Wednesday, April 20, 2011

God Harvest - Demo 2011

Last month a band previously unknown to me released their first demo and have already, to whatever extent you wish to fathom, affected my life. Listening to it over twenty times does that to a person. I’m yet to own my own copy of the tape, but you can be sure that I’ve played the shit out these mp3s.

The demo goes for a little over ten minutes and its six songs are packed full of unrelenting grind with touches of both powerviolence and metallic hardcore. It’s a perfect mix, and God Harvest execute it flawlessly. While there’s a lot to say about this demo, ranging from the engaging songs, fantastic vocals and killer riffage, what I liked most about it was the overall sound. This demo sounds real, and when I mean real I mean it sounds authentic, organic, and not fucking shit, which is exactly what grind should sound like.

Because the tape is really short, it’s okay to play it 6 times in a row – what makes me so positive towards it is the fact that you actually can play it six times in a row without being bored, not an unimpressive feat. Download this and give it a listen – if you like grind or hardcore, it will be right up your alley. Then go buy a fucking tape.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Tempest - Passages

Canadian Tempest released this LP late last year but have recently made it available on their bandcamp page, as well as distributing the link to various blogs such as this one. The group plays a menacing and moody form of crust, sort of like Downfall of Gaia or Fall of Efrafa if they were a little darker and didn't have any of the gay post-whatever influence. I can't believe I hadn't heard about this release or even the band until now - as a debut LP this is fucking fantastic.

Having already released a 7" previously, which is also available on their bandcamp, the band didn't take long to put out their first full length. Seeing as there's just over a year between each release, there isn't much difference in the sound. However, Tempest are able to show off their compositional skills far more effectively on the full length than they are on the two track 7" - it's obvious they know how to put together a record.

Passages takes the listener through bitter and emotional crust, a trip that encompasses despondency, vitriolic rage and some really great sound samples. It's not a long record - in fact it's probably the perfect length, coming in at just over 24 minutes. The 7 tracks are of reasonable length but every single one is attention grabbing, not to mention the 7 minute epic self titled track that closes the album.

I don't really have anything bad to say about this. Every moment of it is excellent, it certainly doesn't overstay its welcome and it has a great deal of replay value. Perhaps some may think it's a little on the short side, but fuck you. This is still a punk record and its abruptness makes it all the more enjoyable. For those of you (like me) who seem to have completely overlooked this great LP, hopefully now you can rectify your unfortunate circumstance. Highly fucking recommended.