New Music Roundup: Harms Way, Satyrasis, Voivod

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Hang on to your butts, folks, cuz we have some killer new jams for you to jam in your jam-hole and jam.

HARMS WAY
“Law Of The Land”

Harms Way is probably one of the best hardcore bands out there right now. This new track starts right off with bludgeoning bass and their signature chunky guitar tone. It busts into a deathy chug section with grimey hardcore screams – I’m guessing from the title and some of the lyrics (such as “paving the way for capital gain”) that this song is criticizing the government. And once my head started banging at the double bass driven outro riff, their message was solidified – FUCK THE FED!

Much love to the folks over at Noisey for posting this song. Be sure to like Harms Way on the book of faces.


SATYRASIS
…Of The Dead

Thrashy, proggy awesomeness from Michigan! On their sophomore release, …Of the Dead (gotta love that ellipsis) Satyrasis brings a heaping helping of Coroner style schizoid riffs, thrash oriented dueling solos, and a science-fiction vibe. Seamlessly transitioning between blackened Voivoid-esque maelstroms of tremolo picked chordage to horns-raised moshers, they pull no punches and have more tricks in their bag than CRISS ANGEL, MINDFREAK. It also hints at melodic Swedeath, Dissection- style guitar harmonies. The vocals remind me of a thrashier Rob Flynn without the cheese. Also noted is the creative use of sampling and synths- gotta love those industrial CLONKS of steel bars, the wailing keyboard lead in the latter half of “Waltz of a Marionette,” and the awesome 8-bit Bomb Drop into a fucked up synthesizer nuclear reactor meltdown solo in “WarWhore,” which is probably the craziest and most intense moment on the album.

They  have a great website where you can download the album in any format AND an instrumental version in any format. There is also a PDF of the lyric booklet and tablature for the entire album. More bands need to hop on that.  My favorite thing about this band, however, is that while thrash in nature, they don’t use a single god damn cliche. Not one. They are composers that really know how to make it their own – and make SONGS – which is important in a genre filled with re-hashers, one-off snoozefests, and a sense of xenophobia in regards to moving outside the box. For these thrash masters, there is no box.

Thanks to Invisible Oranges for streaming the album. Find Satyrasis on Facebook.


VOIVOD
“We Are Connected”

For bands as prominent as At the Gates and Voivod, it almost seems backwards for them to put out a split. Why, might you ask? Well, typically, a split is between two (or more) bands, usually of similar sound or aesthetic, and usually each band benefits off of the other’s fanbase. These bands do not need that benefit. They are both well established. They have their fanbases, and they will likely never change. To me, (and forgive me if I’m wrong but I own a few myself) splits are collector’s items; a conversation starter, a coffee table book. And that doesn’t give them any less merit, but to me, a split is something you pick up for a few bucks at the merch table at a show. It’s not the masterwork of an album you cherish and hold dear to your
heart. A couple one-off songs, maybe a cover or something, and it’s done.

So to me, it is very interesting that Voivod and ATG are dropping a split 7 inch turd instead of each dropping a full length fudge funnel, but I’m thankful at least that neither is completely incontinent yet. The cyclical revivalist aspect of the metal scene is alive and well! But – excuse me – let’s get into the music!

“We Are Connected” hit me right off the bat with an almost rockabilly d-beat, and twangy melodic guitar lines drive the first few passages of the song as vocalist Snake croons gravel over a layer of shimmery atmospheric chords. I was immediately aware that this song is very different than their last work – strikingly emotional. This is chock-full of melancholy. Voivod can be a bit campy at times (“Ravenous Medicine,” anyone?) but this song seems to have a stern sensibility. No comic book crap. Austerity creeps its way into the atmosphere. A segue into a sludgy section brings an ethereal vibe and a very tasteful solo then follows – Chewy knows his fucking shit. A brief transition and we’re back into familiar Voivod territory once again. This composition is flawless, as is the execution. New bassist Rocky fills in Blacky’s shoes quite well, supplying a melodic backbone to be filled out by Chewy’s proggy leads. A final chorus trickles down to white noise – and that’s it. Excellent song! I’m hoping their next full length will be more like this for sure. Also, I wonder if the At the Gates side is to be immediately flushed… or if they will triumph over “At War With Reality” which sucked IMO. But hey, they can’t all be Slaughter of the Soul.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for hosting the track. Keep your eyes on the band’s site for more on that split.

New songs for you to enjoy. Are you not entertained?

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    TOILET OV WELCOME TO THE FOLD ROSHIN

    • Dan Wolfson

      Thanks BREEGRODAMUS

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I’m looking forward to that Imperial Triumphant review too.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    I’m really looking forward to the Krieg / Integrity split due out in 2015 – at least I think so, the way it has been promoted.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I actually saw Krieg and Harm’s Way do a show together with Broken Hope and Weekend Nachos. It felt so wrong, but still so right.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        That sounds like a lineup that would make me a little tight in the pants.

      • Broken Hope is quite possibly the best death metal band to ever come out of Chicago! Ever heard Lupara?

        • Between The Buried & Smee

          Never. Im surprised I’ve never encounter them. I thought I knew Jeremy Wagner’s stuff, but I guess not.

          • It was his band after BH. Pretty much along the same lines. I’d link you to a video, but the right click button on my mouse is broken and I have no idea how to switch to the onboard mouse on my laptop.

  • New Voivod…hhhhnnnnnngggggbbbbyyyyaaaAAAAHH. Welcome to the Toilet, Turd Turdson.

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    …And we thank the lord it ain’t all “Slaughter of all that is good”. Am actually waiting the ATG half though. Hopefully they surprise too.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    I have been eating that new Voivod up for the last week. That band has never ever disappointed me.

  • DDubya.

    I’ve really been enjoying that Satyrasis album. It’s free, folks. Don’t sleep on it.

    • Guacamole Jim
      • DDubya.

        The nice thing is that you don’t even have to pirate it!

    • I scrolled past them until I read this comment.
      I do not regret clicking play.
      (and the guitar tabs, to boot!)

      • DDubya.

        Thank you for trusting my instincts, Gurpasium.

        • Yeah man, they’re really good. You should write for a blog or something.

    • RustyShackleford

      DAMN I like the way they do business. Downloading the tabs too just out of curiosity.

    • …I Don’t Care That You Do

      Thrashy, proggy awesomeness; free, multi-format downloads, lyrics, tabs AND an ellipsis in the album title!

      I’m in love…

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

    Welcome to my toilet, Roshin. Enjoy your stay.

  • FeelTheDarkness
  • Guacamole Jim

    I am digging Harm’s Way mightily! Hardcore is rapidly climbing up the Guacamole Love Scale (currently headed up by skronk, followed closely by Charli XCX/Dirty Loops).

    http://daylol.com/list/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/I-love-guacamole.jpg

    • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

      Yeah dat harms way is pretty gud, but I think my hxc days are over

    • Guacamole Jim

      Also, I should say that all of you chumps are pretty high on the Guacamole Love Scale.

      Toilet friends >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Guacamole Jim / Glock Jim / GRVM Jim >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Harm’s Way!!!!!

    • Dagon

      Strangely Im also getting into hardcore now. Have you checked the new Xibalba? Also, there’s an aussie band I found out the other day called Reactions. Their new album Soul Witness is awesome.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I have not, but Imma get on that ASAP!

        • Dagon

          Death/HC with lyrics en español and Thrash/HC wit a delightful australian accent, mate. Don’t sleep on them.

        • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

          You tried Cruel Hands? HCNKill put me on it, and it rules buttz

          • Correction: The new Cruel Hand DOES NOT rule buttz.

          • Guacamole Jim

            FIGHT!! FIGHT!! FIGHT!!

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I must admit it was more like, WHAT HAPPENED MANG!?
            the Trash (nkill) was pretty much gone and it took all the quality with it.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            *Joe Ghandikill imo

        • DDubya.

          Xibalba goes hard.

      • You, Jim, and me three.

        But I think Nails may have spoiled me. So many other hardcore bands sound so tame by comparison.

        • Nails = interesting.
          Harm’s Way = paint by numbers hxc.

          • Hey McNulty, you might want to check your Linux system. It seems to be leaving factually incorrect comments.

          • Joe, would you please fvcking…
            accept my apology? i don’t know too much about hardcore. i shouldn’t be making assertions like that! <3

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Oh for a second I thought you were gonna get gangster on Joe, lol

          • Hahaha, I was kinda hoping

          • Lacertilian

            @joethrashnkill:disqus to McNulty

            http://youtu.be/ysm785Jj6Pg?t=14m15s

      • Lacertilian

        Cool, I’ll have to check out Reactions.
        They’re from @disqus_tQGvq7i64T:disqus territory, I believe

    • filling in for our resident Photoshop expert… (refresh to view image)

      • Guacamole Jim

        D’awwwwwwww <3

        It's a #ToiletOvLove this morn. I am okay with that.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      That guitar tone, mmmmm

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Guac apparently these guys were assholes to 365 Days of Horror’s bandmate, so do with this what you will, but imho this is a fantastic hardcore record.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5UTBnrw5jw

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        If I stopped listening to every asshole, I’d be out of good bands. Sorry 365, but I jammed this pretty hard too. While wearing my VargApproved Burzum attire.

      • You really like typing with emphasis, huh?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Very much so, it was over when I discovered I could on here.

          • Lacertilian

            it’s the best TITS

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            It’s amazing.

        • JWG

          When I type with emphasis it just won’t show up in the message.

          So jealous (which would be better with emphasis)

      • what band contains @365daysofhorror:disqus?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          He’s in a couple of bands and I am not sure which band it was, specifically.

          • gotcha. like DDubya said, he might not even want it known… no biggie!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Dubya said that? I might need to refresh…

        • DDubya.

          I’m not entirely sure he wants that info on here.

          • good call. will retract question (unless he chooses to answer)

    • Harm’s Way is renewing my faith in what’s been a pretty uninteresting genre the past few years. Love the sound of that recording.

  • Dagon

    Is that a theremin on Satyrasys? Gonna have to give this a dedicated listen tonight. Sounds great so far.

    • DDubya.

      They use all sorts of weird stuff, but nothing feels out of place.

  • Dagon

    PMW, Rosh. That’s all you need.

    • Dan Wolfson

      Damn strizz

  • Tyree
  • Stockhausen

    Mmm, this Satyrasis is really Satyring my asis. I hopped on that download of all their stuff, I love when bands do that.

    • have you heard the new Satyricon and Arsis split?

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Speaking of Voivod they were awesome live.

    • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

      How was Napalm Death?

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        They were awesome. I enjoyed them.

        • Stabbathley

          Would you like to go into some more detail?

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I would. Their set was varied, they had extreme amounts of energy and they played the songs I liked off of the new album. I also loved Voivod’s cover of Astronomy Domine.

          • i think what @disqus_tkPTWDpIxX:disqus and all the rest of us really want to know is: did they play “You Suffer”?

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I don’t think they did.

          • Stabbathley

            You were probably blinking at the time.

          • Stabbathley

            You should stash that one away for a ROTW covers edition. They really made that song their own. It was years before I realised that it was not a Voivod song. Nothing face is a great album so you should check it out if you haven’t already.

          • FeelTheDarkness

            They also do a cover of The Nile Song too. It’s on The Outer Limits album

  • Guacamole Jim

    In Toilet related news: I just let out the GNARLIEST post-Kraft Dinner fart in my office, and a co-worker walked in immediately after.

    >mfw

    http://i.imgur.com/BLZnWwe.gif

  • Dear Roshin,
    Deathstate kicks buttz. You have a sexy voice.
    -McNulty

    • Dan Wolfson

      <3

    • Stabbathley

      Seconded. Those vocals are great and cover the full spectrum. The harmonies at the start of Winds are a stand out for me.

  • Broshin. I like this Duality EP.

    • Dan Wolfson

      Hey, thanks!

  • BROHshin! Thanks for sharing this pieces. I’m digging Satyriasis and I think I will download the album because melodies and because…

  • I’m not really feeling that Voivod track so much. I LOVED them back when Psychic Vacuum was on Headbanger’s Ball. Still spin Dimension Hatross on a regular basis.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    This fucking snow just doesn’t end…but I’ve got great metal jams and bourbon to get me through!

    • DDubya.

      What kind of bourbon? Also, new here?

      • InfinityOfThoughts

        Brand spanking new!

        Willet Pot Still Reserve, Albany Distillery Rye and A MidWinter’s Night Dram from High West.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    Harm’s Way brings the heavy.

  • B00mhauer

    Man, Voivod bores the shit outta me. Can’t wait to sit at the bar during their set tonight.

  • Call the Slambulance

    New beatdown means it’s gonna be a damn good day, son! *slams a Red Bull and fights the wall*

  • why do I hate this so much