Ilsa – Corpse Fortress (Review)

IlsaThis is the fifth album from US sludge metal band Ilsa.

Ilsa are well-known around these parts for being prime suppliers of dirty, heavy, riff-driven kicking metallic sludge. 2015’s The Felon Claw and 2012’s Intoxicantations in particular were both huge, crushing records which still get regular rotation from yours truly. Continue reading

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Endorphins Lost/Osk – Split (Review)

Endorphins Lost OskEndorphins Lost are from the US and Osk are from Canada. They have teamed up for this short and savage grindcore split.

Endorphins Lost give us four tracks of barely contained rage lasting around just as many minutes. Continue reading

Coilguns – Millennials (Review)

CoilgunsCoilguns are a hardcore band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

Playing music that’s intricate and full of lethal promise, this is 39 minutes of focused violence and barely restrained aggression. The songs on this album are full of intensity and harshness, but in a controlled and directed manner. Continue reading

Lesions – Tired of Being Pushed Around and Told Just What to Do (Review)

LesionsLesions, (or xLesionsx), are a crust/hardcore/sludge band from the US and this is their debut EP.

Featuring members of At Dusk and Nan Elmoth, this is underground, ugly hardcore with crust and sludge elements. It’s 13 minutes of aggressive, belligerent music that hits the spot quite nicely. Continue reading

All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal (Review)

All Pigs Must DieThis is the third album from All Pigs Must Die, a US hardcore band.

Ever since 2013’s Nothing Violates This Nature knocked me off my feet, kicked me in the teeth, and stamped down on my neck, I’ve been looking forward to the next instalment of brutal abuse from this impressive act. Continue reading