It’s time for audio mauling, with flair, as we bring you music from two metal-weighted hardcore bands who’ll slug you in the mouth and then kick you in the cojones before you have time to pick up your teeth.
The bands are Benchpress from Lewiston, Pennsylvania, and Martyr’s Tongue from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Get This Right Records has just released a split 7″ that includes two songs from each band. We’re premiering streams of all four songs after a brief introduction.
As the band’s name signifies, the original members apparently came together with the tongue-in-cheek idea of making “beatdown anthems for gym-rats”, but the two songs on the new split aren’t joking around. “Penance” and “Pissed Away” rocket through the bloodstream in about six minutes. They inflict the punishment with thick, rebar-strength riffs delivered in both flashing jabs and brutal hammer blows, with squalling feedback leading to thunderous breakdowns. And you can feel the vocalist’s jugular veins coming apart violently as he vents his venom. Merciless and heavy-grooved, these tracks will make your bad moods murderous.
Martyr’s Tongue take their lead from metal/hardcore outfits like Ringworm and Integrity, but have upped the ante with black electronic noise, blast-beat flurries, and a sound that’s completely caked with grit and grime. “Deconstructive Process” and “Unholy Communion” are short, vicious, howling storms of rage and destructive power, undergirded by massively grinding bass tone and spine-shaking percussion. “Unholy Communion” also takes a turn into an otherworldly blackened void before it ends, with the unhinged braying of the vocalist morphing into the howls of a vengeful poltergeist. For people who like their hardcore heavy as hell and stinking of sulphur, you need Martyr’s Tongue on your radar screen.
The split is out now and can be ordered via the first link below. The vinyl comes with a digital download code.