Wed, 26 November 2014
Secret Cutter is groovy hardcore, pulls you in while driving a nail through your heart.
Shake The Malevolent: Secret Cutter (PA)(0:28-2:29)
Epic, extreme, black and death, mixing in ambience, cause it is epic. Downfall of Gaia is a critic favorite right now.
To Carry Myself to the Grave: Downfall of Gaia (Germany)(3:35-11:08)
11 Paranoias creeps into your psychedelic black heart.
Lost to Smoke: 11 Paranoias (U.K.)(11:39-19:02)
So cheesy, in the best way is NJ’s While Heaven Wept. (EDIT: massive mistake, this awesome band is from VIRGINIA, what was I thinking you ask? I listened to them on a road trip in NJ and forever associate them with that state)
Indifference Turned Paralysis: While Heaven Wept (Virginia)(19:24-23:08)
Craang is so loose, that you know that this is the best type of band to be psychedelic. Parts improv, but all jammy spacey fun.
Slo Forward Jam: Craang (Greece)(24:11-31:12)
Garage and black metal, what does that even mean.
When a Lie Becomes the Truth: Raspberry Bulbs (NYC)(31:33-34:23)
Depressing sober sludge.
Drag: Dusted: Pharaoh (NJ)(34:48-39:42)
What can anyone say, Today is the Day. This new one is as good as they are.
Discipline: Today is the Day (Nashville)(40:35-43:32)
Super band Soulburn really riffs it out in the best possible way. They are “blackened” death, which means they infuse some shit in this shit and shit.
Claws Of Tribulation: Soulburn (Netherlands)(44:14-49:38)
Fucking psychedelic, from Norway and shit. This shit is TIGHT.
I.E.V I: Circumambulating Mount Meru: Spectral Haze (Norway)(50:22-54:15)
Very different grind from Copenhagen.
Devouring Intent: Piss Vortex (Denmark)(54:38-55:42)
One of my favorite vocalists of all time, who also is in one of my other fave albums of this year:
Dread Sovereign: Primordial (Ireland)(56:31-END)
Wed, 5 November 2014
Touring Italian death rock with Mission (U.K.) vocals. Unfortunately I missed them, this album will take you straight back to the early 80’s in the best way.
'Till The Last Drop: Horror Vacui (Italy)(0:28-6:09)
Bauhaus re-born, singing God is dead.
Übermensch: Pawns (Brooklyn)(7:01-12:44)
Fade from Batillus has one of the best EBM/industrial bands in our modern times. One man project. He made my “best of” list last year. This is from a new split with Zex Model.
Behind Glass_Second Pane: Statiqbloom (Brooklyn)(13:17-17:34)
Skinny frigging Puppy. Need I say more??! I heart them more than you. I will be twirling around in storm clouds in December when I see them at the Warfield.
wornin: Skinny Puppy (Vancouver)(18:17-22:57)
Criminal Code is flirts with punk and hardcore, but has a firm grip in post-punk.
Burning Backwards: Criminal Code (Tacoma)(23:21-25:13)
Institute shares a record label with Pharmakon, who is getting way more attention. Institute rules, deserves more of the spotlight.
An Absence: Institute (Austin)(26:07-29:47)
Danish dark new wave, fronted by a strong vocalist.
Forever: Iceage (Denmark)(30:12-34:57)
Youth Code is a duo, definitely do not hide being influenced by bands like Nitzer Ebb and KMFDM and other old school EBM and industrial. They are touring with Skinny Puppy.
Let The Sky Burn: Youth Code (LA)(35:21-39:14)
Pharmakon is a one chick who is a complete noise-creating weirdo.
Autoimmune: Pharmakon (Brooklyn)(39:45-44:27)
Vicious Pleasures is yet another female-led band, she screams punk-ily.
In These Walls: Vicious Pleasures (Portland)(45:20-47:44)
Population have tried over the last 5 years to evolve, and they have ended with this thick new wave sound.
Sleepwalker: Population (Chicago)(48:15-52:27)
Female-led bay area band, gotta check them out!
June: Crimson Scarlet (Oakland)(52:52-57:49)
One of my fave post-punk bands this year, also from the bay area! Holy crap, lots of good stuff coming from our neck of the woods!!
Blood & Sweat: The New Flesh (Oakland)(58:32-END)