Tue, 30 December 2014
U.K.’s Anaal Nathrakh plays a mix of genres: raw grind, produced industrial, death. A true wall of sound.
Unleash: Anaal Nathrakh (U.K.)(0:28-4:08)
Emptiness plays with a light and dark outlook on experimental death metal. There is something gorgeous underlying it all.
Lowland: Emptiness (Belgium)(5:32-11:31)
Algoma perfects the slow-motion head bang, with its filthy outlook on sludge.
Bed Sores: Algoma (Canada)(12:06-18:36)
Alternative, yes, but completely dark and angular.
Pedestal: Bone (Australia)(18:52-24:52)
Slugdge is made of two weirdos who sing about slugs, wizards and shrooms. And it f’n shreds.
Slimewave Zero: Slugdge (U.K.)(26:03-30:31)
Imagine laying out in the sun in Italy, with a dark-eyed Italian man fanning you, and feeding you gelato.
Kenosis: Istvan (Italy)(31:02-38:41)
So what, this is melodic death metal. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t completely brutal and fist-pumping fun. Indulge in a little pleasure, awesome breakdowns that you can cabbage patch to.
Leader of the Titans: Mors Principium Est (Finland)(39:22-44:42)
Madison plays black metal, emotional and shimmering in parts.
Lost Ages: Bereft (WI)(45:38-51:26)
Gurgling black evil from Germany.
Words Like Flames: Dysangelium (Germany)(52:07-56:33)
Your feathered hair flows back perpetually. This shit breaks DOWN.
Thunder: Black Magic (Norway)(56:51-1:02:18)
These guys hover over arctic ice, their bat wings soundless.
Stoneweaver: Old Wainds (Murmansk, Russia)(1:03:07-END)
The Smiths/Morrissey songs I play behind my vocals in order:
Well I wonder
Bigmouth Strikes again
The Boy Thorn
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Light That Has Never Gone Out
Tue, 16 December 2014
Tight, bare-boned aggression.
Visitant: Baring Teeth (Dallas)(0:28-4:30)
Harlequin-romance medieval black metal.
Vitava: Cult of Fire (Czech Republic)(5:27-11:23)
Filthy aggressive Belgians.
Blight Upon Sodom: Bones (Belgium)(11:42-17:28)
Dense black metal mixed with a lot of different genres that gives this an organic twist.
Vinger: Taake (Norway)(18:14-24:02)
Torturously slow brutal.
Chapter 1: Devourer of Light: Famishgod (Spain)(25:03-31:59)
Insignia of Illumination: Usurpress (Sweden)(32:16-35:30)
Proggy Ghost Brigade on the verge of cheese, but smart enough not to fall off the edge.
Wretched Blues: Ghost Brigade (36:21-42:34)
Scary power from the north.
Hell's First Born: Conquer (Ottawa)(42:52-47:37)
Melodic, yeah, but good stuff. The vocalist is a story-teller.
The Bright Trapezium: Varathron (Greece)(48:23-55:05)
Oh, this shit is slow as all hells doom.
Fortress of Gods: Fortress (MD)(55:29-END)
Tue, 2 December 2014
Supergroup Old Man Gloom has (2) new albums with the same name, the following song is from the "first" album. The second album is a little more moody, but still full of piss.
Promise: Old Man Gloom (MA)(0:28-5:01)
Chris Black is a god of musical prowess, playing drums, bass and/or singing for bands Dawnbringer, High Spirits, Superchrist, Pharoah. Dawnbringer’s Nucleus (2010) is one of my fave albums of all time. This is yet another NWOBHM-influenced, riffy, awesomeness.
The Burning Of Home: Dawnbringer (Chicago)(7:10-11:19)
Full of Hell have hit the jackpot: access to the noise of Merzbow to create a double cd album.
High Fells: Full of Hell and Merzbow (MD and Japan)(12:14-16:45)
One of the best goth/post-punk influenced album this year.
Entropy: Atriarch (Portland)(17:23-22:42)
A short brand new E.P. from the female-led Bog Oak.
The Resurrection Of Animals: Bog Oak (Sacramento)(23:17-27:45)
I expect no less from Behemoth. This is a vinyl-only E.P.
Nieboga Czarny Xiadz: Behemoth (Poland)(28:28-34:33)
Doom that hits the nail on the head: they intertwine slow with incredible riffage. Will keep you guessing. This is a great mini-album.
They Had No Names: Heavydeath (Sweden)(35:11-41:26)
You can basically see this band play in your hometown in someone’s basement, and you would have talked about it for years.
Mayhem: Caskets Open (Finland)(41:55-44:55)
Distorted thrash black metal.
Conquest: Zom (Ireland)(45:51-50:36)
The vocalist brings back Fen to its razor sharp edge again.
Our Names Written in Embers - Part 2 (Beacons of Sorrow): Fen (U.K.)(51:12-57:31)
I can’t listen to this band.
Beyond Stillness: Dire Omen (Alberta)(57:59-END)