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Thursday, 23 November 2017

I AM A CURSE

BandI AM A CURSE
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Crust / Doom / Sludge
Related artists?.
CountryLe Mans FRANCE
Years Active2010-2014
Song: "...to Give Way to the Pallid Hue of Despair"
Album: "Sequel For an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars"
Year: 2014
For fans ofLamantide, Remains Of The Day, Lavotchkin, Anodyne, Botch, Litany For The Whale, Die Abete, Birch, LVTN, Engineer, Llynch, Jough Dawn Baker, Barque, The Armed, Nine Eleven, Converge, The Power And The Glory, (early) Baroness, Titan, Monuments Collapse, Death Mercedes, Birds In A Row, Burning Bright, Trainwreck, Lentic Waters, Buried Inside and The Minor Times.
Label(s): Communication Is Not Words / I.corrupt Records / Maniyax Records / Mosh Potatoes / Sieve Sand Records / Skulltrophy Records / Blindman Melodies / Brain Ache Records / Emergence / Lawka Parkowa / Orchid Scent
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

I AM A CURSE were amazing. Although they only released two, five-song EPs, both are excellent, brooding and dark hardcore mixed with some post-metal and doom. They released from around 2011 until 2014 but haven't heard anything since then, giving me the impression that they have disbanded. What a shame.

The band's debut EP was 'Prequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Barren Lands' and begins with "And the Red Shall Disappear First...", which is a prodigious 7:51 of dark, metallic post-hardcore. The opening few minutes are eerie as hell, with sporadic guitar notes, silence and some odd, displaced noises. At 1:43 we meet the first drum hit, but the intro continues on until the three-minute mark when the song kicks in, with some killer parts happening at 3:45 (dual vocals), 4:52 (killer bass riffs) and 6:10 (climax). "The Lighthouse" takes no time to build atmosphere, and instead opts to crush the listener's skull from the first note. This plays much like similar bands in the post-hardcore/post-metal genres, most notably Buried InsideTitanLamantide and a touch of Botch with one heck of a breakdown just after the five-minute mark. "The Wreck" is vintage I AM A CURSE, riding a smooth, groovin' dragon of sludgy, vicious post-metal that culminates at the end of the song. "The Open Sea" opens like a From A Second Story Window song, incorporating soft, sullen, singing metalcore vocals. It's a "meh" song. "An Unspoken Drift from Scylla to Charybdis part. I" is a guitar-only instrumental close concluding at 2:17.

'Sequel For an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars' was released a full three years after its predecessor, and it does not disappoint. Opening with the short and seemingly lonely guitar and noise track "An Unspoken Drift from Scylla to Charybdis part. II", it erupts after the first minute, if not for a mere 30 seconds, indicating that track two is gonna be a projected nightmare. And, it is so. "The Shore (retractatio)" is 3:32 of absolutely pummeling hardcore in the vein of Trainwreck, Converge and Lentic Waters. "The Swell" is aptly titled, as the bassist is a master of rolling, swelling and pulsating bass lines that push this engorged yet dense mass of crusty hardcore through about three and a half minutes before it slows to a halt. Track four's "The Waves" is huge, which at this point shouldn't come as much of a surprise. There's an eerie intro that reminds me of a ship passing silently through the night, but at 1:10 the gargantuan tidal waves appear, smashing the boat to smithereens at 2:02. The subsequent two and half minutes are a clinic of crusty, dark and metallic hardcore and this song is easily one of my favourites, as is that fucking booming bass ring-out at 3:21...daaaaaaaaaammmmmn. There's also the screaming that transitions to the track's conclusion, and those vocals are sinister as fuck and delivered with such animosity that I'm constantly taken aback by their sheer power. We shan't forget the epic closer "...to Give Way to the Pallid Hue of Despair", for it is the backbone of this stellar release. At 6:12, it builds in a similar way to the previous track, but once the bass comes in all I can hear is Buried Inside's 'Chronoclast', the song "Time As Imperialism" in particular, and I'm instantly in heaven. The changeover at 2:12 is monstrous, with a further minute and a half of violent, heaving and essential I AM A CURSE material. The song takes a peculiar turn right before the four-minute mark, opting for a chorus of yelled French directly before laying waste to the listener at 4:12. The driving burst makes a stand at 4:40 with the band's ultimate breakdown, and holy fuck is it mesmerizing. Jesus, what an experience.

As you can plainly see, I AM A CURSE = gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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DISCOGRAPHY

2011 - Prequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Barren Lands 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - Sequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2014) I AM A CURSE - "...to Give Way to the Pallid" (from 'Sequel For an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars')

(2014) I AM A CURSE - "The Waves" (from 'Sequel For an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars')

(2011) I AM A CURSE - "The Wreck" (from 'Prequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Barren Lands')

(2011) I AM A CURSE - "The Lighthouse" (from 'Prequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Barren Lands')

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I AM A CURSE additional links
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

LETTERS IN BINARY

BandLETTERS IN BINARY
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Grindcore / Mathcore / Thrash / Tech-metal / Skramz 
Related artistsEnkephalin+HIRS+, BoroughsBest Friends!, Rocket! Go! Now!, Spitting Cobra, Phoenix Bodies, Brighter ArrowsMara'akate, Vac and Slam Wedgehouse.
CountryDetroit, Michigan U.S.A.
Years Active2002-2007
Song: "Figure 414"
Album: "Hands Don't Mind the Holes"
Year: 2004
For fans ofEnkephalin, Kiss The Sky Goodbye, Egarra, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Vein, Daughters, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Advocate, Me And Him Call It Us, .gif from god, (Lone) Wolf And Cub, Oktober Skyline, LoftusBack When, Euth, Warsaw Was Raw, Hive Mind, Destroyer Destroyer, Tyranny Of Shaw, Crestfallen, The Great Redneck Hope, Mara'akate, Phoenix Bodies, Straight No Chaser, Lachance, 60659-C, The Now, Towers, (early) Ed Gein, The Sawtooth Grin, Harlots, Clancy Six, Converge, John Zorn, The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul, The Expectorated Sequence and Psyopus aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Conspirators In Sound / Cut Ups
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

I only knew about LETTERS IN BINARY's demo material when I sat down to write this review. Then I found the LP and holy shit this truly is the evolution of Enkephalin, my favourite mathgrind band. If you like your screamy hardcore pushed to the absolute max and combined with the aforementioned mathgrind as well as jazzy sections and five-second parts, you may well shit your pants. After releasing some demo material (including having Colin May play bass for some gigs), the band pulled a vocalist switch and dropped the unreal cdLP 'Pretty and Perpendicular' in 2006. Fan of extreme bands such as PsyopusKiss The Sky GoodbyeEgarraThe Great Redneck Hope and Phoenix Bodies are going to have a field day with the discography download.

'Hands Don't Mind the Holes' is, I am nearly certain, a collection album containing the '8 Song Demo' and perhaps even the 'Floppy Disk Demo' as well as a few live tracks. It opens with "Pregnant With Potential" and a deceiving audio clip before the song is catapulted into mathgrind/emo-violence territory 48 seconds in and is over by 1:20. The parts, transitions, melodies and songs in general are ludicrously fast and therefore extremely short, but the intricacy and explosive power of each section is mindblowing and repeat listens are 100% needed to really get this music. Some examples for you: "***" is 20 seconds,  "With Barnibus" is 25 and "Open Your Mouth" is but 34 seconds. "Back and to the Left", "Cotton Candy" and "Memo From Mike" are a beautifully noisy mixture of Enkephalin, early Love Lost But Not Forgotten and The Great Redneck Hope, but it's "Figure 414" that steals the show. Boasting itself as the only track over two minutes in length. It opens with the usual batshit crazy mathcore, but the slower, more methodical approach arrives right before the one-minute mark and works out really well, with comparisons to Love Lost But Not ForgottenDeers! and Ostraca being very apt. The final 30 seconds are sensational, with a Crestfallen-esque crescendo and a bunch of people shrieking, aka my bag. The album then peppers on live takes of "Pregnant With Potential" and "Cotton Candy" as well as a "Pink as a Pistol" demo.

Their 2006 proper cdLP titled 'Pretty and Perpendicular' takes the best elements of their demos and extends better production, tighter songs and even more blazing shenanigans from the ex-Enkephalin crew. This is apparent right from the get-go, as "Captain Analog Vs Doctor Digital" does a phenomenal job of jarring most listeners well out of their comfort zone, with disjointed rhythms, jazzy guitar work and cacophonous vocals, while "Pink as a Pistol" just lays absolute waste to the listener. "Doing Pushups With One Broken Arm" loses its grip on reality after the first 30 seconds and also reminiscent of Psyopus but screamier. "Two Birds Looking One Way, One Looking Another" has an eerie intro that reminds me of Usurp Synapse and "My Favorite Cheer" is a straight up clusterfuck of excellence. Seriously, these are all excellent slices of techy, screamy and chaotic hardcore. There are a few further tracks to take note of, as "Track 8" has a clip from the movie π, "Dos" and "Dont's" are a mere 11 seconds each while "Cotton Candy" and "With Barnibus" show up again from the demo sessions. The finale of this record is its crowning achievement, as "Open Your Heart Not Your Watch Wrack" is just over a minute of The Great Redneck Hope inspired bliss.

Be sure to, at the very least, watch the intro of the first LETTERS IN BINARY show as the vocalist states simply, "Hi, we're Letters In Binary" and within a split second they are beyond ballistic. Well, that's it from my end. Below is some stuff taken from one of the band's former sites, and was written before their 2007 split that I haven't been able to find, after which LETTERS IN BINARY disbanded.

"hello, we are letters in binary. a three piece from the burbs of detroit. we are ex members of enkephalin, rocket! go! now!, spitting cobra and many others. the band was started in the early days of november two thousand two by scott monaghan and gregory dean. numerous songs were recorded poorly on a four track for a two song demo floppy disk, which was followed long after by an eight song cd ep in june two thousand three. then the recruting started and scott and greg chose short time friend colin may for bass guitar fulfillments. then after distrubuting the two song demo and eight song cd on the enkephalin/phoenix bodies tour to whomever was willing to buy and/or listen. we began to look for our first show and singer. we found a friend(jason miller) that was putting together a fest(bottlerocketfest). we asked, he said yes. we had our first show. next a singer. we pulled together and looked and decided on dan farabaugh for temporary vocal assistance(who became fulltime). then the only things to do were wait and practice. and we did. and the show was succesful. afterwards there was a slight hiatus coinciding with the distance between some members. so we picked up another bassist. named matthew conzet who eventually replaced colin. more songs have been gratually written and shows have been played. its been two years now and we are working on a cd with Conspirators In Sound, that should hopefully be out soon. recently before entering the studio, dan , left the band. now the ones left(scott/matt/greg) have been devolved into a three piece consisting of a creative mind, a passionate heart, and a pair of soft hands for sensual back rubs. keep looking and listening for/to us."

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the almost all of band's discography in mp3 form.

2002 - Demo floppy disk EP

2003 - 8 Song Demo cdEP

2004 - Hands Don't Mind the Holes cdLP (I think this is the '8 Song Demo' with some live tracks)

2006 - Pretty and Perpendicular cdLP

2007 - Peter & Craig split 7"EP (does anyone have this? please upload it!)

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(2007) LETTERS IN BINARY - ""You Were Once Living, Cicada"" (from 'Peter & Craig' split)

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Open Your Heart Not Your Watch Wrack" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Doing Pushups With One Broken Arm" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "My Favorite Cheer" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Figure 414" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Pregnant With Potential" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "With Barnibus" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes') official music video

(2002) LETTERS IN BINARY - live first show

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Monday, 20 November 2017

AND ALWAYS

BandAND ALWAYS
GenresPunk / Emo / Screamo / Skramz Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Ambient / Shoegaze
Related artistsRespireTell-Tale Hearts, Marla Singer, Quone and Dela Trudos.
CountryToronto, Ontario CANADA
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Collapse"
Album: "...and always"
Year: 2017
For fans ofFraera, The Reptilian, Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Nanette, Emö Lendvai, Lessener, Growing FinsTerry Green, PluumAnemone and Respire aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

Egin (Respire, Tell-Tale Hearts), Alex Kolanko (Marla Singer), Mark Wilson (Tell-Tale Hearts, Marla Singer, Quone) recently created a new band in Toronto, Ontario and sussed out seven songs ranging from three to five minutes. If you can imagine if Respire, Suis La Lune and 'End Paths'-era The Reptilian all wrapped into one emo cigar...then apparently AND ALWAYS is an emo cigar. Peculiar analogy, I know. Anyways, let's take a look at the songs from '...and always', shall we?

"Collapse" is a great opener, rolling out all three members instruments and well as vocal duties, with each member timing their lyrics differently, creating a lush layer of screaming throughout the songs' 4:17 duration. Perhaps due more in part to being from Toronto and having multiple vocalists, but it sounds kinda like Fraera. "Fate" is much like a Respire song but with more of a midwestern emo feel, although Egin's growls can found sporadically throughout the song's 4:23 length, as well as the rest of the record. The second half of the song incorporates probable Terry Green influence (not unlike the opening track), especially in the slow, spoken word midsection. "Home" has kind of a Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket and Suis La Lune feel, and I love the overlapping vocals. After two minutes it really slips into more of an emo realm, especially with the gruff but still strained vocals. I think local friends Growing Fins would be a good comparison here. "Age" begins slow and methodical with screams piercing from all directions, has a middle not unlike Hot Water Music with that gruff singing, and an epic ending. "Blank" seems to be the fastest and most direct part of any song, with very Swedish sounding with two or three vocals going down simultaneously and comparisons to Anemone and Lessener being quite accurate. Around a minute and a half in things get super chill and peels it back to instrumentals-only until 2:30 when the song begins to swell at 3:10 and fizzles out by 3:49. "Void" is the shortest track at 3:17, but don't let that fool you because this isn't a rip-roaring song. Instead, it spends the majority of its time drifting on gently passing waves, getting faster for only a short while near the end of the track. It's also one of the best songs on here. Closer "Species" goes all over the place vocally, with a sugary-sweet midwestern emo/shoegaze instrumental section in the first half and a booming, bass heavy second half.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - ...and always digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Species" (from '...and always')

(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Void" (from '...and always')

(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Blank" (from '...and always')

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