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Month: June 2013

STLS – Drumcore (2010)

STLS – Drumcore (2010)

Now this is a funny one. Meet STLS, an all-percussion group. This is their debut – and only – release to date, the Drumcore EP. Drumcore is basically four “songs” constructed out of the grooves and percussion of two very busy drummers. A bit dull at first, even a bit artsy-fartsy for some, but once you’ve played it for long enough you begin to appreciate the effort involved here. Gone are the days of my impulse buys, so it is a pure fluke that this 7″ is in my collection. It was bizarrely listed on the Relapse webstore, which is odd because they don’t usually cover stuff like this. The question that needs to be asked though, is if I knew in advance of STLS’ sound, would I have still bought the record? And the answer is no. Out on the indie label Kill Rock Stars.

Goat – World Music (2012)

Goat – World Music (2012)

There are several reasons why I will miss going to Roadburn this year (May 2013 Edit: Roadburn has already happened – where does the time go?). I could spend a lot of time writing about them all, but I won’t do that. I’ll just get to the point. Missing Goat play live is pretty high up on the list of reasons why I want to cry about not going. I had this album on mp3 for a good while until my computer died and I lost it and totally forgot about it until I started using Spotify again. Once I found out it had been re-issued and could be got for a reasonable price, I had to own it. My father ended up buying me this record, which was rather random but I thank him eternally for it as it is slowly becoming one of my favourite things ever. When he asked what it sounded like, I told him to imagine that Led Zeppelin were actually awesome, had a female vocalist, and had a whole world of other unusual and ethnic vibes going on. Without realizing it, I had pretty much summed up the Goat sound. Only difference between this Goat record and the first Zeppelin record is that if this record gets over-rated as fuck (which it may well do with time) then it will still be awesome, and not a boring, steaming pile of shit like the first Zeppelin record. Ok, maybe that is a bit harsh, but I just plain don’t like Led Zeppelin. I love bands with a look, or mystique. When Goat were plastered all over the internet wearing voodoo masks and claiming to be anonymous illegal immigrants in Sweden, I lapped it all up like the hype-loving cretin that I am. Think what you want about gimmicks though, because Goat have the musical clout and dexterity to back up their insane story (unlike, I dunno, GWAR). With the current explosion of stuff like this happening, I really think that Goat are ones to watch. I mean, if Ghost can hit the “metal big” (who saw that coming?), then anything can happen. Out on the Bristol-based Rocket Recordings, and available in a plethora of different colours. <a href=”http://goat.bandcamp.com/album/world-music”>World Music by Goat</a>

Björk – Post (1995)

Björk – Post (1995)

Where Björk’s Debut record gets off to a confusing yet almost “cute” start, her follow-up record Post really starts to push the boat out. Holy mother of fuck what is going on here? One has to simply compare album covers to get an idea of the difference. Debut was different in so many ways, but seemed to have one guiding theme. Post, on the other hand, seems to have not been planned out in any way shape or form. The record opens with “Army of Me”, which is fantastically heavy for a song comprised entirely from electronic instruments. “Hyperballad” follows, which is the best Björk song ever, in my opinion. By track three however, things start getting a bit weird. All of the free-form jazz up in this bitch! And on top of that, the song is about cars. The song tells the tale of cars that have existed since the dawn of time, and have been hiding in mountains because they were scared of the noises the dinosaurs made. Okay… And it’s all downhill from there, until track seven, “Isobel”, which is a world of awesome. Random snippet of info: money-grabbing sellout arseholes (2021 edit: a bit much? – Ed) Carcass performed a version of this song with Björk on vocals for the single CD release of “Hyperballad” or something. She hated it, which is entirely understandable. Anyway, Post lurches onward to it’s inevitable closure, and as someone who spent a large majority of ages 10 to 18 plugged into either a walkman, CD player or mp3 player, closer “Headphones” really strikes a nerve with me. Seriously, I feel a full-blown Björk obsession coming on here. It won’t be long before I paint myself up like Darth Maul and shoot myself in the fucking face.

Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart (7″ UK Red Version) (1988)

Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart (7″ UK Red Version) (1988)

This is probably the one release in Swans history that is looked down upon the most. As with The Burning World, Gira has retrospectively scorned this release, and insists that the cover was a mistake. Think what you will, but I think it’s pretty good. I’m not too fussed on the black version (sung by Jarboe) but the red version with Gira on vocals is a great cover of a fantastic song. I’m still gonna get the black version (only available on 12″) because I’m a Swans mega-fan and that version also includes an acoustic version of “New Mind”, which kills. Bitchin’. Now sit back and enjoy this video of the heaviest band in the world absolutely destroying their self image and credibility  In the 80s/early 90s I imagine Swans releasing a video for this raised a pretty fucking negative reaction.

Atomçk – Never Work (2013)

Atomçk – Never Work (2013)

Can you imagine how excited I was knowing that the next Atomçk record was gonna drop as a physical copy thanks to Hygiene Records? No, probably not. But I was pretty fuckin’ happy, I’ll tell you that. As much as I love sites like Grindcore Karaoke (seriously far too much good shit for one website) I am a total sucker for physical copies. Grindcore Karaoke could have a download link to 320kb mp3s of every single album in the world and I’d still want to buy my favourites in the flesh as well. Atomçk are back with a new drummer and a professional studio sound (huzza!) that really makes Never Work stand out instantly as my favourite shit by them. You can expect the usual sci-fi grind nuttery, but there is a whole bunch of longer songs thrown in here as well. Opener “Desert Blast”, which is also used to open live gigs, if my memory serves, is dangerously close to sounding like something altogether more Kyuss. That is, of course, until the vocals kick in. “No Sleep ’til Trutnov” is another long ‘un, comprising of a simple drum beat and a wailing guitar repetition, before giving way to some nice ‘n’ nasty harsh electronic noise. This edition on tape is fairly limited, and quite possibly even sold out already (June 2013 update: yep, all gone). Yikes! However, you can still stream and download the entire thing for free from Grindcore Karaoke and various other sources. Stream endless, baby!