Left Behind toured 2017 with some big names in hardcore including Kublai Khan and Terror while also headlining their own tours. With their second full length release though I truly caught into just how good Left Behind’s brand of heavy riff based hardcore is.
2009 saw the birth of Chicago’s Lord Mantis with their debut record, Spawning the Nephilim, and they have proceeded to rise from the depths in the next five years, spreading their filth virally with every set of speakers they embrace. Throughout the years, they have displayed a very unique sound that melds the doomiest, most skull-crushing aspects of sludge metal with the atmosphere and intensity found in black metal.
Their malicious and offensive lyrics are coupled with their noisy and stomach-churning sound, which makes for some very inaccessible, yet almost euphoric, music. Their latest record, Death Mask, easily demonstrates Lord Mantis at their most primal and visceral, even as they continue to bend genres and push the envelope.
ALBUM: ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN
GENRE: HARD ROCK
Mastodon is a band from Atlanta, Georgia that have displayed multiple styles in their music, ranging from intense sludge metal to more accessible, prog-driven rock. Once More ‘Round the Sun is their upcoming sixth studio album under Reprise Records. The album is due for release on June 24th, 2014.
ALBUM: DEATH MASK
GENRE: BLACKENED SLUDGE
Chicago’s Lord Mantis are back with their third record, “Death Mask” a visceral and challenging blackened sludge album that gives “filth” a brand new definition.