What’s up, tar dwellers. We hope you’re all hanging in there. This new “Reviews and Other Rambles” episode marks what should be the last shift in our podcast format. We’ve been keeping steady at one episode every two weeks, but we’re going to alter that to one episode every three. The reason being that our personal lives have been sapping up more of our free time, and it’s been tough to keep pace with the biweekly output.
That being said, we’ve added some more coverage to this episode (i.e., more bands) to offset our change in schedule. We’ll be sure to keep each future episode a touch lengthier so that we can maintain momentum with the stupid number of solid releases that have been trickling out the first quarter of 2022. In this episode, we ramble about noises that are sopping and putrid, warped and rhythmic, chill, dreamlike, and excoriating. You can find all of the artists we chat about, in roughly chronological order, in the list down below.
If you have some artists, albums, singles, or any other form of musical media you’d like us to consider for an upcoming episode, please feel free to send us an email or reach out at one of our various social media channels. In a couple of weeks’ time, there will a new “Reviews and Other Rambles” episode that covers even more artists than we do in this episode. Thank you all so much for your continued support!
Segment 01: Band Developments
The new Carpenter Brut LP, Leather Terror, will release on April 1, 2022. The album’s lead single, “Imaginary Fire”, features Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan and The Black Queen fame.
All Them Witches announced a new project for 2022. They describe it as a “baker’s dozen”, where they will release one new track each month for the year (plus one extra). The first song they dropped, “Blacksnake Blues“, debuted on January 28, 2022. Just a couple of days ago, they released their second track, “Fall Into Place“.
Other random topics, like the When We Were Young Fest, Honeymoon Fest, Every Time I Die disbanding, etc.
Segment 02: New(-ish) Tracks
“It’s time to rest my friend. (The Rainbow Bridge is Calling)” from Hermit Knight
Equip your mithril armor and prepare to bludgeon some goblins (or, as we like to call them, keister creepers). This is a heartfelt tribute to Hermit Knight’s companion, Charlie the Bunny Rabbit. Effervescent fantasy synth that’s cozy on the ears.
“OBSSSD DPRSSD” from Heat Deth
The debut single from Cam Lofstrand’s solo electronic outfit, Heat Deth. A succinct sewer crawl through punchy beats and sludge-riddled atmospherics. Expect a full album’s worth of material sometime this year.
Segment 03: EPs, Splits, and/or Demos
Rhino Body Lover’s A Tribute to Shallow North Dakota Comp
A tribute compilation to Shallow North Dakota, the revered Ontario noise rockers. Features covers from bands like Intercourse, Fuck the Facts, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, Tunic, and many others.
Segment 04: Weird Bandcamp Picks
Segment 05: Forgotten Recents
Segment 06: Albums of Focus
Hippotraktor - Meridian
Timestamp in episode: 01:26:11
The debut LP from Belgium’s post-metal quintet, Hippotraktor. Heady and dense aural constructs with a philosophical throughline. We try to answer the burning question, is the tractor in the shape of a hippo, or is the hippo driving the tractor?
Foxtails - Fawn
Timestamp in episode: 01:38:04
The fourth full-length from the “bunch of fucked up kids from CT.” Experimental screamo that is as off-kilter and jagged as it’s lush and stirring.
Dormant Ordeal - The Grand Scheme of Things
Timestamp in episode: 01:49:31
The third full-length from Poland’s death metal trio. Weirdly melodic, progressive, and inspiring, as if the riffs and lyrics are painting a shimmering world that hums in liminal space.
Yuggot - Far Lost Home
Timestamp in episode: 02:00:22
The debut EP from the Lovecraft-inspired dark synth/black metal duo known as Yuggot. Little is known about the project, but it features a keen attention toward bleak synth textures, voracious vocals, and hammering drum rhythms.