Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

NW: A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind

Hey everyone. I’m finally getting around to making my first post now that I am settled in at college and have something I feel is worth the coverage.

Just a few days ago my favorite unsigned band from the East Coast, Native Wildlife, released their first full-length LP, A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind. Let me say, I have been anticipating the release for a long time.

Before I get into talking too much about the album I should introduce you to the band. Native Wildlife are a five-piece post-hardcore outfit from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They are still a relatively new band with two EP releases and this new full length. They deliver what I can only describe as some pretty fucking raw Post-Hardcore with some elements of ambiance and delicate guitar. Their lyrics are translated beautifully through Steve, their vocalist’s, ever-improving and intensely emotive vocal performances. Their sound is really refreshing to me in a genre that very easily blurs together. Partially due to Steve’s vocal style and the rest attributed to the band’s instrumentation.

On with the album! The opener, “An Ending”, starts the album off with a beautifully chill acoustic melody accompanied by some ambiance in the background. The track fades into the first heavy track on the album, “Invocation”. This track doesn’t waste time, getting right into one of my favorite verses of the album lyrically. This track is one of the more straight forward tracks on the album. Though there are some pretty rad lead lines that start around the second verse and I like those a lot. Really great vibes on the track. The bridge to the last verse makes a really cool transition and I love how hard Steve goes for the end of the track.

The next track, “Obsession”, is immense. Rather short, but the track explodes after a single snare hit into some of the heaviest stuff on the record. Steve is going 150% on this track and it’s no wonder why they threw a live single version on the Heads Up Records compilation that was released in March of this year. Just an incredibly heavy track with heavy everything bringing it down heavy as fuck all of the time. It’s excellent. With a little feedback it ends going into another pretty short track that has some of my favorite guitar work. “Progeny” has some cool lead stuff going on and some great lyrics, especially the last verse. Check it outtt.

(I also realize I’m not being very descriptive. Just kinda running down the record. I’m no music reviewer yet.)

The next track, “Nomad”, is very chill with some delayed out guitar and then it crescendos with the drums coming in and leading seamlessly into the next track, “Legacy”. This track features Dave Vitola, the front man of the Boston Hardcore band Deathdealer. This track gives me feels. I like it a whole lot. They also released a very cool music video for these two songs before the album dropped. Erik Rojas put together an awesome video for them. Excellent live shots of the band and some eerily creepy footage of people cutouts and stuff. It’s neat.

Watch it!

The next track, “Unhallowing”, is currently my favorite. It’s got some really cool guitar tones, as does the whole album. Some super gnarly bass tones, especially this gnarly riff that is in the forefront of the track for a few seconds. Steve and John alternate vocals on this track and it sounds awesome. I dig them grooves, brah. The song fades and the next and final track starts…

“Most Times” wraps up the album with a hauntingly beautiful a poem by William James, a poet from Pittsburgh, introducing the longest track on the record. I really like this track. After uncle BillJim’s poem fades out with the melancholic guitar, the track shifts into a powerful song. Tremolo picked ambiance fills the space while everything else just slams down this epic half time beat for a bit. The track picks up before going into a very broken up and terribly heavy hitting riff. It’s almost menacingly uncomfortable. Just as the heaviness subsides, noise from oscillating delays and effect madness bring the record to an end.

Overall I think this record is brilliant and it has a lot going for it from an unsigned and mostly unheard band from the East Coast. The album was recorded and mixed on 2″ tape by Alex-Garcia Rivera at Mystic Valley Recording Studio in Medford, MA and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA. Knowing the amount of time and effort put into this record I highly recommend looking into it and giving it an appropriate listen through. Native Wildlife are some of the nicest guys I’ve had the opportunity to go chill with and see play and they are writing some rad music.

Check out Native Wildlife’s pages, download their records, buy some merch, like their pages, talk about them, support, and spread some love.

“That is a wrap… Start me at the beginning.” -John Snyder

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TUNNEL VISION: Bash Nova – Re Volution (( #ambient #trippy ))

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***Tunnel Vision is a column that takes a look at underground and indie films/video and film making.***

I saw that Bash Nova put out a cool new video and I wanted to help share it.

Bash Nova is an awesome ambient sounds project that hails out of Scotland.

In a nut shell: Bash Nova captures the imagery of nature and sifts it through a really awesome kaleidoscope effect. This mixed with the ambient sounds makes for a really enjoyable experience for multiple senses. (Especially if you are smoking weed like I am now.) The song is titled Re Volution and is a track off the new album Contact of Flesh.

So anyway, check out Bash Nova HERE, Download Contact of Flesh for Free HERE, and watch this awesome video below. 

TUNNEL VISION: Mitch Massie Should Make a Movie. ( #mitchmassie #horror #gore )

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Mitch Massie has been a busy man in the past two years. The one man music video making machine has directed the infamous Cattle Decapitation videos, and has also crafted two amazing videos for The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Now, neither of these bands fit the criteria for our strict KEEP IT UNDERGROUND rule, BUT, the man responsible for these glorious music videos is pretty underground.

I’m not sure why, but the bands themselves get more praise for the videos than the man who created them. So Mr. Massie is still Underground in terms of fan exposure. I am sure this will not always be the case, but for now, I consider him underground and independent.

NOW TO THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION.

When you watch such videos as THESE (article continues after videos)

CATTLE DECAPITATION Forced Gender Reassignment video – Videos on Demand – Metal Injection from Chris Brown on Vimeo.

Then you may have come to the same conclusion as I have. Massie if fucking good at GORE.

But not JUST gore. There is so much symbolism in his videos that it could make your head spin for days.

So I will make this short and sweet. Mitch Massie. You sir, should make or work on a horror/psychological film.

The End.

VIDEO: Save the Grace covers City and Colour’s “Sleeping Sickness.”

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I am a fan of Dallas Green’s sound. From Alexisonfire to City and Colour.

It is no easy task taking one of his songs and giving it justice, but a local musician I follow named Kaylee Kean decided to take on the task. As a result, she actually gave the song justice.

Check out this live acoustic jam of Kaylee performing “Sleeping Sickness.”

Check out Kaylee and her project Save the Grace HERE

MORE VIDEO: Pollux also summons the madness.

Earlier I was discussing a shocking revelation that RedSK and Dental Work were using noise to summon resonant deities.

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…

Pretty awesome right ? ❤

Download and Stream “Black Day” HERE

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VIDEOS: RedSK & Dental Work make NOISE and TOTAL FUCKING CHAOS ENSUES.

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.

THEN!

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.

Fuck me…

Tunnel to the Underground Vol.3 (Now Accepting Submissions)

It’s that time again! (Scroll to bottom of page for list of contributing artists and net labels)

Tunnel to the Underground is a compilation project meant to showcase the underground world of art. It is a collection of art from various underground artists from all over the world.
This comp is assembled by volunteers, and distributed freely via internet. Usually it is hosted by several labels and net labels at one time.

There have been three previous Volumes of Tunnel to the Underground.

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND VOL.1  (Assembled by Kitty On Fire Records)

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND VOL. 666 (Assembled by Torn Flesh Records)

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND VOL. 2 (Assembled by Kitty On Fire Records)

And it is now time to start the process on creating VOL.3

Vol.3 will be assembled by Dark Forest Media and hosted on Archive.org, and will hopefully land in several other net label catalogs. So please contact me if you are a net label that’s interested in hosting the sickness.

Unlike the previous volumes, VOL.3 will be a multi medium compilation.

We aim to include video (music, short films, ect.), Music (Any Genre), Writing (Fiction, Poems, ect), Photography, Fine art (Pics of painting, drawings, ect.) and virtually any other medium used by underground artist as an outlet for expression.

SUBMISSION GUIDE-LINES

  • INCLUDE ALL RELEVANT INFO!: You must include all information you want to be seen on the comp. This obviously means your name and title of your piece. Please be sure to include any website you want promoted, bio, pictures, or anything else you want people to see. I WILL NOT GO OUT OF MY WAY TO FIND THESE THINGS. If I receive a submission that has not been properly tagged then I will disregard it.
  • SEND MP3 or WAV FORMAT (Music Submissions) @ ANY BIT RATE YOU CHOOSE
  • SEND AS MANY SUBMISSIONS AS YOU WANT
  • NO LENGTH RESTRICTION: Your submission may be as long as you desire.
  • NO DEADLINE: This will obviously be a large compilation, and will take time to assemble, so there is no deadline for submission. If you see that the comp is not available for download, then submit your work.
  • NO GENRE RESTRICTION: We don’t give a shit what your genre is. At all. We only care about your status as an artist in this world. Meaning we only want work from underground artists and do it yourself artists.
  • NO MEDIUM RESTRICTION: As mentioned above, we are accepting submissions from all artists of any medium (as long as your submission is digital). If you are using a different medium then what was mention above, submit anyway.
  • NO SIGNED OR CONTRACTED ARTISTS: This comp is intended to showcase artists who have not been signed with a record label, or have signed contracts with producers. We are looking for do it your selfers. Those that dwell in the obscure, hidden scenes that exists only in small pockets amongst society, or on the internet. This is their Tunnel. (NET LABELS DO NOT COUNT AS BEING SIGNED!)
  • SUBMIT TIMELESS MATERIAL: This comp may take a long time to assemble due to it’s nature. So please, only submit material you are confident in, and have put passion into. Not something you will look back in at a year and say “Wow, I really sucked back then.” I don’t want to hear people bitch about their material being outdated or old.
  • DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXCLUSIVE:You do not have to make a NEW piece of work strictly for this comp, you can use something that has previously been published as long as you still retain the rights. So an old song from a past release will work just fine!

So there you have it! Follow all the guidelines above and send your submissions to DARKFORESTMEDIA101@GMAIL.COM with the tag Tunnel Submission.

Let do this ; )

CONFIRMED NET LABELS FOR VIRTUAL DISTRO OF THE COMP

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Confirmed Artists for Compilation

(“Confirmed” means I have your file in my possession.)

MUSIC

VIDEO

  • .GIF -by: Bye-Product – Music Video
  • Eyelids Grow Heavy- by: Master Toad – Music Video
  • Fear the Living- by: Dark Forest Media – Short Horror Movie
  • Suspended in Torment by: The Wretched Corpse Anatomy – Music Video

WRITING

  • From the Shadow – by: Justin Thomas Squires – Poems and Photography PDF Book