Tower of Skulls Release New EP ‘Skinned Alive’

St. John’s death metal outfit Tower of Skulls, which consists of Martin Barrington, Drew Knee, Devin Dwyer and Michael Small, have released their second EP in as many months. The new EP, entitled Skinned Alive, consists of two tracks, “Hacked to Pieces” and “Remember Me? You Killed Me!”, and was released through Bandcamp on April 16th, 2021.

You can listen to Skinned Alive through our Bandcamp embed below.

~ Akhenaten

Nemophilist Releases New Single “They Say…”

Carbonear dark ambient artist Nemophilist has been quite prolific over the course of the last year, releasing numerous singles under that project name alongside his many other side projects that are still active. The latest entry into his discography is a brand new single entitled “They Say…”. The eight minute long track was released on April 9th, 2021 through the artist’s YouTube channel.

You can listen to “They Say…” through our YouTube embed below.

~ Akhenaten

Category VI Cover “Barracuda” by Heart

In the Attic has hosted a wide variety of bands and local artists over the course of its pandemic-spanning lifetime, including several heavier artists from blackened death metal trio Winterhearth to alt rock duo Chain of Lynx. Most recently the show brought on power metal outfit Category VI as part of its Heart cover show, in which the band played a version of the Heart classic “Barracuda”.

The full video of their performance was uploaded to YouTube on April 9th, 2021 and can be viewed through our YouTube embed below.

~ Akhenaten

Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid Jammers Recording Third LP

St. John’s surf punks Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid Jammers announced on Facebook on March 31st, 2021 that they were working on a new album. Their third record, so far untitled, comes after the release of their first live album, Live @ Bar None, which dropped this past February, as well as their second full length record, Instant Cult Classic from 2019 which we enjoyed a helluva lot.

The post on Facebook announcing the album read:

We had lots of cool plans for 2020 and they got FUCKED.

So we wrote a new album instead…

Drum tracking starts Saturday!!

We have few details on this upcoming record so far but we will let you know more as details about the album come out.

~ Akhenaten

Pornogrind Band Hires Female Bassist so They Don’t Look as Bad in Public Eye

Samantha McDevitt, 19, has been playing bass since she was a child. Having grown up in a highly musical family she says she knew that she was destined to be a musician, whether hobbyist or professional. “My parents used to take me to church every Sunday”, she said, “and mom would sing in the choir while dad played the piano on stage behind the pastor. They bought me a guitar when I was 12 and I’ve been playing ever since. That’s why when the guys in Anal Spewage asked me to be their new bass player I absolutely had to say yes. I couldn’t deny that opportunity.”

Anal Spewage, a pornogrind band from the town of Dildo, Newfoundland, were excited to have McDevitt aboard. “We’ve been looking for ways to branch out, y’know, when it comes to playing as many shows as possible but also when it comes to having a different perspective on the songwriting process,” says frontman Tom Wakely, also known by his stage-name, Vagina Vanquisher. “We often feel that pornogrind gets a bad rep,” he continued. “People call us out for being misogynistic all the time, so we figured the best defense against that was to simply bring a woman onboard the team. That way when people say ‘Hey you guys write songs about sexually victimizing women, that’s kinda fucked up’ or whatever, we can trot Samantha out and be like ‘Oh yeah? How can we be a misogynistic band when our bassist is a woman? Checkmate PC warriors!”

Wakely also said that the reason they hired McDevitt was to replace their previous bassist. “Yeah, our old bass player, Defiler Ov Rectums, just wasn’t cutting it. Dude was totally sloppy and would always show up to practice drunk, so we had to can him.”

McDevitt also commented further, saying “Y’know, as of right now they’re not letting me write any of the songs. They told me that want me to learn the earlier material first, from their first two records, Utter Destruction of the Nether Regions and Pussypounder, before they let me take the reigns and offer up some of my own original material, but I’m confident that’ll happen any day now!”

~ Akhenaten

Deadmarsh Releases (Kinda) New Demo

Nick Tuck, who most will know as the bassist of hardcore surf punk band Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid Jammers as well as the pop punk band Lefty, has been working on a new project entitled Deadmarsh, which is ostensibly much more of a straight up hardcore project than any of his other work.

Yesterday on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, Tuck released his first four instrumental demo tracks under the name of Deadmarsh, all of which had been previously posted to the band’s official Instagram account in the summer of 2020. The tracks have since been removed from Instagram and are now available all together as a demo EP on the Deadmarsh Bandcamp page.

You can check out Demos Sans Vocals through our Bandcamp embed below.

~ Akhenaten

Tower of Skulls Release Self-Titled EP

St. John’s death metal outfit Tower of Skulls revealed themselves back in February with a short video of the group jamming a song entitled “Goro’s Lair” alongside the reveal of their logo, designed by Corner Brook musician and artist Criss Rogers. On March 28th, 2021, the band, consisting of Martin Barrington on vocals and guitars, Drew Knee on guitars, Devin Dwyer on bass, and Michael Small on drums, released their debut self-titled EP exclusively through Bandcamp. The EP consists of two tracks, entitled “Goro’s Lair” and “Deadpool”, both of which meld elements of hardcore, thrash metal and sludge metal with a meat and potatoes approach to old school death metal.

You can check out Tower of Skulls through our Bandcamp embed down below.

~ Akhenaten

Jaded Truth Release New Album ‘Tsukimono’

St. John’s grunge trio Jaded Truth released their debut album Rx last year which garnered them a lot of positive press within the local music community as well as the wider online music community. We liked it so much we named it number three on our list of the best heavy / loud albums to come out of Newfoundland in 2020.

As of March 27th the band has followed up the release of their debut record with a sophomore album. Tsukimono was released over the course of this past weekend exclusively to the band’s Bandcamp page, though the band has stated that it will arrive on streaming services soon. Of special note is the fact that this record was mastered by Jack Endino, who is mostly known through his production work with seminal grunge bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden.

You can check out Tsukimono through this link to the band’s Bandcamp here.

~ Akhenaten

СЯ Releases New Solo Track “Deadpan”

Corner Brook solo musician Criss Rogers, better known by his stage name, CR, (stylized as СЯ) has been working on his solo career for a considerable amount of time. The multi-instrumentalist is also formerly a member of the St. John’s hard rock band Spider Valentine. With these two facts combined it makes sense then that the west coast based artist would drop a rerecorded version of one of his old band’s songs.

СЯ’s version of “Deadpan”, originally written and recorded by Spider Valentine, was released through his SoundCloud account on Monday, March 15th, 2021. You can listen to “Deadpan” through our SoundCloud embed down below.

~ Akhenaten