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Suffocation of The Dark Light

Suffocation always has been in an odd spot when it comes to the Death Metal pecking order. They’re not quite in what most observers perceive the Big Four to be (Morbid Angel, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, maybe?), but have remained one of the most consistent acts operating within extreme music. And with eighth studio album, …Of The Dark Light (Nuclear Blast), the Long Islanders continue delivering foundation-cracking noise.

My gripe with Suffocation not getting enough of the extreme spotlight (or income) is that it doesn’t correlate to the level of influence they wield. Suffocation has the type of sound that’s as vital to Deathcore as it is to Technical Death Metal or Grindcore. Unless your name is Napalm Death or Carcass, you typically don’t get to flaunt those accolades. You want dizzying tempos? Scorching leads? With breakdowns and lots of groove? Well, seems like …Of The Dark Light is the album for you.

Speaking of breakdowns and speed, ‘Clarity Through Deprivation’ and ‘The Warmth Within The Dark’ holds it down in those departments. ‘Clarity Through Deprivation’ is a hailstorm of blast-beats until the breakdown kicks in and blows your door off the hinges.

And if it isn’t enough, Terrence Hobbs and Charlie Errigo hit you with some extraterrestrial shred. ‘Your Last Breaths’ and ‘Return To The Abyss’ are marathon runs through gator infested waters that are buoyed by Eric Morotti’s propeller double-bass kicks.

Just because Suffocation was formed in 1988, don’t be fooled into believing that they couldn’t carry this violent assault well into the second half of the album. Title track ‘Of The Dark Light’ starts as a blitzing number replete with brain-liquefying leads, before the meanest breakdown ever put to tape takes over. Pantera’s ‘Domination’ pales and questions its existence by comparison. The album closes with a revisit to ‘Epitaph Of The Credulous’ which rips without never coming across as dated and has improved barks from Frank Mullen.

At this point it seems redundant to have to say that Suffocation has released another banger. Even their weakest offering, Breeding the Spawn (Roadrunner), is the victim of strong songs being coated in piss-poor production (hence ‘Epitaph Of The Credulous’). Pound for pound they could well be the best band in Death Metal.

8.0/10

HANSEL LOPEZ

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Ariel Pink Breezes Back with Another Weekend

Ariel Pink has shared new single ‘Another Weekend’ – tune in below.

The American artist almost-but-not-quite leaped into the mainstream with 4AD-backed full length ‘pom pom’, before retreating into the undergrowth.

New single ‘Another Weekend’ arrives courtesy of the fine folks at Mexican Summer, and it’s a refreshing, lilting prog-pop return with a taste for the surreal.

His voice dazzled by effects, Ariel Pink recalls the excesses of the weekend, and the long, lingering after-taste that dominates the subsequent days.

Tune in now / order it HERE.

For tickets to the latest Ariel Pink shows click HERE.

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Ariel Pink has shared new single ‘Another Weekend’ – tune in below.

The American artist almost-but-not-quite leaped into the mainstream with 4AD-backed full length ‘pom pom’, before retreating into the undergrowth.

New single ‘Another Weekend’ arrives courtesy of the fine folks at Mexican Summer, and it’s a refreshing, lilting prog-pop return with a taste for the surreal.

His voice dazzled by effects, Ariel Pink recalls the excesses of the weekend, and the long, lingering after-taste that dominates the subsequent days.

Tune in now / order it HERE.

For tickets to the latest Ariel Pink shows click HERE.

Buy Clash Magazine

Source: Clash Music

Midem 2017 is Happening Now How To Follow All

Tuesday was opening day at international music industry convention Midem in Cannes, France. With 4000-5000 attendees, there’s nothing quite like it.

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Just in case your budget didn’t allow you to soak up the sun walking the Boulevard de la Croisette, it’s still possible to follow all the action at Midem 2017.

via MIDEMBLOG

1. In video

You’ll be able to watch Midem 2017 live in more ways than one!

  • New this year: Facebook Live! We’ll be streaming all keynotes, the Midemlab winners announcement and the Blockchain & Copyright panel, here
  • Via a series of videos presenting a day in the Midem life of three of the biggest stars of the show
  • Some 70 conference videos will be uploaded from Cannes, so you can watch them on YouTube just a few hours after they end in Cannes.

2. In text

This very blog will once again be home to reports of all kinds. A concerts wrap to start off your day with the best of Midem by Night; a conference wrap mid-afternoon (courtesy of the venerable Music Ally team); and more conference tidbits throughout the day.

Not forgetting Twitter: the official @midem account will be the place for conference livetweets and much more. Speaking of which, here are the hashtags!

#midem, plain and simple, for anything about the show (add #MAA for the Midem Artist Accelerator, #IMA for the International Midem Awards, or #bynight for anything nocturnal. Well, almost anything!) Not forgetting #midemlab for our startup competition.

We’ll also be sending out a daily email of Midem 2017 highlights; not to be missed.

Also new this year: you’ll be able to sign up for live updates directly in Facebook Messenger!

3. In pictures

Last but by no means least:

  • Midem’s official Instagram account will show you the brighter side of music, via pics, videos and – new this year – Instagram Stories
  • Official photos will be updated in real time on flickr. So you don’t miss a trick!

Source: HypeBot