Weekly Roundup: November 10, 2017
There is a never ending onslaught of music coming out. Each Friday sees the release of a slew of new records worth your time and notice. Here are a small fraction, rounded up and reviewed to the best of our ability:
RIYL: Seaweed, Cave In, Far
It’s been the better portion of a lifetime since Quicksand last released new music but from the first notes of Interiors, you would never guess it. They band picks up seemingly right where they left off with Manic Compression—heavy, grooving post hardcore that is as enjoyable as it is incredibly vital. Its amazing just how good it feels to be listening to this kind of music in 2017—the bass growling, the guitars screaming. Quicksand has always been the best of what 90’s post-hardccore had to offer, their name dropped by just about everyone as a foundational sound and influence, and Interiors, a record coming 22 years tlate that could easily have squandered their legacy, the band manages instead to indelibly cement it, creating a dynamic, important record worthy of the band's legacy.
RIYL: The Carrier, Jesus Piece, Foundation
If there was a “Freshman class” equivalent for hardcore, Axis would have been on it. Show Your Greed showed them to be a heavy, aggressive and surprisingly forward-thinking hardcore band that owed more to the Deathwish Inc holy-terror sound than the NYHC two-step one that is de rigueur currently. Shift shows more of the same, the band chasing a path that has been laid by Converge and Integrity and countless other bands, but doing so in such a adept and confident way as to surely garner the attention this band absolutely deserves.
RIYL: Waxahatchee, Big Thief, Grouper
2016 was Angel Olsen’s year. With the release of MY WOMAN, the alt-country indie starlet shot to headliner status quickly becoming a staple on festival lists and drawing an ever-more fervent fanbase. MY WOMAN is an excellent record—from the intro ductory sultry, dusky notes of “Intern” to the closing lonely piano jangles of “Pops,” its somewhat of a tour-de-force that has garnered her indie darling status. Phases is a B-side follow up, a collection of unused material from largely those sessions and it feels pretty clear why these were left on the cutting room floor. For her already avid fans, Phases is going to provide more of evyerhting they love. But for newcomers, Ms. Olsen’s warbling, tremulous voice on these tracks may serve somewhat as a barrier; the songs never quite hitting their stride. But as a hold-over till whatever she does next, Phases will do nicely.
RIYL: Mammoth Grinder, Black Breath, Nails
Blackened hardcore is becoming a crowded subgenre. Every time you turn around it seems like there’s another band in the hardcore mold looking to out-brutal the last band in an ever-infinitely dwindling number of steps towards Dis. It’s kind of like the Xeno’s Paradox of blackened hardcore…each step taking you imperceptibly closer but never reaching the goal. It’s a good thing that Arizona’s Gatecreeper create their brooding, cookie-monster on a psychotic Dahmer-esque killing spree sound in such a confident way. Sweltering Madness may only be a single with two songs on it, but there is enough bone-grinding, teeth-gnashing, throat-shredding horror on this record to satisfy even the most br00tal crowd killer.