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“Boston’s Livver (ex Defcon 4 and Coleman), [is] the latest project from East Coast punk/hardcore booking/promoting mainstay Robin Goodhue… Livver skates that fine line between sludge and hardcore while retaining diy punk rock asthetics, well exemplified and then some on their first real full-length album, classily entitled Fuck You Pay Me, which is now available for a mere five beans on the band’s Bandcamp page.” – Kip Wingerschmidt, MetalSucks.net
PSALM ZERO (New York)
“When established musicians start a band together, you can typically use their past work to guess what the fruit of their union will sound like. Not so for Andrew Hock and Charlie Looker of NYC’s Psalm Zero. Their best-known prior bands — the prog-metal trio Castevet and the genreless freakshow Extra Life, respectively — have little in common aside from their basic strangeness. The Drain certainly carries on with that strangeness, albeit in unexpected fashion: It’s a bleak amalgamation of industrial rigidity, prog-rock scope, and Gothic decadence. The Drain’s quirky aesthetic will alienate some, but it’s one of the most singular albums I heard this year.” – Doug Moore, Stereogum
“…Mugwort comes bursting from the gate with their debut release… the desolate soundscape is composed, not so much by the lack of complexity and movement, but more so with the dissonance of the chord structures and tonality… [The release] is an homage to the golden age of doom and black metal we all know and love, the days of Burzum, St. Vitus, and Sleep. It is a refreshing take on a genre that is now monopolized by bands that abandon structure and, in turn, replace it with experimental noodle-fests.” – Dylan Greene, The Portland Phoenix
DESTRUCTIVE NEW AGE (Maine)
Old school hardcore done right, drawing on influences of Poison Idea, Corrosion Of Conformity, D.R.I. and Negative Approach. Featuring current & ex-members of Cruel Hand, Outbreak, Strung Along and Wake Up Call.