Earlier this week Bandcamp announced that for Juneteenth 100% of their share of any sales will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (full statement below):
The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.
So today, Juneteenth, from midnight to midnight PDT, and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. We’re also allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.
The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression of people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change. We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.
Beyond that, we encourage everyone in the Bandcamp community to look for ways to support racial equality in your own local community, and as a company we’ll continue to look for more opportunities to support racial justice, equality and change.
And if you’re looking to help support, dB contributors have included a few picks to help make the decision.
Nahadoth – Dispossession
Alekhine’s Gun – “21”
After six long years Alekhine’s Gun — fronted by Jessica Pimentel of Orange is the New Black and Brujeria fame — returns with “21,” a roiling, expansive, white-hot track of blackened death-trad metal fury inspired by a Tibetan Buddhist prayer. A welcome and brutal return. —Shawn Macomber
Corn on Macabre – Discographic Violence
Here’s what I wrote about this stellar collection back in 2013: “There has never been a shortage of bands in extreme music eager to wed horror cinema imagery to brutal riffage, but few have ever managed to do so with as much skill, class, or cleverness as avant grinders Corn on Macabre.” And if you get on the blood train today, not only will you be helping the NAACP via Bandcamp, but the band is donating its proceeds to the National Alliance On Mental Illness, “who have also shown a strong initiative toward helping communities in need amidst trauma.” Don’t blow it again! —Shawn Macomber
Warzone – Open Your Eyes/Don’t Forget the Struggle, Don’t Forget the Streets
If these two tracks/albums don’t speak to our current moment, I don’t know what does. Anthems for a world, hopefully, to come. —Shawn Macomber
Really digging this punk/sludge hybrid from Baton Rouge. One part Melvins, one part whatever, but what it is rules. —Blake Harrison
The bandcamp page states, “Emerging from the space where hardcore punk meets grindcore, Cloud Rat is that and so much more.” Kickass punk grind from the Detroit area. —Blake Harrison
Raw and depraved, this is DISGUSTING death metal. Amazing shit. —Blake Harrison
Buggin – Buggin Out
Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life
Tzompantli – Tlamnalli
The solo project of Xibalba guitarist Brian Ortiz, Tzompantli embraces the sounds of the Mexica, a tribe of Nahuatl-speaking indigenous people from the Valley of Mexico. Ortiz performs all of the instruments on Tzompantli, including didgeridoo, animal flutes and shells. Tlamnalli is a welcome and fresh take on death/doom; pair with Xibalba’s latest ass-beater, Años en Infierno, for maximum beatdown. —Vince Bellino
Primitive Man – “The Lifer”
“The Lifer” is the latest barrage from death-sludge powerhouse Primitive Man’s just-announced third LP, Immersion. As overbearingly negative as ever, “The Lifer” picks up where last LP Caustic left off: in lumbering, noisy fashion, howled vocals swirling around brick walls of guitar and feedback. —Vince Bellino
Witching – Vernal
This Philly outfit cast some seriously impressive spells on their debut LP, Vernal. Opening track “Witness” introduces serpentine sludge, acidic vocals, and surprising melodicism. The record’s eclectic attack later incorporates fuzz and drone (“Roses”) some raucous riffs (“This Is What You Deserve”) and splashes of deathly pursuits. These are carefully textured, throat-ripping songs that feeds flowers with fresh blood. —Sean Frasier
Obscene – The Inhabitable Dark
I first learned of Indianapolis death metal deviants Obscene from reading Dutch Pearce’s Demo:listen profile on their Sermon to the Snake EP. Their The Inhabitable Dark record delivers on that EP’s promise, unveiling an album that boasts Floridian razorwire riffage and Asphyx’s crushing murk. But Obscene are building their own bone palace on a foundation of stalwart songwriting while honoring old school death metal’s past. —Sean Frasier
Haunt – Flashback
In case the cover story from a few issues back didn’t give this away, there are some serious Haunt fans in the Decibel staff. Flashback marks the second Haunt LP of 2020, and delivers that old-school metal fix you’re looking for. —James Lewis
Ulthar – Providence
If the old-school stylings of Haunt just aren’t your thing, Ulthar delivers ultra nasty black/death metal of the nastiest sort. Don’t miss this! —James Lewis
Walter Schreifels – “Open Letter to the Scene”
Following on the Warzone suggestions, why not pick up this beautiful, extremely affecting ode to the late Warzone frontman Ray “Raybeez” Barbieri from this superb solo record by Quicksand/Gorilla Biscuits/Rival Schools legend Walter Schreifels? —Shawn Macomber