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Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2016 Preview: Jesus Horse

  • Axl Rosenberg

Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2016

Photo by Andrej Ivanov
Photo by Andrej Ivanov

Next week, three unsigned bands will visit a Converse Rubber Tracks facility in Boston, MA, where they’ll lay down some jams at one of Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studios. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, bands will work with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche)!

MetalSucks held an open application process in July for bands to apply, then Axl and Vince worked with Kurt to choose their three favorite bands. (Three more bands will have a similar opportunity, with producer Will Putney at Converse Rubber Tracks Brooklyn, next month.) We’ll be previewing each of the selected bands in the days leading up to these recording sessions, so you can get a taste of what’s in store for ya! Today, we feature Jesus Horse from Montreal, Québec.

Jesus Horse have inspired me to coin a new subgenre classification: amalgamationcore. On their three-song demo, the band mine at least three cores — hard, math, and grind — to create an aural dirty bomb. They sometimes sound like they’ve been mainlining Every Time I Die, Botch, and Dillinger, and all the time they sound perverse, cruel, and snotty (even their name is cheeky, a slang term for dinosaurs “used sarcastically to mock young earth creationists and their ludicrous assertion that dinosaurs coexisted with humans”). Furthermore, their three-song demo, released in 2014, is transportative: turn that shit up loud, and you can practically smell the body odor and taste the shitty beer of a matinee show in some basement or squat somewhere. They may be the most savage thing to come out of Montreal since Chris Benoit.

To say I’m stoked about pairing Jesus Horse with Kurt Ballou would be a gargantuan understatement. The moment Jesus Horse hits your ears, it’s apparent that they were destined to collaborate with the über-producer and Converge guitarist. I have little doubt that they’ll go together like brass knuckles and broken teeth.

While we await the results of this blessed team-up, listen to Jesus Horse’s demo below! You can also buy the demo on Bandcamp for just $2 Canadian — roughly a buck fifty!!!


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