Divine Mother Recordings

August 29, 2012

I recently received an email from Clifton that runs the Divine Mother Recordings label in Georgia, USA hepping me to his page on Bandcamp and fans of extreme metal take note: there’s some pretty cool releases being offered! Mainly modern hardcore bordering on grindcore in the mid-90s Napalm Death vein, but there’s some nice sludge, screamo and black metal-esque sounds with the occasional surprise thrown in as well.

Four releases so far – including the DIVINE MOTHER RECORDINGS – Collective Sound Vol. 1 16-track compilation – with the latest being the Grievances/Quiet Hands split 3″ mini CD that offers seven tracks in total. Grievances got the screamo hardcore thing going – with a slight death metal influence here and there – while Quiet Hands got a more brutal vibe going that really reminded me of Swedish death metal outfit Grave. Kinda hard picking out one specific track from the releases so check ’em all out ’cause I guarantee you’ll find something cool!

Sample track:

Website: http://divinemotherrecordings.blogspot.se/


December 28, 2011

More outfits that blurs the hardcore/grindcore line (with hints of Black Metal) is Portland noisemakers Cynarae. Not as high-speed as recently reviewed Heartless, their self-titled debut EP offers up six intense tracks of aural violence with growling vocals and nice tempo shifts, sometimes bordering on sludge.

With influences ranging from His Hero Is Gone to Joy Division (!!!), the band actually reminds me a bit of Swedish death metal band Grave. The recording is tight with nice, punchy production and should be interesting for fans of extreme metal. The EP is also available on a limited edition cassette.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://cynarae.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/cynaraekittenmachine


December 21, 2011

More high-speed harshness is served up by Pittsburgh outfit Heartless on their debut album Hell is Other People (I guess they’re big on Sartre). Labelling themselves hardcore I’d say these guys have way more in common with early UK grindcore outfits like Napalm Death or Repulsion than originators like Circle Jerks or Black Flag. We’re talking harsh high-energy blasts of various speeds with growled vocals, mixed with some slow, dirgy parts – few of them more than a minute in length.

You get thirteen songs clocking in at around 22 minutes of pure aggression that I’m sure will please punks and fans of extreme metal alike. Physical copies has been released by Southern Lord and the band has two 7″ singles available for download as well.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://heartless.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A