Category: Metalcore

Great American Ghost – Power Through Terror

Extreme music is aggressive by nature, but GREAT AMERICAN GHOST may be the angriest sounding band of all time. The group Metal Injection calls “always hateful, always pissed” returns with ten songs of absolute fury, Power Through Terror. They direct an old- school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs. The Boston tradition includes seminal pioneers like Gang Green, SSD, and DYS. The back of GREAT AMERICAN GHOST screamer Ethan Harrison’s head is tattooed with the symbol for The Hope Conspiracy. But make no mistake, Power Through Terror is a devastating, mature metal-fueled odyssey. As Harrison says of guitarist Niko Gasparrini and bassist Joey Perron, “No matter how much my dudes listen to Meshuggah and Gojira, I’m always going to sound like I love American Nightmare because I do.” And it’s that potent concoction of the push and pulls between hardcore spite and metal ferocity that makes GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s third LP so potent.

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Somaesthesia – Recidivist

Recidivist explores the idea of repeat offenders – but in a deeper sense, the traps we can fall into where we find ourselves repeating negative behaviours, emotions and actions. Sonically and compositionally, Recidivist is built on hard edged, crushing cyclic riffs backed with dense double-kick drums, churning bass and aggressive vocals. At their heaviest moments, Somaesthesia beat you down with tight, complex repeated rhythms, yet there is also a dark and foreboding atmosphere that haunts these crushing tracks. Musically and lyrically, Somaesthesia have created a dark and dynamic EP that explores the depths of the human psyche.

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