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
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)