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IN SHORTS #28 📢 Punk & Metal News Roundup; December 8th

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Experimental noise doom metallers THE BODY have premiered a new collection of rarities, including a bunch of interesting covers of BLACK FLAG, CRASS, BODY COUNT, Sinead O’Coonnor, and more.

They commented:

Added the Collected Works music to our bandcamp. Has a bunch of gems on it. Some of it unreleased besides being on a limited tape. Got some shows coming up in january. holler if you want us to play your town in early january and you live in the midwest.

Spanish melodic punk rockers WILD ANIMALS are readying new record! GO HERE to see a teaser pic and be sure to give a listen to last year’s “Basements: Music To Fight Hypocrisy”, one of the finest emotive gritty punk rock record in years! The band’s side project JAMIE 4 PRESIDENT, is worth a check.

Dog Knights Productions has premiered “A Year Defined”, a sick new track taken from grindy screamo band SETSUKO‘s debut LP ‘The Shackles of Birth’, which will be released on limited vinyl and digitally soon! The band’s debut EP “Live Life | Die Happy”
was released in May 2017 and can be hear below.

12 tracks of fast, harsh Screamo and Grindcore. You’ve got to check them out if you like Full of Hell, Orchid, Throats, etc.

Norwegian punk infused gritty hard rockers WOLVES LIKE US are making progress on their new LP, a follow up to their 2014’s Prosthetic Records album ‘Black Soul Choir’.

Vocalist/guitarist Larsh Kristensen commented:

“I’m writing lyrics and melodies for vocals these days. Mostly in my car on the way to work. Such is dad life.”

Hardcore blog Toxicbreed’s Funhouse is calling it quits. See the official word below and be sure to browse throough their pages before it’s tooo late.

This is a long time coming, but I figured it was time to finally put it down in writing. We will be putting Toxicbreed’s Funhouse to rest after a nine year run. Due to time constraints and new life ventures, we just don’t have the free time or energy to maintain an active blog at this point. I just want to take a moment and thank each and every one of you who checked out the site, supported our projects, and kept the social community around the site itself an active and fun place. Upon initially starting the blog in 2008 I had zero idea it would last as long as it has and would have gotten such a strong following over the years. Thank you to each and every one of you who helped us break the 7 million page view mark in our existence.

Thank you and goodbye,
Wayne & Eliot

Oakville, Ontario’s emo pop punk rockers PARKSIDE are streaming their new EP “Whenever You’re Ready”. Listen below and go here to see their upcoming dates with BELMONT and NIGHTWELL.

Ohio screamy hardcore pack WOLF TEETH are streaming new 2-track single “Fractures​/​/​Thread Count”, teasing their upcoming EP “Patience”. Chaos and consistency make for a winning combination here and I can’t wait to hear the whole record.
Be sure to give it a listen!

The two songs being premiered today are quite different and showcase WOLF TEETH’s various influences without being able to peg any single one down. “Thread Count” is super intense and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a WOLF TEETH fan who doesn’t think this is their best song. It begins with a brief, lulling intro that abruptly stops, only to come back full-force, complete with awesome screaming from vocalist Eddy. And oh my, that bass is fucking stupid good. The song slips into a few different transitions reaching into different territory but always comes back to that great opening riff which brings Youth Novel to mind, save the ending which is screamy metalcore complete with a dual-screaming breakdown not unlike early From A Second Story Window. “Fractures” is very subdued and could be labeled hardcore/post-hardcore before anything screamy. I’m reminded of a bit of Helmet and Snapcase as the song has a very different feel to it, accentuated most obviously by the slower pace and doubled song length. / Open Mind / Saturated Brain – GO HERE to see the full feature

Gainesville, Florida’s emo indie punk rockers DIKEMBE are streaming a new re-=mixed version of their 2013 EP “Chicago Bowls”. Listen below and pick up one of the picture disc 12″s at this spot.

This album was finally remixed to sound decent and have the samples in it. David did a great job remixing it for the picture disc release. I heard guitar parts and vocals that I didn’t even know were in the songs before. So that’s cool.

Antwerp’s gritty hardcore act LOTUS are back with a new record ‘The Road To Calvary’, a strong second full-length, a harrowing exercise in self-reflection, drenched in brutal honesty. Listen below.vir

First it’s gritty, then it’s groovy. It’s unsparingly fast and then it’s provocatively down-tempo: TRTC is an unapologetically intense album with relentlessly straightforward riffs and brutally honest lyrics. Recorded by Nico van Montfort in the Winter of 2017, and mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Studio, this record gets deeply under your skin and makes you want to put your head through a wall. In a sense, it feels quite familiar, because it’s an album in true LOTUS style: in and out, with little room to catch your breath. But the combination of pumping guitars, a massive drum sound and frightfully gruff vocals gives a whole new dimension to what this band has been bringing since day one.

With videos for ‘The Plea’ and ‘The Slit“, LOTUS has given the world a first taste of what to expect from ‘The Road To Calvary’, which will be released on 9 December by Shield Recordings and Assault Records. And with a highly private person as a singer, you can only sense what the album’s lyrics are all about. But in the face of loss, hardship and distress, LOTUS always succeeds in letting a tinge of unwavering combativeness shimmer through. So if you feel like you’re trapped or about to hit a dead end, give this record a spin. You’ll get your fighting spirit back for sure.

Brisbane based ruined smile records and Drunk With Love Records have shared a new tender split by Virginia Sook and Wendy Eisenberg. Virginia comes from Brisbane, Australia, and is based in different locations around Europe at the moment, while Wendy is a guitarist improviser and composer from Boston, Massachusetts, who started writing songs after she came to the awareness that being a musician is equal parts being a wolf and a cube. It’s blend of indie folk drama, ballad spectres memoir and is compelling, made as intimate as if you were sitting in the same room, tickled by two astounding attention-commanding voices of both artists. Listen for yourself.

Britsh punk rock label Drunken Sailor Records has premiered a cool sampler featuring 21 tracks off each of all their releases in 2017. The record finds a bunch of great artists reworking a suite of punk rock songs with their trademark hooks and varied stylistics.

Chilean emotional, screamy hardcore band NEPUGIA (featured in a 5-way interview earlier this year) are streanming their new vicious split with their crusty powerviolence friends from PARASITO. Both bands exploit a unique balance of tuneful and brutal, and the split seems to be an essential listen for anyone interested in the genre.

Pabianice based Polish gritty, crusty hardcore pack DESPIZER are streaming their new nihilistic power track “Wężownik II”, coming from their new record “Pogarda”, a follow up to their 2013 debut Joyride of Despair, and hopefully a good proof that DESPIZER is one of the true keepers of the Scandinavian metallic hardcore lineage. Listen below and stay tuned for a full record, out next week!

French post-metal innovators DIRGE are streaming their new EP Alma | Baltica today on Decibel Magazine. The record is slated for a December 15 release on Division Records and can be heard at this location. The band’s mixture of atmopsheric climaxes and sonic extremity is the perfect scrub for everything you’ve been subjected to in the genre of post metal, and serves as one of the most richly-crafted experimental metal records to date.

Twenty years divide “Infected Brain Machine”, Dirge’s first demo, and 2014’s “Hyperion”, their sixth and latest album to date. While the first few releases delved into industrial and noisy textures somewhat similar to Godflesh, the French group slowly and progressively widened their sound palette at the turn of the 21st century. Less mechanical and more organic, heavy and suffocating atmospheres follow the lines of corrosive guitars and subsequently become the core of Dirge’s music, predating a genre that would later be baptized as post-hardcore or post-metal. Psychedelic, cold and melancholic elements filling and adorning massive riffs and industrial volutes helped shape album after album.

Born from the will to deepen the most ambient side of Dirge’s signature, “Alma | Baltica” recreates the most bleak and monolithic aspects of the band’s sound in its most atmospheric and abstract version. By working on spaces, resonances, repetitions as well as textures and effects, Dirge offers a ghostly sound made of analogic keys, rippling guitars, enfolding electronics, mesmerizing loops and echoing rhythms. A Voiceless journey between ethereal lines and industrial soundscapes piercing a laid bare wall of sound, “Alma | Baltica” is a real distinct experiment in the band’s discography.

Minnesota’s TINY MOVING PARTS have announced their new album Swell, set to be released on Triple Crown Records on January 26th. Pre-orders for the record are available now. “Caution”, the first new song from the album, was released last week with an accompanying video directed by John Komar. It is available to stream and purchase on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and across all digital platforms. The band recently announced their winter headlining tour with support from Mom Jeans and Oso Oso. Kicking off in late January, the tour sees the trio winding their way across the country for over a month (all tour dates HERE).

Hole Roar Records has been raving about MINORS for the last few weeks now and finally you can see why with their new video/single ‘Bone Pointer’! If you’re a fan of early CEREMONY, TRASH TALK, with a hint of CURSED (who isn’t) then this album will feel right at home in your music collection. Check out the video here and you can listen to the song on all streaming services here.

British heavy hardcore pack BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL jsut announced an ealy 2018 string of European dates with Deez Nuts, Trash Talk, Capsize and Boundries! See the dates below. We interviewed them about their new record and being on the road ealier this year. GO HERE to check it out.

08.02.2018 Russia Riga Depo
09.02.2018 Tallin Rockstars
10.02.2018 St. Petersburg Zoccolo2.0
11.02.2018 Moscow Gorod
16.03.2018 Germany Schweinfurt Stattbahnhof *
17.03.2018 Germany Chemnitz AJZ Talschock *
18.03.2018 Czech Republic Brno Fleda *
19.03.2018 Austria Graz PPC *
20.03.2018 Germany Augsburg Kantine *
21.03.2018 Switzerland Aarau KiFF *
22.03.2018 Germany Saarbrücken Garage *
23.03.2018 Belgium Hasselt Muziekodroom *
24.03.2018 France Angoulême La Nef *
25.03.2018 Great Britain London The Underworld *
26.03.2018 Great Britain Manchester Rebellion Club *
27.03.2018 Great Britain Birmingham Mama Roux’s *
28.03.2018 Netherlands Utrecht Tivoli *
29.03.2018 Germany Karlsruhe NCO Club *
30.03.2018 Germany Berlin Lido *
31.03.2018 Germany Hannover Kulturzentrum Faust *
01.04.2018 Germany Oberhausen Kulttempel *
28-30.06.18 Netherlands Jera On Air Ysslsteyn * w/ Deez Nuts / Trash Talk / Capsize and Boundries

Italian/British grind hardcore pack DISCOMFORT are readying a new record. Go here and here to check out some pics and GO HERE to read our recent double interview with the band, touching on their latest split record with FALSE LIGHT, released last year via Epidemic Records (Italy), Assurd Records (Italy), Eastrain Records (France) and Headfirst Records (USA)!

German synth emoviolence / screamo band Кальк (KALK, featured on IDIOTEQ this September) are streaming 2 new tracks taken from “In The Apsis 1” DIY compilation by Marderschaden DIY, featuring 3 other bands wirth a check. ‘Fuck beauty standards and smash patriarchy’ and listen below.

Britush independent label Big Scary Monsters has premiered a new sampler featuring a track from each of their releases over the past 12 months. From SORORITY NOISE, through SINGLE MOTHERS, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, to GNARWOLVES and MODERN BASEBALL. There’s a lot to keep your ears busy!

JIMMY EAT WORLD have released a new acoustic EP featuring stripped versions of three tracks from their 9th album ‘Integrity Blues’, released last year via RCA Records. It will feature unplugged renditions of the Integrity Blues songs “Get Right,” “Sure and Certain,” and the title track (listen below). The EP is out today! Also, the band has just announced some dates for 2018, alongside The Struts, The Hotelier, Microwave and Alex Lahey. GO HERE to check out the details.

Swedish black metal architects SHINING have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, X – Varg Utan Flock, due out on January 5 through Season Of Mist. Listen to “Svart Ostoppbar Eld” below.

Brighton based alt rock / noise pop trio LAZYBONES have shared their second single ‘Snake’, coming out officially today! The three piece with organ & vocals, fuzzy bass and drums creates a trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point British sound; inspired by Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols and Chas & Dave, comparable to Queens of the Stone Age and Slaves. Check them out below.

All good things come in threes, so they say. They do in this case that’s for damn sure, combining one fuzzy bass guitar, one amplified organ and one set of drums, Brighton’s Lazybones manage to make an almighty racket with that quite low key triptych. Hardly the holy trinity of instruments BUT in the right hands, anything is possible. For example their new song ‘Snake’ is trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point rock and bloody roll, wearing its heart on its sleeve and taking its aim at the liars, cheats and downright scum of the earth. The band are DIY to the core and releasing the single on a limited run of tapes which will have artwork exclusively to that format.

WISDOM IN CHAINS have announced their first two albums have officially returned and will be available again in the New Year! They have added some special treats with these 10 year anniversary bonus edition Digi Pack re-issues, including a never before released track on each. GO HERE to order.

Detroit noise rock eccentrics CHILD BITE, who’ve spent much of the year road bound, return to the streets next week supporting legendary noise rock trio Unsane and experimental trio BigIBrave. The eight-date trek – which runs from December 12th through December 19th – follows CHILD BITE’s recent tour with Housecore labelmates Superjoint along with DevilDriver and will serve as their final shows of the year. GO HERE to see the details.

CHILD BITE released their Negative Noise full-length last year via Housecore Records. The wild, forty-seven-minute assault was produced by Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.), mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer), and is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod, and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. The record won the #33 of Decible’s Top 40 Albums Of 2016. Hailed Punk News, “This is for the open-minded punk, headbanger, or weirdo. If you like your music a little on the ugly side, you owe it to yourself to check them out.” Added No Clean Singing, “Negative Noise possesses a brilliance and individuality all its own and is a refreshing breath of fetid air in an era saturated with a d-beat-only approach to punk and hardcore.”

Static Shock Records has premiered 2 new jams from noisy punk act BETA BLOCKERS, coming from their new record “Stiff Prescription”, to be released on January 26, 2018. The Leeds/Sheffield based pack features members from The Flex, No Form, Perspex Flesh, Community and more! Taste it below and stay tuned for more details soon!

Richmond alt dream / noise pop act POSITIVE NO has shared a new single Fro)))zen Warnings, with all profits to be donated to Side by Side, an organisation dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

Each year we offer a song for a local charity and this year it is a cover of Nico’s “Frozen Warnings” with a stylistic nod to Sunn O))) = Fro)))zen Warnings. A few things about the song:
1) Kenny and I did everything with the help of our friend Greg Darden who provided us with great samples and noise layers.
2) This is not what we normally sound like so expect the unexpected.
3) The track starts off on the quiet side but do not turn it up too much or you might blow a speaker.
4) The song will be sold through Bandcamp and 100% of the proceeds will go to a local charity called Friends of Side by Side who offer support to Virginia’s LGBTQ + youth community.

Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have premiered “Catharsis”, the title track of their ninth full-length album, due out on January 26 through Nuclear Blast.

Celtic punk veterans DROPKICK MURPHYS are teaming up with NYHC dads AGNOSTIC FRONT for a tour next year. GO HERE to see the details.

CVLT Naation magazine has issues a cool feature on black representation in goth and post punk. GO HERE to read.

Canadian punk rockers PROPAGANDHI will be supporting their new record Victory Lap on a March trek with IRON CHIC and LA ARMADA. GO HERE to see the full schedule, including a bunch of European shows!

Michigan hardcore band LAKE EFFECT have premiered a new video for their song “Misguided Youth”, coming from their new record “Solitude”, to be released in early 2018.

It’s JELLO BIAFRA WEEK at PUNKNEWS.orgwhich means all week long they will be running a number of features and reviews around Jello’s entire career. From the Dead Kennedys to his current band, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE! Keep an eye out all week for great content and new reviews of Jello’s incredible career starting with the first feature on his discography!

Portuguese tech metallers THIRDSPHERE are streaming new video for their song “Worms”, coming from their new album Syzygy, to be released on December 23. The record will feature Mendel Bij of ABORTED and Andrew Ivashchenko of SHOKRAN.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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