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Libido Airbag – Baptized In Diarrhea – Demos and Rarities (2018)

Libido Airbag – Baptized In Diarrhea – Demos and Rarities (2018)

December 31, 2020

Baptizedโ€ฆ is yet another re-release of the band’s first two demos. That initially sounds impressive, and necessary, but when you realise that the bands first album Knee Deep In Her Pussy is literally just these two demos stapled together with no changes, this re-release becomes infinitely more pointless. Knee Deepโ€ฆ already has a CD release and a (granted, now very expensive) vinyl re-issue, but still. I digress. I’ve included this release on Lines In Wax…

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Spermswamp – Extreme Cream (2007)

Spermswamp – Extreme Cream (2007)

Spermswamp is one of those bands that sets the gold standard for how ridiculous pornogrind should sound. For example, if fellow genre-mates S.M.E.S. is the equivilent to one of those automatic fucking machines solemnly pounding away at a low level, humming mechanically as it bores methodically into your orifice of choice, then Spermswamp is one of those machines but fused to some mecha-octopus technical fuckmonster. What I’m trying and probaby failing to convey is this:…

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Spasm – Lust For Feculent Orgasm / Spasmatic Secretion (2005)

Spasm – Lust For Feculent Orgasm / Spasmatic Secretion (2005)

The perhaps excellently titled Lust For Feculant Orgasm is the first (and still rather low key) released album from goregrind mainstays Spasm. The album itself is very well put together, the tone of the bass (acting here as a lead guitar) is so crunchy and sick. This dirty little three piece has more weight to it than more fully fleshed out bands. What makes this record so long is the inclusion of the Spasmatic Secretion…

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Waking The Cadaver – Real Life Death (2013)

Waking The Cadaver – Real Life Death (2013)

December 30, 2020

Real Life Death was the low-key death rattle final release from infamous Shredded Wheat loving death metal band, Waking The Cadaver. As chonky as both Real Life Death and its predecessor, Beyond Cops Beyond God, both are, the charm of the band for me was lost on both of these recordings. Gone are the abysmal, gore-drenched slams of old. I’m not saying WTC were just another slam band; their first album was absolutely manking in…

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Xxxtentacion – ? (2018)

Xxxtentacion – ? (2018)

Iโ€™d never really bothered with XXX until a work colleague of mine implored me to check out some tracks from this album, but I ended up listening to the whole thing. Thereโ€™s a lot to unpack here; the opening track acts as fair warning, as trumpet blowing as it is (โ€œmy genius!โ€). I wouldnโ€™t necessarily say you need an open mind to digest a weird mish-mash of hip hop and screamo or acoustic songs, but…

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Slam Coke – First Cookie: Fick Die Bude Kaputt (2011)

Slam Coke – First Cookie: Fick Die Bude Kaputt (2011)

This is, objectively, one of the worst things that I have ever heard. Its been saved on my Spotify albums list since 2014, where I was recommended it by some absolute arseclown it seems. So what we have here is beatdown music with techno elements. Everything about that sentence makes me want to die inside, but the techno elements are actually pretty good. As far as beatdowns and slams go, well, this isn’t dirty enough…

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Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)

The downward spiral continues with Leprechaun 4, where the quality descends even further still, but to the point where the plot is now so goddamn ridiculous it almost gets a pass. In this 4th offering, the Leprechaun makes it into space, where there is scantily clad princesses, trigger happy marines, Nazi scientists and terrible CGI spacecraft. A huuuuge drop in quality and budget from the 2nd and 3rd entry in the franchise, but incredibly entertaining…

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Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Leprechaun 3 has none of the endearing characters present in the first two movies. Everyone is pretty awful, or drastically flawed in some way, to the point where you don’t really give a suit about what happens to any of them. Luckily then, that the Leprechaun has conjured some creative ways to dispose of the cast, before culminating in yet another awful conclusion. It is what it is, but Leprechaun 3 is pretty shit.

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Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Leprechaun 2 is probably my favourite of the original 90s run of movies. A loveable simpleton and his on/off girlfriend incur the wrath of the Leprechaun who of course, fancies her for his bride as she some direct descendant of some poor sap that crossed the Leprechaun in the past. Anyway, it has a creative set of kills and situations, before a fairly useless showdown in the Leprechaun’s lair. It ends on a bum note…

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Cradle Of Filth – Cruelty And The Beast Remistressed (2019)

Cradle Of Filth – Cruelty And The Beast Remistressed (2019)

December 29, 2020

There is a lot to address with the original mix of Cradle’s Cruelty And The Beast record. The real question however, is whether or not this recent remaster attempt brings out the best of a frequently misunderstood (yet still critically acclaimed classic) record. I have reviewed the music itself in the previous post, so will focus entirely on the remastered elements here in this post. The first thing I expect everyone is going to notice…

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Cradle Of Fitlh โ€“ Cruelty And The Beast (1998)

Cradle Of Filth – Cruelty And The Beast (1998)

I haven’t listened to Crueltyโ€ฆ in donkey’s years. In fact, I didn’t even know there had been (finally!) a remaster of it either, so I decided to listen to both back to back for the purposes of commiting the records finally the vaults of Lines In Wax. What surprised me however, was that I heavily preferred the first mix to the remaster, despite the heavy shortcomings of this original release. But anyways, I’ll get to…

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Black Sabbath – Mob Rules (1981)

Black Sabbath – Mob Rules (1981)

The mob ruuuuullllllleeessssssss! Or, so I’m told. Not an awful album by any stretch, and is given an injection of new energy what with Bill Ward bowing out and Vinnie Appice coming on board for the drumming role. I just can’t buy into the Dio ham factor. Other than that, to me, the uninitiated Dio listener, Mob Rules is more or less a continuation of the themes on Heaven and Hell.

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Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (1970)

Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (1970)

Blacks and the crackers! Brothers and the whities! Everyone has heard โ€œMove On Upโ€ but I only got into this record after falling in love with the opening track after it was used as the theme for season 1 of HBOโ€™s The Deuce. Honestly, my knowledge in this era and in these genres is severely lacking so Iโ€™m probably going to struggle describing this record, but it sounds fantastic. Itโ€™s funky, soulful and pumping with…

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Phyllomedusa / CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE – Split CD (2017)

Phyllomedusa / CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE – Split CD (2017)

Iโ€™ve been a fan of the hyperblasting froguencies of Phyllomedusa for some time now, so it was excellent news all around when I found out they would be doing a split with the lovely chaps in Catastrophic Blunt Force etc. etc. etc.  The Phyllo stuff is harsh and perfect for inner skull excoriating or some such horrendous practice. I may be biased in regards to my relationship with CBFx, but they offer something different to…

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Theologian – The Chasms Of My Heart (2012)

Theologian – The Chasms Of My Heart (2012)

December 28, 2020

It’s nice to see something that bridges the gap between industrial, power electronics and harsh noise so perfectly. Often these terms are bandied about wantonly, with several terms being used to describe the same thing in a pedantic circle jerk of an already restrictive genre. Whilst I still don’t quite know what the fuck Witch House is supposed to be, I can literally feel the industrial vibe pouring out of this record, like steel girders…

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Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death (2014)

Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death (2014)

December 26, 2020

I added this record to my to do list when Young And In The Way were announced for Temples Fest, easily over 5 years ago, maybe even 6. Either way, I never got around to listening to this until now, and was blown away by the mix of hardcore and black metal, which admittedly isn’t a mix I’m all too familiar with hearing. The production is quite typical of things in this trendy corner of…

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Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt (2015)

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt (2015)

(2020 edit: This review was written several years ago, I just dug it out from the lost drafts on my old Blogger account). And the award for quickest maturing member of Odd Future goes to Earl fucking Sweatshirt. Doris has always stood apart from most of the other Odd Future stuff I’ve heard, and now this… well, this is something truly special. On the strength of “Faucet” alone, this record is fucking outstanding. The beats…

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Realize – Machine Violence (2020)

Realize – Machine Violence (2020)

Machine Violence is a breath of fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, if I wanted to be a cunt I could say that Realize sound like a mix of Decline & Fall era Godflesh, and something like Static X, but this is industrial metal folks, and it’s pretty difficult to not be derivative. When I say a breath of fresh air – I mean, when was the last time an industrial record was pushed by…

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< READY > The Caretaker โ€“ Everywhere At The End Of Time โ€“ Stage 4 (2018)

The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4 (2018)

The fact that three of the four tracks on Stage 4 of this excellent examination of aural dementia are called “Post Awareness Confusions” should tell you a lot about where this project is going. I mean, I suppose we all know where this is going, its just we don’t know how its going to be interpreted into sound. This is one of the main things which has made this entire journey so exciting yet equally…

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Dimmu Borgir – Stormblรฅst 2005 (2005)

Dimmu Borgir – Stormblรฅst 2005 (2005)

Stormblast 2005 has to be one of the most pointless and unneccessary re-recordings ever made. I’m not too clear on the band’s intention or reasoning, and to be honest, I don’t really care. The end product is vastly inferior to the original, even with Dimmu’s more modern, lightening fast and heavily over-produced symphonic pomp. There is a magic and density that is missing still, however, in this somewhat soulless rehashing of the black metal classic.

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Dimmu Borgir – Stormblรฅst (1996)

Dimmu Borgir – Stormblรฅst (1996)

The original Stormblast record (stolen keyboard compositions or otherwise) is a stunning work of ‘symphonic’ black metal. I write ‘symphonic’ like that becuase this doesn’t sound like metal with a fat orchestral section dumped on top, the keys and atmospherics are instead an extension of the existing tone and vibe; kinda like how Nocturnus put keyboards effortlessly into death metal. Each track is a gem, and the mix – which has its detractors I’m sure…

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Rotten Sound – Cursed (2011)

Rotten Sound – Cursed (2011)

Rotten Sound is truly god tier grindcore. Grindcore perhaps even, for people who donโ€™t listen to much grindcore. Cursed is super tight and ultra polished, with even the crusty d-beat passages hitting with lightening precision. A blisteringly fast performance from start to finish, with dat Entombed-core crunch, yo.

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Undergang – Misantropologi (2017)

Undergang – Misantropologi (2017)

This is just so gloriously sexy. Maybe that isnโ€™t the word youโ€™d usually use to describe Mortician-tinged glacial pace death metal, but Undergangโ€™s Misantropologi record is just so beautifully nasty. Somehow, through the mire of sludge the drums sparkle, the vocals croak, and the guitars crackle with fire and crispness. If I was in Coffins, Iโ€™d be keeping my eye on these guys.

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Cradle Of Filth โ€“ Duskโ€ฆ And Her Embrace (1998)

Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… And Her Embrace (1996)

December 24, 2020

I meanโ€ฆ where do I begin? Duskโ€ฆ is probably the benchmark for measuring all Cradle albums, and whilst yes, there are some issues with the production, these aren’t anywhere near as glaring as those which plagued the follow-up record, and if anything, these gremlins add to the atmospheric whole, rather than detract from the experience at all. If I was to make one gripe about the production, its that sometimes the drums are almost totally…

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Cradle Of Filth – The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh (1994)

Cradle Of Filth – The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh (1994)

December 23, 2020

The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, is, simply put, one of my favourite albums of all time. Of course, I did not start with this as a teenager, and I got into Cradle through Bitter Suitesโ€ฆ and Damnation And A Day, but I eventually worked my way backwards, where Principleโ€ฆ and Vempire became my favourite works of gothic horror. A lot of people say that The Principle Of Evilโ€ฆ is where Cradle Of Filth came…

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Desecration – Process Of Decay (2005)

Desecration – Process Of Decay (2005)

December 22, 2020

More nastiness from the Welsh death metal masters. Process… had my favourite drum sound of any of the bandโ€™s records, and the nuances of Micโ€™s style are much more prominent, rather than just provided a lightening fast backbone for the brutality. This record contains the banginโ€™ set staple โ€œBacterial Breakdownโ€ as well as a couple of mega-disgusting guesties from Amputated / Crepitation vocalist Mark Pearce. Closer โ€œGravewaxโ€ is also a total fucking gem.

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Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Both Sides Of The Brain (1999)

Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Both Sides Of The Brain (1999)

Smooth, cool as all manner of fuck and with a flow to boot, Del’s 4th record is an execution in true hip hop genius. I mean, Del is surely self aware of the fact – but not rubbing it in people’s faces or boasting about some of the same old shit most rappers get caught up in is one of the best charms about this man and his glorious body of work. This was also…

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Bogus Blimp – Chords.Wires (2000)

Bogus Blimp – Chords.Wires (2000)

Its not often I get to say this with much conviction, but this album is a bloody weird one. Bogus Blimp are strrraaange as fuck, with Cords.Wires taking you on a meandering trip through all sorts of vibes and audio collages. Its not all vignette-style aural wandering however, there does appear to be a smattering of fully-formed, more traditionally structured songs thrown in too, but for the most part, this is a bizarre journey. I…

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System Of A Down – Protect The Land / Genocidal Humanoids (2020)

System Of A Down – Protect The Land / Genocidal Humanoids (2020)

December 21, 2020

And just like that, its like the hiatus never happened. System’s sound doesn’t really appear to have aged a day, as these two tracks showcase. “Protect The Land” harks back to the Hypnotise era, where the much more mental and crazy “Genocidal Humanoids” brings back that SOAD-grade madness that we all love so much. Here’s hoping another album follows this little release.

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Sutcliffe Jรผgend – Offal (2016)

Sutcliffe Jรผgend – Offal (2016)

Unsettling and disturbing as always, SJ embark on yet another plunge into the depths of humanity’s darkness. For all the storytelling that makes you feel like you want to take a shower, Offal is actually quite a pleasant listen. The noise on offer is clearly harrowing in its origin; it feels like there is a prolonged screaming suffering mangled through the tracks, but in such a way that it is delivered almost like a purifying…

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AFX – Analord 05 (2005)

AFX – Analord 05 (2005)

December 20, 2020

On my journey through the excellent world of the Analord series, 05 is probably the trippiest one yet. Sure, the point of this shit isn’t really to be “trippy” or “weird”, but from the opening effects on the acid bath that is “Reunion 2”, through to the laid back futuristic sprawl of “Cilonen” (and the additional bonus material), there’s just something about Analord 05 that seems to be in a whole other world.

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Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us (2016)

Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us (2016)

Bro, like, bruh, you’ll never like, be one of us, bro. Bruh. LOL for all the quality memes that this hideously bad album title spawned, one must look past the elitist attitude and the penchant for performing powerviolence in leather jackets (totes veegs bro), and see that beneath the layers of masculine posturing and internet ridicule, Nails’ third offering is actually a vicious assault on the senses. Heavy, dirty drums and Entombed-core riffage is the…

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Profundo Rosso (1975)

Profundo Rosso (1975)

Even for a movie in the giallo style, Deep Red (or Profundo Rosso) has a fairly unusual plot. That aside, the production seems stark and eerily sparse, the exact opposite of say, Susperia (except for maybe that bit where the dog goes for the guy’s throat in that wide open city square). Honestly, Profundo Rosso is the detective story of your nightmares, with only the twists and turns your dreamworld can conjure up. The pacing…

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Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)

Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)

Well isnโ€™t this just awful? Hahaha – I mean, I expected it to be, truly I did, but off the back of how terrible yet entertaining They Live was, I fell into this with my expectations set far too high. If there were any illusions of Roddy Piper being able to act, Hell Comes To Frogtown will shatter those illusions forever. Giant lizards in fantastically entertaining makeup, and the odd bare breasted machine gun toting…

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Negative Approach – Negative Approach (1982)

Negative Approach – Negative Approach (1982)

The prices that this thing fetches on sites such as Discogs absolutely boggles the mind, but I suppose if anything, it shows the influence that Negative Approach had on hardcore punk. NA have always kinda simmered beneath the surface, being that awesome band that always kinda stayed underground, if I can say something so stupid. Anyway, the self-titled EP is a part of punk history now, and is a savage little beast. Well worth a…

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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi – Seventh Star (1986)

Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi – Seventh Star (1986)

Wow. This has to be the absolute low point thus far in my Sabbath journey. Surely it cannot get any worse than this? I mean, for a large portion of their (read: Iommi’s career) the band have peddled awful rock and or roll with that inescapable 80s feel. Surprisingly this varies in flavour and in quality from album to album, with Seventh Star being the absolute lowest point utter dogshit rock bottom that is nothing…

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Mayhem – Chimera (2004)

Mayhem – Chimera (2004)

December 19, 2020

Jesus Christ this is absolutely savage. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Mayhem can go hard, this is an established fact, but on Chimera the band expand upon the festering viciousness present on Wolf’s Lair Abyss and dial that up into a full length. All the usual elements are here, being the razor sharp and dexterous riffing, and the insanely fast drummer of Hellhammer, but on this Maniac-fronted offering, the band hold back on the…

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Danzig – Danzig (1988)

Danzig – Danzig (1988)

WOMAN! I hope you are ready for Danzig’s dark and evil moooosak to pour all over you? Wolves, wine, satan, leather and enormous belt buckles are the order of the day here. But, in all seriousness, this is a genuinely enjoyable romp through Danzig’s unique charge of rock and or roll. Listen loud, and enjoy.

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Mayhem – Daemon (2019)

Mayhem – Daemon (2019)

Mayhem have been on something of a streak in recent years, with consistent and quality releases being dropped. Daemon is of no exception, and whilst it doesn’t exactly extend leaps and bounds away from the work presented on Esoteric Warfare, it does present a growth and maturity which is easily noticeable and a pleasure to identify in the songwriting process. I mean, Mayhem are now the gold standard of intricate yet deadly metal. Hellhammer, for…

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Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (1983)

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (1983)

Quite possibly the perfect record to sit in an old city centre pub with, drinking strong ale and watching the revellers go about their business. Truly I suppose, Tom Waits’ music is probably more suited to smashing back an Old Fashioned in a dusty, smoky hole of a piano bar, but I’ll work with what I’ve got here in little ol’ Wales. Whilst not as macabre or as experimental as later offerings, records like Swordfishtrombones…

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Yuzo Koshiro โ€Žโ€“ Streets Of Rage  (ใƒ™ใ‚ขใƒปใƒŠใ‚ฏใƒƒใƒซ ๆ€’ใ‚Šใฎ้‰„ๆ‹ณ) (1991/2015)

Yuzo Koshiro โ€Žโ€“ Streets Of Rage (ใƒ™ใ‚ขใƒปใƒŠใ‚ฏใƒƒใƒซ ๆ€’ใ‚Šใฎ้‰„ๆ‹ณ) (1991/2015)

December 18, 2020

Retro gaming is an absolute gold mine for decent tunes, and the original Streets Of Rage soundtrack is a fucking banger, and probably one of the best places to start. It’s basically everything you could ever want from music in this style; it captures a time and a place, yet is also quite futuristic and exciting. Top stuff. The OST finally got the treatment it deserves with an official release in 2015, making Yuzo Koshiro…

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Total Fucking Destruction – Zen And The Art Of Total Fucking Destruction (2007)

Total Fucking Destruction – Zen And The Art Of Total Fucking Destruction (2007)

In regards to the title of this record: what more could you possibly want? TFD are clusterfuck made flesh. Their super dense, almost impenetrable, jazzy grindcore is an acquired taste, but one that is not easily replicated. Zen… is bolstered by a series of acoustic reworkings of TFD classics, my favourite being โ€œKill The Jocks And Eat Their Brainsโ€. Top stuff.

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Vulvectomy โ€Žโ€“ Abusing Dismembered Beauties (2013)

Vulvectomy โ€Žโ€“ Abusing Dismembered Beauties (2013)

December 17, 2020

Crisper than a freshly deep fried corpse! If you like your misogyny dressed up in hardcore-tinged death metal, then look no further than Abusing Dismembered Beauties, a poor effort at an album title, even in this disgusting world of slam death metal. Despite my sarcasm, I must say this is brutal as fuck. The sound is fresh, and as Iโ€™ve already mentioned, crisp as fook. The sampling is a bit tacky (par for the course…

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Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)

The first Selected Ambient Works record was the album that introduced Aphex Twin to the wider world. If you’ve not heard it, it’s not a collection of ambient tracks per se, but more of a collection of chilled musical electronic workings. There are plenty of beats and “actual songs” here, unlike Vol. 2 which went more full on into the introspective, meandering ambient soundscapes. Here, Aphex Twin takes the sound perfected on his EPs and…

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Tunnels Of ฤ€h  – Lost Corridors (2013)

Tunnels Of ฤ€h – Lost Corridors (2013)

December 14, 2020

Ignoring Lost Corridors’ segmentation into tracks, one finds that it works better as one whole piece. Echoic, dense, reverb-heavy atmospheric scores are the order of the day. The name Lost Corridors is very apt; I feel like I’ve wandered into a crack in the earth’s surface and am descending into the pits of Agartha.

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Necro Deathmort – Music Of Bleak Origin (2011)

Necro Deathmort – Music Of Bleak Origin (2011)

Necro Deathmort are an incredibly underrated band. Music Of Bleak Origin is – I think – the band’s own origin, and they have come leaps and bounds since then. The records since this one float away in a dreamy yet claustrophobic hell of electronic and industrial music, but this debut album has more in common with Godflesh than it does to say, something like Scorn. There is an electronic backbone to this nightmarish journey, but…

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Tumour – Too Large For Digestive Capacity (2006)

Tumour – Too Large For Digestive Capacity (2006)

Ahh, Too Large For Digestive Capacity lives up to its name by almost being just that; an undigestible mess of different sessions and chunks from around the Tumour world. Presented in seemingly no particular order at all, this “full length” captures songs recorded between 2001 and 2005, with zero cohesion or visible plan. There’s even a 10 minute or so live session thrown in, but more studio tracks follow it before the record finishes. Yes,…

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The Chromatics – Cherry  (2014)

The Chromatics – Cherry (2014)

December 12, 2020

Dreamy, otherworldly pop, which for all its ethereal atmosphere, is a touch devoid of originality. Once one track is done, I feel like Iโ€™ve scoped the vibe for the entire album. Every track is delivered with the same pace; that same valiumed-up-to-my-eyeballs vocal delivery, regardless of who is behind the mic. That being said there are some solid tunes here, including a great version of โ€œShadowโ€ (in the online version) and the various iterations of…

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2wo – Voyeurs (1998)

2wo – Voyeurs (1998)

Well isn’t this just awful. I was reading about Halford’s 90s musical excursions when I discovered he’d collaborated with John 5 on an industrial project. ‘What was all this then?’ I thought innocently to myself, but it was not long before the shitty, studded metal dildo that is 90s industrial fucked me once again. Like, this is not industrial music. The tag is used far too loosely. You can’t just get some heavy snare sounds,…

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Witch – Witch (2006)

Witch – Witch (2006)

Iโ€™ve been digging this album since I caught Witch at one of the two Roadburns I went to (canโ€™t remember if itโ€™s 2011 or the 2012 off the top of my head). I love their blend of stoner rock, it really works quite well. The guitars are crackling like fire over lazy, swaggering rock, and the vocals are energised and sultry.

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Tangerine Dream – Electronic Meditation (1970)

Tangerine Dream – Electronic Meditation (1970)

The first Tangerine Dream full length is a fairly short affair and set the presidence for what the band would expand on in the coming albums over the early 70s. Don’t get me wrong, Electronic Meditation is great (how cool is that album name?) but there are much better examples of the band’s stunning synthesizer explorations that can be found in the same time period.

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Daft Punk – Homework (1997)

Daft Punk – Homework (1997)

Coursing along on the pulse of the explosion of electronic and dance music in the 90s, Daft Punk introduce the wider world to their slick, sexy, and dare I say French approach to composing dance music. You hipster fucks can give this any ridiculous genre name you can care to pull out of your collective arses, but yes – this is dance music.

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Megadeth – Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (1985)

Megadeth – Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (1985)

Megadeth’s first record is full of vitriol, hate and boundless energy. Its quite sad that Mustaine’s entire career has been a case of trying to one-up Metallica, but off the mark with Killing Is My Business…, it certainly shows that there are far worse motivations than this kind of thing. The album is fast and fairly heavy. I can’t get my head around the Megadeth “version” of “The Four Horsemen” but that’s a small price…

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Korn – Life Is Peachy (1996)

Korn – Life Is Peachy (1996)

December 11, 2020

Say what you want about Korn but the early records are dismal affairs of grubby downtuned heaviness and generally unsavoury vocal topics. The self titled is a dark journey in itself, but Life Is Peachy sounds heavier, more drab and scruffy, and generally is a very nasty record from start to finish. The nu metal stylings may not have aged well, but the creepy, messed up vibe of this thing lives on even today. This…

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Skeletal – Dreadful Life (2017)

Skeletal – Dreadful Life (2017)

November 21, 2020

Skeletal are a solid death metal band from Finland, playing a mix of influences in the old school style but with a modern twist, and a clear, ripping modern production. Some of the guitar work has creeping elements of melody, which is refreshing for someone like myself who stays mostly glued in the mire of brutal. Also, can we talk about that absolutely sick as fuck cover art for a moment? Mad props to whoever…

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Tyler, The Creator – Igor (2019)

Tyler, The Creator – Igor (2019)

Tyler has come a long way from Goblin, that much can be said. Igor didnโ€™t exactly blow me away, but it is a decent collection of tracks. Iโ€™ve always seen Tyler as a producer first and a vocalist second, and now that rapping as been almost completely removed from his repertoire, that opinion is even more tilted. This record is glorious, and the beats have bells on, but thatโ€™s about it.

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The Locust โ€Žโ€“ Plague Soundscapes (2003)

The Locust โ€Žโ€“ Plague Soundscapes (2003)

When I was a teenager this record used to make want to go out and punch cars. Nowadays, I just like to sit and bask in the sheer audacity of the audio mindfuckery on offer. Like, this * shouldnโ€™t * work, but it is just perfect. The way the synths and guitars just feed off each other in some bonkers loop, before you even get to the drumming and the hydra-headed vocal attack. If you…

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Darkside – Psychic (2013)

Darkside – Psychic (2013)

This record is often at the top of – or at least included in – many album lists of patrician listeners from around the globe, and I can see why. What Psychic lacks in immediate urgency it makes up for in the detail. It is, after all, the little things in life which give us the most pleasure. Best enjoyed when equipped with headphones,  Darkside takes you on a mesmerising journey that defies to be…

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Gorguts – Obscura (1998)

Gorguts – Obscura (1998)

From the opening chords I am always hooked into the perfectly orchestrated chaos of Gorgutsโ€™ world. Obscura is at first impossibly dense to comprehend,  but once you have aligned yourself to the distilled insanity that is on display here, then truly there is nothing like it. Perplexing technical death metal for the thinking gentleman or woman.

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None – Damp Chill Of Life (2019)

None – Damp Chill Of Life (2019)

There is often a thin line between black metal and dungeon synth, but None manages to blur that line even further. Imagine the dense atmospheres of the synth worlds, but driven by drums and harsh vocals. Life is definitely damp and chilly, especially for a Welshman such as myself, at this time of the year, but None step things up a notch even more so.

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Ulcerate – Everything Is Fire (2009)

Ulcerate – Everything Is Fire (2009)

Heavy, dense, multi-layered, dark and moody metal. All you could ever want, right? Ulcerate has a technical edge, as shown in the artwork and the interesting, almost jagged approach to songwriting.

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Nervochaos โ€Žโ€“ Battalions Of Hate (2010)

Nervochaos โ€Žโ€“ Battalions Of Hate (2010)

Ugh! Is it thrash? Is it death? Is it thrashing death? Who cares? Itโ€™s fast, itโ€™s ugly and itโ€™s brutal. Elements of black metal are present but are dialled back a bit. The production is solid, and the sound not too over-compressed. A decent metal record. No more to really say.

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Impaled Nazarene โ€Žโ€“ Latex Cult (1996)

Impaled Nazarene โ€Žโ€“ Latex Cult (1996)

Aiiiiiiieeeee!!!!! I fuckinโ€™ love Impaled Nazarene. Not only are they – in my eyes – criminally underrated, but they bridge the gap between grindcore, black metal and the more tongue in cheek elements of war metal. Sure, a lot of these genres kinda feed into each other, but Latex Cult is a perfect example of attuned balance in regards to such, if I could speak so free. Plug in, my karmakeddon warriors.

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Oxidized Razor – Gore Invasion (2012)

Oxidized Razor – Gore Invasion (2012)

Wow, this is all over the place! Oxidized Razor are fucking incredible when they are on point, but unfortunately in regards to this MCD, that is about only half of the time. Dirgy, stinking guitars and warm, pots and pans drums are led by some of the most savage, shrieked gore-style vocals ever. It just seems that the tracks here are cobbled together from a series of different sessions, some of which are definitely lacking…

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Rytelier & ASKII – Tamriel Rebuilt OST (2020)

Rytelier & ASKII – Tamriel Rebuilt OST (2020)

Those that know me in person surely no doubt know my undying love for the worlds of the Elder Scrolls, in particular parts 2 and 3, Daggerfall and Morrowind. The creative community around these game worlds is alive and kicking today, and Tamriel Rebuilt is a 18 year old mod (yes) that still continues to add swathes of new lands and adventures into TES III: Morrowind, arguably the best open world RPG in its vanilla…

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Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears (1991)

Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears (1991)

Hrmmmm. Without wanting to sound mean, this has to be one of the most stereotypical rock and or roll / metal records that I have ever heard in my entire worthless life. Every possible trope is dragged out kicking and screaming, and it almost makes metal a parody of itself. Yes, this is symptomatic of the trends at the time, but Jesus, this is awful. “Mr. Tinkertrain” is one of the nonciest things I’ve ever…

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Cuntshots – Restart The Porn (2011)

Cuntshots – Restart The Porn (2011)

I love a shot of pornogrind now and then, especially when itโ€™s done well. Cuntshots session here is pretty lo fi, but all the bits are in the right places and cohesion is an art form when it comes to this junky genre. However, thereโ€™s still a soft core of my heart (lol) that enjoys such sleazy entertainment, and off the back of this EP, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more Cuntshots…

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Destructive Explosion Of Anal Garland โ€Žโ€“ Cutterclit (2008)

Destructive Explosion Of Anal Garland โ€Žโ€“ Cutterclit (2008)

These guys must have one of the coolest band names ever. I mean cool in relative terms to the grindcore and goregrind worlds, of course. Nevertheless, Cutterclit is a brutal lesson in the world of Czech madness, where the goregrind and death metal scenes almost seem to blur into one. European goregrind can also often be utter trash, but ‘Anal Garland’ are consistence and a great listen.

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Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hell (2004)

Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hell (2004)

After recently checking out Demonic Possession I wanted to get my head around another one of the bands albums and Desert Northern Hell. The main immediate difference is the production, which is a little drier, for lack of a better word, although there are flourishes to the song writing which are different too. It’s cool to listen sequentially like this so you can properly feel out developments in a band’s sound. All in all, a…

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The Miles Davis Quintet – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1957)

The Miles Davis Quintet – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1957)

The first of four โ€œrelatedโ€ releases from the Miles Davis Quintet that would span over several years in the late 50s and early 60s, Cookinโ€™… is a surprisingly sparse and laid back recording, for what it is. The ticking percussion and fumbling bass backbone take us on a journey where the lead instruments add flavour and colour to the ongoing pieces, rather than “solo” out on their own. Either way, break out that enormous garlic…

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1349 – Beyond The Apocalypse (2004)

1349 – Beyond The Apocalypse (2004)

November 20, 2020

1349 are fucking relentless. I’ve made the effort recently to go back and check out some of their earlier works, after consistently being impressed by most of the records that dropped since Hellfire caught my attention in 2006, or whenever it was. Beyond The Apocalypse is much like the band’s other releases in that it is an unstoppable weapon of a black metal war machine, but it possesses its own unique coldness and atmosphere.

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27 โ€Žโ€“ Holding On For Brighter Days (2005)

27 โ€Žโ€“ Holding On For Brighter Days (2005)

I picked up a 27 single from Relapse about 12 or 13 years ago, and only now have I got around to checking out a full length from the band. Honestly, it’s rather pleasant, and recorded excellently. The production is to be heavily commended, and whilst I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of thing, I really enjoyed this album.

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Bossk – Audio Noir (2016)

Bossk – Audio Noir (2016)

Many thanks to local guitar smithery legend Luke for turning me onto this Bossk record. Bossk are not a name that I have come across in sometime, in fact not since the I and II records from quite some time ago. Audio Noir builds on those sprawling compositions, but offers – in my opinion – a more metallic sound, and a tracklist that is consistent and flows well.

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Cancerous Womb – Born Of A Cancerous Womb (2014)

Cancerous Womb – Born Of A Cancerous Womb (2014)

Cancerous Womb are (were) one of the more consistent and entertaining offerings of the British death metal scene, so it was fuckin’ great to hear that they dropped a full length back in 2014. The guitar work is razor sharp are the songs are quick of wit and don’t leave you feeling sluggish and tired when listened, which a lot of death metal is guilty of, I’ll be honest with you. All in all, most…

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Devourment – 1.3.8. (2000)

Devourment – 1.3.8. (2000)

I made a point of going back and checking this out after spending a lot of time with later-career outputs from the group earlier this year. As cliche and as badly aged the title “Babykiller” may be, the opening track to this compilation of sorts absolutely blows your head off. Wayne Knupp (RIP breh) is absolutely sick as hell on the vocals and this track just totally fucking rips your head off and takes a…

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Dรธdsengel โ€Žโ€“ Visionary (2009)

Dรธdsengel โ€Žโ€“ Visionary (2009)

Uhhhh what? This is a pickle of a black metal record. Admittedly I am not too familiar with the works of Dรธdsengel, but picked up on the name as a project to check out. On the surface of it, its black metal by numbers with wailing, screeching guitars and evil, shrieked vocals. But, underneath there is this element of dissonance, where things are thrown off kilter or even brazenly played out of tune or key…

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Tangerine Dream โ€Žโ€“ Rubycon (1975)

Tangerine Dream โ€Žโ€“ Rubycon (1975)

I don’t know if I’m reading more into that I should be, but my 3 month old son seems to love Tangerine Dream. He just sits there in his rocker, a pensive look on his face as the layers of meandering synthesizers unfold endlessly. It’s an expression of deep thought and subtle awe, and it isnt too far from my own as I travel through the 70s era of Tangerine Dream recordings. Rubycon is quite…

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Atrocity Exhibit – Extinction Solution (2018)

Atrocity Exhibit – Extinction Solution (2018)

I’ve been snoozing on the happenings of British madman The Atrocity Exhibit for quite some time, so I was beyond hyped when this little fucker dropped a few years ago. Man, does this album hit hard. Seriously grindy, but with some nice metallic riffage to keep it grounded. Just look at that cover art. You know you wanna listen to this.

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Melvins โ€“ Bullhead (1991)

Melvins – Bullhead (1991)

November 18, 2020

I love the early Melvins records. They are dryer in production yet pull no punches with aggression. Its like grunge got a shot of adrenalin in the arm, only instead of making it really fast, it just made it really, really angry. Honestly, the grooves that these guys fall into is the best thing about the album. Songs are often hypnotic and repetitive, but have a similar effect to Swans and that kinda shit in…

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Saint Vitus – Born Too Late (1986)

Saint Vitus – Born Too Late (1986)

All it takes is the opening chords of the first track to remind me how much I love this album. The guitar tone is so fuzzy and dirty its an absolute pleasure just to listen to that alone; its like a massage for your ears and your brain. With Born Too Late, Wino et al deliver a Sabbath-worshipping doom metal classic. Tales of drug addiction abound, cast out over a sludgy production and a pickled…

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Bill Laswell – Baselines (1983)

Bill Laswell – Baselines (1983)

Bill Laswell has his fingers up in all sorts of pies. Baselines is something of a solo effort and something of a collaboration with others (as per always I suppose), but is something of a mixed bag. The vibe is a bit unusual and I wasn’t sure whether the music is intended to be chilled out or rather perplexing. There didn’t really seem to be much of a line between the two things. IDK, maybe…

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Miles Davis – On The Corner (1972)

Miles Davis – On The Corner (1972)

I can see why people hated this when it came out. True, hate is a strong word, and expecting the unexpected should be taken somewhat on board when dealing with the legendary Miles Davis, but even the freestyle nature of these streetwise tunes seems a million miles away from the gorgeous experimental jazz that preceded it. Instead funk and groove are heaped on in piles, and whilst the tracks meander in their own way, On…

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Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (2020)

Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (2020)

This was an interesting listen. I’m just going to throw it out there now so its out of the way: I absolutely prefer the original versions. Now I can get to the music recorded for this album without constantly harking back. There are two new ingredients here – pomp and percussion. LOL. Some of these previously dreamy compositions are now bombastic stompers, with marching drums and fuller instrumentation. Honestly though, Spirit Of Rebellion sounds absolutely…

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Mortiis – Blood And Thunder (1996)

Mortiis – Blood And Thunder (1996)

In the early 2010s I went through a phase of collecting all the old Mortiis dungeon synth records. Due to their insane resale value, I never ended up buying most of them, and Blood And Thunder was included on that list. Its recently been repressed, so I figured at the very least I should hunt this down and give it a listen. This is the perfect entry-level release for anyone who wants to try their…

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Japanese Torture Comedy Hour / Muzumuzu Suru – Split Tape (1995)

Japanese Torture Comedy Hour / Muzumuzu Suru – Split Tape (1995)

What is the perfect soundtrack for painting a skirting board I hear you all ask at once? Why of course, I answer, it is head-scraping harsh noise from Japanese Torture Comedy Hour and Muzumuzu Suru! I can’t claim to own this tape, but some kind soul has uploaded this to YouTube so I am finally able to enjoy this long-lost relic of power electronics. I can’t seem to find much info on Muzumuzu Suru, but…

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Gore Beyond Necropsy / Minch – Split 7″ (1999)

Gore Beyond Necropsy / Minch – Split 7″ (1999)

You gotta laugh at Minch. It’s been years since I’ve heard them, but I’m thrown straight back into thier crazy world. I’m not sure what the intention or vibe is, but this is ridiculous and I can’t help but love it. Gore Beyond Necropsy should, of course, be called Gore Beyond Reproach. Tons of grinders crawl up the ass of this band and honestly it is so easy to see why. Brutal, lightening fast grind…

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Cannibal Ox โ€Žโ€“ The Cold Vein (2001)

Cannibal Ox โ€Žโ€“ The Cold Vein (2001)

This is an absolute beauty of a hip hop album. Ever since Immortal Technique spat “just like my nigga Vast Aire from Cann Ox said, if you don’t like the smell of burning meat then get the fuck off the planet” I’ve had this group listed down to check out. In true LIW fashion of course, that ended up taking me a considerable amount of time but it was worth the wait. The beats on…

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Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

November 17, 2020

This took me by surprise. Recently decided to investigate some “proto” metal, as in, who came up alongside Sabbath in the formation of the heavy metal sound? I was recommended Blue Cheer, who sit a bit more on the bluesy end of the spectrum (hey, I guess the clue is in the name). I love the crunch and the muddy sound of the guitars. It fills me with complete joy. Something so simple yet all…

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Mortiis โ€“ Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent (1995)

Mortiis – Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent (1995)

Ah yes, the original Emperor Of Dimensions Unknown! The recent Spirit Of Rebellion sessions had me going back to these stunning early Mortiis long-form compositions (Ok, Ok, its just several songs glued together, I get it!) and I even shared a few with LIW contributor Burra, who will hopefully be joining me to see Mortiis along with Mayhem in Bristol, providing this COVID situation improves drastically. Anyways, about the record. If you are even remotely…

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Deterioration – The Unnatural Mind (2019)

Deterioration – The Unnatural Mind (2019)

Deterioration are fucking savage. I could have sworn that they had more of a mince thing going on in the past, but itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve spent some time with their material. The Unnatural Mind is all grind; balls out riffs and fucking mental blastbeats. Iโ€™m reminded of Insect Warfare if I could make such a comparison, especially in the vocal department. Truly, this is a fantastic grindcore album.

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JK Flesh / Prurient – Split LP (2013)

JK Flesh / Prurient – Split LP (2013)

Prurient is fuckin’ great, JK Flesh is fuckin’ great. Then, of course, naturally, this split is fucking great. It’s a match made in heaven, where the more pulsing, driven body music of the Flesh meets the sheets of noisy experimentation of the ‘rient. Truly, madly, a good ‘un.

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Venetian Snares – The Chocolate Wheelchair Album (2003)

Venetian Snares – The Chocolate Wheelchair Album (2003)

The first time I heard this I found it rather irritating. Maybe Iโ€™ve developed a penchant for samples shoe-horned and glitched into freaktastic breakcore musicals? Itโ€™s a possibility. I suppose that when life throws you a chocolate wheelchair, all you can do is get up and do a little dance, or something like that.

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Haircuts For Men – ๅฟ…่ฆ (2017)

Haircuts For Men – ๅฟ…่ฆ (2017)

November 16, 2020

Haircuts For Men are one of the most consistent projects that operate in the vaporwave style. Their records are more than that though, truly. Even so, I would go on to say, that they are often more than the sum of their parts, and ๅฟ…่ฆ is of no exception.  The music here invokes heavy nostalgia, a morose longing and a sense of the unknown. Iโ€™m reminded in part of Evanescence era Scorn with the slight…

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Miles Davis – Miles In The Sky (1968)

Miles Davis – Miles In The Sky (1968)

Seemingly considered one of the fusion-era Davis classics, with the group well and truly into the post-bop phase. I had to admit that I found Miles In The Sky laid back and almost restrained. The tracks are under-stated and move along subtly, but there’s always that feeling that things could become unhinged at any moment. Despite there only being four tracks, I find it difficult to pick a stand out track or even a movement…

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Gorgoroth – Antichrist (1996)

Gorgoroth – Antichrist (1996)

November 11, 2020

Iโ€™d always put off listening to earlier Gorgoroth because I saw them live with Pest about a decade ago and found them to be pretty awful. Little did I realise however that the vocals on this record are done by yet another madman called Hat (yes), so I finally spun this up. Of course, Iโ€™m an idiot, and this does not disappoint. Antichrist is black metal of the savage and punishing variety. Itโ€™s not quite…

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Posthumous Regurgitation – Glorification Of Medical Malpractice (2018)

Posthumous Regurgitation – Glorification Of Medical Malpractice (2018)

Brutal gory grindcore! Imagine, I dunno, Exhumed but on crack. Slower, groovy passages mingle with disgusting blasts and rabid vocals to provide you, the listener, with a wondrous concerto of diseased malpractice glorification.

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Venetian Snares – My So-Called Life (2010)

Venetian Snares – My So-Called Life (2010)

November 9, 2020

In your poonani! My So Called Life is classic Venetian Snares, marring the frenetic mentalist approach of the early daze with the wanted or not calculated genius and finesse of the more recent experimentations released by Mr. Funk. Some quality sampling, some incredible beat programming / mashing, and some menacing electronics. A must-listen, IMO.

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Tsjuder – Demonic Possession (2002)

Tsjuder – Demonic Possession (2002)

November 7, 2020

Cover thy ears and lock up thyne missis, for Tsjuder are in town! Possessing a devilishly metallic and surprisingly clear production, Demonic Possession is the perfect showcase of Tsjuder’s razor sharp black metal. The record is almost a lesson in making kvlt and unforgiving black metal without having to plug guitars into beehives instead of amplifiers.

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Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)

Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)

The strangest thing about The Satanist is that I have listened to it a whole bunch of times but I keep forgetting that I have. Like, the whole thing blurs into one track, asides from the first, and I attribute this to listening either whilst playing games, doing house work or at the gym. Either way, The Satanist is a solid record and cemented the long-running Behemoth project as a household name in black metal….

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Thorun – Chorus Of Giants (2011)

Thorun – Chorus Of Giants (2011)

I’ve witnessed Cardiff’s Thorun in the live environment but have not until had the pleasure of hearing studio material. Expect seismic, glacial doom in the instrumental veins of Bongripper, but coupled with the power-tinged riffs of bands more grounded in the riff rather than out there in the ether; think more trad-doom enthusiasts such as Pentagram, or even Sabbath. Chorus Of Giants reminds me in parts of the band Slabdragger, and I don’t feel that…

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