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)