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Sunday Metal Album: Poison the Well, The Tropic Rot

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , on Sunday, July 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

As one of the most undeniably underrated bands in underground metal and hardcore during the last decade, Poison the Well has been consistently surpassing all expectations placed on  them through the thick and the thin. It’s honestly hard to believe that they held together long enough to record their last album Versions in 2007, a record that saw them step far outside the conventional confines of the metalcore sound which they had a huge part in originally pioneering; and it’s even harder to believe that their fanbase stuck with them through such mind-boggling changes. After all was said and done, the lucky ones who were still paying attention were left with one of the best progressive, post-hardcore albums in recent memory – a disc that is still growing on me to this day..

This week, Poision throws us for another loop with the release of their newly recorded opus The Tropic Rot. I’m still doubtful that this album will write Poison The Well the place in the metal/hardcore history books that they truly deserve, but that is no fault of their own… This is one vicious, thought-provoking release, and I hope that the critics don’t overlook the fine work of the dudes from PTW this time-around around. Mark my words: this is a strong album of the year contender. Listen in on their myspace for free today and see why…

FREE ALBUM STREAM PREVIEW: Poison the Well, The Tropic Rot (available 7/6)

Concert Recap: The Crinn, Zebulon Pike, The Body Beneath, Ambassador Gun @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, July 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

The Crinn(The Crinn)

Zebulon Pike live @ Triple Rock Social Club(Zebulon Pike)

The Body Beneath live @ Triple Rock Social Club(The Body Beneath)

Ambassador Gun live @ Triple Rock Social Club(Ambassador Gun)

Our exclusive photo coverage of the The Crinn’s must see return show and their equally awesome local support continues after the jump. Enjoy! Continue reading

Napalm Death’s “Time Waits For No Slave” music video might just be the wake-up call you need!

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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Napalm Death‘s Time Waits For No Slave was released earlier this year, but except for a few glowing reviews, I haven’t seen the album covered nearly as much as it deserves. Well, finally the grindcore legends have released their first music video for the album, and I’m hoping this nice little clip will give them enough push to get them back on the radar screen of all the music outlets that aren’t as dedicated to the extreme metal underground as we are here at Mind Inversion.

MUSIC VIDEO: Napalm Death, “Time Waits For No Slave” (from Time Waits for No Slave)

Sunday Metal Song: Starkweather, “Shroud”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , on Sunday, June 14, 2009 by Ryan Buege

The Sunday Metal Minute is back for another week, and yet again the underground metal mainstream has failed to provide me with any new media that I’m anxious to post (..I’m holding out on a Municipal Waste post until we either get some more tracks to leak or see a music video..), so I’ve decided to dig back into the Mind Inversion vaults. Without the albums released by this week’s pick, Starkweather, metal as we know it likely would not exist.

Though they are still relatively unknown to this day, early releases by Starkeweather such as Crossbearer and Into the Wire united the ferocious styles of death and doom metal with the no-bullshit straightforward hardcore of Youth of Today and Minor Threat and eventually contributed a directl influence current darlings including Converge, Mastodon, and the Dillinger Escape Plan among others. In fact, for those who need a comparison, I’d liken the plight of Starkweather to the same one that afflicted Anvil back in the 80s, where the most enjoyable aspects of the band’s abrasive, hard-rocking metal sound were co-opted by others to propel their success while Anvil continued to dwell in obscurity (at least until this year, that is..). However, unlike Anvil, Starkweather’s output from the early 90s still sounds ahead of its time today and could easily garner comparisons to recent output from the like-minded boundary pushers in Kylesa – and they still haven’t received their big break.

“Shroud” is a great example of the emotional depth and vicious ferocity that Starkweather was capable of. If you have never heard this band but enjoy any others that I’ve mentioned in this post, do yourself a favor and download this and then begin to search for more to add to your collection; recent reissues and a new album via Candlelight Records in 2006 have made it easier than in past years.

DOWNLOAD: Starkweather, “Shroud” (from Into the Wire, 1995)

Narrows, the “Gypsy Kids” of post-hardcore

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, June 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Narrows may be new kids on the block to the hardcore and metal scene, but the band’s individual members have been paying their dues for a long time. The band features members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Some Girls and more among its ranks, and they have finally put together a music video for “Gypsy Kids” from their debut album New Distances with some handicams, iMovie, and a little bit of elbow grease. Obviously not for the faint of heart or weak-minded, I’d say the combination of sobering artistry, epic heaviness, super awesome guitar production, and extreme brutality showcased on this video verify that they’re a perfect fit for the Deathwish Inc. imprint that this Mind Inversion blogger already respects so much. Watch if you dare!

VIDEO: Narrows, “Gypsy Kids”

Coalesce back in the saddle with Ox, new album now streaming

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Last week, we were on a bit of a music video kick at Mind Inversion, and it seems that this is turning out to be the week of the album pre-release streams. Yesterday, we were pleased to help spread the word about the first chance to listen to The Eternal from Sonic Youth, and today were are proud to link to a stream of Ox from Coalesce, an album that sees the legendary metallic hardcore reunite as well as reinvent themselves while maintaining their impeccable and unpredictable chops. Listen at the link below, exclusive from the dudes at Lambgoat:

LISTEN: Coalesce, Ox

Concert Recap: Victims, Trap Them, and Black Breath @ the Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Victims live at the Triple Rock

Victims, Trap Them, and Black Breath stormed through Minneapolis yesterday evening with what could easily be called the most vicious hardcore tour making rounds in the U.S. early this summer, and all bands displayed an overwhelming presence despite the underwhelming crowd size (..for better or worse, I’m speculating that a local concert calendar that is more saturated than usual with hardcore shows courtesy of the ENR 15th Anniversary and tightening working class budgets are to blame..). However simply put, Victims were on top of their game, Trap Them proved to be more than worthy of the praise that has been thrown of them by some of extreme noise music’s most respected names (these days Napalm Death and Disfear even cite them as influences, to give you an idea), and Black Breath, while young, introduced the crusty part of my evening with a heavy swagger rocking through their dirty modern hardcore. Personally, I just felt lucky to be one of the few who got to pit it up to the live tornado of chaos contained within the cavernous club in west bank Minneapolis for one night; and lucky for you lazy punks, I brought my camera and captured some guerilla style videos and photos from the show which follow below:

VIDEO: Victims, Live at the Triple Rock Social Club, 6/1/09

Victims live at the Triple Rock(Victims)

Victims live at the Triple Rock(Victims)

Trap Them live at the Triple Rock(Trap Them)

Trap Them live at the Triple Rock(Trap Them)

Black Breath live at the Triple Rock(Black Breath)

More videos from Trap Them and Black Breath and photos from all the sets I attended last night available for you after the jump… Continue reading