Next month, Corpse Flower Records will release part two of a four-part split seven-inch series with GODSTOPPER and GRIZZLOR.
GODSTOPPER is a heavy, sometimes sludgy, sometimes noisy band from Toronto. Forged in 2010, the band’s catalogue features many twists on aggressive music, where supreme heaviness often mixes freely with outright poppy melodies and song structures, alt-rock inspired guitar work, and mood swings varying from the ugly and misanthropic to the pretty and the triumphant. The band’s uniqueness has earned them many accolades from both media and fellow bands, who praise their unusual take on music. “Like the best records by Today Is The Day, Swans and Harvey Milk, all of which I hear in GODSTOPPER‘s jarring songwriting…We talk a lot about making extreme music as cathartic for the music maker, but what the listener?” wrote MetalSucks in a review of the band’s 2011-issued Empty Crawlspace offering. “I feel no more relieved for having heard Empty Crawlspace. In fact it’s psychically draining. And totally addictive, too. I’m not going to be able to sleep for a week.” The band’s Who Tries Anymore full-length was release last year via Hex Records and reaped equal praise globally. “There’s a lot of compositional bells and whistles on deck here,” gushed Stereogum of their “Shoulder” single, “from a chugging chorus riff that feels like it’s perpetually interrupting itself to a left-turn Thin Lizzy guitar lick that King Buzzo would surely appreciate. But the part that’ll really suck you in is the sublime vocal harmonies that frontman Mike Simpson layers over the song like fishnet over a boulder.” Fans of Melvins, Failure, YOB, Torche, and Big Business, pay heed.
Formed in 2014, GRIZZLOR is an American noise rock trio from New Haven, Connecticut, known for their fuzzed out, angular riffs, and abrasive vocals. Early in 2014, the band self-released their debut EP, We’re All Just Aliens, it having been equated to the “chaotic and sloppy nastiness” that is reminiscent of early AmRep bands such as Cows and Halo Of Flies. The record earned critical accolades both Stateside and abroad. Later that year, their second EP and first on seven-inch vinyl, When You Die, was issued. Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans compared the recording sound to the likes of records by Karp and vocal styles evocative of Drunks With Guns vocalist Mike Doskocil, having “Mike Doskocil-levels of sewage and refusing to cater to any sense of melody.” Following another seven-inch and various live shows, the band released its third EP, Cycloptic, which marked a faster, riff heavier writing style, where most songs hover on either side of ninety seconds apiece. Released with the Syracuse, New York hardcore/punk label, Hex Records, it has been deemed “what the Melvins would sound like if they were three times faster with a tenth of the attention span.”
On February 17th, Corpse Flower will unleash two brand new tracks from each band limited to 300 copies on yellow vinyl with a digital download. The record comes sheathed in the artwork of Mark Rudolph (Carcass, Coalesce, Battlecross) and is currently available for preorder at THIS LOCATION.
In the meantime, sample GRIZZLOR’s “Are You Doing Your Job?” HERE.
GODSTOPPER/GRIZZLOR Track Listing:
- Down Here For Long
- Are You Doing Your Job?
- Jack And Diane
Mike Simpson – guitar, vocals
Derek Del Vecchio – guitar
Miranda Armstrong – bass
Adam McGillivray – drums
Victor Dowgiallo – guitar/vocals
Beef McMeat – bass
John Mohr – drums