Archive for April 2018

Severe Torture – Feasting On Blood (2000)

Severe Torture – Feasting On Blood (2000)

April 30, 2018

The first thing that blew me out of my chair when playing this record was the drumming performance from Seth van de Loo. Holy shit! That is some insane stuff! Kudos. The second thing would have to be the bass guitar work of Patrick Boleij, which clanks away, underpinning the carnage, akin to the sound on early Cryptopsy records. Feasting On Blood is a solid, solid album, and is a nonstop trip through some of…

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Smashing Dumplings – Side Effects (2017)

Smashing Dumplings – Side Effects (2017)

April 26, 2018

Ok, so Smashing Dumplings sound a whole lot more death metal than when I saw them live four or five years ago. I mean, either they’ve given their sound a bit of a more ‘brutal’ overhaul in lieu of spazzy, fast grind, or my memory is terrible and I’m just an idiot. Either way, Side Effects is pretty fuckin’ great. Chunky, nasty death metal that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Jesu – Infinity (2009)

Jesu – Infinity (2009)

April 23, 2018

Infinity is a task of a record, if I’m being real here. Just sitting down and honestly, thoroughly listening to a track of this scope is a bit difficult for me, which is weird considering how much I love harsh noise. There is just something about the pace of Jesu’s music, which is heartbreaking as it is at the same time enormously uplifting, that results in me only being able to ingest it whilst in…

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Autophagia – Anatomical Septicemia (1998)

Autophagia – Anatomical Septicemia (1998)

April 20, 2018

I love goregrind, and I love Autophagia. Unearthing ancient tomes of dusty demos is part of the fun when it comes to this particular sub genre, but unfortunately, Anatomical Septicemia fails to offer anything of any value, to absolutely anyone. Sure, you’ve gotta have a ear for badly recorded demos, but the quality on this cassette demo sounds like your listening to a band rehearse in another room, recorded on a mobile phone. It doesn’t…

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Phyllomedusa – In League With Uperoleia (2018?)

Phyllomedusa – In League With Uperoleia (2018?)

April 19, 2018

More haunting gorenoise from the Big Frog himself. This short EP seems to be compiled entirely out of layered vocal gurgles, like a whole swamp itself is teeming with enough life to create a gorenoise racket. A good place to start if you’re into Phyllo’ but some of the track lengths to the noisier stuff puts you off. (2021 edit: My original link for this died. If anyone has any info on this release, please…

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Antigama – Meteor (2013)

Antigama – Meteor (2013)

April 18, 2018

Antigama are a very special grindcore band, in that I don’t really believe that they play grindcore at all. I mean sure, their music has roots of chaotic grind elements, and the vocalist’s roar is reminiscent of Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway, but Antigama draw from all over the musical spectrum. You can probably tell from the record sleeves that this isn’t just another grindcore band, and to the un-initiated, I would describe Meteor as a…

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Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (2007)

Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (2007)

April 17, 2018

Imagine High On Fire crossed with Mastadon and you should get a good idea of what is going on here. Throaty vocals propell these dreamy, heavy-stoned musical explorations of sound through the infinite cosmos of experimental wonder. It is progressive, but with the underpinning vibe and, I guess, performance lulling in the school of doom metal, providing busy, Sabbath-after-twelve-Dabbeths (lol) drumming and rumbling, chunky bass guitar underpinning the soaring guitar and vocals.

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Samsara Blues Experiment – Long Distance Trip (2010)

Samsara Blues Experiment – Long Distance Trip (2010)

April 16, 2018

Everything about this album is looooooonnnnng, including the amount of time it has been on my review “to do list” (about 7 years – my bad!). I first became aware of the Samsara Blues Experiment after a trip to Roadburn Festival in 2011, and I fell in love with their excellently balanced heavy / psych approach to prog. The songs are meandering, jam-like, but held together by an underpinning heavyness with stops the record from…

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Mortician – House By The Cemetery (1995)

Mortician – House By The Cemetery (1995)

April 15, 2018

I’ve had something of a bloody rekindling love affair with Mortician as of late. I’ve been jamming some goregrind stuff and I guess some of the slower riffs resonated with me and I went digging through my Mortician stuff. Finding only Hacked Up For BBQ and Zombie Apocalypse on CD, I went straight to Spotify and devoured the entire discography (sans Re-Animated Flesh), of which this House by the Cemetery re-issue stood out to me…

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Nightmare City (1980)

Nightmare City (1980)

Nightmare city is a decidedly average yet somewhat quite enjoyable zombie horror movie from the 80s. It tells the story of a radioactive army plane returning from an unknown destination, bringing with it an army of crazed undead. As unfortunate for the viewer as it is for the victims trying to escape in near slow motion, the pacing of this feature is somewhat dire. This even makes the most chaotic or gory scenes seem boring…

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Cradle Of Filth β€Žβ€“ Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay (2017)

Cradle Of Filth β€Žβ€“ Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay (2017)

April 14, 2018

Cradle really seem to be firing out albums lately, or perhaps I’m just getting old and time is sailing by with the pace of say, a methamphetamine powered Concorde. Stylistically, Cryptoriana is not dissimilar to the excellent Hammer Of The Witches; it is nimble and well-produced, with the band still enjoying its most reliable and consistently strongest line-up in quite some time. However, I cannot shake the feeling that the band are just going through…

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