No Hell

Potsdam, New York-based experimental hardcore architects Sunflo’er (pronounced sun+flow+ur) released their second full-length last month via Ottawa, Canada-based Noise Salvation Records, the label helmed in part by Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das. Titled No Hell, the ten-track album was composed between July 2016 and June 2017, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Topon Das’ Apartment 2 Studio, and engineered by Scott Burniston

The band utilizes a multi-layered vocal delivery, over dynamic and hectic hardcore that takes its cues from the likes of Converge, La Dispute, Cursed, Circle Takes The Square, and Dangers. The CD release comes packaged in an art and lyric ‘zine, featuring collages and photos by the band, as well as written and artistic contributions from other members of the New York punk scene.

Guitarist/vocalist Carter Jones says, “The rowdy rock ‘n’ roll vibe in ‘No Hell’ was a welcome discovery during the writing process of the album. We’d been listening to a lot of CCR and going into writing sessions with the goal to capture a similar energy, but also retain our identity as a mathcore act. There were demos of several tracks in the same vein but most were abandoned for just slightly missing the mark in some way or another. ‘No Hell’ came together quickly as a band and we all consider it one of our best compositions, despite being our shortest ever.”

Formed in 2010, the band released two EPs on their own label before signing with Magnetic Eye Records in 2015, which saw the release of their first LP, 1963. They were  also featured on Magnetic Eye’s Helmet tribute, Meantime [Redux] and the forthcoming Pink Floyd tribute, The Wall [Redux].

Line-up

  • Ethan Shantie – drums, vocals
  • Carter Jones – guitar, vocals
  • Jimmy Doran – bass, vocals

The band featured on Aural Delights 307 (18/10/2018)

A fascinating marriage of styles – Sonic Youth with the brakes off

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  • Band : Cauldron
  • Country :  Canada
  • Release : 7th September 2018
  • Label : Dissonance Productions
  • Airplay : Sonic Attack Aftermath – October

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To The Night Unknown

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Photography and design by Hillarie Jason.

  • Band : Morne
  • Country : United States (Boston)
  • Release : 7th September, 2018
  • Label : Armageddon
  • Airplay : Aural Delights 304 – 27th September

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The Persistence

Epic AOR proggy rock with a smattering of metal, with a big melodic voice from Diego Marchesi, and a definite stadium rock vibe which develops as the album progresses into more of a European sound.  Much of this genre tends to develop, in intent if not similarity, out of Rainbow/Whitesnake I guess, but then gets that sometimes grandiose post millenium vibe that I associate with Muse, Amplifier and bands of that ilk. The most interesting parts of the album are when they slow the pace down and tone down the bombast. The title track is particularly memorable.

Photography and design credited to Devilnax

  • Band : Kingcrow
  • Country : Italy
  • Release : 7th September, 2018
  • Label : Sensory Records
  • Airplay : Aural Delights 304 – 27th September

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Who Do You Love

Impressive combination of art and noise rock with tons of energy and some exciting elements including a raw garage feel in places, and more considered ballad like explorations in others. The important thing here is that in feels like an album rather a collection of songs. There’s a structure, narrative and a sequence to the whole piece which keeps the attention throughout. The martial revisiting/reconstruction of Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman” in a Tupelo era Nick Cave style is breathtaking.

  • Band : Arabrot
  • Country : Sweden
  • Release : 7th September, 2018
  • Label : Pelagic
  • Airplay : Aural Delights 304 – 27th September

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