Music can strike you in many different ways; for some it can be lyrics that are overly-relatable, others are catchy to the extent of becoming a musical addiction, but then there are albums like this that drive hooks into you in ways that you didn’t expect.
There are three key things that can greatly give musicians a boost with their work; most commonly some form of drug or alcohol, or my personal favourite, caffeine. Salt The Snail are a perfect example of the latter.
Norwegian hardcore five-piece group, Ondt Blod, have shared a new song from their forthcoming and yet untitled second album, due out later this year via Fysisk Format.
Swiss heavy-rock/hardcore four-piece CardiaC group have just shared a music video for the track “Adicto A La Vida”, which comes off the band’s new album “Sangrar Hasta Lograrlo” released in early 2016 by Tenacity Music.
Post-Hardcore was a huge soft spot of mine many years ago. Now I need something a bit more complex than a shit tonne of distortion and overly aggressive vocals. IEatHeartAttacks sound like they’d be a run of the mill band with an appropriate name to attract the attention. Definitely not the case.
There are a lot of bands out there that like to use the fact that they are a “live band” as a staple, like that places them above and beyond anyone else. Then there are bands like Lovely Wife, whose sound is so wildly abstract that trying to translate what they do into a studio recording just doesn’t do them justice.
One of the things I love about music (I wonder how many times I’ve started a review with those 8 words…) is how different bands can stand out and hit you with so many different aspects of the music. For some it’s simply a serving of catchy, pop choruses, others it’s the character and style. Not many, for me, have vocals that stand out so much as Atom Driver’s. Mark Segall’s vocals give the sound a massive edge that works perfectly with the punked up garage-rock sound.
I have a strange soft spot for grindcore/speed metal bands, ones that would be nothing more than loud noise to most people. Strange because it shouldn’t really be a soft spot, more of an infected wound. Nonetheless, The Mansters are all about loud, thrashy music that doesn’t mess around. It just fucks you up.
Disclaimer: I am not a fan of commercial rock music. That includes about 95% of the “artists” that you see on the likes of Kerrang!, playing arena shows, on major record labels and with the all important image which seems to be the sole selling point. In addition, I dislike all of the bands that try to sound like someone already famous in an attempt to gain popularity.
To summarise Mutation III in a sentence: My fucking speaker wire packed in because of this album.