Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Plebeian Grandstand

Album: False Highs, True Lows (2016)

Genre: Avant-Garde Black Metal/Mathcore/Powerviolence

Label: Throatruiner Records

 

Well this was certainly a bit unexpected. I had come to this record in great anticipation of another suffocating, immensely grotesque work of art; something in the vein of the recent Gnaw Their Tongues output. After all, Plebeian Grandstand’s 2014 release Lowgazers was an absolute masterpiece of sick sonic hatred. For those not privileged to be in the know, Grandstand had taken the recent popular surge of crusty grind and powerviolence, and infused it with equal parts of early Converge mathcore and Deathspell Omega’s unpredictable avant-garde black metal. The music and the production were equally dense and impenetrable, and at times it was difficult to decide if the music sounded more chaotic or deliberate. Continue reading

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Cult Leader – Lightless Walk (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Cult Leader

Album: Lightless Walk

Label: Deathwish, Inc.

“Once we were another band, now we’re a better one.”

The opening line from Cult Leader‘s press packet gets right to the point. The other band that they were was Gaza, whose 2012 album No Absolutes in Human Suffering was widely and justifiably lauded as a high point of modern metalcore. Three-quarters of that band went on to form Cult Leader, and, high as the bar is, Lightless Walk is indeed the output of a better band. Continue reading