Friday, June 29, 2018

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: The Sound That Ends Creation - "Roses and Thorns and Dead Unicorns"



Chris Dearing, the mastermind behind Texas mathcore / grind project, The Sound That Ends Creation, has come a long way. After releasing "Fitting Through the Crawlspace Between Rhyme and Reason" less than a year ago and appearing on Mathcore Index: Volume 4, TSTEC is back with his 3rd full-length, and it sees some of best work from the solo artist yet. With artwork done by Connie Sgarbossa of SeeYouSpaceCowboy, one can almost assume what kind of music one is going to encounter here, but the album also briefly broaches some electronic elements and includes a small saxophone feature. "Roses and Thorns and Dead Unicorns" is immediately reminiscent of the glory days of MySpace, and with it's cut-out art aesthetics, harsh vocals, art-grind freak outs, and abundant audio samples (Trailer Park Boys fans, rejoice), all that's missing is that white belt hanging in your closet.

"Roses and Thorns and Dead Unicorns" drops June 30th 2018 on Bandcamp.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Snakehound - "Imitation Crown"



You may remember Kansas City's Snakehound from the video premiere we did earlier this month, and today we have the pleasure of bringing you an early stream of their new album, "Imitation Crown." Snakehound are a brand new band, but have already made waves in the online community with series of singles showcasing high-energy metalcore with earwig riffs and pull-offs aplenty. The album begins with the moshy "Dignified Rats," and as the band doesn't skip on the vicious hardcore riffs and breakdowns, it only gets better from there." "Gypsy Danger" playfully dials it back only momentarily before launching into "Guillotine del Toro," which aside from "Timberline" may very well be the best representation of the band's sound; Snakehound bring the energy of Converge with the technicality of Botch, and combine it with the groove and heaviness of their disciples in Every Time I Die, Norma Jean and The Chariot, and "Guillotine del Toro" is a delightful exhibition of these influences. "Snakes for Legs" is as off-kilter as the name suggests, and brings some sickly, chromatically descending diminished chords a la Daughters, but doesn't linger there for long, as it soon gives way to feedback and harmonics, which fades perfectly into “Timberline," the video of which being the aforementioned premiere. The record then has it's only moment of respite with the brief interlude, “28:06:42:12," before jumping back into the action with the albums first single "Autumn Driver," our first taste of what Snakehound had to offer. The next track, "Northern Viper," is seemingly ironically titled as it most features mostly southern rock riffs, but the band soon resumes a more serious assault with “Hornets for Hands" and "Bitter Tempest," which boast a few of the more technically impressive sequences on the album. The album's finisher, "Five Eyes," finally brings it to it's conclusion with a lurching, feedback riddled anthem.

Pre-order "Imitation Crown" now on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Interview with Michael Hollinger of Arms


Mathcore Index correspondent Carson Pace interviews Michael Hollinger, aka Weeb Min, guitarist of Arms and chief memelord at Odd-Metered Mathcore m e m e s.  

Originally aired on Mathcast Episode 16.

Interview with The Number Twelve Looks Like You


Mathcore Index correspondent Carson Pace interviews The Number Twelve Looks Like You on the 12 year anniversary tour of "Nuclear, Sad Nuclear."

Originally aired on Mathcast Episode 16.

Interviews with Kucoshka and Satyr


Mathcore Index correspondent Carson Pace interviews Atlanta based bands Kucoshka and Satyr.

Originally aired on Mathcast Episode 15.

Monday, May 21, 2018

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: goner. - “goner.”



In recent years the metal and hardcore scenes, including their respective aesthetics, have become hopelessly intermingled. Along with their similar social, political, and anti-religious themes, the sounds of blast beats and breakdowns, circle pits and 2 steps, growling and shouting, now all exist happily under one larger umbrella, despite some waging a tireless war of classification, e.g., "that's not metal," or my personal favorite, "that's not grindcore," an expression I often hear pertaining to Myspace era bands. Goner are one such example of this current amalgamation that spring to mind. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, also home of legendary Ed Gein, it's no surprise that the three piece is somewhat genre defying, and given the rise of bands like Nails, End, Helpless, and other HM2 driven metallic hardcore and grind, Goner have picked a perfect time to carve out their niche in an ever evolving scene. "My Experience Has Molded Me Into the Failure You See Before You" begins the EP with fast and vicious riffing, and with the exception of one HUGE whammy breakdown in "The Great Deceiver" (the mixing by Outlier SoundPedram Valiani of Frontierer and Sectioned should be extremely evident here), the self-titled EP scarcely relents until the conclusion of "Caretaker."

Preorder the debut EP from goner. here.