This is the blog for Manchester radio show Loud Noises with Ross Cummins. Which you can listen to every Tuesday from 9pm.
I'll be posting news, music, interviews and links from UK punk, hardcore and metal, with plenty more in the pipeline for the future.
Top Ten Records of 2013
1- Oathbreaker - Eros|Anteros
A hard choice to put this above #2, as they’re both incredible in different ways. Oathbreaker’s sound has progessed so well, from Rise & Fall worship on the demo, to earth-shifting heaviness on Maelstrom to atmospheric post-metal/black-metal influence on Eros|Anteros.
2- Deafheaven - Sunbather
I don’t care if you want to call it black metal or not- it’s intense, original, and wears its influences on its sleeve without being derivative. Plus inexplicably emotional.
3- Peste Noire - Peste Noire
Medieval French black metal that manages to incorporate elements of hip-hop, Oi, classical French hymns, and drunken chanting without it sounding like an awul mish-mash. Probably a good thing I don’t understand most of the lyrics though.
4- Full of Hell - Rudiments of Mutilation
While less riffy than Roots of Earth…, Rudiments is way harder. The re-recording of Vessel Deserted is the toughest thing ever, and Coven of The Larynx sounds like hell feels.
5- Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Some songs on this have an industrial or even post-metal influence that really comes across as super heavy during live shows, but on record just adds to the atmosphere.
6- Esoteric Youth - The Burden of Living
I like this record so much because it’s shown me that Esoteric Youth are one of those bands that will be able to produce a distinct sound with each release while keeping an overall sound. Joe’s recording has stepped up so much since the demo and the concept of the lyrics really ties the whole record together. Plus I sing on it. Ace.
7- Old Skin - Maere
There’s nothing I can say about this that hasn’t already been said by the swarm of positive reviews it’s received. “Best UK release of the year”, “Best debut of the year”, you name it. Check it out now if you like Converge/Oathbreaker/that sort of thing.
8- Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
A lot of people moaned that this wasn’t a black metal album, which immediately showed them up as not knowing the first thing about Darkthrone (whose first album was death metal, before releasing a couple of black metal albums, and then dabbling with every kind of metal under the frostbitten sun). The Underground Resistance is basically super heavy NWOBHM/thrash and still manages to sound like Darkthrone. Lots of riffs and clean vocals.
9- Jungbluth - Partache
A friend from Germany put me onto these in the summer, and it took me a while to get round to listening but I was stoked when I did. Jungbluth play “melodic crust” which I just call screamo for ease of conversation, but it’s nice and heavy, chaotic, and with lots of hooks. Fans of La Quiet or Birds In Row will dig this
10- NAILS - Abandon All Life
… ~breath~ DUN DUN DUN, DUN DUN DUN DUUNNNNN
Here’s the Listen Again Link for the show last night:
And here’s the playlist:
Brutality Will Prevail
'Lost and Alone'
High on Fire
'Slave the Hive'
Rest of the tracks picked my Laurence of CoF:
'Niquez Vos Villes'
'No Rest for the Weary'
Full of Hell
'Collapse & Die'
'Wide Open Wound'
'Mourn the World of Man'
'Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis'
The new blood running Church Of Fuck will be on the show tonight to talk about the label and give us his Top Ten Records of 2013.
Listen in through your itunes or smartphone by following the link.
The black mass begins at 9pm.
It’s time again to worship at the altar of fuck.