Monday, February 5, 2007


The Minus Tide - The Rock Autopsy Has Begun

In a scene increasingly populated by hackneyed metalcore acts, Wheeling WV's The Minus Tide has conjured a unique brand of screamy metallic rock with an explosive feel of technological apocalypticism.

The music blends the melodicism of traditional heavy metal with the rhythmic and technical proficiency of modern metal, spawning comparisons to everyone from Converge to Iron Maiden. In addition to the dual-guitar attack, The Minus Tide's songs are given voice by the addition of otherworldly synths which sound like something out of a 16-bit video game. The songs are nightmarish visions of technological advancement -- in this timeline and others -- where minds meld with machines and genetic manipulation has become a terrifying art form, tales that with each release have deepened in their horrific portrayals and perhaps their prophetic significance as well. Certainly a welcome break from the usual ultra-macho, blood-and-skulls routine typically associated with this genre.

The debut self-released EP The Rock Autopsy Has Begun sold out of its first pressing in less than one year supported by no distribution whatsoever, save the band playing as many shows as possible, including a short summer tour in 2001. Soon after, The Minus Tide solidified its lineup with the addition of longtime Zao bassist Rob Horner. Six more months of live performances brought The Rock Autopsy to the attention of the MACROCK fest in Virginia and the Toledo, Ohio record label Action Driver which re-released the EP, giving it the domestic and worldwide distribution it deserved, landing positive reviews from Heartattack, Metal Maniacs, and Revolver magazines.

XXX Maniak - Harvesting The Cunt Nectar

One of the sickest goregrind CDs ever created visually and musically, the 30 track pornographic pile of discharge smokes 95% of other bands in this genre instantly. Boasting notorious guest appearances (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Prosthetic Cunt, Total Fuckin' Destruction, Divine Rapture) with a top notch recording and mastering via Scott "the hulk" Hull at Visceral Sound, 3XM truly is the goregrind slimewave of the future.

Portraits of Past - selftitled (a.k.a. 0100101110100011100100100) 12" LP

Portraits of Past was a band from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were active from 1993 to 1995, touring the US in the Summer of 1995. The genre of music that they helped create is often described as "screamo," though that term was not used at the time the band was active. Former members of the band later formed Nexus Six, Seventeen Queen, The Audience, Funeral Diner, Vue (band) and Bellavista.

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