Today’s New Noise: It’s Bandcamp Friday, March 1

What’s up, rockers? March goes in like a lion on Bandcamp Friday! What is Bandcamp Friday, you ask? Bandcamp Friday is the first Friday of every month where Bandcamp waives their normal fee so that more money goes directly to the artist. That means it’s the best day of the month for you to support independent artists. Here’s just a small sampling of some of the artists you can support today when your money goes even farther.

Sundrifter

Sundrifter are a desert rock band that are far from the desert, hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. They just put out a new album called An Earlier Time on Small Stone Records and it’s streaming now on their label’s Bandcamp.

The album opens on “Limitless” with its psychedelic guitars, sludgy grooves, and Audioslave-era-Chris-Cornell-style vocals, giving a loud and powerful introduction to the whole album. Then “Space Exploration” comes in with its epic sense of scope and big, stadium-sized guitars but still with that sludgy groove in the rhythm section. “Nuclear Sacrifice” slows down even more to create a sonically huge and deeply echoing track with a vocal performance that demonstrates a wide and impressive range.

“Begin Again” opens on bluesy rock guitars that give way to a monstrous, stadium-ready performance with mesmerizing rhythms. Penultimate song “Final Chance” is the slowest, sludgiest song with dominating guitars that create a huge sonic landscape for the track. Ending on the album’s shortest song by over a minute, “Last Transmission” brings in bluesy guitar riffs and experimental, sparse soundscapes to create a sense of space that acts as a sort of cool-down to an intense album.

Follow Sundrifter on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for future updates.

BLKVAPOR

BLKVAPOR are–or rather, were—a grungy, all-Black, all-trans noise punk band from Baltimore, Maryland. The band just released their final EP called Ooze that’s currently streaming on their Bandcamp.

The EP opens on “Eternal Rain” with its dirty, grungy sound and half-shouted half-spoken vocals that give way to some almost psychedelic guitar solos as the whole thing builds up into a cacophony. “Pool Boi” then hits us with a much tighter, punkier beat that drives home the song with its echoing vocals that create a near sense of anxiety. Finally “Mother Maggot” ends the brief EP with its dirtiest, grungiest, noisiest sound as the muddled guitars and even more echoey vocals create a sense of confusion like a blur of movement in the night, ending the album in pure, noisy chaos.

Even though this is their final EP, you should still give them some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Maurda

Maurda are a black/death metal band from Germany with touches of hardcore. The band just released their latest album called Cultus Brachypter on Sentient Ruin Records, and its streaming right now on their Bandcamp.

Opening track “Liderpeitsche” starts off with some of the noisiest blackened death metal you’ve ever heard before moving into an almost marching beat and then ending in a sense of blinding chaos. While definitely a death metal sound, the intensity of the short songs is classically hardcore punk. Then the title track comes in with only 80 seconds of scattered drumbeats and all-out guitars with deep echoes to create a deeper sense of doom and destruction. The metal vocals go incredibly hard on this track.

“Unbrunst” gives us a slower, steadier beat at the beginning to start with and then descends into the furthest pits of hell with its all-out sonic assault. The drumming starts to border on blast beats, but there’s almost too much separation in each drumbeat to call it that. Finally on the album-closer “Sporensonne,” the noisy creatives starts with nearly a full 30 seconds of guitar chords like the humming of insect wings before the rhythm section comes in to give a punishing beat behind the guitars. As the guitars start to slow down at the end of the song, they bring this album to a stunning conclusion.

There are plenty more bands to check out and support this Bandcamp Friday. Please do your part to support independent artists like these.

Photo courtesy of Audrey Gatewood

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