Posts tagged ‘Northless’

February 18, 2011

Post-Hardcore; Northless from Milwaukee ( Beef Watch)

by Accidental Bear

If you’re in the mood to “touch your dark side” take a peek at Northless. Artistic misunderstood wonderful noise. Northless’s new album will be out in March. I say grab it and PET YOUR DARK SIDE!

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Song Premiere: Northless, ‘Clandestine Abuse’

What’s it like to be huge? I’m talkin’ woolly-mammoth-riding-a-humpback-whale-through-Stonehenge huge. I’m talkin’ the kind of mass that overwhelms in the nearly literal sense: to “defeat completely.” The Milwaukeesludge-metal band Northless comes about damn close to this hugeness, as far as I can tell, on its debut albumClandestine Abuse.

The riff that launches the title track is one of those Elephants Marching riffs that the folks at MetalSucks (and I) enjoy so much. It tramples in slow motion, but also levitates in the midst of a crushing melody, akin to the ’90s post-hardcore heroes in Quicksand. The surprise of the song comes at 2:23 with some clean, technical guitar that’s less bulky math-metal and more like Faraquet’s dizzying arrhythmic riffing. But, in spite of one less distorted guitar, Northless is still overwhelmingly heavy, a woolly mammoth in search of its humpback whale.

Clandestine Abuse comes out March 15. You can pre-order the album at Gilead Media.

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