Wed, 30 July 2014
Mutilation Rites is deconstruction metal – it breaks apart and comes back in many different forms.
Exhaling or Breathing In: Mutilation Rites (Brooklyn) (0:28-5:59)
Brand new Electric Wizard back after 4 years. Lead singer says they basically killed the idea of their last amalgamation, and have been reborn. Way more sinister.
I am Nothing: Electric Wizard (U.K.) (6:59-15:58)
60’s and 70’s psychedelic influenced this experimental band.
Hearts of Fire: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy (San Antonio) (16:37-21:15)
Lo fi Finnish black metal, with some melodic touches.
Sokeaa Valkoista: Circle of Ouroborus (Finland) (21:54-26:17)
Chick lead singer decimates. Yes, this is a chick.
Decimation: Obscure Sphinx (Poland) (27:24-34:35)
Dark electronica, metal influence, industrial, even goth.
A Kiss To Birth The Rotted Sun: Burial Hex (Berlin) (35:05-41:42)
Draugr: Vultures at Arms Reach (Santa Cruz) (42:10-47:24)
Let the desert rock flow.
Arcadia: Mars Red Sky (France) (48:08-53:57)
Entrails release 2 demos this year.
Human Decay: Entrails (Sweden) (55:23-END)
Wed, 23 July 2014
Hella classic technical thrash from New Zealand. Great album cover.
Axiom: Exordium Mors (New Zealand) (0:28-5:03)
Oozing Wound is one of my fave bands right now. Their albums tell a story, that you can listen to over and over again. Full of colorful plots and character development. Great album for a Saturday afternoon and a contender for a top album of the year.
Ganja Gremlin: Oozing Wound (Chicago) (6:29-11:33)
Super fucking thick sound from a Swiss band that is just putting out E.P.’s. Maybe they know when to cut it short? Whatever the formula, it works.
Entranced by the Wolfshook: Bölzer (Switzerland) (2013) (12:02-18:25)
Sleep + Brainoil = Graves At Sea. That isn’t such a bad computation.
This Place is Poison: Graves At Sea (Portland) (19:00-25:31)
Grind, death and prog – enough to wake you up from the murk of sludge.
Old Father: Bastard Feast (Portland) (26:29-28:31)
Again, a full-conceived album is what I yearn to hear, not just a few fist-pumping songs. This one goes all over the place, including some hardcore stuff.
The Desanctification: Wolvhammer (Chicago/Minneapolis) (28:59-35:40)
I edited the SHIT out of some Bongripper for you. Their songs go for 20 minutes+. Really something you should hear, and check out for yourself.
Descent: Bongripper (Chicago) (36:12-41:34)
Some dark Texan chatter.
Strangers: Crumbling Mirth (San Antonio) (42:04-46:30)
Power-viking sludge. Fun young bros.
Infernal Exhalations: War Bong (Nashville) (47:14-50:10)
If you don’t know Sleep, why am I talking to you. This is brand new, after 20 years.
The Clarity: Sleep (Oakland) (50:59-END)
Wed, 2 July 2014
Satanic and vegan Antichrist Demoncore are mostly hardcore with a heavy foot in metal and twinges of punk.
Overstimulated: ACxDC (SoCal) (0:28-1:45)
Weakling-sounding strains of post-metal intertwined in black metal
Exordium: Alraune (Nashville) (3:10-10:10)
Revitalist vocalist in Black Sabbath heavy-influenced, for a Saturday afternoon album
Karmanjaka: Purple Hill Witch (Norway) (10:35-15:35)
Related to Mitochondrian, death metal breakdown fun.
Novemportis: Auroch (Vancouver) (16:02-19:13)
Psychedelic and soundtracky – which to me basically means, it sets a very specific mood
Ozric Pentacles: Liquido Di Morte (Italy) (19:33-27:56)
Riffy, black sabbathy (yes I know yawn sometimes), but this one is a tight album and some brutal fist-pumping parts too
Invisible Face: Possessor (England) (28:53-32:46)
Well sung doom
The Penance You Pay: Serpent Venom (England) (33:08-38:26)
Desert rock with a great vocalist from LA.
No Soul: Moab (LA) (38:51-42:09)
Riffs, jams, atmosphere, space in mostly rocked out sludge.
Raging Hunger: Hyperwülff (Italy) (43:21-49:05)
Asian and middle eastern strains in this psychedelic band, with pagan too!
Peasant of Parthia: Zaum (Canada) (49:25-55:32)
I hate the vocals and the cymbals, though this is a large epic album.
Waves of Exultation: Hush (Albany) (56:15-END)