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.