Tue, 20 December 2016
Glam hair metal that makes you want to jump in their rumbling muscle car with your mullet.
Sunsword: Mega Colossus (NC)(0:28-5:14)
Debut Norwegian duo with doom that ain’t fuzzy and warm.
Spectre: Hymn (Norway)(6:24-12:40)
Mesmer is the second coming of Gypsyhawk, but not coked up. Girls love whiskey vocals and hard rock.
Wings of Evil: Mesmer (Oakland)(13:09-18:31)
Hardcore dominant Call of the Void rams through with yet another chugging energetic mosh pit of sound.
Never Enough: Call of the Void (Denver)(18:53-21:22)
Artificial Brain’s bassist makes up 50% of Luminous Vault. They are black, death and a touch of industrial. So far.
Charismata: Luminous Vault (NYC)(March 2017)(22:03-25:52)
Guitarist from Gorguts and Krallice is in this severely proggy technical instrumental band of nerds.
Resummon the Unreaching: Behold...The Arctopus (Brooklyn)(26:56-33:33)
Sexy Swedes croon out psychedelic that will warm your grey withered heart.
All Come Hither: Domkraft (Sweden)(34:00-39:35)
Sludge-y, slow dirty Floridians.
Rats: Weltesser (FL)(Feb 2017)(39:59-44:59)
Oh, this Aussie has got to be hot. Seriously.
Eleven Sigils: Convulsing (AU)(46:01-51:33)
Majestic swirling misty black metal.
Down into the Stream: The Shape of Despair (Finland)(re-release from 1998)(52:25-END)
Tue, 13 December 2016
I’ve played Hivelords before, and in the past awarded them Runner-Up to 2015 Best Sludge. Members make up Philly band Surgeon. Check out the album art: http://www.ftg38.com/album-covers/
Proggy and symphonic mix up death and black.
Old Gods: Surgeon (Philly)(0:28-5:20)
The dulcet Swedish tones of Horisont are so hot, so blues-sexy. If you don’t know this band, it is time. Let these dudes swagger their jean-clad butts into your fantasies.
The Hive: Horisont (Sweden)(Feb 2017)(6:25-9:57)
Bethlehem is led by a raging witch. She screams her rage, and feeds the evil demon living way deep in your soul.
Kalt' Ritt In Leicht Faltiger Leere: Bethlehem (Germany)(10:36-15:54)
Oskoreien recently released a split with Botanist. They are symbiotic, playing the same type of emotive raw black metal with melancholy compositions. This is from Oskoreien’s second album.
Ab Aeterno, Ad Infinitum: Oskoreien (LA)(16:33-25:55)
Spaced out trippy desert rock. Now I know you’ve read that before, but these Finnish men have a way grooving out in the most delicious way. A stellar record, thick and gorgeous. I wish I could have played one of their longer songs, but 60 minutes goes by way too fast.
Tzar Bomba: Craneium (Finland)(27:10-34:42)
Jason Netherton of Misery Index leads this supergroup (Gwar, Black Dahlia Murder) of pumped up chugging death grind.
No Feast (Without Cruelty): Asphalt Graves (VA)(35:16-37:41)
Indian black metal doesn’t surprise me. These guys have infused their culture, sounds and imagery in a gorgeously varied album. Whole album is a big thumbs up.
A Clarity of Indignation: Démonos (India)(38:36-44:56)
Savage writhing grit. Dirty dirty dirty. Nightbringer drummer. It represents my anger.
Shadow Fires: Antaeus (France)(45:57-49:56)
Another solid sludge groove album from Fistula. Sorry you live in Ohio, your state sucks.
Tough Guy: Fistula (Ohio)(50:42-56:31)
One-man band Crimson Moon created a dense black metal album, broken up by stark folk melody and vocals. First album after more than a decade.
Urilian Worm: Crimson Moon (San Diego)(57:15-END)
Tue, 29 November 2016
You know how you just want to make out with a guy, because he’s a great lead singer? Dudes, they’re Irish (hottest accent ever). He has this Celtic-folk tune to his voice (bro got my 2014’s Best Vocalist); and the band is just epic. I never play a live album unless the songs are new, but Primordial is one of those bands that probably HAS to be seen/listened live. No overdub.
Empire Falls (Live): Primordial (Ireland)(0:28-7:58)
[UGH I HATE MAKING MISTAKES. I called Drought Year”s”, instead of Drought Year, on the live show, I apologize.]
The force is strong with the bassist of Drought Year. They have this atmospheric-infused industrial groove mixed with the horror of deathrock, and the vocalist of a sludge band. I was forced to buy them on vinyl. https://droughtyear.bandcamp.com/
Blood Throne: Drought Year (NC)(9:09-12:42)
Wait, Gnaw Their Tongues is a solo thing? Maybe I knew that? This is the sound of a serial killer drilling your head while you are tied up in a bathtub, watching the blood drain from your body. Aw.
Hold High The Banners Of Truth Among The Swollen Dead: Gnaw Their Tongues (Netherlands)(13:03-17:53)
Riff-tastic, groove thrash pumped with energy and fucking Swedish soul.
Netherworld Emperor: Witchery (Sweden)(18:21-21:24)
Strange atmospheric Portuguese black metal. Because, yeah.
the Smirk of Kings: Monte Penumbra (Portugal)(21:53-28:32)
Somehow it took these Swedish dudes 30 years to release their debut album. That is some perfectionist shit. Don’t judge by one song here, this album runs a gamut.
Chaos Of Reign: F.O.A.D. (Sweden)(Fuck Off And Die)(29:24-34:00)
Guest female vocalist on this song. These dudes are not afraid of empty space.
Mirrors In A Black Room: Ultha (Germany)(34:27-42:43)
Imagine a deathrock dude laying on the ground, just drained of blood from a vampire. Blood splattered, and his skin pale and drawn.
Effundet Saguinem: True Love (Nevada)(43:09-48:39)
In 2014, Dead Congregation got one of my “Best of”. They are relentless, filthy, and soul-crushing.
Wind’s Bane: Dead Congregation (Greece)(49:40-54:10)
There is nothing but torture to the next sound. Obviously it relaxed me.
Ever Downward: Bastard Noise/Sickness (CA)(54:39-END)
Behind the Vocals: Dean Martin, Pearl Bailey, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Buddy Greco
Wed, 23 November 2016
Song name based on H.P. Lovecraft’s horror novella about a decayed crumbling harbor town near an undersea civilization. Atmospheric horror.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth: The Great Old Ones (France)(Jan 2017)(0:28-9:40)
Old dudes Vader thrashin’ about, a part of the very vivid Polish scene.
Genocidius: Vader (Poland)(10:56-13:49)
Members of Triumvir Foul and Ash Borer. Dudes throw in some melodic doom in the black metal mix.
Sacrum (Feral Devotion): Predatory Light (Sante Fe)(14:09-21:02)
Brain candy soulful Parisian desert rock.
Dakota: Dot Legacy (Paris)(21:31-26:49)
For people who like Alcest, shimmering black metal.
Strayed: L'Homme Absurde (Russia)(27:42-33:47)
More wit and noise from these Canadian nerds.
Secret Vasectomy (Demo): Ken Mode (Winnipeg)(34:06-37:10)
Simple thrash-y gurgling death, in that old school wholesome way.
Cruelty Through Ripping Torture: Dead Conspiracy (Portland)(37:40-40:28)
Dirty dive bar desert rock fuzz.
The Black Albatross: Hornss (SF)(40:44-43:32)
Romanians dig deep in their own culture and surroundings, come out with some romantic poetic dense funeral doom.
We Should Not Grieve: Raspail (Italy)(44:15-47:58)
Barbaric, guttural, dirge-y and dirty. Poland again.
Kingdom Below: Bestial Raids (Poland)(48:12-53:19)
Greek avant garde, with saxaphones. Also holy shit these dudes are hot.
Fire walk with me: Aenaon (Greece)(53:48-END)
Wed, 16 November 2016
My Best Black Metal band of 2014 has come out with another doom-y carnival horror black metal album.
Mischief, Mischief, the Devilry Is at Toil... (Scene II): Cultes des Ghoules (Poland) (0:28-10:51)
Groove-y Swedish psychedelic rock in a perfectly produced album.
Wolf & Snake: Asteroid (Sweden)(12:03-17:39)
Drone and black metal.
Lacerated Spirit: Ash Borer (CA)(18:02-28:04)
Stylish French occult, doom and psychedelic, topped off with a hell of a crooner.
Astral Truth: Akasava (France)(29:03-33:52)
Oh fuck you Ohio, I hope you die.
At The Door Of An Infernal Realm: Void Meditation Cult (Ohio)(34:25-38:58)
Rage, galloping sound headed by hot Brazilians.
Genocide Ritual: Escarnium (Brazil)(39:19-42:36)
Melancholy and romantic, atmospheric and doom.
Miles to Take: Cross Vault (Germany)(43:27-50:39)
Large drums, large space create a boundary around the rock.
If You're Not Part Of The Party, You're Part Of The Problem: Hammerhands (Toronto)(51:00-54:40)
Long, long songs from this super group. Hugely atmospheric.
Migration: Clouds (Finland/Belgium/UK)(55:21-END)
Tue, 8 November 2016
Modern industrial band Theologian collaborated on a brand new offering with Lament Cityscape. This is a massive album, full of brain altering treats.
Inevitability: Theologian/Lament Cityscape (NYC/Oakland)(0:28-6:14)
Innovative and surprising themes from Ukranians.
Last Sunset Without Sun: Balance Interruption (Ukraine)(7:20-12:28)
Plaintive organic minimal instrumentation incorporated into this sonic wall of Swedish sound.
The Silvan Shrine: Netherbird (Sweden)(12:51-21:03)
Intricately woven advanced alien language. You try to decipher it.
Internecine Iatrogenesis: Deathspell Omega (France)(21:37-27:25)
Finnish old school doom. So ya know it’s gonna be a little weird. Second album with the lead singer of Reverend Bizarre.
Babalon Working: Spiritus Mortis (Finland)(28:48-35:17)
Rock and sludge mixed with some old school alternative.
Twilight of Innocence: The Von Deer Skulls (France)(35:44-40:12)
Rolling technical spacey prog.
Odyssey's End: Mithras (UK)(40:35-46:38)
Certainty the Adversary: Ruins (Australia)(47:33-51:43)
Fuzzed out groove-y doom.
Wood Valley: Order of the Owl (Atlanta)(52:03-56:23)
Stop rapping this shit, it’s almost vomitous nu-metal. Fortunately their technical prowess saves them and the whole sound excels. But man, I almost turned it off.
Constant Sleep: Car Bomb (NY)(57:06-END)
Behind the Vocals: John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck
Wed, 2 November 2016
More campy horror psychedelic from Hail Spirit Noir. For fans of Oranssi.
The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea: Hail Spirit Noir (Greece)(0:28-7:18)
Ambient AND black metal AND awesome vocals from yet another Dutch band.
Meditatum II: Urfaust (Netherlands)(8:27-15:42)
Elegant adult punk.
New Face On: Ex-Cult (Memphis)(16:10-20:57)
Raw crusty thrash, with a melodic brutal vocalist and strains of black metal. This is a good one.
Plagued By Neglected Hope: Nuclear Devastation (Netherlands)(21:41-25:03)
No one likes sludge, I know. But this is a beer-riffic catchy fun German band.
Morast: Wolves Carry My Name (Germany)(25:49-29:41)
Perfect folk metal blend.
Sjuguttmyra: Myrkgrav (Norway/Finland)(30:17-34:44)
YES, just headbanging perfect traditional death.
Diptych of Perked Oblation: Lectern (Rome)(35:03-38:56)
New split, another strong showing of non-gaze dreamy screeching.
Clathrus Columnatus: Botanist (SF)(39:18-42:58)
Contributions from members of Pyrrhon, Gnaw Their Tongues, Myspyrming. Not easy-going.
Beauty from Wretchedness: Death Fetishist (Portland)(43:31-49:56)
Riffy sludge-laced hardcore.
Ghost Trash: Whores (Atlanta)(50:44-53:35)
Polish black metal, 23-year old band.
Lunaris: Arkona (Poland)(54:16-END!)
Tue, 25 October 2016
2013’s Best Crossover, these Chicago bros have come out with their best album yet – still witty, strange and a blast.
Tachycardia: Oozing Wound (Chicago)(0:28-4:34)
Atmospheric angular death.
Say Nothing: Auroch (Vancouver)(5:35-12:44)
Another excellent classic doom album from Khemmis. Vocals are more versatile on this album.
Three gates: Khemmis (Denver)(13:02-19:23)
Black Table’s vocals are so fierce, they cut me off.
Obtuse: Black Table (NY/NJ)(19:42-25:44)
Haunting vocals create the tone. Chilling doom to depress you in a fun way.
Pale in Horror: Maugrim (FL/NC)(26:42-33:44)
Seputus shares Pyrrhon’s drummer, and shit is brutal grind and death. You can skip around to it.
Haruspex Retirement Speech: Seputus (Philly)(34:04-36:01)
Ah, I love the vocals on this proggy riffy Anciients album.
Pentacle: Anciients (Canada)(36:20-41:50)
Anonymous Norwegian spewing out droney, atmospheric black metal.
To Voice the Unutterable: Recitations (Norway)(42:21-46:40)
Darkness: T.O.M.B. (Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy)(PA)(47:42-50:38)
SIBERIAN, dude. That is hardcore in itself.
Xasthur: Ultar (Siberia)(51:20-57:50)
Aaron Dallison’s Brain Tentacles, nuff said.
The Sadist: Brain Tentacles (Cleveland/Chicago)(58:34-END)
Tue, 11 October 2016
This is a very special 200th/5-year-anniversary/ALL BAY AREA BANDS show, co-hosted by fellow music lover Bruce Crain. He grew up in the 70's in San Francisco smokin’ up and jamming down. Bruce doesn't listen to modern metal, but has a few words about each of these bay area bands, Viagra, sexism, porn, ageism, sex workers, Bernie Sanders, and boners.
Thanks to my adoring fans who contributed to this show (in order of appearance!):
Ted Thacker, Josh Martin, Casey Baker, Meg Castellanos, Sean Hugunin, Phil Becker, Monte Cimino, Russ T. Carr, Erin Walter, (agent) Matt Waters, Alex Yeung, Squid/Kate Izquierdo, Mary (aja) McDermott, Jules(er) Taffe
The Mass (https://www.facebook.com/themassf/) are releasing a brand new album - Ghost Fleet - in December 2016, after an 8-year hiatus!!
PRE-ORDER the album and immediately download the track ‘Neuronic Channels Driven to Agitation’.
Accompanying album art in December by the infamous Jon Wayshak: http://www.scrapbookmanifesto.com/
The Mass also answered some online interview questions about their new album!
The Mass are proggy, angular, weirdo, technical, brainy metal.
Threshing the Light: The Mass (Bay Area)(0:54-6:46)
Death Angel’s 8th album may be their best yet. Thrash dude!
The Moth: Death Angel (SF)(11:47-16:22)
Velvety-vocal occult and witchy jamming rock.
Down in the cauldron bog: Castle (SF)(16:54-21:44)
Filthy headbanging crust, doom and sludge.
Copernican Theory: Bädr Vogu (Oakland)(24:12-31:17)
Melodic, space-y, atmospheric metal, and most importantly gorgeous blues vocals.
Salem: Lotus Thief (SF)(34:19-41:11)
Evil curses, slowed down by demonic forces.
Barathrum: Abstracter (Oakland)(42:52-51:24)
Legendary death rock mix of newly recorded old songs and new stuff. Spectacularly nostalgic.
Veil Of Death: Altar De Fey (SF)(53:37-58:04)
Incredibly romantic black metal, melodic as fuck.
Ad Infinitum: Void Omnia (Oakland)(59:35-1:07:12)
Doom mixed with darkwave in just the way you want.
Mirage: Lycus (Oakland)(1:08:50-1:16:40)
Ending dumb thoughts and goodbye from the hosts: (1:16:41-END)
Behind the Vocals (all songs chosen by Bruce):
Cheap Thrills, Mountain, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Derek and the Dominos, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Allman Brothers, The Who
Tue, 11 October 2016
It was a cold, rainy night fifteen years ago in San Francisco, and I was partying at the Lower Forty-Eight's record release party. It was a historic night - I heard the Mass for the first time, and I was blown away: crazed avant-garde proggy metal with saxophone? It was a sound I hadn't heard before.
These guys are older/slower and more annoying. They are set to release a brand new album - Ghost Fleet - in December 2016, after eight fucking years in hibernation. Here they talk about the decision to get back together, make out, and create some mayhem.
Matt Waters (sax/vocals/synth)
Tyler Cox (drums)
Andy Lund (bass)
Tom O'Donnell (guitar)
What inspired you guys to get out of your wheelchairs and start making music together again?
Matt: We were still bros from the previous incarnation of the band. At some point in 2014 we all realized that we were all bored. It was kind of a "let's just jam and see what happens".
Andy: I figured we're all still friends, all still in the Bay Area, all still alive so why not get together and play some of the old "hits" for friends. It then snowballed into writing new music.
Tyler: For me it's a futile attempt to not go postal living in the bay area.
What has changed from your last album to this new recording?
Matt: It's surprisingly similar how the writing stayed the same since we were writing years ago. The difference now is that none of us has the time (or energy) to get together and write songs for 10-12 hours a week. Now, we've got maybe one session per week to hash out ideas and start to make something that resembles a "song".
We used to be able to crank out a lot of music and put out an album every year or so. The newest album took more than 2 full years and it's only 5 songs, granted one of them is 20 minutes.
We were much more deliberate and honest about these new songs. We had them all finished about a year ago, then we went back and re-wrote pretty much every one of them. The writing in the band is very much by committee, for better or worse and usually we like to find a consensus where everyone is stoked on the tunes.
Tom: Same basic approach but spent more time keeping the songs more focused.
Andy: We spent a lot of time (2 years basically) working out these songs and how they should sound. I think our music listening habits have changed a bit in 8 years but we're still the same guys so the outcome is what you would expect from us.
Tyler: We spent a lot more time crafting the songs. I think the music on this record is more focused more fully developed than our previous stuff.
Who in the music world impresses you?
Matt: Dawn of Midi
Tom: Mikael Akerfeldt, Watkin Tudor Jones, Bjork, Melvins, David Eugene Edwards
Tyler: Jamie Saint Merat
What ultimate goal do you want achieved by the Mass?
Matt: To die in peace
Tom: Rock till we drop, or at least for a few months.
Andy: It's mostly short-term goals: play a show, finish new songs, record new songs, release album.
Tyler: I just want us to stay active. Even that much feels like an uphill battle.
What's the point?
Matt: An old naval base in Alameda
Tom: I don't understand the question.
Andy: There may never be one.
Tyler: I don't know what people are into these days. Everyone seems to have lost their mind. Take it out leave it.
Matt: Yes, Fuck you
Tom: That's not nice.
Andy: Of course!
Tyler: It is all my fault.
PRE-ORDER the album and immediately download the track ‘Neuronic Channels Driven to Agitation’.
Accompanying album art in December by the infamous Jon Wayshak: http://www.scrapbookmanifesto.com/
Category:Music Interview -- posted at: 10:39pm EST
Wed, 5 October 2016
Angular, proggy and even a bit of industrial sprinkled into Veilburner style of black metal.
Postmortem Exordium: Veilburner (PA)(0:28-7:26)
Vermin Womb is driving grind, but broken down deliciously, to give your brain a chance to catch up.
Industrialist: Vermin Womb (Denver)(8:57-12:56)
Tree spirit metal from Parisians.
Oiseaux de proie: Alcest (Paris)(13:36-21:18)
Gorgeously grotesque album art to match death with psychedelic.
In the Shadow of the New Gods: Usurpress (Sweden)(22:04-26:00)
Vampiric black metal.
Ensigns Of Victory: Winterfylleth (UK)(26:42-33:25)
Filthy, riffy, good-time sludge.
In Decay: Hierophant (Italy)(33:50-37:04)
Raw event black metal. Long songs, but an epic journey. Listen to the whole album.
Transfixion Of The Spheres: Battle Dagorath (CA/Swiss/Italy)(37:42-48:52)
Orchid drummer in another fuzzed out blues rock band.
Call The Priest: The Watchers (SF)(49:50-54:14)
As the Thoughts Began to Be Tarnish: Doomed (Germany)(54:41-END)
Tue, 27 September 2016
Rich renaissance-style album art to accompany avant-garde and vivid melody and spiritual vocals.
Malmok jarnak: Thy Catafalque (Scotland)(0:28-10:30)
Chicago-style complexity and distorted guitars mixed with alternative, post-hardcore and post-punk.
Sunk: Ganser (Chicago)(11:45-16:53)
Deep and thoughtful melodic, the good kind.
Winter's Gate, Pt. 7: Insomnium (Finland)(17:31-22:53)
Greek black metal that is interestingly disjointed and noisy.
Winter: End (Greece)(23:51-30:32)
Sumptuous stoner kraut rock with Björk-style crystal sweet vocals.
Embryo: Katla (Sweden)(30:52-37:15)
Black metal that pumps in mosh-pit thrash.
Beneath the Relics of Old: Ravencult (Greece)(37:43-42:07)
Rocking synth and death rock and 70’s, but darker.
World Peace: Okkultokrati (Norway)(43:00-49:02)
European death metal is bringing in their nationality’s folk sounds, but in the good non-contrived way. Like Spanish folk death metal band Noctem, this band is bringing in the Roman folk-style.
Carthago Delenda Est: Ade (Italy)(49:42-54:20)
Come on, I had to play some Ukranian death metal off an excellent split with Swedish band Grift (played on Show 162).
His Twenty-Fourth Spring: Drudkh (Ukraine)(54:53-END)
Wed, 21 September 2016
Neurosis. I like this better than their last two albums.
Broken Ground: Neurosis (Oakland)(0:28-8:22)
More aggressive groove.
Leave the Door: Take Over And Destroy (Phoenix)(9:46-13:43)
Swiss death that is broken up by hooks and proggy instrumental.
Tentacles of the Sun: Virvum (Switzerland)(14:10-19:05)
Darker death dripped on sludge. It ain’t boring, don’t worry.
Iron Fists Shall Rust: Tides of Sulfur (Wales)(19:43-25:43)
Brooklyn death rock. Waiting for a full-length, this is off a split with Cemetary.
The Breaking Wheel: Pawns (Brooklyn)(26:43-29:42)
5-song EP with (4) covers, including Echo & The Bunnymen and Eurythmics. The original is what stood out.
Square Hammer: Ghost (Sweden)(30:36-34:32)
Beer-drenched death with aliens and zombies.
Candiru: Asphyx (Netherlands)(34:50-37:28)
Riffy vintage psychedelic.
Monokraut Jupiter: 10.000 Km² Gegen Die Zeit (aka ZQKMGDZ) (Germany)(38:13-48:20)
LA anthemic black metal for warriors.
Giga Shadow: Conjuror (LA)(49:39-53:34)
Hardcore and angular grind.
Spoke the Cancerous Void: Sunlight's Bane (Michigan)(53:51-56:48)
Bluesy psychedelic FINNISH rock.
Ghost Flyers: Kremlin (Finland)(57:12-END)
Wed, 14 September 2016
Waiting at the edge of my seat for the new Soft Kill album in November after hearing this luscious song. Later in this set is their side project Criminal World, also alternative, is releasing a new cassette in October.
Wake Up: Soft Kill (Portland)(0:28-5:30)
4th full length is Spanish-war history-loving metal.
The Submission Discipline: Noctem (Spain)(6:44-10:47)
Naturally flowing pagan from black metal.
D'an usved: Belenos (France)(11:10-21:32)
Bang thy head hardcore, catchy and fun and what else do you need.
Hellionaires: Trap Them (Boston/Seattle)(22:00-25:29)
Wide spectrum of genres represented: Fully acoustic songs, fuzzy psychedelic, moody, and metal.
One From The Heart: Spider Kitten (UK)(26:45-32:55)
Another example of pagan and metal together without any cheese.
Memories: CrystalMoors (Spain)(33:28-38:22)
Sharp and painful grind stabbing you in the face.
Entropy: Cognizant (TX)(38:43-40:58)
Side project of Soft Kill, they describe as blissed out doom.
Human Pillar: Criminal World (Portland)(41:31-46:46)
Brutal noise from duo Gnaw Bone.
Initium: Gnaw Bone (Indiana)(47:29-52:28)
Anthemic retro thrash and classic beer buddy basement metal.
Black Speed Delirium: Bewitcher (Portland)(52:58-56:09)
Irish grind, so probably super cute grind.
Fleeting Joy: Unyielding Love (Belfast)(56:32-58:40)
Old cabin Bernie Sanders Vermont metal.
Grave Of The Creator: Barishi (Vermont)(59:07-END)
Thu, 8 September 2016
Defs tech death, that breaks into trippy atmospheric influenced by Colorado pot.
Hidden Species (Vitrification Of Blood Part 2): Blood Incantation (CO)(0:28-7:23)
You had me at members of Magic Circle. Great vocalist, inspired by classic 70’s metal.
The Guardian: Sumerlands (Philly)(8:22-12:19)
Punk-ass black metal. And some thrash.
Narcognosis: Cemetery Piss (Baltimore)(12:48-15:59)
No more Wounded Kings, they left us with the heavy doom.
Vultures: The Wounded Kings (UK)(16:22-24:36)
Chicago-style experimental and technical guitar nerds.
Bloodless Breathless: Scientist (Chicago)(25:47-32:14)
Varied black metal, and not the usual over-produced American -style.
Coil Strike: Barghest (Baton Rouge)(32:41-37:30)
Debut textural black metal mixed with doom, Sacramento style.
The Cold Suffocating Dark Goes On Forever: Vrtra (Sacramento)(37:52-45:25)
Distorted, raw, aggressive nutball one-person brain.
A spell of sorrow to relieve the curse of triumph: Rebel Wizard (AU)(46:27-52:10)
Reminiscent of BrainOil in that slowed down thick distorted groovy way.
Mâchefer: Fange (France)(52:30-59:16)
Solid hardcore 8th album from Ringworm, ugh, gross name.
Brotherhood of the Midnight Sun: Ringworm (Cleveland)(59:50-END)
Tue, 30 August 2016
One of my favorite releases this year. Sounds just like old school Controlled Bleeding: industrial noise.
Trawlers Return: Controlled Bleeding (NY)(0:28-6:16)
Inquisitions’ seventh full release, riffing with clear guttural vocals accompanying. Fun retro thrash that dives into brutality and Satanic verses.
Vortex from the Celestial Flying Throne of Storms: Inquisition (Seattle)(7:45-13:03)
Hypnotic experimental jazz drone.
Two Of A Kind: Convulsif (Switzerland)(13:35-20:56)
Death that destroys. Exhausting. This new stuff is as good as their last stuff, so you’ll probably like the shit out of it.
Extinguished Light: Ulcerate (New Zealand)(21:30-30:12)
My boyfriend Chris Black just released another Dawnbringer (which I played last week); and now a new single from classic heavy metal High Spirits.
Reach For The Glory: High Spirits (Chicago)(31:05-35:20)
3-piece old school thrash with tons of breakdowns that you’ll feel to the depths of your armpits.
Realm Of The Heretic: Hellbringer (Australia)(35:56-39:12)
Even though I kind of compared him to a modern Chris Cornell, I dig the singer a lot. Stoner usually takes me want to kill all of you and life and eternity, this band jams and they sound more 70’s retro, so that is fun.
On And On (In Your Mind): Devil to Pay (Indianapolis)(40:05-44:09)
Beautiful and raw from Nox Formulae.
Hidden Clan NXN - Pt a Eleven Rays of Sorat, Pt b Black Magic Assault: Nox Formulae (Greece)(44:33-51:22)
Andy left San Francisco to go back to Minneapolis, which is probably 100% a good choice. He still owns part of an AWESOME Polish diner Stuffed, in the Mission, and if you haven’t been there, get over there and drink some beer. The band has romantic for the soul, crust to energize, and brutal for the wicked. Just wait for it to breakdown, it got me all perky.
Baptized In Shellfire: Feral Light (Minneapolis)(52:29-58:09)
Ridiculous gurgling cacophony.
The Curse of Zootankhamun ft Capt. StankDank (Bong Rips for Jesus): Dopehammer (UK)(58:40-END)
Behind the Vocals This week is all new retro synth and electronic: Ghost Suns, NightWave, Lehans, Peter Zimmermann, Moodblanc, Medsound, Vast Hill, Po-One, Hotter Than December
Wed, 17 August 2016
Epic shredding and then some drone and then recycle.
Bask in the Lingering: Mizmor (OR)(0:28-8:31)
Horseback listens to Edward Ka-Spel.
Lion Killer: Horseback (Chapel Hill)(10:01-14:57)
Young Canadian black metal infused with aggressive hardcore.
Bellflower: Gilded Lily (Ontario)(15:18-19:00)
Lotus Thief has two members of Botanist. They are melodic, riffy, beautiful, nerdy and have excellent vocals.
The Book Of The Dead: Lotus Thief (San Francisco)(19:51-26:24)
Doom guttural death that chugs.
Deliver Us From Evil: Among Gods (Norway)(27:19-31:46)
Arkansas-born harmonious psychedelic jamming (now in Arizona.)
Form and Force: Spirit Adrift (Arizona)(32:26-39:36)
Giant alien spacecraft metal.
Helicoprion: Circle Spectre Haunting (UK)(39:57-43:41)
Pallbearer has come out with yet another vocalist-driven emotional album.
Over & Over: Pallbearer (Arkansas)(44:50-50:46)
Savage South American black metal.
Macrocosmic Invertion: Henosis (Chile)(51:05-54:44)
Legendary Chris Black loves 70's heavy metal that can be the soundtrack to 80’s musical montage.
North By North: Dawnbringer (Chicago)(55:35-END)
Tue, 9 August 2016
Proggy mathematical black metal from the superior country of Greece.
Embrace the Savior: Imperium Infernalis (Greece)(0:28-7:48)
Mesoamerican-led Black Twilight Circle members Shataan is flute-infused black metal.
Release: Shataan (CA)(9:11-14:32)
Irish Okus is crusty melodic hardcore. Melodic, but angry.
Regicide: Okus (Ireland)(14:52-18:55)
Members of Carpathian Forest, In the Woods and Old Forest. I mean, read those band names again.
Realm of Breathing Eyes: Svartelder (Norway)(19:33-26:40)
Two-piece Wreck and Reference is samples and drums and industrial vocals. They layer in filth and noise, but who doesn’t.
Languish: Wreck and Reference (LA)(27:49-33:06)
Brutal death from Gatecreeper manages to slow down, but stay super headbang-y.
Craving Flesh: Gatecreeper (Arizona)(33:45-37:05)
Oh yeah, I like this one from them, this time.
Sorceress: Opeth (Sweden)(37:35-43:20)
Excellent sludge from Bädr Vogu. And I officially hate sludge, so that is saying something. I think it’s because they are good musicians, and keep it evil/real.
Deprogram: Bädr Vogu (Oakland)(43:42-51:10)
Gimp leather grind.
Putrid Prophet: Pink Mass (New Jersey)(52:01-54:26)
Within the Arms of Nothingness: Temple Nightside (Australia)(55:11-END)
Wed, 27 July 2016
A split with themselves, Defeated Sanity slams together crazy avant-garde and death.
The Mesmerizing Light: Defeated Sanity (Berlin)(0:28-7:09)
Proggy 70’s strains mixed with pagan and death. Love. This. Album.
Wake Of Infinity: Witherscape (Sweden)(8:49-13:24)
Nostalgia, for days.
Lost All Day: Dinosaur Jr. (MA)(14:03-19:00)
VIII description of their new album: "Terminally ill, eroded by an existence condemned from birth as the son of a gangrenous uterus. The protagonist in this concept album suddenly awakes in a decadent reality. Creeping maggots and ruin's dust mark the passing of time, like grains in an hourglass. Feeding in decomposition and walking slowly a path towards the Void, the protagonist craves for freedom and true liberation."
Symptom: VIII (Italy) (19:43-26:23)
Shimmering black metal, and not at all shoe gaze.
To Die Or Bear The Burden Of Death: Old Graves (CAN)(27:19-34:52)
Filthy filthy sludge.
Belly Full Of Rats: Iron Witch (UK)(35:13-40:43)
Frenzied doomy death.
Dawn Of Sorrow: The Drowning (Wales)(41:15-48:19)
Oakland black metal, sweet. Dirty, raw, and rich.
Remnance of a Ghost Haunt: Void Omnia (Oakland)(49:14-56:37)
Filthy swamp punk.
Too Many Devils and Drugs: Fistula (Ohio)(57:08-END)
Wed, 20 July 2016
Chorus-driven, retro 80’s style, with an incredible lead singer.
Aria: Spellcaster (Portland)(0:28-4:47)
This album was recorded in the Thuringian forest. Period.
Scars: Coldworld (Germany)(6:18-13:02)
Sinister post-punk death rock noise.
This Nausea: Brothers (Nashville)(13:32-17:31)
Aggressive doom mixed with a touch of floating post-metal threads. Try to google the name of this band.
Human Garbage: Make (Chapel Hill)(17:56-21:09)
Lord Sargofagian leads Baptism. I mean, what else do you need to know.
The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash: Baptism (Finland)(21:53-28:12)
Swedish band is just brutal, so good.
Requiem: Diabolical (Sweden)(29:11-35:01)
Worst band name, really, 16? Like, wtf. They’ve been around for 25 years, and ended up with this stupid band name.
Landloper: 16 (LA/San Diego)(35:42-40:26)
Darker than their last album, thick sludge doom stuff.
All is Lost: Herder (Netherlands)(40:59-45:38)
More from the Dutch? Yes, please, with a black metal cherry on top.
I, Death, Descent: Draugur (Netherlands)(46:32-52:09)
Farewell to the Sun, Pt. 3: Vow of Thorns (London/Canada)(52:52-END)
Wed, 13 July 2016
Krallice and Yellow Eyes spin-off Anicon does their style of Brooklyn black metal, large epic production and melody.
Robed In Torments: Anicon (Brooklyn)(0:28-6:43)
The White Tower: Withdrawal (Winnipeg)(7:40-10:32)
Italian psychedelic is just, professional.
Sun Spectre: Giöbia (Italy)(11:03-25:54)
Spewing Gloom: Zhrine (Iceland)(26:47-31:01)
Thick swamp from Tennessee.
Rites of Divination: Navajo Witch (Tennessee)(31:28-37:35)
Buy ACxDC’s album on floppy discs, these guys are hip.
Evolved To Obliteration: ACxDC (SoCal)(38:01-39:22)
Ordeal: Phobocosm (Montreal)(39:40-45:22)
Anthem and speed from old school bros.
Code Rude: Bat (VA)(46:10-48:54)
Moody album art matches the Chicago sound.
Invictus Maneo: Vukari (Chicago)(49:27-54:45)
Oh those Italians. Add stoner to this psychedelic.
Woman: Black Rainbows (Italy)(55:09-END)
Tue, 28 June 2016
Intensely fast, “blisteringly” so, black melodic metal.
Spectre De La Rébellion: Forteresse (Quebec)(0:28-5:47)
Brooding death doom.
In the Darkness, the Path: Cloak (Atlanta)(6:39-12:56)
The Australian version of “The Eye of Every Storm.” I heart that album by Neurosis, so this was just fine with me. Add a dash of a slight more evil.
A Lifelong Slumber: Subterranean Disposition (Melbourne)(13:36-23:18)
Grim, isn’t that the best word.
Embodied In Incense: Cvinger (Slovenia)(24:13-29:55)
Warm fuzz to break this shit up.
Bereaved: R.I.P. (Portland)(30:17-36:40)
Thick, another great word.
Seed & Soil: Merchant (Melbourne)(37:00-45:49)
DUDE THIS IS SO GOOD. Heavy F’n Metal.
Escape from Hell: Denner-Shermann (Denmark)(46:56-52:17)
Creepy folk-influenced horror.
The Whispers Of Long Meg: Old Corpse Road (UK)(52:45-58:28)
Self-produced – amazingly so – death and thrash.
In Death We Shine: Nowen (Finland)(59:15-END)
Wed, 22 June 2016
Worshipping Satan is seriously the only way to go. Hedonism is natural. Just, be real. Listen to true Satanic black metal, and you will evolve and enrich your own life. The lead singer of AMSG (Ad Majorem Satanae Gloriam = for the greater glory of Satan) is named Angelfukk Witchhammer, and he wrote an album from Canadian prison. He was in prison for selling drugs and guns to FINANCE HIS BLACK METAL ENDEAVORS. Fucking hot.
Broken Chains Of Cursed Flesh: A.M.S.G (Edmonton)(0:28-9:02)
Scorpion Child have rounded out their band with three brand new members. This is what hard rock is all about: a vocalist that hits you deep, lyrics that stroke your penis, and a style that is so fucking catchy.
I Might Be Your Man: Scorpion Child (Austin)(11:00-16:52)
Terra Tenebrosa is the modern industrial-influenced metal. But it is old school industrial in that it is truly avant garde and demented. Industrial was all about pushing the envelope in musical boundaries. Right? This band hits a whole lotta genres.
Where Shadows Have Teeth: Terra Tenebrosa (Sweden)(17:29-22:57)
Brown-note sludge. That is a genre. Come to this show with me.
Lord of Suffering: Monolord (Sweden)(23:55-30:20)
If you like Vektor, you’re gonna love these baby-faced technical weirdos.
The Horror In Clay: Vale of Pnath (Denver)(30:46-33:46)
Oh I just love my long-haired Swedish boys and their hot 70’s throaty style. NO MORE DOUBLE V’s.
Oh, Girl: Svvamp (Sweden)(34:22-37:23)
Guitarist from Woods of Ypres, drummer of Immortal Bird, bassist from Obsidian Tongue, a cellist too. Folky-black metal. Album name is Metachthonia = the age after that of the Earth.
She Who Names The Stars: Thrawsunblat (New Brunswick)(38:08-47:22)
San Francisco Castle has a hot lead singer, you’re gonna like her. Doom and fun.
Hammer and the Cross: Castle (San Francisco)(48:17-52:57)
Just, headbang to this shit. Play it fucking loud.
Sublife: Australis (Minneapolis)(53:23-57:24)
Lush occult metal.
Sathanas Trismegistos: Head of the Demon (Sweden)(57:56-END)
Wed, 15 June 2016
Alternative, deathrock, post-punk show.
Old school deathrock in a new album from 80's band Altar De Fey, proving that the Bay Area indeed had a thriving deathrock scene in the 80's. You can tell they existed at the same time as Christian Death. This album is a mix of new and newly recorded old. The next song is new.
Snitch: Altar De Fey (San Francisco)(0:28-6:18)
Romantic new wave and synth stuff, ultra ultra romantic. Reminded me of early Peter Murphy, all the shimmering guitars.
Everything: Private Pact (Denmark)(6:19-11:48)
The sound of revitalist post-punk: deep bass, attitude, British, but French. Loved this album, brought me back some memories of being alone in my room, and depressed. The best time of my life.
Adulthood Is A Farce: Litovsk (France)(11:49-15:29)
Mourn is called "Albini-style", sharp and ferocious, the angst of early Courtney Love, yes I said it. But with way more complexity - jazz-y, earnest gorgeous pop. They are between the ages of 16 and 19!!
Storyteller: Mourn (Barcelona)(15:30-17:55)
A 6-track E.P. from Rendez-Vous, their second album to date. Dance it! This is brilliant.
Distance: Rendez-Vous (Paris)(17:56-21:23)
Definitely the vocals of B-52's, am I right? The back and forth of female and male, super poppy, and this next song, that is reminiscent of early New Order. All good influences. PLAYING IN SF AND OAKLAND IN JULY!!
Providence: Masses (AU)(21:25-23:57)
Well-known Philly 2-piece. Darkwave and gloom. Very romantic and moody. Mastered a bit loud.
Winged Thing II: Night Sins (Philly)(24:41-29:02)
Vocals are the highlight here, not trying to be the usual post-punk vocalist style (though there's nothing wrong with that shit). I love when you can hear all the excellent influences. "Negative Space is the awkward silence in between our songs where you are meant to applaud."
B1: Negative Space (UK)(29:03-32:17)
This band reminded me of Dinosaur Jr., sexy vocals on top of angular melodic rock; and add a lot more genres: rockabilly (a bit), alternative, post-punk.
Like Ghosts: Gloom Sleeper (Germany)(32:18-37:52)
Romantic and dreamy, swirling and shimmering pop.
Blume: Eagulls (UK)(37:53-42:04)
Debut album from a political band: animal rights, anti-war, anti-violence, anarchist.
The Image Has Started To Crumble: Silence (Philly)(42:36-45:22)
3-piece that no longer exist, this is their last full-length. A bit of hardcore and punk, that Boston style, but with the romantic inclination of post-punk.
Burial Hymn: Bloody Gears (Boston)(45:23-49:06)
First release, which is a 7". Very gothy and dark, vocals with the punk intonation of John Lydon.
Raise The Flag And Look To The Skies: Air Hunger (Chicago/Finland)(49:07-53:05)
New 7" from this strong stylish poppy band.
Solititude: Criminal Code (WA)(53:06-55:35)
Distorted gothic rock from Texas. Demo album.
Schism: Ritual Order (Texas)(55:36-END)
Tue, 7 June 2016
Enslaved’s Ivar and Wardruna’s Einar put their heads together to compose for 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. Now this is a full band. This is Norweigian folk: beautiful sweeping compositions that you can really melt into.
Kvervandi: Skuggsjá (Norway)(0:28-6:49)
Pawtucket is awesome, with a huge dark sludge and stoner scene. This is some great dark stuff from that little pocket of the world. Off a split with Opium Lord.
Before the Inferno: Churchburn (Pawtucket, RI)(8:08-14:49)
Messa’s female vocalist may be the best this year. This is riffy doom with an emotional vocalist that you will fall in love with.
New Horns: Messa (Italy)(15:04-21:27)
Portugal is beautiful, and somehow these dudes are playing groovey black metal from the middle of it.
III Conflict: Névoa (Portugal)(21:44-25:58)
Lord Vicar has spun off from Reverend Bizarre, one of my faves. They have come out with one of the best bluesy doom albums of the year. Great vocals.
Birth of Wine: Lord Vicar (Finland)(26:54-34:27)
Brutalizing speed and crust from Kommando. These dudes are in black metal bands – this is them cutting loose.
Old And In The Way: Kommando (Germany)(34:48-37:32)
Oh f yes. Vocalist from The Temple is amazing, one of the best this year. This is Pallbearer and Primordial, mixed.
Beyond the Stars: The Temple (Greece)(37:55-44:50)
Anthemic, speedy, retro fun thrash, yay!! Also, from Greece, one of my favorite scenes in the world.
Bullet in the Chamber: Suicide Angels (Greece)(45:53-49:07)
Punk-grindcore, young attitude for you over-the-hill people with bad attitudes.
Image of Control: Flying Murder Robots: The Vatican (Seattle)(49:34-51:29)
Aaron Turner, formerly of Isis, has pushed out Sumac’s heaviest sound in this second album. This excels when it goes towards experimental rather than hangs out in post-metal.
Image of Control: Sumac (Vancouver/WA)(52:18-END)
Wed, 1 June 2016
Legendary local bay area band Death Angel released their best yet.
It Can't Be This: Death Angel (San Francisco)(0:28-4:35)
Withered is touring with Inter Arma this summer. Lead singer of Vermin Womb and Primitive Man have joined them for their fourth album.
Husk: Withered (Atlanta)(5:52-10:30)
Supergroup Head Wound City have released a reunion album that is bright noise and hardcore good times.
Avalanche in Heaven: Head Wound City (San Diego)(10:56-14:13)
Catchy thick black metal.
Tyrant of Luminous Darkness: Behexen (Finland)(14:30-21:03)
Sexy vocals tops an awesome new post-punk release from Sievehead.
Chains: Sievehead (UK)(21:19-25:00)
More proggy death from Revocation.
Communion: Revocation (Boston)(25:49-30:33)
Death-inspired Gruesome is fun old school death metal.
Dimensions of Horror: Gruesome (FL/CA)(30:57-34:27)
Female-led goth post-punk, puts you back in the best part of the late 80’s.
Keeping Still: Maudlin (Atlanta)(34:58-38:10)
Screeching vocals and black metal.
You Exist for Nothing: Ultha (Germany)(late 2015)(38:25-44:39)
The New Armageddon: Sorcery (Sweden)(45:26-50:29)
Sweet elevator music from Pig Destroyer.
Rejection Fetish: Pig Destroyer (VA)(50:41-52:20)
Layered and raw.
Pavor Nocturnus: Oak Pantheon (Minneapolis)(52:43-58:39)
Thole: Vastation (Portland)(58:53-END)
Tue, 24 May 2016
Moogfest Special this week! I saw all the following artists perform in Durham for Moogfest, http://www.moogfest.com/
Disasterpeace created the original motion picture soundtrack to 2014's It Follows, one of my favorite horror movies and soundtracks of all time. The last performance we saw at Moogfest was a showing of It Follows and a Q&A with Disasterpeace after the movie. He let us know that this was the first time he watched the movie since he finished the soundtrack, which is pretty rad.
He did the writing and production of the It Follows soundtrack on Logic Pro, using all with software, no hardware. The director picked him to do the soundtrack after listening to his video game Fez (2012) soundtrack. The director pulled from Fez to inspire the soundtrack to It Follows (and after listening to Fez, I see it all come together). Disasterpeace felt like he was competing with himself when he was putting together the soundtrack.
Puzzle: Disasterpeace (Oakland, soon LA)(from 2012's "Fez")(0:28-2:24)
Fear: Disasterpeace (from 2012's "Fez")(2:25-5:46)
Heels: Disasterpeace (from 2014's "It Follows”)(5:49-8:27)
Larry Gus was one of my favorite live acts, hilarious and a nut. He layers upon layers of sounds, "psychedelic pop", and definitely an ethnic flavor - he's from Greece.
NP-Complete: Larry Gus (Greece)(2015)(8:28-14:46)
Another one of the best performances was Tara Busch, who did a LIVE scoring of (3) short horror films, one of which she helped produce. Not only was she incredibly precise and professional doing the live score of the films, she was stunning. She is one-half of the audio visual duo I Speak Machine. Her new project is the "unprintable book" Strata: http://analogsuicide.com/introducing-strata/. The following song is from the super short film Gagglebox.
My Girl (Theme to the short film Gagglebox): Tara Busch(LA/UK)(14:47-19:17)
Gary Numan was a diva. He came on an hour-and-a-half AFTER his scheduled time, DURING A FESTIVAL. But he was bad-ass, and we lined up to see him the next night – they played from the album Pleasure Principle. Gary is super sexy and hot, and knows it. The following is from his 2011 album, Dead Son Rising, which is incredibly industrial, dark electronic, and Gary Numan's style of minimal and great vocals.
For the Rest of My Life: Gary Numan (UK)(2011)(19:18-24:19)
Zombi is AWESOME LIVE, and we were lucky enough to see them since everyone was in line to see Gary Numan. This was the band I was dying to see live.
Pillars of the Dawn: Zombi (Pittsburgh)(2015)(24:53-28:12)
Dawn of Midi is a meditative and cerebral, minimal, loop-based, free jazz trio. And three cute indian dudes! They are all about precision and keeping time. They play the standard jazz instruments: stand-up bass, piano and drums. Crazy to see them live - as their precision was machine-like. I fell asleep, but that is not surprising: this type of music is definitely trance-inducing. This shit is supposed to be pondered, which is difficult for my lazy brain.
There is no way you will be able to stop watching this video, trust me:
Nix: Dawn of Midi (Brooklyn)(2015)(28:13-31:57)
Rival Consoles is a cute English guy doing his THANG in electronica. He is a guitarist, and the new album is inspired by running synths through guitar pedals. He was an artist we stumbled upon, waiting for another, and loved his creations.
Ghosting: Rival Consoles (London)(2015)(31:58-36:21)
We heard M Geddes Gengras at the back of a dive bar: he is avante garde and truly modular. When he’s home, he likes to leave complicated synth patches and return to them later.
PERSONABLE-CAN-AU: M Geddes Gengras (LA)(36:22-46:14)
Ben Frost took the stage and then the smoke machines pumped, which annoyed me until his light show started. And then we were flown to another world. Talk about layering sound and light for a senses-feast. His performance was mind-blowing
Nolan: Ben Frost (Australia)(2015)(46:45-53:42)
Grouper is one person, her most recent album is "unplugged" - soft with piano, sounds of nature, and some drums. Her show was intense - obviously layered -there is ALWAYS layering, multitracked, fuzzy and gorgeous vocals.
Call Across Rooms: Grouper (Portland)(late 2014)(53:43-56:28)
The exact opposite of the previous song is Sunn O))), who we could hear all over town the day they played. First, we heard them do soundcheck from about 2 miles away. Then we saw them set up a billion amps for their OUTDOOR show later that evening. While we were walking to the field, we could hear the sonic booms. Then we watched them on stage, in a billowing cloud of smoke and cloaks and bad attitude. I've played from their most recent album, and I'll play them again dammit.
(part of) Kannon 2: Sunn O)))(Seattle)(2015)(56:29-END)
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Wed, 18 May 2016
What stands out with Spektr is the industrial and electronic. Oh, and that they are completely incredibly awesome.
That day will definitely come: Spektr (France)(0:28-6:54)
Ugly pummeling fun.
Isoloate: Dark Circles (Montreal)(8:06-13:24)
Previous Goat Molestör, now Grave Miasma, and I’m like, your first band name is what? Like, were you wasted out in some field near a farm doing bad things? Gross man, just gross. But your shit is good, so I guess it’s ok, and you changed your name.
Yama Transforms To Afterlife: Grave Miasma (UK)(14:00-20:50)
2014’s Best Rock Sludge Phantom Glue have come out with a rocking sophomore album.
Ion Cloud: Phantom Glue (Boston)(21:15-24:36)
Cold and difficult. Chicago technical.
Defying the Metastasis: Polyptych (Chicago)(25:27-30:56)
Oh, my Fister, I love thee so much. New split with Montreal’s DOPETHRONE!!
The Failure: Fister (St. Louis)(31:29-38:52)
Black metal and hardcore, and such a set of great fist pumping riffs.
Vile: Witchhunt (Toronto)(39:21-42:07)
INTENSE and abstract, a full deep passionate album.
Blótan: Fyrnask (Germany)(42:58-48:49)
Chilling, raw, full compositions of emotional grind. Can grind be emotional? Yep.
With Hands Like Shovels: Theriac (Ontario)(49:21-52:38)
Hong Kongian (haha, I made that up) black metal with the use of 2000 old Chinese instruments.
Kings of Hell: XieJia (Hong Kong)(53:14-END)
Tue, 10 May 2016
Baltimore trio Musket Hawk brings forth the grit and groove and thrash and grind and fun.
The Grove: Musket Hawk (Baltimore)(0:28-4:53)
Experimental crazed Frenchies.
Tributes And Oblivions: Plebeian Grandstand (France)(5:59-11:12)
VEKTOR!!!!! Need I say more.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease): Vektor (Philly)(11:40-19:11)
Sweet fuzzed out sounds from Michigan.
Desert Run: Bonehawk (MI)(19:30-23:56)
Large epic stuff from Inter Arma, as per the uze.
Transfiguration: Inter Arma (VA)(24:51-33:36)
Sludge-y mixed with some post-metal.
År av onåd: Pyramido (Sweden)(33:55-41:40)
Fun and pummeling, anthemic and destructive.
All Hail Satan: Svarttjern (Norway)(42:03-46:43)
Great vocals, retro stuff, stoner. The lead singer was a Runner-Up to Best Vocals a few years ago.
Von Sturmer: The Order of Israfel (Sweden)(47:41-53:41)
Leave The Living... For The Dead: Bedowyn (NC)(53:57-57:58)
Finnish black metal, this is a second release of their old song, in a new album.
Towards Perdition: Teloch (Finland)(58:26-END)
Behind My Vocals: Brand new Perturbator
Wed, 27 April 2016
Tenor saxophone added to Helgamite’s compositions, bringing in psychedelic and jazz elements to their experimental metal sound
Shaman's Veil: Helgamite (VA)(0:28-6:07)
I heart Lord Mantis hard. They have a new lead singer, and I couldn’t even TELL until I read about it. And thank gawd, because I love that shrieking style. They had my 2014 #1 Album of the Year, and they split up to recreate their band. Their lead singer comes from the band Indian. Excited to hear their entire album if it sounds more like the following song.
S.I.G. Safer: Lord Mantis (Chicago)(7:41-12:18)
Viking horn beer metal that is anthemic yet melodic, singing about being a king and needing his crown.
Crownless: Sig:Ar:Tyr (Ontario)(13:15-19:19)
Young and In the Way are my darling filthy crust.
Solitude: Young and In The Way (Charlotte)(19:45-25:31)
Great stoner, to give your ears a break, brah.
Losting Things: The Bendal Interlude (UK)(26:27-30:21)
Slow creeping doom, in such a great headbanging way.
Stargate path ( inizia quando entra la batteria nei feedback): Into Coffin (Germany)(30:45-36:23)
Emotional death and doom.
Sickness of the Mind: Nostrum (Victoria)(36:43-43:05)
Savage doom from Colorada-brah.
Detached And Conquered: Ketch (CO)(43:24-49:15)
2-piece death with a side of punk, from 2 style vocalists – the female is badass.
In Darkness They Come Crawling: Gorgosaur (Sweden)(50:08-53:25)
Fierce power crust.
No More Words: Ancst (Germany)(53:43-56:29)
Raw emotional black metal.
Unraveling the Bracelets of Fortune: Bog of the Infidel (RI)(57:07-END)
Wed, 20 April 2016
Guest vocals on new Naðra EP, some dude that is both famous for pop and heavy metal. Super group, with members of many Icelanding bands including Mispyrming.
Fórn: Naðra (Iceland)(0:28-5:21)
Balanced death and thrash and relentless energy.
Conquerors March: Phazm (France)(6:52-11:40)
The shine between the cracks: wait for the melody.
Dreamer of Ages: Horrified (UK)(12:05-16:19)
Uada’s debut album has that Pacific Northwest black metal thing going.
Devoid of Light: Uada (Portland)(17:10-23:01)
Groovified, jaunty bluesy death.
Nature of Humankind: Convulse (Finland)(23:33-27:57)
Lucid Delirium: Inverloch (AU)(29:04-34:59)
Symphonic, bringing in the organic sounds of keyboard and ethnic folk and pagan to their raw black metal.
Ephemeral World, Pt. 1: Onirism (France)(35:28-41:18)
Classic heavy metal with a little LA cheese, a bit of the glam.
Break Out: White Wizzard (LA)(41:43-47:01)
Unstructured psychedelic death metal.
Subliminal Lock - A Precursor To Vengeance: Howls of Ebb (SF)(47:51-54:14)
Do I think it’s a bit of swamp metal because of the area they live? Perhaps. They have that Alabama sound.
Extinct Is Instinct: Hexxus (Alabama)(54:37-58:44)
Sludgy riffs and hardcore.
Into Exile: Clover (NY)(59:04-END)
Tue, 12 April 2016
Headbang-worthy, riffy, catchy black metal for the fun people.
Ursus: Vredehammer (Norway)(0:28-5:08)
Ethnic Finnish black metal, with chanting and folksy instruments.
Suden tunti: Moonsorrow (Finland)(6:10-12:35)
New Al Jourgensen project that is light, whimsical and lounge-y. Well, so far in this one song I’ve heard anyway I hope the rest of the album is this good.
I'm Invisible: Surgical Meth Machine (LA)(13:27-18:26)
Polish riffs in a thrashy black metal good time.
I Am The Tyrant: Ragehammer (Poland)(18:54-23:52)
Ihsahn is hella proggy. Emotional, rich compositions.
Celestial Violence: Ihsahn (Norway)(25:09-30:23)
I love this black metal album, love it. Don’t miss out – so rich, so beautiful, and kickass.
Plagues of Insomnia: Wode (UK)(30:50-39:27)
Galloping beer thrash.
End Of Tyranny: Desaster (Germany)(39:49-43:49)
Moody atmospheric stuff, low production.
Den Som Stod Så Nära: Hermóðr (Sweden)(44:42-51:21)
Extirpate: Nucleus (Chicago)(51:44-55:12)
Tight black jeans metal.
This Mental Sentence: Graves at Sea (Portland)(55:52-END)
Tue, 29 March 2016
Weekend Nachos' fifth and last album, I love them love them love them. Touring, but not on the west coast.
Writhe: Weekend Nachos (Dekalb/Chicago)(0:28-2:15)
Don’t worry, members of Weekend Nachos make up Like Rats, and they are a badass death metal party.
Grief Incarnate: Like Rats (Chicago)(3:39-7:55)
Swedish political grind against the European movement to the right.
I Don't Need You/Dead and Gone: Gadget (Sweden)(8:27-13:30)
Decadent atmospheric stoner.
Find the Stranger: Beastmaker (Fresno)(13:54-18:19)
Paul GOREfiend now sings for Embalmer, unapologetically death metal.
Emanations From The Crypt: Embalmer (Ohio)(19:11-22:44)
Super band with members of Mercyful Fate, Carcass, Opeth and Shining. Short bursts of retro sunshine.
Lonely Freedom: Spiritual Beggars (Sweden)(23:26-28:53)
Dreamy funeral doom with both beautiful crooning and dark vocals. A spectrum of sounds.
Rituals pt. 1: Plateau Sigma (Italy)(30:10-37:23)
Distorted, unrelenting evil and harsh.
Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy: Wormed (Spain)(37:43-41:10)
11th studio album from Metal Church that rocks the 80’s in the best way!
No Tomorrow: Metal Church (WA)(41:37-46:44)
Baptism Nihl: Altarage (Spain)(47:36-50:45)
Polish stoner brah.
Summoner: Red Scalp (Poland)(51:13-END)
Tue, 15 March 2016
Another filthy grind album from 20+ year-old Rotten Sound.
Inhumane Treatment: Rotten Sound (Finland)(0:28-2:48)
Swiss Rorcal is black metal core, textured, weird, and vocalist has huge range.
Antigone: Rorcal (Switzerland)(4:05-14:37)
New single from death metal masters Horrendous.
Sentenced: Horrendous (Philly)(15:13-19:36)
Bleak bleak Oakland bleak. Dirty.
Barathrum: Abstracter (Oakland)(20:11-28:12)
Chance Garnette was forced out, and new singer is in. This is the new single with the new singer. Lots of drama with this band, a lot of it associated with alcohol use. Hard to compete with Chance, who was amazing, AMAZING.
Well of Despair: Skeletonwitch (Ohio)(30:25-34:18)
Crushing French sludge.
Dark Matter Crisis: Verdun (France)(34:43-42:23)
Noise punk stuff.
Little 'N' Pretty: Death Index (Tampa/Italy)(42:58-45:06)
Melodic. Or something. And shit.
Plague and Pestilence: Sulphur (Norway)(45:56-50:33)
EXACTLY what post-metal should sound like.
Staggered: Sonance (UK)(50:56-53:29)
Noise black metal with melody.
Totemiker: Unru (Germany)(53:55-END)
Tue, 8 March 2016
Groove black metal from a great part of the metal world.
Eel: Absenta (Spain)(0:28-5:57)
Not very sweet grind from Aussies, who are pretty angry people.
Enslaved: Cursed Earth (AU)(6:51-8:43)
Belgian drumming added to a ferociously thoughtful album.
Ascension into the Palace of the Dark Gods: Lvthn (Belgium)(9:07-16:10)
Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto is all over the place, guest vocals on Urgehal’s last album and this blast of an album. Good infiltration of thrash threading through the album.
The Wickeds Transient Sleep: Sarke (Norway)(16:46-20:25)
Debut album three years from their last E.P. Instrumentally strong.
As The Void Absorbs All Light: Lothorian (Belgium)(20:59-26:56)
Italian grind, great for working out.
Restore the Judgement: Neid (Italy)(27:56-29:57)
20 year-old band that has lent a fast pace to the atmospheric black metal scene.
Storming from Beyond: Sorcier Des Glaces (Quebec)(30:21-36:29)
No, this band is not Chinese. They just said they were, but actually are from North Dakota. Weird marketing scheme, but maybe not. Darkly emotional black metal from China is way rarer.
Death and the Maiden: Ghost Bath (North Dakota)(37:06-43:24)
Death, doom and sludge from Texans.
The Nameless Dead: Sabrewulf (El Paso)(44:28-49:36)
Oaken is a moody MOODY emotional romantic doom band, that breaks into blasts of hardcore.
The Hyena: Oaken (Budapest)(50:31-END)
Tue, 1 March 2016
Full of Hell is just a cool band who has their new stuff for free on bandcamp. Powerviolence at its best.
Amber Mote: Full of Hell (PA & MD)(0:28-2:23)
Crooning loveliness from North Carolina.
Don't Forget the Sun: Wailin Storms (NC)(3:22-8:51)
Chicago abrasive sludge.
Fixed Position: Angry Gods (Chicago)(9:23-11:45)
Oh, I love love love love Greenleaf, and this new album is frigging fantastic. The vocalist is one to smooch all over. Melodies is the focus.
Levitate And Bow (Pt. 1 & 2): Greenleaf (Sweden)(12:35-19:34)
Thrash fun thrash fun.
Hounds At Ya Back: Deströyer 666 (Previously AU, now UK)(20:04-25:16)
Mantar hates art.
Era Borealis: Mantar (Germany)(27:02-31:01)
Scorpion Child spinoff!! Duel fucking rocks balls and shit.
The Kraken: Duel (Austin)(31:44-36:29)
Weekend Nachos spinoff!!! Chicago style hardcore: witty and filthy.
Grief Incarnate: Like Rats (Chicago)(37:01-41:17)
It always hurts my heart to think about the original bassist and vocalist of Black Tusk dying in a motorcycle accident. This is a great video of him.
This is the last record with the late Jonathan Athon. The band took this last year to put this album together.
Born of Strife: Black Tusk (GA)(42:10-45:09)
Spacy proggy death metal.
Akróasis: Obscura (Germany)(45:57-50:16)
Minimal on one side, crushing on the other. Full spectrum metal.
North Shore - The Abstract Line: Hypno5e (Montpelier)(50:43-57:46)
Instrumental burner stoner brah, with guest vocals. 20 years of lovin’.
Uccidendo Un Sgno: Karma to Burn (WV)(58:22-END)
Behind My Vocals: Getz/Gilberto, Eric Dolphy, Mingus, Miles, Keith Jarrett, Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, Bud Powell
Tue, 23 February 2016
Prog, black metal and sludge brought together with technical prowess and a crushing drummer.
Ufonaut: Entropia (Poland)(0:28-6:06)
2-piece spinoff from Krallice bringing forth experimental prog and atmosphere, super mathy and abstract.
Silent Command: Geryon (NYC)(7:15-12:05)
Death rock threading through emotional black metal.
Autumn (Metsäpirtti part II): Ancestors Blood (Finland)(12:33-19:48)
Tombs added the incomparable Fade to their roster, Fade who is rooted in industrial and I really hope that it influences the whole album, which is coming out in April.
Deceiver: Tombs (Brooklyn)(20:40-26:07)
Yep, this is a solid and original and fun EP from Voivod. The following is their take on the famous song Silver Machine by Hawkwind.
Silver Machine: Voivod (Quebec)(27:07-31:47)
Reverb-heavy Satanic doom.
Rites: Gateway (Belgium)(32:07-36:48)
Lumbering doom from Conan. New drummer on this album.
Revengeance: Conan (UK)(37:12-43:09)
70’s psychedelic retro jamming fun from Norway, female lead singer.
Aeolian Dunes: High Priest of Saturn (Norway)(44:06-54:36)
Northless’ lead singer is a highlight.
The Curse of Being: Northless (Milwaukee)(55:27-END)
Behind the Vocals: Rare Earth, Frame, Shinki Chen, Burning Plague, Liquid Visions, More Than Anything, Novalis
Wed, 17 February 2016
Avant-garde psychedelic black metal dreamscapers, my Finnish favorites, Best of 2013, I want to marry all of them and live in their music.
Hypnotisoitu Viharukous: Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland)(0:28-5:41)
Colorado 2-piece with the lead singer of Lord Mantis bringing forth a lovely dark noise sound, catchy and fun.
Beast Whip: Cobalt (Colorado)(6:50-15:09)
After their lead singer and guitarist died in 2012, the rest of the members of Urgehal put together existing tracks and asked multiple guest vocals on their last album. The next song has the lead singer of Darkthrone.
The Iron Children: Urgehal (Norway)(15:41-20:13)
If you think Holy Grail is charming, then go see them live. They shine with the most charismatic singer, and the fans are crazy for them.
Descent into the Maelstrom: Holy Grail (LA)(20:55-25:14)
Grindcore, but the hardcore aspect keeps it energetic.
Low: Wake (Calgary)(26:00-29:20)
Obvious Jethro Tull sound with the flutes, vocals bring it Swedish retro style, which is fabulous. Album is softer than harder.
The Outcast: Witchcraft (Sweden)(29:48-35:41)
Interpret Gehennah as the perfect drunk thrash in an homage to Lemmy. This is their first album in 20 years. Old drunk fun farts.
Gehennah Will Destroy Your Life: Gehennah (Sweden)(36:14-38:04)
Angular death metal from Sweden.
Succubus: Temisto (Sweden)(38:23-42:15)
Emotional lead singer lassos you into New Zealand Beastwars sludgey charm.
Holy Man: Beastwars (New Zealand)(43:37-48:33)
Chicago grind breaking into headbangingness.
Heathen (The Throes of Poison): Morgue Suppliers (Chicago)(48:54-51:29)
More atmospheric from Black Shape of Nexus, and I hope the full album is more of the same.
Facepunch Transport Layer: Black Shape of Nexus (Germany)(52:00-END)
Wed, 3 February 2016
This week I count down to my #1 album, naming the “Best of” sub-genres along the way! Last week I named A Forest of Stars as my #2 album (folk, black metal, avant-garde).
Behind My Vocals: Perturbator and Night Runner - synthwave from 2014
Best (Horror) Melodic:
Nostalgia for my death rock albums of yore played a big part in naming Tribulation in my favorite list of the year. They do this melodic dark alternative death rock mixed with moody horror metal. It’s a great retro sound, mixed with blacker modern. They do a cover of One Hundred Years by the Cure!
Tribulation (Sweden), album - The Children of the Night (song - Holy Libations (0:28-6:52))
Distorted garage blues vintage rock with unique vocals blended through. They don’t shy away from hardening their sound, super heavy when they want.
Fuzz (SF), album - II (song - Bringer of Light (8:49-12:59))
Haust (Norway), album – Bodies: Haust won in Saturday album, so check out the review there.
Best Black Metal (Tie!): Both from Poland!
The lead singer of Outre stands out, with about a hundred different and experimental sounds.
Outre (Poland), album Ghost Chants (song - Chant 7 Arrival (14:07-21:41))
Perfect production makes Mgla shine: raw but shiny and sharp. Darker than Outre in the best way.
Mgla (Poland), album - Exercises in Futility (song - VI (22:46-31:25))
Yellow Eyes (NYC), album - Sick with Bloom: Yellow Eyes is super dense, thick, suffocating. Even when the notes clear there is still an oppressive distortion. Not an easy ride, and fully enjoyable. Emotional.
Leviathan (Portland), album - Scar Sighted: Leviathan goes for the creepy, depressing and scary path of black metal.
Odraza (Poland), album - Esperalem Tkane: This duo is not generic black metal. They are avante garde, mixing in warm sounds into brutal, catchy into cold, old school and modern, rampage and soft, and raw as fuck.
Best Revitalist/Blues Rock (Tie!):
I seriously cannot believe that two bands in the finals of this genre are my FAVORITE BANDS OF ALL TIME. It was a very difficult choice because Horisont AND Graveyard came out with the best albums of their careers.
Blues rock hinges on the vocalist – it is the most emotional instrument in this genre. Grusom jams hard on top of having the most gorgeous vocalist. This is an incredibly emotional album.
Grusom (Denmark), album - S/T (song - Evil (32:12-37:15))
Oh, I can’t resist Graveyard. This is their most romantic and honey-vocal album to date. That says a lot.
Graveyard (Sweden), album - Innocence & Decadence (song - Too Much Is Not Enough (37:41-42:15))
Horisont (Sweden), album – Odyssey: I called this album 'revitalist art' on my show. It has the swagger of the 80's and the psychedelic emotional sweetness of the 70's.
Sonic Medusa (LA), album - The Sunset Soundhouse Tape: This was an absolutely surprise from LA rockers. Even at (4) songs, this is an epic mini-album.
What did I say about this band? Apocalyptic atmospheric electronic ambient friction metal, that breaks into magical bits of gorgeous composition. You just want more of the pain.
Locrian (Chicago), album - Infinite Dissolution (song - Arc of Extinction (43:31-50:38))
Sunn O))) (Seattle), album – Kannnon: The growl, so deep in the throat, a song in itself. Next time, just the growl.
Best Classic Doom:
All three bands in the running were completely different, and all beloved in my heart. Crypt Sermon was old school, Valkyrie took a southern flavor, and Khemmis was fully thick and heavy.
The vocalist, again, stands out. Maybe that is the trick of all these bands, make sure you don’t get a cheesy idiot vocalist. Crypt Sermon builds and builds and the riffage and it totally throws you around in the best way.
Crypt Sermon (Philly), album - Out of the Garden (song - Into The Holy of Holies (51:08-58:58))
Valkyrie (VA), album – Shadows: This is the second album from two brothers on guitars, seven years between albums. This album is so rich and dense, the guitars playing so well together, natural and organic, southern rock really.
Khemmis (Denver), album – Absolution: Holy shit this album is fucking epic. Guitars, thick distortion, vocals that are just beyond.
Best Post-Punk/Synth Wave/Death Rock/Electronica/Industrial:
You would do well to get all the albums listed below; all of them winners in each of their sub-genres.
Heat Dust does not do shoegaze. They are harder angular aggressive dark alternative. Overall one of the best albums of the year. Romantic, moody, nostalgic but completely different from your favorite 80’s alternative. Brilliant.
Heat Dust (New Orleans), album - S/T (song - Something for Nothing (59:36-1:03:46))
Killing Joke (UK), album – Pylon: Killing Joke came out with one of the best darkwave/industrial albums in the last decade. It is completely versatile and leaps sounds from song to song. You can sit in your room and listen to it and cry that you were never loved in high school. I've said this over and over again, industrial artists from the 80's were some of the best of all time. Eclectic, experimentalists, creepy drug-using weirdos. Everything you need to make epic albums. And when they grew up and didn't die of an overdose, they continued making fucking awesome albums.
Diät (East Berlin), album - Positive Energy: Sexy post-punk, reminding me of the stark monotone of early Bauhaus, mixing in fun speed, punk, pop, and smart lyricists.
Deathhammer describes themselves as “old.” Just, “old.” I really enjoy that. These guys are hilariously, most likely drunk, old school geriatric thrash good time. Energy propels through your body, and that is the point of thrash, right?
Deathhammer (Norway), album - Evil Power (song - Sinner's Possession (1:04:31-1:09:42))
Ramming Speed (Boston), album - No Epitaphs: Vicious vocalist bringing in his force to angular thrash.
Black Fast (St. Louis), album - Terms of Surrender: Technical and precise, riff-heavy, great production, and importantly, dynamic
Saturday Album is the album I listen to most, and it ends up being the most inventive album of the year. Last year it was Chicago's Murmur, an eclectic album ranging from brutal to psychedelic to jazz. This year's Saturday Album has the same range; dabbling in a multitude of genres, picking my brain apart every time I played it.
Haust is sinister post-punk death rock black metal, and as with all Saturday albums, you can listen to it while you are laying on your couch in the sun and it will make you so happy.
Haust (Norway), album - Bodies (song - Days (1:10:09-1:15:20))
Tempel (Phoenix), album - The Moon Lit Our Path: Best instrumental album, excelling when they jam out and let their hair flow loose, swinging in full arcs above their heads
Freedom Hawk (VA), album - Into Your Mind: Stoner album that just rocks out so bad ass. It is a favorite of mine to listen with a beer. Hazy hook rock in the best Saturday afternoon way.
Best Vintage Old School Beer Metal that Automatically Feathers Your Hair When You Listen to It:
Anthemic old school heavy metal that is FUCKING FUN. Remember when music was fun?
Enforcer (Sweden), album - From Beyond (song - Destroyer (1:!5:54-1:19:34))
Best Grind/#1 album:
Complex ominious landscape with grind on the side. Raw, furious, perfectly sculpted grind. The vocalist is FANTASTIC, my favorite was his melodic screeching style. They had their San Diego friend Author and Punisher contribute, which I noticed immediately. The musicianship was PERFECT on this album.
Cattle Decapitation (San Diego), album - The Anthropocene Extinction (song - Manufactured Extinct (1:20:38-END))
You can watch the cutie-pie vocalist in 2012 record his vocals, and see into that process. Nuts. Am I allowed to say that this band is adorable? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1sMIyOuHx0
Here is the Making of The Anthropocene Extinction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cg6DuJ54IA
Theories (Seattle), album – Regression: I wanted to scream along with the vocalist of Theories. They put out grind that breaks into death and groove, prog and brutal.
Cloud Rat (Michigan), album – Qliphoth: Bad ass female lead singer, and songs that are more than short and brutal. Includes hardcore, soft touches of post-punk, and rifftastic death.
Noisem (MD), album - Blossoming Decay: This band won last week for Best Hardcore/Punk, see review there.
Fuck the Facts (Ottawa), album - Desire Will Rot: Groove, guttural, proggy.
Tue, 19 January 2016
Best Horror/SciFi Soundtrack:
There was no competition. It Follows was hands down the best soundtrack, be it horror or not. Fabulous film helped by a dread-filled retro-futuristic soundtrack (though not retrofuturism, you know?).
It Follows (composed by Disasterpeace)
Runner-Up: John Carpenter: Technically not an actual soundtrack, but excellent soundtrack-sounding music from our old friend John Carpenter. He dives right back into the 80's theme, and sounding freshly nostalgic.
Runner-Up: Ex Machina: The ambient portions were fine; but where this soundtrack shines was the scary and suspenseful areas. It just hammers the tension right into your head.
Hands down Sulphur Aeon is the most thoughtful death metal album of the year. It is blisteringly catchy and just rips. I listened to it three times in my first listening, ‘cause it ain’t exhausting. You should be listening to all the bands in this category.
Sulphur Aeon (Germany), album - Gateway To The Antisphere (song - Into The Courts Of Azathoth (0:28-4:46))
Runner-Up: Thurisaz (Belgium), album - The Pulse of Mourning: Can death metal be emotional? Hell yes. Thurisaz brings in the atmosphere and melody.
Runner-Up: Horrendous (Philly), album – Anareta: The most "easy-listening" and catchy of the death metal band contenders. The vocalist is super unique.
Runner-Up: Lost Soul (Poland), album - Atlantis: The New Beginning: The most TECHNICAL and classic death on this list.
Best Stoner Doom:
One of the requirements of this category is to put listeners in a spell with large crushing riffs, and groove out. This is Magic Circle’s second album, and it is heavier than the runner-ups. Just keep listening, super groove stuff here. This band just gets better and better.
Magic Circle (Boston), album - Journey Blind (song - Journey Blind (6:10-14:35))
Runner-Up: Spelljammer (Sweden), album - Ancient of Days: Nothing here to do but take a huge drag of your spliff and feel the weight of each of these compositions spin you on a journey.
Runner-Up: Mammoth Storm (Sweden), album – Fornjot: Layered sounds is the game here, and Mammoth Storm keeps it every so fresh by keeping you surprised with where the songs are going. Also, the best vocals - super sultry.
Best Evil Avant-Garde:
Cloak of Altering is a side project of Gnaw Their Tongues, and the album is dense, bizarre, horror, avante-garde-infused-assault metal.
Cloak of Altering (Netherlands), album – Manifestation (song - Stretching Infinity (15:18-22:44))
Runner-Up: Gnaw Their Tongues (Netherlands), album - Abyss of Longing Throats: Gnaw Their Tongues didn't lose here. This is hands down one of the best albums of the year. They just happened to be competing with their side project and semi-came in second. Dark, creepy horror.
Best Psychedelic/Space Rock:
Lori from Acid King cements the space-y composition of Acid King's brand new album with her vocals. Super trippy distorted fuzzy space goodness.
Acid King (San Francisco), album - Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere (song - Coming Down From Outer Space (23:52-29:39))
Runner-Up: Yuri Gagarin (Sweden), album - At the Center of All Infinity: Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space, a Russian cosmonaut. Swedish band Yuri Gagarin composes into music the idea of diving into space. Your brain will be way out there.
Runner-Up: Nocturnalia (Sweden), album – Above Below Within: Heavy rock, lined with solid vocals and a gaggle of scrumptious jam sessions
Runner-Up: Ecstatic Vision (Philly), album – Sonic Praise: They shine when the music dissolves into instrumental waves of fuzzy space rock.
Noisem is ambiance, death, thrash, grind, punk and technical hardcore. Tons of grind, but their young energy breaks it up into a ripping hardcore album.
Noisem (MD), album - Blossoming Decay (song - Cascade of Stars (30:15-34:28))
Runner-Up: Cult Leader (SLC), album - Lightless Walk: CLOSE second. Members of Gaza. Suffocating grind infuses this album, breaking into pummeling hardcore. Produced by Kurt Ballou.
Runner-Up: Mutoid Man (Boston/California), album – Bleeder: Mutoid Man is true lyrical rock, breaking into technical proggy dirty riffs. You have to love Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) to love this band, which I do, profoundly.
Windhand’s album is incredible melodic metal, which uses Dorthia Cottrell’s vocals as the focal point. Emotional masterpiece creationists, these Windhand folks.
Windhand (VA), album - Grief's Infernal Flower (song - Two Urns (35:01-42:37))
Runner-Up: Grusom (Denmark), album – S/T: Sexy blues vocals, a classic "best vocals" style: clean and hella good.
Runner-Up: Fister (St. Louis), album – IV: Not classically a vocal style that many people would say, "hey this dude's vocals are really gorgeous." But it is: guttural menacing evil shrieks. This dude must be f’n hot.
Sludge does not need to be slow. It is dark and grimey and aggressive. Whether it is slow or fast, it is mostly dirty and abrasive. Sludge is some of the darkest and most evil metal there is, highlighted by distortion and shrieking vocals. This was absolutely one of the most difficult categories to rate, because all three bands released GIANT albums. I fucking love Fister, whatever they do, whatever he shrieks. This album is one huge songs that contains the best groove breakdowns. Fister is one evil mofo band overall though. I want to have a beer with them in St. Louis, and then they can take me into an alley and sacrifice me to Satan.
Fister (St. Louis), Album - IV (song - (portion of) IV: Fister (43:37-53:40))
Runner-Up: Senior Fellows (Oklahoma), album – Shallow Grave for a Dying God: Senior Fellows is the catchiest in this category, and still savage enough to kill you.
Runner-Up: Hivelords (Philly), album – Tapered Limbs of a Human Star: Abrasive, chilling, atmospheric and experimental, and goes down so incredibly easily. This album was the weirdest of all the albums, which is a HUGE compliment.
Best Genre-Defying Metal and 2nd Best Album of the Year:
You haven’t heard A Forest of Stars, most likely. It is some theatrical crazy shit, based on black metal and folk. It is progressive and weird and a big ol’ mess of juxtapositions. It will surprise and entertain and make you laugh. But it is also very dark and menacing and bad ass. It is avant-garde psychedelic folk black metal with violins and flutes
A Forest of Stars (U.K.), album - Beware The Sword You Cannot See (song - Hive Mindless (54:53-END))