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!