#240 | Reviews and Other Rambles: Still/Form, Asunojokei, Throth, Mico, and More

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What’s up, folks! You know the drill. We have yet another digital box of music and other odd frequencies to rummage through. As is tradition, the material covered in this one is “dated” in relative terms. Many of these releases dropped back in July/August 2022, but here’s hoping that this episode might pull your attention toward a release you potentially overlooked.

Releases covered in this one range from GEL, Organ Failure, and Serling to Asunojokei and Crowfeeder. Scathing hardcore punk, HM2-drenched goregrind, exuberant blackgaze, burnished breakcore, and sludgy metal-punk comprise but a smattering of the noises explored. Below you will find the full list of what we discuss, with timestamps provided for each piece, in case you want to jump to a particular segment of the conversation.

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. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Segment 01: Band Developments

Brief rambles about upcoming music

We rambled a bit about Ithaca‘s latest album, They Fear Us, to kick things off. Of course, we derailed ourselves in a blink by detailing our experiences of enduring Five Finger Death Punch’s latest shart torpedo, Afterlife.

Grave Blankets, a Philadelphia-based experimental noise rock group, announced the completion of vocal recordings for their upcoming record (the release date is not yet publicly known).

The departure of Riley from vocal duties in Alleageaon is a bummer (I was just starting to get the hang of typing their band name without typos!).

Segment 02: New(-ish) Tracks

Rambles about relatively fresh tracks

Fallfiftyfeet – “Meet Me Overboard” (00:13:59)

Metally (post-)hardcore from West Virginia’s latest three-track EP, Lonely if You Go. We only spoke about “Meet Me Overboard”, but the full EP is available as of August 26, 2022. Track two, “When the Water Fills Your Lungs”, features guest vocals from ZOMBIESHARK!

Paul Ortiz – “Fractured (ft. Daniel Tompkins)” (00:17:38)

The latest of many singles produced by the instrumental djent/prog wizard, Chimp Spanner (Paul Ortiz). This one features Daniel Tompkins of Tesseract fame on vocals. You can peruse Paul’s other relatively recent singles on his Bandcamp page.

Clutch – “Slaughter Beach” (00:24:20)

A single from Clutch’s thirteenth studio album, Sunrise on Slaughter Beach.

Netherlands – “There is a Glitch in Human Consciousness (ft. Greg Kubacki)” (00:26:51)

Outlandish, electronic-infused noise rock featuring the guitar automaton from Car Bomb. This track comes off of Netherlands’ sixth LP, KALI CORVETTE, which was released on September 9, 2022.

Arkheth – “Neptune Beaches” (00:30:21)

The lead single from Australia’s experimental black metal project, Arkheth, which comes off their fourth studio album, Clarity Came with a Cool Summer’s Breeze, via I, Voidhanger Records. The full record released on September 30, 2022.

ZOMBIESHARK! – “Grim Reaper Gutters (ft. Rob Accardi)” (00:34:15)

The second single from the Philly-based hyperdeath/cybergrind project, ZOMBIESHARK! This track comes off their latest EP, Born From a Wish, which follows a couple of years after their opus I Will Destroy You, Myself, and Everything I’ve Ever Loved.

Forlesen – “Strega” (00:38:00)

This lead single from the Portland epic doom / black metal quartet, Forlesen, premiered by Machine Music. It features current members of Lotus Thief and former members of Botanist and Kayo Dot. Their sophomore record, Black Terrain, will release on October 28, 2022, via I, Voidhanger Records.

Segment 03: EPs, Splits, and/or Demos

Rambles about some newer bite-sized releases
Crowfeeder – Dirt (00:41:53)

The latest slice of new material from Massachusett’s sludgy metal-punk quartet, Crowfeeder. Dirt comes a little over five years after the band’s debut LP, No Flowers (2017). Formerly a duo, this EP marks the evolution and broadening of Crowfeeder’s sonic palette.

fromjoy – away (00:49:36)

Drum n’ bass-saturated breakcore from Houston. Burnished atmospheric effusions foretell a cathartic eruption. Away was released on July 15, 2022.

Spider God – Split with Grinning God (00:54:33)

The split of gods, with four new tracks from Spider God (melodic black metal from the U.K.) and three fresh cuts from Grinning God (gothic, post-punky black metal from Germany). This split was released on August 5, 2022.

GEL / Cold Brats – Shock Therapy (00:49:36)

Eight new scorchers, four apiece from GEL (hardcore punk from New Jersery) and Cold Brats (hardcore punk from Romania). We finally have a punk song about macaroni. Shock Therapy was released on August 12, 2022.

Segment 04: Weird Bandcamp Picks

Random, and usually strange, finds from our Bandcamp dredging

Rhymes of Destruction – Dark Pagan Wartunes Stray Above The Land Of Huarochiri (01:08:42)

A remastered version of the debut 1995 demo from Belgium’s Rhymes of Destruction. The vocals are a bit puzzling, but the symphonic synth atmosphere and melodic bites make for a mildly captivating listen.

Organ Failure – Neurologic Determination of Death (01:13:46)

Grisly HM2 death-drenched goregrind. This is their debut record, which released on July 28, 2022, about one year after their formation in 2021. Their demo dropped back in March of last year.

Segment 05: Forgotten Recents

Records we've been digging, but don't have the time for a deep dive

Serling – Next Stop, Willoughby (01:17:28)

Twilight Zone-inspired mathcore from Maine. Bludgeoning thrums and half-tempos galore, with hues of stifling atmosphere. Also features a bevy of guest vocalists, like Bone Cutter, D.B. Cooper, The Sound That Ends Creation, and Oceano. This one was released back on May 27, 2022.

Marion – BORE (01:23:51)

The debut record from New Haven’s self-described “ugly nu-metal” trio, Marion. Noise rock rhythms sideswipe bwanging bass lines. We totally missed the boat on this one (it was released in January 2022), but highly recommend it nonetheless.

Segment 06: Albums of Focus

Records we dive into with some depth (in order of episode appearance)

Still/Form - From the Rot is a Gift

Timestamp in episode: 01:28:51

The debut record from the relatively new, sludge-caked Portland noise rockers, Still/Form. They emerged out of the pandemic and arose from the dissolution of Robert Comitz’s (guitarist/vocalist) prior project, Marriage + Cancer. From the Rot is a Gift was released on August 19, 2022, via Hex Records.

Asunojokei - Island

Timestamp in episode: 01:36:12

The sophomore LP from Tokyo’s post-black metal quartet, Asunojokei. This one teems with a sundry of flavors, poppy melodies, exuberant rhythms, lush melodies, and venomous black metal incursions. Island was independently released on August 17, 2022.

Throth - Haunted by the Medium

Timestamp in episode: 01:44:58

The latest album from Bristol’s doomgaze leviathan known as Throth. A little post-grunge and a dash of alternative, ensconced in towering riffs. Haunted by the Medium was independently released on August 21, 2022.

Mico - Zigurat

Timestamp in episode: 01:53:46

The sophomore album from Colombia’s blackened grind/hardcore duo, Mico. A behemoth of a record rife with cavernous atmosphere, bulbous bass lines, and raucous energy. Zigurat was released by Total Dissonance Worship on June 29, 2022.

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