisocial, bloodied knuckles and beer-stained jeans flipside to the old school hardcore coin. Drawing influence from Black Flag... vicious and unpredictable..." 
–Tight to the Nail

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Coming soon: new releases by Great American Ghost, Stern, STATS, Graf Orlock, Nervous, White Widows Pact, Hollow Earth, Extinction A.D., So Hideous, and more!

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Sept 25-26 - Cold Waves IV Festival 
• 4th annual industrial music festival, Sept 25-26 at Metro in Chicago, featuring Godflesh, Frontline Assembly, Lustmord, Pop Will Eat Itself, Severed Heads, Prurient, Author & Punisher, High-Functioning Flesh, and more! 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

ABRAMS + Metal Injection

Denver trio Abrams has teamed with Metal Injection to present its new music video, "Sea Salt Lines" – what MI calls "the trippiest live video you've ever seen." 

Tune in, turn on, drop out, here.

Created by prolific videographer Frank Huang (known for documenting the Brooklyn metal scene in his Pit Full of Shit series), the "Sea Salt Lines" video shows the purple-hazed band onstage, ripping through the epic tune. The song appears on upcoming debut album Lust. Love. Loss., out June 16th as a self-released CD, cassette, and digital download, and was recently premiered in its audio form via MetalSucks, here.

Lust. Love. Loss. was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, SubRosa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). It follows a 2014 EP, released on Canadian label No List Records (KEN mode).

Abrams hits the road in June for a full US tour:

Jun 18 - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
Jun 19 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Dave Cave
Jun 20 - Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
Jun 23 - Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
Jun 24 - Nashville, TN @ Turn One
Jun 25 - Lexington, KY @ Best Friends Bar
Jun 27 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
Jun 28 - Norfolk, VA @ Pancho n' Luigi's
Jun 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Jun 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Jul 1 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jul 2 - Albany, NY @ The Treehouse
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
Jul 4 - Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
Jul 5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Jul 6 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
Jul 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cocoon
Jul 8 - Madison, WI @ The Vault
Jul 9 - St Paul, MN @ Big V's

"Post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs... Abrams find the sweet spot on their independent debut, Lust. Love. Loss., about midway between Hot Snakes and Blood Mountain-era Mastodon, and toss in some great lyrics as well."
–Invisible Oranges

"The trio's self-released debut portends big, big things for the band. Effortlessly meshing angular mathcore with chunky stoner metal, Lust. Love. Loss. recalls Remission-era Mastodon..."
–MetalSucks


Monday, May 18, 2015

POWER - Heavy Muscle

"The band takes that nasty mousetrap riffage of Black Flag and builds it on the back of modern hardcore punk chugging. If Coliseum were Damaged fanatics, this might be what you would get."
–PunkNews

Twelve Gauge Records presents the July 10th release of the new Power EP: Heavy Muscle.


Check out PunkNews' premiere of new single "Cageless," off Heavy Muscle, here.

From Bremerton, Washington, a small Navy town right across the sound from Seattle, Power is one of the Pacific Northwest's most legit hardcore punk bands of today. Sincerity counts in hardcore, and Power has it in spades. When frontman Evan Somerhiser belts out "I don't have the patience to sit / Can't focus for shit" on Heavy Muscle's "Cageless", he sings it like he means it. When he screams "If I owe you money when I die, you can suck my dick / Unless you were a friend then just hit up my fucking kids," on the EP's opener, "$uck It," there is no doubt this is his actual last will and testament.

As negative as some of these lyrics sound, the overriding Power vibe is one of live-for-now reckless abandon. The cover photo is not staged – that's Somerhiser at a backyard party in Bremerton. The Power boys have been living the life for years. All best friends since their early teens, they ran DIY venue Tiki House in Bremerton for a decade, hosting scores of touring bands along the way. 

Power couples its warts-and-all, punk-as-heck realness with a propensity for swinging and strutting in almost a '70s rock fashion. The band is crisp and tight; not only can it rage, it can glide through shuffles and tempo shifts and even a 5/4 riff. They have been known to cover Diamond Head and Black Sabbath. Power is not unlike Black Flag in this way – on one hand, a cathartic expression of the most painful realities, on the other hand, a worship of riffs and sweet grooves. 

Above all, Power is a sick hardcore punk band that might make a person want to jump off a high thing just to make tonight the best night ever.

Heavy Muscle was recorded and mixed by Phil Jones at The Dangler in Seattle, and mastered by Chris Mathews, Jr. The EP follows 2013 full-length Bremerton Zoo and 2011 EP Death Haunts, both also released on Twelve Gauge Records. Of Bremerton Zoo, UK blog Tight to the Nail opined:

"The wild-eyed, antisocial, bloodied knuckles and beer-stained jeans flipside to the old school hardcore coin... Drawing influence from Black Flag with their anarchic and raw fuck-you-core, Power have created a vicious and unpredictable record."

The Heavy Muscle tracklist is as follows:
1) $uck It
2) Cageless
3) L.O.S. (Life of Spite)
4) Slow Train Coming
5) Shepherds and Sheep
6) When It's Time

Having played recent shows with Cro-Mags, Harm's Way, Code Orange, Sabertooth Zombie, and Iron Lung, Power hits the road in June for a West Coast tour.


Jun 7 - Everett, WA @ Firewheel Community Coffee House

Jun 10- Bremerton, WA @ The Manette
Jun 11 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
Jun 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Casa de Chaos
Jun 13 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Champs for Kids Fest
Jun 14 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Jun 15 - La Puenta, CA @ Bridgetown DIY
Jun 16 - Merced, CA @ Tigers & Daggers Records
Jun 18 - Oakland, CA @ The Hive
Jun 19 - San Jose, CA @ SJ Rock Shop
Jun 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Honey Hive Gallery

Power:
Evan Somerhiser - vocals
Griffin Kelly - guitar
Ricky Hansen - bass
Benn Silima - drums

Photo by Matt Worthey


Thursday, May 14, 2015

THE SPACE MERCHANTS + CMJ

"While traipsing through the same atmospheric layers as the horde of shoegazers out there, The Space Merchants' 'Mainline the Sun' still has a few boots on the ground. Mainly it's singer/guitarist Michael Guggino's touch of gravel and the la-la-ladies doing harmonies who don't go the easy angelic route. If neo-Paisley Underground is useable, let's."
–CMJ

The Space Merchants' new single, "Mainline the Sun," has debuted today via CMJ. Stream it here!

"Mainline the Sun" is a slab of the co-ed Brooklyn band's perfect, psyched-up country rock, with roots stretching back toward The Velvet Underground and Black Sabbath, as well as to Waylon Jennings and Bobbie Gentry.

As CMJ editor Eric Davidson, puts it, welcome to the "neo-Paisley Underground."

Debut album The Space Merchants is set for a June 9th release on Aqualamb Records, the Brooklyn label fast becoming known for its new approach to releasing music: in lieu of traditional album packaging, Aqualamb prints beautiful, 100-page, softbound books containing artwork, lyrics, liner notes, and download code.

Steel for Brains founder Jonathan Dick wrote recently, "In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself."

The Space Merchants was recorded with two engineers at two locations: with Aaron Bastinelli at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY (where he has also engineered and mixed recordings by The Hold Steady and Kurt Vile), and with Josh Meakim, a member of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, at the Sex Dungeon in Philadelphia, PA. The album was mixed by The Space Merchants' own Michael Guggino, and mastered by Josh Bonati (Psychic Ills, Pharmakon).

Pre-order The Space Merchants from Aqualamb, here.

New Yorkers, catch The Space Merchants live tonight at Cake Shop!

May 14 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Weird Owl
Jun 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ Mini Mansions

Photo by Andrew Strasser






Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OLD WOUNDS - The Suffering Spirit



Old Wounds presents its second full-length album: The Suffering Spirit, set for a June 30th release on Good Fight Music.

Stream opening track, "Rest in Piss," via BrooklynVegan, here.


The New Jersey band has been on the DIY warpath since the 2013 release of debut album From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. Touring nonstop with Cult Leader, Full of Hell, The Banner, Exalt, and more, and releasing music via various splits and EPs, all the work of the past two years has led to The Suffering Spirit, a new, thrilling slab of art that sounds simply massive.

Old Wounds' alliance with Good Fight Music began officially last fall with the Death Projection EP, which earned these words from Pitchfork: "Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work." That four-song record hinted at greatness to come but it was still the work of a scrappy young band; with The Suffering Spirit, this band has advanced to another plane. 

From Day One, Old Wounds has proudly paid tribute to its influences – in particular, the heaviest hardcore bands of the late '90s, like Turmoil, Disembodied, Buried Alive, and Indecision. That foundation is stronger than ever on The Suffering Spirit – the songs chug and churn with machine-like power and vocalist Kevin Iavaroni belts out hair-raising screams on par with the best of them – but there is even more. The Suffering Spirit is the sound of an underground band evolving into something greater. On many of the album's songs, clean vocals and dark melodies arise up out of the slugfest, pointing to other influences: Type O Negative and Deftones are two. Old Wounds makes no apology for this evolution, nor should it. The Suffering Spirit is the sound of an underground band ascending; the album oozes with confidence, as does the band in the live setting. (At recent shows, Iavaroni, decked out in ghostly makeup and a pompadour, stalks the stage with the prowess of a young Phil Anselmo.)

The Suffering Spirit bursts with feeling, track after anthemic track – from opening call-to-arms "Rest In Piss," to the upbeat charge of "Never Sleep Again," to the dirge of the "The Secret Song at the Center of the World," to morbid metal-rocker "On Leather Wings." Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), the sound is warm, clear, and monstrous.

The Suffering Spirit tracklist is as follows:
1) Rest in Piss
2) Never Sleep Again
3) Actual Nothing
4) The Secret Song at the Center of the World
5) Heaven Is a Memory
6) Son of No One
7) On Leather Wings
8) Vampyr
9) Moral Hex
10) Where Flowers Grow
11) Desecrate

The album artwork is by drummer Brandon Gallagher, the artist behind all the band's covers and graphics to date.


Respecting its elders but respecting no limitations, Old Wounds is one of the rightful torchbearers of hardcore, here to carry things onward and upward in 2015 and beyond.

Old Wounds:
Kevin Iavaroni - vocals
Zak Kessler - guitars
Mike Weintraub - bass
Brandon Gallagher - drums

On tour: Old Wounds + Vein
Jun 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ask a Punk
Jun 28 - North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective
Jun 29 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion
Jun 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Jul 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
Jul 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

Photo by Sean P. Sullivan

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ABRAMS + Invisible Oranges

"Post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs... Abrams find the sweet spot on their independent debut, Lust. Love. Loss., about midway between Hot Snakes and Blood Mountain-era Mastodon, and toss in some great lyrics as well."
–Invisible Oranges

"The trio's self-released debut portends big, big things for the band. Effortlessly meshing angular mathcore with chunky stoner metal, Lust. Love. Loss. recalls Remission-era Mastodon..."
–MetalSucks

Invisible Oranges has premiered "Manic," the opening track off Abrams' debut album, Lust. Love. Loss. In the words of IO editor Joseph Schafer, the Denver, Colorado trio plays "post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs... Abrams find the sweet spot on their independent debut, Lust. Love. Loss., about midway between Hot Snakes and Blood Mountain-era Mastodon, and toss in some great lyrics as well."

Check out the song, right here.

Lust. Love. Loss. was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, SubRosa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). It follows a 2014 EP, released on Canadian label No List Records (KEN mode).

Abrams hits the road in June for a full US tour:

Jun 18 - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
Jun 19 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Dave Cave
Jun 20 - Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
Jun 23 - Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
Jun 24 - Nashville, TN @ Turn One
Jun 25 - Lexington, KY @ Best Friends Bar
Jun 27 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
Jun 28 - Norfolk, VA @ Pancho n' Luigi's
Jun 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Jun 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Jul 1 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jul 2 - Albany, NY @ The Treehouse
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
Jul 4 - Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
Jul 5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Jul 6 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
Jul 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cocoon
Jul 8 - Madison, WI @ The Vault
Jul 9 - St Paul, MN @ Big V's



WOLFNOTE + Revolver

Wolfnote – a new Chicago trio comprised of members of Harm's Way – debuts new song, "Sick" today via Revolver Magazine. 

One of this year's coolest surprises so far, Wolfnote sees two current members of Harm's Way (guitarist Bo Lueders and drummer Chris Mills) team up with one former member (bassist Dave Cronin) to deliver first EP Wolfnote – three songs of dark, pop-punk perfection, reminiscent more of Alkaline Trio than of anything resembling Harm's Way's menacing hardcore boom-boom.

Stream "Sick" via Revolver, here.

Wolfnote comes out June 9th on Head2Wall Records (Self Defense Family, Eternal Sleep). The EP was recorded by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Exalt) and mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Sannhet).

Another song off the EP, "Luna," was recently premiered via Alternative Press, here.

Frontman Lueders says Wolfnote is inspired by "older Chicago punk bands" as well as The Cure, The Smiths, and The Misfits. With soulful vocals, million-dollar hooks, and ironclad chops honed by hundreds of Harm's Way shows, Wolfnote is a fully-revved band in its own right, far more than a side project.






Monday, May 11, 2015

INVISIBLE THINGS + VICE

"Noisy post-punk music, sometimes straying into early no wave territory... Textured and bleak... before the entire song transitions into a '60s psychedelic dreamscape drone spectacular."
–VICE

"A racket all you Lightning Bolt lifers will dig."
–Self-Titled

"Driving, eccentric noise rock."
–BrooklynVegan

"Skronky indie rock zaniness... A tapestry of gloriously messy tones."
–Exclaim!

Invisible Things' new album, Time As One Axis, comes out tomorrow, May 12th, on New Atlantis Records and VICE is celebrating with the premiere of new track "Four Figures."

Stream "Four Figures," right here.

A Brooklyn/Chicago duo consisting of guitarist Mark Shippy, formerly of US Maple, and drummer Jim Sykes, formerly of Parts & Labor, Invisible Things combines bulldozing noise-rock, improv bursts, and ethereal lulls – like a free-jazz approach to post-punk, or as Self-Titled Magazine put it, "a racket the Lightning Bolt lifers will dig." Sykes, by day a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, is inspired by Sri Lankan drumming, among other things. 

Time As One Axis, the band's second album, was recorded by the legendary Martin Bisi at B.C. Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Bisi's long list of credits includes Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Herbie Hancock. 

Hear other new Invisible Things tracks via Self-Titled and BrooklynVegan.

Invisible Things sets out on a short US tour this week. See 'em live:

May 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
May 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Eris Temple Arts
May 17 - New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
May 21 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
May 22 - Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo's
May 23 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
May 24 - Louisville, KY @ New Vintage
May 25 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
May 26 - Madison, WI @ Mickey's Tavern



Thursday, May 7, 2015

HOLLOW EARTH tour



New member of the Good Fight Music family, Hollow Earth sets out on a short US tour in June with support from Of Feather and Bone.

June
20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cocoon Room
21 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
22 - Tulsa, OK @ Boulevard Trash
23 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
24 - Houston, TX @ The White Swan
25 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout
26 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
27 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Blazeplace
28 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

Hollow's Earth's next album will be released on Good Fight later this year.

From the Detroit, Michigan area, Hollow Earth was founded in 2011 by vocalist Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud.

The band's latest album, Silent Graves, was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails), and was named "one of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year" in 2014 by Invisible Oranges. MetalSucks hailed the album as "in the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."

Witness latest video, "The Reclamation," via MetalInjection, here.

"Boasting a sound not unlike the melodic and riveting brand that Shai Hulud is known for, Silent Graves also takes time to ponder the chaos it creates, channelling the contemplative heaviness of Neurosis... One of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year."
–Invisible Oranges

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness."
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Between rabid hardcore and moody doom... Hollow Earth aren't just writing songs to mosh along to, but connect in darker dymanics that can be striking..."
–Lambgoat

"Massive metallic hardcore weight."
–American Aftermath


Monday, May 4, 2015

MEEK IS MURDER + Revolver

On the eve of the EP's May 5th release date, Revolver is now streaming Meek Is Murder's Onward EP. 

Stream this charging beast of a record, right here.

Onward sees its official release tomorrow, May 5th, as one side of the Onward/Into the Sun LP on Rising Pulse Records (Candiria, Spylacopa). On the other side is Meek's 2011 EP, Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky, available digital-only until now. 

Onward was recorded/mixed by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Old Wounds). Into the Sun... was recorded/mixed by Kevin Antreassian (East of the Wall, Gridlink). Both were mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan).

Order the Onward/Into the Sun LP in three color vinyl options from Rising Pulse, here!

From Brooklyn, New York, Meek Is Murder is a "chaos-core" power trio whose drummer Frank Godla also mans the throne for Enabler and whose vocalist/guitarist Mike Keller is a former member of The Red Chord. Over the course of six releases (and many shows) in the past six years, they have honed their style: a precarious balance of precision/shred and primitivism/recklessness/driving-straight-off-a-cliff.

Meek Is Murder and Enabler hit the road in June for a US/Canada tour, with Godla drumming for both bands.

"A Brooklyn hardcore band... that'll assault your ears in the most invigorating way possible. Equal parts chaotic mathcore and sludgy doom."
–VICE

"Face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness... Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch."
–Noisey

"Technical hardcore action." 
–Guitar World

"Pulverizing... sounds like technical hardcore madness performed inside a fire tornado."
–Alternative Press

"A furious head nod to the glorious days of mid-to-late '90s chaos core in the vein of superheroes like Coalesce, Botch, Jesuit, Converge..."
–Decibel

"A relentless, visceral expression of both pain and hope, [Meek Is Murder] will remind you why you ever got into extreme music in the first place."
–MetalSucks

"Riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."
–Terrorizer

"[Meek Is Murder] takes the intense fisticuffs of Lords, smashes it against Pig Destroyer's rabid proficiency and still comes across like an exorcism..."
–Exclaim