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“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
FUMING MOUTH (Massachusetts)
Fuming Mouth are a blistering three-piece from Worcester that are turning heads everywhere. Their gritty style is somewhere between old school Swedish death metal, crust and hardcore – executed with relentless discipline. With a s/t demo and a split 7″ with Dorchester’s GATLIN already released, F.M. have just unveiled their newest ‘The Lotus Demo’ on Triple-B Records. Infectious and annihilating.
Leash (New Hampshire/Maine)
“Shit. I just had to jump on here and post about this Demo I just heard from a new band called Leash. It’s 6 songs of absolutely punishing D-Beat Punk DONE RIGHT. Leash is from Portsmouth, NH and features members of Ramlord, Ultra//Negative, Vaast & Erotic City Blues Band. Their short description of themselves is: “we do drugs and listen to discharge and carcass. kill every fucking human.” Mandatory listening.” – Deadpulpit.com
New blood from Portland, Maine – this band seemingly came out of nowhere – only to unleash a crippling self-released EP entitled “Raped by Death.” Now joined by two new members, including G. Souza on drums (Feral, Stone Tools). Prepare for total war.