Lines In Wax

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Month: December 2016

Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria (2015)

Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria (2015)

Pissgrave are one of the few bands out there these days that actually fucking scare me; what a crazy explosion of disgusting sound! And I mean, what in the holy hell is going on with the sleeve art? Granted, I’ve seen the world’s innards on many a goregrind sleeve but there’s something entirely menacing about the unknown fate of whoever’s bones are on the cover. Is that weird? Fuck it. The murky mystery of the cover art compliments the muddy clusterfuck that is Suicide Euphoria absolutely perfectly. It almost sounds like the music itself is spluttering out of that horrible brown liquid. The vocals are something else. Definitely some of the sickest lows I’ve heard in a while; borrowing heavily from the nauseating spit and gurgle heard more in goregrind than in any type of death metal. Stand out tracks for me are “Impaled Vibration” and “Blood Fog”.

Impaled Nazarene / Beherit – Split 12″ (1994)

Impaled Nazarene / Beherit – Split 12″ (1994)

This is a super-kvlt-as-fvvk bootleg release of two sound desk recordings from the Day Of Darkness Festifall in Finland, all the way back in 1991, although it wasn’t released until 1994. It was originally released on 1000 copies of red wax, but has since been re-released and repackaged on several formats under different titles – such is the world of bootleggers! To be honest, I stumbled across this without even realising that it was a bootleg. The only thing sucky about bootlegs is that it can hurt underground bands sometimes. This is really, really cool, though. I mean, just the cover art for a start, but the music itself is fantastic; it’s grainy, wobbly and a little bit awful, but that lends itself to the content immensely. I had almost forgotten Impaled Nazarene’s dirgy beginnings (their full lengths always surprise me as being so well produced for such a savage band), and Beherit slay it here too. One to spin if you’re feeling in an underground mood.

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0 (2012)

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0 (2012)

I might be a bit late to the Blank Banshee party, but that doesn’t stop me from chaining the entire discography a few times on a night shift or two. It definitely got the ol’ chair reclining; it was actually quite pleasant working away to the busy-yet-lucid tunes in a 2am caffeine haze. What stood out to me the most out of the Blank Banshee records was this one, the first one. There’s just something about this one that seems much more precious. It is hard to be original at all in electronic music, and whilst I’m not claiming that Blank Banshee has in any way re-invented the wheel, this is an extremely refreshing take on several different layers of the electronic world. I know I’m playing catch up, but this is amazing stuff.  Blank Banshee 0 by Blank Banshee

Bulldozer – Unexpected Fate (2009)

Bulldozer – Unexpected Fate (2009)

Bulldozer are a ridiculous thrash band from Italy. They have been broken up for quite a while, but they played Obscene Extreme a few years ago and this turned me on to them. They keep parading that some dickhead Kerrang! journalist labelled them as the worst band in the world (like anyone ever gave a fuck what Kerrang! thinks anyway) and with a history of songs about pornstars and terrible experimental techno records, I can see why people would think this. But despite the gimmicks, including the zany onstage presence, this is a solid record. It has a proper pacy old school thrash feel to it, kinda like classic Slayer if I could be so bold with my comparisons. I’ve checked out quite a lot of their old stuff too, and whilst some of the of the charm is lost through the fairly meaty studio production sound, this is still a thoroughly entertaining listen, despite what the cover art would have you think. Tune in!

Metallica – St. Anger (2003)

Metallica – St. Anger (2003)

For some godforsaken reason I’ve spent the last decade or so defending this album. I’ve even claimed on social media (and also in public, after too many beers) that St. Anger is my favourite Metallica record. After a while, I realized that I wasn’t actually trolling, and that I was being deadly serious. First things first though – that snare drum definitely explains my love for goregrind and the somewhat dubious genre production values held therein. I guess it also manifests unhealthily in my own drumming style, as my dustbin lid snare approach is sometimes raised as a chagrin point, especially during record sessions. Anyways, onto Same Tango. A lot of the criticisms thrown at this thing do have ground behind them. I mean, yes, “Frantic” is fucking terrible. And yes, the songs go on way, waaaay too long. The low tunings and Hetfield’s baffling, child-like lyrical ramblings only highlight how ham-fisted the band’s approach at cashing in on nu-metal was. Unfortunately, not only did they fail terribly at doing so, but they dropped the album a long time after the genre uttered its last real death rattle. That aside, this is my favourite Metallica album because its a shuffling, claustrophobic mess. It sounds like a rehearsal room recording, and it also contains some of the best shit Metallica have ever written. I raise you “All Within My Hands”, “The Unnamed Feeling”, “Sweet Amber” and “My World” for starters. “All Within My Hands” is easily one of the heaviest songs they’ve ever written, and its an interesting downward spiral listening to the whole thing unravel in the finale. “The Unnamed Feeling” (despite the cringe moment when Hetfield spits “get the PPPHHHHHuck away from me”) has a simple yet bizarre riff structure, with two guitars chugging essentially out of time with each other and the drums playing stupidly heavy for a song so slow. Again, its a total fucking mess, but it works on so many levels. I’m not going to be able to deliver an Anthony Fantano grade analysis of why this is the best record, but I think I’ve written enough on it, especially considering you’re all just going to keep hating it. Oh-ahhhh!

Splatter Whore – City Of The Sleazehounds (2009)

Splatter Whore – City Of The Sleazehounds (2009)

City Of The Sleazehounds is the second and final studio album to date by American groovy goregrind band Splatter Whore. It marks a departure from the riff-focused gory groove of the first album / EP into a more lo-fi rock and roll with goregrind vocals kinda deal. This is pretty unusual in itself, but I find that the debut was also pretty accessible for a goregrind record. City Of The Sleazehounds, despite (I think) not being anywhere as good as the debut Kaviar Die Hards, presents yet another fresh angle on the goregrind sound. The biggest disappointment for me is the step-down in production quality. Everything gets lost in the mix a lot more here, which is a crying shame if you were expecting an expansion on their super catchy metal-meets-goregrind approach. As a stand alone record though, its still an awesome listen. Think Exhumed recording in their garage with a bunch of crust punks at the helm. Not what I expected, but still a gem in the rough.

CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE – Demo Sep 2016 (2016)

CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE – Demo Sep 2016 (2016)

CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE are a gorenoise band from the south west of England, emerging from the foggy West Country marshes with a sound that is drowning in bog water and nastier than a putrefying amputation wound. Unlike most “bands” of this nature, CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE contain more than one member and function as a touring band, deafening audiences on what is soon to be a worldwide scale. The band are currently playing frequently in the UK and are set to appear internationally in gorenoise-friendly countries, for instance Thailand in the January of next year. The first demo mashes sampled noise with deafening bass attacks and satisfyingly-sloppy, ping-happy blastbeat madness. For fans of: noise, goregrind, the end of the world as we know it, gimp masks.

Hong Kong Express – This (2015)

Hong Kong Express – This (2015)

Perhaps it is because I find myself more and more nocturnal, with my life seemingly spent basking in the constant glow of some sort of screen or interface, but I find myself becoming one with the [ v a p o r ] ((( a  e  s  t  h  e  t  i  c ))). Yes, this is the only logical reason I can think for my sudden interested in what is referred to as vaporwave. I am still a little bit unsure if it is actually a legit genre of music, or just a strange meme of some sort. Either way, Hong Kong Express is here and This is very fucking real (sentence construction entirely intended). Hong Kong Express is easily one of the more ethereal and ambiance-based vaporwave artists I have come across. It is almost as if this entire thing was designed to be consumed in the small hours; it is simultaneously relaxing yet uplifting to hear. Strongly recommended listening!

Björk – Biophilia (2011)

Björk – Biophilia (2011)

I love Björk, I really do, but a lot of her later output leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. Case in point: this entire album. Despite the lead single “Crystalline” being one of my favourite Björk tracks, and “Mutual Core” being a fantastic, brooding ballad-meets-speedcore headfuck, the remainder of Biophilia is unfortunately a lazy wasteland of ploinky ploinky quirkiness that goes absolutely nowhere, which in a bizarre twist of fate is simultaneously Björk’s appeal as well as her undoing. It is hard to analyse a record that literally does the same thing over and over on every track (please give me the sweet release of harsh noise wall!), so I’ll just wind this up quickly. It doesn’t matter how weird or perplexing Björk’s lyrics are, when you’ve heard x number of icy synths or obscure percussion instruments being strummed/plonked/hit/keyed out of time for ten tracks in a row, the peculiarity loses its charm. For die-hard Björk fans only.

Couple Skate – Ice Skate Lobotomy (2014)

Couple Skate – Ice Skate Lobotomy (2014)

Man, this shit is dank – it sounds just like Paucities smashed into early Regurgitate; dirgy, muddy, demo-quality grinding mush with bottomfeeder sludgy shifted vokills. I love all this “new” American-wave goregrind shit that has all this mincecore edge to it – it’s fucking class, and Couple Skate is easily one of the best of the bunch (gotta give props to Haggus and Hyperemesis for coming joint first too). The demo / EP is only six tracks long (one of which, perhaps expectedly, is a Regurgitate cover) but who gives a shit when the stuff is this tasty? Time to hunt down some more Couple Skate stuff, I think…

Intestinal Disgorge – Depravity (2010)

Intestinal Disgorge – Depravity (2010)

Depravity is a colossal release in the discography of the one and only Intestinal Disgorge. The wackiness of Sociopath takes on a more brutal, darkened edge on this 60 track beast. I remember picking this album up at a “distro” in Obscene Extreme 2013, where this guy under a gazibo had like, 15 CDs for sale and three or four t-shirts. In the same year, this album was banned in Germany, despite being an obscure grindcore release on a fucking Brazilian label, under the same bullshit law that caused all that fuss with Cannibal Corpse back in the day. Bizarelly, this album isn’t linked on the group’s Bandcamp page like all the other full lengths, so it’s kinda hard to link you up with something here. Luckily someone has uploaded one of the tracks to YouTube, but the lack of availability of this digitally only adds to the mystery behind it and the previously mentioned ban. (UPDATE 08th March 2017: I’ve added a full album link below!) Either way, this is a totally solid part of the Intestinal Disgorge canon and I recommend a dosage for all sick goregrind maniacs, if you can find a copy, that is.