Tue, 24 March 2015
Pyramids have been in splits and projects with Nadja and Horseback; and just came out with their second album after 7 years. One of the members is from Krallice and Gorguts, so you can imagine the compositions of the songs are going to be extremely imaginative. This is an experiment in texture: an integration of disjointed sounds – soft and hard, extreme and beautiful, crisp and fuzzy.
The Earth Melts Into Red Gashes Like The Mouths Of Whales: Pyramids (TX)(0:28-6:11)
Ufomammut!! Only had to wait 3 years!! Downtuned, riffy, spacey, and the usual heavy sound of this band. They are experts at creating a landscape of heavy as hell psychedelic metal (not rock!)
Somnium: Ufomammut (Italy)(7:55-16:02)
Wait, just wait for the black metal to deconstruct in an awesome pummelling catchy riff. They are so badass! Even if you don’t like black metal. Man. The French are fucking professionals.
The Cruse Is Poured Upon Them: The Order of Apollyon (France)(16:35-21:35)
Dopethrone are just, fucking stoners.
Dry Hitter: Dopethrone (Montreal)(21:58-28:05)
Holy shit, Dødheimsgard are so fucking charming. The lead singer is a storyteller, he is definitely into folk style vocals. The music is so complex; full of proggy intention, acoustic moments, darkly emotional. Fuck yeah, modern Norwegian black metal.
Architect Of Darkness: Dødheimsgard (Norway)(29:18-38:42)
Catchy hardcore, the vocals are great – i.e. they are not tuff bro crap.
Kvælende Frygt: Halshug (Denmark)(39:04-41:39)
A comp of Hooded Menace's splits and hard-to-find E.P.s. These guys are experts in being completely unexpected: they are foremost death-y, but they have a thick sound of space and rock and psychedelic too. This is a great way to introduce all that is versatile about Hooded Menace.
Catacombs of the Graceless: Hooded Menace (Finland)(42:29-49:08)
Yes, this is synthwave, because this guy is so fucking awesome to make me nostalgic for my weirdo youth.
Retrogenesis: Perturbator (Paris)(50:12-55:05)
Black metal from Greece is basically heavy metal with heavier drumming once in awhile. The lovely Greeks rule at heavy metal, so just dive into it: epic vocals, awesome jamming guitar riffs.
Symphony Des Gravens: Katavasia (Greece)(55:39-END)
Behind my vocals:
Cantina Band (disco)
Conan the Barbarian
Tue, 17 March 2015
Old school heavy metal, epic vocalist and fun tempo changes. Great personality.
Panic in Urals (Burning skies): Sacral Rage (Greece)(0:28-4:37)
Icelandic black metal with way cool modern compositions – tons of stuff going on here.
Söngur uppljómunar: Misþyrming (Iceland)(6:24-10:15)
Punk, metal, anthemic hardcore led by a very passionate lead singer.
Satellites: Cancer Bats (Toronto)(11:01-15:04)
Usually this type of technical death metal does not stand out; but this band has created memorable songs.
Sentence Of Immortality: Psycroptic (Tasmania)(15:54-20:18)
Finnish psychedelic which means the accent is gruff. Great JAM bro.
Fleeting Are the Days of Man: Garden of Worm (Finland)(20:36-26:11)
After 18 years, Eternal Solstice have brought forth a badass death album with awesome fun thrash thrown in.
Walk in Darkness: Eternal Solstice (Netherlands)(27:09-32:01)
So this is slower, but these dudes have made it groovy with instruments that stand out.
La Liberte aux ailes brisees: Norilsk (Quebec)(32:48-38:37)
Nerd metal: themes of science and cybernetics; some spacy electronica faintly threads through.
Macroshift: Wardenclyffe (Sweden)(39:14-47:02)
Bluesy psychedelic from Maryland.
Black Moon: The Lunar Era (MD)(47:58-53:55)
Leadups and epicness in this post-metal album.
Anger: Yanos (Germany)(54:47-END)
Behind my vocals:
Crazy Times: Black Spirit
Down and Out: Pluto
Season of the Witch: Suck
Super Heep: Elephants Memory
Come on Home: Thundermother
Morning Rain: Liquid Visions
Chocolate Piano: Orang-Utan
White Hidden Fire: Weird Owl
Wed, 11 March 2015
Lightning Bolt was recorded at Machines with Magnets – which is this incredible studio, art gallery venue. I have seen YOB and Batillus there, and bought a painting. Super cool place, I have yet to see anything like it anywhere else. This new album has that experimental sound that is so creative – Liturgy falls flat in comparison.
Mythmaster: Lightning Bolt (RI)(0:28-5:32)
I definitely want to hear the new Blind Idiot God on vinyl, listening to wine: reggae, metal, psychedelic, jazz, surf. Thick.
Wheels of Progress: Blind Idiot God (NYC)(7:03-14:48)
Chicago brings forth yet another top notch band: Hardcore Harm’s Way, who is touring in Europe with Converge, Trap Them and Young and in the Way. Uh, the lead singer is way hot.
Ease My Mind: Harm's Way (Chicago)(16:02-20:22)
Yes, this is electronica, and an album that everyone needs to run out and get. They put together a soundtrack to an imaginary 80’s scifi movie. PERFECT THANK YOU.
Starlight: Night Runner (Mexico)(20:56-25:21)
OLD SCHOOL heavy metal, fucking awesome vocalist
Into The Holy Of Holies: Crypt Sermon (Philly)(26:38-33:18)
Wow, Heavydeath’s new album is awesome: the riffs are catchy, really groovy slumbering sludge.
Eat The Sun: Heavydeath (Sweden)(33:54-38:33)
Apocalyptic landcape: jagged, space prog psychedelic, but in black metal roots. Instrumental, but the music expresses well without vocals.
Empty Harbor: Sannhet (Brooklyn)(39:10-43:16)
Lead singer of Rotten Sound has a new slow evil! band.
Pollute: Morbid Evils (Finland)(44:39-50:07)
TMZ background story of Leviathan: This is the dude that was charged with beating and raping his former girlfriend, had 32 charges against him, and convicted with one, which ended in 2 years of probation. Apparently the alleged victim showed no signs of physical trauma, and made several inconsistent statements prior to and during trial. He moved to Portland and is married to Stevie Floyd, the chick from Dark Castle, and have a baby together.
Other than that, this black metal shit is tight, scary, creepy.
Gardens Of Corprolite: Leviathan (Portland)(51:08-56:48)
The reissue of 1990’s The Key by Nocturnus, who expressed their death metal with a synthesizer with robot spacy sounds. Sound interesting? Catch them live this month. This week in SF!!
Droid Sector: Nocturnus (Florida) (reissue, original release 1990)(57:42-END)
Behind my vocals:
Space Commando, Silver Lady: Intergalactic Touring Band
Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings/Leaving Shire: Bo Hansson
Traveller in Time: Uriah Heep
Ticket to the Moon: ELO
Father of Day, Father of Night: Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Oxygene Pt. 1: Jean Michel Jarre
Space is Deep: Hawkwind
Wed, 4 March 2015
This past week Bostonfreeradio suffered a devastating loss when our beloved Program Director Doug Ashford passed away. He was the person that trained me in the station, told me whattup, and requested that I keep my show when I moved back to San Francisco. He is the reason why I have my show. He was actually a complete perfectionist, and I loved that.
Everyone at the station loved him. Kind, smart; and he is irreplaceable at the station.
So this show is dedicated to him, and I speak about him on the show.
Fuck. BRAND NEW SCORPIONS. Need I say anything more. Sure, there is plenty of cheese in this album, but it still FUCKING RULES. New documentary about them coming out!!
Going Out With A Bang: Scorpions (Germany)(0:28-4:11)
Finnish dudes are NEVER CHEESY. They get away with wearing leather jackets without shirts.
defcon1: Ranger (Finland)(6:17-12:56)
Elder’s new album is still very technical, as they were on their last album (and live); but they have a very awesome bluesy feel. I like this way better than their last album
Compendium: Elder (MA)(13:25-23:56)
Awesome new psychedelic from TeePee Records. Mirror Queen has members that are in other bands, but I am too lazy to tell you about it.
From Earth Below: Mirror Queen (NYC)(24:56-28:50)
Avant-garde psychedelic folk black metal with violins and flutes. This album RULES, I love it. The folk is not contrived, the vocals are rad, etc. etc. whatever who cares.
Hive Mindless: A Forest of Stars (U.K.)(29:35-37:03)
Another awesome project by one of my favorite artists, Chris Black. This is even better than last year’s High Spirits. He is collaborating with dudes from Circle, and they have put together this awesome 70’s and 80’s rock disco sound with cool synth.
Gone Again: Aktor (Chicago/Finland)(37:46-41:37)
Sweet standalone songs in the E.P from Forced Order: Noise, metal, hardcore
Supremacy Fallen: Forced Order (SoCal)(42:01-43:13)
The lead singer from Brothers of the Sonic Cloth reminds me of Steve Von Till. He used to be in Tad!! (90’s grunge band). I totally dug this album, super melodic doom, super catchy stuff. But not obvious. SOLID.
I Am: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (Seattle)(44:34-52:50)
German black, hmmm. Sounds a bit harsh. Fortunately Helrunar is smart enough to break it apart with pagan and it pulls you in.
Devils, Devils Everywhere!: Helrunar (Germany)(53:14-1:00:03)
Death from Pennsylvania. So you just know it is a bit filthy.
That Which Was Taken: Outer Heaven (PA)(1:00:50-END)
Bands behind my vocals: Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Who, Neil Young, Traffic, Lynyrd