You Send Me Things, I Listen to Them: Hinayana – Endless


Sometimes musicians send me their work. Sometimes that work is good and not bad. This is one of those times.

Let’s go back alllllll the way to August of 2014. It was a different time. Undercuts were in style, metal nerds were still overhyping The Flesh Prevails as the future of metal, and the blogosphere was buzzing about the launch of a toilet-themed meme database called The Circle Pit. During those heady days, a man quietly released a demo of brilliant melodic death/doom on Bandcamp under the moniker Hinayana. Unfortunately, it went mostly unnoticed by the unwashed masses. Let’s remedy that error.

Hinayana is the project of Casey Hurd, a resident of the greatest city on the face of the Earth, Austin, Texas (don’t move here). He began working on Endless, his first demo, in 2013 and completed every part of it all on his lonesome. Fans of Katatonia and Swallow the Sun will find a lot to love in these tracks.


Organs, sequencers, and bright guitar lines intermingle to create a swirling, hypnotic effect that compliments the doom-y low-end that carries the record forward. Casey’s low growls crawl along these sheets of melody and wrap the demo in a web that binds the listener. Hinayana’s songs exist on a grand scale, but never overextend their reach because Casey supplants each moment with just enough dynamic riffage to keep a meathead like me engaged for the entire ride.

So what’s it all about? I asked Hurd to explain his concept behind Hinayana. According to the man himself:

While each individual song on the demo is about something different, they all share a central theme which ties them together. Endless is mostly about the never ending struggle between man, himself, and the occult universe in which he exists.

With a total 5 songs clocking in juuuuust under 30 minutes, Endless is a little too brief, a surprisingly refreshing feeling. It’s rare that I find a record that doesn’t seem overstuffed with half-baked ideas. Or maybe I just have the patience of a toddler. One of the two. If for some reason you can’t spare half an hour of your pwecious time, try out “Endless” or “Taken”, my two favorite tracks.

Casey is currently hard at work on a new Hinayana release that you can expect early next year. He’s planning on expanding Hinayana from a one-man bedroom project to a full band, with shows, tours, and additional instrumentation. Already, he’s been working with a few musicians and plans to build out the full lineup soon.

Endless is a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp, so go pick it up. Also, give Hinayana a Like on Facebook and tell Casey the Toilet says “Bazooper”.

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  • Dubs


    • benghazi

      • Dubs

        Thanks for picking through the trash to find something less trashy, Joseph.

        • ur new avatar is screwing w/me, Dubs. That is all.

      • Salvador Dalí Lama


  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I dig.

  • Joe,

    I really really like this feature.



  • Spear

    Got a pretty strong Insomnium vibe from this EP. Cool stuff.

    • Handsome Spear, ahead of the curve as always:

      • Dagon

        That woman Majbritt bought a lot of shit on my bandcamp wishlist and collection. Before I did that is.

        I know because I’m a stalker.

        • Dubs

          At least you’re being honest with yourself now

        • Have you accidentally sent her a Facebook friend request yet?

          • Dagon

            Not yet. I haven’t been lost in the sauce for a while now.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Whens the wedding?

          • Question: are you married? I have a feeling that you are, but I could be wrong…

          • ┼yree

            Mrs. King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          • I believe Mrs. Queen Shit of Fuck Mountain is more fitting…

          • ┼yree


          • he’s married to the sea

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Im not married. I did meet a girl through OKcupid with similar music taste to me though.

          • She likes Blue Oyster Cult?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No. She does like Whitechapel and Chelsea Grins earlier work though.

          • So she is into lifting then?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No. She is very nice though.

          • I am quite happy for you!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            She likes dogs and pizza and Dr Pepper and flannel. I love pizza, Dr Pepper, flannel and my mini schnauzer Wally.

          • Sounds like a winner, buddy!

        • COAL ROLL

          Are you going to make Getting Laid at Bandcamp a reality?

          • Dagon

            Honestly, it’s been hard making The Onanist a reality these days.

      • Spear

        You sent me the promo a week or two ago and I sat on it like the poser I am, but at least I gave the dude some cash.

        • Oops. I am dum.

          • Spear

            Nah, it’s cool. This was just going to get the mini-review treatment, so I’m glad you gave it the attention it deserves.

      • *looks like Devin Townsend 2 spots to the right of Spear-o*

        • that would be Justin Collins
          …i’m guessing. *not a stalker, i swear*

      • He’s like christ-mole’s protege.

      • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

        I found this album thanks to Spear and his bandcamp.

  • It is interesting… the sonic space of the whole song is so loud that it is difficult to hear any one instrument at a time… but at the same time, as full as the sound is, it sounds just perfect. Crazy!

  • Jom Pootersan

    Very much digging this

    • Welcome to the Toilet! Been around long??

      • Dubs

        He’s been in the FB group for a while, but not as active commenting here with you rascals.

        • Gotcha

          • Jom Pootersan

            Because I communicate with a lot of people I’m not physically with through Facebook anyway, it’s easier for me to comment on the FB group. That, and I don’t know whose disquis matches who.

          • Sweet. The disconnect between FB and the Disqus handles are a little strange. In any case, nice to see you!

            My FB handle is George Lynch, if it matters to you.


          • Jom Pootersan

            I’ve been around just observing since the beginning, but only began being an active member around June-ish. Anyway, thanks for the welcome.

          • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

            Welcome to the shiny porcelain shitter.



    • Maik Beninton™

      Why did we stop using that system?

      • Dubs

        We sold out.

        • Maik Beninton™

          Fucking posers.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        High water bills; too much flushing

  • Maik Beninton™

    “and the blogosphere was buzzing about the launch of a toilet-themed meme database called The Circle Pit”

    • That was a solid TOH effort. Classic

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      That was classic.

  • Maik Beninton™

    This is very good.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Not sure he got that whole “Toilet says Bazooper”-thing though.


    This is very tight butthole

  • Óðinn

    Thanks Joe.

  • ┼yree

    Song one is Endless.

  • Waynecro

    This is awesome! I’m going to be listening to this a lot. Thanks, Joe!

  • Lacertilian

    The guitar tone and tapping (particularly in the intro & backing tracks) is very reminiscent of Sunset In The 12th House‘s release from earlier in the year.