Sumac – The Deal (2015)


Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Sumac

Album: The Deal

Label: Profound Lore


Straying from the stricter confined of pure metal for the moment, members of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Botch and Baptists team up for a monumental slab of sludgy, dissonant metallic hardcore. Ever since Neurosis turned their hardcore roots to post metal and Converge released Jane Doe almost 15 years ago, there has been a distinct and creative strain existing within the overall banner of ‘metalcore’. Whilst the more obvious bands play ostensibly (and arguably) metal music in the vein of Gothenburg riffing supplemented with hardcore breakdowns and some vocal traits, the other school of thought usually has a more overall hardcore sound, shape and look, injecting metal in the form of brutal, dissonant and thick riffs reclaimed from the metallic domain of sludge metal. Continue reading


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

KEN Mode – Success (2015)

Artist: KEN Mode

Album: Success

Label: Season of Mist

Reviewer: Bloodshot Grub

Ah, noise rock. That strange child of punk, metal, rock, and noise that never seems entirely a part of any one world. KEN Mode has trawled these murky waters five times prior, demonstrating each time that few in the genre can match them for pure venom. And on their sixth album, Success, Jesse Matthewson and and company are giving us a chance to see not just the depth but the breadth of their vitriol, inclusive of spite, disappointment, cynicism, regret, sarcasm, contempt, disdain… uh, acrimoniousness… Continue reading