Hailing from Nottingham, Underdark is a five-piece metal band that straddles the lines between post-rock, black metal, noise and even elements of the most scathing end of post-hardcore for good measure.
It’s great when a band doesn’t take themselves seriously. France’s Sofy Major don’t really fit into the noise rock template – they’re more likely to flush it down the toilet than conform, which is refreshingly brilliant.
This terror train of film-noir-horror-post-metal debauchery, known as UpCDownC released a video last year for their track, Black Dracula, as featured on the gloom-laden terror of last year’s I, Awake and their self-titled EP from 2015.
Split into 6 parts, I, Awake, the new album from instrumental-post-whatever-noise dirtbags UpCDownC, is essentially not being able to sleep at night; it’s sticking your feet out the end of the bed and wondering if a clawed hand is about to grab hold. Sweet dreams.
*Scratches head* best not to over-analyse this one. More of an artistic concept that actual music; this collaboration between Edinburgh destruction merchants Godhole and Vile Noise mastermind Crozier has crawled from the foetid and pungent streets to say hello.
If heavy electricity falls from these headphones, not only would it blow my head off, it would cut me completely in half. The horror film hasn’t been made that Heavy Electricity could soundtrack, but it’s only a matter of time, as this, their first full-length, is truly the stuff of nightmares.
This album should come with a disclaimer. “Warning, do not, repeat, DO NOT listen to this if you are trying to drift off to sleep – may cause utter terror/crazy dreams.” Not that I’ve experienced such a thing, oh no. Well, maybe a bit.