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Month: November 2012

Minch / Sloth – Split 7″ (2008)

Minch / Sloth – Split 7″ (2008)

This clusterfuck of a record is a collaboration effort by Agromosh and My Cheap Ass Life. Ok, let’s start with Sloth. I don’t know what happened here. This is some whacked out shit. Sample-laden minimalistic noises and quirky sound effects meets drum machine metal and second rate black metal vocals. Add a hint of noisecore, and probably a fuckton of drugs, and you’ve got Sloth. ‘Nuff said. Minch on the other hand, use a dryer as one of their instruments. They are not that different from Sloth, perhaps the only difference is that Minch are taking PCP and speed when Sloth are on acid. Track 3 is a cheeky track called “Show Me Your Dong” sung to the tune of “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Rainbow. If you are not in the mood for fucking around, and you just want to get your kicks hard and fast, don’t come anywhere near this split. If you’re a big kid inside and like listening to grown men fuck around with their instruments then by all means get this.

Annotations of an Autopsy – Before the Throne of Infection (2008)

Annotations of an Autopsy – Before the Throne of Infection (2008)

Despite the constant hate towards this band from the “real” and “true” corners of the death metal community, Annotations of an Autopsy seem to have, over the years, done quite well for themselves in outliving the deathcore trend and showing that they are more than just a flash in the pan. This album might have been out on the fairly trendy-underground Siege Of Amida but they have gone on to have stuff released on Nuclear Blast; a big name in metal music. Being a lot more polished than their initial EP, we see a whole new side to Annotations on their debut album, Before the Throne of Infection. It is only album number one and already the deathcore stylings are falling to the wayside; nostalgia of that era exists in a re-recording of the song “Welcome to Sludge City” (renamed here simply “Sludge City”), and the odd gang-chorus still sneaks in every now and then, but for the most part what we get here is a somewhat commercialised spin on the slamming / brutal death metal template. Does that mean there are no more twats with silly sideways haircuts out there walking around with hoodies that read “Stay Sludge” on the top, without knowing what the fuck sludge actually is? Good. The clean guitar passages are frankly pointless, but songs such as “Fisted To The Point Of Regurgitation” and “Prosthetic Erection” deserve a place amongst the death metal elite. It’s just a shame the hardcore death metal community will never let them in.

Japanese Torture Comedy Hour – Voltage Monster (2006)

Japanese Torture Comedy Hour – Voltage Monster (2006)

This was my first ever noise CD. I accidentally bought it before I’d even heard of the noise genre, let alone of Merzbow or any of his button-pushing, knob-twisting, pedal-stomping ilk. I bought this CD once upon a long time ago off the Relapse mail order, purely because Jay Randall was involved. Boy did I have a shock when I played the fucker! At 17 years old I was at no stage in my musical development to even fathom the existence of – let alone appreciate – something as downright artsy-fartsy and nihilistic as harsh noise. If some beret-wearing hipster had told me: “You gotta look past it, maaaaaaan, to find the textures with the chaos, maaaaaaaaaaan, for each and every one of us interprets noise in a special cerebral way, maaaaaaan!” I would have set fire to his silly little beard and pushed the fucker down a flight of stairs. After insisting he shut the fuck up and listen to some goregrind, of course. However, as the existence of noise and power electronics as genres became apparent to me with time, I eventually remembered this prickly little CD gathering dust in my collection that I bought so many moons ago. It suddenly all made so much sense! You’re right, potentially-imagined hipster with a silly beard! I can see (or is it hear?) the beauty within the chaos. I can interpret patterns and textures beneath the sea of mindfucking white noise like the best of ’em! Voltage Monster might not be as challenging or downright fucking insane as JTCH’s 24-hour song “Lost in Distortion”, but it is still as vicious, pairing the most head-frying harsh noise with the creepiest offerings of dark ambient. I’ll soon be running out of fancy adjectives so it’s probably better if I just shut up now and let you listen to the track below and be done with it. Open your ears, and your mind, maaaaaaaaan!

Yacopsae / Massgrav – Split 5″ (2007)

Yacopsae / Massgrav – Split 5″ (2007)

Two bands, four songs – every last one of them covers. Yacopsae’s usual frenetic powerviolence noise attack has been dropped here for a more punk, almost progressive (ha ha) take on things. They cover two songs, by Gang Green and Verbal Abuse respectively and they are definitely more laid back on this 5″ than the flip-side which features Massgrav, who tear into shit with no fucking remorse! Noisy and very fast, Massgrav clearly are the dominating band on this split. They cover an Eddie Meduza song and even a Swedish translation of Los Crudos’ “Asesinos”. Strange but true! All in all not a bad release, with massive thanks going to the excellent Regurgitated Semen Records for putting it out. This tiny package is really cool to have, although I have lost it several times within the shelf of 7″s; that fucking thing is so tiny!

Dark Lotus – Black Rain (2004)

Dark Lotus – Black Rain (2004)

It always seems to surprise people that I love ICP and other Psychopathic acts. I had two ICP tattoos done when I was 17, but I’m no Juggalo wigger, at least not anymore! Ha. For the years leading up to and following the turn of 20, I got a bit ashamed of my body art, mainly due to the internet revealing so many Juggalos as being total and utter fucking morons, and ICP et al’s output becoming embarrassingly bad. Fucking magnets, how do they work? I felt that I did not want to be associated with these fucknuts, but I had the two tattoos, there was no escape! Ha ha! As I grow older though, and after a whole bunch of soul searching, especially in the last year or so, I have come to realize that I don’t actually give a shitting fuck what any cunt thinks of me. The bands might be absolute tools and their fans for the most part utter fucking redneck morons, but that doesn’t stop me appreciating some good ol’ wigger rap music, right? No sir. Black Rain is Dark Lotus’ second album. For those who don’t know/care who Dark Lotus are, they are a super-group of wiggers, containing all of ICP and Twiztid, as well as Blaze Ya Dead Homie and an interchangeable sixth member, which was ABK up until recently. Listening to this group’s records is a great way to get into the Psychopathic Records roster, as it showcases work from all rappers really well, just like D12 kinda, before they became “Eminem’s backing band” in a desperate bid to sell more records. The problem that I have here is the same problem I have with most underground rap music; these fucker’s just can’t write a fucking chorus! That’s the problem with all these fuckers from the streets, they aren’t musicians or song writers, they are rappers at heart, and can’t write a chorus for shit. Similar to the Immortal Technique post that went up recently, I find myself waiting and cringing for choruses to end so I can get back to listening to some mad raps, yo. The chorus to every songs feels like it’s there because it has to be there, to stick to typical song structure. Well, anyway, I think I’ve rambled enough for one average hip hop CD. If you like your rap songs about butchering people with hatchets and fucking ghosts then you just might like this. But I doubt it.

Methadone Abortion Clinic / Stoma – Split 7″ (2009)

Methadone Abortion Clinic / Stoma – Split 7″ (2009)

And the award for best cover art ever goes to…Stoma! Ha ha. This band are becoming a long standing default in the goregrind world, and with good cause; their low-end, rumbling gurgle’n’scream sound projects them as a kind of scat and prolapse obsessed version of Regurgitate. In the vein of the sheer ridiculousness of this particular sub-genre, this can only be a good thing. Their side of this EP, entitled Rectal Cranium Inversion, is two mid-length tracks of Stoma-ery goodness. My only gripe is that it is nowhere near long enough. Boo! Methadone Abortion Clinic on the other hand have a more clear sound, opting towards a more CBT sounding goregrind. I used to be in contact with these guys and it’s nice to see them crawl up from the obscurity of the Myspace days and sort out all their shit. This release is fucking excellent in so many ways, and it was totally worth the wait. The icing on the cake is that this was put out on the band’s own label, Utter Disgust Records. I think that name tag sums everything up nicely! It is oddly limited to 301 copies.

Merciless Precision / Toecutter HC – Split 7″ (2012)

Merciless Precision / Toecutter HC – Split 7″ (2012)

Toecutter HC kick things off with a super-fast punky grind assault, and after all the non-grind I’ve been reviewing recently I find it rather difficult to keep up! It’s all kept rather simple here, there is a no-nonsense approach which seems to be missing on a lot of records these days. Straight to the point and over before I’ve written no more than a few sentences, Toecutter HC are ones to watch in the volatile world of British grindcore. But it’s Merciless Precision, the South West’s current go-to support act for grindcore shows, that takes the crown here! Lolling about crazily between the boundaries of brutal death and blasting hypergrind, it really is hard to think what to write about these guys. The drumming is a stand-out point; it’s mental fast and the gravity blasts are absolutely shit hot. The vocals are all over the place, from gargling grunts to spastic screams and yelps. This record was released under a massive collaboration effort by the following the labels; Placenta Recordings, Reduckulous Records, Dick Head Records, Vulgar Records, Dead Chemist Records and Brute! Productions.

Dead Neanderthals – Dead Neanderthals (2011)

Dead Neanderthals – Dead Neanderthals (2011)

There is no other band in the world that sounds like Dead Neanderthals (although 7000 Dying Rats and Rich Hoak’s solo experiments do come close in their own little ways). Jazzgrind? Or is it saxgrind? Who the fuck would have thought it? Not me, that’s for sure! Trust the Netherlands! Ha ha. This is one of the original Bat Shit Records pressings of the 7″ EP, limited to 105 copies (I have number 92). It is a simple affair of a printed and stamped card sleeve, folded to house a plain black 7″. You have to look at the disc etching to figure out what side your playing! This is a basic, and excellently D.I.Y as fuck collectors item that I am proud to own. This is well out of print, as is, I believe, the repress, but you can still download it for free from Grindcore Karaoke. On the ears, Dead Neanderthals first come across as extremely lo-fi and abrasive, but once your ears adjust you can truly appreciate the gorgeous racket that is going on here. Once you are over the absence of guitars  and vocals (just a saxophone and a drum kit here) you can properly begin to enjoy the tunes on offer. I imagine that Dead Neanderthals sound a hundred times better in a volatile live environment, and I was absolutely crushed to realize that I recently missed their brief UK tour. Totally gutted is an understatement! These guys have a full 10″ out now being distributed by Burning World records, which is a big deal, and I’m glad to see them getting some well deserved attention. I really think that Jay Randall’s enormously successful Grindcore Karaoke label has a huge part to play in the international success of many bands, including Dead Neanderthals. I for one, to be sure, had never heard of these guys until I downloaded their record off that site. Excellent stuff all round!

The Berzerker – Dissimulate (2002)

The Berzerker – Dissimulate (2002)

An absolute classic record in every shape and form and propelled me full on into the world of grindcore and death metal. Could easily be a contender for one of my favourite albums of all time, but I think in my mid-teens I played this record to death. Unfortunately it was never pressed on vinyl (fecking sort it out Earache!), but the CD version will suffice. It’s simple, and digital as fuck (in both sound and artwork) and probably is better off on a digital format. If you’ve never heard of them before, the first thing you will probably notice about The Berzerker is the drums, which pretty much render everything else irrelevant unless your listening on a good speaker system. Good luck listening to 35 minutes of bass drum. Able to appreciate the full mix (and not to mention the low end) one would be subjected to one of the heaviest sounds known to man. The guitars are nothing but exquisite Carcass puppetry, as are, to a degree, the vocals, but the drums are absolutely facking mental as fuck, to put it one way. Why create lightening fast yet ultra heavy grinding death just to lay a whole bunch of gabba hardcore kick drums over the top of it? At the core it’s a stupid fucking idea but man this is the only thing that has ever crossed these two genres and sounded great. Opener “Disregard” is an all time favourite song, as are “Principles and Practices of Embalming” and “Abandonment”. “Pure Hatred” is simply fucking livid, the human drumming capability barrier is pushed to it’s limit in “Death Reveals” and “Corporal Jigsore Quandary”  knocks the socks off the Carcass original for speed and heaviness. What makes the listening all the more mind-blowing is that the band employ a REAL drummer on this record. Rick Thomas from down in Oz is an absolute fucking machine and I implore anyone into drumming performance (and not too iffy about the over-use of triggers) to listen to this damnable blast of grinding death metal.

Waking The Cadaver – Beyond Cops, Beyond God (2010)

Waking The Cadaver – Beyond Cops, Beyond God (2010)

I absolutely loved the first Waking The Cadaver record but I could never truly get my chops around Beyond Cops, Beyond God. I feel that everything I love about the WTC sound is missing here; the razor-wire guitar work, the out of time gravity blasts and THAT piccolo snare drum! Here WTC take their Devourment-by-numbers slam death sound and bash it head on into the more traditional brutal death studio sound. The quality is a massive improvement, but the polished as fuck drums and well rounded warm sound only serve to help disguise the charms that this band had on a rougher recording. Also lot more time is spent this time round blasting away rather than chugging down. A good thing for some, but the endless slams in WTC’s songs is what I loved so much about them! A great death metal record, but a bit too typical for me to love. Reet Reeeeeeet. Out on the gloriously shite Siege of Amida Records. 

Disembowled Corpse – Chronic Disembowelment (2007)

Disembowled Corpse – Chronic Disembowelment (2007)

Nothing screams “redneck death metal” more than having a CD out on Sevared Records and not being able to correctly spell your own band name. The label too, it seems, has issues with spelling. One shitty photoshop smear of a logo and boring cover painting later, we have Chronic Disembowelment, which despite all my sarcasm is actually fucking excellent. The intro sample is a fucking bore but as soon as this bastard kicks in you won’t be sorry. The sound is fat and the tunings are low as fuck! The drums are full and prominent in the mix, and the vocals are interesting enough to keep me going (for death metal). I accumulated a whole bunch of crap death metal in my label days and I almost threw this out before I did a quick search on line and was reminded that Disembowled Corpse play slam death. My weak-ass tastes of today can dig that mad shit yo, so I fired up the CD player and took this album for a spin. This is good shit, and a keeper!

Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse (1997)

Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse (1997)

This is the slipcase CD version of the 1994 classic black metal record. I’ve never liked Emperor if I’m honest, even though I should. The giant black metal phase of my life has for the most part passed and I doubt I will ever get into them. I always wanted Emperor to be good but every time I spun this disc I found it insanely hard to listen to. I guess it’s the production or something; bad production is a given in black metal but what we have here is nothing but drums and echoing. Song wise, everything falls together nicely. It’s raw, yet at the same time elegant and majestic. But I just can’t get passed that wall of bins, man! I feel like the ash man has driven his truck down a wind tunnel. Jesus! Essential, but fairly useless, as far as I’m concerned. Out on Candlelight Records. 

Immortal Technique – The Martyr (2011)

Immortal Technique – The Martyr (2011)

This was my first Technique purchase. I got it quickly after first hearing him online because I read it was free from his label Viper Records; the post and packaging coming to a nice little £3. You can download it here or get your free copy here (2021 edit: link is now fucked). Burn this shit, as the CD so strongly suggests you do. Can’t go wrong with the ethic this label has, so go and peep that shit.  I feel that this record is nowhere near as strong as Immortal’s earlier Revolution work. Don’t get me wrong, the raps are still full blown Immortal of old with the lightning quick flow and the heavy but clever political commentary, but strangely the chorus of nearly every single song is absolutely gash! It’s like so much of the Immortal Technique experience is focused on his words, that the chorus is an afterthought. None of them are particularly strong and all go on far too long. I find myself dying for it to end so the next verse can come in. Shit choruses aside, Immortal is on top form here with some of his mind-opening songs about the reality of this world. If you want more from your average bitches-and-guns hip-hop, get this!

Necklacing – I (2012)

Necklacing – I (2012)

Wow! This is short and sweet but it sure does the trick of hitting the ol’ grindcore spot  (could I shorten that to g-spot without sounding suspect? Hah). Necklacing’s pro-pressed tape release of I is a powerviolency grind smash up available in three lovely colors. I have the transparent red version. Don’t take my word for how awesome this is, listen to it for free and then buy it because it’s wicked awesome and cheap as chips. This seems to be released by the band themselves although I got my copy from Dead Chemists’ distro stock. I by Necklacing