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Review: Columns—Please Explode

columnspleasexplodeI’d been getting kind of down about the spate of recent releases in the heavier side of metal recently. So much so that I’d been clawing through my hard drive and reminiscing about albums I bloody loved. That, and listening to Slaves over, and over, and over again (seriously, I could listen to Johnny Craig’s vocals pretty much for the rest of my life without getting sick of them -but I’ve already talked about Slaves HERE).

So I was pleased as punch to come across Columns, a band that renewed my faith in all things disgustingly heavy. ‘Please Explode’ is a non-stop tour de force of pure fucking greatness that makes me happy inside every time I put it on. It reminds me a lot of Ion Dissonance (this is a really good thing), though the vocals are closer to death metal than hardcore. But it shares that ballsy aggressiveness of grindcore that I just can’t get enough of. I get reminded of Dillinger Escape Plan and Napalm Death every now and then too(again, hoo-fucking-ray!), mostly in terms of the attitude; that ‘if this music was a physical object, it’d be a knife covered in smaller rusty knives dipped in sharks’ sort of vibe.

Besides, when you have song titles like ‘Bear Molester’ and ‘Mudfucker’, you get a feeling that it’s going to be something special. Deathy-grindy-angry specialness (I English good, yes?). The album is a whirlwind of anger, and it is easy to get caught along for the ride (and fun too). I really hope that I get the chance to see these guys live, because I have a feeling that it’ll be fantastic; it’s the sort of album that sounds great on CD, but comes into its own in a live atmosphere. This is the music that circle pits are made of.

Available now (get it), on Relapse Records (get it), you can stream the whole thing on their bandcamp page (seriously, why are you not right this second getting it?) HERE.


Have Screaming Issues With Issues? Try Slaves

TAWAAESlavesNot being particularly down with the kids (who would’ve thunk it?), I haven’t always been on the ball about artists that are actually worth paying attention to that everyone else has been. Following my overdue rant about Deezer, I was loading up some more artists I hadn’t heard before to give a listen to whilst I walk to work in the mornings. It was pretty much choosing at random (because as I previously stated, what the fuck else am I going to go on?). One such artist I happened to select was Slaves, the album called Through Art We Are All Equals. Based on the cover art and album name I was actually expecting a post-rock/metal act. Instead I got a djent-y (naturally), soul influenced (yes, you did read that right) alternative rock, and I am totally hooked. Must’ve listened to it about 5 times in a row yesterday, and it’s currently playing as I write this.
I’ve never heard of the vocalist before, but he seems to be popular with youths on Twitter and has a habit of getting kicked out of bands for being a drugged up douche bag. But you can overlook that for the fact that he’s one of the best vocalists I’ve ever heard. Honestly, his vocals are phenomenal and it’d be very easy to sell the album on that alone. Thankfully, the album has enough ideas and memorable melodies to make it an all-round win (funnily enough, it actually has Tyler Carter from Issues guest on one of the tracks).

Check out one of the singles below.

Also, if anyone can tell me who the bloody hell the vocalist reminds me of I’ll give them … no recognition whatsoever but inside I’ll be grateful.