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Month: October 2013

Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came (2013)

Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came (2013)

Oh, how I have longed for a new Jesu release! I snoozed on the previous new material (the Duchess 7″) and it sold out before I had even the slightest chance of even considering buying it, and now it is added to my never-ending list of expensive shit to buy off Discogs. Trouble is, it’s hard to find the money to keep up with all the new releases in the first place, doubly hard when there’s a growing backlog of rare shit forever tempting you online! The woes of the record collector on a budget! Ha! Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came is a fantastic and rather “in the feels” type of record title. That, along with the abstract cover art, which to me conjures feelings of times past, brings on the realisation that our time on this planet is a very short one indeed…only getting shorter and shorter with every passing second. Fuck this! When the first track, “Homesick”, kicks in with the usual Jesu-brand laid back electronica meets heavy riffage and melancholic atmosphere, the feeling only gets heavier. I heard that Justin wrote a song about missing his kid whilst on tour, and whilst I’m not entirely sure that’s true, the title “Homesick” could well reveal that this is that track. Maybe. I don’t really see Everyday… as an EP, even though it is only 5 tracks in length, “The Great Leveller” – which starts with a nice piano and builds and builds – is over 17 minutes long, bringing the total run time up to something like 45 minutes (2020 edit: Discogs counts this record as a full-length). Which is good value for money, seeing as we are on the subject! Well impressed with this new Jesu stuff…it ranks a lot higher than the recent Ascension album which I think a lot of people didn’t really like and I never bought since I want all the Jesu stuff on vinyl and the vinyl version doesn’t seem to be materializing anytime soon. It’s no Silver, but I can see Everyday… becoming a Jesu must-hear with time. Justin Broadrick, you’re a genius! My fandom knows no bounds (although I’m not that familiar with Techno Animal haha!). As far as I can tell this was self-released by Justin and his Avalanche Recordings label. It’s pretty limited, and the grey copies are all sold out, so I got the black. I’d get this before it’s gone!  Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came by jesu

Sete Star Sept / Rotgut – Split 7″ (2011)

Sete Star Sept / Rotgut – Split 7″ (2011)

I remember Rotgut from years ago (ah, the Myspace days!) and back then they played this really ugly, sludgy and noisy shit. Now, things are a bit more refined; Rotgut have become this absolute grinding Malaysian menace. The sound is fatter than the bloated corpse of a beached great white, and the vocals are totally insane; wicked rasps and shouts that hark back to something altogether more 38 Counts…era Pig Destroyer. Ones to watch, I would think! Sete Star Sept are making a name for themselves. They’ve been going for a good few years now but 2013 seems to be the year of Sete Star Sept, what with a lot of worldwide touring and I keep seeing their name pop up absolutely fucking everywhere. Which is good news, of course. But Christ, what a mess this band is! Nasty, sloppy, horrendous noisecore is the order of the day. It’s completely vicious as fuck and I absolutely love it. This split of “turbo tornado power grindcore” (their words, not mine) was put out on December 25th 2012 by the great people at Dogma Artistic Guerrilla Records in Malaysia (2021 edit: There was a cassette release in 2011). I have number 152 out of 300 copies.

Insect Warfare / The Kill – Split 7″ Flexi (2008)

Insect Warfare / The Kill – Split 7″ Flexi (2008)

One really has to questions ones motives when one ends up buying a split that lasts 48 fucking seconds. This nefarious little split tape (limited to some abysmal quantity) was one of things stopping me collecting all of the Insect Warfare stuff, but the good (or bad? Ha ha!) people at Regurgitated Semen Records have taken it upon themselves to re-release the tapes contents on a single-sided flexi. Bastards! Looks like I’ll have to get all the Insect Warfare stuff after all! Unfortunately all we get from Insect Warfare here is a demo version of a track that would later end up on their split 5″ with Agoraphobic Nosebleed (which I still don’t have, for shame!). The Kill’s track I’ve never heard before, “Dead On The Floor 30 Seconds Into The First Band” actually lasts 00:31, but it’s pretty amazing, reminding me yet again to sort my shit out and listen to The Kill more often. Don’t really know what else to say about a 48 second flexi so I’ll just leave it at that…

Cloud Rat – Moksha (2013)

Cloud Rat – Moksha (2013)

I fucking love Cloud Rat, who are I think one of the first bands to reap the rewards of being on Jay Randall’s Grindcore Karaoke net label. If you’re into grind and haven’t heard their self-titled record then you must have been living under some sort of grind-resistant-coated rock or something. To me, Cloud Rat invoke imaginings of Converge crossed with Magrudergrind, but with Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Katherine Katz on vocals. Is that a bit fancy? Fuck it, that’s what Moksha sounds like to me on the first listen. If you’re familiar with Cloud Rat’s sound then you’ll be happy to know that they do it well here on Moksha; pushing the band’s more “musical” approach to grindcore into further experimental territory. Side A is chock full of amazing songs, which are all over in a blink of an eye. It is on Side B though, and from “The Needle And The Damage Done” onwards that the band’s experimental side really starts to flow. The title track, which closes off the entire record, is a monumental listening experience. Well recommended if you like your grindcore with a bit more flourish to it, and also I think I would recommend this to people who aren’t really that into grind all that much….Moksha’s almost (dare I say it) mathcore-sounding leanings more than definitely open the band up to a much wider audience. I wish the band all the best with their amazing and unique sound. Now do a UK tour already! Released as a collaboration between IFB Records and Halo Of Flies Records in the USA, and between React With Protest and 7 Degrees Records in Europe. Seriously, I am chuffed to bits with this impulse buy. This record is fucking fantastic.

Cephalotripsy / Membro Genitali Befurcator – Split 7″ (2012)

Cephalotripsy / Membro Genitali Befurcator – Split 7″ (2012)

I’ll be honest and admit that I only bought this 7″ because Cephalotripsy were on it; they are one of my favourite “slamming” brutal death metal bands and are a total guilty pleasure of mine. Man, this shit is so sick! I’m a total sucker for this stuff when it’s done right, and Cephalotripsy have yet to fail to deliver the gore-drenched slams. “Ulcerated Mass Of Pestilent Engorgement” is a fucking amazing song name. Membro Genitali Befurcator are pretty decent as well. Lots of blasting going on here with nice heavy chugging mixed with some more-traditional metal riffing. The vocals are of the usual brutal death stock and the tracks lurch along at a fairly slow pace (for brutal death metal, at least) but the performance is more than interesting enough to keep me hooked until the wax ends. I’m not entirely sure what a Befurcator is, and I’m not sure I really want to find out, but these are a band I’ll be keeping an eye on. I figure they are fairly new as they don’t have much stuff out. Coyote Records is a name that keeps popping up on my forays of filth into various underground genres, so I’m gonna have to give their entire release catalogue a look over when I get a spare minute or two, but for now you can check ’em out on the above hyperlink.

Ostie – Howls Of The Dead / From The Hate Factory (7″ Lathe-Cut) (2013)

Ostie – Howls Of The Dead / From The Hate Factory (7″ Lathe-Cut) (2013)

I have been warned in advance of how nasty these picture lathes sound, but I am pleasantly surprised by how clear everything is…I have heard some absolutely fucking shocking lathe cuts, and this is far, far from the worst. From what I can tell this is two one-sided lathes glued back to back, with a picture trapped between them…that’s a pretty ingenious way of making DIY picture discs, I gotta say. I dunno who cut these, but they were released by Ostie himself in Canada and Legs Akimbo Records in the UK. “Howls Of The Dead” is pretty entertaining, not to mention kvlt as fvck, complete with sampled wolves and some serious riffage. “From The Hate Factory” however cements the reminder that Ostie must be a joke, despite it’s super-serious black metal vibe. Anyways, these are pretty rare, not to mention collectable as fvck (I mean, just look at it!) so I’ll be holding onto this like it was the last thing on earth. Seriously cool! Or should that be “seriously frostbitten”?

Fukpig – Bad Fucking Dickhead (2013)

Fukpig – Bad Fucking Dickhead (2013)

When I heard that Fukpig were returning with another 7″ I welcomed the news with open arms. Bad Fucking Dickhead looks absolutely fucking amazing…shit…just look at it! And thankfully, after the slightly off-key release of 3, Fukpig are back on track; Bad Fucking Dickhead sounds as fucking amazing as it looks. I can’t really understand what is being said but there is a lot of swearing and a lot of screaming, which is always a good thing. THAT vicious guitar tone is back, as is the haunting synth over the top of everything that gives Fukpig their unique vibe. The B Side, “The Place That We Called Home” opens with a much more classic Fukpig vibe…the d-beat style drumming and the wailing guitars are fucking everywhere, making this a tune that is not only goddamn awesome, but makes me want to get out Belief Is The Death Of Intelligence and spin that bastard as well. Fukpig are such an under-rated band. There can be no denying that they are absolutely fucking excellent, and their under-exposure is puzzling. Everyone listen to this shit and then go and buy the 7″, then all the albums. I’m not asking….I’m telling! Self-released on the brilliant Devizes Records, and limited to 250 copies, all of which are the fantastic transparent yellow with black splatter. I have number 27. Amazing!

Aphex Twin – …I Care Because You Do (1995)

Aphex Twin – …I Care Because You Do (1995)

Gah, don’t you just hate it when 2 x 12″s are rammed into one non-gatefold jacket? Something about this just gets right on my fucking wick, son. If you’re gonna fork out for a double album repress on heavy-as-shit vinyl then you might as well go the full hog and be good enough to include a gatefold jacket. This poor bastard is loaded to the gills with discs! Blinkin’ heck Warp, it’s not like you haven’t got the financial clout to do so ;D Anyway, on with the music! Aphex Twin’s I Care Because You Do is a mammoth electronic record of brain damaging proportions. What the hell is going on here then? Ha ha! You would literally be hard pushed to put anymore weirdness into this mixed bag of jarringly different tunes, “songs” and collages of noise. Equal parts relaxing, confusing, uplifting, inspiring and introspective, I Care… runs the gamut of the electronic music genre; pushing the envelope in all four corners at once. People tell me that the Aphex Twin is boring or not challenging enough…well I think those people have had a few too many knocks to the head! This shit is utter genius, hands down!

Anal Whore / Tumour / Urine Festival – Split CD (2006)

Anal Whore / Tumour / Urine Festival – Split CD (2006)

In another post recently (this one, proper old school Blogger link!) I suggested off the cuff that somebody should make some mega fucking compilation of the sickest goregrind and porngrind projects related to Last Days Of Humanity. When I stumbled across this sick little fuck at the Rotten Roll stall in OEF I thought for a second that some celestial being might share some love for the sick shit! Granted, Anal Whore isn’t related to LDOH (as far as I know, at least), but both Tumour and Urine Festival share links with them. Anyway, enough pointless waffling, on with the show! This split CD really is something else. I implore you all to buy it, and bask lovingly in it’s glow. This activity I recommend sharing with a loved one; a girlfriend, a grandmother, or a disabled child perhaps. You can leaf through all the free porn in the booklet and tray card as you are both bathed in some of the most disgusting noises ever put to tape. Anal Whore is a fantastic goregrind project; one of the first I heard and one of my favourites. Out of the three projects here, Anal Whore is the most “musically inclined”, with a whole universe of shit hot riffs chugging away under the watery sludge and 9,000bpm drum machine. Throw in some worrying samples about enemas, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect bedroom goregrind. The Tumour stuff is more of the same, but I must say the sound is excellent here. Rogore’s bass sounds funkier than ever, pushing the songs on through their B-movie drenched journeys. Urine Festival round off the, err, festival, with some of the most insane watery gore/porn grind in existence, It took me a while to like Urine Festival, I will be honest, but now I’m up all over that shit like maggots on a corpse I simply cannot accept any substitute. Fair dues to the 3 guys involved in making Urine Festival; this is some off the wall shit. Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you guys? Ha ha. Sickness to the absolute fucking core. Actually, I retract my previous statement. I wouldn’t recommend this CD to anyone. It is a festering pile of disgusting filth with cover art to rank amongst the sickest ever. What the fuck is that shit anyway? Is it a tiny penis split down the middle; opened grotesquely for intense urethra play? Or is it some gammy red-raw stretched-out cunt lips; the clit gripped and squished to eye-watering proportions? Y’know, I don’t think I ever want to find out (Oct 2013 edit: after much morbid staring at the cover I have devised that it is the latter). I’ll just keep convincing myself that it’s not real. Fuck you, Divine Noise Entertainment, for this gorrendous release. Some sicko uploaded the Anal Whore part of this split to Youtube, so check it out (I love how it says “probably not safe for Youtube” on the video art – probably not safe for Youtube? Ha!).

Suffering Mind / Phobia – Split 5″ (2012)

Suffering Mind / Phobia – Split 5″ (2012)

Two grindcore titans going head to head on a ridiculously novelty-sized record? What more do you fucking want from this genre, I ask? Phobia rip into something very fucking impressive, which is great news for me as I’ve not been too impressed with their output as of late (it’s not bad, it’s just they used to be so good!). “Grind Bleed Your Soul”, the only song here, is fast and tight as fuck, and the drums are absolutely mind blowing. Brilliant stuff. Poland’s Suffering Mind have been ones to watch for a good while now, churning out crazy-sized wreckords and splitting like it was nobody’s business. This is my first purchase by them though, as I’ve been putting it off because I know I’ll want to fucking buy all their shit, some of which is impossible to find! Nevertheless, when I saw this 5″ at Obscene Extreme I couldn’t resist it. Suffering Mind sound a lot like Insect Warfare to me, and this can only be a good thing.

Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium / SMG – Split 7″ (2012)

Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium / SMG – Split 7″ (2012)

SMG play super shady-sounding rehearsal room grind. At least, on this 7″ they play that type of stuff. To be fair, the sound here is terrible. I dunno if the copy I have is warped or something but the guitar sounds absolutely hideous. It’s hard to listen beyond that once you’ve noticed it, so I don’t think I can fairly form an opinion on SMG from this 7″ alone. I bought it because I want all the NxVx stuff anyway, so it’s no big deal; SMG will get a further chance to impress me in the future (just what I need; more grind bands to impress me! Ha!). Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium take a slightly different approach to usual on this split. Sure, it’s still bass-driven grindcore fuckery but there seems to be a technicality to the songs that I have not noticed previously. The sound is still DIY as hell, but the bass-lines are a touch more engaging. The artwork is sexy as usual, and so is the transparent purple disc. You gotta love Horns & Hoofs Records; totally dedicated to the cause!

Six Brew Bantha / Archagathus – Split 7″ (2011)

Six Brew Bantha / Archagathus – Split 7″ (2011)

I’ve been on a Six Brew Bantha kick recently, after finally crawling out from underneath my rock and realizing just how fucking awesome they are. Their sound here is a bit lo-fi, but that’s never stopped anyone before and Six Brew Bantha blast and thrash through some fucking livid grindcore! Man, what I would do to see these guys! Someone with a lot of money fly them to the UK already and take my fucking ticket money! Randomly they remind me of Spoonful of Vicodin on this recording, although I much prefer Six Brew to the former. Archagathus are another band name that I have seen here and there and fucking everywhere for a long time. Finally getting around to hearing them I realize that I am missing out on yet another awesome fucking grindcore band (although Archagathus describe themselves here as “mince core” and “raw punk”, which are pretty accurate tags). The sound is a bit clearer than the Six Brew side, but every bit just as amazing. Another fantastic band for me to obsess over on Discogs! This shit is getting ridiculous! Ha ha! This 7″ was released as a collaborative effort between Bullshit Propaganda Records, Coffee Grinder Records and Black Raven Records. I don’t know how many copies of this exist, but it’s probably gonna be about 500. 

Suppression / Noothgrush – Split 5″ (2012)

Suppression / Noothgrush – Split 5″ (2012)

Suppression are quickly becoming one of my favourite grindcore acts. I mean, how long have this band been around? And I only heard of them a few months ago! What an idiot! Despite this fact, I’ve had the mp3s of this split on my computer for ages thanks to Grindcore Karaoke, but listening to it always got pushed back because I have so much stuff to get through…which is a curse as well as a blessing. On this wee little 5″, Suppression resort to a very Man Is The Bastard-y mix of harsh noise followed by bass-driven grind madness. I know Suppression have their own thing going on, but MITB definitely springs to mind whilst spinning this. It’s over in a fecking flash, unlike Noothgrush’s side which drags out a bit longer. Noothgrush take a much more traditional full-band approach of just ripping out a track for us. Very sludgy! All in all this is a pretty awesome 5″, but as you would probably expect it doesn’t last very long. This piece of wax exists thanks to the good people at Blow The Reactors and Fuck Yoga. My version is the simple black one, but 150 of these little buggers come with a 48 piece puzzle. These editions are pretty rare, but you can still get one for around £10.

Cattle Decapitation – Homovore (2000)

Cattle Decapitation – Homovore (2000)

Ahhh how I long for the days of a more grind-orientated Cattle Decapitation! The band have always peddled their own ever-evolving brand of disgusting death metal, but the song lengths / titles here are much more in sync with something all together more goregrind. And, if you read this blog frequently, you should know that’s what I’m all about! Couple that with the factor that this album is basically The Locust with Travis Ryan on vocals, and Homovore becomes a thousand times more awesome. It doesn’t sound entirely dissimilar to early Berzerker, if you subtract the gabba drums. This superbly-titled “Diarrhea Of The Mouth” coloured record is limited to 666 copies thanks to Three One G. I picked this up a few years ago at Hellfest 2011 and have lovingly cherished it ever since. You can also get this on “cow” vinyl, which is 1500 copies on a white/black mix, or on CD. The 666 diarrhea versions are represses, but I’m cool with that because it looks so funky. 2021 Edit: once again fuck Photobucket for stealing my pictures and watermarking them. Also, the splatter version of this is now worth £80. Gold mine!

Scott Hull – Audiofilm I (2008)

Scott Hull – Audiofilm I (2008)

After the incredible journey that was Requiem, I was terribly disappointed with the first Audiofilm instalment. When I finally got over the fact that this 3″ CD wasn’t going to be more of the same of what was displayed on Scott’s debut, I gave it another chance and now I really like it. I can’t really say much about it as it’s fairly short and entirely atmospheric, so you’ll have to hear it for yourself to form an opinion on it. My words can’t really do much here, although I will say that I am now hunting for a copy of Audiofilm II.

Corrupt Moral Altar – Whiskey Sierra (2013)

Corrupt Moral Altar – Whiskey Sierra (2013)

Holy shit, Corrupt Moral Altar are heavy! Like, proper heavy! I love the mix of styles going on here; one minute I’m getting doomy vibes, the next it’s all about the crazy flat-out grind type of shit! Wrap all that into a modern “dark hardcore” ball (think Black Breath, Nails and all the recent shit Southern Lord has been peddling) and you’ve got one hell of a 7″. Neither side is better than the other; you’ve just got unstoppable raw power melting your face off from start to finish. I can get behind that. Considering this bastard spins at 45 it really does last quite a while, and with no deterioration in quality or volume. The vinyl weight is as almost as heavy as the tunes, and the packaging is really high quality stuff, which is a bit refreshing as I have a sea of flimsy grind splits with xeroxed covers. It even comes with a fuckton of Dead Chemists stickers and a nifty little poster, so super awesome thanks to Mike Dead Chemists for sending me this little EP, I love it! Well impressed. Gonna be on the look out for Corrupt Moral Altar on the UK live circuit; I’m bound to come across a performance of theirs at some point, and I look forward to it greatly.

7 Minutes Of Nausea / Gorgonized Dorks – Split 7″ (2009)

7 Minutes Of Nausea / Gorgonized Dorks – Split 7″ (2009)

Old 7MON live stuff compiled here in a split with prolific noise mongers Gorgonized Dorks. On black, and strictly limited to 338 copies on Bringer Of Gore Records. I have number 57. I got this from Katz in Gorgonized Dorks when we were mailing each other about the Fart Wank / Gorgonized Dorks lathe cut split square 8″ that never materialized (but now with the existence of Pointless Records, could maybe see the light of day). The Gorgonized Dorks side represents their sound fully, and is almost typical of them. 7MON’s side consists of a horrible live recording from the 1980s.