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Month: October 2011

Boris – Japanese Heavy Rocks V2 (2009)

Boris – Japanese Heavy Rocks V2 (2009)

It never fails to amaze me how a band so steeped in history of abstract experimentation and drone can have so many rock ‘n’ roll influences. I guess comparing this record to say, the bands experimental collaborations with the likes of Merzbow or Keiji Haino can only solidify the fact that they are currently one of the most diverse acts out there at the moment. It’s time for Boris to do some rock ‘n’ roll. Boom, in 2009 a series of 7” EPs on Southern Lord records suddenly materialises. What I have here is volume 2 that I picked up off the Relapse store fairly cheap last Christmas. You need to consider who we are dealing with here; this is far from “straight up” rock of old, there is plenty of that influence here, but if Boris just rehashed that then it wouldn’t be Boris. What we have here is a bizarre mix of rock riffs, almost industrial feeling drums and wailing vocals over ambient and electronic passages, all mangled together into an awkward symphony. Side b is far more poppy, leaning more towards genres such as electronica and synth pop. Screechy guitar work mixes with cool electronic beats and laid back bass. Japanese lyrics breeze lightly over the top of the whole thing, completing the insane puzzle. It sounds intrusive, but it really isn’t. If you have never heard Boris, I guess this is a good a place to start as anywhere.

Birdflesh / Hatebeak – Split 7″ (2007)

Birdflesh / Hatebeak – Split 7″ (2007)

(2021 edit: I’ve included the original shitty pictures/scans for this post because it was one of the first I ever did for Lines In Wax, over ten years ago!) This here is one of the very first 7″s I ever bought! Birdflesh split with the hilarious Hatebeak on Relapse Records. I have the repress edition of 500 on transparent purple / green splatter. The original press consisted of 400 yellow and 100 clear (currently for sale on Discogs from Relapse themselves). Hatebeak are just a novelty. If you’ve not heard them, it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty bog-standard low-production value death metal with a parrot as a vocalist. Yes, the parrot is also capable of death metal lows as well as it’s natural shrieks. Excellent! Birdflesh are as happy and chirpy as ever, their tunes very uplifting for grind, almost a party vibe going on here. “Harmony Barn” will get you headbanging like a clinically insane maniac, while “Happy Death” is just ridiculous. Happy awesome grind for all!

Blood Duster – Menstrual Soup (1992/2004)

Blood Duster – Menstrual Soup (1992/2004)

Your looking at the post for Blood Duster’s 2004 re-release of their 1992 demo tape, on a super cool picture disc. It was remastered from the original tape and released by Bizarre Leprous Productions. Musically, it’s a whole world away from Blood Duster’s bizarre mix of blasting grindcore and swanky rock’n’roll; a dirgy, muddy six tracks of horrible noisy goregrind. Where pitch-shifted vocals sneak into later Blood Duster every now and then, here they are the norm, bolstered by a bass heavy, thick and pounding production and plodding, thumping drums. I would say that this would be a collector’s item for Blood Duster fans, but that’s not true in the respect that this is purely goregrind, and that a lot of fans of that genre could like this release too. You can still get this for about £5, and it’s also out on shaped CD (on the same label) and the original self released tape from 1992 (good luck finding that!).

The Big Pink – Dominos (2009)

The Big Pink – Dominos (2009)

Here’s a release that’s a bit unusual for my tastes; The Big Pink’s slightly well received single “Dominos”. Some of you may remember it from Xbox 360 adverts a few years back? Anyways, this 7″ was put out by 4AD in 2009. I can’t find any pressing information, but seeing as The Big Pink appealed to a lot of people I would assume that there was a lot made. After seeing these support Muse in Birmingham I decided to buy the 7″, it’s catchy as hell and the artwork is cool, but the b-side is a bit weak. I have their album but haven’t listened to it enough to come up with a conclusion on Big Pink’s sound. If you have an open mind check these out (you can listen to the song below – from today’s post I will be making a habit of including a YouTube link to one song from every release, if possible), but be warned, it’s very poppy.

Bowel Stew / Tu Carne – Split 7″ (2004)

Bowel Stew / Tu Carne – Split 7″ (2004)

Another one of my first ever 7″ purchases. This time, horrible, disgusting goregrind, of course! This is the Bowel Stew split 7″ with Tu Carne, released in 2004 on the no longer active American label Murder The World. The cover is a bit fucked up, if your not a gore-hound be prepared to be a bit shocked. Both bands offer up noisy passages of goregrind, Tu Carne are probably a bit more organised than the sludgy, liquid putridity of Bowel Stew. There is something about Bowel Stew’s material that is somewhat inconsistent. Perhaps there has been lots of line up changes? I don’t know, I’m not that well educated about their existence. This is definitely for fans of this niche genre only, I can’t see it appealing to many others. Still, great horrible music!

Black Sun / They Are Cowards – Split 7″ (2009)

Black Sun / They Are Cowards – Split 7″ (2009)

This is the Black Sun split 7″ with They Are Cowards that was put out by At War With False Noise in 2009 on a super limited run of 300 black copies. Not much to say here, as this is really a collectors item. Black Sun’s input is an earlier version of “Code Black” which was to later to go on to appear as the opener to their album “Twilight of the Gods”. It’s a brilliant tune. They are Cowards appear to have that hardcore band look about their artwork but they are actually very doomy, and their single track “First and Only” is pretty good. However, this is yet another one of those splits where one band totally out-does the other, and the winner this time just has to be Black Sun. As far as I’m aware, this release is out of print, but you can get it dirt cheap on Discogs.

V/A – This Box Kills Fascists (Always) – 7 x 7″ (2009)

V/A – This Box Kills Fascists (Always) – 7 x 7″ (2009)

So this is the biggest Lines In Wax blog post yet! The mighty grindcore compilation that is This Comp Kills Fascists in 7″ box set form: “This Box Kills Fascists (Always)”. It was originally released on CD by Relapse in 2008, and then on double 12″ LP as a co-release between Relapse and Deep Six Records. In early 2009, this monster version dropped on Relapse, imitating a series of split 7″s. As per usual with Relapse, there is a clear version as well but this is near impossible to find. Agents of Satan guitar’s sound is almost near the crunchiness of stoner fuzz and sludge mess, but coupled with odd hip hop samples and hellish vocals, creates an excited grind sound. On the flip side of disc one, Weekend Nachos bring a more powerviolence type sound, with almost-Benumb style vocals. The production is a bit fatter than the Agents of Satan side but the guitar work is a lot more “metallic”. Disc two bursts open with Kill The Client’s hyperspeed distorted grindcore. The drummer makes playing at super fast speeds sound so easy! There is a lot of distortion packed into the sound on this disc, as one side two Spoonful of Vicodin blast through six hits of lo-fi crusty, drug-addled madness. Maruta have a much more technical approach than all the previous bands, kicking disc three off with an almost death metal feel. The production is a lot more polished, the vocals a lot lower than usual (but still coupled with high screams). The songs are a lot longer too, and Maruta serve up two cuts of pure grinding death hell. It reminds me of 2000s Napalm Death sound with early Pig Destroyer vocals. Good shit! Flip over the disc and find the endlessly awesome Insect Warfare tearing through four heavy as fuck blasts of ripping modern grindcore. If you know Insect Warfare’s sound, then there is nothing to describe here other than it’s as awesome as ever! As disc four starts to spin on the deck the first thing that hits me about Shitstorm is the drums; frantic and crazy, yet controlled and technical. They seem higher in the mix more than the mixes some of the other bands uses, but this does not detract from the awesome grind Shitstorm play. Man Will Destroy Himself has a very punk feel to it; raspy vocals spat over simple yet catchy riffs and “normal” drumming is employed instead of endless blasts. It’s almost a welcome break in this sea of grinding madness! Total Fucking Destruction slather up side A of disc five with their usual clusterfuck drumming, agonizingly demented vocals and razor sharp guitar work. TFD is always worth a listen for the grinder with a taste for the abnormal. Wired, jazzy drums litter ridiculous grind numbers and mostly spoken / shouted vocals. Chainsaw To The Face are getting very popular recently and it’s easy to see why: hyper hyper fast drumming leads a blistering grind attack topped with barked / growled powerviolence style vocals. Chugging and low vocals even make it a bit death metal like in parts. Something for everyone! You know Magrudergrind are about to start because of the hip hop samples. The first side of disc six is chock full of the brutality that makes this band so good. They remind me a lot of Wormrot’s sound on this particular 7″. Side B sees Brutal Truth dropping the death metal tunage for more spazzy grind (possibly Hoak’s TFD influence seeping through quite a lot here?). You gotta love Brutal Truth. Upon listening to this I have realized I don’t listen to them enough. Starting disc 7 I am very impressed with Asra. I’ve never encountered them before. The production is a lot thinner than most on this compilation, reminding me a lot of black metal. Even though the music is strictly grind, the vocals are strictly that of death metal stock, the guitar does go off into some black metal style riffage every now and then. The final band on the comp, Wastoid, also employ super low death metal vocals coupled with crazy shouting that reminds me of an old underground band called Subterranean Fecal Root. The lows are almost identical to those of Embalming Theatre.

Anal Cunt / Meat Shits – Split 7″ (1991)

Anal Cunt / Meat Shits – Split 7″ (1991)

This is “Another” split EP between early Anal Cunt and the slightly infamous Meat Shits. The version I have was put out in black wax on Seth Putnam’s own label, Wicked Sick Records, back in 1991. As with the 88 Song EP, Fudgeworthy Records have re-released this rare AxCx 7″ in 1996 on blue and clear pressings. Musically, it’s a typical old school noisecore Anal Cunt up against the horrible noisecore/goregrind crossover mess that is Meat Shits. Crazy to see how many members Meat Shits had on this recording, considering it’s basic horrible noise. Robert Deathrage has to be equally the stupidest / most awesome front-man name in metal, ever. The original pressings of this on Seth’s label are quite rare, nothing super inaccessible but copies are averaging £20 or higher on Discogs at the moment. I would go as far as say this is definitely a completist’s item as far as Anal Cunt’s musical input is concerned.

Anal Cunt – Stayin’ Alive (1994)

Anal Cunt – Stayin’ Alive (1994)

This is Anal Cunt’s 7″ single for “Stayin’ Alive” (yes, a Bee Gee’s cover song!) that was put out on Earache Records just before the release of “Top 40 Hits” in 1994. All copies are a transparent, almost marbled orange colour. Musically this is a pointless 7″, making it totally a collector’s item only. All tracks are on the Top 40 Hits album, except “Schnauf”, which is a parody cover of “Shout” by Tears For Fears (also sung by Cher Lloyd these days, for those who don’t know who the fuck Tears For Fears are). The cover song is done in typical Anal Cunt “bonus track” style, with no music, and it’s totally pointless. The back cover advertises the 7″ to have this exclusive extra track, when really it’s a load of shit and a cheap promotional tactic. It’s fetching quite a bit at the moment, around £20 a copy which is a lot higher than when I bought it. I ended up with two of these at one point due to a fucked up order from a Discogs seller, and only one of them included the AxCx logo patch. I’m not sure if a patch was limited to certain copies or if the patch was lost from the copy I had.

Anal Cunt – Defenders Of The Hate (2001)

Anal Cunt – Defenders Of The Hate (2001)

This post is about Anal Cunt’s 2001 EP “Defenders Of The Hate”, which was released not too long before Seth fell into a coma. It was re-released on CD in 2007 by the same label (Menace To Sobriety records) bolstered by a bunch of other tracks from various compilations and splits. As far as I’m aware, all versions of this record are on black. Aesthetically, the record is pretty standard and boring. It has a right wing vibe to it, something I doubt Earache would have ever let them do. Musically, it’s probably some of my favourite Anal Cunt material. For once, they seem to have a decent drummer in tow, one perfectly capable of blasting endlessly. The guitars and vocals are of the usual dirgy, disgusting Anal Cunt sound, Lyrically, it’s some of the most offensive in the band’s back catalogue, the homophobic and anti-Semitic leanings increase quite worryingly on this release. Granted, AxCx should always be taken with a pinch of salt!