Surroundings "World of Failure"
As in most music genres in 2010, the finer bands in heavy music aren't providing many proper surfaces on which to stick labels. Punk isn't just punk; hardcore isn't just hardcore; black/death/sludge-metal isn't just black/death/sludge-metal. News at 11, sure, but it makes for a good starting point with local four-piece Surroundings, spewing out sludgy drug-punk/hardcore for bloody noses, raw shins, and that ear ringing that just won't fucking stop. This one, off their forthcoming debut LP, enters in a brief, creeped-out soundscape of electronic whipping before punching through a few layers of pure screaming hardcore hell-cum-DIY laryngectomy.