Tue, 24 December 2013
Anorak brings it forth: thrash and hardcore, and a French vocalist.
I've never been: Anorak (France) (0:28-5:53)
Proggy blackened riffs, jamming out in their second E.P. release from the scourges of Baltimore.
Iron Towers: Myopic (Baltimore) (6:37-14:27)
Heart-wrenching black metal, bringing me a Cure-like nostaligia.
Sleepeater: Aylwin (California) (15:29-21:00)
Norway’s Årabrot is witty and charming and rock it into your brain.
The Bitter Tears Of Könt: Årabrot (Norway) (21:39-26:13)
Mollusk is a 2 piece, they focus on the technical, some spacey aspects, but all in all heavy
Hollowed: Mollusk (Cincinnati) (27:16-34:41)
Iron Reagan. You better know this band.
Mini Lights: Iron Reagan (Richmond, VA) (34:49-36:22)
Australian groove beer band, but don’t underestimate them. Really varied, I was surprised where they went with it – they break it down for sure.
Sorrow on Hill 105: I Exist (Australia) (36:47-42:40)
U.K.’s Bossk has a ton of different sounds, including a cover of Fleetwood Mac.
Pick-up Artist: Bossk (U.K.) (43:07-45:52)
A “cinematic journey about the end of civilization on Mars.” A one-person band, but not avante-garde, the guy really brings the sound with black and brutal and industrial and space.
Vuoto: Phobonoid (Italy) (47:00-50:09)
Because I love Weekend Nachos, how about a song from their 2011 album.
The Meeting: Weekend Nachos (2011) (Chicago) (50:33-53:04)
A 16 minute E.P., (3) years in the making.
Letting The Vampire Kill You: Orphan Donor (Pennsylvania) (53:26-57:14)
Inflame. Exhume. Resign.: Withers (Austria) (57:25-END)
Wed, 4 December 2013
Mutoid Man with members of Converge and Cave In, Ben from Converge moved to California and they want to have a west coast show. Please let that happen.
Scavengers: Mutoid Man (Boston-ish/California) (0:28-3:16)
Gorgeous dark cover of the Cure on a split with Planks and O. Lead singer of Tombs is guest vocal.
A Forest (cover of the Cure): Planks (Germany) (4:19-11:18)
Cold destructive brutality from an unexpected place. I never heard it this brutal from Ireland.
Hallucinogen: Malthusian (Ireland) (11:44-17:11)
Iced Out and Razoreater are on one of the best splits this year, this is a gnarly filthy tune. Heavy riffage from both bands.
Dead Men: Iced Out (U.K.) (17:22-20:05)
Black metal with gothic influence, including horror and lots of drama.
Flittermice As Satan Spys (Darkthrone Cover): L´Acephale (Portland) (20:29-27:05)
Heavy punk, influenced by the melancholy and hard hit of metal, but punk is on their minds.
100 times: Drip of Lies (Poland) (27:55-31:24)
Ambient ripples in heavy lake of black metal.
He Who Becomes: Lake of Blood (LA) (31:47-39:55)
I put out an intellectual question for you to consider. ANOTHER SPLIT! With brutally screamy sludge. 2 piece and stuff.
Emaciate/Euthanise: Monolithian (U.K.) (40:31-44:17)
I guess another rockin beer band from. . Edmonton?
Invoking the Storms of Ahkiyyini: Northern Torment (Canada) (45:08-53:23)
Italian hardcore is hardcore brah.
Last Dose: Left in Ruins (Italy) (53:34-54:59)
Sludgey hardcore from the swedes..
At The Forests Edge: Totem Skin (Sweden)(55:19-end!)
Wed, 27 November 2013
Greece has some of the best musicians, this band is perfect blackened crust, very tight, very energetic.
Πνιγερή Καταχνιά: Lethe (Greece) (0:28-4:32)
Swedish band that reminds me of At the Gates. Members of famous Swedish bands like Entombed. This is a great E.P., can’t wait to hear the full album. They released the E.P. for free online.
Fahund: Torture Division (Sweden) (5:51-8:25)
Please sludge through this song by Fleshpress, I swear there is big payoff. It totally reminds me of the oldest Neurosis albums – influenced by punk. The Finnish have a knack for making something original out of played out genres.
Golden Owl: Fleshpress (Finland) (8:59-14:59)
Thick psychedelic fuzz from the Finnish.
Incarnation: Domovoyd (Finland) (15:12-20:24)
FINALLY, after 2 years the mighty Belgian 30,000 Monkies have a brand new E.P. They are a great car band.
Imperial Staches: 30,000 Monkies (Belgium) (20:52-23:02)
Krallice spin-off Geryon is only bass and drums. Progressive like Krallice. Experimental and cold.
Birth: Geryon (NYC) (23:32-29:55)
Dirty groove from Denver.
Craven: In the Company of Serpents (Denver) (30:51-36:39)
Drugs of Faith manages to push grind into their fun punk style – totally a refreshing look at hardcore and grindcore and punk. Their 2011 album made into a many top list, this is from their brand new E.P.
Insanity: Drugs of Faith (D.C.) (37:10-39:29)
Vooram is a weirdo off a fun split, I dug his experimental style that took me into another place completely.
Ethereal Architect: Vooram (Chicago) (39:59-43:29)
Croatian hardcore, angry, catchy.
Koja je tvoja cijena: Ponor (Croatia) (43:48-47:58)
NWOBHM style from 30+ years old Hell, they cracked me up but I can’t help but me impressed with their technical prowess and fun-ness.
The Disposer Supreme: Hell (U.K.) (48:58-55:44)
Castevet spin-off Psalm Zero released 2 songs, soon to be a full album from Profound Lore. I couldn’t really tell if I liked them from these 2 songs. The Today is the Day cover kind of got on my nerves. You decide.
Force My Hand: Psalm Zero (NY) (56:30-END)
Wed, 20 November 2013
How heavy is Coffins? Pretty much ruled me on this split with Noothgrush.
Drown In Revelation: Coffins (Japan) (0:28-6:47)
As YOB’s biggest fan, I had to listen to Lumbar and immediately love it.
Day One: Lumbar (super group) (7:43-12:45)
Seriously good stoner, great tempo changes and heavy riffs.
Chemotrophs: Lions of Tsavo (Austin) (13:09-18:00)
I talk about how Ghost sucks. One person band The Sun. . is awesome avante garde but catchy stuff, and the vocalist is awesome.
Everyday Is Like Black Hole Svnday: The Sun Through A Telescope (Ottawa) (18:40-22:44)
UK black metal has some weird proggy pagan stuff breaking up the structure.
Black Rumination: Code (U.K.) (23:08-28:05)
The Tacos!/Helms Alee is really fun. Tacos! Is heavy, but still manages to integrate some neo-alternative.
Hairy Wood Elf: Tacos! (Seattle) (29:09-34:39)
Straight-forwarded stoner, but not boring, seriously. My head was banging.
Peace, Love and GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FACE: Stone Titan (CT) (35:06-38:46)
Italian jammy fun brain candy.
The Road To Hell: Firelord (Italy) (39:07-44:52)
Pretty Mouth = hateful, but charming. Perfect for me.
Eyes: Pretty Mouth (Toronto) (45:40-49:05)
Brain Candy song before being tortured with the last song
Snoop Dog (West Coast, fool) (49:11-52:43)
Pretty much torture music from Brutal Truth/Bastard Noise split, but this is for the benefit of your brain.
The Stroy: Brutal Truth (NYC) (53:28-END!)
Tue, 12 November 2013
I babble on about my love for Fade, his numerous incredible bands, his talent for tapping perfectly into what made 80's and 90's industrial so great while still retaining the most modern unique edge. I think he is the most influential industrial artist right now. http://statiqbloom.bandcamp.com/music
Vestige Lights: Statiqbloom (Brooklyn) (0:28-6:18)
Skinny Puppy's best album since Too Dark Park.
saLvo: Skinny Puppy (formerly Vancouver/now LA) (9:11-12:56)
In continuation of the 120 Minutes vibe, gorgeous neo-alternative from members of Secret Chiefs, Kayo Dot, etc.
Incomplete Burning: Vaura (NYC) (13:19-18:42)
My new favorite 2-piece band.
Red Moon Foreboding: Cara Neir (Dallas) (19:11-24:53)
OMG THE BEST HEAVY METAL ALBUM THIS YEAR. Total 80's music montage music.
March of the Masters of Doom: Crimson Dawn (Italy) (26:19-31:27)
From the smiling Danish blondes spews forth evil.
Tenebris: Hexis (Copenhagen) (31:57-33:58)
Czar first got on my nerves, and then I did a 180 to loving this truly varied album.
Fuming Rotter: Czar (Chicago) (34:33-39:04)
I am too old for Sick/Tired.
King of Dirt: Sick/Tired (Chicago) (39:46-44:05)
Frenchies Temple of Baal have become total pussies. NOT.
The 10th Aethyr: Temple Of Baal (France) (45:06-51:30)
Spanish fuzz jam to make your thoughts bubbly.
Change Your Mind: Fungus (Spain) (51:41-57:05)
Just don't listen to the next band. Your ears are too innocent.
Sepulchral Rites: Obliteration (Norway) (57:19-end!)
Wed, 6 November 2013
I need pretty much straight up catchy, and it is here in this very riffy with some spacey elements album from Brooklyn.
Columbus: Blackout (Brooklyn) (0:28-4:36)
Frenchies Celeste has high standards: 3 years before this album came out, blackened hardcore done to perfection.
Laissé pour compte comme un bâtard: Celeste (France) (5:37-10:31)
You like screaming Swedish? Pyramido's third album crushes.
Fosie: Pyramido (Sweden) (10:59-16:02)
OK, I love Hexvessel. Who knew that the lead singer can do a perfect post-punk sound too?? Finnish really push the limits in standards in talent.
Strange Attractors: Beastmilk (Finland) (16:48-22:31)
Straight up crusty hardcore from Switzerland's Elizabeth, who will be following up this free download with a full album in December.
Created Enemies: Elizabeth (Switzerland) (22:47-24:51)
Fun old school thrash album, really catchy stuff here.
Rat Eater: Toxic Holocaust (Portland) (25:43-29:24)
Solo experimental creepy horror metal from Australia.
Hair, Skin, Nails: Uboa (Melbourne) (29:56-36:04)
The singing can get on my nerves, but East of the Wall is great technical proggy stuff.
Obfuscator Dye: East of the Wall (NJ) (36:29-41:26)
A great southern raw garage sound.
I Am An Amateur At Everything: Whores (Atlanta) (41:55-47:02)
Sea of Bones has come out with a huge album, one song is 40 minutes. At one point, there was the rawest most badass black metal drumming going OFF. This shit is immense.
Black Arm: Sea of Bones (Connecticut - a stupid state) (48:04-54:25)
Yeah, you come up with a great band name? I will listen to your shit. AND, it is super catchy? Good job.
Rest In Pieces, Sir: Swarm of Spheres (Ottawa) (54:47-END!)
Tue, 22 October 2013
Skeletonwitch is one of the best bands to see live because they take it seriously and you know they won't complain about doing too much coke the night before. They perform, and it is immense. Run out and buy this album pronto as they are one of the best thrash bands. . ever.
Unending, Everliving: Skeletonwitch (Ohio) New! (0:28-3:32)
Lots of new modern hardcore is not just for mosh pits. They break it up and make you think, like french-speaking Cortez.
Un lendemain sans chaine...: Cortez (Switzerland) New! (4:29-8:41)
4 years in the making, Gnaw come out with a torture album of noise. But still climactic and satisfying.
Vulture: Gnaw (NYC) New! (9:16-15:43)
Scott Kelly is obviously one of the best vocalists and writers ever, but we do not need his style of dark folk on this album. It is egotistical, and I wish he stayed pure to the industrial side of this album, which is the true highlight.
Dirt Poor And Mentally III: Corrections House (US) New!(16:32-22:37)
Navajo Witch, say it out loud. A hot raven beauty will appear and rip your face off.
Corpse Powder: Navajo Witch (Tennessee) New! (22:57-28:00)
Raw and bleak is not where Ignominy stops - they pump in different genres that really take this album to a higher plateau.
Gluework: Arms Bending Backwards: Ignominy (Sweden) New!(29:00-32:20)
Spacy dark doom plucking emotional strings, coming from where else, Kentucky.
The Pillars of Creation: Seidr (Kentucky) New!(32:44-39:21)
Grind, but again, plain genres is not cutting it anymore. Imperial Triumphant has a huge album of sound.
Gomorrah: Imperial Triumphant (NYC) New!(39:37-45:20)
Originally a one-person band, but he decided to bring in permanent members to round out his satanic, but yet socially acceptable, cult.
III: Blut Aus Nord (France) New!(46:18-49:36)
Around for over 30 years, Death Angel is a touring beast and have pumped in new blood in their band that has obviously enrichened their sound. Nuclear Blast took notice.
Son of the Morning: Death Angel (San Francisco) New!(49:58-53:57)
You would think that Matt Pike's health issues and white bulbuous belly may get in the way of High on Fire being fast and badass, but apparently this is not correct.
Slave the Hive: High on Fire (Oakland) New!(54:26-end)
Tue, 15 October 2013
Pennsylvanian horror metal/short hairy men walking around speaking with the sound of a cracked whip
Tue, 8 October 2013
Oranssi Pazuzu is too weird to pick a genre. Let's leave it at experimental psychedelic black metal. They have been on my yearly top list before.
TyhjÄ Temppeli: Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) New! (0:28-4:44)
Epic breakdowns in the midst of extreme.
Tragic Orbit: A Doomed Cosmic Starship: Orbweaver (Miami) New! (5:52-12:17)
Earthless is jamming madness. As tight and perfect as ever.
Violence Of The Red Sea: Earthless (San Diego) New! (12:39-20:34)
You can hear that Gigan is from Florida, those crazy Floridians. Then they moved to Chicago to become huge. This is technical extreme stuff, but in compositions that are ok for the non-extreme ear.
Obsidian Sun: Gigan (Chicago) New! (21:27-25:31)
F'n 80's bro.
No Peace Beyond The Line: Argus (Pennsylvania) New! (26:17-31:04)
A fully diverse album with an incredible vocalist, they dive into rock, black metal, acoustic.
Inamorata: Night Heir (Portland, OR) New! (31:37-37:58)
Domovoyd is solid Finnish massive sludge.
Mammoth: Domovoyd (Finland) (from 2012 E.P., new album releases this week) (38:30-44:43)
Divey crusty Brooklyn band Villains will probably kick your ass.
Drinking Double Acting Single: Villains (Brooklyn) New! (45:44-48:49)
Female vocalist tells you to F off in classic thrash tunes. Yep, I'd listen.
F.O.A.D: Mortillery (Edmonton, Canada) early 2013 (49:04-53:17)
Truly astounding album from Mexico, it took me by surprise, maybe it shouldn't, at how huge this album is. Mega diverse, extremely tight.
Ingolstadt: Akûma (Mexico) 2012 (54:03-END!)
Tue, 1 October 2013
I talk about nachos and eating nachos and weirdos from Dekalb.
Tue, 24 September 2013
A show of favorites, don't miss this one! Especially if you hate my voice, because I don’t talk in this show – just the music. Just in case you missed them the first time around- these are albums that I listen to over and over again.
I couldn't believe how awesomely this blackened thrash band hit my heart. Technical riffs galore, I want to see them live.
Dark Path: Earthling (Virginia) (2013) (0:28-5:16)
Yeah. Guitar solos rising up from Canada, and pumping straight through your fist.
Giants: Anciients (Vancouver) (2013) (5:17-12:36)
Playing at Slim's in November - complete and utter weirdos who I imagine frolicking in the woods with unicorns.
Rivfader: Finntroll (Finland) (2013) (12:37-16:40)
From the brains of one of the best Swedish bands of all time (Dozer) comes a super jammy, sexy, catchy band with even thicker compositions. Greenleaf needs to be heard!
Dreamcatcher: Greenleaf (Sweden) (2012) (16:41-20:29)
Brilliant, avante-garde black metal with a full sense of humor. New album at the end of October. I am so in love with how insane their thoughts are, but in the most approachable way.
Loputon tuntematon: Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) (2011) (20:30-26:19)
You will want to eat this album while laying in a field high as a bubble in the blue sky. Every song is delicious, from beginning until end.
Disappear: Asteroid (Sweden) (2010) (26:51-32:10)
I keep promoting this band, because their albums are that strong - extremely versatile but still that blackened thick sludge with powerful vocals.
Violence IV: Global Nuclear Annihilation: Fister (St. Louis) (2013) (32:11-37:50)
How this band has been overlooked for the more popular Swedish bands, I have no idea. This entire album is brilliant. It doesn't fit neatly into any genre pocket - but it does lean towards the creepy occult stuff
Svantovit: Obrero (Sweden) (2011) (37:51-42:47)
The new "IT" band, but with great reason, not some crap mainstream one. They bend your beliefs in what to expect from a retro sound. A perfect rock album, with just a hint of high school parking lot
Kings Highway: Scorpion Child (Austin TX) (2013) (43:18-47:30)
Thrash done to technical heaven. Super old school with super modern twists. Brilliant band, don't underestimate them as purely conceptual. Spin-off of White Wizzard, Bassist is ex-Skeletonwitch.
Bestia Triumphans: Holy Grail (Pasadena) (2013) (47:31-53:19)
Founded by the brilliant Dave Schmidt, also of Sula Bassana fame, and many German space rock projects
Doomsday Machine: Electric Moon (Germany) (2011) (53:30-END!)
Tue, 17 September 2013
Obelyskkh's third album rocks, so I can imagine their two well-regarded albums are awesome.
Wed, 11 September 2013
An intensity-creating climactic badass album from All Pigs Must Die. This album will be competing with the top albums of the year. NOT ordinary hardcore.
ARTICLES OF HUMAN WEAKNESS: All Pigs Must Die (Boston area) New! (0:28-5:11)
Heavy on the 70's stuff this week, as many were recently released!
The first of the bluesy-rock bands is Netherlands Abe Diddy - released this week on vinyl. Holy crap, one of the best in this genre.
Follow: Abe Diddy & The Kraut Boys (Netherlands) (2012, New vinyl release 2013) (6:14-12:50)
Horisont is up there with Graveyard, which says a lot. This album releases in October!
Writing on the Wall: Horisont (Sweden) New! (13:13-16:50)
Experimental sludge intensity from. . Argentina!!?? Yes, and do NOT underestimate this powerhouse. The changes in tempo, horns and strings in each song will keep you guessing. This is from a split with German band Neh Czneg.
La Paciencia del Cuchillo: Asilo (Argentina) New! (17:25-24:26)
I explain why us old fogies that grew up with goth and industrial don't like making way for new goth and industrial, but this post-punk neo-goth band plucked my nostalgic strings just right! This song goes out to Tom, who loves the Mission (U.K.).
To London or the Lake: Night Sins (Philly) New! (25:35-29:01)
Brand new 7" from Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats!
Mind Crawler: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (U.K.) (29:24-33:55)
The bass is insanely down-tuned.
The Grey: Nomadic Rituals (Ireland) New! (34:07-39:57)
Nixa has a 2-song E.P. that was awesome enough to keep my ears perked. Super catchy!
Superior: Nixa (Miami) New! (40:23-45:15)
Watch out for this bluesy psychedelic rock from London-ites Bright Curse (I think the lead singer is actually French, if you care)
Mind Traveller: Bright Curse (London) New! (46:06-53:45)
Swedish vocals on another strong revitalist SWEDISH (i.e.superior) band
Bluesbeater: Atlas (Sweden) New! (54:19-END!)
Wed, 28 August 2013
I talk about Christian Mingle. There are about 4 bands this week that have a smattering of cheese, but that is metal for you.
New album by Horseback of unreleased material, which really shows their versatility, including dark pop. POP. Their usual experimental, landscape, raspy vocals, and extreme metal.
On the Eclipse: Horseback (Chapel Hill) New! (0:28-5:33)
Sweden has a good amount of cheese, and Watain does not avoid it. Good solid deathy-influenced rock. They say they are black metal, but I don't see it in this album. The lead singer talks about black metal being a concept and way of life, uh ok. Whateves. I don't care, call yourself pink, be what you want bro. They are touring with In Solitude and Tribulation.
Outlaw: Watain (Sweden) New! (6:38-11:41)
Fórn is basically MOTHERFUCKING LEADUP TO MOTHERFUCKING EPIC HEADBANGING RIFFS.
Dasein: Fórn (Boston) New! (12:08-19:09)
Just a little alternative psychedelic lyrical pretty balm before Ulcerate, shall we? Njiqahdda has tons of stuff - and is a little like Horseback where you are impressed with the amount of genres they are able to cover.
A Bitter Black Wind: Njiqahdda (Illinois) New! (20:01-24:10)
Drumming-loving Ulcerate is a loose death metal, ya know? Not formulaic, so this album will go far in the charts this year.
Weight of Emptiness: Ulcerate (New Zealand) New! (25:11-31:57)
Catchy German cheese. Wait, sounds like a super gross venereal disease.
This is the Lie: The Moth (Germany) New! (32:16-35:57)
Please don't say harmonic or symphonic to me. OK, you put some melody in your music, who cares. Thrash with some melody, fine. Don't call attention to it. This band is super tight and talented and riffed out, so that is good.
Into the Transient Abyss: Vrawsche (Boston) New! (36:21-42:45)
I for sure think In Solitude has members of Ghost - both bands are cheese. Full album coming out on Metal Blade. The lead singer sounds like the Mission U.K.!! Goth influence abounds!!
Sister: In Solitude (Sweden) New! (44:06-49:47)
Listen to the whole song, this album is really well thought out, nice sludgy hard stuff from Portugal.
Drawn: Monte Penumbra (Portugal) (50:12-55:38)
Crust! B.O.! Patched clothing! OK, I can do without the smell and the style, but the energy is what I need sometimes. This has veins of crust running through. Gross, veins of crust.
Empty Eyes: Zügellos (Switzerland) (56:17-END)
Tue, 20 August 2013
I can't help focusing on one genre over another sometimes, even though some fans don't like the accidental focus! Depends on the waves of what is new at the time.
Tribulation techs out, but doesn't become nerd cheese progressive.
Rånda: Tribulation (Sweden) New! (0:28-6:36)
Phantom Glue is a solid fun riffy sludgy album with great vocals that don't annoy me after listening to a hundred albums in a row putting this stupid show together.
Test Pattern: Phantom Glue (Boston) New! (8:02-13:02)
Earthling may make my top albums of 2013. Thrash, blackened, classic metal with modern evil twists?
Pass Into Beyond: Earthling (Richmond, VA) New! (14:15-21:00)
Dark Buddha Rising is the epitome of psychedelic perfected. Whisky is needed.
M: Dark Buddha Rising (Finland) New! (21:32-27:11)
My favorite French hardcore band, not classic hardcore, tons of slowed down metal riffs breaking the sound.
Smell of An Addict: Cowards (France) (28:07-31:56)
I talk about the top notch bands from Greece, blowing most of the international scene out of their sky blue water.
The End of the Sun: Lunatic Medlar (Greece) New! (32:24-38:06)
Wreck and Reference is industrial, the lead singer plays some synth thingy wildly on stage.
Absurdities & Echoes: Wreck and Reference (LA) (38:30-42:12)
School's Out for the Summer in the beginning riff perhaps. Poland is becoming a Finland, they are pure and raw in their creativity.
Zoloft: Nihilosaur (Poland) (42:38-46:58)
Finland. Nuff said.
In Lunacy: Muawijhe (Finland) New! (47:43-54:21)
Members of Electric Wizard and Ramesses, but more evil.
Reapers Ruin: 11 Paranoias (U.K) New! (55:02-END)
Tue, 13 August 2013
Talking about my new nickname Empress of Metal, starting and ending with Josh Martin. Dead in the Dirt is vegan and proud, hailing from the age of straight edge. Really thick riffs that break up the grind.
Will Is The War: Dead in the Dirt (Atlanta) New! (0:28-3:24)
Anicon is rhythmic black metal and has satisfying breakdowns.
A Nest of Suns: Anicon (Brooklyn) New! (4:27-11:22)
No longer a lonely 2, now 4 that thickens the mix literally. The vocalist screams just right to make me blush. Groovy.
8 Dead (In A Mobile Home): Hollow Leg (Florida) New! (11:40-17:19)
First off, my friend Jules cracks me the hell up. I was upfront at the Botanist show, we were just a tiny bit tipsy, and she made me notice the following:
1) Botanist's drummer was facing the wall (very Blair Witch Project)
2) The drummer sews the band's robes on his mom's sewing machine
3) His mom IS the botanist
4) The lead singer, the mutha f'n lead singer is a DEAD MUTHA F'N RINGER TO ASHTON KUTCHER. I don't think you understand.
Outside of these stories, they rule, and you cannot miss them the next time they play.
Nighshade (Mandragora II): Botanist (San Francisco) New! (18:39-23:41)
Garage-y raw punk on my show you say? Yeah, why not. The bros are from metal bands, and the singer is evil enough to make the cut. Good album!
Cracked Flesh: Raspberry Bulbs (NYC) New! (24:46-29:17)
Hailed as psychedelic black metal, which to me is a little different. I think psychedelic black metal is when organic sounds break up the wall of cold black metal. This is more experimental black metal - ambient, landscape soundtrack mixed in the wall of cold black metal.
Sex augu, tólf stjörnur: Wormlust (Iceland) New! (30:04-37:24)
I don't play straight hardcore, come on! Illustrations follows its hardcore path, but they are complex and I dig the romantic lyrics, vocals and emotion.
Leave Me: Illustrations (San Antonio) New! (37:57-43:32)
Bro from Aldebaran and bro from Unearthly Trance/Serpentine Path coupled and gave birth to Howling Wind - their gay love child is darker and deadlier. They apparently did not go the big record route and self-released (spooged) it out.
Waves Come Crashing Down: Howling Wind (Portland/NY) New!(44:28-49:43)
Belgium! Belgium! Home of hot drunk guys! Um, what? Oh, this is rock or something.
Sea of Trees: Pektop (Belgium) (49:57-54:00)
Rosetta is touring right now with your faves Ken Mode, and yeah, what else, I don't know.
Fudo / The Immovable Deity: Rosetta (Philadelphia) New! (54:32-END)
Wed, 7 August 2013
The stench of my show is back in full force!
Revitalists Scorpion Child has a debut album that dabbles in both early 70's and 80's vocals.
Polygon of Eyes: Scorpion Child (Austin, TX) New!(0:28-4:51)
Mammoth Grinder comes in a neat little 30 minute package of galloping hardcore technical metal, even a little doom.
Cogs in the Machine: Mammoth Grinder (Austin, TX) New! (5:38-8:45)
2 piece Beast in the Field packs a thick loud sound of fun.
Wakan Tanka: Beast In The Field (Michigan) New!(9:03-14:21)
Reminiscent of Karp in places, Black Tusk has a new upbeat album.
Internal/External: Black Tusk (Georgia) New! (14:32-19:17)
Modern psychedelic hard riffed Canadian band Pyres has some epic guitars.
Deserter: Pyres (Toronto) New! (19:47-24:28)
Don't dismiss geÄst as just another black metal band. This is something to check out! The riffs totally break, they have some awesome fun sounds in here.
NebellebeN: geÄst (Germany) New!(25:20-31:39)
Swedish swedish gorgeous rock.
AMANITA KINGDOM: Waning Moon (Sweden) New!(31:56-38:56)
Revocation does thrash perfectly. Perfectly.
Invidious: Revocation (Boston) New! (39:23-43:48)
Old school Integrity has come out with something totally classic heavy metal, with a touch of hardcore - their specialty.
Lucifer Before The Day Doth Go: Integrity (Cleveland) New!(44:15-47:55)
Memphis's version of Batillus?!? This band has it going on.
Son of Crow: Crowlord (Memphis) New!(48:46-54:55)
Yellow Eyes is becoming one of my favorite truly underground black sounds, and from NYC, that place gets it right a lot of the time.
Hammer of Night: Yellow Eyes (NYC) New!(55:25-end)
Wed, 24 July 2013
This is my second week of semi-vacation from the show. I am feeling especially nostalgic lately, could be that I am turning 40 this week and I feel really far removed from my childhood, AND I AM SAD ABOUT THAT. I started last week with some new wave and alternative songs, and this week is some high school parking lot music.
Welcome Home (Sanitarium): Metallica (0:28-6:52)
I’m Eighteen: Alice Cooper (6:53-9:44)
18 and Life: Skid Row (9:45-13:33)
In Trance (Live): Scorpions (13:34-17:34)
When The Children Cry: White Lion (17:35-21:43)
Here I Go Again: Whitesnake (21:44-26:13)
In the Night: Triumph (26:43-32:50)
Metal Health: Quiet Riot (32:51-38:05)
Nobody’s Fool: Cinderella (38:06-42:41)
Bringing on the Heartbreak/Switch 625: Def Leppard (43:13-50:48)
Sweet Emotion: Aerosmith (50:49-55:38)
Would: Alice in Chains (55:39-END!)
Wed, 17 July 2013
July is super busy, and so the next 2 weeks are a semi-vacation for me. It is a pure music show, no commentary/no annoying indian voice! I will be back with metal in August!! Next week will be another Summer music show. . .
Hold Out: Washed Out (playing on August 25th in LA with the Melvins and My Bloody Valentine) (0:28-3:55) – for Meg!
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before: The Smiths (3:56-7:25)
Monkey Gone To Heaven: Pixies (7:26-10:20)
Violet: Hole (10:21-13:41)
Crank: Catherine Wheel (13:42-17:16)
My Curse: Afghan Whigs (17:17-22:59)
Lie To Me: Depeche Mode (23:30-28:21)
Black Planet: Sisters of Mercy (28:22-32:42)
The Passion of Lovers: Bauhaus (32:43-36:28)
Suspicion: Gene Loves Jezebel (36:29-40:05)
Revenge: Ministry (40:06-43:52)
Disintegration: The Cure (44:24-51:56)
She Sells Sanctuary: The Cult (51:57-56:07)
Addiction: Skinny Puppy (57-08-END!)
Wed, 10 July 2013
Proggy instrumental Italian 2 piece gets some synth help from Ufomammut
Mayale: Zolle (Italy) New! (0:28-3:18)
Old school 1989 song from Bolt Thrower, who just played at Maryland Deathfest and had a mini-tour. They were pissed off a few years ago when Earache reissued Realm of Chaos, because they got no royalties. Earache bastards.
All That Remains: Bolt Thrower (U.K.) (not mutha fucking new bros) (4:33-9:08)
Solid Milwaukee Maidens have a debut album that reminds me of good Isis.
Lands of the Blind: Maidens (Milwaukee) New! (9:21-13:19)
Hot mama lead singer in Blood Ceremony may play the dorky flute, but she also kicks ass. I saw her open for Ghost, and all the guys were drooling.
Goodbye Gemini: Blood Ceremony (Canada) New! (13:52-18:07)
Sadgiqacea, who I have played a couple of times, is touring and promoting with their fellow Philly-ites Hivelords who I ALSO have played a couple of times. Both have new albums!!
Atavus Lich: Hivelords (Philadelphia) New! (18:35-25:05)
Swedish One Inch Giant sings accompanied with a very catchy riffy party album.
Only Scorn Remains: One Inch Giant (Sweden) New! (25:57-29:59)
Autopsy comes through with raw, and not over-produced. Chris Reifert of Autopsy and Death is in the following metal cookbook:
Running From the Goathead: Autopsy (Concord) New! (30:18-34:43)
Chicago is excelling in artsy fartsy experimentation. A lot of it has climactic riffs in the middle of dark ambient, which I like. You can also check out Wrekmeister Harmonies who have played in a Chicago museum and cemetery.
Panorama Of Mirrors: Locrian (Chicago) New! (35:05-41:41)
Swedish crust kicks you in the gut in a very satisfying way. Swedish vocals are hot!
Kan Du Bli Optimal: Fredag Den 13e (Sweden) (42:32-46:46)
Dark menace, I mean, very menace-y.
Pale Dawn Rising: The Vein (Denmark) New! (47:52-54:55)
Hells Headbangers Records new comp is a must have!
Circle Of Serpents: Denouncement Pyre (Australia) New! (55:18-END)
Wed, 3 July 2013
Aggressive and catchy riffs, this is an album to buy FO SHO.
Howling House: Take Over and Destroy (TOAD) (Arizona) New! (0:28-5:10)
I talk about loving the Finnish and their weird isolated ways.
Forest: Horse Latitudes (Finland) New! (6:02-12:06)
Menacing and slower than the usual black metal.
Hordes Of The North: Solothus (Finland) New! (12:27-19:53)
Psychedelia from Finland!
Transmission from the Mad Arab: Cardinals Folly (Finland) New! (20:09-21:57)
Super group of grind band members create a conceptual band based on the TV series “V”!!! Huh?
Deadly Viral Strain: Quest of Aidance (Sweden) New! (22:26-26:05)
Om goes dub.
Addis Ababa: Om (Oakland) New! (dub) (26:52-31:14)
Black Sheep Wall has one of the sexiest vocals. Brutal and emotional, not pussy.
Provider: Black Sheep Wall (LA) New! (31:35-36:50)
Japanese soundtrack for animated alien porn (at least in my head).
The Golden Apples Of The Sun Pt.1: Zletovsko (Japan) New! (37:07-42:06)
Canada does psychedelic black metal – which means they break up the harshness with organic sounds.
The Medusa Picture: Paths (Canada) New! (42:29-46:55)
Cult of Occult is way more diverse than this song is letting on. Hopefully you see how catchy and rocking they are.
DCLXVI: Cult Of Occult (France) New! (47:36-50:26)
Italian groove with some evil accompanying vocals.
Mad Donna: Stöner Kebab (Italy) New! (50:35-54:16)
Brooklyn band comes out with some rock with grunge-y vocals – which I love in this band.
The Toe: Kings Destroy (Brooklyn) New! (54:53-END!)
Wed, 19 June 2013
SPECIAL SHOW THIS WEEK going over bands with albums that is completely addictive, from start to finish. These are some of my favorite albums of the last couple of years, you shouldn’t miss out on any of them.
Idylls of the Chosen Damned: Cultes Des Ghoules (Poland) New! (0:28-7:34)
Gritty, neck ripping riffs from Cultes Des Ghoules. Super long songs, I had to cut 8 minutes off this one.
The latest album from Oranssi Pazuzu is one of my top albums of the last couple of years. The whole album encompasses a bunch of different genres, including evil. Super stylish and weird – not surprising they are Finnish!
Komeetta: Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) 2011 (8:44-15:17)
Vektor is like the little brother of Skeletonwitch – technical but catchy, super speed.
Echoless Chamber: Vektor (Arizona) 2011 (15:54-21:08)
Magic Circle has badass on top of sexy 70’s riffs. Can’t get enough of this new album.
Magic Circle - Cloven In Two: Magic Circle (Boston) New! (21:24-28:50)
Spin-off of White Wizzard – check out their ridiculous youtube videos:
However Holy Grail is definitely not tongue-in-cheek.
Bleeding Stone: Holy Grail (LA) 2012 (29:34-33:53)
One of the loudest bands of last year, with industrial blood pumping through, Black Shape of Nexus is also very German.
400H: Black Shape Of Nexus (Germany) 2012 (34:24-40:20)
Bezoar has some of the best vocals, just happens to be female, and great deep bass accompaniment.
Friend Of My Enemy: Bezoar (Brooklyn) 2012 (40:39-45:42)
I love Fade from Batillus, drool.
Cast: Batillus (Brooklyn) New! (46:27-50:34)
This is an album that has heavy rotation on the weekends in my house.
Chain up the Masses: Sons of Tonatiuh (Atlanta) 2012 (50:51-55:18)
Fister is twisted, I love the two albums I have heard. They have a brand new live album, which makes me really really want to see them live.
Gemini: Fister (St. Louis) New! (56:00-END)
Wed, 5 June 2013
Hairy Berlin band Kadavar has made the leap from TeePee Records to Nuclear Blast because I guess they are getting popular. One of the best 70’s Revitalist bands, up there with Graveyard.
Doomsday Machine: Kadavar (Berlin) New! (0:28-5:12)
New Church of Misery is fun.
Brother Bishop: Church of Misery (Japan) New! (5:54-13:09)
Evile started off as a Metallica cover band and it shines through. Kill ‘Em All and James Hetfield all over this. Classic thrash.
Words of the Dead: Evile (U.K.) New! (13:36-17:50)
French Seth is speed (reminds me of Skeletonwitch!) and black and horror, but lighter than dark.
In Aching Agony: Seth (France) New! (18:16-24:19)
One of my weirdo friends is in Young Lions.
TheCracksInEverything: Young Lions (Oakland/SF) New! (25:12-30:58)
EPIC Eibon is catchy raspy epicness. 2 new songs and 40 minutes, I had to cut this song short.
The Void Settlers: Eibon (France) New! (31:28-38:02)
New Mercyful Fate! Ok, a new Norwegian band that definitely loves Mercyful Fate anyway.
Master of the Temple: Magister Templi (Norway) New! (38:16-44:13)
Estonians make beer-riffic rock. It is an amalgamation of sludge and 70’s and weird vocals.
Wooden Spaceship: Liblikas (Estonia) New! (45:07-51:22)
Instrumental stoner band bros.
Perlenbacher: Wangunst (Netherlands) New! (51:30-53:13)
English band loves their Sabbath roots.
Rush of Power: Age of Taurus (U.K.) New! (53:27-END)
Tue, 21 May 2013
Formidine: Acolyte (Manchester) New! (0:28-6:32)
I have played this Philly band before, and now they have scored a record label. 2 piece, playing their version of black, trippy riffs.
False Prism: Sadgiqacea (Philadelphia) New! (7:53-13:59)
Italy breeds them rockin’ and jammin’.
So Deep: Ape Skull (Italy) New! (14:19-19:40)
Cardinal Wyrm is bay area’s own – they will be opening for Sabbat in October. Their album is dirty and riffy and fun.
The Circle: Cardinal Wyrm (Oakland) New! (20:13-27:14)
More awesomeness from Canada. They get the idea of dark without pressing too hard on your skull.
Happy Entrails: Wakeless (Ontario) 2012 (28:04-33:21)
Denmark is gaining traction in weird metal. Guttural and romantic dark atmosphere.
Mesmerizing Holy Death: Cerekloth (Denmark) New! (33:42-38:55)
Electronic and industrial, definitely listens to Skinny Puppy.
A Road of Gravel and Skulls: The Moth Gatherer (Sweden) New! (39:21-45:59)
America’s version of At The Gates, and have taken on Corey Hart’s Sunglasses at Night.
Unwelcome: Arsis (Virginia) New! (46:35-50:14)
Raw metal from Italy, once again showing their prowess in every genre.
Manifestation Of The Curse: Ars Macabra (Italy) New! (50:31-56:01)
Gorgeous French metal, super atmospheric, great vocals, one of my faves from this area.
Abyss: Crown (France) New! (56:32-END)
Wed, 8 May 2013
Vektor! Vektor!! I love this band – if you can, check them out live at the Parkside on Saturday of Memorial day weekend. This song is LIVE and on their new E.P.
Tetrastructural Minds: Vektor (Arizona) New E.P.! (0:28-5:45)
Swedish Agrimonia is sweetened black metal, I hear some emotion.
The Battle Fought: Agrimonia (Sweden) New! (6:23-13:04)
Psychedelic rocking and stuff, heavy riffs.
Whispers of Chaos: Valfader (England) New! (13:21-21:15)
A couple of minutes of mosh your face in hardcore. By the way, don’t touch me if we are in the pit, I hate you mosher.
Armchair Activist: Gets Worse (U.K.) (21:29-23:06)
Hexvessel focuses on their bluesy 60’s turning into 70’s vocals. Bro from the U.K. went to Finland to pick up the rest of the guys in the band.
Tunnel at the End of the Light: Hexvessel (Finland) New! (23:46-29:15)
Brutal technical Frenchie stuff. Picture a metal band and a toy yorkie with a beret.
In Utero: A Place of Hatred and Threat: Svart Crown (France) (29:27-34:25)
Brother and sister make up the Devil’s Blood. Officially they hate each other and will not play together again.
...If Not a Vessel?: The Devil’s Blood (U.K.) (34:45-38:38)
Riffy black metal.
Woven: Portent (England) New! (38:47-44:09)
Kripl brings forth the raw punk – what else can you expect from Slovenia.
Your Pride: Kripl (Slovenia) New! (44:54-47:28)
Prophets of Saturn: Prophets of Saturn (England) New! (47:32-52:14)
Vikernes of Burzum says this is his last metal song. It could make up the soundtrack of a very romantic zombie movie.
Back To Shadows: Burzum (Norway) New, and last song ever? (52:30-54:56)
Stones Throw band Gozu – kind of SoundGardenish, eh. I listened to it again and didn’t like it as much. I am fickle.
Disco Related Injury: Gozu (Boston) New! (55:19-END
Thu, 2 May 2013
Woe is tight black metal with a sprinkling of thrash and a smidgen of 80's ballad that makes my mullet pop out of my head.
Exhausted: Woe(Brooklyn/Philly) New! (0:28-6:21)
Orchid doesn't care about San Francisco, but they sound like early Scorps so I unfortunately like the bastards.
Nomad: Orchid (allegedly San Francisco) New! (7:23-13:35)
Old school metal, straight up, from Sinistrous Diabolus, which is the best name.
Sleep of the Damned Pt. II: Sinistrous Diabolus (Australia) New! (14:02-18:57)
Howl plays out in the Northeast a lot, and the band members support the scene by going to every show, or at least the ones I would be attending. This new album is better than their last.
Midnight Eyes: Howl (Rhode Island) (19:14-23:26)
Uncle Acid fuzzes its garage rock in a new album, it is nostalgia-inducing stuff.
Desert Ceremony: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (Cambridge, U.K.) New! (23:52-28:53)
Texas death Imprecation will be coming out with a new album in June.
From Beyond the Fiery Temples: Imprecation(Texas) Not yet released! (29:44-34:27)
Angizia is circus, classical, extreme. Listen to this stuff, wait for the brutality to unleash.
Weh Und Wunde Mich Ergötzt: Angizia(Austria) New! (34:54-40:55)
I favor Canadian bands.
Always Die Slowly: Irn(Toronto) New! (41:18-48:57)
Heavy Pale Horseman with a Neurosis-esque lead singer.
Fork in the Road: Pale Horseman(Chicago) New! (49:34-55:05)
Swedish post-metal ala The Ocean (share members) and Cult of Luna.
Raveneye: The Old Wind(Sweden) New! (55:48-END)
Tue, 23 April 2013
Italian doom and screech vocal band with a viciously awesome album
Ketama Gold: Tons (Italy) 2012, New Import (0:28-6:36)
One of my favorite Boston bands has a new album – a great Friday album – both for decompression and pumping beer energy into your soul.
Bleed Out: Black Pyramid (Boston) New! (7:43-13:14)
Vancouver’s Anciients has one of the most solid proggy riff-tastic albums of the year (so far, I mean, its April and shit).
Raise the Sun: Anciients (Vancouver) New! (13:45-20:17)
Apparently reviewers think Ghost has gone pussy or something, but I like their Satanic values and organ (that sounds dirty). Yes, easy-listening metal is the new thing.
Secular Haze: Ghost B.C. (Sweden) New! (20:52-26:00)
Lots of gorgeous build-up to epic black metal is All the Empires of the World. Even the name of the band is kinda build-up.
Paladin Curses: All The Empires Of The World (England) New! (26:53-31:38)
Fun stoner hardcore, garage-y and rocking out from Poland.
War Never Changes: Shots From Deneb (Poland) New! (32:03-34:46)
A Russian jam band. Nuff said.
Ice Tentacles: Grave Disgrace (Russia) New! (35:04-38:58)
PlasticBag Facemask. PlasticBag Facemask. Best name ever.
Alien Shark Embryo: PlasticBag Facemask (Yosemite, California) New! (39:20-40:25)
Progressive mixed with death, spacy and nerdy. Russia in the hiz-house.
Algorithms (of interplanetarian geometry): Dejuvenation (Russia) New! (40:58-43:47)
Hilarious band from Netherlands, who are clawing the world ladder in best scene.
Raising the Chalice: Acid Deathtrip (Netherlands) New! (44:25-47:23)
Spanish female lead vocals, great bluesy vocals.
The Wicked King: Hela (Spain) New! (47:35-52:31)
Estonians download my show, so I have to check out their scene more often. Talbot claims to be the loudest duo on the earth.
Hallelucinogen: Talbot (Estonia) New! (52:54-56:57)
Witty, and country?! Yep, country style southern death metal. Ever heard of it? The Italians Carcharodon have a full on hilarious album, and rocks you out the door.
Adolf Yeti: Carcharodon (Italy) New! (57:16-end!)
Tue, 9 April 2013
2 bands from St. Louis to start off the set! Fister is one of my favorite bands, I have been waiting for this album to come out. It is hardcore vocals and a slight slowdown in tempo, a mix of awesomeness.
Suicide Hessian: Fister (St. Louis) New! (0:28-5:27)
Fulgora shares their drummer with Misery Index and Pig Destroyer, you can hear his brutal influence. This band is just hard.
Artifice: Fulgora (St. Louis) New! (6:30-10:47)
Italian jazz hard experimental, the album is very ethnic and world.
667 A Step Ahead Of The Devil: Mombu(Italy) (11:10-14:37)
Crust mixed with black mixed with rock, and romantic enough for this gal. Second album.
Retrospect Dissonance: Ramlord(New Hampshire) New! (15:02-19:06)
Rock band is tongue in cheek, but because they are from Norway, there is some darker elements.
Ladies Of The Night: The Devil(Norway) New! (19:31-24:43)
I can hear the back up vocalist, he sounds like Dave Ed! Danish band The Psyke Project pummels, HUGE epic sound.
Ghost Fight: The Psyke Project(Denmark) New! (25:35-29:42)
Shining is produced by the dude that does Nine Inch Nails, and you can hear the industrial influence, and of course the jazz-y ness.
The One Inside: Shining(Norway) New! (30:06-34:06)
Landscape epic romance soundtrack from Italy.
Son of the Cathartic Cave: Hierophant(Italy) New! (34:19-38:34)
Surtr breaks down, and you are like, holy headbanging crap. Medieval drumming, folksy vocals, and a whole lotta doom. Love this album.
Three Winters of War: Surtr(France) New! (38:56-44:57)
Azure Emote brings forth experimental death with progressive and psychedelic and industrial, in a fully complex album.
Epoch of De-Evolution: Azure Emote (Philly) New! (45:56-51:30)
Even though we are all over Isis, Red Apollo has really pretty and emotional sound to back them up.
Ordeal: Red Apollo (Germany) New! (51:59-56:12)
Iron Witch is NOT sludge, they have a lot of hardcore influence, but they breakdown like a metal band, with heavy riffs.
Hangover Suicide: Iron Witch(England) New E.P.! (56:44-END!)
Wed, 3 April 2013
A very heavy set of Italian bands! Starts off with Black Capricorn, a very catchy rockin’ headbang-y album, for good times and beers.
Double Star Goatfish: Black Capricorn (Italy) New! (0:28-6:14)
The riffs in Ulvedharr’s new album totally breaks badass.
The Raven's Flag: Ulvedharr (Italy) New! (7:10-13:16)
Cave In’s spin-off band Zozobra is as tight and hard as Cave In.
Born In A Blaze: Zozobra (Boston) New! (13:47-16:39)
Acoustic with violinist, the dude sings a lot and you think it is going to be cheesy, but give it a chance, very varied and talented. Dark folk.
Ad Rubrum Per Nigrum: Eloa Vadaath (Italy) New! (17:06-24:01)
Amenra’s hardcore baby is Hessian.
Sons of Avarice: Hessian (Belgium) 2011 (24:55-27:19) New album at the end of the month!
Glad that Zaar recovered from a bandmate’s death to put out this proggy noise album.
06: Zaar (France) 2012 (27:43-32:24)
Dark and sweet soundtrack.
Crossroads: Soliloquium (Sweden) New! (32:50-40:00)
Finnish vocals and rockin’ riffs from this prolific band.
She-Wolf: The Wandering Midget (Finland) 2012 (40:19-47:39)
Death from Australia, a smart album. Stands out next to the resurgence of death albums.
The Crawling Horror: Sacriphyx (Australia) New! (48:24-52:57)
Ending with a Sabbath-y Italian band, very good vocals.
The Woodwose: Kröwnn (Italy) New! (53:37-end!)
Wed, 27 March 2013
Figure Your Life Out: Ken Mode (Winnipeg) New! (0:28-5:34)
Ken Mode’s 5th and best album. I like that it doesn’t depend too much on technical, and they soften the math-y edges with good clean vocals and compositions. They still kick ass.
Gorgeous drone and instrumental Aidan, Italians know this genre really well. Free download!
Ptosis: Aidan (Italy) New! (6:25-12:13)
French medieval carnival avante-garde, and some dreamy story-telling, reminding me of the Wall by Pink Floyd.
La Sirène: Pensées Nocturnes (France) New! (12:36-18:38)
Yes! More 70’s revitalist stuff from Sweden, woo hoo!! This JAMS!
Solar Butterfly: Sgt. Sunshine (Sweden) New! (19:03-24:31)
New Beastwars! Best band name and they have a beer named after them!
Imperium: Beastwars (New Zealand) New! (25:09-29:39)
Rich production, bluesy female lead singer, new on Relapse.
Blue: Royal Thunder (Atlanta) New! (29:59-37:50)
Rocking death metal-style, but not death metal. Very badass riffs that kick in.
Witchfinder: Druid Lord (Florida) (Reissued) (38:14-43:07)
Ex-Pentagram Victor Griffin has a new band, Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, they will be playing at Roadburn. Biker rock, and old school.
Late For An Early Grave: Victor Griffin’s In-Graved (Virginia) (this song is not new, but included in the new album) (43:43-47:46)
I talk about Conan and Bongripper coming out with a new split. I also talk about the trend of live albums, that I am not a big fan of. Sort of a “hey fan, spend some money” sort of thing, without offering anything new. HOWEVER, when the band is better live than recorded, then it makes sense. Misery Index has been one of the best live bands I have EVER seen. Their brutality stems from their technical prowess, and I have no idea how they stay so tight. Their lead singer is also a babe.
Siberian (2012 Remix - live): Misery Index (Baltimore) New! (48:52-53:24)
Psychedelic and progressive King Goat!
Cosmic Mastermind: King Goat (England) New! (53:41-END!)
Wed, 20 March 2013
Tower of Silence: Cathedral (U.K.) New! (0:28-7:19)
Metal Blade is releasing the brand new and final Cathedral album next month. I got into them fairly recently about 10 years ago with the compilation album Serpent’s Gold. The new song is on the same path - early era heavy metal sound with modern thick crunchy catchy riffs.
Audrey Horne is beer rock, for the high school kid in all of us feeling tough. By the way if you were not alive during the 80’s, first fuck you and second Audrey Horne was a character in the show Twin Peaks.)
Redemption Blues: Audrey Horne (Norway) New! (8:12-12:42)
Thrawsunblat has three members from Woods of Ypres - from Ontario. This band rocks way more than Woods. I am playing this particular song in honor of St. Patty’s Day – it has a folksy quality.
Song of the Nihilist: Thrawsunblat (Canada) New! (13:02-18:44)
I am forever indebted to my friend Zach who turned me onto this 2012 album from Swedish anonymous band Head of the Demon. Very cult 70’s horror.
By Titan Hand: Head of the Demon (Sweden) (2012) (19:03-25:17)
In honor of fantastic drumming I heard earlier this week – Earthless and Mammatus – I bring you Voices, a band in a completely different genre, but drumming that CLEAVES.
Creating The Museaum Of Rape: Voices (U.K.) New! (26:07-32:28)
Windhand and Cough have a brand new split, the following is one of the Windhand songs – very dirty psychedelic bass sound.
Amaranth: Windhand (Richmond, Virginia) New! (33:04-40:04)
With “Circle of Dead Children” vocals, this death metal band is a richer doom production, and then speedy death riffs kick in.
Excommunicated from Light: Old Chapel (Russia)New! (40:23-46:25)
Dark rock with sexy lady vocals from Brazil, with 2 added awesome vocals, really dig the male vocals. I akin them to Hammers of Misfortune, the early stuff, the only stuff I know.
Life is War: Fanttasma (Brazil) New! (46:58-51:50)
Aosoth may bring the best black metal album of the year, released next month, but here is a sneak peak.
An Arrow In Heart: Aosoth (France) New! (52:31-END!)
Tue, 12 March 2013
Concrete: Batillus (Brooklyn) Mutha f’in new bro!
Talked to my fave Fade for a bit before the Batillus show, and he said while they were in town they recorded a split with Kowloon Walled City. He also asked a bunch of different types of artists – dub, electronic, new wave, to remix Batillus songs. Batillus is my favorite band, and this new album makes my darkened heart grimace happily.
Inter Arma has been written up like they are the second coming. They are touring with Mutilation Rites right now.
‘sblood: Inter Arma (Richmond, VA) New!
I discuss how much Gates of Slumber sucks.
Cower embraces all different genres, I really love the complexity and his vocals.
Thieves Of The Night: Cower (Portland) New!
Finntroll skips through lands crawling with Finnish dragons and wizards.
När Jättar Marschera: Finntroll (Finland) New!
I talk about Boris being way better recorded than live.
Tsarweather is not your father’s crust.
Arms: Tsarweather (Germany) New!
Terra Tenebrosa reminds me of Christian Death vocals.
Terra Tenebrosa: Terra Tenebrosa (Sweden) New!
Shallow Grave has complex compositions.
From Boundless Heights: Shallow Grave (New Zealand) New!
Prolific, hard edged.
Containment (Merged): Iron Lung (Seattle) New!
Hesperian Death Horse can definitely soundtrack a zombie movie.
Décès (Part 2 Palež): Hesperian Death Horse (Croatia) New!
Steel vocals and post-metal Agrion Splendens.
Painkilling rage: Agrion Splendens (France) New!
Psychedelic, real vocals and singing which may scare someone used to screaming.
Solar Sail: Aleph Null (Germany) New!
Thu, 28 February 2013
Reminds me of Buried Inside, that harsh post-metal emotional dark singing.
Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nade: Altaar(Norway) New!(0:28-6:00)
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats is poppy psychedelic 60’s horror, new record coming out in March. Their last album was in my top list of 2011.
Poison Apple:Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats (U.K.) New! (7:05-11:15)
Rich black metal drums, but way more complex vocals mixing in with progressive.
Invisible Wounds: Sannhet (NY) New! (11:39-15:24)
Subterranean Masquerade did a cover of Cuts You Up (Peter Murphy)! They have a lot of ethnic and dark wave metal - they have been around for a long time.
Home: Subterranean Masquerade (Brooklyn) New! (15:56-21:31)
Organ rock organ rock organ psychedelic awesome rock!! I HEART THIS BAND!!!
Concrete Krieger: Stonehenge (Germany) New! (22:21-29:56)
As I describe, exquisitely ethereal screeches, awesome beautiful non-harsh black metal.
Vii: Rorcal (Switzerland) New! (30:33-36:34)
Bluesy organ rock, again an awesome Palm Springs champagne desert rock band.
Heavy Like A Witch : All Them Witches (Nashville) (37:01-42:35)
Bad fucking ass.
Ur Nanna Ur Nanna: Ithuriel (Netherlands) New! (43:12-50:08)
I am sorry, but this show really rocked. A lot of these bands are bands to watch for the end of the year list. Yes, that rockin good bros. Belgium!! MMM!!
Welldweller:Lothorian (Belgium) New! (50:24-55:13)
Hot desert rock, picture big skies and heady heavy beats from Mexico.
Devegan: Bilis Sicario (Mexico) New! (55:36-END)
Wed, 20 February 2013
Magic Circle just released their full-length, awesome riff psychedelic goodness.
Conquering Nocturnity: Magic Circle (Boston) New! (0:28-6:47)
Swedish rock, head-bangy and fun.
Skullwand: Serpent Omega (Stockholm) (7:44-12:09)
"Drone-violence", grind and female vocalist.
Mental Corrosion: Ahna (Vancouver) New! (12:31-16:37)
The following song is very acoustic-y, but this music really explodes into rockin' out. Campfire viking fantasy music
Heavy Rest The Chains Of The Damned: The Flight Of Sleipnir (Denver) New! (16:57-21:09)
Germany-y folk, which means their version of more brutal folk. Not nerdy.
If I Am The Storm: Hallig (North Rhine, Germany) New! (21:30-27:02)
Warmer black metal - not as atmospheric or cold; added into the mix is progressive stuff.
Cowards of the New Age: Sloth Herder (Maryland) (27:52-30:14)
Droom - droney doom, but more interesting, with bended vocals. Listen to know what I mean.
Dull Ache (I Hate Myself Today): Tentacle(Boston) New! (30:41-35:40)
Suffocation's 7th album is as tight as your bung hole, completely straight up death from mature musicianship.
Ancient VVisdom is not afraid to be acoustic. Completely acoustic. I have really grown to love his voice. They are badass to play for audiences that just want brutal.
Far Beyond Good & Evil: Ancient VVisdom (Austin) New! (40:14-44:45)
Municipal Waste members in a punk/thrash band referring to Reagan? How old school can you get. This is the longest song.
Artificial Saints: Iron Reagan (Richmond, VA) (45:40-47:00)
Female vocalist. My favorite type, lead up sludge to headbang.
Desert Throne: Archon (NY) (47:17-54:12)
Year of the Goat - sunny 70's music for people who just came out of Palm Springs celebrating their engagement!!
For the King: Year of the Goat (Sweden) (55:08-END) New!
Wed, 13 February 2013
Crazy evil horror costumes for their live show. The lead singer is in a weird Pope hat and his fingers are long and mangled, and he sings through a mask. Technical and demonic noise, really original.
Plasm: Portal (Australia) (0:28-6:14) New!
Swiss band brings forth very rich black metal influenced music, but emotional, so it pulls you in.
Dead Trees Are Wandering At Night: Vuyvr(Switzerland) (7:36-12:55)New!
The Heavy Eyes is one of my favorite blues rock bands, the vocalist is sexy and the music jams.
One Hand on the Buffalo: The Heavy Eyes (Memphis) (13:17-16:37) New!
Meshuggah’s new E.P. is industrial-ish –they were always math-y and progressive, but I like the industrial feel to Pitch Black. His vocals isn’t a pounding sledgehammer, so listenable. Bands like saxophones nowadays.
Pitch Black:Meshuggah (Sweden) New! (17:06-22:50) New!
Early 80’s post-punk mixed with modern atmospheric vocals. Moody, great for wine party.
City Evenings: A Light In the Dark(Russia) (23:52-29:34) New!
Portland burner band – great climactic riffs, intense lead up to headbang. I expect to hear more from this band.
Empirical Evidence Of A Deranged God: Usnea(Portland) (30:07-38:11) New!
Swedish doom with great emotional intensity. This is one of the stronger doom bands - not your Mom's doom.
The Portals: Kongh (Sweden) (38:48-46:10) New!
16th album from old school Kansas metal band Manilla Road. His vocals are awesome 80's, and the ballads are fantastic. These oldies made some fresh sounds bro.
Hermitage: Manilla Road (Kansas) (47:01-52:59) New!
Swedish death with some punk and energy that may get you out of your Lazy-Boy.
Sick in the Dead: Tormented (Sweden) 53:25-END!
Wed, 6 February 2013
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Fhoi Myore’s new album is a must-have already. The draw of raw black metal, and fantastically dark forest romantic, but not quiet.
Songes Funestes: Fhoi Myore (France) New! (0:28-5:59)
My number one musician right now, Fade from Batillus is a true industrial genius. This is his crazy brain creating pure industrial experimental noise.
The Fragility Of The Male Ego: Theologian (Brooklyn) 2012 (7:21-13:29)
Convulse has the brain on Finland in 1994. Meaning, there are no other influences but pure death metal. They will be playing at Maryland Deathfest.
Inner Evil: Convulse (Finland) New! (14:12-19:30)
Sexy beer heavy riff Saturday fun, Egypt from one of my favorite towns: Fargo. This is a really great album.
Matterhorn: Egypt (Fargo) New! (19:57-24:24)
Voivod. New. Nerds. Fucking PROG.
Target Earth: Voivod (Quebec) New! (25:14-31:17)
Ice Dragon is one of my favorites, this new E.P. is less fantasy and more weird.
Free on bandcamp: http://icedragon.bandcamp.com/album/the-souls-midnight
Understanding Ouroboros: Ice Dragon (Boston) New! (31:44-35:31)
I smell like you, Cloud Rat. Bad the fuck ass chick lead singer.
Aroma: Cloud Rat (Michigan) New! (35:41-37:51)
Abyssal is cowering evil, except, I think they are cute in dark cloaks.
The Headless Serpent: Abyssal (U.K.) New! (38:17-42:57)
Romero is party heavy smoking with Weedeater fun.
Free on bandcamp: http://romero.bandcamp.com/
Take the Potion: Romero (Wisconsin) New! (43:28-47:24)
Finland death metal that keeps it real, yet again. Not over-produced, just going to kill you in your sleep.
Beneath the Archaic: Krypts (Finland) New!(48:23-54:54)
Nails will be coming out with a new album later this year. This band is brutal live, and that is all that I want.
Lies: Nails (CalifoooorNIA) Re-released (55:29-end)
Wed, 30 January 2013
Denver beauties Primitive Man scorn you to death.
Astral Sleep: Primitive Man (Denver) New! (0:28-5:08)
Finnish crusty death, abrupt.
Impetious Fires: Vorum (Finland) New! (5:54-9:33)
Super group featuring Scott Kelly produces true retro industrial reminiscent of Ministry, Pig, Foetus, Controlled Bleeding. Now, waiting for the dance mixes if they are REALLY industrial. They are coming out with a 7” soon with 2 songs.
Hoax The System: Corrections House (super group) New! (10:25-16:13)
Wait for Dead Empires to progress from post-rock to technical.
Crystal Cages: Dead Empires (NY) New! (16:41-21:40)
Oldies Blockheads come out with another solid grind album.
To The Dogs: Blockheads (France) New! (22:06-24:05)
Velnias brings forth blackened doom with folk.
Iconoclast: Velnias (Boulder) 2012 (25:13-33:11)
Black Table has the best crazy vocals – sounds like an asthmatic kid.
To Tear Down: Black Table (NY/NJ) New! (33:56-37:52)
Great American black metal from swamp country.
Inhuman Hatred: Barghest (Baton Rouge) New! (38:30-46:34)
2 piece with looping pedals and synths, math-y post-metal.
Theriocephalic: National Sunday Law (LA/Baltimore) New! (47:35-53:30)
Last two bands have a retro hardcore influence. Godstopper has a free album for you to download:
Free on bandcamp: http://godstopper.bandcamp.com/
Blame Them: Godstopper (Toronto) 2012 (54:15-END!)
Wed, 23 January 2013
New Darkthrone releasing February 25. This song has riffs galore, 80’s feel and nod to Mercyful Fate.
Leave No Cross Unturned: Darkthrone (Norway) (New! Releases February 25) (0:28-7:01)
Innumerable Forms has a guy from Mind Eraser, buildup of atmosphere but still technical and fast.
Frozen Death: Innumerable Forms (Boston) (comp of new and old!)(8:06-13:14)
Sea of Bones is influenced by Batillus and YOB in excellent ways and is playing with them.
Free download: http://seaofbones.bandcamp.com/
Chapter V: Sea of Bones (New Haven, CT) New! (shortened) (13:53-20:22)
Local band Minot with members from many other awesome bands; must see them live – post-hardcore, technical and math-y.
Reiki: Minot (Oakland) (21:12-28:30)
Blackened hardcore and vicious, this song I hear Pain of J by YOB.
To the Cross: Black Mass (U.K.) New! (29:29-33:42)
Hilarious band White Wizzard has a spin-off retro band. But to just call this retro is doing it an injustice, this band RULES (and rocks).
Bestia Triumphans: Holy Grail (LA area) New! (34:10-39:56)
Rotten Sound from Finland can kill you within a minute.
Salvation: Rotten Sound (Finland) New! (40:28-42:11)
Neon Worship is frigging so rocking, super catchy.
Weather Breeder: Neon Worship (Ohio) New! (42:34-47:53)
Sludgened atmosphere from Ukranian band Nonsun, very emotional.
Rain Have Mercy: Nonsun (Ukraine) New! (shortened) (48:50-55:37)
Melodic sludge with great vocals.
The Desert: March the Desert (U.K.) (56:03-END!)
Tue, 15 January 2013
COUNTDOWN TO THE #1 ALBUM (listed at the bottom)! Check out last week's show for the #2 album (Converge) and the rest of the top albums
Best Drumming: Dragged Into Sunlight
Conceptual majestic blackened crust. The band members are anonymous (do not give out their names), wear masks and play live in the dark.
Best Jams: Horisont
Horisont's second album is better than both Witchcraft's and Graveyard's offerings in 2012. Bluesy organic 70's in a hot Swedish package.
Time Warrior: Horisont (Sweden) Album: Second Assault (9:10-13:38)
Best Energy/Mosh: Xibalba
Party in your pants, moshing and fun.
No Serenity: Xibalba (California) Album: Hasta La Muerte (14:13-18:06)
Best Ballads: Pallbearer
Romantic without falling into the trap of sounding like Isis. I started my love for this band early on, hoping they were best friends with Deadbird (both from Arkansas). The vocals are emotional, great riffs an added bonus.
The Legend: Pallbearer (Arkansas) Album: Sorrow and Extinction (19:02-27:22)
Best Whimsical/Fantasy Metal: Ihsahn
European cheese, yes, but new ideas of progressive with badass riffs and jazz infusion. Original, fun album. Yes, he sings, so that is immediate cheese – but the creation is great. Ihsahn appearing at both Roadburn and Maryland Deathfest.
Arrival: Ihsahn (Norway) Album: Eremita (28:53-34:01)
Best Whiskey Rock: Orange Goblin
Whattup, party, whiskey and smoke and shit.
Red Tide Rising: Orange Goblin (U.K.) Album: A Eulogy For The Damned (34:34-39:15)
Best Transitions: Gojira
Technical progressive, but not pounding harshness that I hate. Not pretentious, but yet dense and rich with sound.
The Axe: Gojira (France) Album: L'enfant sauvage (40:03-44:34)
Best Doom Drone: Black Shape of Nexus
Illinois: Black Shape of Nexus (Germany) Album: Negative Black (45:24-50:56)
Best Vocals: Bezoar
Almost #1, Converge and Sigh just beat it. Female proud to sing like a chick; brutal riffs helping her. Great songwriting.
Vitamin B: Bezoar(Brooklyn) Album: Wyt Deth (52:02-57:31)
Best Unorthodox Brutal/Avant-Garde AND # 1 Album of 2012: Sigh (Japan)
Early 2012 contender for best, ended up being the best. Old school Japanese, need I say more. Fusion of craziness, tight, righteous, crazy, headbangy, unlike anything else.
Purgatorium: Sigh (Japan) Album: In Somniphobia (58:29-END!)
Evoken (New Jersey), Album: Atra Mors
Amenra (Belgium), Album: Mass V
Best Super Group:
Chrome Waves (Chicago), Album: S/T EP: Members from The Atlas Moth, Nachtmystium, Gates of Slumber; darkly romantic vocals and melody
Best (runner-up) Albums by Legendary Bands:
Enslaved (Norway), Album: RIITIIR
High on Fire (Oakland), Album: De Vermis Mysteriis
Swans (NYC), Album: The Seer: Vocalistically, one of the most profound albums of the year, bringing in images of dark folklore.
Runner-up 70’s style bands:
The Graviators (Sweden), Album: Evil Deeds
Heat (Germany), Album: S/T
Runner-up to Best Saturday Afternoon Album:
Trephine (North Carolina), Album: Make: Sounds like part Brainoil, mix in some heavy sludge beats, mix in some ambient and psychedelic, and what you get is Trephine. They are absolutely evil live, brutal. This year’s album is very post-metal, a more melodic guitar running through. The vocals change it from what could be Isis-ish, to a more brutal genre.
Best Stoner-Groove Metal:
Dopethrone (Montreal), Album: III: These boys have absolutely no apologies in how much they think about pot, smoke pot and want you to do the same listening to their music. Our American version of this band would be Weedeater. Dopethrone made my top albums last year, and this new album is even groovier. The vocalist reminds me of Greg from Brainoil, huge compliment.
Best Thick Rock:
Bison B.C. (Vancouver) Album: Lovelessness: Heavy loud doom, as I have described this band before; but the whole album is rich and does not fit neatly in stoner rock. People now hate stoner and sludge, it is just too prolific, where even the forefathers of the genres bore the shit out of me. Bison B.C. puts in some threads of punk that infuses their songs with a lot more energy, and I would imagine makes for good live stuff. Bison B.C., come down to San Francisco, its the same coast.
Wed, 9 January 2013
First show of BEST OF 2012, counting down to #2! NEXT WEEK: the rest of the best, plus the #1 album of 2012!!
Best Production for a Death/Crust/Hardcore Band: Black Breath
Crisp production showing off how tight this band is
Endless Corpse: Black Breath (Seattle) Album: Sentenced to Life (0:28-4:54)
Best Soulful Vocals from a Swedish God that Every Chick Wants to Make Out with: Graveyard
Last year’s Hisingen Blues was my #2 album. Graveyard has more soul than most bros.
An Industry of Murder: Graveyard (Sweden) Album: Lights Out (7:30-11:26)
Best Saturday Afternoon Record: Sons of Tonatiuh
A modern twist on Fugazi: Hard tight guitar riffs, powerful vocalist layered all layered with heavy tone
Colors Run Red: Sons of Tonatiuh (Atlanta) Album: Parade Of Sorrow (12:00-17:29)
Best Sludge Band Under the Radar: Stoneburner
Stoneburner has great hooks; on the same record label as Batillus which will hopefully get their name out there
Marriage: Stoneburner (Portland) Album: Sickness Will Pass (18:09-25:20)
Best Use of Organ and 80’s Horror Music: Hellwell
Mad scientist vocals on top of the most original soundtrack of last year
Acheronomicon II. The Heart Of Ahriman: Hellwell (Kansas) Album: Beyond The Boundaries Of Sin (26:26-31:33)
Best Instrumental: Sardonis
Rich complexity in just mere instrumental
Entering the Woods: Sardonis (Belgium) Album: II (32:07-36:44)
Best Blackened Death with a Bangladeshi Lead Singer: Weapon
Vanguard of the Morning Star: Weapon (Calgary) Album: Embers and Revelations (37:34-41:51)
Best Industrial: eyeswithoutaface
Modern club music for people in an asylum
Grotesque Tableau: eyeswithoutaface (Toronto) Album: WARGUTS (42:16-46:31)
Best Punk Band to go Heavy: Tragedy
Embarrassing story between me and dude from Tragedy does not keep me from listing their album
To Earth Like Dust: Tragedy (Portland) Album: Darker Days Ahead (47:34-51:38)
Band to Release a New Album that Beats all Their Previous Albums: Witchcraft
Jammy, gorgeous, great production finally
Deconstruction: Witchcraft (Sweden) Album: Legend (52:16-57:22)
The #2 album AND Best Hardcore Album of the Year: Converge:
Converge did not rest on their history and legend to sell this album. This is top notch and if it is your first time listening to them, you can only imagine how great all their other albums are. Crushing.
Sadness Comes Home: Converge (North Shore, MA) #2 Album of the Year: All We Love We Leave Behind (58:26-END!)
Listen next week for the rest and countdown to #1!!