THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) / HASHISHIAN ‘Taurean’ Split EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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What do you get when you take a primarily one-man musical project from Columbus, Ohio and mix it with a two-man musical project from Malaysia? You get six songs of pure badassery from the freshly issued “Taurean” split EP from the Buckeye State’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) and the weed worshiping Hashishian of course! Only THAL‘s Vince Green (John Walker) is joined by his wytCHord bandmate, Kevin Hartnell, for some help with the drums and guitars on this new material. Meanwhile, Hashishian is working within its own two man configuration for their contribution here as well so let’s jump into it, shall we? Continue reading

GRIM RAVINE ‘The Light Is From Below’ EP Review & Stream

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Just the name Grim Ravine itself inspires images of some foreboding, deep cavernous crevice within the earth where life is endangered and possibly, myriad evils abound. Those imaginings are not far off the mark either when the bleak, rock bottom sonics of the band’s imminent EP release, “The Light Is From Below“, is experienced. It will be issued this Friday, February 17th via Black Bow Records, the label run by Jon Davis of crushing heavyweights Conan. Taking their cue from such sonic monstrosities as Unearthly Trance or Bongripper, Grim Ravine have weaponized a lethal aural assault of bleak, burdensome Doom emanating with Sludge-like miseries. The four songs unleashed on the EP, “Shrine Of Misery“, “Translunary“, “Hypernova” and “Vacant Mass” carve their way into your skull with frightening misanthropy resonating in their beings. Heavy, loud, laden with groove, loud, heavy displays of what the band themselves admit to being their own knack to “worship tone and riffs”, this is vile doom merely for the same of such. Once you subject yourself to it via the Bandcamp embed below, odds are you will be utterly shuddered to your very soul itself and never able to peacefully rest again anytime afterward.

FELLER BUNCHER ‘203040’ EP Review & Stream

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Sometimes it takes an album issued abroad to make its way across the sea and arrive at our door step here at Metal Nexus HQ in Kentucky, that’s a given. It recently happened with the “203040” EP offering from France’s Feller Buncher which was actually released near the end of July 2016 but made it in by the skin of its teeth for a review (see, we usually mark the cut off point as anything within the last 6 months). Sure, we’ve made exceptions but it wasn’t needed here as I said and I for one am glad because this is a nice, rockin’ little EP without a doubt. The fellers three at the heart of Feller Buncher, bassist/vox Antoine, guitarist Guillaume and drummer Raphael have a heavier hard rock sound. At times it brings to mind much of the killer alt. rock/grunge of the 90’s like Helmet, Fudge Tunnel or Quicksand and that’s a damn good thing in my book.
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88 MILE TRIP ‘Blame Canada’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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Vancouver-based Stoner Rock band 88 Mile Trip recently released their 5-song “Blame Canada” EP, a covers effort that yep, you guessed it, covers songs exclusively from Canadian acts. The story goes that the guys, vocalist David Bell, drummer Eddie Riumin and guitarists Pat Hill and Darin Wall were on the road touring for their previous release, “Through The Thickest Haze” when something inspirational happened. A song came on the radio which evidently floored the foursome, one they said they’d never heard before, which really amazes me personally, and it was Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Not Fragile“. Curiosities piqued, they wondered what other great Canadian rock music was out there that they might have missed out on and it all lead to the release we’re now here for.

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Dragon’s Share: Magnetic Eye Records 2016 Sampler – ‘Riffs And Spliffs Volume II’ [Stream & NYP Item]

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Dragon’s Share features are all about turning readers on to something that’s good and in most cases, FREE..and today’s is no exception. Around the beginning of December, Magnetic Eye Records issued an extensive label sampler that featured a plethora of different bands from differing genres of music. The “Riffs And Spliffs Volume II” compilation showcases a track each from sixteen incredibly good bands. Included are acts such as Watchtower, Horsehunter, Akuma, Summoner, Elephant Tree, Ironweed, Rosetta, Ken Mode, The Glorious Rebellion, Nopes, Arae, Geezer, The Phuss, Low Flying Hawks, Domkraft, and Claymation. Oh, it gets better too as not only can you stream this offering in its entirety via the Bandcamp embed below but once there you can pick this thing up as a NYP (Name Your Price) item. Hell, you can actually double down and jump over to 2015’s “Riffs And Spliffs Volume I” and snag it for notta as well if you are so inclined. I’ll leave that up to you.

Dragon’s Share: CVLT Nation’s ‘Black Sabbath’; Streaming & Free Download

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You are going to thank me for today’s Dragon’s Share as the fantastically killer website CVLT Nation has issued the next installment in their ongoing underground classic compilations. This one is an impressive re-imagining of the iconic self-titled debut from Black Sabbath where the bands  Beastmaker, CHRCH, Jupiterian, Mindkult, Witchthroat Serpent, Frown, Trapped Within Burning Machinery and Space Bong provide their dark covers of the original LP’s tracklist. It is an incredible offering and it is available for streaming in full below but wait, it gets better! Once there you can download the compilation for FREE thanks to CVLT Nation and Bandcamp.

WORSE (Former 3 Inches Of Blood Members) ‘Demo’ Review & Stream

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Former 3 Inches Of Blood guitarist/vocalist Justin Hagberg, guitarist Shane Clark and drummer Matt Wood have resurfaced with a new project named Worse. In fact, they just issued their 3-song Demo a matter of days ago and getting right to the point, it is quite a decent offering indeed. Hagberg handled bass duties on it and all three of the guys contribute vocals at differing points. The three songs (damn sure are a lot of threes connected to this, huh), the nicely word played “Beds Are Burning The Midnight Oil“, “Curton Bummings“, and “A Never-Ending Avalanche…” are powerful, metallic cuts. They have chunky guitars serving as the workhorse for them, driving and pushing them forward while the tight knit rhythm section keeps things anchored and heavy. Traversing a variety of tempo variances and time signatures, things stay interesting and cohesive regardless wherever they may careen toward. The vocals are acidic and heaving with harsh intensity, very aggro-inflected and they merge greatly with the music itself and I for one am glad to see some of the former 3IOB guys back at what they do best..creating and playing kick-ass metal. And what makes the WorseDemo” even more appealing is the fact that it is available as a NYP (Name Your Price) item in the streaming widget below.

SCRATCH (Gang Green Members) Streaming EP Release; Official Video Premiere

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Does anybody out there remember the legendary Boston-based hardcore/punk crossover band Gang Green? Well, Glen and Chuck Stilphen were in the band from 1984-1986, at the very height of the band’s relevance and popularity. Chuck wrote the ferocious music for the band’s biggest song, the party anthem, “Alcohol” (which also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Jackass 3D), and the brothers appeared on the band’s most successful record “Another Wasted Night“. Well, it is now 30 years later and the pair are still going strong and working together musically as part of the band Scratch and they just released an EP titled “El Monstro“, it contains four tracks and one of them, “Das Waltz“, has been issued as an Official Video. Continue reading

LESBIAN Streaming ‘Hallucinogenesis’ In Its Entirety

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Following on the heels of Metal Nexus finishing up our State Of The Art: Washington features for the month of August comes the Seattle-based Lesbian and their recently issued fourth album “Hallucinogenesis“. The Progressive Metal band’s latest offering was released back in June through Translation Loss Records and we have it streaming here in its entirety today via the Bandcamp widget below.

DOPETHRONE ‘1312’ EP Review & Stream; ‘Shot Down’ Official Video

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Montréal, Quebéc’s progenitors of all that is perversely sonic, all that is heaving with violent heaviness and ill gotten darkness, Dopethrone, issued a brand new 3-song EP today. The “1312” EP is the latest aural assault from this down-with-the-doomiest scum fuck blues and battery to ever be undergone thanks to guitarist/vox Vince, bassist Vyk, and drummer Carl. This trio have crafted another filth-ridden outing founded on the power of sledgehammer riffs, crushing rhythms, concussive drums, and acidic vocalizations. Drenched in distortion and fuzz, that trademark Dopethrone sound is derived from combining Sludge, Doom, Black Metal, and as much illicit drugs as one can ingest and not actually die. One listen to “1312” and it’s demonically-driven, downtuned and damnable emanations will leave you crushed in a quivering pulp, traumatized but determined to do it again. Let the decimation of your very soul begin by listening to Dopethrone‘s “1312” EP in the Bandcamp widget below.