We have SO MUCH planned for your enjoyment at NCS today, but I made a last-minute decision to begin with this interactive post (at least I hope it will become interactive).
Last night a metalhead friend sent me a Facebook message asking: “If you happen to have some scuzzy, vile, positively abrasive new music that you can put up or recommend my way, I’d certainly appreciate the fuck out of it.” I have my own plentiful stockpile of such stuff, but I thought I’d reach out for other ideas. So I posted his request on FB and asked for recommendations. I mentioned that I didn’t think my friend was a big black metal fan, so suggested that BM should probably be filtered out of the suggestions. Other than that, I asked people to open up the sewers on me.
And I did get suggestions, which I decided to leave below. And I further decided this morning to make an open call to anyone reading this post to leave your own recommendations in the Comments for our mutual benefit (but here there’s no need for you to filter out black metal). So go ahead, open up the sewers on me — and remember that the subject of the request is for scuzzy, vile, positively abrasive that’s NEW (or at least new-ish).
Because this was a last-minute idea, and because I’ve got a lot of writing and editing to do for the site today, I’m not adding my usual commentary on the music in this round-up, though I will note that the first item below is from a band (Umbra Vitae) that includes current or former members of Converge, Wear Your Wounds, The Red Chord, Hatebreed, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, and Job For A Cowboy, i.e., Jacob Bannon, Sean Martin, Mike McKenzie, Jon Rice, and Greg Weeks. Their debut album, Shadow of Life, will be released on May 1 by Deathwish Inc.