A few years back, a special kind of band hit my music radar. Coma Cluster Void came out of nowhere and gave me a mean right hook.
Coma Cluster Void is an avant garde/extreme metal outfit that brings bands like Gorguts, Ulcerate, Portal, and Pyrrohn to mind.
With their release of last years “Mind Cemeteries” CCV immediately quenched that everlasting thirst I have for great experimental death metal . I was happy to include them in my playlist and spin their (digital) album on the regular.
On their latest offering “Thoughts From A Stone” they take the avant garde to a another level. In Thoughts From A Stone, we hear the addition of more ambient/atmosphere filler as well as a great amount of spoken word sections. It’s a great mix, and they balance it perfectly. The pacing of the EP is impeccable, and takes you on a wild and often chaotic ride.
Now, my main reason for writing this blog article is to briefly discuss how criminally underrated this band seems to be.
I first gave Thoughts From A Stone a listen immediately upon it’s full release on youtube. (Which I though was tasty AF.) Now, over a month later I returned to give it another listen only to find out that it still has less than one thousand plays?
It’s not like Coma Cluster hasn’t gotten exposure and coverage from the internet’s top blogs. I see articles about them on Metalsucks, Metal Injection, and Pop Matters among other well established metal blogs. Yet it seems like this band is seriously going under the radar of many listeners. I think this is a mistake, and I hope/know that people are eventually going to catch on to how amazing this group is.
I look forward to following along and watching Coma Cluster Void make massive gains and reach the ranks of other great avant gard death metal acts, which they undoubtedly will.
New Zealand’s РΣ▲ϾΣ ⱧΣȊL brings witch house to the table and completely decimates the game with grimey dubstep wobbles with crunchy glitchy elements thrown into the mix. I’m not lying when I say that this is one of my favorite albums. This is exactly what I look for in music, and I will have this album on repeat for quite some time. Right from the first second of this 4-track album I knew I was in for an audio treat. With the short tracklist in mind, it was still a gut wrenching challenge to choose which track was my favorite. Even though this isn’t your mother’s standard for what constitutes witch house, РΣ▲ϾΣ ⱧΣȊL executes his music perfectly if you ask me. I HIGHLY recommend you get this album right now. I mean it. Stop reading. That’s the review. What are you waiting for?
When I think about Living Wall, Lovecraft comes to mind.
In most of Lovecraft’s stories, some poor fool discovers a disturbing cosmic revelation in which their brain can’t handle and they are driven into madness. I’m certain that if this madness was interpreted into audio form, you would have Living Wall.
Imagine a brutal heavy deathcore track. Now, imagine that same track sped up one hundred percent. NOW, imagine a wall of noise on top of that sped up deathcore song.
It’s fucking insanity.
I’m not usually a fan of noise, at least it’s not something I listen to leisurely. I have always admired it as an art form. However, there is something so good, so appealing lurking inside the Living Wall bandcamp that I find myself returning to it often to subject myself to the chaos. And I love every second of it.
The bandcamp sports two very short releases: The Breaking Wheel, and DEMO. Both of these releases combined doesn’t even reach a run time of ten minutes. In grindcore fashion, the “songs” only run about thirty seconds to a minute. In fact, it would take you longer to read the track names than listening to the actual track, with names such as “Tincture of Silver and Lead Poured Meticulously Into the Captive Orifice Which Spoke So Ill Upon Thy House: Clogged and Pressurized Internal Toxic Suffocation”. But it all plays into the anxiety induced theme. The songs themselves are so incoherent and distorted that you can put these albums on loop, and just sit there until your head twists off your shoulders, and you wouldn’t know where the fucking thing starts or where it stops. (Trust me, I’ve done it.)
So, if you’re into that sick twisted shit, stop in and give the bandcamp a whirl. It’s awesome.
Last night I decided to check out a recently posted release at Torn Flesh Records, and low and behold it turned out to be gold .
Zelophilia can only really be described as an Avant Garde/Mathcore band. But that title really does them little justice, because this album is so much more than that. I haven’t stopped listening to it since the discovery. It’s that good.
It deals in dark themes, most of which are sexual in nature. Between the heavy/raw riffage you get these awesome Sinatra esque vocals.
Every now in then we get some narrative filler, by what sounds like a demented freak the likes of Clown from the Spawn comic books.
The production value is great, we have layers upon layers of interesting sounds. Makes for great atmosphere.
I don’t want to get into it much more, because I am still devouring this thing. But I recommend this to anyone who likes a little experimentation with their heavy.
Download and Stream Zelophilia’s “Lust, Loathing, & Love.” HERE
Check out the band HERE (Facebook) and HERE (Bandcamp)
And Keep updated with Torn Flesh Records/Netlabel HERE
Gotta hand it to Torn Flesh for always finding that Diamond in the rough ❤
Now, it would seem, that France has been bombarded with such demons of chaos as well.
Our friend Pollux shared a disturbing video in the SP Facebook group the other day titled Black Skull. Upon observation, it is clear that he has some how managed to tear a hole into our own reality and take us on a journey through a pineal highway that is sure to rip you out of this world.
Now and only now do I know what it is like to astral travel through a computer wire and slip into oblivion. It is not coincidence that I happened upon this video while super stoned on spirit smoke.
Hurrah for it’s glory.
If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of the resonant being…
A few videos have surfaced as of late regarding the acts of NOISE gurus RedSK and Dental Work.
Let me explain.
This first video we see here is RedSK performing at what looks to be a garage show at a place called “Papa Chinn’s” located in Fowlerville.
What ensues can only be explained as a possession of his body by resonant noise beings from an ultra chaotic dimension unknown to man. Observe…
Haunting is it not? The chaos climaxes into violence and carnage as Pat goes on a rampage, throwing his gear and convulsing his table unto the ground.
Later today new footage emerged out of Fowlerville, showing new occurrences of this phenomena during a show at the same place only one night ago.
This time, The leader of the chaos was non other than Dental Work himself! Accompanied by Redsk, a man named Will Olter from the group “Faction Disaster”, and another man that goes by the name of Aaron Midcalf from the group “Total Hipster Crusher.”
The only way I can describe what happened next is by comparing the group to a horde of demons frantically trying to devour the bowls of a machine.
As you can see, at they end the display a similar act of carnage as they beat the machine to death with hammers. You can hear it’s high pitched screams of torment.
Finally, same night, same show, we encounter a video that is very similar to our first. Once again we have the ring leader RedSK conjuring the ultra chaotic frequencies that bring the resonant demons into our world.
Several unidentified men help usher in this madness, and the climax ensues the same as the rest. Absolute carnage and violent aggression as effects are thrown about, guitars are smashed, and people loose their fucking minds.
I don’t know what’s in the water at Fowlerville, but it makes for a damn good noise show.