Ask the average person what they know about Luxembourg, and they probably won't get a lot further than (a) shit at football (b) rich/tax haven (c) something about the EU, they had a meeting there once, right?
Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
For the past three years Tera Collective have been drip feeding us videos and posts regarding the release of a mysterious five song EP. We waited in patience due to our obvious excitement, why wouldn't we be excited? Occasionally we'd lay awake at night with their Facebook posts circling our heads.
Depression manifests itself in many ways. Whether diagnosed or not it is a very real and debilitating disease that is nearly impossible to accurately describe to those who are unafflicted. Fortunately there is one outlet that humans have used for thousands of years that portrays these types of intangible emotions: art.
Pasadena trio BisonWAR are in interesting territory on their self-titled debut. BisonWAR is a dark album, not least implied by its eerie artwork of a twilit winter forest, but it is not an aggressive album. Like a handful of other math rock greats, the likes of Ativin and Town Portal, the band explore heavier terrains but without diving completely into the metal tier.
Alright, this came out last month but I didn't want to let it go under the radar. Riding Pânico's latest endeavour is pleasantly contemplative, but also packs a secret punch to it, draping you in dreamy, curious atmospheres only to slowly hit you with a gut-felt heaviness indicative of their sludge/stoner roots...
As post rock steadily descends into the maelstrom of predictable minor chord progressions and prosaic crescendos, it's always refreshing to see a shiner in the rough. A glimmer of hope for an unfortunately diluted genre.