Tue, 3 January 2017
Oh, this is a perfect death album. The epicness of the headbangingness.
Eucharistic Adoration: Mercyless (France)(0:28-3:50)
One-man horror, with violin, organ and the theramin. Charming vocalist.
Cadavre abandonné: Créatures (France)(5:13-12:13)
Oh Krallice, why don’t you marry Krallice and have their NYC hipster babies. Actually I like this band. But this shit can get pretentious and I think of SF techies attending their shows and of course that means a lot of windbreakers and yoga pants and cell phones. Not to insult Krallice in any way, this is a stellar EP.
Conflagration: Krallice (NYC)(12:53-20:31)
Spanish Teitanblood has that creepy vocalist that hangs over you in a mist while you are sleeping. Only two songs in this EP, but it’s hella long, and man it breaks down in the best way.
Accursed Skin: Teitanblood (Spain)(21:09-28:47)
Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair. Say that over and over again. Dudes cracked me up, but their music is not funny.
Daddy's Home: Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair (UK)(30:01-35:28)
Of course, weirdos from Colorado Springs. Color me fucking surprised.
Hidden Species (Vitrification Of Blood Part 2): Blood Incantation (CO)(35:57-42:51)
Austrian nerd brings forth his palms and cups that imaginary chalice.
Woher Ich Stamme: Nahtrunar (Austria)(43:21-49:53)
NY black metal brah. I don’t know, I don’t care.
Nothing: Black Anvil (NYC)(51:21-57:24)
Look, it’s black metal and I like it ok? Who are YOU?
The Great Beast: Grafvitnir (Sweden)(58:04-END)
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