This week’s single slam features As Everything Unfolds, Pulpit Vomit, Back 0n Earth, Blame Kandinsky, Dunwich Dreams, Currents, The Miser, Headwreck, Naut, Acres, ten56., Sea of Flame, Death Pill, Subrosa and PIST. You can read our thoughts about the latest singles from these bands below.
As Everything Unfolds – Blossom
UK breakthrough act As Everything Unfolds have released their new single ‘Blossom’. The track is the second glimpse into their highly anticipated second album, due for release in 2023 via Long Branch Records.
Vocalist Charlie Rolfe comments:
Don’t ever forget where you came from, don’t forget we’re still progressing and don’t forget there is still so much growth yet to do. This song is about the fear I had around losing what I had. I knew what I had and how much I wanted to pursue it, and how much we as a group had achieved in the last year – I couldn’t let it go to waste. Things in blossom should be allowed to grow, and I won’t stop it.
There’s a lot of power and passion coming through on this track. Where layered atmosphere meets an anthemic alternative sound. Impressive vocals that soar and scream, guitars that dictate the mood and drums that control the tempo in an impressively thumping way. It’s a packed track, surprising as it’s just short of three minutes long, but it is extremely memorable.
Pulpit Vomit – Turkey Annihilation
Extreme metal band Pulpit Vomit warns us of the Turkey Annihilation with their new ‘holiday’ single.
Seth Metoyer from Pulpit Vomit explains:
‘Turkey Annihilation’ is about a mad scientist who synthesized turkey’s in his lab and they ended up becoming sentient. They have grown massively and are now attempting to destroy mankind for revenge against all the turkey’s we eat during the holidays.
I do eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but the song is sort of an homage to Tourniquet’s Ted Kirkpatrick (RIP). I chatted with him once about Tofurkeys. As you all probably know, Ted was a vegan. I have actually cut way back on my animal products over the years, but still do enjoy a good steak and burger, and yes, turkey. I told him I tried a tofurkey once and it wasn’t too bad. Anyway, we joked about turkey’s getting revenge one day, and since he was a huge Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft fan, I thought it might be fun to do a Lovecraft-type story in a song about that.
Another working title was, ‘You Eat Us, We Eat You.’ Haha. What’s the point of any of this if you’re not having a little fun.
A short and sharp blast of extreme. With their tongue jammed firmly in their cheek, Pulpit Vomit spit up a nasty slab of furious death-grind here. Barely a minute and a half, it’s a chance to just go nuts at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Check it out here.
You breed us, we breed you
You kill us, we kill you
You cook us, we cook you
You eat us, we eat you
Back on Earth – Stay with Me
French pop-punk and alternative band, Back on Earth return with their brand-new single, ‘Stay with Me’.
A band that can make infectious tunes in their sleep, Back on Earth flirt with the ‘emo’ side of the alternative sound here but still manage to deliver one heck of a catchy tune. The drama, the melody, the pensive lyrical content, the heart and soul, and the foot-tapping chorus help make this feel extra-special. Check it out here.
Blame Kandinsky – Vague
The Greek lovechild of Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the raucously brilliant Blame Kandinsky, have streamed their new single ‘Vague’. The second glimpse of their forthcoming album Eclectic Ruiner (2nd December, Venerate Industries).
Guitarist Marios Samaris comments:
‘Vague’ refers vaguely to our existence. We’ve been thinking about how elusive is, in fact, to be alive; trying to find that piece that the world is seeking. People constantly studying the past and the future, making recipes which theoretically will help them to achieve happiness while everything is transitory. Do we feel alive? What’s the cost of one’s dream? Would any of it make sense if there was no end? It seems like there are no successes, no failures, no patterns, no universal truth. There is just the urge to escape any routine. As surprises and the aftermaths grind on, all is vague.
Your ears will ache, your eyes will water, your stomach muscles will tighten and your neck will shake. It’s Blame Kandinsky, a band that takes the ‘mathcore’ genre and gives it a fresh injection of life. This track is barely two minutes long but Blame Kandinsky pack it out. It’s chaotic heaviness with an insane amount of energy. Layers upon layers that are slowly uncovered through multiple listens. It’s pretty damn awesome.
Dunwich Dreams – Black Wings of War
Industrial metal band, Dunwich Dreams, are back with ‘Black Wings of War’. The second single from the upcoming album, ‘Rise of the Seventh Sun’ set to release later this year.
Dark and sinister, this a heavier track than the previous single but still features the eccentric style of Lovecraftian industrial metal. It’s also a track with a bit more guitar groove to it and the drums have power to them. There is an odd effect throughout the verses that is a little distracting but overall, it’s got such a delightfully dark tone that it’s hard to not enjoy. Check it out here.
Currents – Vengeance
Connecticut metalcore dynamos Currents have dropped a visualizer for their new song ‘Vengeance’.
Says singer Brian Wille:
‘Vengeance’ is the manifestation of pent-up aggression over the last few years since the release of our album The Way it Ends. It’s becoming disillusioned, taking yourself to places you never thought you’d be, and the rage and despair that comes along with that. It also talks about the desire to let those feelings go and to move forward, but not without digging deeper into that negativity first and exploring the satisfaction that comes with the right revenge…
What a banger of a track this is. The riffs are insane and the clever use of synths is impressive. The vocals are beyond savage sounding and the drums are bone-cracking in their delivery. Everything about this track is heavy but Currents make it so damn listenable. It’s a rampaging beast of a track that you just can’t turn away from. Check it out here.
The Miser – House on the Hill
The Miser pays homage to B-Movie horror films in their new single ‘House on the Hill’. The first track taken from their upcoming five track EP ‘Memento Mori’ which focuses around themes of mental health, horror and loss.
A powerhouse of heavy rock groove, The Miser get the neck muscles working here. The riffs are extremely special but the innate infectiousness of the chorus can’t be ignored. The Miser producing something that has a darkly delicious horror vibe running through it. A track you’ll be compelled to listen to over and over again.
Headwreck – Let it Feel
Brisbane melodic-hardcore band Headwreck cap off 2022 with their explosive new single, ‘Let It Feel’.
A head-banger of melodic hardcore with some unexpected nu-metal vibes, Headwreck deliver an explosive blast of controlled heaviness and chaos here. A track that has some really brutal moments that has the capability to wreck some necks. Yet, it’s also darkly melodic too. Which makes for one hell of an interesting listen. Check it out here.
Naut – Unity of Opposites
Evocative UK post-punk quartet Naut have unveiled their new single ‘Unity of Opposites’, taken from their recently-announced debut album Hunt, to be released 24th February via Season of Mist.
The band comment:
At last! It has been a long time coming but finally we can reveal the first single from our debut album. We feel that ‘Unity of Opposites’ best sums up our sound and the approach we have taken with Hunt: dancefloor hits mixed with our blend of knife-edge rock and post-punk. It was inspired by the writings of Heraclitus and how this still relates to our current world as a seemingly universal truth, the pendulum swings back and forth, to the same place but it’s never the same motion. To top it off, Chris ‘Stig’ Miller from legendary UK band Amebix lends his talents to a short-spoken word section in the song, and it was wonderful to have him do so.
A track that oozes atmosphere, Naut’s style of post-punk has really sinister edge here. Calling back to a more ‘classic’ version. The tone is miserable but not forceful. The gothic-toned tempo, the growling vocals, and the thick bass that runs through the entire track like a vein makes this such a bleak sounding track. Check it out here.
Acres – Into Flames
South coast four-piece Acres have dropped a new song and revealed details of their sophomore studio album. ‘Into Flames’ is the third song to be released from the forthcoming full length, Burning Throne.
Explains frontman Ben Lumber:
Into Flames is about having everything you love getting taken away from you. During the pandemic everyone’s life was turned upside down and this song is about the fear of the unknown, wondering if things will ever be as they were.
Acres show depth to their post-hardcore sound on their new single. One that is highly melodic but oozes passion and power. Thanks to the backing vocals that growl, adding a layer of intensity to the soaring main. It’s catchy, extremely radio-friendly and has enough impact to stay with for a time afterwards.
ten56. – RLS
Having previously given fans a taster of ‘RLS’ in their recent dual video release with ‘Traumadoll’, ten56 have now released the full-length version on streaming platforms.
Alongside the single release, the band have also announced that ‘RLS’ and previous tracks, ‘Yenta’ & ‘Traumadoll’ will be part of their new E.P. ‘Downer Part 2’ which is due for release on 13th January 2023 via Out of Line.
It’s no surprise that ten56. continue to push the boundaries of what listeners can expect from them. Yet, even the most hardcore of fans might have some trouble with this one. The genre-bending the band are known for is put to the side for a rough mix of industrial and trap. Where an attempt to add emotion fails to fully materialise. It’s just not a very good track to listen too unfortunately. Check it out here.
Sea of Flame – Pins and Needles
Rocky Mountain rockers Sea of Flame have released their new single ‘Pins and Needles’, via Iron Head Records. It is the first single from their upcoming EP Bristlecone.
This is fun. A track that has bundles of energy and even more groove. The immediate pace creates a tense feeling that invigorates the mind, body and spirit, as the guitars and drums propel the tempo forward. Leading to an eventual cacophony of heavy groove that feels downright dangerous. It’s a very exciting track. Check it out here.
Death Pill – Расцарапаю Ебало
Death Pill, the hardcore, punk power trio from the Ukraine, comprised of Mariana, Anastasiya and Natalya have signed to London label New Heavy Sounds (MWWB, Blacklab, Grave Lines). They will release their self-titled debut album on 24th February 2023.
Death Pill have also released the video for 1st single, ‘Расцарапаю Ебало’.
A shot blast of furious punk and hardcore noise, Death pill are spitting nails here. The intensity of the punky tempo and the snarling hardcore vocals make you want to move. Dragging the old-school punk and hardcore sound into the modern world but keeping the roots of chaotic energy prevalent.
Subrosa – Galaxy
Introducing Subrosa, Australia’s newest shoegaze quartet who make their entrance with debut single, “Galaxy.”
Says the band:
Sometimes a lover can flow into your life like a storm, open up new space for a brief moment and transport you to a different world. This track aims to capture that, painting these blissful but short-lived experiences in a way that’s hard, fast and all-consuming.
That it can fight and be fought for and will burst through your door at any time to remind you. Amidst the pressure and intensity of this picture there is also an underlying questioning; of love versus infatuation, of getting lost in someone else’s world and ultimately whether these distinctions matter at all to a broader picture of connection and feeling.
What an incredible track this is. A shoegazy attempt to capture an earlier era with melody and drama. An attempt that is more than successful. Galaxy feels big, gravity-defying, even as Subrosa keep you rooted on Earth with their impressive melodic atmosphere and infectious chorus. It’s a very cool track. Check it out here.
PIST – Death to All
Stoner-groove metal band, PIST are back with a new single called ‘Death to All’. Taken from their recently announced new album, ‘The Bleak Unrest’, which will be released on February 24th, 2023.
A band that never disappoints, PIST are beloved for all the right reasons and with this new track, that love will only deepen. A ferocious head-banger with the right amount of dirty groove and heavy head-banging vibes. There is so much to praise here as it’s a track with vibrant riffs, thumping drum beats and snarling vocals. Simply put, it’s a freaking banger that will cause a huge amount of chaos in the pit.
As Everything Unfolds, Pulpit Vomit, Back 0n Earth, Blame Kandinsky, Dunwich Dreams, Currents, The Miser, Headwreck, Naut, Acres, ten56., Sea of Flame, Death Pill, Subrosa and PIST!
As Everything Unfolds - Blossom - 8/10
Pulpit Vomit - Turkey Annihilation - 7/10
Back on Earth – Stay with Me - 9/10
Blame Kandinsky – Vague - 9/10
Dunwich Dreams – Black Wings of War - 7/10
Currents – Vengeance - 9/10
The Miser – House on the Hill - 9/10
Headwreck – Let it Feel - 7.5/10
Naut – Unity of Opposites - 7/10
Acres – Into Flames - 7.5/10
ten56. - RLS - 5/10
Sea of Flame – Pins and Needles - 8/10
Death Pill - Расцарапаю Ебало - 8.5/10
Subrosa – Galaxy - 8/10
PIST – Death to All - 9/10