Full of Hell & Merzbow – “Blue Litmus”

Powerviolence outfit Full of Hell has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with some pretty brutal full-length recordings, but their interests reach outside of the dismal worlds of sludge metal, grindcore, and hardcore punk. In a series of EPs I believe they’ve been dropping since 2011, the band actually indulges in some experiments in noise music–not to imply that their LPs aren’t noisy hellstorms, though.

With a healthy interest in the abrasive, the band has invited none other than Merzbow to participate in their latest collection of songs, adding some head-splitting feedback shots and distortion walls to the band’s already aggressive collection of blast beats and punishing guitars.

Give a listen to the track “Blue Litmus” above, which sounds like Full of Hell as usual, but with a bit more noise peppered in between the riffs.

Six Brew Bantha – Intravenously Commodified

Victoria band Six Brew Bantha will be dropping a new record later this year titled Intravenously Commodified, but you can stream it now via the widget above. If you’re in the market for some crusty, unforgiving grindcore and powerviolence, well, you don’t need to look any further than the nine songs streaming above. What Six Brew Bantha doesn’t have in dynamics, they make up for in unrelenting ugly. From the filthy guitar tones to the ear-popping snap of the drummer’s snare, there isn’t a corner of this album left uncovered in grime.

Child Abuse – “Straight Out Of Compton”

Stream / Download: Child Abuse – “Straight Out Of Compton”

As is the case with most avant-garde, noisy, progressive rock bands, you either get it or you don’t. Child Abuse leaves many who stumble upon the name wondering what on earth they could sound like, and I’m sure most check out one song and stop right there. Often, the bizarre, brutal, start-stop thrashing sound this band puts out leaves me sweating, a little scared.

As the name would suggest, Child Abuse is violent, almost to the point of being taboo. This violence is so unlike what one would find in metal or punk–the expected, almost controlled violence of a misunderstood teenager. Child Abuse’s sound is the worldly violence which surrounds us, making it like the soundtrack to Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, a story of delinquents, psychos and terror-mongers. Trouble in Paradise is tighter than previous albums, as well as a little more thought-out, but the energy and horror is still as in-your-face as before. With gnarled, growling vocals, peculiar rhythms and harsh but almost futuristic melodies; the album causes intentional emotional discomfort, and if that’s your thing, you’re in for a treat.

Try a track from the album above, and enjoy!

- Fin Worrall

Code Orange – I Am King

While Code Orange’s latest album might feature producer Kurt Ballou’s most crushing production yet, the band hasn’t done much to advance their writing or songcraft.

Armand Hammer – Furtive Movements

Armand Hammer drops a post-album EP of fan-pleasing odds ‘n’ ends.

Vulture Shit – The Joys of Employment

Some freakish, frenzied punk rock on this new Vulture shit EP, which you can stream via the widget above. If you love manic vocals and wild guitars compressed into brief musical blitzkriegs, then this is for you. Enjoy!

Code Orange – “I Am King”

After changing its name earlier this month, Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids) announced it will be releasing its sophomore album in a couple of months. It’s called I Am King, and above you can watch the video of its savage title track. Backed by a caustic hardcore soundtrack, the visuals depict some poor guy getting the letters “TOTH” carved into his back. I don’t know what that’s all about, but it’s clear Code Orange  isn’t fucking around. This being the intro to the album, it is looking as though I Am King will be every bit as heavy and ferocious as its predecessor, if not more. Glad to see Converge’s Kurt Ballou reprising his role as producer.

I Am King is due out September 2 via Deathwish. Here’s our take on the band’s last one.

My Fictions – “Mt. Misery” & “Stubborn”

My Fictions is a loud rock four-piece from Lowell, Massachusetts apparently hellbent on pushing hardcore to its limit. They’ll be making their full-length studio debut next month with Stranger Songs. Above, you can check out the opening track “Mt. Misery,” which gives the illusion of a slow-burner with a tension-mounting intro before bursting into a bout of the band’s fast and furious hardcore magic. And below you can hear the thoroughly breakneck and angsty “Stubborn.” These guys sound manic! Looking forward to this LP dropping July 1 (via Topshelf Records).

Trap Them – Blissfucker

Trap Them’s latest record might be loud, but the flavorless production and forgettable riffs do these songs no favors.

Eyehategod – Self-Titled

Famed sludge metal outfit Eyehategod is back with their first album in 14 years.