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)