📰 Take a couple of minutes to catch up on the past week’s essential news in punk, metal and rock music – IDIOTEQ.com’s #InShorts News Briefing is a rundown of the past week’s most important music news stories you need to know about independent and underground music around the globe.
Heavy hardcore pack MORALSLIP have shared their new power single “Mute”. Check out the metallized hardcore banger and its music video below.
American screamo band LIFE have premiered new captivating demo called ‘demo five’, featuring 5 tracks of an immense variety of influences, including emotive post hardcore, blackened hardcore, and post rock.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based metal/hardcore band ETERNAL SLEEP have shared new double single “There Above b/w Against A Wall.
Flo, Nak and Nico from Lyon, France based emo punk band SPORT got together in a troglodyte farm in Ardèche, France with Bounce from YOUNG HARTS, Pam from The Smudjas and Milouze and Doud from THE REACTION, and formed a brand new project called VICEPREZ!
The new project has an Instagram account at @viceprezzz and will release their debut record “Juger” via Dispear Records, ADAGIO830, La Agonía de Vivir, Inhumano, DON’T TRUST THE HYPE recordz, Sonatine Produzioni, SHOVE records, La Tête d’Ampoule, and Bright Future.
More details to be released soon!
Syracuse, NY post hardcore band WENT WHITE teasing their new EP Missouri label The Ghost Is Clear Records with 2 new songs, streaming below:
Maryland metal band MISERY INDEX have finished recording their seventh full-length and follow-up to 2019’s Rituals of Power, to be released via Century Media Records.
Misery Index comment: “Album #7 is currently being mixed 🤞 stoked to see this beast finally coming into form #newalbum2022”
Pop punk infused melodic hardcore band NO PRESSURE streaming new song “Con’t Forget”:
Docs Till Death podcast, who joined us for two interesting featured lists, have shared their new episode, this time focused on the acclaimed BANE documentary “Holding These Moments”.
“Bane, Bane, they’re good for your heart / The more you listen, the more you understand that they were an influence for Have Heart” That’s right, DTD-ers!” – comments Docs Till Death.
“We’re beginning our episode description with that famous couplet, so you KNOW we’ve got something good in store for you. This week, we’re talking HOLDING THESE MOMENTS (2020), the recent BANE doc directed by Dan Elswick. It’s a fun, and unexpectedly touching, one. But fear not, friends, we deliver exactly what you’d expect — including Pete eating a hut dug, Geoff wearing a leather duster; and Matt analyzing verb tense usage. Put simply, it’s hardcore for the hardcore. So if you want your hardcore friends to continue to like and respect you, you’re gonna need to give this ep a listen, STAT!”
FUCK THE FACTS have shared their new track “Open Minded”, recorded for the Shallow North Dakota tribute, which will be released next month via NO LIST RECORDS & Learning Curve Records.
“We had a lot of fun giving this SND song the bastardized grindcore treatment, and even brought in our old friend Skot Hamilton (KEN mode, Adolyne) to lay down the bass for this one.” – comments the band.
“This is also the first song we’ve done that features a Mom-Dad-Daughter triple vocal attack! So it definitely holds a special place in my heart. As usual, we tracked & mixed at our very own Apartment 2 Recording studio, but got our good friend Scott Miller at Ancient Temple Recordings to handle the mastering. The comp features great bands all around, and it’s for a great cause, so check it out and support however you can. / Much love to all of you, and we’ll see you in 2022!”
The Rennes city hardcore beatdown band ENTERTAIN THE TERROR shared their new music video FREE HATE, an extract from their last EP released on 1054 records label.
THURSDAY have canceled the remainder of their holiday shows, which were scheduled to take place at DC’s 9:30 Club on 12/29 and NJ’s Starland Ballroom on 12/30, after a band member tested positive for COVID.
“Rescheduled dates will be announced imminently. – says the band.
— thursdayband (@thursdayband) December 26, 2021
Hardcore Zine In Effect wrap-ups 2021. GO HERE to see the full summary.
Atmospheric black metal / shoegaze / screamo act SADNESS shared their stunningly beautiful new 2-tracker (clocking 26 minutes) via screamo label Larry Records. 25 tapes will drop this January.
Punk rock icon Henry Rollins exlained why he stopped making music during a recent appearance on producer Rick Rubin’s “Broken Record” podcast.
While the abundance of death metal is a plus in 2021, there is still plenty of room for some rock and roll. Today, UMBILICUS is introduced to the world. Featuring drummer and lyricist of CANNIBAL CORPSE, Paul Mazurkiewicz on drums, Taylor Nordberg (INHUMAN CONDITION, THE ABSENCE, FORE) on guitar, Vernon Blake (ANARCHUS, NAPALM DEAH [live]) on bass, and vocalist Brian Stephenson (FORE, OLD JAMES), the quartet has turned down the violence and gore, and turned up the peace and love.
Mazurkiewicz says: “UMBILICUS was formed in the summer of 2020 and driven by our love of rock and roll from the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. I’ve been listening to well-known bands like Grand Funk, Bad Company and Steppenwolf and not-so-well-known bands like Sir Lord Baltimore and Lucifer’s Friend for the last 20 years or so now. The more I listened to these bands the more I wanted to play music like this. It is just so much fun to sit back and groove out and play by complete feel without beating my body down. To just play some pure hard rock! We composed 10 very cool songs throughout 2020 but the one piece of the puzzle was missing: an awesome voice to tie it all together. Enter Brian Stephenson! An amazing vocalist and lyricist that completed the lineup! I am so proud of what we have written and I can’t wait for the world to hear what we have to offer!”
The band is currently finishing up their debut album, yet-untitled, to be released in 2022. More details regarding track-listing, artwork, and release date will be announced soon. A teaser video is available below which features a short demo mix of a new song.
Two Minutes To Late Night podcast has shared the audio Bandcamp version of their recent cover of “Two Minutes To Late Night” by Bruce Springsteen, performed by THURSDAY and Jordan Olds aka Gwarsenio Hall, on keyboard.
“Our friends in Thursday have had to cancel their next few shows due to Covid-19, resulting in a loss of revenue for both themselves and their crew. All of the money from the sales of this single will be given to the band. Thanks for supporting.”
Eugene, Oregon screamo / post hardcore band TO BE GENTLE have shared a live recording of their live show from Real Art Tacoma, Washington, including various ambient songs from their discography.
Upstate Records is offering MERAUDER’s “The Minus Years”, featuring three demos (1991-1994) and rare and unheard tracks from the band that shaped the NYHC crossover movement. Grab it HERE and HERE.
ARTOFFACT Records has shared the label’s new 22-track sampler for free, featuring tracks from Spectres, Leathers, Cloud Rat. From post punk to pop art. Dive into it now!
hate5six has posted another batch of amazing live videos, including ONE STEP CLOSER, CANDY, KHARMA, THE FIGHT, MACHINE GIRL, BUGGIN’, and more! Head over HERE to check it out.
The Danish industrial noise collective, John Cxnnor, which also makes up half of LLNN (Pelagic Records), has joined forces Andreas Bjulver from the Copenhagen deathcore band CABAL (Nuclear Blast) with the new single “Drone Hunter”.
“Drone Hunter” is the epitome of crushing heavy industrial metal – inspired by the sonic and visual universe that envelops the Terminator franchise and other classic 80’s movies from that time.
A track that was brought to life in a workshop of a machinist with own sound recordings of hammer blows on iron, metal being bent and junk being crushed in massive hydraulic machines.
Earlier this year, John Cxnnor released their debut single ft. dark-folk artist THE DEVIL’S TRADE (Season Of Mist) titled “Dead Sister Merope”. Since then, the collective has released tracks with both CABAL, EYES and HIRAKI.
Deathcore group MOLOTOV SOLUTION teasing a remastered version of their final album, 2011’s Insurrection throught a photo of the band and engineer/producer Will Putney together in front of a wall of amplifiers.
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Invisible Oranges is premiering “Fanges”, the new EP by the acclaimed French atmospheric death metal visionaries BARÚS. Stream “Fanges” at THIS LOCATION.
A couple of weeks after the official release of their debut full-length effort, Swiss metalcore/progressive/modern metal quintet, SINEQUANON also shared the whole record for free streaming on YouTube.
For reminder, the album – featuring and produced by Kris Norris from Darkest Hour, Threat Signal, Scar The Martyr…) – is still available on CD & Digital through Bandcamp and the main legal services (Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal…)
SINQUANON is a Swiss metalcore project from Monthey founded in 2018 by Yann Savoini. His music is characterized above all by a balance of nuances. Poetic and sharp, light and furious at the same time, he releases all his sensitivity and his sincerity through strong and committed messages. Multi-instrumentalist, Yann composes and records all instruments.
Ahead of the release of his debut album “You’d Think It Was A Mistake”, LOWER AUTOMATION‘s singer and guitarist Derek Allen has teamed up with Dave Norman of screamo label Zegema Beach Records, his new label SOFTSEED Music and IDIOTEQ.com to premiere his new single, “The Apparatus”
We hosted a special premiere HERE – go and check it out for more details.
The blueprint for pop punk songwriting and recording Ben Weasel has returned with Screecing Weasel’s latest full length masterpiece Some Freaks Of Atavisim. Today we present to you and your earbuds a taste of punk rock ear and eye candy “Turn It Around” with Guest Vocalist the one and only Josie Cotton, along with the full audio release for review, more radio choice cuts and pure punk rawk enjoyment.
Inspired pop punk for a brand new decade, this single and full album are truly delicious but we’ll let your ears decide…
Helmed by acid-penned frontman Ben Weasel, Some Freaks of Atavism is inspired pop punk for a strange new decade. Smart, incisive, rocking (and of course) danceable as hell, the 14-tracks produced and engineered by Mike Kennerty came at the right time for many fans stuck at home during the rise of Covid-19. After canceling upcoming tour dates amid worldwide safety concerns, Weasel pushed the album’s release forward with gusto.
Chamber folk artist Noah Kite has shared his new album Drunk Lil Guy, a folk-pop innovation that expertly blends American folk, blues, jazz and folk influences and showcases his intriguing talent, just stretching out.
The new offering harbors deep appreciation for both the harmonic palette and the spirt of collectivism employed by fellow art/folk/pop auteurs Steely Dan, Fleet Foxes or Sufjan Stevens.
Check out our in-depth feature on his art at this location.
CELESTE and CONJURER have announced their European tour for March/April 2022.
02.03 Clermont Ferrand – LCDM
03.03 Toulouse – Le Rex
04.03 Barcelona – Boveda
05.03 Madrid – Independance
06.03 Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
07.03 Brussels – Le Botanique
08.03 Tourcoing – Le Grand Mix
09.03 Paris – Trabendo
10.03 London – The Dome
11.03 Rotterdam – Baroeg
12.03 Esch sur Alzette – Kulturfabrik
13.03 Koln – Gebäude 9
14.03 Hamburg – Hafenklang
15.03 Berlin – Lido
16.03 Leipzig – UT Connewitz
17.03 Prague – Modrá Vopice
18.03 Krakow – Hol
19.03 Kosice – Collosseum
20.03 Budapest – Dürer Kert
21.03 Cluj Napoca – Form Space
22.03 Bucarest – Quantic
23.03 Sofia – Live & Loud
24.03 Zagreb – TBA
25.03 Bratislava – Randal Club
26.03 Vienna – Viper Room
27.03 Salzburg – Rockhouse
28.03 Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
29.03 Antwerpen – Trix
30.03 Strasbourg – La Laiterie
31.03 Düdingen – Bad Bonn
01.04 Milan – Tunnel Club
02.04 Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
DECAPITATED have completed their 8th full-length album, to be released in 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records.
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Swedish melodic crust metal punks MYTERI will be on the compilation LP ‘Demons inside us’ on Phobia Records. This is an alternative version of the song ‘Insomnia’ that will be on their upcoming LP ‘lllusion’. On this version, Hanna Slayson helps the band with some additional vocals. Dope!
San Francisco powerviolent hardcore band OBSOLETE MAN joined us for a special insightful feature on their new 2-track single HERE.
Alternative punks CEMËNTERI premiered new single “El verano más corto” on IDIOTEQ HERE.
Swedish death metal act KATTLIK shared their new single “ATT FINNA OCH FINNAS”.
Kattlik is a powerful death metal band that blends Latin grooves with Swedish melancholy. Lyrics in Spanish, Swedish, or English give their own unique feel to each song, with the common thread of brutal primeval power.
Bandcamp posted their picks for top punk records in 2021. GO HERE to check it out.
AS I LAY DYNG will be headlining three shows in Russia with special guests LORNA SHORE next August.
15.08.22 Russia Yekaterinburg @ Tele-Club
16.08.22 Russia Moscow @ Adrenaline Stadium
17.08.22 Russia St. Petersburg @ A2 Green Concert
Tankcrimes label has posted their 2021 wrap-up:
Despise You “West Side Horizons” LP / CD / TAPE – this was a few years in the making as it was one of the releases that got shelved in 2020, I’m stoked we got it together this year because it’s such an incredible collection and important to the history and culture of underground punk and west coast Power Violence. 62 tracks that don’t fuck around. You can grab a “Cyan inside Clear” aka blue blob vinyl in our store or hit your local shop for a copy on Deep Purple vinyl we made available for retail only.
Trappist / Connoisseur “Cross Faded” split 12″ – 2 of the dopest contemporary bands influenced by the bands in our reissue catalog! This was another release put on hold in 2020 that we pressed forward with this year and WOW, it sold out really fast. I did not expect this record to be out of print already. A total ripper from front to back steeped in songs about our favorite drugs – beer and weed. You can probably find some straggler copies out at your favorite shop – we did a retail “half black / half clear” edition thats out there somewhere but I’m mostly just stoked all of these found homes so quickly.
Ghoul “Live in the Flesh” 2xLP / CD / VHS – Originally intended to just be a VHS release, once I heard the final mix/master I proposed we do a sick double album and it’s a ripper. The best way to describe it is “like a greatest hits album just played a lot faster and sloppier but also recorded shittier” haha I love a band like Ghoul where I can drop a description like that but its true – this album is a lot of fun, a must have for a Ghoulunatic. Just getting started with Ghoul? Start with the albums. This release is a one time pressing – we have some killer “Half Highlighter” vinyl in out store or you can snag a “Highlighter” copy we made for retail only from your favorite shop.
Fucked Up “Year of the Horse” 2xLP / 2xCD – At this point you can’t really say anything is unexpected from this band. No fan of Fucked Up was shocked to learn they had taken 5 years to make one song that is 100 minutes long. No fan of Fucked Up was surprised when this one song play like a full length album and a massive adventure both in the story and sonically. The band began releasing pieces of the audio back in February and we got the vinyl into stores and collections just a few weeks back. We just got all the “overs” counted in so you can find a few different vinyl variants in the store now while they last. Hit your favorite shop for a copy of the retail edition, White vinyl in North Amercia and Mustard vinyl in EU.
Thanks again, next year will be 20 fucking years since our first release, the Deadfall s/t 7″ came out on Controlled by Plague records – was handed to me to take the wheel which then morfed into my own Tankcrimes a few years later. It’s been a manic ride and I’ve loved it all (mostly). It’s remakable how many of you have been following for so long. I’ll keep at it as long for as long as I have your support.
2022? I’ll be keeping this info off social media until the time is right but for my email list subscribers I can give you a taste.
OVENS (Power Pop, Tony Molina)
BAT (Motorcharged Speed Metal Punk)
ESCUELA GRIND (Grind, PV, DM, HC Punk)
FUCKED UP (???)
MORBIKON – brand new band I’m absolutely thrilled about – will be one of the biggest Metal releases of the year mark my words.