Auto Pilot is back!

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So while I was perusing through my facebook wall tonight, something jumped out at me and grabbed my attention.

One of my favorite local(ish) bands Auto Pilot had posted a video update stating that their new album was about finished and that they were tracking vocals.

I had NO IDEA they were working on a new album. I haven’t really checked their facebook page since 2015 and they had still been in a bit of a hiatus if I recall correctly. And we all know how terrible facebook is with making sure page content makes it to our wall feed.

Anyways, this news has got me pretty excited. Their last album, 2008’s “House of Sleep” is literally one of my favorite albums of all time. You can check it out on Spotify HERE.

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Judging from everything I have been looking at tonight, the new album will be titled “Hidden Hand” and will hopefully be dropping sometime this year or early next year (not entirely sure of the exact date as of yet).

As an added bonus, they have been vlogging their creative process during the album’s production.

So yeah! Definitely expect me to be following up on this and sharing all the new morsels of info as they arrive. Really stoked that Auto Pilot is back.

Follow them on Facebook HERE.

Potato Hate Explosion releases new album “Flowerviolence”

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So earlier today the self described “one man spud-core powerhouse” Potato Hate Explosion self released a brand new album titled “Flowerviolence” (a play off power violence, duh)

Now you may be kind of caught up on the funny potato inspired project name.  I know I was until a few years back, until of course I pressed play on the music track.

Potato Hate Explosion produces quality, absolutely brutal, in your face metal. And even though I have only played four tracks off the new album so far,  Flowerviolence is just as great (and in many ways greater) as the previous albums.

This is by no means a review of the album, but as the music fills my ears at this very moment, I’m definitely giving Flowerviolence a serious headband of approval (cause yeah, fuck numbers, stars, and thumbs).

Now what to expect.

Like I said, brutal face melting, extreme metal. But also, expect the song to abruptly break into some sick trap beats coupled with classic video game esque segments, and some occasional ambient fillers.

Man this some seriously sick tuneage.

I’m going to sit here and thoroughly enjoy this. You go download Potato Hate Explosion’s new album Flowerviolence. You won’t regret it.

Sirona launches a MASSIVE playlist showcasing underground artists. (#underground #undergroundmusic #netlabel )

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Sirona Records recently launched a new music player on their website, which features HUNDREDS of tracks from Sirona releases.

When I say hundreds, I mean 228 and counting. This playlist will likely grow massively in the coming weeks.

So do your self a favor, head on over to their website to access the endless showcase of underground talent.

GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM (Now Showing!)

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND & CRIMSON’S CORONER PRESENTS

GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM

Ladies and Gents, we present to you GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

Two drug addicts in search of their next fix unintentionally stumble upon a strange experimental liquid that alters reality and brings the EVIL out of people.

This movie was written and directed by Tunnel to the Underground’s very own Jay Crimson (noclassjay3x) who writes Crimson’s Coroner, and was edited by me (justinthomassquires).

Jay approached me at the beginning of the summer (2013) with a movie he had filmed back in 2006 and 2007. He had a very rough edit of the movie and wanted to re edit and reshape the entire thing. After review of his rough cut I gladly jumped on board.

I began heavy post production at the end of the summer and worked into late October. After we finished post production we had three local showings where the movie was received well (Special thanks to Bryan Keefe for being our projectionist). 

Now we are happy to share this movie with the entire world.

LIKE GREEN HELL ON FACEBOOK to stay up to date on all things GREEN HELL.

TELL ALL YOUR FUCKING FRIENDS. ❤

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Sirona Records has a new mixtape out, and it’s brutal!

Sirona Records puts out a new Mix Tape every so often. The Mix Tapes are themed, usually with a collection of songs with similar genres. These songs are pulled from Sirona’s massive library of free releases, hand picked by our friend Arnaude (Owner of Sirona)

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Mix Tape #7 features 22 songs that hail from various metal genreS. It even features five tracks from Tunnel to Underground Volumes 2 and 3.
Not to mention, it features a couple tracks from our very own Shovel Bums here in the Tunnel. (MirroriM, No Class Assassins, The Wretched Corpse Anatomy)
So throw it in the player and start punching holes through the wall right away.

To check out Sirona Records collection of Mix Tapes CLICK HERE <-

Sirona Records still accepting submissions for the Devil. ( #underground #music #666 )

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A few weeks ago we told you about Sirona Records 666 compilation.

We are happy to report that there is still time to jump aboard this offering to the devil!

Sirona announced the current compilation roster earlier as well.

Siro666, tracks received from: [[[SE AM RIP PER]]], Robotic Joe, Alpha Hydrae, Bassookah, Buffalo Pink, glasscarpenter, 2nnt, Deadskin, Dethccentrik, Dick Van Troglodyte, Subbase, Dj R3v3r3nd Murd3r, djozr, Doomettes, Toxic Chicken, Yalta, Exclamation Point, Exedo, Icolmkill, Josef Nadek, Kamikaze Deadboy, Master Toad, MirrororriM, Noisesurfer, Sven Meyer, Nurses With Knives, Lunatic Finnshits, Rapacious Pretense, Re: Gainer, subQtaneous, The Dark Electronic Poets, The Wretched Corpse Anatomy, Vanth, R. Lobster.

35 tracks – 2 hours and 30 minutes!

That’s a hell of a line up! So head on over to Sirona Records and contribute to this evil beauty! VISIT THE OFFICIAL PAGE HERE.

TUNNEL VISION: The Music of Erich Zann (Lovecraftian Fan Fiction.)

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

Tonight I wanted to sit back and watch a nice horror flick. I was surfing through Netflix and started watching a creature flick called storage 24. I was a good hour into it when I decided that I was watching the same old regurgitated bullshit and that the film was not even worth my time. Thus I hit youtube in search for something ripe and original from the underground.

This is what I found: The Music of Erich Zann

I am a huge Lovecraft fan. I am also a big “fan” of Fan Fiction when it is done right. There is nothing cooler then watching some one take an Idea and give it further justice.

The Music of Erich Zann is originally a H.P. Lovecraft short story. It happens to be one of his only stories I have not gotten around to reading. So I cannot really tell you for certain if they were loyal to the story, but I can tell you that they were loyal to Lovecraftian atmosphere. This short is pretty damn creepy.

Now when I say “they” I might as well say HE because there was a writer/director involved by the name of Jared Skolnick. So I guess he was in charge of continuity right? A group of people worked on this film, which I can only assume was a college project because the ending credits end with the Fairfield University insignia.

This is the synopsis from the youtube channel.

A young student of metaphysics is forced to take the only lodging he can afford, a crumbling and decrepit building in a strange part of the city. Every night, he hears strange and unusual music coming from the room above him, music he cannot describe and cannot ignore.
He finds that the music above is being played by Erich Zann; a mute and eccentric German man who plays at night in a local orchestra. Fascinated by the man’s genius, the student tries to befriend Zann and understand why such a great talent chooses to live in such squalor. Eventually, Howard learns of the secret behind Zann’s music, one too terrifying to imagine.

When I started watching this movie I assumed I was watching a story from Lovecraft’s own time period, the 1920s or the 1930s. For the most part, it seemed that way. I was thrown off balance a little ways in when I realized that the story actually took place during modern times. It was the subtle clues such as the tennis shoes and bic lighters. And later on the transit. I was kind of disappointed in this fact, mainly because they already successfully transported my brain there (In the 20s or 30s). But hey, this wasn’t enough to even come close to ruining it for me.

They did a great job with lighting, and camera angles for the most part. The “steady” cam style shots were not all that steady. But part of it may have been the image stabilizer in the camera itself. The motion shots looked like it was shot using a camera with a cmos sensor, which is notorious for not handling movement smoothly.

The sound design could have used a little bit of work. The music was great, but some times it didn’t blend well. BUT! I know how hard it is to create a movie with excellent sound design. It is no easy task. So it didn’t really take away a whole lot for me.

It may sound like I am complaining, but I am not. I actually enjoy these little “faults” because it gives the movie character. As far as I am concerned this movie is Youtube gold. It is exactly what I am looking for in underground films; something I can sit through and enjoy.

This movie’s running time was 38 mins. This is impressive. That is a lengthy amount of footage for such a small project, so I know these guys must have put alot of time into it. And it’s even more impressive that it was good enough to keep me watching for the whole 38 minutes.

The acting was pretty good too. The lead character didn’t always convince me, but he definately came off as a Lovecraft lead. The old man who played Erick Zann did an outstanding job at being creepy. And the old landlord was probably my favorite actor out of the bunch.

Over all, I really enjoyed this movie. It is underground gold, with a whopping 2 thousand youtube views.

It was dark, creeping, enjoyable, and worth my while. And, it carried the good ol macabre vibes from early Lovecraft classics. And even the cosmic hopelessness of his later classics.