It’s Monday, are you young and in the way?

YAITW (Young and in the Way) are a blackened metal/crust hybrid from the shadows of North Carolina. Over the last four years YAITW have evolved through multiple releases from vicious monster to multi-headed beast. With each offering melding a vicious metal speed and hypnotic atmospherics with a bleak hardcore/punk spirit.

"When Life Comes To Death" is the newest album from YAITW. It is their eleven song war between the pain of living and the magnetic pull of death. Each song is as dispirited and vitriolic as the next. Embattled opener "Betrayed By Light" emerges from darkness first, setting an ominous tone with haunting buzz-saw guitars, vicious vocals, and crushing d-beat drumming. While YAITW embrace demon speed and emotional dynamics in nihilistic hymns "Be My Blood", "Take My Hand", "We Are Nothing", and more. All leading to closers "Shadow of Murder" and "Embrace Extinction", that together play as an aural eclipse of truly epic proportions.

Switzerland most underrated rock band Ventura is releasing a new album on Africantape in a few days called “Ultima Necat” (with some cool Japanese macaques chilling out on the cover). You can stream the entire album using the link above & please listen to the track Corinne before thinking that they’ve gone too soft/they sound too pop for you. And if you haven’t already, check their previous excellent album We Recruit on Spotify. 

So I got super excited because I thought the new Pissed Jeans album, Honeys, had been released but I was totally wrong. It’s actually coming out on Feb 12th & you can pre-order it on the Sub Pop website. In the meantime well the first track is available on Spotify (a good source told me that the singer really improved & it might well be true although I hope it won’t ruin their style) with their previous releases so if you’re at a dubstep dance party tonight & you want to ruin it, you know what to do.



Swans’ new album “The Seer” is out August 28 via Young God. The record features contributions from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, members of Akron/Family, Ben Frost, Grasshopper from Mercury Rev, and former Swans member Jarboe. Here is a ten-minute edit of the closing track “The Apostate”, which, in its full form, runs 23 minutes.Free Mp3 download here (via Soundcloud)