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FULL OF HELL (Maryland/Pennsylvania)
Full of Hell is just that. Their earsplitting, terrifying and utterly chaotic blend of grindcore and noise takes viscerality to a whole other place. It’s extreme music taken to the extreme. Despite their young age, they’ve found themselves sharing stages and collaborating with some of the biggest names in metal, punk, and all things experimental. Their latest album finds them upping the intensity to insane levels in collaboration with legendary Japanese noise artist, Merzbow. A new collaborative effort with sludge metal duo, the body, is reportedly coming soon.
“Conifer seems to reckon with the notions of bands like Enemymine, Mogwai, or Grails while taking an approach toward their music that’s entirely meditative (as opposed to premeditated). Minimal, ethereal passages are narcotically lengthened and crescendos of distortion are sustained well beyond the boundaries adhered to by many of their peers. “Heavy” by way of being beat/repetition heavy in not only a Shellac/Helmet sense but in a way that is practically reminiscent of electronic discipline. Crushing riffs amidst the most ethereal, minimal moments.” – Important Records
This will be the first appearance by CONIFER since their performance at the 2011 Sacred & Profane Festival on Peaks Island.
“Sure, it may be Latin for “forest of trees,” but Sylvia more readily conjures some wiseacre aunt, not a burly group of veteran musicians trying to carve new notches in well-trod forms of heavy metal. On their 30-minute debut album, Sylvia act as a bridge between the cultures of riff-driven, mid-tempo heaviness that any pub-goer would crush a few to, and the more recent, thought-provoking strains of doom and black metal that have permeated US circles. This tension is constant over the self-titled album’s eight songs, pitting metal’s established elements — protracted riff-y buildups, moshy ripostes, and galloping bridges — against its newer, more dynamic ideas.” – Nicholas Schroeder, The Portland Phoenix
EASTERN SPELL (Maine)
“Eastern Spell are a group of hairy, doomy dudes from Portland, Maine. Earlier this year they released a single via Bandcamp entitled Entraced, and about two weeks ago they also released a video for the song. Eastern Spell bring the misery with seismic resonance. It’s slow, pulverizing music, with burly riffs, agonized, gravel-throated vocals, and a drummer who sounds like he’s trying to drive his kit straight into the ground. Deep into the 11-minute song, the band briefly rumble into more animated life, and there’s a surprising (and beautiful) acoustic finish to the song, but in the main this is suffocating sludge/doom — done very well.” – Islander, No Clean Singing