Gridlink – Longhena

I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a huge fan of incredibly dense, cleanly produced metal. But I’m always ready to make exceptions for the right album, though. I think this new Gridlink LP is one of those moments. Man, is this thing brutal. The drums and vocals are absolutely relentless. This record brings Grindcore to a new level of shrillness and intensity.

While I know there are people–or goats–that’ll totally get off on how loud, extreme this record is, what I’m attracted to the most are the rich, melodic guitars. They’re complex, dizzying, and bring a lot of personality to the table. They really enhance the incredible rhythm section this album has backing it. Enjoy!

Orphan Donor – Empty

Recording for Allentown grindcore quartet Orphan Donor’s new EP Empty apparently took place over the course of three years – starting in January 2011, in a barn, and ending in November 2013, in a basement. Clocking in at a seemingly meager 15 minutes, Empty might just be the most rawly affecting extreme music listen you’ll have all year. Check it!

If you dig this, be sure to check out the band’s live (and incredibly murky) self-titled EP here. You can also look forward to the band’s first full-length, which is in the works.

Wormlust – The Feral Widsom

Here is some particularly demented black metal hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland. With The Feral Wisdom, Wormlust has created a swirling barrage of epic, extreme compositions that was presumably conceived and recorded during the most intense peyote trip ever undergone by a group of Icelandic black metalists. Enjoy!

DEAD IN THE DIRT – “No Chain”

Stream: Dead In the Dirt – “No Chain”

The Atlanta, GA powerviolence trio DEAD IN THE DIRT is certainly an intriguing up-and-comer in the world of extreme music. The band pulls together some truly unrelenting and pummeling grindcore and powerviolence tunes, but all while advocating a straight-edge and vegan code of ethics.

Above, you can stream a song from the outfit’s forthcoming debut, The Blind Hole, due for release on August 6th via Southern Lord.

Stone Titan – Scratch N’ Sniff

Sludge metal trio Stone Titan destroys much of what lies in their path with an album that’s so abrasive it’s sure to catch the attention of most Buzzoven or Eyehategod fans.

WATCH THE REVIEW

Stream the new Oblivionized / Human Cull Split

One of my favorite extreme music acts from the UK, Oblivionized, has a new split out with Human Cull. Oblivionized brings plenty of brittle, groovy riffs topped with gruesome vocals. On the flipside, Human Cull is heavy, fast, and doesn’t deliver a single track that spans past a minute. Enjoy!

Stream the New Dillinger Escape Plan LP

Stream: The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer

The good people at Sumerian Records have seen fit to upload all of the tracks from the latest Dillinger Escape Plan album, One Of Us Is The Killer, onto YouTube. Hit the link above and try out the tracks.

AOSOTH – “An Arrow In Heart (Edit)”

Some gruesome and twisted blackened death metal from AOSOTH on this edit of “An Arrow In Heart,” which is the title track to the band’s fourth full-length. The LP is dropping in April via Agonia Records. Enjoy!

New Bongripper / Hate Split

Chicago doom metal experimentalists Bongripper team up with the fast and furious hate for a quick split 45 that’s available on Bandcamp right freakin’ now! Stream it via the widget above, and enjoy!

Check out a review for Bongripper’s Satan Worshipping Doom right here.

Abyssal – Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

Death metal outfit Abyssal drops its second full-length LP, and it’s an extremely atmospheric take on one of music’s most extreme genres. To most people out there, death metal sounds like pure noise; however, I wouldn’t be surprised if even some death metal fans came away from this album feeling that way. The reverb-heavy production drowns much of what this album has to offer in a cloudy, hellish haze. To me, though, it gives the eleven tracks here a certain kind of allure.

The band’s blast beats and down-tuned guitars come off every distant, sounding as if they’re flying at me from the darkest depths of a, well, abyss. The band manages to throw some surprisingly harmonic guitar leads out there in numerous tracks as well. Give it a try, and see if it gives ya some chills.