The Best Band in Nebraska is Borealis

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Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for Nebraska, the birthplace of Kool-Aid powder and the motherfucking Reuben sandwich. The best band in Nebraska is Borealis.

When I was but a wee lad, I knew this kid that would fill his soda cup with a little bit of all of the machine’s selections. He held each button down with meticulous timing and layered with savant strategy. He was like a little chemist, taking time to smell and taste his concoctions before moving on, just like real chemists do. The kid was a prick bastard and I hated his guts, but I’ll be damned if he didn’t somehow manage to create a tasteful fusion out of many disparate flavors. Every time I tried to do it myself, it ended up tasting like some major ass.

The moral of the story: I suck at everything. Also – mixing things can yield mixed results. A deft hand might be able to make spaghetti and chunky peanut butter work, but I sure as hell can’t. I discovered that the hard way last week. It haunts my bowels still.

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Left – the torso of Alex Kinnerk; Mid – the torso of Billy Liebermann; Right – the torso of Jay Jacobson

This trio doesn’t seem to have that problem. They’re master mixologists of metal. Borealis takes old school death metal, some thrash, some doom, and some punk, then somehow blends it together in a way that sounds way, way better than it should. It’s not a spasmodic jump back and forth between styles, either. You get something more with Borealis; something coalesced and fully realized. Guitarist / vocalist Alex Kinnerk barks pissed-off, punked-out vocals over perfectly-executed death metal riffage, seamlessly connecting doomy passages (think Autopsy) with more energetic, thrashy sections (think Repulsion), and the occasional hardcore stomp. The coupling of punky vocals with this sort of riffing takes on an air similar to bands like Black Breath, only packed with more vitriol. This is pissed off music for hating everything. And I mean really, really hating every single thing ever. I can’t remember the last time a song made my blood boil like it does during 1:25 of “Death Anxiety”. I mean, shit, man. That riff has all the makings of an anger-fueled, living-room destruction spree.

Their most recent EP, To See With One’s Own Eyes, came out last year. It clocks in at around 25 minutes, and I highly recommend it.

 

Don’t trust me? Smart move. Put your faith in the opinions of our renowned judges instead…

W: Do you like riffz, cuz Borealis has the riffz. Wrecking ball chords demolish all opponents while d-beat jackhammers crack the earth. However, Borealis isn’t a one-trick pony by any means. The band supplements its already pulverizing approach with super heavy chugs that dig deeper than an oil well. Prepare to destroy your domicile in a hate mosh.

Tyree: There are influences from all around here, but I pick up a lot of punky thrash, sludge, and even some grind. Bands like Noothgrush and Mammoth Grinder come to mind in particular. This is a dismal and fierce sounding band that obviously are fed up with this shit fucking world we live in. There is some serious riffage going on here while the drums are played ferociously and tight. Vocals are barked out aggressively, very much similar to Chris Ulsh’s style. Production is raw, which is fitting for their gritty style of playing This album is ugly as fuck. Sit back and let Borealis remind you of how shitty we all really are.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden

  • Tyree

    You should get this album.

  • Dagon

    I want to listen to this but I have not been able to pause Simbiose yet.

    • Tyree

      That’s a good excuse.

      • But only a temporary good excuse!

        • Tyree

          Trve.

      • Dagon

        I did it, no remorse here. Love the dynamics between groovy sludge and faster DM riffs.

        The production is crusty af just the way I like it. It’s rumbly, has a lot of low end but doesn’t jeopardize clarity too much. You can still understand what is being played, picking patterns, etc.

        • the production is perfect, it enfatize very well the groovy parts. good music.

  • God ov All

    killer. And spot on with that noothgrush/mammoth grinder comparison.

    On an unrelated note, I have Nile’s “lashed to the slave stick” stuck in my head. Today is gonna be a good day.

  • Dagon

    The intro to Deceived had me changing underwear.

    • Tyree

      Dude, when it goes into the D-beat section around 1:00 my blood starts pumping faster.

  • It’s like death metal with d-beat drums and hardcore vocals. This is fuckin’ awesome.

  • MoshOff

    Guys, that part the Masterlord is referencing is totally a breakdown.

    • Dr. Dubz

      He doesn’t like B-word.

      • MoshOff

        I don’t like the fact that I can’t get dates, that doesn’t mean it isn’t painfully true.

        • Dr. Dubz

          You, uh… you wanna talk about something? Let me pull up a chair.

          • MoshOff

            This thing, this thing here is dank.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I love dates, dude.

          • I thought they were raisins?

          • That’s raisist.

          • FEATURE this for hilarity!

          • MoshOff

            There must be a distinction, but I hate both so I don’t care haha.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Have you ever had fresh dates? So tasty. They’re best enjoyed with some really bitter coffee.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            See also: grapefruit.

            Pair up grapefruit with a nice dark roast and holy moly.

          • MoshOff

            I’ll have to try that for sure.

          • W, you would be proud. I have drank coffee the last 7 days black and I am surely coming around.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Out of the respect I have for you two I might have a cup black in the next day or so. I’m a cream guy, myself.

          • Just to clarify (since I have about 9 days of drinking coffee under my belt) I only drink it black because I cannot figure out what to put in it to make it taste better. All the creamer talk is confusing. So, I figure I should just keep it basic.

          • Dr. Dubz

            You should go to a coffee shop and order an Americano. If I remember my history correctly, it was a brewing method US soldiers developed in WW2, and the French named it Americano after them. Basically just espresso spliced with water.

          • Thanks for the tip!

          • Dr. Dubz

            Also, don’t ever say expresso. It makes you sound dumb, and your barista will laugh on the inside.

          • To be quite honest I don’t think I have the gumption to wander into a “coffee shop”. But thanks for the second tip!

          • Lacertilian

            Coffee snobs everywhere in there

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Depends where you are at. I like a nice half and half, but you can also use skim or 2% milk. There are some fancy varieties at the grocery store which I am also partial to, like some of the girl scout cookie brands are phenomenal.

            Nine days into coffee? Welcome to the family. I have a cup every morning, have for years, can’t remember the last time I didn’t.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Same, except I don’t put all that girly stuff in mine.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Heavy metal and girly coffee, that’s me.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            And endless hours of poserdom.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            World class, infinite poserdom.

          • I just got another cup. I put sugar in it (I think). I hope it is not salt, lol.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            It’s probably sugar but you will know shortly!

          • WHOA SUGAR IS THE TITS, DANG

          • Tyree
          • Lacertilian

            Once a year, me and my friend who showed me the movie watch it while drinking white russians & get overly baked until the first one either spews from the milk or has to spend the rest of the day on the toilet
            They go down too easily, man.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I am proud of you! I’ve been eating a lot of left-over dips from my defense.

          • Sour cream and onion dip >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

            DIPS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Dill ranch dip + pumpernickel bread >>>>>>>>>>>>>
            srs.

          • Tyree
          • Once I start I literally cannot stop eating that!

          • Tyree
          • Chips and French Onion dip is my one true weakness – next to cottage cheese.

          • Fresh dates in my smoothies – all day, every day.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Deuce, you’re speaking my language.

          • I make some delicious smoothies.

          • Tyree

            They make you poopy.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Everything makes me poopy.

          • Tyree

            I went 3 times already today. The last 2 times were just little nuggets though.

          • Little rabbit poops?

          • Tyree

            Fish stick size.

          • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

            Been drinking ALOT the last few days, so it’s been like an aquarium breaking in my ass and Shamoo flew out.

      • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

        Bdubs?

  • Featured track: 1:00 d-beat and the guitar riff in Deceived. This is good material.

  • Tyree

    Man, I just had a Slim Jim and a bag of chips for lunch. All that would make this St. Patty’s day better is a mug of stout by my side.

    • Scrimm

      • Tyree

        I had my first green beer last St. Patty’s day. I was shitting green all the next day.

        • Scrimm

          Been there, will be there again.

          • Tyree

            TONIGHT!

          • Scrimm

            If all goes well yes. I shouldn’t spend any money though. This for sure job interview I was supposed to get seems to be going nowhere.

          • Tyree

            Damn. The brewery here is having a big party tonight. I’ll be dying at work tomorrow.

          • Scrimm

            I wouldn’t be able to resist that.

          • Tyree

            Beer and corned beef. No one can resist that.

          • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll
          • Better start hydrating now!

        • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

          Haven’t seen any around here. So far, just sticking with Schlitz and Newports.

          • Tyree

            Now you’re talkin.

    • Full disclosure – I know people who work at the Slim Jim factory and they say you should NOT eat Slim Jims’s. I am looking at for you, buddy.

    • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

      And painting the river green (they do that for St. Patty’s Day in Chicago. You know, to take way from that green/brown/ebola vomit color the Chicago River has the rest of the year).

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Unrelated: there’s a damn pretty Aurora Borealis going on here.

    • Dr. Dubz

      Take a picture for me.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        My cameras are so shitty that you ain’t gonna see anything from the pictures

        • Tyree

          You have one of those dumb phones like me?

          • My speaker stopped working around the first of the year. So to answer the call I have to flip the phone open to see who is calling (bc the front screen doesnt work) instantly decide if I want to talk (if not I have to hang up) or instantly turn on speaker phone function so I can hear them. It is so janked.

          • Tyree
          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I have a pretty old Nokia phone with a bad camera. I am not a big fan of the touch screen phones.

    • I’m super jelly.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Too damn foggy to see any further than your nose here, fricken jealous.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          He gave me his picture with an autograph once…
          It says Naminami…

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            That’s all it needs.
            BUMTSIBUM BUMTSIBUMBUM

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            non-ironically enjoyed that show.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            So did I.
            #bringbackbumtsibum

  • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

    And since I know (mostly) everyone is gonna be drunker than a poet on payday today………

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bYMAgM42pM

  • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll
  • J.R.

    i always mix coke,sprite, and fanta when the opportunity presents itself.
    Also, any sentence mentioning “haunted bowels” is certain to make me lose it graveyard booty is my weakness