February 28, 2009

Dead Body Love - Low-Fi Power Carnage (Militant Walls, 2007)...

“Low-Fi Power Carnage” is an amazing document of raw and crunched harsh noise range and focus as it pummels over its four different tracks; each their own monster in strategy and manipulation. Dead Body Love has an uncanny ability to investigate movement within the rock bed of sound, sometimes picking apart the tones and sources with deconstruction techniques that range from ‘static drone’ to the brutal and abrasive. Thus, this release has something for every harsh head as it covers numerous areas of violence, abstraction, and even an occasional heavy driving, throbbing force that brings to mind early ‘Industrial (i.e. Broken Flag).

originally released on cassette in 1995 by Old Europa Cafe

(Militant Walls is a Canadian Noise label run by Sam McKinlay of The Rita, check out his blog... http://bakurita.blogspot.com/)


February 26, 2009

Mayhem - Life Eternal EP (Season of Mist/Saturnus, 2009)...

i wasn't planning on putting this up but thought it fairly fitting because of the Morbid tape posted earlier.

'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' was Mayhems first studio album recorded after vocalist Dead blew his brain out in '91 and just before Varg Vikernes known also as Count Grishnackh (Burzum) stabbed to death Øystein Aarseth known as Euronymous in '93 because Varg considered him a fake and a disgrace to the scene for supposedly wearing a pink dressing gown behind closed doors and getting off on gay porn. Anyway Attila Csihar had joined to replace Dead on vocals, you also have Varg Vikernes on bass, Euronymous on guitars of course and Hellhammer on drums. The murder happened whilst the album was in production and the parents of Euronymous asked Hellhammer to have Varg's bass removed and re-recorded but he never did, he only turned it down in the mix, it's also debatable that he altered the tracks at all. This EP here is the first release by Attila Csihar's label Season of Mist and is supposedly the versions with the original levels probably mastered from the original master tape so the sound quality is better (depending on your preference as to how you like your Black Metal to sound like!). It's only an EP because 3 tracks from the album are missing, fuck knows why the others aren't here and with such a messy discography anyway it beggers belief as to why he was sitting on these alternate mixes for 15 years? Its all just details anyway but perhaps these versions are truer to how the initial release might have sounded like if Euronymous hadn't been killed, hell knows?

Cursed in Eternity 05:07
Pagan Fears 06:18
Freezing Moon 06:20
Funeral Fog 05:48
Life Eternal 06:51



Paranoid Destruktion cassette (2004)

raw violent Black Metal from Japan...

Total Destruktive Arising
Deathcrush (Mayhem cover)
Terror Revelation


February 25, 2009

Morbid - December Moon : demo tape (1987)...

when i first heard this i was expecting something more along the lines of the Checker Patrol demo (HERE) that features Euronymous and Necrobutcher in their band before Mayhem or the first Darkthrone demo Land of Frost (HERE), which i fuckin love by the way, teenagers starting out thrashing away in some basement or garage just having a blast, not expecting any decent playing or wanting any really, just perving on raw youthful energy! the Morbid demo had all that and more, fuckin great early Black Metal, really atmospheric, with the obvious Death/Thrash influences of the time with some sick riffs from Uffe Cederland who went on to Entombed but Dead's vocals (this was his first band before he was in Mayhem and then infamously shooting his head off) are just amazing! this is lengendary amongst the Black Metal community and certainly nothing new but it will be to some.

My Dark Subconcious
Wings of Funeral
From the Dark
Disgusting Semla


February 24, 2009

Suffer - Structures (Napalm Records, 1994)...

This rigid, boxy death metal takes its inspiration as much from rudimentary hardcore as from the first generation of death metal, but sustains itself through a continuity of rhythm which even in interruption provides, as the title suggests, a basic sense of structure permeating all of reality. Its riffcraft deals in simplicity but in links the riffs narrate an experience much as classical guitar moves through motifs. Its primary influence is "Spiritual Healing" era death, in the choice of riff style and placement of vocal rhythm, and it echoes the choices of many early death metal bands in having hardcore-like primitive riffs over which inventive heavy metal lead guitar weaves a rhythm and harmony track. It is best to compare this to the first albums from Atrocity and Carbonized, hybridized, as it is the same mix of fragmentary primitivism and complex context that makes such albums listenable despite their grimly minimized content. This album would benefit from placing the first song later in its procession, and de-emphasizing the semi-technical melodic riffs that sometimes interrupt otherwise brilliantly rigid death metal like that of Asphyx. It is fair to say the vocals here are "bellowing," in that they reveal someone shouting with slight tone at the top of his range, thus they fade in and out suddenly with a vast effort of lungs. These cause a somewhat comic aspect to the work but on the whole, for basic riffing and that shift in expectation via interleaved phrase that makes death metal exciting, this is a forgotten classic of Swedish death metal. (ANUS)



February 22, 2009

Graveyard - Into the Mausoleum EP : promo, self released (2007)...

(from the bands bio on their website)...

"July 2007 - Julkarn and Bastard started fooling around with the whole GRAVEYARD thing a long time ago. They had always discussed about the possibility to develope a band / side-project in order to worship and show respect toward those bands they hailed since they were teenagers like ENTOMBED, ASPHYX, DISMEMBER, SLAYER, CELTIC FROST, EDGE OF SANITY, AT THE GATES, VENOM, AUTOPSY, CARNAGE, MORBID ANGEL, GRAVE or BOLT THROWER. Both tried so many times to arrange something, but never seemed to be the right moment for it. In July 2007, Bastard and Julkarn got in contact with drummer Gusi from the band UNDERTAKER (Now called MORBID FLESH). He is such a young guy compared to Julkarn and Bastard, but fortunately has the same musical taste concerning old school tradition and how Death Metal should be.
August 2007 – On 25th August 2007, GRAVEYARD entered a dirty garage up in the hills of Castelldefels (Owned by Roberto F. Giordano, cover illustrator of every GRAVEYARD release), and composed, arranged, rehearsed and recorded the songs included on "Into The Mausoleum". After 2 days of insanity, infamy, serious hell raising and blasphemy, Bastard, Julkarn and Gusi unleashed 4 hymns of pure and unique Death Metal based on the late 80's and early 90's tradition, specially that one which used to come from Sweden.
October 2007 - "Into The Mausoleum" was finished in October 2007 at Bastard's Moontower home Studio where growls, bass lines, fx and intros were recorded and mixed in different sessions. We asked some friends to give us a helping hand so the famous Tattoo Master Roberto Giordano did an amazing album cover for us..." GRAVEYARD

1. Entrance
2. Into The Mausoleum
3. Ritual
4. One Of Them
5. King Of The Graveyard
6. Under the Shadow of Death


February 20, 2009

Hello stranger...

only 40 years late!



Guru Guru - UFO (1970)...

"Guru Guru's classic debut album has to be one of the definitive moments in the Krautrock chronology. It is a monster work, and one which severely assaults the consciousness with waves of desert scorched guitar lashes along with acid laced, enchantingly amorphous rhythmic pulsing. On first listen the album appears sloppy, disjointed, confused and almost incomprehensible. Further listens will reveal a well of focused, completely intentional creative drive that makes UFO one of Krautrock's most immense sonic statements. Open minded listeners, and fans of the kind of cosmic jamming that typify many of the other guitar oriented Krautrock bands, will no doubt adore the album. While lacking the up-tempo, driving fury of say, Ash Ra Tempel's debut, UFO finds Guru Guru creating hulking, downbeat walls of guitar drenched intensity. Like Black Sabbath on an orgasmic acid trip, the rhythm section shows little regard for set "beats", time signatures and the like, preferring to create bruising heaps of bass grooves and cymbal crashes, speeding up, slowing down and falling completely off the tracks as they see fit. Above this, guitarist Axel Genrich contributes layers of blistering guitar, guiding the band from climax to shivering cataclysm." (Prog Weed)

Uli Trepte - Bass, Radio
Mani Neumeier - Percussion, Special Effects
Ax Genrich - Guitar



February 19, 2009

Phil Ochs...

Phil Ochs - The Broadside Tapes 1 (Folkways, 1989)...

alternatively known as Broadside Ballads, Vol. 14

Phil Ochs left behind dozens of demos, primarily songs that he put down on tape at the West 104th Street Manhattan offices of Broadside magazine. These aren't really "demos" in the sense of showcasing the songs for possible recording; he was recording these so that Broadside's editors could print the lyrics. Thus, there are choruses left out, and there's a lot of noise on some of them (these were done in what was essentially a newspaper office), all in the name of getting the words down, as Ochs strums his guitar and runs through the songs in a semi-formal fashion. The material is classic Ochs, earnest and topical, yet also weirdly funny and eclectic -- doing songs not only dealing with racism and workers' rights, but also about blacklist victim John Henry Faulk and the then-current controversy surrounding a memorial to Alfred Packer, a mountain guide who was convicted of eating five people to survive in a blizzard. Some of the material is surprisingly lighthearted in its tone and execution, such as “Spaceman” and “Christine Keeler”. Among the serious songs, “Remember Me”is one of the best pieces he ever wrote. The strangest moment here is Ochs’cover, in a duet with Eric Anderson, of the Beatles’ song I Should Have Known Better recorded in 1964 at New York's Village Gate. Like most other rock & roll bands of the time, The Beatles were anathema to the folk audience, and Ochs’ willingness to do the song, even in a spirit of fun, is startling. Perhaps the most revealing performances here, however, are The Passing Of My Life and That’s The Way It’s Gonna Be which betray feelings of deep melancholy that might have hinted at the self-destructive suicidal tendencies that ultimately ended Ochs’ life. (Sir Charlie Palmer)



February 17, 2009

v/a Apocalyptic Convulsions 10" w/bonus 7" (Ax/ction, 1992)...


(1500 copies of this were pressed, only the first 500 copies came with the bonus 7")


February 16, 2009


Pärson Sound : Recordings 1967-68 (Subliminal Sounds, 2001)...

Primitive drone and minimalist rock/trance from the Swedish underground, known in a later incarnation and continuation as International Harvester and Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) , and features both intricate studio recordings and orgiastic live performances. Pärson Sound never released any records in their time and that is why a very few have heard about them at all. The recordings date from 1967-1968 while the band explored unknown musical territory as well as inner- and outer space. In 1968 they were invited by Andy Warhol to play at the opening of his exhibition: 'Screens, Films, Boxes, Clouds and a Book', at the museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and also opened for the Doors. Influenced by the musical concepts of Terry Riley, Pärson Sound worked at discovering and perfecting their own unique approach towards the mixing of rock and minimalism. They created some of the most remarkable psych- trance-drone-pre-noise music-rock sounds ever recorded.



February 13, 2009

v/a Possessed To Skate (Pessimiser Records, 1997)...

41 bangers from Charles Bronson, Spazz, Asshole Parade, Pretentious Assholes, Unanswered, Palatka & Despise You.


February 10, 2009


...Grief - Come to Grief (Century Media, 1994)

"Since 1991, these Massholes have been writing songs about a distinctly New England flavor of depression and isolation. Jeff Hayward’s throat-shredding vocals often seem more hardcore than metal; indeed, almost 15 years later, it’s possible to see Grief as one of a handful of seminal NE bands who initiated the merger between hardcore and metal. However, unlike some of those bands, Grief still sounds both relevant and entertaining."

(second LP)...

Earthworm : 09:50
Hate Grows Stronger : 08:23
World Of Hurt : 05:03
I Hate You : 06:10
Ruined : 04:26
Fed Up : 06:29
Stricken : 06:00
Come To Grief : 08:11


February 07, 2009


Columbian Black Thrash, utterly amazing! I read some place that this was in the record collection of Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) of Mayhem. The first 8 tracks are the original 888 Metal LP released in 1988, this being the third re-release it comes with the "Acompáñamea la Tumba" EP, 1988 and live tracks from 1989 as bonus tracks!

(get a copy of this if you can, i don't think theres any left but keep check at Nuclear War Now! in case of a re-press!)

Reencarnación - 888 Metal (Nuclear War Now!, 2006)...


February 03, 2009


Palace Brothers - There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You (Drag City, 1993)...

The first album under the Palace Brothers moniker following appearances by Will Oldham on the 'Matewan' film soundtrack about an Appalachian mining community in 1987 released on Rounder. An album entitled 'Box of Chocolates:Fearful Symmetry' on which he sang on a couple of tracks released on Mad Entropic Carnaval in 1990. A 7" collaboration with Bill Callahan (Smog) 'The Sundowner:Goat Songs' EP, which featured 6 tracks and which i guess was the first official Will Oldham release then the first Palace Brothers 7":'Ohio River Boat Song' and also a track on a Drag City compilation "Hey Drag City", playing 'For The Mekons Et Al'. Its also well known that he took the photograph for the Slint:Spiderland cover with the dudes grinning in the water of some quarry lake near their home in Kentucky. (Brian McMahan and Britt Walford both of Slint were amongst the personel that played on this album). And so onward trot the little rustic songsmith clicking his heals and baring his demons to all. Please try not to bunch the Palace Music in with the flood of Alt Country/Americana melancholy tripe that followed from the late 90's to this very day, cos its not even in the same league... "O' Jesus but its SO depressing!" ...blah blah

Idle Hands Are The Devil's Playthings
Long Before
I Tried To Stay Healthy For You
The Cellar Song
(I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit
There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You
O Lord Are You In Need?
King Me
I Had A Good Mother And Father
O Paul


Palace Brothers - s/t (Drag City, 1994)...

Second PB long player originally self-titled and later on named 'Days In The Wake'...

You Will Miss Me When I Burn
Come A Little Dog
I Send My Love To You
No More Workhorse Blues
All Is Grace
Whither Thou Goest
(Thou Without) Partner
I Am A Cinematographer


Palace Songs - Hope (Drag City, 1994)...

Mini long-player...

Agnes, Queen Of Sorrow
Winter Lady
Christmastime In The Mountains
All Gone, All Gone
Werner's Last Blues To Blokbuster


Palace Music - Viva Last Blues (Drag City/Palace, 1995)...

(its all about 'The Brute Choir'!)

More Brother Rides
Viva Ultra
The Brute Choir
The Mountain Low
Tonight's Decision (And Hereafter)
Work Hard/Play Hard
New Partner
Cat's Blues
We All, Us Three, Will Ride
Old Jerusalem


Palace - Arise Therefore (Drag City, 1996)...

(my personal all time favourite long-player in the Royal Stable)

A Sucker's Evening
Arise, Therefore
You Have Cum In Your Hair And Your Dick Is Hanging Out
Kid Of Harith
The Sun Highlights The Lack In Each
No Gold Digger
A Group Of Women
Give Me Children
The Weaker Soldier


Palace Music - Lost Blues And Other Songs (Drag City/Palace, (1997)...

A collection of 7"s and unreleased songs...

Ohio River Boat Song
Riding (alt. version)
Valentine's Day (prev. unreleased)
Trudy Dies (alt. version)
Come In
Little Blue Eyes (Peel session 27/11/93)
Stable Will
Untitled (live at the Lounge Ax 17/11/94)
O How I Enjoy The Light
West Palm Beach
Gulf Shores
(End Of) Travelling
Lost Blues (prev. unreleased)



- Ad Se Ipsum (Fog Of The Apocalypse Records, 2002)...

German Black Metal with violent Grishnackh styled vocals but surprisingly melodic at times with early 90's leanings, really quite varied in pace from song to song with frequently prominent bass that reminds me of some French Screamo? Really good though!

"For those who care, our band-name is a tribute to the plague of the 14th century, which killed about a third of the European population. Our lyrics are about death, darkness, despair, sorrow, anger and our hate against religion and mankind. But we are not interested in spreading any kind of message. The lyrics are very personal, consisting of very individual thoughts." - PEST


February 02, 2009


Fucking furious sick Swedish Black Metal, stinking pissed and hate filled, pro total human annhilation. BM purism doesn't seem to matter with this, even though it ticks all my boxes, no more hiding in the woods... up to date and ready for war!

Coup De Grâce :demo MCD (RAPE, 2000)...

March Of The Drones (Eerie Art Records, 2009)...