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Wednesday, 19 July 2017


***exclusive song premiere***

Greg from the incredible People's Temple Project and the diy-as-fuck Akashita Corporation label asked me just last night if I could premiere a song from their upcoming 12-minute tape compilation. The name of the comp is 'Innovations In Sound and Communication' and will be available via cassette from the Akashita Corporation really soon. There will be new music from Under A Sky So Blue, Majorel, Heritage Unit, The Ultimate Screamo Band, Aspine and Apostles of Eris. Go to the Akashita Corporation bandcamp page right here, as the full tape comp will be available this weekend, July 23rd or so.

The song we are premiering today is from our good Richmond, Virginia friends in MAJOREL, for whom we released their debut cassette EP 'Restlessness In Memory' on Zegema Beach Records earlier this year, which you can pick up right here. This song, titled 'Ivory Tower', is culled from those same, initial recording sessions and has a similar feel but walks a much more extreme path. Wasting no time, the song kicks in with multiple vocalists right from the get-go and opts for more melody than the usual during the first half of its 2:37 length. Once 1:12 hits the song rips into another, darker gear altogether and fucking shreds, with an exceptional low/high screaming trade-off from 1:45 until the close. Yet another phenomenal MAJOREL song. If you haven't checked out this band yet you are doing yourself an unspeakable injustice, as their full EP will be in my top five of 2017, no doubt.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz / Metalcore
Related artistsSecondgradeknifefight, Mandown, Pinion, Presagers, Folsom, Molotov Solution and The Life Of Torment.
CountryVirginia U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "I"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2017
For fans of.gif from god, Letters To Catalonia, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Me And Him Call It Us, Black Nail, Crowning, Mališa Bahat, Litany For The Whale, Fear Before The March Of Flames, Warsaw Was Raw, Lyed and Rats Into Robots aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the July 2017 Mix#7 right here or get the new August 2017 Mix#8 here.

I came across WRISTMEETRAZOR when one of my facebook friends listed their bandcamp with a For Fans Of: .gif from god and Letters To Catalonia so, naturally, I started salivating and downloaded the three-song 'Demo' before even hearing a note. The ffo listed was quite accurate, with the band perhaps straying more toward melody, structure and more grounded vocals, that is to say not insanely screamy/shrieky.

Jonah from Secondgradeknifefight (reviewed two days ago) plays in both bands and listed the following as influences for WRISTMEETRAZOR: Neil Perry, Welcome the Plague Year, Majority Rule, Tristan Tzara, Raein, Mihai Edrisch, Kodan Armada. I think the most apt comparisons would be Letters To Catalonia, .gif from god, Black Nail and SeeYouSpaceCowboy but that's only hearing the three demo songs. "I" is my favourite of the three, with a deceptive beginning that gets into the metalcore/screamo sound after the first 10 to 15 seconds and includes a sick breakdown from one minute onward. "II" is a more drawn out affair that eclipses the three-minute mark and is epic, driving and well directed with a splattering of the band's most extremes, including a lot of post-hardcore instrumentals that are more serene than the opener and closer. Speaking of the closer, "III" is not unlike "I" in it's minute-and-change length, but the sound doesn't reach the same intensity, and opts instead for deep, dark and driving hardcore for the first half before letting loose just after a minute.

WRISTMEETRAZOR is currently wrapping up their debut 8-song LP that will be released on Zegema Beach Records and a few other, smart, sonically sassy and amazing labels later in 2017, most likely on 12". Expect to hear more on this blog soon!



2017 - Demo digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) WRISTMEETRAZOR - "I" (from 'Demo')

(2017) WRISTMEETRAZOR - "III" (from 'Demo')

(2017) WRISTMEETRAZOR - "II" (from 'Demo')


WRISTMEETRAZOR additional links


Sunday, 16 July 2017


GenresPunk / Grind / Mathcore / Techgrind / Emo-violence / Noise / Metal / Screamo
Related artistsThe Life Of Torment and WristMeetRazor.
CountryVirginia U.S.A.
Years Active2016-present
Song: "i'm not even mad mine isn't movie quality (stepping out of my comfort zone)"
Album: "pg 1"
Year: 2017
For fans ofRobinson, Clancy Six, The Great Redneck Hope, .gif from god, Me And Him Call It Us, Genghis Tron, (early) From A Second Story Window, The Sawtooth Grin, Closet Witch, Daughters, CombatwoundedveteranDestroyer Destroyer,  Ed Gein, Phoenix Bodies, Machinist, Born Under Saturn, Letters In Binary, Thumbscrew, Oktober Skyline, Tentacles, Devola, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza and Discordance Axis aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the July 2017 Mix#7 right here or get the new August 2017 Mix#8 here.

SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT is batshit crazy, and I mean that in the best way possible. The band opts for 30 to 60 second blasts of noisy, violent, caustic and mathy grindcore in the vein of Robinson, The Great Redneck Hope (minus any sense of repetitious melodies), The Sawtooth Grin and Daughters.

I first checked out the band when they released 'pg 1' back in February of 2017, and now that I've sit down to write it I see that SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT has quickly dropped another EP and LP in the subsequent five months. That's commitment! So instead of talking about each song and release, I'll just stick to a quick format.

The 'pg 1' LP (although it's only five minutes and change) was quickly followed by the 'pg 2' EP in mid-2017, both of which showcase insane grindy mathcore influenced by the aforementioned bands, with a few exceptions, such as "redneck inter-lewd-acts 23 (keep on truckin)" which nods at Heavy Heavy Low Low after the 20-second mark. In between these two parts came the 21-second single "think again Tommy I stole your mom's dildo (live laugh love)" that's par for the SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT course.

The band's newest endeavor, a split with The Cheeseburger Picnic is extreme even for SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT standards, which opens with the very hellish "youd better fuckin not you jackass" followed by the hyperspeed drumming and venomous vocals of "let me tell you a story about a kid named brandice". "green eggs and the hamburglars revenge (don't you even think about eating those cat turds timothy)" incorporates demonic growls alongside the shrieking as well as some pretty sweet guitar riffs ala The Great Redneck Hope. There's also the noisy clusterfuck that is "shut it up me" while in "living with droopy dog gave me the boom snap (it was actually the clap)" the instrumentals are not unlike The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza. This is definitely my favourite release and the closing track happens to be my jam as "i went to a carnival with the cheesburger picnic and i left with two stuffed bears and half a dirty popsicle" adds in some synth for a Devola and Genghis Tron feel.

Jonah (guitar) of SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT recently did an interview on a two-hour session of SheepsXClothing which you can stream a video of here. He also plays in WristMeetRazor which is a killer band and will be reviewed tomorrow (July 18th) on this blog.



2017 - The Cheeseburger Picnic split digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - secondgradeknifefight pg 2 digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - secondgradeknifefight pg 1 digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - think again Tommy I stole your mom's dildo (live laugh love) digital single (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "i went to a carnival with the cheesburger picnic and i left with two stuffed bears and half a dirty popsicle" (from 'The Cheesburger Picnic' split)

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "shut up chuck you fucked my surfboard (and the lord said amen)" (from 'The Cheesburger Picnic' split)

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "living with droopy dog gave me the boom snap (it was actually the clap)" (from 'The Cheesburger Picnic' split)

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "jesus definitely had a huge dong, no questions asked (it looks bigger in person)" (from 'secondgradeknifefight pg 2')

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "i'm not even mad mine isn't movie quality (stepping out of my comfort zone)" (from 'secondgradeknifefight pg 1')

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "butterfly death squad (I swear to god, I swear to god)" (from 'secondgradeknifefight pg 1')

(2017) SECONDGRADEKNIFEFIGHT - "think again Tommy I stole your mom's dildo (live laugh love)" (from 'think again Tommy I stole your mom's dildo (live laugh love)')




Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Band: Nationale
GenresPunk / Rock / Emo / Screamo / Hardcore 
Related artists: King SlenderLife Is A Fight, Five Stars For Failure, Fighter Hayabusa, Savagist, Pale Prophet, and Peregrin.
CountryAthens, GA, United States
Years Active2008-2009, 2010
Song: "En La Vida Hay Golpes Tan Fuertes"
Album: "Living Season"
Year: 2009
For fans ofShotmaker, Light The Fuse And Run, Lautrec, Amber Inn, Four Hundred Years, Dollores, Sleepytime TrioSecret Smoker  aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): none
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #?.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

review by Jesse Mowery

NATIONALE were a short lived band from Athens, GA that played a simple yet powerful version of screamo influenced by 90's bands like Shotmaker and Sleepytime Trio. One of my old bands Karoshi played with them in 2009, back when you had to book shows through Myspace or email, and bands weren't as easily connected. It turned out to be what they were planning on being their second to last show, as they were playing one last show in their city before breaking up. Both my band and Nationale were bummed about it, because our cities were so close and we wished we'd discovered each other bands sooner. I don't think I listened to them before seeing them, because I was blown away. Their songs aren't too complex, yet hold much emotional weight and evolve as the song goes on. They got back together shortly in the summer of 2010 and recorded 4 songs that never got finished unfortunately. The demo and Living Season aren't too different sonically besides the production quality. They share 2 songs technically, "Dear Clyde" and "Abulia I and II", although the latter got switched out for "The Saviour" at some point. I don't have the tour tape songs, but the demo and Living Season are included, and should be listened to stat. Also check out Matt's current band King Slender, because they rule.

Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2008- Demo cd

2009- Living Season cd

2009- Tour Tape


(2009) NATIONALE - "En La Vida Hay Golpes Tan Fuertes" (from 'Living Season')

(2009) NATIONALE - "Living Season" (from 'Living Season')

(2009) NATIONALE - "Abulia I and II" (from 'Living Season')

(2008) NATIONALE - "Dear Clyde" (from 'Demo')

(2008) NATIONALE - "One Percent" (from 'Demo')


out of print mp3 discography download 


Friday, 7 July 2017

***2017 OMSB mp3 Mix #8 (August)***

August 2017 mp3 MIX #8
...and updates

I'm on my way to a cottage with my family for a week so I'll be MIA for the most part. ZBR Fest was a huge success. A million thanks to everyone involved, especially the bands and those who attended. The Мятеж European tour was botched completely and didn't happen but we were able to snag a bit of trip out of it. Because of the move to New Zealand on July 31st, 2017, Zegema Beach Records released Zampler #9 already which you can listen and download here. In August of 2017 we will release Zampler #10 which will be a "best of" from the first 80 releases that we did while residing in Canada.

And lastly, here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#6 that was reviewed in June. Thanks to Jesse Mowery for pulling off half of these reviews.

1) WORST DAYS - A Previous Knowledge of Self Destruction

2) QUASAR - À la vie

5) NATIONALE - En La Vida Hay Golpes Tan Fuertes (coming soon)

Dave & Jesse @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

SARIN 'Darker Lakes' LP
12" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

Gillian Carter

7" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY 'Fashion Statements of the Socially Aware' EP
7" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

мятеж / KELUT 'Split' LP

12" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

EIGHT FEET UNDER '8-way split' double LP
Youth Novel
Via Fondo
2x12" (order here)
(listen here)


***Interviews/Live shows coming up this month for sure:
- EDHOCHULI live show review with Hang The Old Year and La Luna
- ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest Show #2 review

***Interviews/Live shows/premieres posted last month:
- ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest Show #1 review
- UNDER GLASS exclusive track premiere
- GILLIAN CARTER podcast interview
- SENZA exclusive track premiere
- SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY exclusive interview
- мятеж / KELUT split premiere


***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the July mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #8 is 70% Dave and 30% Jesse Mowery and includes 10 killer tracks, such as:
*-* a member of Amanda Woodward's current/amazing project
*-* something that could be labeled as chaos-core, if it were a genre
*-* Drive Like Jehu meets Daniel Striped Tiger
*-* a band that released on Level Plane!!!


Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.