Graf Orlock!!!!

Film-centric California Grindcore. A harsh soundtrack to a very depressing movie about modern industrial culture. Their tunes balance high-minded concepts with gut punch rockin’. If you like heavy music you will like this band

 

http://graforlock.com/

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Hanetration: 10th Oar

I love love love this glitchy ambient album. Found sounds stretched into ambient pieces make Scott a happy reviewer. I love this album so much I had to remix it.

http://hanetration.bandcamp.com

http://barrenwaste.bandcamp.com/album/broken-by-the-number-10

Valve: Demo

This is one of the better demos any band has sent my way. Valve mashes sludge and post-hardcore together to great effect. I like sludge, but I can’t sit through a full sludge album or sludge set without being blazed out of my mind. Valve tempers the creepy slow crawl of sludge with odd chords and guitar tones. Throughout the demo Valve manage to temper metal chugging with prog-rock guitar runs and well-timed break downs. Their singer utilizes a very raspy tone that fits the tunes well and doesn’t overpower the music. He also has a pleasant clean singing voice that fits the less heavy sections beautifully.  Its a sweet Demo by an interesting up and coming band.

http://valve.bandcamp.com/

 

Infected Womb: 2012 trax

First off, Mike Haner of Infected Womb is an awesome dude who is an extremely positive force in heavy music. He not only makes great music, but is extremely supportive of others. His releases have been consistently top notch and more people should be waiting with baited breath for his next release. Infected Womb’s previous effort (http://infectedwomb.bandcamp.com/album/dirt) is an excellent work of Grindcore. It has your standard super fast drums and growling but done exceptionally well. It has unexpected twists and turns that don’t feel hacky or abrupt, but instead flow naturally with the song.

2012 trax improves on Dirt in all areas. The sound quality is better. The mixing is better. The heavier parts are even heavier and the vocals are more aggressive and forthright. The edition of well played bass lines and improved song writing helps push these tunes in a new direction. Infected Womb was exemplary Grindcore. 2012 trax shows Infected womb starting to carve out a signature sound that borrows from many varieties of heavy music, but cannot be easily pigeonholed.

http://infectedwomb.bandcamp.com/album/2012-trax

The Flashbulb: Opus At The End Of Everything

Benn Jordan has figured it out. This album represents the best balance of Jordan’s considerable skill set that he has released to date. Less blatantly jazzy than Love As A Dark hallway, Opus has subtle jazz flavoring throughout mixed impeccably with Jordan’s beats and keyboard work. Jordan’s guitar work and effects-laden vocals punctuate tracks as often as they provide fitting atmospherics. Opus is easily my favorite release by Jordan so far and I can only hope he tops this one with his next release.

http://theflashbulb.bandcamp.com/album/opus-at-the-end-of-everything