In 2020, Oklahoma City musician James Hammontree released his first full-length as Black Magnet. Hallucination Scene uses all the best parts of 90s industrial metal—even the radio-friendly sounds—to make something that hovers between synthetic and organic. Through their layers of synths, drum machines, and ugly noise, his songs remain as catchy as the best work […]
Look, if you’re going to name your record Christfucker, it better be next-level gnarly. Otherwise, what’s the point? Luckily the second LP of the year from Austin’s Portrayal of Guilt is next-level gnarly and then some. The band leaned toward screamo from their formation in 2017 till their second album, January’s We Are Always Alone, […]
Once again, it’s “Bandcamp day”—when almost all your money goes to the artists and labels you want to support.
I’ve spent a lot of Reader ink gushing about Uniform and the previous projects of their members. With the release of their new fourth full-length, Shame, the band’s sonic assault continues—and so does my adoration. Formed in 2014 as a wildly abrasive industrial-noise-rock-drone duo of vocalist Michael Berdan (formerly of unreal noisecore trio Drunkdriver) and […]
Japanese metal trio Boris have been at it for nearly 30 years, and over the course of nearly 40 full-length releases and collaborative albums they’ve covered nearly the entire spectrum of loud, harsh, and heavy music. On the band’s latest single, “Love” (the first taste of the upcoming album LφVE & EVφL), they blur the […]
Brooklyn’s Uniform and Portland’s the Body are two of the world’s harshest purveyors of postindustrial noise, so it was really only a matter of time before these like-minded duos joined forces to up the ante. On this summer’s Mental Wounds Not Healing (Sacred Bones), the members of both bands bring all their signature tricks to […]
Current musical obsessions of Stephanie Marlow from Indie Publicity, Jason Gagovski from Sweet Cobra, and Jamie Ludwig from the Reader
One totally reasonable reaction to damaged industrial music is to turn it off. No matter how impressively it might creep and writhe and explode, the sheer hostility and balefulness of the blown-out everything can be hard to take in heavy doses. New York duo Uniform, who happily tip their hat to Big Black, navigate that […]
The band’s debut full-length is out early this summer.
The confrontational Brooklyn duo is back with more hard sounds.
Two of New York’s best noise-rock musicians team up on this new project.