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)
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)