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whenskiesaregray – We Built Walls So Our Hearts Couldn’t Cross

‘We Built Walls So Our Hearts Couldn’t Cross’ by ‘whenskiesaregray’ was released June 20, 2012.

You would expect most punk/post-hardcore albums would start with fast, loud music. You anticipate that its purpose is to be over just as you’re getting into it. ‘whenskiesaregray’ didn’t like that format and have put their longest track first. ’18-63′ serves to fatigue you before you’ve even heard track 2, the band switches from frenetic playing to wandering guitar play to echoed vocals yelling into the abyss.

‘Dead Weight’ and ‘Tidal Waves’ are both emotional wrecks of songs. There is such conviction in the lead signers voice, such a need for his message to be heard.

‘I’ve Given My All, Therefore I Have Nothing Left’ is a pretty apt way to close off the album, bashing out one last song before they collapse in a heap.


Monoliths. – Dirt // Dust

‘Monoliths.’ released ‘Dirt//Dust’ on the 14th of August 2012.

This EP is raw, urgent and shows what good DIY hardcore is all about. Each instrument gets its own time in the spotlight which seems to be a rarity for this style of music.

‘Slit’ starts out with some soft spoken-word/poetry then delves into a mesh of metalcore and hardcore.

‘Tar’ brilliantly plays off the 2 main vocalists, Brian and Kehan, against each other.

‘Rapture’ shows off the bands more mathcore side with time signatures all over the place with their signature hardcore/screamo vocals layered on top.

Worth checking out for Kehan’s vocals as he assaults you beyond his own exhaustion.


Haggatha – Haggatha IV

‘Haggatha’ unleashed the album ‘Haggatha IV’ upon an unsuspecting planet earth on the 27th of August 2012.

You know you’re in for a racket when the band sums themselves up as ‘First the Earth cooled. Then the dinosaurs came. Then HAGGATHA arrived and shit all over your mind.’

This band seems to have ties and influences in slow doom metal and speedier sludgecore, and instead of settling for one genre they have married the two together.

The closing song ‘Epoch’ delivers what it promises, clocking in at almost 18 minutes, it features some amazingly slow sludge and doom that will completely annihilate you audibly.


Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin

‘Le Butcherettes’ are a band fronted by Teri Gender Bender with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez featured as their producer and bassist for ‘Sin Sin Sin’

When listening to this album the first thing you will realise is that Teri is completely crazy, but the kind of crazy that tends to go hand in hand with also being a creative genius. Makes me wonder that maybe Omar only works with people who are on a higher plane of existence.

This album is full of catchy garage punk tunes that will infect your brain and keep popping into your conscious thoughts days after hearing them.

My favourite tracks would have to be ‘Dress Off’ & ‘I’m Getting Sick of You’

The album has a lot to offer with different styles & influences being brought to your ears. Give it a listen you won’t regret it.

In a word – Loco

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