Tue, 26 August 2014
The new TOAD! This album has goth, spacey and psychedelic strains running through, in all-over groove rock.
Terminal Burrowing: Take Over and Destroy (Arizona) (0:28-5:13)
Horror experimental mixed with prog and brutal; but not as hard as that just sounded.
The Bright White Nothing At The End Of The Tunnel: Thantifaxath (Toronto) (6:36-13:17)
Vocalist is my favorite part of Darkentries; the album is full of different styles, but in a beautiful composition of sound.
TV Fuzz: Darkentries (SC) (13:45-19:15)
Heavy metal punk rock.
Whiplash Disaster: Midnight (Cleveland) (19:41-23:54)
Don’t underestimate, not just groovy – it hits on some great riffs. KTB has been around for 15 years.
Fifty-Four: Karma to Burn (WV) (24:50-29:19)
Italian glam punk band, very stylish and dirty at the same time.
Eaten Dust Overload: Children of Technology (Italy) (29:52-33:28)
Monolord has very loud drums, crunchy, thick.
Icon: Monolord (Sweden) (33:52-41:30)
Canadian French post-metal.
Fading Inn: Rhino (Montreal) (42:20-47:52)
2/3’s female, beer rock!
Wyvernking: Krownn (Italy) (51:35-END)
Tue, 19 August 2014
I love YOB. This album is yours, in your vinyl collection, right now.
Nothing to Win: YOB (Eugene) (0:28-11:36)
Bastard Sapling is a spin-off of Inter Arma, including a song sung by the lead singer in Windhand (cute girl). One of the best black metal albums I have heard this year: warm, rich, organic, but still black.
The Killer In Us All: Bastard Sapling (VA) (13:25-19:40)
You know Pallbearer. This is more Pallbearish stuff – epic, large, pretty, vocals-heavy.
The Ghost I Used To Be: Pallbearer (Little Rock) (20:28-28:37)
The new American Graveyard that caught the 70’s mullet of Metal Blade.
Behold, The Anunnaki: Brimstone Coven (WV) (29:41-35:14)
Maveth (Finland) and Embrace of Thorns (Greece) came out with an incredible black crazy dark split of awesome filth
The Pits Of Strife: Embrace of Thorns (Greece) (35:50-39:31)
Experimental proggy death from Norway, totes weird and shit.
Hermit Dream: Diskord (Norway) (40:05-45:55)
San Francisco’s very weirdo experimental band that uses dulcimers. Dulcimers.
Dianthus: Botanist (San Francisco) (47:03-49:50)
Irish dark?? Yep.
Killvlad: Weed Priest (Ireland) (50:14-56:44)
Gallo is Gallow now, putting out his interpretation of Italian pagan.
Passer-By: John Gallow (NY) (57:24-END)
Tue, 12 August 2014
Warm southern grind. Makes sense?
Our Creation: Columns (NC) (0:28-2:43)
Pilgrim is now a 2-piece with some pretentiously named guy The Wizard doing guitar and bass. Melody leans toward the melancholy ala Pallbearer-style.
The Paladin: Pilgrim (RI) (3:58-8:00)
Atmospheric, folksy integrated black metal, but in a natural non-contrived way.
The Long Road, II. Capricious Miles: Panopticon (KY) (8:35-16:27)
Pranjal’s voice is very majestic, it brainwashes you into thinking you are standing in a cathedral with dragons flying overhead. The lyrics are thoughtful and dripping with imagery. Last year’s album was a riffy sludge-filled album; this one incorporates a bit more melancholy. Hey, who doesn’t like to be kicked in the gut with emotion.
The Outlier: Cardinal Wyrm (Oakland) (17:13-24:02)
Krieg is like, a totes black metal and crust band. Whattup.
Worthless Nothing (Doom cover): Krieg (NJ) (25:04-27:25)
Oh my heart, a female led Graveyard-esque band. This album is MASSIVE.
Black Smoke: Blues Pills (Sweden) (27:59-33:04)
Vukari is like, yeah, we are black metal and stuff, but we can make you cry.
Riddled With Fear And Doubt: Vukari (Chicago) (33:37-38:52)
Yet another band from Arizona filled with seething anger, I like. But also, Arizona blows.
Blowback: Territory (Tucson) (39:04-41:16)
More of a shifting hardcore album: tempo-changing, genre-bending weirdos.
Standing On the Shoulders of Omega: Northern Widows (Columbus)(41:46-45:05)
A thickly riffy fist-pumping whiskey-flavored band.
Stoic: Nervewrecker (U.K.) (46:03-50:17)
I go off about the idea of metal. This band is BRUTAL.
(Proto)Christ: Coprocephalic (San Diego/Taiwan)(51:08-54:28)
Agoraphobic Nosebleed member, and label. Tiki-influenced grind.
Vestige of Surfly Remains: Wadge (Canada) (55:10-56:25)
Thanks FLOOD for having an album named OAK and making it entirely impossible to find you on the internet. Good thinkin’!
Holy Astro Shaman Part I: Flood (Oakland) (57:03-END)\
Tue, 5 August 2014
Suffocating doom, totally envelops. Thick and dark. Delicious.
Dweller On The Threshold: Fórn (Boston) (0:28-7:42)
Plasticbag Facemask is way WAY cooler than any of us. Witty, awesome, tight, aggressive, insane.
I Am Facebook Officially Going to Puke: Plasticbag Facemask (Cali) (8:54-15:05)
Listen to the whole song, this is a fun death metal band, another good Arizona band, who woulda thought.
Here is a video: http://youtu.be/DuHZuVV3foQ
Overdose: Gatecreeper (Arizona) (15:47-18:39)
This is Nachtmystium’s last album, and I think their best. It has a pinch of everything: brutal, post-metal, spacey, proggy
The World We Left Behind: Nachtmystium (Chicago) (19:19-25:52)
Because of their large penises, these guys are a little too full of themselves. I have just heard a bit of their demo, and I already want to be their sex slave.
Diverse Beliefs: Fassbender (San Francisco) (26:49-28:19)
Epic 2 piece, similar to the Body, but way more emotional. Same crushing style.
As It Needs To Be...: Keeper (Cali) (28:54-37:10)
New favorite hardcore album.
Keelhaul: Husk (U.K.) (37:36-40:38)
Big Black Cloud is influenced by the 80’s punk and 90’s alternative and has molded it into a modern experimental sound.
Cities of the Red Night: Big Black Cloud (Portland) (41:02-44:44)
Oakland! Black metal! They have been getting tons of good reviews. They revel in tradition in their lofi sound, but have a bunch of surprising breaks that makes this a good package.
Blood Opulence: Akatharsia (Oakland) (45:27-46:42)
Italian 2 piece that is loud and proud.
Right Not Right: Agatha (Italy) (47:15-51:59)
Yay, a fun 70’s style bluesy band, you need this in your life sometimes.
Information Overload: Lord Montague (Minneapolis) (52:56-57:10)
Finland, first of all, and then on top of it, these guys are weird for the Finnish. Nuff said.
Vastans: Suruni (Finland) (57:49-END)