Wed, 20 July 2016
Chorus-driven, retro 80’s style, with an incredible lead singer.
Aria: Spellcaster (Portland)(0:28-4:47)
This album was recorded in the Thuringian forest. Period.
Scars: Coldworld (Germany)(6:18-13:02)
Sinister post-punk death rock noise.
This Nausea: Brothers (Nashville)(13:32-17:31)
Aggressive doom mixed with a touch of floating post-metal threads. Try to google the name of this band.
Human Garbage: Make (Chapel Hill)(17:56-21:09)
Lord Sargofagian leads Baptism. I mean, what else do you need to know.
The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash: Baptism (Finland)(21:53-28:12)
Swedish band is just brutal, so good.
Requiem: Diabolical (Sweden)(29:11-35:01)
Worst band name, really, 16? Like, wtf. They’ve been around for 25 years, and ended up with this stupid band name.
Landloper: 16 (LA/San Diego)(35:42-40:26)
Darker than their last album, thick sludge doom stuff.
All is Lost: Herder (Netherlands)(40:59-45:38)
More from the Dutch? Yes, please, with a black metal cherry on top.
I, Death, Descent: Draugur (Netherlands)(46:32-52:09)
Farewell to the Sun, Pt. 3: Vow of Thorns (London/Canada)(52:52-END)
Wed, 13 July 2016
Krallice and Yellow Eyes spin-off Anicon does their style of Brooklyn black metal, large epic production and melody.
Robed In Torments: Anicon (Brooklyn)(0:28-6:43)
The White Tower: Withdrawal (Winnipeg)(7:40-10:32)
Italian psychedelic is just, professional.
Sun Spectre: Giöbia (Italy)(11:03-25:54)
Spewing Gloom: Zhrine (Iceland)(26:47-31:01)
Thick swamp from Tennessee.
Rites of Divination: Navajo Witch (Tennessee)(31:28-37:35)
Buy ACxDC’s album on floppy discs, these guys are hip.
Evolved To Obliteration: ACxDC (SoCal)(38:01-39:22)
Ordeal: Phobocosm (Montreal)(39:40-45:22)
Anthem and speed from old school bros.
Code Rude: Bat (VA)(46:10-48:54)
Moody album art matches the Chicago sound.
Invictus Maneo: Vukari (Chicago)(49:27-54:45)
Oh those Italians. Add stoner to this psychedelic.
Woman: Black Rainbows (Italy)(55:09-END)
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)
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