Otto’s Band Of The Week

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Hailing from Bombay, India, Death By Fungi play a form of melodic hardcore punk that has completely captured my attention in the last couple months. Taking influences from bands like Shai Hulud, Propagandhi, and some of the more metallic parts of Converge, their four song EP, In Dearth Of, is a scorcher. Featuring fast hardcore riffs and vocals backed by some great metal influenced drumming, In Dearth Of  is young and angry hardcore done right.


“There’s no going back now, we’ve come to far to leave this all behind us”

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Otto’s Band Of The Week: Astronoid

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Massachusetts metal band Astronoid is this weeks band spotlight. Forming in 2012, Astronoid’s music is beautiful, heavy, airy, and often times features dense, extraordinary guitar work. Sounding like a mix of Coheed & Cambria, Alcest, Sigur Ros, and some of the heaviness of Jesu and Cynic, Astronoid are unique and definitely stick out in the metal scene. And with their newly released full length, entitled Air, Astronoid are setting themselves apart even farther.

Air is a masterpiece of thrashy riffs and pop melodies. The vocals are beautiful, the drums are heavy while not being overly blasty, and the three guitar attack creates a dense layer or some of my favorite riffs of the year. Released on Blood Music, Air is a must listen. It also features a song called ‘Up And Atom’, and this site is always into a band that uses references from The Simpsons!

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You can pick up Air from the Blood Music Bandcamp HERE and the rest of Astronoid’s dicography HERE!

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Otto’s Band Of The Week

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It’s very, very rare that I will check out a band based on a “For fans of” recommendation, but if one of those bands is The Cure, I will almost always at least give it a listen. Luckily, Dead Register was promoted to me as “Neurosis meets The Cure.” While that’s a bit of an over exaggeration, I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard.

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Dead Register, from Atlanta, Georgia, are a post punk, goth, doomy three piece that could easily appeal to anyone into Joy Division, Hum, or Jesu. As opposed to The Cure reference, I’d describe them as what A Perfect Circle covering Wavering Radiant era Isis might sound like. They’ve perfected a sound that is heavy, sad, melodic, and often incredible moving.
The trio are set to release their first full length, Fiber, on May 6th. The six songs on Fiber are wonderful and features some of the best gloomy post punk songs this side of the 1980’s. The vocals are full-on Ian Curtis worship and work really well with the often heavy guitar and bass work. Lyrically, Fiber is described by the band as “Centered around the dynamics of human relationships, particularly those of love and loss.”
Fiber is up for pre-order on Bandcamp right HERE. It’s completely enthralling and fantastic, full of somber melodies and gorgeous drum work. Fiber is highly recommended if you like rad music.
Fiber is out May 6th through AVR Records .

Otto’s Band Of The Week

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Starting this week, I’m retiring the Band Crush Wednesday tag as a way to incorporate more Simpsons into the page. So, from now on, I’ll be doing ‘Otto’s Band Of The Week’. This weeks band is California’s doom metal practitioners, Pendulous.

I actually discovered Pendulous through the Full Metal Hipster podcast and immediately fell in love with their My Dying Bride meets post punk take on gothic doom. Their songs are slow and mournful and often times beautiful. I don’t want to play the My Dying Bride comparison up too much, but fans of theirs will fall in love with Pendulous immediately.
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Forming in 2011, Pendulous have two releases under their belts: 2013’s Mirrored Confessions EP, and 2015’s A Palpable Sense Of Love And Lost full length. Both albums are excellent showcases of what can be done with funeral doom when you incorporate other elements less expected from a metal band. The bass often times sounds like mid-80’s Cure, especially Faith era. There are occasional fast and almost upbeat sounding moments, like the beginning of ’40 Years’.
It’s odd to think about a band like Pendulous being from California and not Europe. They’re sound is so drenched in European in melancholy that it’s hard to picture them wondering around Los Angeles at all. But is gothic/funeral doom is your thing, you’d be hard pressed to find a band doing it as well as Pendulous right now.
At the time of this post, Pendulous has both of their albums on Bandcamp for Pay What You Want. But throw these dudes some money if you can.