Beastmilk: Climax 12"
Finally, one of the most hyped metal releases of 2013 gets a US vinyl release, but honestly this thing isn't really metal at all, at least not to my ears. One of the most fertile scenes right now seems to be the cross-pollination of underground metal and post-punk, whether it's the lush, My Bloody Valentine-influenced soundscapes of Deafheaven or the more aggressive, Hellhammer-meets-the-Fall sound of Raspberry Bulbs, and Beastmilk are probably the band in this sub-sub-genre most likely to really go somewhere. This actually reminds me quite a lot of the first Deathcharge LP in the way it mixes the lush, bass-driven sound of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen with heavier influences, but this is much more polished, maybe even verging on radio-friendly. Recommended for fans of Savages, Flesh World, Pleasure Leftists, and other bands mining the more pop-influenced end of the dark post-punk sound.