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.

http://www.deathwishinc.com/bands/97/

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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.

http://somemistakes.bandcamp.com/

40oz. Folklore-Something’s Wrong With This Picture

Chattanooga, TN has produced one of the more interesting punk bands that has floated across my radar recently. 40oz. is very much inspired by old-school punk but is not shackled by its cliches. Biting riffs give way to well thought out, almost Sonic Youthlike solos backed by a ballsy rhythm section, which sports an awesome bass tone. ErikkA’s has more growl and venom than a crackhead with throat cancer. Stark verses and catchy choruses make me want to sing along and pump my fist. This is a solid musical entity that will continue to develop a unique sound.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/40oz-Folklore/147865015260043?sk=info#!/pages/40oz-Folklore/147865015260043?sk=wall

Morbo Y Mambo-Das Papier

Geezer Butler Bass lines, Melt Banana vocals, and echo drenched trumpet. You aren’t high, you are listening to Morbo & Mambo. Argentina’s weirdest sons & daughters can groove as well as they can screech. The tight-as-fuck rhythm section is the perfect foil for the possessed rantings of Noelia Pollini and the noir trumpet riffing of Fermín Echeveste. Synth bubbles highlight beautiful atmospheres and hard rock breakdowns tear latin reggae sections apart. Holy fuck, that all happens in three tracks.

http://morboymambo.bandcamp.com/album/das-papier-ep

Nohari-Fuck Your Scene

Raw and visceral yet tasteful. I am floored that only three dudes contributed to this album. The sheer amount of original guitar parts and the surplus of different vocal timbres sounds like a four-piece with guest vocals. For the most part Nohari follows the, “nothing can last for more than five seconds,” attitude of grindcore, but the twists and turns yield better results than most. Mike Haner’s guitar work is skillful but catchy, Bradley Cook’s drumming is equally skillful and entirely moshable. Cook also recorded the album. It is obvious this album was recorded with minimal equipment and funding, however Cook manages to get an excellent sound. The vocals and especially the low end of cook’s kit sound especially strong. Nohari is six awesome songs long. I want more.

Crippling Fear-Demo/assorted facebook tracks

Do you like screeching dissonant cacophony interspersed with catchy riffs? Then you will love Boston’s Crippling Fear. Punk as fuck, Crippling Fear’s predominant desire is to play super fast songs for their friends. Given how good their output is they deserve a lot more friends. Check out their facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/cripplingfear?sk=app_178091127385

Buried at Birth-Pestilent Hallucinations

Kick Ass grindcore with awesome dualing vocals. While Badass guitar riffs abound Buried at Birth’s true marker is their rhythm section. Donovan Kelley is an excellent finger-style bassist who is actually audible in the mix and Ryan Fassler mixes up the blasts with excellent tom and cymbal work. Go to Grindcorekaraoke.com and download Pestilent Hallucinations it fucking rips. Also, remember to read the lyrics they skirt the boundary of brutal and poetic in the best way.