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The resurgence of grindcore as a style has been going strong over the past few years. Bands these days continue to push the boundaries of the potential held by grindcore as a genre, often by bringing in avant-garde and unconventional influences into the mix. And then there are bands that continue to stay true to the core essence while still managing to create fresh sounds. Relapse Records has been a good proponent of such grind acts that manage to bring something refreshing to the table with every offering and The Drip is a continuation of that trend. This five piece from the Pacific Northwest of the US, have already been making waves and establishing themselves as a grind force to reckon with by releasing the three EP’s prior to this release. Their first full length ‘The Haunting Fear of Inevitability’ manages to surpass everything they’ve done so far and is set to be a record that is going to put The Drip on many people’s radars.

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The loss of a fellow human being is one of the hardest things to deal with in life and when a band loses one of its members, it can take a toll on the very existence of the band. Georgia based sludge band Black Tusk recently endured such a tragedy when founding member Jonathan Athon passed away back in 2014. The band however, has soldiered on to release their fourth full length titled ‘Pillars of Ash’, a high energy sludge, hardcore crossover record that contains some of the last recorded work of their fallen comrade. Black Tusk tread a path that blurs the lines between hardcore punk and sludge, producing music that has equal parts punk attitude and equal parts groovy sludge.

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Born from a hardcore background, Black Anvil play venomous, aggressive black thrash and ‘Hail Death’ benefits greatly from this. Yet this album isn’t all break neck speed and a fuck em all attitude and as such expect to hear some excellent song writing on this album that breaks up the brutality with the odd layer of subtle melody and intensive grinding riff-age.

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I first heard Tombs around the release of their second album ‘Path of Totality’ in 2011, and I was somewhat mesmerized. Their mix of black metal, hardcore, doom and post-punk was brilliant to say the least, and I felt an urgent need to hear more from this band. Since then the band has gone through yet another lineup change, guitarist / vocalist Mike Hill, the sole founding member at this point, and perhaps this latest change was exactly what the band needed. Once again released by Relapse Records, ‘Savage Gold’ is the third album by Tombs (not counting 2010’s rarities compilation ‘Fear is the Weapon’) and marks a significant change sonically.

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With a background in punk and hardcore behind them, (As well as being in an all girl Slayer tribute act called Slaywhore) Caryn Havlik, Kristen Nosek and Lesley Wolf have now transcended and progressed into what they are today, namely Mortals, a gnarly combination of black metal and sludge straight from the mean streets of Brooklyn! Five years on from their debut album ‘Encyclopedia of Myths’ and Mortals have returned sporting a deal inked with Relapse Records and a brand new opus going by the thought provoking name of ‘Cursed to see the Future’.

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