New Orleans’ The World is a Vampire delivers a serving of unsettled noisy goth punk. Add doses of 90’s grunge and goth influence but create something truly nightmarish with it as they layer on bouts of vicious hardcore and moments of complete dementia. The sound is blown up as if played through mud, with huge distortion and the maniacal, shrieking, spectral howls of Bryan from Thou. This is a masterful melding of genres feat. KC from Thou/Treadles, Clayton of Heat Dust, Scott from Secret Passage, Michael from Silver Dodling, and Rachel of Bitchface. Absolutely fantastic ugly punk for these times. Their side closes with a cover of Gone Sugaring by Mirah.
Also from the swamps of New Orleans crawl Torture Garden with 3 tracks of ripping thrashing crust. Straight up charging riffs pummel away as Emily’s vocals exude complete disgust, all with undercurrents of melody that keep it from sinking completely back into the ooze.