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TWELVE YEARS OF UNWANTED OPINION

Month: November 2020

Skeletal – Dreadful Life (2017)

Skeletal – Dreadful Life (2017)

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 put this together for creating such a hellish vision.

Tyler, The Creator – Igor (2019)

Tyler, The Creator – Igor (2019)

Tyler has come a long way from Goblin, that much can be said. Igor didn’t exactly blow me away, but it is a decent collection of tracks. I’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 that’s about it.

The Locust ‎– Plague Soundscapes (2003)

The Locust ‎– 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 * shouldn’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 like challenging music, this is an absolute must. Insanely underrated.

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 tied to a place or time.

Gorguts – Obscura (1998)

Gorguts – Obscura (1998)

From the opening chords I am always hooked into the perfectly orchestrated chaos of Gorguts’ 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.

Impaled Nazarene ‎– Latex Cult (1996)

Impaled Nazarene ‎– Latex Cult (1996)

Aiiiiiiieeeee!!!!! I fuckin’ 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.

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 in intensity. When it’s good, it’s fucking great. When it’s bad, it’s a mess.

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 incarnation. After nearly 2 decades of work, Tamriel Rebuilt finally gets its own in-game OST, brought to you by the genius composers Rytelier and ASKII. Channelling the vibe of the original soundtrack by Jeremy Soule without imitating it, these two artists seamlessly take me back to my travels through the misty world of far-east Tamriel with their stunning atmospheric compositions. I need to update my game files so this thing is included. Truly excellent work.

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 heard.

Cuntshots – Restart The Porn (2011)

Cuntshots – Restart The Porn (2011)

I love a shot of pornogrind now and then, especially when it’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, there’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 material.

Destructive Explosion Of Anal Garland ‎– Cutterclit (2008)

Destructive Explosion Of Anal Garland ‎– 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.

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 great black metal record.

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 “related” releases from the Miles Davis Quintet that would span over several years in the late 50s and early 60s, Cookin’… 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 bulb you got from the farmer’s market, tear off some parsley, crack that bottle of Chablis and sharpen your knives. Tonight we are cookin’ with Miles.

1349 – Beyond The Apocalypse (2004)

1349 – Beyond The Apocalypse (2004)

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.

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.

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 of the songs are bangers. On a side note, one of the best gigs I did with Judas Cradle was when these guys came down to Cardiff and I had the pleasure and honour of using Paul Cook’s enormous drum kit.

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 shit down the hole. There’s a few demo tracks which follow with a somewhat questionable audio quality but things quickly pick back up for the rest of the brutal romp. Nasty stuff, with plenty of groove. Cracking.

Dødsengel ‎– Visionary (2009)

Dødsengel ‎– Visionary (2009)

Uhhhh what? This is a pickle of a black metal record. Admittedly I am not too familiar with the works of Dødsengel, 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 or whatever. I guess the goal is to throw you off and make things a bit more unsettling, but honestly it’s just bizarre. Unsure how I feel about this one.

Tangerine Dream ‎– Rubycon (1975)

Tangerine Dream ‎– 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 relaxed; it has more of a chilled, wandering vibe than say, the acid trip modulation of Phaedra, or the interstellar journey that is Alpha Centauri. Rubycon is the perfect soundtrack to the early morning, as I watch the fog roll out of the valley and the sun break through. My son’s look of wonder just makes it even more special.

Melvins – Bullhead (1991)

Melvins – Bullhead (1991)

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 the way that it hammers home a repeating intensity, rather than being uninspired or boring. Lyrically, I have no idea what’s going on, but Buzz I love you. Its kinda cool that so many elements of the Melvins sound have been copied so many times, and to be honest its not exactly super unique or technical in the first place, but the coolest bit is, is that nobody sounds like the Melvins, even today where doom, stoner and grunge all kinda roll into one super saturated and often boring as all mothers of fuck genre (that sentence totally made sense right?). I have not a single bad word to throw against Bullhead, with its paranoid, down-tuned and muddy production. The drumming is absolutely an endless pleasure to sit and listen to, and carries these sludgy treatments into new territories. A classic, no doubt.

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 mix. Just give it a listen, and ignore my shit talking.

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 it’s just me, but I wasn’t feeling this one too much.

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 The Corner feels like a jam, where in the past Miles’ pieces always felt intentional, jammed or no. That’s not to say that On The Corner is awful. I just feel like I’m watching a 70s porno whilst five hours deep into an acid trip.

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 fucking massive, so the third new ingredient is surely competent mastering. A refreshing listen.

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 hands (or ears, more like) at the dungeon synth genre. It features two incredibly short but no less epic Mortiis tracks of old, and is over in about 5 or 6 minutes. Glad I didn’t pay out the nose for it, but a misty, chest thumping call to arms it is indeed.

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 the noise ebbs and flows and is interesting enough. JTCH is a shambling, blooping, bleeping mess, and all in all, I can’t really fault this at all. Some interesting textures and moods are presented.

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 with enough muck and bludgeon to really make you feel the heaviness.

Cannibal Ox ‎– The Cold Vein (2001)

Cannibal Ox ‎– 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 this thing are just an absolute pleasure to listen to. Good hip hop beats are one of the simple pleasures in life I’m sure. Couple that with incredible flows and some interesting vibes and you really can’t go far wrong. Lyrical swords, gentlemen!

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

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 encompassing. Couple that with a lively rhythm section and swaggering vocals and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. The title of the record sounds a bit daft, but that is genuinely my only complaint here.

Mortiis – 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 interested in the world of dungeon synth then I heavily recommend this record to you, or even to you folk who are into electronic or ambient music; early Mortiis has some spooky, medieval elements but at its core it is just gorgeously produced electronic music. Nowhere is that more true than on Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent.

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 it’s been a while since I’ve spent some time with their material. The Unnatural Mind is all grind; balls out riffs and fucking mental blastbeats. I’m reminded of Insect Warfare if I could make such a comparison, especially in the vocal department. Truly, this is a fantastic grindcore album.

Haircuts For Men – 必要 (2017)

Haircuts For Men – 必要 (2017)

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 必要 is of no exception.  The music here invokes heavy nostalgia, a morose longing and a sense of the unknown. I’m reminded in part of Evanescence era Scorn with the slight sprinkling of industrial feeling brought over this “80s music played through treacle” trance. Stunning.

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 within such, and instead tend to view this whole thing as a single entity. The cover art is gorgeous too.

Gorgoroth – Antichrist (1996)

Gorgoroth – Antichrist (1996)

I’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, I’m an idiot, and this does not disappoint. Antichrist is black metal of the savage and punishing variety. It’s not quite Beherit, but it’s pretty savage and there are some glorious riffs. The production is dense and not too hollow. I just wish the cover art was a bit more inspiring.

Venetian Snares – My So-Called Life (2010)

Venetian Snares – My So-Called Life (2010)

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.

Tsjuder – Demonic Possession (2002)

Tsjuder – Demonic Possession (2002)

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.

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. The Satanist could probably be classed as one of the best metal records in the last decade, although it loses points for me for its massively compressed and dry production job, which is not how I like my blackened metal, but hey, that’s just me.

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 lyrics would go amiss on some of these tracks. Either way, this is spot on, and I’m a bit annoyed at myself that it took me so long to check this out.

The Birthday Party – The Bad Seed (1983)

The Birthday Party – The Bad Seed (1983)

The Bad Seed EP was one of the final offerings from the volatile Birthday Party group. The tracks positively crackle with chaotic energy, firing this awkward, bizarre mix of punk and indie pop (yeah) up to a whole new level. There are times where it seems the whole song will fall apart, but that just seems like a part of the deal here. Worth going back to, especially for Nick Cave fans.

Dr. Octagon – Dr. Octagon (1996)

Dr. Octagon – Dr. Octagon (1996)

This is sick as fuck. Dr. Octagon’s (Kool Keith) self titled record from 1996 is a lesson in how to produce sublime hip hop beats, and then provide a stunning flow to go with it. Comparisons with MF Doom are perhaps too easy, but it’s easy to see where MF took a lot of inspiration from. Some of the lyrics about being a gynacologyst are a bit clumsy and haven’t aged too well, but all in all this is a fantastic hip hop record from an amazing producer.

Swans – Omniscience (1992)

Swans – Omniscience (1992)

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t initially underwhelmed by Swans’ 90s output, especially coming in as a fan of the sonic destruction that was Filth, Cop, Greed etc. – Omniscience however, the live album I believe for the Love Of Life album, showcases those rigid and dark folk songs in the stretched out sprawling live incarnations one would expect from Swans. Even the morose electronic-laden and acoustic guitar driven rock melodies that the band were peddling through this time are turned into gigantic epics. The songs feel more organic, vital and alive, and I often say that Omniscience is one of the most overlooked releases in Swans’ back catalogue, if only for giving us this completely different angle on some of the 90s stuff. It doesn’t help that this is hideously out of print, but it can be easily found online if you are curious.

Dream Theater – When Dream And Day Unite (1988)

Dream Theater – When Dream And Day Unite (1988)

I’ve never properly taken the time to sit and listen to Dream Theater before so decided it would probably best to start right at the beginning. I understand that a different vocalist is at work here, but honestly, When Dream And Day Unite is pretty much as I expected it to be, discounting a roughness around the edges. This has 80s to the max vibes; snippets of hair metal breach through, and that snare is ridiculous. Otherwise what we have is glorious, meandering, mind-boggling progressive rock (or metal, whatever). This shit doesn’t usually rank high on my jams but I appreciate the musicianship involved competely.

Murderdolls – Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls (2002)

Murderdolls – Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls (2002)

Hey Frankenstein! You want some metal infused horrorpunk? What do you mean “no”? Haha I played the absolute death out of this record when I was a teenager. Admittedly, I only really bought it because it had Joey from Slipknot on guitars, but it opened up the world of horrorpunk for me. An obsession with the Misfits developed in the years coming which would allow me to snake into the punk genre too – so as rubbish as most people think this album is, it is responsible for a lot, as far as my own musical journey goes. The Murderdolls channel the spirit of old, specifically Alice Cooper or Twisted Sister, into the world of punk rock. Expect shlocky horror like the aforementioned Misfits, and expect a bunch of re-worked Frankenstein Drag Queens tracks brought over by vocalist Wednesday 13, but if you’ve got an appetite for some cringe lyrics and some stomping punk rock, I would suggest giving this a chance.

Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (2020)

Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (2020)

Can you believe this has been the longest gap between Napalm records? It doesn’t feel that long since Apex Predator dropped. I guess that means that I’m getting old as fuck. Either way, here she blows, coming in from the horizon like a steamboat with a deceased crew and smashing head on into the dock with “Fuck the Factoid”, before pulling out all the usual tricks (and I’m sorry, but that same goddamn Russ Russell production). It is however something of a pleasure to hear how Napalm Death keep things interesting despite every album for the last 20 years having almost the exact same sound. For all the press this album has got for being experimental and “not grindcore” (uhhh, like any Napalm record since 1989 you mean?) all that’s really happened is that Barney n Co have dialled up their public love for Killkng Joke, Swans, Sonic Youth etc. to the point where they interpret the sounds of these bands into the Napalm songwriting process. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly call that experimental to be completely honest, but I’m being a cynical fuck – the truth of the matter is that the combination works and this album is a fucking banger.

Napalm Death – Greed Killing (1995)

Napalm Death – Greed Killing (1995)

Greed Killing – as a single – is probably the lowest point in Napalm’s career, if I had to pick one. The band were pursuing an industrial or “groove metal” (says the press) direction at the time, but Greed Killing is a shameful commercial grab that is hideously out of place even with the album it’s from, let alone the band’s output in general.

Napalm Death ‎– Order Of The Leech (2002)

Napalm Death ‎– Order Of The Leech (2002)

Now this is how you do a Napalm Death record. Order Of The Leech is fucking ferocious, and was a phenomenal return to form after a patch of slower albums. Following on from Enemy Of The Music Business, Order… keeps the pace up, with flesh-ripping metallic grindcore carnage. Literally that’s all I can say. This started a trend in how Napalm records would appear and even sound. Favourite track: “Narcoleptic”.

Napalm Death – The Peel Sessions (1989)

Napalm Death – The Peel Sessions (1989)

The original Napalm Death Peel Sessions have to be some of the most brutal sounds put to tape. I cannot fathom the sheer energy, speed and ferocity that is going down on this recording. It is the polar opposite to Swans’ Public Castration Is A Good Idea, but on the same chart in regards to pushing the extremities of music. Truly essential noise. (This review covers the first two Peel Sessions released in 1988 and 1989)

CKY – The Phoenix (2017)

CKY – The Phoenix (2017)

I hate it when shit like this happens to bands. I guess something similar happened with Gorgoroth, where several instances of the band existed (also with Von if I recall). I tried to give this a fair go, but CKY without Deron Miller is not something I think I can get my head around. Sure, there are plenty of bands that can shed vocalists and reinvent themselves in the process, but personally I think Deron Miller was too ingrained in CKY for it to work without him. It’s a no from me.

Miles Davis / Bill Laswell – Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1997)

Miles Davis / Bill Laswell – Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1997)

Having being slightly disappointed by Miles’ early 90s attempts at bridging into a more electronic music / hiphop direction (hey, just imagine what that could have done for popular music), I was a little anxious going in to this. As much as I would trust Bill Laswell with any band (except maybe Swans hahaha) I was indeed skeptical. But of course, my worries were quickly put to rest. What we have here is a gorgeous mirage of jazz fusion set to the backdrop of Laswell’s studio trickery and dub wizardy. Davis tracks are splintered into four approx-15-min collages of gorgeous sound. I will have to return to this album in a few years, once I have explored the Davis (and Laswell) catalog a bit more thoroughly and can greater appreciate what is going on.