Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sangus - Pedicabo Mundi (2015)

Found this buried in the murky depths of my email inbox; A crudely conceived slab of death metal with a crusted over heart and feral soul. If Morbid Insulter played their EP Antichrist Blasphemies with the same bestial timber as Teitanblood's Purging Tongues EP it might sound something like Sangus' Pedicabo Mundi… I would consider this comparison a flattering albeit slightly accurate description. I would keep my ear to the ground with Sangus.

Sangus - Pedicabo Mundi (Bandcamp)

PS; Canadian death metal slimeballs Revenge release their full-length LP  Behold.Total.Rejection on November 13th.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Abyssal - Antikatastaseis (2015)

Album covers like this make me smile. Not because it's bad, because it looks like the type of picture us "eclectically inclined bloggers" would try to paint when describing the sound of an album like Antikatastaseis, busting into as many adjectives as accurately possible within our "honed" lexicon. A dank and swarthy cavern where lords of the underbelly gather to recite cryptic incantations that can only be heard and deciphered by the ears of other members of the swarthy society. Hail.

Abyssal have tightened their already rigamortis like grip on death metal, with resolute chokeholds on incorporating the plodding and hammer-fist pace of doom with the begrimed and repulsive disposition of bestial in nature death metal. Black metal too is no stranger within the foundations of Abyssal's song structure, weaving in frigid riffs and uncompromising blast-beats akin to the harsh realities of a cold and cruel winter.

Listen for yourself, and then obtain it; 

Abyssal Bandcamp

Profound Lore Records Bandcamp

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Bats Pajamas - No Hello (2015)

Anytime a good band from Toronto (a city's pits I live in) comes to my attention, I wonder how it is I haven't even unintentionally caught one of their shows within the city, only to discover them in the wild undergrowth of the internet.

The Bats Pajamas is one example of a band from Toronto that have slipped under my scuzzy-punk smelling nostrils undetected for too long. Some time last year I was finally made aware of these dudes when I found the EP 'Just Ripe' on one of the many thankless blogs I frequent. I quickly rectified this problem by visiting the bands bandcamp page and downloaded the entire discography for free. Which is like pawning off your blood, sweat, tears, semen and time for nothing!

The Bats Pajamas have undergone changes in their sound throughout their releases, which can be looked at as either progression or regression depending on what side of the fence you'd rather stand on. I cut myself in half so I could stand on both sides of the fence because I like the old and the new. They definitely have traded some of their clean grooves for a more scuzzy, noise drenched garage rock/punk. Differences aside, everything they put out, crust and groove, is well executed and never betraying the DIY work-ethic and sound.

Fans of filthy garage rock/punk should check out everything. If you are in Toronto, check out their shows. If you are feeling particularly heavy in the wallet, spread some love and buy the new cassette on Fleeting Youth Records.

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The Bats Pajamas (Bandcamp)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tome // Nomadic Rituals (2015) [split]

I'm glad I have Haxan from Forever Cursed in my virtual life so he can wade through the myriad of shit and banality of the musical realm so that I can then steal links from his site to post here. SHOM is a firm believer of follow the path of least resistance, think like water friends.

Tome of Ireland and Nomadic Rituals of the UK bring forth a mess of sludgy doom, meant to play loud and with incense burning while reading 'Butchering The Human Carcass For Human Consumption'. Be sure to check out Nomadic Rituals 2013 full-length release 'Holy Giants'.

Up for the 'name your price' option on bandcamp, which is the best thing to happen to digital music since that Muddy Waters 'After The Rain' vinyl rip

* Eating human flesh can lead to a plethora of psychological and anatomical complications.

Tome // Nomadic Rituals (bandcamp)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Words and musings with Adalsteinn of AMFJ (PART I)

 * This is long overdue, as this interview took place a couple weeks back… It's not an interview really, more of a conversation, a virtual chat between a couple virtual world and real world buds. It was a good opportunity for us to bond over our shared fondness for Pig Destroyer and discuss things like sodomy, genital evisceration and colostomy bags. Not really, just music stuff. 

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C; Let's skip the foreplay, how do we know each-other and why are we comrades?

A; We met on Halloween of 2012 in Reykjavík, when you were covering Iceland Airwaves as a part of The Reykjavík Grapevine reviewers team. We downed many drinks throughout that week and you came to my house and had my wife's chilli.

Later that month we met again in Toronto, when you came to a show an obscure show I was playing in a well hidden alley-way in Chinatown, I think. I know you as a nice guy who's making it work to do what he loves… While I'm a guy who likes what he's doing but loves his hobby.

C; And I know you as a nice guy that makes scary sounding music. But, do you think the overall image of your tunes are scary in sound, or at least unsettling and maybe even weird?

A; Yeah I've heard that a lot. People usually refer to the music as scary and I see what they're saying– there are a lot of macabre sounds and unsettling choice of samples… But I think there has only been one song that I meant to be a "scary" or "unsettling" tune. I never have a set idea of what I'm aiming for while writing. I just fiddle around with some beats and samples until I hear something forming that I like and then take it from there. Weird, maybe. I do try to make something new. Sometimes that comes out weird… At first, at least.

C; So which song did you write with the intention of being scary? And do you think music of this ilk, where the devil is in the details and emphasis is on a plodding build-up to require more patience from the listener than say, your typically more common genre?

A;  It was Útburður Umskiptingur. I wrote it for a Halloween themed show I played. Wanted to go for something primal and unsettling. So I went with a crying baby sample. Nothing is as unsettling as a baby crying.

Yeah, probably. Even if it's not a slow build-up, this type of music is always very nuanced, while other genres want to get straight to it. I think each genre has it's purpose. I don't wanna theorize about the purpose or intention of other genres, but they way I see it, noise music is about creating an atmosphere so it needs time to breath through the details.

C;  Well said. Alright so The Misfits or The Smiths?

A; That's a difficult one because I was never into either of them. I know more songs by The Smiths so I'd have to say The Misfits… mainly because they're not The Smiths.

C; (This caused me to shoot chocolate milk through my nose) Well shit man, fine. Based on the assumption that you are familiar with these bands, would you rather play a show with the grease-balls in Pig Destroyer or with the too popular for their own good Death Grips?

A;  Ahh another difficult one, and don't worry I know both bands very well. These are both bands that I admire and respect. For the longest time I had Pig destroyer listed as one of my influences on my facebook page. I absoloutely love that band. And I got goosbumbs when I heard the first Death Grips video. Everything they do is somehow a fresh idea or at least a fresh take on something already done.

So, of course I'd open for both of them if that were an option, but since this is an either or question I'd have to go with Pig Destroyer because I think that would be a better over all show… ya know from a curator/promoters point of view.

While Death Grips are along a more similar strain as my music I think the audience would think that AMFJ is a cheaper version of Death Grips while a crowd coming to see Pig Destroyer would appreciate some other kind of weird fury before they start. (I just put on Phantom Limb after answering this)

C; Hahaha this is why we are friends, I put on Phantom Limb when I asked you the question. I love every detail in this album.

A; Yeah it's my favorite one of theirs but there have been times in my life where I will play Machete Twins on repeat for a whole day straight.

C; Have you seen that video when (singer) J.R. Hayes mic breaks during a set and he continues to scream over the music like a banshee out of hell? It was one of the most feral things I've ever seen, truly.

A; YES I HAVE SEEN THAT ONE. It's a video I think about every time I'm getting ready for a show. My friends who know me closely, tell me after my shows if I reached that similar level of Pig Destroyer intensity. It's the basis of their influence on AMFJ's music, I think.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Ilsa - Felon's Claw (2015)

Ilsa might be the best example of a band that has figured out the way of sonically conveying the sounds of a fetid and murky tone colouring. Intoxicantations met every requirement necessary to be the musical equivalent of a meth den situated in a seedy, rat-infested sewage drain. It sounded like decay and filth, and has one of my favorite intros to a song, creating the ideal segway into the following tracks of squalid THC-soaked sludge and crust hardcore. Albums that are almost devoid of anything negative are hard to follow up on…

Felon's Claw may not have the intro that it's younger brother Intoxicantations had, electing to cut the foreplay and go straight for the throat with a disturbed howl and crunchy tone beaten to death by a sickly plod of the drums. The production is still texturally murky and calcified in mold, to the point of decomposition, yet the foundation of the songs are weighted and robust instead of hollow. Full points to Ilsa, A389 Recordings, Kevin Bernstein for the recording and Brad Boatright for mastering it.

Ilsa are speaking loudly these days and you'd be fucking up if you ignored their dank bellowing from the sewers of crusted hardcore and doomed sludge.

Felon's Claw (Bandcamp)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Haunting Presence - The Haunting Presence [EP] (2015)

Let's get down to the brass tacks (which is a term I think means to get down to the cold hard facts), Hells Headbangers is the most consistent label to be putting out albums abundant in savagery, filth and sleaze. These sounds take form prominently in the genres of death, black, doom and heavy metal. So far this year, Hells Headbangers has something close to twenty releases as of this posting (April 08, 2015), all of them persistently good, all of them keeping the din of the metal underground brightly lit and all of them repulsive in their own right.

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The Haunting Presence has taken my auditory-meatus hostage, submitting the canals of my eardrums to the hymns of barbarity and decay and its intrusion is a welcomed presence. I'm going to forgo all the buzz words in my lexicon to describe this EP, in fact, I'm going to forgo all the words in my lexicon to describe this release, instead I'll leave an embedded link to the album right here:

The Haunting Presence (listen/download/buy)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu (2015)

Iceland just might be the most consistent hotbed for churning out bestial sounding black metal. The same way New Zealand and Canada have been without a doubt the birthplace of some of the most venerable and savage sounding bestial death metal, a la; Revenge, Diocletian, Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, Vassafor, Witchrist, Blasphemy, Heresiarch, etc. etc…

Iceland, with a population that is said to be less than the sheep residing there, has been at the top of this gnarled and barbaric totem pole. The proverbial totem pole of bestial black metal. As of late, the island of hard to pronounce volcanoes and delicious hotdogs has seen recent releases from Carpe Noctem, Svartidauði, Wormlust, Sinmara, Mannveira and now the debut by Misþyrming… Which infallibly will be seen in many year-end lists us dweebs like to make, including my own.

All facets of 'Söngvar elds og óreiðu' point to a tumultuous listen; blistering riffs that morph from eviscerating to mesmerizing all the way to riffs that show some panache! Take the song "Söngur uppljómunar"for example, it starts off with a wonky riff reminiscent to something Negative Plane or Peste Noire might do and then unravels into unabashed viking riffing akin to something Kampfar would write. See for yourself.

This album is up for 'Name your price' on Bandcamp (which is by far my favorite way of purchasing music these days), it gives you the chance to pay what you feel is worth it, and if you can't even afford a dollar, type in 0$ for a free download.

Misþyrming (bandcamp/download)