Noise-Rock: New Works to Watch Out for
Some might say that the golden age of noise-rock were the 1980s, 90s, but there’s a lot of good stuff being made today, all around the world. Thanks to broadband Internet, producing and sharing new music has never been easier and finding out new bands to listen to is still as joyous as ever.
What I have compiled here are not exactly new artists, but rather new works that were put out in the market in the last few years. I could not bring myself to rank the selection, as I think all the albums and songs have merits of their own, but feel free to pinpoint our favorites – or least liked!
Wolf Eyes – I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces
In their new album, Wolf Eyesbrought something absolutely new to their work —melody. I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces is pure classical Wolf Eyes in ways that count, but somewhere in that rich mixture of clatters, feedback, and signature vocal unease you can perceivesongs squirming about.
So I guess it’s only fair to warn you that this isn’t quite the aggressive Wolf Eyes of years ago, it does make some people scratch their heads, thinking “what the hell am I listening to”? In my opinion, it just shows the band’s natural maturity: incorporating new elements and experiments whilst staying true to their core.
KEN Mode – Success
In their new album, KEN Mode decided to dive deep into pure noise-rock, forgoing all kinds of restraints in their hybrid style of metal and hardcore. The inspiration here is obviously the noise-rock scene of the 1990s, when noise, grunge and punk were a big deal (even to the big recording labels).
Here we can see tidbits of influence of other bands that, if you’re old enough, you’ll probably recognize; in the end, the band mixed up their own roots in order to create something original, more complex and raw than usual – but darn it if it doesn’t work.
Pigs – Wronger
The second album of the power band is definitely an improvement of an already excellent work. An explosive and heavy album, Wronger has all the makings of a new favorite. Noisier, grittier, more melodic and more technical, the record is a well-designed, well-rounded album: the dirty and aggressive songs are not only well executed, but also superbly produced, resulting in an intense journey when heard in its full length and glory.
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
The band’s first work in a state-of-the-art studio and object of laborious production, Fantasy Empire is their first full-length material to come out since 2009. Working on a proper studio has its benefits, as it’s possible to hear the band’s enormous technical precision and intensity, which got somewhat lost in the lesser recording conditions of previous works.
Keeping on with their style of heavy unapologetic rock, the clarity the higher quality of recording just enhances the greatness of the duo, which culminates during the last song of the album, “Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)”
Cherubs – 2 Ynyfynyty
Talk about a comeback! And not one of those that drag the past along. In this new work, the band uses all their baggage of their 20 years hiatus. A well-produced album, recorded in great sound quality, it’s possible to see how the musicians have matured and improved in their techniques – but still keeping on with that eccentric sloppiness that made Cherubs fun and enjoyable in the first place.
So there you go. Of course it’s not an extensive list, I’m only human and there’s so much I can do! If you know of any artists, albums, EPs, whatever, that we should know about, just leave a comment, I’m sure we’ll all appreciate any suggestions. In the meantime, keep on rocking!