Children Of Technology-It’s Time to Face the Doomsday

If you like Motorhead, but want them to be a doomsday obsessed crust band, you will lose your shit over Children Of Technology. Fronted by DEATHLÖRD ASTWÜLF COT look and sound like post-apocalyptic a biker gang. ASTWULF sounds like a mad preacher warning of nuclear war and the impending fuel crisis, though I don’t get the impression that would stop COT from rocking. SPLATTERHEAD and THERMO-NUCLEAR-THRASHARD craft song after song of pure rock fury while GODDESS OF HAMMERING CHAOS beats the shit out of her drums. There is nothing about this album that isn’t 100% Rock & Roll. I can only imagine the pits at a COT concert.!/COTofficial

Death-Cult Jock-West End Blast

Oh hell yes. Badass Grindcore with thick Doom Metal riffing. Serious tunes with great lyrics like Last Saturday Night and Numb fit perfectly with the hilarious Uni-Wankers Fuck off and Death-Cult Jock Fuck off!! The whole album is full of exceptionally good Grindcore, however Numb and Last Saturday Night are my two favorite tunes, because the deviate from the formula. Last Saturday Night features a ripping guitar solo over a Scum-era Napalm Death Bassline, while Numb contains extended instrumental sections broken up by blasts of pure grind. Virus/Plagues has some interesting bass work and a mid-tempo section near the end that totally slays. Overall this is a great Grindcore album with hints of something even better to come.

Deafheaven-Roads to Judah

Hands down, my favorite Black Metal album to date. Deafheaven highlight all the strong points of the genre, a flowing yet logical song structure and the ability to invoke an emotive atmosphere which ties the album together. There are no goat heads impaled on sticks or band members burning churches and eating each other. George Clarke’s vocals owe as much to Grindcore as they do Black Metal, theres an element of honesty and masculinity that is absent from most Black Metal vocalists. Clarke is singing from the heart, he is not being theatrical or trying to fit into genre conventions. Nick Bassett and Kerry McCoy have impressive chops and an ear for complex melodies and chord progressions. They do a fantastic job of layering multiple guitars during the slower interludes. While the rhythm section of Trevor Deschryver and Derek Prine can blast with the best of them, then segway into Godspeed style Post-rock sections without flinching. This is an excellent album from an excellent band.

IRONS-Grey Saviour

Music to listen to while contemplating the eventual demise of you and everything you love. IRONS makes multi-layered ambient music, keyboard drones and audio samples are broken up by metallic clangs and what sounds like wind instruments. As gorgeous as it is depressing IRONS output should be a pit stop for any musician looking to produce atmospheric music, or any person who wants to know what it feels like to drift into the void while slowly dissolving into nothingness.

Some Mistakes-Glamorous Thoughts

Drawing inspiration from Fugazi and Modern Life is War Some Mistakes have the potential to carry the torch for emotive hardcore. These guys have it all honed musicianship, excellent production, great melodies and bitchin’ riffs. On top of all that the lyrics are personal without being ham-fisted or wimpy. You Have Killed The Boy drips with pain, regret and loss. Whereas Lost in Translation perfectly conveys the feelings of isolation and confusion that often accompany romantic attachment. Glamorous Thoughts is a 2010 release. I’d like to hear more from these guys before the year is done.