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/


May 25, 2012

For some (un)healthy aural pummeling, check out Italian outfit Grime‘s self titled debut EP released in the summer of 2011! These guys offer up a nice varied blend of sludge, doom and metal with screechy black metal-esque vocals with such intense aggression you physically recoil upon the initial listen. After a much disturbing intro (sampled from the Cape Fear remake) the band goes for your throat and don’t let up for half an hour.

This is just pure brutality at insane levels. The production, the attitude – everything seems designed to ultimately destroy the listener. Sometimes at a crawl, occasionally picking up speed the band never lets up and succeeds in their quest of completely annihilating their surroundings. Eight songs that is nothing less than physically exhausting, check it out!

Sample track: 

Bandcamp: http://grime666.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grime/209557405747608

Iron Witch

January 17, 2012

If you’re in the mood for a bit more rough-edged stoner I can highly recommend Iron Witch‘s debut EP Single Malt released on Witch Hunter Records in 2011. Mixing up the heaviness of other outfits like Black Sabbath and Sleep with the hardcore stylings of Black Flag (circa My War-era), this UK outfit offers up a pretty unique brand of sludge with a nice punk edge that I really grooved on. It’s slow, it’s loud and they kept things just a lil’ bit ugly for taste – nice!

Five songs clocking in just around 25 minutes full of fuzzed-out doom-laden heaviness and a screeching vocalist that actually reminds me of GG Allin (!!!), I can definitely see this outfit being enjoyed by punks and metalheads alike. And according to more than one reviewer I read, these are the future kings of UK Doom! Free downloads are available.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://ironwitch.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/ironwitch1977

Curse the Son

January 3, 2012

For a nice slice of yet-more Black Sabbath sounding stoner rock, check out Connecticut power trio Curse the Son‘s debut offering Klonopain! Mixing up the best of said UK outfit with modern bands like Sleep, the band adds their own take on the genre and serve it up with a nice, beefy production that got your speakers throbbing.

Seven songs of fuzzed out, sometimes at a crawl stoner clocking in at almost 50 minutes (the instrumental title track itself is 12 minutes), the band offers up those classic kinda riffs that are so good you’d swear you’ve heard them before, and vocalist/guitarist Ron Vanacore got a slight Ozzy-thing going. With no set price, this album is a must for any fan of stoner or extreme metal. Recommended!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://cursetheson.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/cursetheson


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

Psychic Teens

December 27, 2011

For a healthy dose of noisy, goth influenced punk/sludge check out The Psychic Teens debut EP Teen. Bringing to mind classic 90’s noise rock outfits like Helios Creed, the band harkens back to old 80’s goth rock and offers some nice punk energy to the doom and gloom, giving it a nice energetic vibe I usually miss in the genre.

Sparse production (actually I thought they lacked the sea-of-reverb that was common back in the days), nice monotone quality to the vocals and the occasional noise outbreak makes these guys stand out nicely compared to other outfits in the genre. Released on vinyl as well there’s two rough-mix songs available as a free download!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://psychicteensnetwork.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

Ice Dragon

December 21, 2011

Whoof! Great stoner rock riffs with damn glue dripping from the guitar strings is offered up by Boston quartet Ice Dragon on their epic second album The Sorrowful Sun. We’re talking some pretty cool psychedelic stuff with a nice experimental edge and wicked cool haunting vocals with a definite Ozzy Osbourne feel. Heaviness intact their sound is lo-fi and pretty noisy for what you’d usually expect from the genre (they actually kinda remind me of Upsidedown Cross), making them really stand out compared to other acts.

Nine songs of pure sludge heaven clocking in around 40 minutes with some nice surprises thrown in every now and then to keep things interesting, and yet again I find myself scratching my head wondering what the hell is wrong with the modern record industry for not picking these guys up. Their first album The Burl, The Earth, The Aether is offered as a free download – you should definitely check ’em out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://icedragon.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ice-Dragon/59570859070


December 19, 2011

For a healthy dose of skull-crushing metallic sludge Georgian trio Whores. offer up their track Daddy’s Money off their debut 12″ EP Ruiner soon to be released on Panda Records. Admittedly inspired by bands like Black Flag and Melvins I hear a vast amount of influences ranging from early Helmet to Unsane, maybe even some Cop Shoot Cop with a bit of early Swans thrown in! We’re talking loud! Loud guitars, loud drums, screaming vocals and a pounding bass that goes for the jugular – brutal music as it is meant to sound.

According to the label bio the EP offers up a total of five tracks just perfect for your next dental surgery appointment, but I gotta say they could’ve offered a couple of more sample tracks on their Bandcamp. Check it out and get in touch with the label for the vinyl version.

UPDATE: Their Bandcamp site now offers all five tracks from their EP.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://whores.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whores/108004672554176


December 14, 2011

UK stoners Thorun‘s EP Chorus of Giants is the kinda record release/demo that makes you scratch your head wondering why they haven’t been signed to a label already. Maybe it’s because they dabble in instrumental music, a genre most people in the “industry” consider hard to market, but their brand of instrumental stoner rock is just perfect. Heavy riffs, great production, songs are good and varied without ever getting masturbatory (a risk pretty common with the metal genre).

Recorded live to keep the studio gimmickry to a minimum (giving them extra punk points for me!) they’re earning some well-deserved underground press and slots opening up for more established bands. Their first effort EP 2010: Reprise is available for free on Bandcamp as well as Megaupload.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://thorun.bandcamp.com/