Mohammad Kabeer review the new album from Full of Hell titled Rudiments of Mutilation, released via A389 Recordings.
01. Dichotomy 02:10
02. Vessel Deserted 02:11
03. Coven Of The Larynx 01:03
04. Throbbing Lung Fiber 01:02
05. Indigence And Guilt 01:51
06. Embrace 03:37
07. The Lord Is My Light 04:21
08. Bone Coral And Brine 01:54
09. Rudiments Of Mutilation 02:06
10. In Contempt Of Life 03:56
Full of Hell is one of the most exciting bands to watch out for in modern hardcore. Their last album Roots of Earth are Consuming my Home was probably one of the darkest, most “malicious” sounding hardcore I have ever set ears on. Vii caso’s description of their live performance at Maryland Death Fest made the band even more intriguing as according to him It was pure evil with the dark lighting and harsh noise transitions in between songs and too add to that a rabid, visceral frontman. So it was obvious that there new album had some huge shoes to fill.
For those who don’t know and would like to get some background about this band ,Full of Hell is a four piece from Maryland/Pennsylvania , now that that’s taken care of lets get down to business. When compared to their last album the production is much more cleaner, however that does not really take anything away from the band as these guys still sound evil, nasty and at some points even frightening in a completely new way. Whereas the previous album was all about the high gain heavy hardcore, that mixed some doom and sludge, this album is much more experimental , an example of which can be seen in the track Coven of the Larynx which has your typical chord driven guitars played to a skank beat which is layered with oddball dissonance something that would fit well with Deathspell Omega, in fact another track Indigence and Guilt has the skank played along to very detailed, wicked and almost black metal sounding guitars not too dissimilar to other black metal bands today like Nightbringer and Aosoth. This reaches its peak in the track when the bands brand of technical, chaotic hardcore is juxtaposed with weird flanger guitar effects and power electronics. There are some tracks which move away from hardcore as well, for instance The Lord is my Light opens up with somewhat drone-ish guitar work which brings images of insanity, loneliness and desolation which later builds up to a sonic nightmare with weird guitar effects that makes you feel as if everything around you is melting and there’s no way you can run(damn this band fuels me to write!) , and the last track In Contempt of Life where the band experiments with really crushing , sludgy/doomy guitars, which is accompanied by some really chilled laidback stoner rock drumming. But with all of that being said, these elements don’t really take away Full of Hell’s signature sound and in fact adds much more to it, making it much more elaborate.
Thus keeping everything in mind I would say that Rudiments of Mutilation is a challenging, yet highly rewarding release., that will be enjoyed by anyone who is into extreme music, not just hardcore. One of the best hardcore releases of 2013 so far.
Stream the entire album below
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2. A389 Recordings
We just cannot hide our incessant love for A389 Recordings. Just check a few of our reviews and you’d see why. That said, they have just released a free compilation that will sweep you right off your feet. Probably the best way to get a sneak peek into their impressive roster.
Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new Iron Reagan record ‘Worse than Dead‘ released via A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet Records.
1. Drop The Gun (1:16)
2. Slightly Out Of Focus (0:33)
3. I Predict The Death Of Harold Camping (1:15)
4. Cycle Of Violence (1:36)
5. Eyes Piss Tears (1:09)
6. Insanity Plea(se)? (0:45)
7. A Joke A Fraud A Fake (1:15)
8. Rats In A Cage (1:03)
9. We Know You (1:05)
10. Paycheck (1:22)
11. Midlothian Murder Mile (1:49)
12. The Debt Collector (1:56)
13. I Ripped That Testament A New Asshole (1:14)
14. Bodies (1:38)
15. Eat Shit And Live (0:49)
16. Two Examples (1:30)
17. Snake Chopper (0:54)
18. Warp Your Mind (1:55)
19. Walking Out (1:38)
In a short span of time A389 records have proved to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to extreme music, Hardcore especially. From signing veterans of the genre like Integrity,Pulling Teeth , Gehenna ,Eyehategod and Ringworm to showcasing newer talent like TRIAC,Full of Hell,Children of God, Weekend Nachos and even pumping some fresh new blood onto the scene like Cynarae,Seven Sisters of Sleep ,Homewrecker ,Sick Fix and Young and n the way. Iron Reagan is another name which got added recently to be amongst all these talented bands.
Iron Reagan are a four piece super group from Richmond Virginia, consisting of members from Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. The band don’t really try to experiment too much nor try to keep pace with their contemporaries , this album right here is as old school as it gets, clearly fitting right inside the crossover thrash box. These guys take the thunderous palm muted chugs of Thrash metal with the simple yet intense chord play of Hardcore punk which brings out the best of both the genres, cutting out all the fat and ultimately creating music that’s simple ,straightforward yet energetic and undeniably exciting, although there are times when this album tries to be a little more eclectic with the tracks slightly out of focus and I ripped that testament a new asshole having a slight black metal element to them and paychech showcasing a metallic hardcore quality to their sound a la Integrity but for the most part this is just a full on assault.
So the final verdict? This album may not be a masterpiece, but is sure as fun as hell! , don’t analyse to much just put on your thrash metal jacket with patches galore,grab some beer, crank up that stereo and BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD!!
Stream the entire album below