Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2016 Preview: Everything Went Black
Earlier this fall, three unsigned bands visited the Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Brooklyn, NY, where they laid down some jams at one of Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art facilities with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed).
MetalSucks held an open application process in July for bands to apply, then Axl and Vince worked with Will to choose their three favorites. We’ll be previewing each of the selected bands in the next few days (we already previewed the three bands who recorded with Kurt Ballou in Boston over the summer), and then we’ll be releasing the tracks they recorded next month. Today, we feature Everything Went Black from Saint Louis, MO.
If a rhino had rabies, Everything Went Black’s brand of seething metallic hardcore would make the perfect soundtrack to its rampage of death and destruction. EWB combine galloping rhythms, John Holmes-thick grooves, and truly spiteful vocals into one inescapable F5 tornado of rage. When the occasional post-hardcore dreamy melody finds its way into one of their songs, it’s only a brief respite, like the twinkling stars dancing around your head in-between getting your jaw broken and passing out.
As much as Everything Went Black’s music sounds perfect for a flaming mosh pit in Hell, it also feels undeniably sincere. While some bands sound like they’ve lived life under an umbrella, Everything Went Black’s vitriolic vibe seems anything but synthetic. Chalk it up to the band’s hometown. Guitarist Chris Moore discusses the “cultural and ethnic diversity” of St. Louis:
“For being a small Midwestern city, we have crammed about every ethnicity under the sun within our city limits. It’s amazing and eye opening. We are lucky to be so rich in culture but, unfortunately, it creates a lot of racial divide and that’s extremely sad.”
That cultural tension is obviously at the forefront of many Americans’ minds these days, and it gives Everything Went Black an extra edge of relevance that many of their peers only wish they had.
Check out Everything Went Black’s 2014 EP, Night Terrors, below. We promise that you’ll be equally floored by the results of their CRTxMetalSucks sessions. We’ll be sharing those results very, very soon… so watch this space!!!