Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Satan - Discography

'Discography'
Satan
1981-2014

Review by Joe Towse

Genre/s: NWOBHM, Speed Metal
For Fans Of: Blitzkrieg, Diamond Head, Blind Fury

Satan has been one of my personal favourite bands for a long time - so much so, in fact, that I named my old blog after them. While nobody who has been into metal for longer than about five minutes is unaware of them, some have been known to dismiss the NWOBHM as being mostly simplistic, almost pub rock-style tunes, Satan broke the mould and played faster and more complex music than many of their contemporaries, often being categorised along with the early speed metal bands. Unlike many NWOBHM bands who made a comeback, though, their newer material is similarly almost flawless, Life Sentence being one of the best albums of 2013.

Includes:
- The First Demo (1981)
- Into the Fire (1982)
- Kiss of Death (1982)
- Court in the Act (1983)
- Dirt (1986)
- Into the Future (1986)
- Suspended Sentence (1987)
- Live in the Act (2004)
- Life Sentence (2013)
- Trail of Fire: Live in North America (2014)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Meningococcemia Fecal - Scat Monsters

'Scat Monsters'
Meningococcemia Fecal
2015

Review by Joe Towse

Genre/s: Goregrind
For Fans Of: Squash Bowels, Cliteater, Paracoccidioidomicosis-
proctitissarcomucosis

The album artwork correctly indicates that this is nothing clever. It doesn't need to be. What this demo from Mexico does, it does damn well. Groovy, catchy goregrind with - shock horror - memorable tunes. Taking cues more from the slower, punkier bands of the goregrind spectrum, and looking less towards the Last Days of Humanity/gorenoise side of things (despite featuring a guest appearance from ex-LDOH vocalist Erwin de Groot), Meningococcemia Fecal demonstrate a keen sense of balance between out-and-out sickness and listenability. The samples may make you a little queasy, so this is definitely not dinner music, but if you just want to have a little boogie, you need look no further.

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Various Artists - ADK Omnibus Vol.1

'ADK Omnibus Vol.1'
Various Artists
1983

Review by Joe McManamon-Simon

Genre/s: Hardcore Punk, Post-Punk, New Wave, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Discharge, SS, Gang Of Four, The Contortions

This compilation is essential for fans of Japanese punk. I can geek out over a lot of this stuff as those of you who saw my megapost of early 80s Japanese punk already know. And why not? Many of these bands put bands like 7 Seconds to shame (then again, it's not that hard to make 7 Seconds look more mediocre than they already are). So, let's actually talk about the bands.

The first band, Sodom, is clearly a direct result of Discharge's "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing" which predated this compilation by one year. Don't write them off as being a clone though, their tracks on here are faster, more blown out, and more vicious than Discharge. If you want hyper aggressive, stripped down hardcore punk, you're going to love Sodom.

Next up is Sekinin Tenka. At their core, they're reminiscent of bands like SS and The Stalin; however, they rely on weird, atonal guitar work like something you'd hear from Saccharine Trust. This makes for a sinister sound befitting of one of today's hip young ~mysterio man~ hardcore bands except it predates them by about 25 years.

Okay, so Cain, the third band, is somewhat of an oddity. They play disco influenced post-punk/new wave similar to Gang Of Four but way poppier. Their material feels out of place, but at the same time works well to showcase how fucked up the other bands are.

Lastly is Gaddess, who remind me of New York no wave bands like The Contortions and Teenage Jesus. Their songs are all bizarre and atonal, often feeling as if they are falling apart, but still somehow managing to remain catchy in places. After Cain's pop sensibilities, Gaddess feels even more disturbing than they might have at another place in the compilation.

This is the only rip you'll find with individually split tracks, all of the others are divided by band. I'm not sure what else I should have to say to convince you to check this out, so get downloading.

Tracklisting:
1. ソドム [Sodom] - ソドミズム
2. ソドム [Sodom] - スペルマ爆弾
3. ソドム [Sodom] - L.S.D
4. ソドム [Sodom] - 自殺 / パブリック
5. ソドム [Sodom] - カンゴフK
6. ソドム [Sodom] - 夜姦菌孤
7. 責任転嫁 [Sekinin Tenka] - Fuck
8. 責任転嫁 [Sekinin Tenka] - 春と修羅
9.責任転嫁 [Sekinin Tenka] - Worm
10.責任転嫁 [Sekinin Tenka] - 慕情
11. カイン [Cain] - さつき病
12. カイン [Cain] - すてきなビート (Beat Generation)
13. ガディス [Gaddess] - Bun-Bun-Bun
14. ガディス [Gaddess] - 新宿 -闇のカーニバル-
15. ガディス [Gaddess] - 薬 -Yaku-
16. ガディス [Gaddess] - あたいの.....
17. ガディス [Gaddess] - ケダモノ
18. ガディス [Gaddess] - キ・チ・ガ・イ

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Los Crudos - Las Injusticias Caen Como Pesadillas

'Las Injusticias Caen Como Pesadillas'
Los Crudos
1994

Review by Joe McManamon-Simon

Genre/s: Hardcore Punk
For Fans Of:  Bastardos Sin Nombre, Koro, The Faith, Failures (none of these are really all that accurate on their own)

Los Crudos is probably definitely one of the most important hardcore punk bands of all time. Their stripped down, no bullshit, hyper aggressive approach to the style, coupled with their strong political stances, made for a band who have no peers (except maybe Dropdead, with whom they were actually gong to do a split which ended up falling through). And what's amazing is they still have all of the power and intensity they had 20 years ago; I saw them at Damaged City Fest last year and was blown away.

This EP is one of my favorites, and for some reason, no good quality (or even complete) rip of it seems to exist anywhere on the internet which is a huge bummer. So, once again, I decided to take matters into my own hands and deliver the goods to the masses.

I have a lot of trouble trying to compare Los Crudos to any other bands. Sure there are some identifiable pieces here and there like guitar work which can be traced back to first wave LA punk bands like The Plugz and The Bags; or drumming reminiscent of chaotic mid-80s Japanese punk like Gauze and Lipcream. But somehow, despite there being bits of this and that, and even though their music can definitely be considered fairly straightforward hardcore punk, Los Crudos manage to create something which defies comparison. I don't want to make the lazy connections to random latino punk bands (which is like people who use the term "female fronted" as though it's a genre in and of itself) or to other bands members of Los Crudos have been like Limp Wrist, Charles Bronson, MK-Ultra, etc who don't even really sound similar.

My inability to come to a conclusion on comparisons aside, this is one of my favorite hardcore punk 7"s ever and you should listen to it.

Tracklisting:
1. No Estoy Convencido
2. Curiosidad
3. Porque
4. Tu Lo Enseñaste
5. Lucha Para Que Te Escuchen
6. Corrido Jodido

Monday, 26 January 2015

Bulldozer - The Final Separation

'The Final Separation'
Bulldozer
1986

Review by Joe Towse

Genre/s: Black/Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
For fans of: Venom, Midnight, Celtic Frost

I thought I'd introduce myself here with an album I've been digging a lot recently. This is Bulldozer's second album, and while it's more refined than their debut, The Day of Wrath, it still retains a strong sense of youthful creativity and aggression. Taking influence from the likes of Venom and Hellhammer who were just starting to sow the seeds of proto-black metal in the UK and Switzerland respectively, there is certainly a menacing air around this album that sets it apart from most heavy and speed metal of the era. Don't get me wrong, this is most assuredly a heavy metal album - black metal wouldn't dare have hooks this outrageous - but it is about as far from Saxon and their ilk as one could get within the genre. A minor classic, and, along with Death SS and Dark Quarterer, one of the most important metal bands Italy produced.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Final Separation
2. Ride Hard - Die Fast
3. The Cave
4. Sex Symbols' Bullshit
5. "Don" Andras
6. Never Relax!
7. Don't Trust the "Saint"
8. The Death of Gods

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Status Noll - Self Titled

'Status Noll'
Status Noll
2014

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Blackened Punk
For Fans Of: Church Whip, Sewer Drainer, Hoax, Divisions, Vile Gash

Hailing from Norrköping, Sweden - Status Noll play raw negative music that draws influence from the likes of hardcore, blackened punk and Swedish D-Beat.
Embracing a decidedly lo-fi (albeit coherent) live sound, Status Noll plow through their songs at either breakneck speeds or glacial, stompy pace - combined the two make for a suitably aggressive and nasty couple. The lyrics are delivered as a hoarse, menacing bark - in both English and Swedish - and are as mean and downtrodden as the music they're accompanying.
In summary: awesome, straight-up, no frills hardcore oozing with malice and dark energy. It's free, it's on bandcamp and it's totally worth your time.

 TRACKLISTING:
1. I Want to Suffer
2. Nej
3. A Knife
4. Pointless
5. NEET Punk

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Bloated Subhumans - Vessels

'Vessels'
Bloated Subhumans
2015

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Harsh Noise, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Rectal Hygienics, Brainbombs, Twin Stumps, Billy Bao, Rusted Shut

If, like me, you're always itching for the sort of music that sits squarely in the middle of a noise vs actual music Venn diagram, I've totally got something for you.
Bloated Subhumans is a solo project that combines repetitious, crushing noise rock with vicious static walls and shrill arcs of electronic noise. Thick bass lines accompanied by super washed out, mumbled vocals are layed out on top of walls of distortion with programmed drums plodding away in the background, somehow keeping it from collapsing in on itself. The surges of harsh noise are done perfectly, and never overshadow the more 'musical' components of each track, and instead add a whole new level of grime and texture to the mix. Vessels is definitely a case of  'less is more', but it's done tastefully and in a way that lends the three tracks a menacing, apathetic vibe while not losing its appeal after the first few minutes.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Immobile
2. Kill
3. Unending

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Francis Harold And The Holograms - The White Bulls Weeps From Valhalla

'The White Bulls Weeps From Valhalla'
Francis Harold And The Holograms
2012

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Noise Rock, Garage Rock
For Fans Of: Pigeon Religion, Lumpy And The Dumpers, Dry Rot, Avon Ladies, Drunkdriver

Francis Harold and the Holograms (FHatH from here on in) were a band from Arizona - who much like many other punk bands from Arizona of late played viciously noisy, sloppy hardcore.
The White Bull Weeps... was FHatH's final release before their dissolution, but it's also their most focused and ferocious effort. Gone is the blown out, derivative garage rock of their previous releases, leaving a much more sinister and noisy monster, that feels more like a hardcore or noise rock band playing loose three chord songs. FHatH play strung out, plodding sludge rock and fast paced ragers through their filter of fucked up guitar noise, howling cavernous vocals and blistering arcs of feedback that course through each track like electricity. It's simultaneously invigorating and terrifying.
If ever there was a band to call it quits just short of reaching their peak, it's this one - and while FHatH do have a reasonably extensive discography (one LP and numerous 7"s), none of it comes close to the unhinged rock and roll on this beast.

TRACKLISTING:
1. The White Bull
2. My Hell
3. Chinese Head

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Lizzard Wizzard - Dankrupt

'Dankrupt'
Lizzard Wizzard
2015

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Doom Metal, Sludge, Stoner Doom
For Fans Of: Conan, Sleep, Dopefight, Clagg, Church Of Misery

Brisbane's undisputed kings of low brow humour and bone shattering doom riffs are back with a two track EP and it fucking rips (cones).
Much like their self titled debut, Dankrupt balances tongue in cheek lyrics with GIGANTIC walls of fuzz and feedback, played at glacial pace and with just enough menace to offset any misconceptions that may have arisen from looking at the album art.
Delivered in a very similar style to Conan or Sleep's Dopesmoker, the multiple vocalists draw out and layer their vocals on top of the instruments, in a way that adds to the repetitive, driving force behind each track - and while they may be singing about weed induced comas or hirsute wrestlers rising from the dead, it still sounds incredibly powerful.
My only gripe with this release is that it's only two songs long, and not ten, but otherwise it's everything I look for in a sludge/doom release and with its own unique spin of the typical genre conventions.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Dankrupt
2. The Ghost Of Randy Savage

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Atrax Morgue - Triple Post

'In Search Of Death'
'Woundfucker'
'Sickness Report'
Atrax Morgue
1993, 1994, 1996

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Death Industrial, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Alberich, Brighter Death Now, Genocide Organ, Genocide Lolita

Atrax Morgue was the moniker under which Italian noise musician, Marco Corbelli operated under from the early nineties right up until his suicide in 2007. Much like his fellow death industrial peers, Corbelli takes the extreme pulses and blats of power electronics and channels them into much more rhythmic and clinical compositions. While Corbelli's work does tend to focus on the usual subject matter (death, rape, murder, necrophilia etc etc) Atrax Morgue has a morbid fascination with disease, medical procedures and the human body, with the cold clinical imagery a fitting background to the hideous squelches and screeches being milked out of an abused synthesizer. As well as this, Corbelli's body of work is heavily influenced by the pulpy, violent imagery of 1970s/80s Giallo films (as evidenced in some of the samples on In Search Of Death).
Contained here are, in my opinion, three of Atrax Morgue's best works spanning the early and mid nineties - but I strongly suggest delving deeper into more of Corbelli's work as it's all as equally engrossing and unsettling as the releases here.

(Note: both In Search Of Death and Woundfucker are contained within the download file below)

TRACKLISTING:

In Search Of Death (1993)
1. Intro (The Next Door)
2. Lonely
3. RapeTime
4. In Search Of Death
5. Vaginal Speculum
6. Gein Blessed
7. Death Come
8. Necrolessia
9. MurderBeat

Woundfucker  (1994)
1. Used On
2. Woundfucker
3. Bloodorgasm
4. Beautiful Razor
5. No Mercy
6. Rosy (Morte II)
7. Hungry Of Human
8. Sperm On Dead Faces
9. Sexycorpse
10. Cuntdestroyer
11. Autopsy

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Sickness Report (1996)
1. Evisceration
2. Massive Vulval Warts
3. Deformed
4. Brain Penetration
5. Sphrenix Nor
6. Ipoleptic
7. Arphenia
8. Chronic Disease
9. Slow Agony Of A Dying Organism

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Slugdge - Gastronomicon

'Gastronomicon'
Slugdge
2014

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Sludge Metal, Death Metal, Space Rock
For Fans Of: Coffinworm, Lord Mantis, Dragged into Sunlight, Enslaved, Fistula, Lizzard Wizzard
Favourite Track: Invertahate

If you're into doom/sludge that isn't afraid to take itself as seriously as most other bands of the genres do, then Slugdge might just be for you. With most of the tracks being clever, and in some cases hilarious, plays on words, Slugdge have really done a great job of combining a whole assortment of different genres into one colossal, awesome beast- a conqueror worm if you will if you want to suit the gross, subterranean theme of the album. While the band does use some progressive elements in their music, they're nothing to shy away from because of this- the way they've done it actually reminds me a lot of Enslaved on some of their later albums, although I know not everyone is a fan of that. Overall however this is a really great release from a still burgeoning band, the way they've found a strange harmony between aspects of death metal and space rock without it getting stale and gimmicky is a real sign of skill on their part and I can't wait to see what they'll do next.

Tracklisting:
1. Dark Side of the Shroom (2:55)
2. Gastronomicon (7:57)
3. Lettuce Prey (7:23)
4. The Sound of Mucus (5:22)
5. Slimewave Zero (4:33)
6. Invertahate (5:22)
7. Salters of Madness (6:31)
8. Pax Aranea (5:56)

Total Run-Time: 45:59

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Revenge - Discography (So Far)

'Discography (So Far)'
Revenge
2001-2012

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Blackened Death Metal, Raw Black Metal
For Fans Of: Blasphemy, Teitanblood, Goatpenis, Sect Pig, Black Witchery, Portal, Nyogthaeblisz
Favourte Albums: Infiltration.Downfall.Death, Triumph.Genocide.Antichrist

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Revenge are pretty old news in the global black metal scene, however they're still damn good and I felt like posting their discography in case anyone was looking for an album or two and couldn't otherwise find them. Sounding like a deranged split between Teitanblood and Blasphemy, and fueled by themes of nightmarish, apocalypse-inducing warfare, Revenge are an insane force of power bordering on grindcore at times. Saying that Revenge is an amalgamation of various bands and their styles, however, is kind of negative and positive aspect to viewing them, as yeah Revenge does also comparably sound like a cracked out, lo-fi version of Gorgoroth, but they also progress on the styles that they've obviously been influenced by greatly- adding the whole creepy.period.thing to each of their releases also gives them that bit of personal flair setting them aside aesthetically from these other bands is also worth mentioning. There really is no one good place to start here, pretty much all their releases are fantastic but for the sake of objectivity I'll say that Infiltration.Downfall.Death and Triumph.Genocide.Antichrist are the best in my opinion. If you're looking for something straight-up raw then I recommend Infiltration, but if you're more interested in seeing how the band can play with riffs and other instrumentation more thoughtfully then Triumph is likely the better choice for you- regardless though, enjoy.

Post Includes:

- Attack.Blood.Revenge (2001)

- Superion.Command.Destroy (2002)

- Triumph.Genocide.Antichrist (2003)

- Victory.Intolerance.Mastery (2004)

- Infiltration.Downfall.Death (2008)

- Scum.Collapse.Eradication (2012)

- Retaliation.Doom.Eradication (2012)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Wetbrain - Vacant Life

'Vacant Life'
Wetbrain
2015

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: White Wards, Gag, Slavescene, Hoax, Guttergods, Nudes

Wetbrain are a relatively new band out of Seattle,  Washington and if their demo and this three track EP are anything to go by - they're gonna be a band to watch out for.
Wetbrain play super blown out, noisy hardcore with an unhealthy amount of chorus piled onto the guitars and feedback forced into the mix. It's  a dangerous concoction of raw punk aggression and strung out noise, with the washed out vocals hovering in the background creating a pretty uneasy, distant effect.
If you've been digging the multitudes of dark, fucked up hardcore that's been coming out of the states in recent years, you'll more than likely love this. And be sure to visit the band's blog here to keep up with any new releases, shows and to check out their demo.

TRACKLISTING:
1.Suppression Cell
2.Trench Knife
3.Cutting Losses

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Gas Chamber - Hemorrhaging Light

'Hemorrhaging Light'
Gas Chamber
2014

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre: Powerviolence, Hardcore
For Fans Of: Gasp, Column Of Heaven, Iron Lung, Suffering Luna, The Endless Blockade, Pink Floyd, Cyclops

Hailing from Buffalo, New York,  Gas Chamber are a band I've seen more than a few people call one of the most unique hardcore/powerviolence bands around currently. Hemorrhaging Light is such a dizzying mish-mash of styles and genres, of wildly varying kinds it's really hard to try and pin a label on them or make a valid comparison.
Much like Man Is The Bastard, Suffering Luna or Gasp, Gas Chamber combine aggressive hardcore with noisy interludes, ambience whilst including nods to prog-rock, classic rock, jazz and experimental music. The sudden transitions from blastbeats to melodic, proggy basslines and grandiose guitar solos are often jarring and unexpected, but executed fantastically and in a way that never interrupts the flow of the album. It's almost as if a group of classically trained musicians decided to fuse their musical chops with the members of a hardcore band. It shouldn't work - but it does.
If, like me, you've grown very weary of anything labelled 'powerviolence' and need something to rekindle your love and restore your hope for the genre - I strongly suggest listening to this.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Gypsy
2. Stacked Logs
3. Time Lapse
4. My Warsaw
5. V
6. True Abolition
7. White
8. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
9. Quality Of Death
10. VII
11. Pigeon

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Summoning - Megapost

'Megapost'
Summoning
1995-2006

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Atmospheric Black Metal, Ambient Black Metal, Speed Metal
For Fans Of: Paysage d'Hiver, Taake, Carpathian Forest, Abigor, Ragnarok, Falkenbach
Favourite Albums: Lugburz, Oath Bound

Easily one of, if not my own personal favourite in atmospheric black metal, Summoning are a classic Austrian band with lyrics and themes rotating around the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This is usually a theme so done to hell that I'm usually pretty put off by it, sure I love the odd band that gives a nod to the Lord of the Rings, but some bands just take it to a level so ridiculous that it's impossible to take them seriously: exhibit a. Summoning, however, approach the material pretty tastefully- not just outright exploiting the fact that you could teach a class on the history of Middle Earth, and just using it as a poor stand-in for lack of creativity on their own part. You won't find too much of this at all with Summoning, while their first album "Lugburz" is arguably the odd one out in the bunch, as its much more influenced by traditionally fast and gritty black metal in the style of Taake, the others can be somewhat peaceful and relaxing- albeit haunting. Don't worry though, you won't be bored to tears by Summoning often, while there are tracks that take a looooooong time to build up like "Land of the Dead" on Oath Bound, the result is truly epic, as redundant as that word seems to have become in the realm of metal. I really couldn't choose which album I wanted to post by Summoning originally and decided to opt for a megapost, so I hope you enjoy it!

Post Includes:

- Lugburz (1995) 

- Minas Morgul (1995)

- Dol Goldur (1996)

- Stronghold (1999)

- Lost Tales (2003)

- Oath Bound (2006)

IRM - Closure

'Closure'
IRM
2014

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Death Industrial, Power Electronics, Drone, Industrial
For Fans Of: Skin Area, Pharmakon, Brighter Death Now, Pig Heart Transplant

Closure wins the award for least hyped album of 2K15, because somehow it took me two months to realise/remember it had been released, and promptly correct the error of my ways.
IRM have been my favourite death industrial band for quite some time now, and despite the questionable album art (seriously???) Closure sees them returning to familiar territory in fine form, while refining the additional elements that have been creeping in on their last few releases (2008's Indications of Nigredo and 2010's Order4 in particular).
As per usual, IRM build their claustrophobic compositions around pulsating synth drones and apocalyptic percussion. The additional bass guitar adds a steady metallic structure to the sound, even playing what could almost be construed as riffs, as Martin Bladh's effect laden vocals wail over the top like air raid sirens. There's an unmistakable air or unease and sense of impending dread on every track, whether it be one of the noisier, industrial oriented tracks or the creepy dark ambient ones.
If sterile, suffocating industrial dirges sound like they're your cup of tea; or if you've skipped out on IRM (or where completely oblivious to this release) I strongly recommend giving this a listen - and while you're at it, swing by my previous review of Order4 to check out what is essential the predecessor to this album.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Closure I
2. Closure II
3. Closure III
4. Closure IV
5. Closure V
6. Closure VI
7. Closure VII
8. Closure VIII
9. Closure IX

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Sex Pill - Demo 2014

'Demo 2014'
Sex Pill
2014

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Noise Punk, Blackened Punk
For Fans Of: Slavehouse, Meth Sores, Horrid Cross, Perfume River, Slavescene

First of all a shout-out is in order for my co-blogger Joe for putting me onto this band and potentially letting me steal this review opportunity. Thanks!
Sex Pill are an infuriating band to google for obvious reasons, made even more difficult to very little internet presence. On the plus side, their music fucking rules and is perhaps a faint glimmer of hope for all the 'mysterious guy hardcore' buffs out there. Sex Pill play a style music that fluctuates between coherent - albeit lo-fi stompy blackened hardcore and blown out walls of noise. On top of that the vocals are heavily treated with some sort of chorus or rotary effect, rendering them completely unintelligible, and pretty darn menacing. This demo lapses in and out of noisy freakouts like it's going out of style, once again proving hardcore is at its best after it's been blown well and truly off its hinges. Approach with caution.

TRACKLISTING:
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4

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Ohmu - Let Nothing Grieve You Beyond Measure

'Let Nothing Grieve You Beyond Measure'
Ohmu
2014

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Doom Metal, Drone Metal, Sludge, Ambient, Post Rock
For Fans Of: Khanate, Corrupted, Nortt, Earth, Old Man Gloom, Neurosis

Ohmu are a band from Stockholm, Sweden who were described to me via email as a 'drone/doom/postrock thing'. Upon listening I was greeted by a fifteen minute long track of ambient post-rock, with no signs of any of this drone/doom action I was promised. On track number two however, Ohmu stayed true to their promise, sucker punching me with absolutely bowel rupturing walls of gnarled fuzz,  springing out at me from the rank depths from which they were surely conjured. Much like Japan's resident sloth metal band Corrupted, Ohmu play at oppressively slow speeds - letting each note ring out until they feedback, just before crushing it with yet another monolithic chord. Fuck, this is slow and miserable enough to count as funeral doom in my book - yet it has much more flavour than your average one-man-gloom-machine - most evident in the post rock sections.
Vocally, Let Nothing Grieve You Beyond Measure is pretty diverse - death growls are met with DSBM-esque howls, spoken word, throaty screams and clean singing, which again elevates Ohm against most other, straight-forward drone/doom bands. Thrown together, these elements make for a pretty bleak and terrifying listen, even more so when juxtaposed with the ambient, melancholic sections.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Karilemin
2. Skyfall Pt. 1
3. Skyfall Pt. 2
4. Gills

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Hate Forest - Battlefields

'Battlefields'
Hate Forest
2003

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Black Metal
For Fans Of: Drudkh, Burzum, Blood of Kingu, Astrofaes, Winter
Favourite Tracks: Проведу я русалочку, Our Fading Horizions

 I'm not going to lie, one of my favourite albums, if not my absolute favourite album by Ukrainian band Drudkh (of which Roman Saenko has been in since 2004, two years before Hate Forest split up) is their purely acoustic folk masterpiece "Songs of Grief and Solitude". I find Roman to possess a special talent in transferring the cultural history and traditional music into the context of black metal wonderfully, and it's been done just as well, albeit much differently than in Drudkh with a borderline sludge element to it on 'Battlefields'. I've found Saenko's work alongside the other members of Hate Forest and Drudkh to have time and again given interesting contemporary musings on Ukrainian history and identity through the lens of extreme music, and experimentation- and I hope you enjoy the Battlefields, originally released in 2003, that I've posted here. Combing straight-up black metal reminiscent of Burzum and Emperor with the sludge aspects I mentioned, and short pieces of traditional Ukrainian folk singing as a segway between lengthy ten minute tracks, Battlefields was, and is, a landmark in Eastern European black metal.

Tracklisting:
1. У недiлю (1:56)
2. With Fire and Iron (9:12)
3. Проведу я русалочку (1:05)
4. Our Fading Horizons (10:32)
5. Колискова (2:00)
6. Glare over Slavonic Lands (10:18)
7. Поминальна (2:45)

Total Run-Time: 37:48

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Zingers - Self Titled

'The Zingers'
The Zingers
2013

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Punk, Art Punk, Noise Rock, Post Punk
For Fans Of:  Venom P. Stinger, Devo, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Outer Circle, Crucifucks

Although defunct, The Zingers can pride themselves on releasing what is simultaneously the most baffling, annoying and original punk record to come out of Australia. The fact I spent a good twenty minutes trying to come up with bands to compare these guys to is proof enough of this, I think. Imagine if you will a sleazy cocktail party full of dirty punks and obnoxious new wave fans, with a delirious DJ playing no wave and hardcore tunes while viciously self medicating. Now if you can imagine that, you might have a shot at understanding the contents of this album.
At face value this thing has all the components of a traditional punk album - it's just the way they're arranged and presented that sets it apart. The vocals for instance are just intensely nasally and deranged, and coupled with hilariously nonsensical lyrics it's a combo that'd put Doc Dart, Larry Lifeless and the entirety of mid-70s Devo to shame. Guitar and bass wise you get skronky, dissonant chords played with dizzying speed over bass lines that go from jazzy to punk to jarring no wave staccato on a song to song basis. On top of that, The Zingers throw in cowbells, gongs, vibraphones, synthesizers and noisy meltdowns and freakouts. I'd be here for ages if I tried to accurately describe the goings on of this album, so just take my word for it - it's fucking weird in the best possible way.

(PS: while The Zingers are no more, members have since gone on to form Brando's Island - who've stripped their sound down considerably but exchanged the guitar and bass for a vibraphone and synthesizer exclusively. Rest assured their music will be on this blog as soon as they release it)

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Zinger Stomp
2. Hash Braun
3. Million Dollar Chump
4. Tony Bonôt
5. Husk Hole
6. Cracked Cobs
7. Antitote
8. Shmotesters
9. Introducing
10. High Roller

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Material Sequence - Residual Grid

'Residual Grid'
Material Sequence
2012

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Industrial, Synth, Noise, Industrial Techno
For Fans Of: Shapednoise, Tollund Men, Croatian Amor, Esplendor Geometrico, Vatican Shadow

Material Sequence is a side project of the two guys behind mysterio-dude-dark-wave band Tollund Men. Much like their main project, Material Sequence features a deliciously lo-fi and blown out recording quality, albeit channeled into a much more cold and mechanical sounding beast.
Comparable to minimalist electronic acts as Muslimgauze or Vatican Shadow, Material Sequence presents their repetitious and severe compositions with much more distortion and way less fidelity, retaining the 'dance' factor while pushing it well and truly into noise and industrial territory. The six tracks on Residual Grid are almost like the result of a fling between an 80s power electronics artist and the owner of a Berlin nightclub - fusing washed out, fuzzy drones with stark drum machine percussion and dark, melancholic synth lines. In short it's moody electronic music that despite its cold, unaffected nature manages to sound organic.
Highly recommended.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled
5. Untitled
6. Untitled

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Fuil na Seanchoille - Hunger

'Hunger'
Fuil na Seanchoille
2011

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Raw Black Metal
For Fans Of: White Medal, Darkthrone, Caina, Akitsa, Hate Forest, Sump
Favourite Track: Night Descends

Seemingly experiencing a bit of overflow from the UK raw black metal scene, Fuil na Seanchoille is an Irish raw black metal band that uses a good deal of snarled vocals amidst a backdrop of static and hardcore influenced instrumentation. Unlike a lot of these bands though, I like Fuil na Seanchoille in particular because they- or I suppose I should say "he" seeing as it's a one-man band, approaches his music in a really well thought out way. Unlike a lot of more sub-par raw black metal releases that just throw a few incoherent tracks together without much order or sense (although I guess you could argue that that's "the point" of raw black metal) and get stale fast, Fuil na Seamchoille is a lot more put together you could say in their compositions. With Sump being the best example of this (occasional) stale incoherence (I love them and their good stuff does outweigh the bad but they've been guilty of doing it on more than one occasion) its always nice to see bands like Fuil bring something a bit different to the table. The methodology of Fuil na Seanchoille is a major component of Cormac's- aka "Satyrign" as he credits himself on his albums as Fuil na Seanchoille, music- instead of the blisteringly fast two minute tracks, if they're even that long that you'd get from bands like Sump, you'll find blisteringly fast five to nine minute songs with a touch of dsbm influence on 'Hunger' which really made it a memorable album to me, enjoy.

Tracklisting:
1. The Infinite Void (5:24)
2. Promethean Age (6:06)
3. The Crimson Hand (6:53)
4. Glasslands (6:59)
5. Night Descends (9:29)
6. Circle of Rape (4:06)
7. Anord Sigrai (4:28)
8. A Thousand Shades of Grey (7:43)
9. Outro (2:14)

Total Run-Time: 53:22

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Waves Crashing Piano Chords - I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue

'I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue' 
Waves Crashing Piano Chords
2014

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Whitehouse, Prurient, Sutcliffe Jugend, Consumer Electronics

Everyone's favourite (and most likely only) Juggalo harsh noise artist is back again with another 7" worth of mic on amp brutality.
Demonstrating again that a gigantic pedal board or expensive synthesizer aren't always necessary or conducive to noise making, Sean Beard (aka Waves Crashing Piano Chords) uses arcs of  pure feedback and his vocals instead to create howling vortexes of sound, even opening this track with heavy breathing - that quickly becomes amplified to point where it's almost percussive.
On I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue, WCPC weaves in an out of hostile and ear piecing feedback, and eerie ambient sections, using a manner of grunts, groans, coughs and drawls to convey an unsettling and unpredictable air of malice. In fact this is probably the most apocalyptic piece of 'music' WCPC has produced, largely thanks to the ungodly amounts of reverb mingling with the vocals and feedback, lending the record a MASSIVE cavernous quality that just gets more and more intense throughout the duration of the recording.
Brutally primitive yet incredibly dynamic and fleshed out, I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue proves that a man armed with just a microphone can create intriguing and ultimately perverse walls of sound,

TRACKLISTING:
1. I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue

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