Call Of The Void – Dragged Down A Dead End Path (2013)
Call Of The Void are a Denver-based extreme metal band.
The album throws a curveball straight away; opening track Failure starts off sounding like you are about to listen to a sludge album, then a hardcore riff kicks in and we’re off. Blistering hardcore punk is the order of the day and we are about to get served!
Nominally, Call Of The Void have been called a grindcore band, but like the sludge influence, this is only a part of their repertoire (granted Faith & Filth is Napalm Death-esque). The overwhelming sound here is hardcore, and bloody good it is too. Riffs are mercilessly hurled and the vocals are snarling, with unbridled passion.
I like it; if metal is your thing, you’re likely to as well. It won’t have mass appeal, obviously.
Favourite tracks: Napalm Lungs, Endless Ritual Abuse, Bottom Feeder
Spotify link: Call of the Void – Dragged Down A Dead End Path
Bandcamp link: http://callofthevoid303.bandcamp.com/
Pissed Jeans – Honey (2013)
Pissed Jeans are a punk band from Pennsylvania. They wear their influences prominently and throughout the entire album, I am constantly reminded of three bands; Black Flag, Nirvana and the Melvins. High praise indeed.
For instance, the intro to Health Plan could almost be the intro to Nirvana’s Breed from Nevermind (1991), while You’re Different (In Person) could be a track off Bleach (1989). Such is the brutal heavy guitars and driving drums and vocals, that it is entirely appropriate to label them as sludgy, grungy metal. Chain Worker is so early Melvins-esque; and other tracks off Honey sound like Black Flag’s classic diversion into sludge/doom My War (1984).
I’m so glad that people are still making music that sounds like this; and while some might call it anachronistic, I prefer to call it classic, and I have absolutely loved this album from the very first play.
Favourite tracks: Chain Worker, You’re Different (In Person), Male Gaze
Spotify link: Pissed Jeans – Honeys