Demo/Promo Roundup: Trenchgrinder, Gouge, Vassafor, and Temple Nightside

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Has anyone from the Toilet Ov Hell told you lately that we love new music? Some guy named Joseph something said this thing one time, he said “follow your bliss.” Finding out about new music and sharing it with you, our beloved readers, is nirvana for the writing staff here. In case you were doing stuff at work (like actually doing your work, not reading our toilet site) you may have missed recent roundups from Toilet Ov Hell writers/editors Masterlord, Masterlord again, and Dubya. These were roundups from Nuclear War Now! and Iron Bonehead Productions, respectively. We are excited to bring you new music from a variety of spots today, including a self released demo, a promo from Hell’s Headbangers, and yet another promo from Iron Bonehead Productions. Siqq new music is released weekly. We hope you aren’t still trying to catch up on last year’s releases (I am). As the Buddha said about attachments (he said they are bad), check out these new releases and worry about about the superfluity of 2014 releases you missed later.


Trenchgrinder Demo 2015

The first band for this post comes by way of the Toilet Ov Hell’s own Simon Phoenix. Simon keeps his ears to the streets (of San Angeles) for new music, and when he finds something, we pay attention. That was how I found out Trenchgrinder had released a new demo. Trenchgrinder are a relatively new band, so we could forgive you for not knowing about them (but we wouldn’t).

Trenchgrinder’s 2015 demo is their third release, following a 2011 demo and a 2014 split with Skullshitter. You can find both of those albums from the band’s Bandcamp, which you should (don’t be lazy). Trenchgrinder have also been active playing shows in their native New York City. They even played last year with fellow New Yorkers and band I love, Yellow Eyes.

Trenchgrinder doesn’t set out to do anything too fancy; rather, they are playing songs that move over you, or right through you if necessary. “Lay The Earth To Rest” opens at a breakneck pace, but also finds the band slowing things down to make room for sinister riffs and a great bit of drumming. They play an insanely catchy stomp for the last forty five seconds or so. Vocalist Owen Rundquist snarls through “Deterrence and Retribution,” and Bill Dozer plays a brief eye-opening solo in the track’s second minute. “Trial By Combat” finishes this demo. At a few moments (like right before the two-minute mark), the guitar squeal is eerily reminiscent of Lamb of God‘s “Vigil.”

You can pick up Trenchgrinder’s 2015 Demo for $3.00 on their Bandcamp.


Gouge Beyond Death

Next up is Norwegian duo Gouge. Hot on the trail of their Doomed To Death EP, their full length album Beyond Death has been promoted by Hell’s Headbangers as “ratchet[ing] their ravenous deathnoise x 666.” You can check out the eleventh track from the album, “Devil’s Debt” right now! Beyond Death is twelve tracks coming in at about twenty-nine minutes. Gouge play energetic, thrash-inflected death metal throughout. They’re no slouch at naming songs, with “Breath of the Reaper” and “I Smell of Rotten Death” being a couple of my favorites.

This may be an era of heavy cavernous death metal bands like Grave Miasma and Impetuous Ritual, but Gouge is from a different camp altogether. On Beyond Death, Gouge is the band that will kick the shit out of you, then help you up and buy you a beer. These twelve tracks are fast, fun bangers. This band knows how to write songs and they know how to play riffs. The vocals land somewhere between screaming, shouting, and singing. This album rarely slows down. Solos are used, and add to the mayhem rather than detract from it, like at the end of “Wretched Passion” and during “Putrefaction” and “Butcher Attack”. This will be a band to keep an eye on, especially given that they are just starting out.

Beyond Death is due out on Hell’s Headbangers March 24th, 2015.


Vassafor/Temple Nightside Call of the Maelstrom

In case you’re sitting at work thinking “i rly lyk cavernous deth metal and spelunking” this is just the thing for you. If you caught those Grave Miasma and Impetuous Ritual references and thought “I just luv those bands so much lol” you should be very interested in Call of the Maelstrom. This album is a split LP between Vassafor and Temple Nightside. Like Impetuous Ritual, both bands are from down under (New Zealand and Australia, respectively). Four tracks belong to the former, and two tracks belong to the latter. This is roughly thirty six minutes of pummeling, twisting, winding eternity. These are menacing, soul crushing, psyche-rending songs.

Vassafor’s half of this split makes use of repetitive instrumentation and tortured howls. A guitar solo halfway through the album’s second track, “Phoenix of the Maelstrom” is a man taking a swan dive from a cliff. Side A’s fourth and final track employs religious choral chanting in between a firestorm of playing. Temple Nightside’s half of this split opens in death/doom territory, slow, heavy, and drenched in reverb. “Knell” is plodding but deliberate; it takes several minutes for the song to gain steam. “The Howling Void… as Wolves” is fuck-all heavy. Riffs pick up speed and slow again, but like “Knell,” the pacing is consistent. Screams echo from what seems like a vast distance, and guitars morph into screams of their own. The song (and album) ends by echoing into the maelstrom.

Vassafor and Temple Nightside play complex music that requires more than a passive listen. This split showcases the talents of each band, but it also works as a seamless whole.

Call of the Maelstrom is due out on Iron Bonehead Productions February 23rd, 2015.

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  • That Temple Nightside track goes pretty damned hard once it gets going.

    • SO DID MY NU-METAL BAND BACK IN THE NINETIES, NYTESYDE.

  • God ov All

    I took a massive satisfying shit while listening to trenchgrinder. One of the best I’ve had in a while.

    • Pics or it didn’t happen.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        … wait a second.

        • God ov All

          It’s too bright from the magnificence. My camera can’t process it.

          • Unpack you adjectives God. Leave no detail out.

          • God ov All

            I’ll say one thing, it’s super radioactive.

    • Dagon

      Catharsis in all angles, huh

    • Paris Hilton

      The last shit God took resulted in Fred Durst. I hope this one turned out better!

  • DDubya.

    I’m very interested in that split

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I could send you a copy *wink*

      • DDubya.

        I don’t accept bribes from pirates.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          The joke there was that I got the promo from the Toilet Ov Hell editorial team, implying it would be very easy for you to acquire.

          • DDubya.

            I know. However, Joe signed a deal that if we download a promo more than once, one of the writing staff will be executed.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            We have a few writers we could do without. Public execution?

          • Goddamn right.
            *side-eyes everyone menacingly*

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Public executions really send a message.

          • Don’t get rid of Molenaar. He’s helping me build my vocabulary.

          • He’s a child and he makes me feel dumb. Can’t have that.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            He’s… a child? Now I feel bad about myself.

            (Joe makes me feel bad about myseöf, I vote him)

          • Well… not a child. Just way younger than me. Anyway, he’ll be the first with his back against the wall.

          • What did I beg for just the other day?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            woah, sounds sexual.

          • If the TOH writers are involved you can rest assured it is.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Brelivoquent –

            bre·vil·o·quent (adjective) : marked by brevity of speech

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Molenaar is? I huff and puff in your general direction

          • Scrimm

            I vote Mcnulty

          • I vote Edward. His avatar still scares me 🙁

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            True Detective >>>>>>>>>>

            what I wouldn’t give to watch the series again with fresh eyes.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Only at the end of episode: “Form and Void” did I realize how obsessed you are widdit.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            It shouldn’t have taken that long, lol

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Every ep brought forth a new layer of your obsession.

          • Scrimm

            I still haven’t seen it.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Scrimm watch that shizzz.

          • Scrimm

            I want to I just don’t feel like buying the dvds. Too pricey.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Don’t give up after the fiart episodes though.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I was hooked at the end of the first episode.

            You need to start asking the right fucking questions.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I knew Rust was the love of my life after the “All this. For me? This has to be for me. Fuck you!” Speech.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m so fucking special.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            To me you are Rust. To me you are.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            You’re not bad. It’s not you. There’s a great weight and its got its fish hooks in your heart and soul.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            “Death created time to grow the things that it would kill.”

          • Scrimm

            I almost always try to give stuff time to develop. I never would have liked trailer park boys if I had judged by the first episode.

          • I love TPB!

            GL

          • Scrimm

            Me too. They’re coming here in a couple weeks but I can’t make it.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I do nowadays too.

            btw, can’t hou just pick TD up at a library or something?

          • Scrimm

            Never thought of that.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I’ve done so to catch a few series.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Is it available to rent? I for one would watch it through more nefarious methods, in the same way I plan on watching the last seven episodes of Mad Men.

          • Scrimm

            I’m sure I can find it to rent but right now I can’t even afford that. I would watch it through a site maybe but I don’t know the first thing about them. Have a good friend who does, might ask him.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Scrimm ask him that shizzz.

          • Scrimm

            Will do, I trust your opinion, and several others have said the same. Plus Alexandra Daddario>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Vince Vaughn tho.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m trying to keep an open mind. Will it be as good as s1? Unlikely. Could it be enjoyable? It could.

            Separately, I noticed the True Detective article I penned for this site has more views than anything else I have done.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I’ll give it a chance. But I kinda just want it to burn.

          • I vote bob.

            GL

          • Scrimm

            Bob wrote for the site?

          • No, I was just calling him out 🙂

            G

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            GL aren’t you missing an “L” there?

            ND

          • WHATEVER WHATEVER I DO WHAT I WANT

            I am going to leave this bitchin VH track right here for you guys. This song is way underrrated

            L

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M_lxaHCk-M

          • Scrimm

            I ALSO VOTE GL

          • God ov All

            He’d be bitching during the whole public execution.

            “What you all aren’t gonna fucking clap? It’s a show you asshats show some respect”

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            it’s what people do after a performance of bloody public executions. It’s a societal norm. Duh.

          • THE MOUTH OF HELL IS OPEN WIDE TONIGHT

            Go hard, bro!

            GL

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r21-Ywkt6y8

          • God ov All

            I dig it.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I vote Tapir.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            U talkin shit?
            *pulls out a knife*
            You best not fuck with me, friendo.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            You said I’m dating Jimmy. I’n not dating Jimmy.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            *pulls out a second knife*
            And you want me dead because of that? I’ll just have to kill you first!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            You can’t kill me. I’m heavily protected.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            *pulls out a third knife*
            I will find you.

          • KJM

            You don’t have to do this…

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            But I wanna!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus
          • Dagon

            McNulty gets a pass after he retracted controversial Gorguts statements.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            McNulty always gets a pass because he likes Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne.

          • Dagon

            Also, he is able to sport glorious golden locks. He is like a manly Kirsten Dunst.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            And you two are dating. It would be a shame to break up a cute couple.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            No we are not.

          • Scrimm

            HAHAHAHA

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            What were these controversial statements?

          • Dagon

            He said, as a joke, that Colin Marston ruined Gorguts. There’s things that shouldn’t be toyed with, guys.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Ha, what a jester that McNulty can be.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Jimmy’s the best.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            He’s a class act.

          • Dagon

            This is what happens to jesters in my side of the ocean, homie.

            http://richardgamble.net/directory/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/dead_jester-800×429.jpg

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            He’s a lovable scallywag

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            What a scamp.

          • He doesn’t like Bolt Thrower or Deströyer 666. Both offenses punishable by slow death.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I love Bolt Thrower!

          • Dagon

            By scaphism, which is another thing I learned through this website. When did humans get so creative?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Humans are very clever when it comes to doing great harm to each other.

          • Dagon

            That’s why I wanted to stick to sea creatures. After dolphins I realized these creations can go the asshole route and I was like “Dude, I think we need to chill out” but no one paid attention to me.

          • Scrimm

            Even more good reasons.

          • The executioner’s axe thirsts for poser blood, man and tapir alike.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            He doesn’t like those two? Oh shit, I respect him more now.

          • your respect for McNulty goes up and downs like venezuelan economy, tapir o.o

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            That is an accurate description

          • Scrimm

            No Bolt Thrower? You can join him.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            Jimmy and I will die as lovers

          • Scrimm

            I will miss our shared dislike for VH.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            My physical body will die, but my hate will continue to live

          • Scrimm

            I’ll save your brain in one of my Spheres.

          • We got now a good love triangle between the Detective, the Tapir and the Mr. Janitor <3

          • Not The Ideal Tapir
          • Scrimm

            Not in my book. That’s 1/3 of the reason he goes.

          • Demote McNulty to the Marine Unit

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            The Greeks >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    I have returned from a busy work day that ended very early. I’m gonna catch up on the last post now.

    Some of you guys slept on this. Don’t sleep on this!

    https://primitivemandoom.bandcamp.com/album/home-is-where-the-hatred-is

    • Tyree

      BYAH!!! Peoples get on this shit and be digested in the filthiest of hate-filled sludge.

  • tertius_decimus

    Still trying to catch up last year releases too. Slow, so slow, you know… This being said, the band A Hill To Die Upon made my day. And yesterday. And will make my tomorrow.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bukYv2RIH48

    • Scrimm

      AHTDU is bad ass.

      • God ov All

        And they worship me! +1

        • Scrimm

          Yes and they’re a great band for people who don’t to still enjoy too cause their not overly preachy +1

        • Scrimm

          Have you heard Blood Thirsty?

          • God ov All

            I have not. New band?

          • Scrimm

            Pretty new, just a one man project. Symphonic/technical death metal, But pretty damn good. There’s a few stumbles on the cd but overall>>>> Even the Christmas song he does is good.

          • God ov All

            Where can I listen?

          • Scrimm
        • BLXKKBEXRD

          Wait, whut? I guess I can’t listen to this now.

          • Scrimm

            Your loss.

          • God ov All

            Awww cmon bby. At least they aren’t overly preachy about it. In fact, if I hadn’t mentioned it you probably would have never known.

    • Ok, this is good!

      • Scrimm

        They’re very good. Plus the first album cover is AWESOME.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      I’ve heard this band name bandied about and never checked them out. MY BAD.

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    Buddha was a fat fuck. He can go get rekt. He was pacifist. I want a war, a nuclear war, now.

  • Dagon

    Trenchgrinder is my kind of jam. It suits my fungal pulmonary infections presentation nicely.

  • Dagon

    Everything here is a solid jam. Nice round up, BRO.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Thanks Dagon! I really can’t take credit for any of these, I’m just a spoke in the wheel.

  • Paris Hilton

    Hey boys! Just dropping by to show off my new boob job! I look fly as fuck!!

    • Impressive! Shame they can’t do anything about the wonky eye.

      • Paris Hilton

        It’s called ptosis and it’s a medical condition!

      • Lacertilian

        Wonky eye is cool with me, just can’t appreciate being simultaneously rich & vapid.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Not going to lie, I just Googled Paris Hilton boob job.

      • Dagon

        There are far too many boob jobs more interesting than that one to be googling, mate.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Seemed relevant, lol.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I didn’t refresh so I didn’t realize they were right here.

      • Tyree

        ( . )( . )

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I’m not going to lie, they look good.

          • Tyree

            Yeah… Sigh.

        • Max

          Small real tits > fake big tits. Every time.

          • JvRv

            quality >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quantity

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Muad’Dib has spoken the truth! Again, it is the legend!

    • #BoobsGate?! For real!?

      • Paris Hilton

        It’s Sex, Drugs, THEN Rock n Roll! In that order! Everyone knows that…

    • Tyree
  • Dagon

    There is a full stream on Call of the Void’s LP out today.

    https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/sets/call-of-the-void-ageless/s-cyRqx

    This jam jams.

  • Tyree

    FUCK YEAH ED!!! This is all good shit. Well done sir.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Thanks Tyree. I also spammed the comments with our homeboy Ethan’s new jam.

      • Tyree

        I was busy here at work, I’ll check it out here and say something enthusiastic.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I know I am guilty of saying this a lot (because it’s true a lot) but that sounds like some of their most well developed stuff. It’s crippling and nuanced.

          • Tyree

            I’m listening to it again now actually. These songs just ooze vengeance and disgust.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’ve listened to that track in particular like six times since yesterday.

          • Tyree

            Glad we are on the same page Ed.

  • I’m scared to listen to these because I might buy them lol

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I’m buying a bit of music lately too, feels good. I picked up that Trenchgrinder demo and preordered Home Is Where The Hatred Is yesterday. I feel like I should purchase music I cover that I also really enjoy.

  • THIS. SHIT. IS. JAMMIN’

    • Jammin’ to the swellies

      • I ran 5k today, so this works.

        • i uh… worked next to some hot pipes for about 10 minutes and sweated a few drops…

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Have you heard the news that I told you earlier today?

          • you have not told me news. all i know is that you and i are now dating… and i’m okay with that.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I told you about it on the Porcelain Throne article. You should be excited.

          • BREAKIN’ A SWEAT! WHOO! MCNULTY’S GETTING SWOLE!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I exercised for almost 2 hours today.

          • I am proud of you, janitor.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’m proud of myself too.

  • Tyree

    Temple Nightside is fucking so goddamn disgusting and amazing. That’s all I got to say about that.

  • Hayden Clifford

    Just wondering if anyone is as excited about the new Cattle Decap album as I am. Monolith of Inhumanity has got to be my favorite metal album of the 21st century.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0nSy2seuiQ

    • yup!!!

    • Lacertilian

      I’m salivating in anticipation, as are most here in the bathroom banished brethren.

  • PhoenixKing Leonhart

    These Temple Nightside tracks are already far better than anything on their last release.

    On another note, I’m tickled by the idea that Trenchgrinder may or may not be Game of Thrones fans.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Trenchgrinder & Game of Thrones?

  • Hayden Clifford

    Just thought I’d share with everyone a band I just discovered on bandcamp

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEn1uWtX_Jg

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    • Guacamole Jim

      BLOCKED FOR COPYRIGHT

    • CyberneticOrganism

      GAH!

    • KJM

      That is one epic meltdown.

  • Dan Wolfson

    I’m really psyched there’s a band called Trenchgrinder from the West Coast that is doing pretty well because there was a band with the same neame in Rhode Island and the guitarist was fucking my ex when I wasn’t. She sucked anyways, but I always wanted his band to fail.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      Let the vitriol fester

    • PhoenixKing Leonhart

      This Trenchgrinder are from NY though.

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    2 blunts in: it makes my heart melt
    http://youtu.be/wQ95g8uGlkI

  • Lacertilian

    *rabidly searches for trenches to grind*