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Mortals – Death Ritual EP by orlandooom407

I am regularly taken aback by the sheer amount / volume of brilliant music coming from NY, specifically Brooklyn. Whether it be doom sludge mavericks Hull, or electrifying black metal trios such as Mortals, or even the highly divisive Liturgy, there is obviously a vibrant and diverse environment in Brooklyn, and we in ‘The City Beautiful’ are grateful whenever they take the time to shimmy their way on down the east coast to pay us a visit. Such was the case when I was lucky enough to see Mortals here in Orlando, and was so floored to the point of being inspired to vomit up the very review your eyes are currently drinking in. Death Ritual is a thousand pound two track assault, of which those two tracks complement each other in pristine accord. Not so much in a yin and yang kind of way (they are not what I would consider opposites), more like two dual frenzied sprinters tunneling forth to the same finish line with a maniacal intent at rapid pace. There really is not let up to the constant assault in both of these tracks, while at the same time it never seems to be too busy or lose any of its momentum, a hard balance to strike, and one Mortals achieves with finesse employing a combination of riffs that are both dark in their scathing harmonies as well as some that are just catchy and fun as hell to listen to.

The title track opens as something of cataclysmic tidal wave. That wave crashes upon you without a moments reprieve, and you are ever the grateful for it. The thick sludged out bass wrapping itself homogeneously around the relentless percussion and melodic and methodical cries and riffs. Their ability to transition from something so grooved out and catchy and down tempo as the aforementioned riff and then move into a blistering and hypnotic dark sea of torrid landscapes, is something we (those musicians among us at least) could and should all learn from.  The logo for Mortals features a blade assuming the role of the letter “T” in the bands’ moniker, and it is almost as if you can feel that very blade being jammed into your third eye, in the most enjoyable of ways of course.

I won’t lie; Final hour is easily my favorite track of the two, which is evident in how many times I destroyed the replay button before purchasing it from their Bndcamp. The second track moves along at a crushing clip, with anthemic motifs chewing away at you instantly like a buzz saw. The riffs are eloquent and memorable, especially the opener that makes its distinct appearance at 0:04 and is probably my favorite singular riff in this whole EP. The 4 minute mark introduces another example of one of those riffs Mortals weaves into their writing that is just fun as all shit. The range that is covered is impressive, and the pacing (evident in the serpentine crescendo that starts to build up at 2:21 and ultimately explodes at 2:40 in this track) is phenomenal. Mortals command such impressive compositional control over their pacing throughout each moment of the song it really is hard not to be impressed with them.

Regarding their live performance, Mortals easily exceeds what you hear on the EP, an impressive feat, and a compliment to both their EP and their killer performance. There was not a moment during their live performance where I didn’t see Caryn (drums) without a sinister grin on her face, and that’s how they will forever be remembered by me, until the next time I’m fortunate enough to catch them.

Methodical, maniacal, bliss.

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– Kenneth Reda



New Beastwars Music Video For Tower of Skulls by orlandooom407

BEASTWARS, the band (sorry Dinobot), have released a vibrantly new music video for our enjoyment. The song, entitled Tower of Skulls, boasts a psychedelic trip through camera trickery and a myriad of visual hypnosis spanning several different natural landscapes including blue deserts and eclipsing suns. Enjoy!

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Galvano – Two Titans by orlandooom407

How fitting that I’d receive an album titled ‘Two Titans’ just days before America elects it’s new sovereign monarch president. Galvano of Gothenburg sounds exactly like it’s album title which is the sonic equivalent of two massive bipeds in all out brawl somewhere in the farthest reaches of space. Or, a more pragmatic allusion to the band’s admiration for duo farmed fervor. Their moods elicit a temporal feeling that the songs each spawn their own bottomless reality filled with uncertainty and equally maligned aggression. Fanatics will immediately notice similarities to bands like Dark Castle or Kylesa, but the key difference calling the shots is the attention balance of psychedelic patience and unbridled beat down arrangements. An assortment of moth-eaten howls accompany the cosmic thunder harnessed by two titans. I couldn’t resist. The whole whopper is available for stream below, so show your thanks to Galvano and smash that play button!

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Earth Joined By Holly Hunt For Only Florida Show In 2012 by orlandooom407

My excitement has been in the red zone since I heard Earth was playing a Florida show, and in my own town none the less. The god fathers, hallmarked and validated by Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain, have undergone a myriad of musical journeys through the catch all classification of ‘drone’. Whether you like your entrancing to be malevolent or more mystical there’s probably something in an Earth set for your ears. The show’s support includes the wacky piano enthralled jazz music of Steve Moore under the moniker Stebmo and the tectonic refrains of Miami’s loudest (drone) duo Holly Hunt. To help better explain the importance of this head hammering hat trick billing I spoke candidly to Holly Hunt earlier this afternoon. For those unaware of the pulverizing power of Holly Hunt their presence on stage is nothing short of sonic savagery akin to an eternal over exposure to CO2. Holly Hunt attributes their attention ‘riff length’ to “…a feel. Instinct.”. Gavin elaborated saying that “some deliberation occurs sometimes with some riff/tracks/compositions, mostly though it’s a gut feeling. We try and stay as present and aware as possible when writing.”

It’s no secret that Gavin and Betty are proud mega fans about Earth’s music. Gavin claims that their attractions to the band are the “…raw, mediated energy. The tone is sick, dark, entropic. The slow tempo perfectly illustrates the grind of life.” When asked them both what their favorite song was, they both simultaneously answered with ‘Ouroboros Is Broken’ (which you can jam below).

Make sure to grab your ticket now, because I hear they’re going fast and this show should be a sell out. You can purchase ticket by clicking here.


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Ilsa – Intoxicantations by orlandooom407

Watch out for them golden tiger eyeballs. I hear looking deeply into them instills an unexplainable feelings of subservience leading you into it’s maw for din din. An Intoxicantation never seen before until spewed forth at the hands of DC’s ILSA. Amidst the squealing feed back wearing a cap that reads ‘fuck you’ germinates the masterful creeping pace attributed to any classic death-doom hybrid record. What sets Ilsa apart from bands like Hooded Menace or Atriarch is their uncanny ability to utilize the hardcore punk tangent. Just when you feel the mist rising to meander from the coffin, they’ll kick the damn thing open catching a smog ridden tailwind resulting in an all out down beat sprint to the finish line. The finish line would probably be best described as a carefully assembled row of frothing tiger skulls. I want to bring most of my praise to the 8th track entitled “Fluid Bound”. This just over five minute behemoth of a track encompasses the sheer vigor of riff refraining. It cruises, it bruises and  ignites gasoline soaked mosh fuses.

Intoxicantations will be released November 23rd on A389 Records

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Thursday Night Grind Time Features Torch Runner by orlandooom407

This week has proven rather saturated with insane heavy shows for Central Florida. From Swans playing tonight at The Social, the show featured above these words and Tombs and 16 playing Saturday at Will’s Pub the ear plugs are being put to work. What’s wonderful about Thursday in particular though can be answered through viewing this music video created a couple years back by Torch Runner:

Brutal silliness, yes indeed. The space coast punks have a hand in this hot fiasco too because Nuclear Death Squad will perform come Thursday.

To sweeten that pot Devalued from Miami have been tossed into the chaos, and you can preview their music along with local hardcore hammer faces POWERDUMP below:

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