Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sado Sathanas - Nomos Harmatia (2014)


Amazing atmospheric black metal from Dresden, Germany with sounds of space and time that us Americans can't keep up to date without our Fossil watches.  I do not wear a watch, but I feel Sado Sathanas will stop time and make you realize that there are more important things in life.  Musically, the distorted guitars wonder into the forest creating a nest for the season, drums demolish a path for the family, bass sending sonar for the deep roots and the vocals give homage to the fellowship.  "Nomos Harmatia" is their second release LP after forming in 1996, which is self-possessed and takes patience,  but is what I respect in bands creating music for an extensive period.  With such a beautiful savage sound that Sado Sathanas has unrailed to us, not to mention that the artwork, it will be tough to disagree that "Nomos Harmatia" is anything but quality.  A vast listen.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Ecstasy of Gold - 25 Killer Bullets From the Spaghetti West Vol.3 (1960/70's) (2013)


The third ride through the desert with with our Italian friends making such great music.  "The Ecstasy of Gold" is jam-packed with all your western favorites, well, you may have never heard of them, but now they are.  These songs signal out from Italian artists/composers around the 1960's and 1970's that cater to western movie soundtracks and in my age and time seem to cater to the style of Tarantino movies.  Excellent arrangement here with the amount of musicianship put into this compilation. You can respect and almost visualize the whole "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" film, amongst others, right before your eyes.  This style of thoughtful western/desert music pleases me gratefully and I suggest a bandanna and a cigarette, f-off cigars.  Listen To Spindrift.
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Catacombs - In the Depths of R'lyeh (2006)


Such a haunting album starting off, to finish, with guttural vocals and a repetitive guitar riffs that traps you in a cocoon of your own nightmares.  Catacombs established himself from Arizona in 2000 and "In the Depths of R'lyeh" is the second coffin maker he has released.  What an overwhelming source of heaviness within each song pulling you deeper into the soil, sand, or in my case...the couch.  It might be a little weird to how comfortable this album makes me feel with the casket of musk it lays through my head, but the songs are real long and I know that I cannot be the only one that feels this way.  Definitely not a fast paced by any means, but I have so much music that I put on strictly for the mood that I am in and Catacombs can be slumped into my "bed-metal" or "listening on headphones and drinking a beer while my girlfriend studies-metal".  Devastating stuff from Xathagorra Mlandroth and I bet the next album will succeed this one and hope, in my opinion, the pace picks up alittle too.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Wipers - Over The Edge (1983)


Woke up this morning and the first thing I did was put on this album, made breakfast, coffee, did the dishes and then replayed "Over The Edge"...it is that good.  Wipers are a three piece from Portland,Oregon and they played some great punk rock to knock the flannels right off your back before even put them on.  Expect nothing-less then superb guitar work on this LP with tone changes and backing distortion that scream solidarity with vocals carry over that lazy punk attitude, into a nice post-punk vision.  These guys come highly recommended from idols like Nirvana, Melvins, Dinosaur Jr and Poison Idea so you know they have something going on.  "Over The Edge" is the Wipers third release and next time I head back to the record shop I am going to pick up one of their first two releases.  Do not sleep even longer on this band.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Juan Wauters - N.A.P. (2014)


Relaxing in a sense of walking around Queens NY, in the rain, by yourself, on a Sunday with an umbrella.  Juan Wauters (The Beets) plays a real cozy, minimalist style of garage/folk that does not strike a great amount of excitement but is somehow hard to turn off.  In my opinion "North American Poetry" is an album that I would put on when that specific mood is right, such as, sitting in a room with a bunch of people and not wanting to say a word.  Reminds me of this band Normanoak, with a little more "sunlight", I dig it and have a feeling these tracks will grow on me like a wild fern.  So pick up this sweet LP over at Captured Tracks Records and drink a cappuccino.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rites of Spring - End On End (1985)


They kick ass and crush your modest mouse dreams.  End On End.  Washington D.C. early discord punk rock with thought out lyrics that will make you want to escape from the park police at Pulaski while kickfliping over the wall in fashion.  Dreams of youth that carry on into adulthood is what this album symbolizes for me personally.
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Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds (2014)


Finland's hell seekers Corpsessed created this very heavy, very dark, demonic golden child named "Abysmal Thresholds".  Brand spanking new on the market brought to us by an amazing record label (Dark Descent) and I cannot wait to grab this piece of the underworld on vinyl.  Corpsessed sleighs an extremely undertoned vocal performance, while the rest of the band holds your head beneath the murky slime in this wet, damp, nightmare.  Fans of Psuedogod, I ensure you that this will please your ears.  I know this might be early to say but "Abysmal Thresholds" really possesses my ears and I may have fallen in love.  One of my tops of 2014 already.
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Bubble Poppy - A Gathering of Promises (1969)


Hey man, Far out...This album rules.  I mean just look at these guys, if their music doesn't carry them their looks sure will.  Bubble Poppy is a psych rock band from Texas that just plays flat out good ol' rock.  Guitar rhythms that create a sense of posture with a hollowed drum sound to give you the groovin goolies bumps and sounds of a classic 60's vocal range to put you fifty year old's right back in your mama's womb.  I've had this on mp3 for quite sometime now but today, had the privilege to pick it up and the DC Record Fair and "A Gathering of Promises" rehashed itself with me.  This is just a great listen.  Nothing to psych, not to heavy, just an all around satisfying piece of history....with excellent guitars.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teenage Cool Kids - Denton After Sunset (2011)


These guys started off on a breezy summer afternoon in Denton, Texas. After putting out two other records, it wasn't until they released their third album "Denton After Sunset" till I took a real notice.  This LP is a masterpiece from start to finish with sounds of passion, sincerity and an over all sunbathed warmth that brings a smile to my eardrums.  I suggest you go skate and feel the smooth ground under your board while this jem is calming your nerves.  Personally I think this album should be listened during sunset no matter what the Teenage Cool Kids say.  Haha.  Do not know much about these guys but musically they created one hell of a story.  Two thumbs up!
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Tsjuder - Desert Northern Hell (2004)



Thanks to TombsofMetal, I got another Blasphemous raise of hell created by Norway's Tsjuder.  This LP came out in 2004 but was recently released again (2013) by Season of Mist.  Their style of nihilistic black metal tears apart from the commercial bullshit and lands them safely into Satan's arms.  The guitar and drum speed create a sense of "going plaid" and the ugliness of the vocals dominate your thought process to give you an all natural blackout.  I hope these dudes never put out a lousy album, they haven't disappointed me yet.
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VEE DEE - Furthur (2004)


These Chicago party animals kick out some serious riffs.  VEE DEE demonstrates to us that underground rock and roll rules all.  This is a fun ass album that needs to be cranked up at your next beer fused party, preferably a Halloween party, because the singer has this haunting style that sounds like a ghoulish Danzing.  With a dirty guitar sound that screeches out solos every song, fuzzed bass line and a punk drum beat "Furthur" is a great release from your stressful work week.  Cheers.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blues Creation - Demon and Eleven Children (1971)


Somehow I am 43 years late on this blues/psych rock goddess.  Blues Creation (Japan) created this demonic, riff infused shotgun in August of 1971 that in my opinion could still blow 80 percent of musicians, nowadays, out of their radio dazed trance.  Demon and Eleven Children should be the poster child for early heavy metal.  This came out only a year after Sabbath released their s/t and before Pentagram released anything, blows my mind.  In 1975 under the name "Creation" they toured the U.S. sharing the road with Mountain which is a musicians wet dream.  When listening, dreams of my Ford Club Wagon (82) come back reminding me of when my friends and I would go skating at dawn with beers, girls, joints and grills.  All around a satisfiying listen for any summer day.  Warning, you will suddenly have long hair after one listen. Also, if anyone has their LP with Carmen Maki, send it this way!
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Garbage Pants - Sour Party (2013)


Sinking in Maryland's sub-pump there is a diverse solo artist creating some DIY basement racket.  These songs vary from giving you a headache to pleasing the musician inside yourself with wanting to correct the missed beats and over-clipped vocals.  You can hear a wide range of influences which makes for a curious listen but can feel the passion placed into this self release.  The artwork is super rad and hope this dude keeps it up.
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The County Medical Examiners - Olidous Operettas (2007)


Geeeez where can I begin with one of my favorite bands in this scene.  First, Corpse Scented Disc.  Second, all members have their MD in medical school.  Third, known to have never played live shows.  Fourth, Dr. Guy Radcliffe(bass/vocals)looks like hes 60 years old.  The County Medical Examiners are a fright train of Carcass fulled Death Metal playing music they love and respect.  The lyrics themselves are ingenious and merciless.  Olidous Operettas takes the term "death metal" literally and I hope these guys wake my corpse up in the morgue.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dawn - Slaughtersun (1998)


Forging through the Swedish lake of flames Dawn gives us this melodic masterpiece named "Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)".  Third and final album which consisted members of Dissection, Retaliation and Cranium.  Such a powerful album from front to back with a striving essence of solidarity, it almost seems as they knew that this would be their last.  The riffs are heavy with intelligence, matching the drums to create this soothed mental journey while the scorched vocals bite back ferociously to bring you home to reality.  Do not try to watch a movie with this playing, shit will not work, I haven't looked up once.
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