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Apr
11

SLTM 2.0 Episode 18 – Pizza Magee

MUSIC REVIEWS Suffering Hour– IN PASSING ASCENSION- Blood Harvest- Facebook.com/SufferingHourMetal – debut album – “Through Vessels Arcane P…” – this from their press release last year “there’s something elusively transcendent about the sonic wormholes Suffering Hour create here”- maybe it’s because I’m working overtime everyday and I’m beyond tired that my defenses are down and I don’t dismiss things as easily? Maybe there is something to that, I don’t know. This is your standard death metal but there is something that appeals to me about it. I don’t think its my state of constant sleep deprivation & vulnerability. It is your Uncles brand of death metal, faster drums than the ones he’s beating his old meat to & low growled vocals. So low I can’t hear them in the background at times. Plus punching throbbing bone machine gristle. Okay, so maybe my Uncle is different from yours, he served in Nam and he had a Blue Cheer cover band in his late twenties after he got out of the service. I did like the groove of Track 5 “Withering Microcosmos” , an instrumental which sounds like a trip on a demented train in some county fair. You pass by burnt out buildings and desolation greets you as you slide down the rails. So This Is Suffering– PALACE OF THE PESSIMIST- facebook.com/sothisissuffering- uniqueleader.com– “Dreameater” (last minute or so) – Two Demons fighting it out to heard. Sometimes they share the stage and spread their message together. This is their story. The two demons are close friends all through school and after graduation they decide to move in together. They share the rent on a small two bedroom apartment in the city. One goes to welding school and the other decides to become a desiel mechanic. “Lechorous” tells the story of people eating other peoples food and not replacing it. All the songs tell a story about what it is to be young, poor, and friends while living together. Demons, like the rest of us, have a code to live by and while it might be different things from us, they still have annoyances and problems. I think during the song “Columbine” the demons are saying that they could have killed themselves, follow a code, and if you’re unhappy do it to yourself first. “Dreameater” talks about waking up one day to realize you are 32 years old and in a bad marriage and a job you hate. Higher Power– SOUL...
Apr
1

SLTM 2.0 Episode 17 – Intenses

MUSIC REVIEWS Foreseen– GRAVE DANGER – “Government Cuts” – 20buckspin.cm – facebook.com/foreseen – This is the kind of old school thrash metal that I enjoy. SOD, early Metallica, Slayer, 1980’s thrash metal sounds. Good stuff. I really don’t know how or really why some bands can pull this off, like Foreseen does so well here. Maybe it’s because they are Finnish and have digested all that thrash metal from a distance. Then they can completely ape it without sounding tired or distracted. It is something that is seemingly simple but really easy to fuck up. “Downward Spiral” has a shake your ass groove that’s infectious. Although I did hear mention of depression in the lyrics. Actually, I’m not even sure they are speaking English. Its too fast for me to catch every word. “Grave Danger” is one of the faster songs on the album. I can make out more words in it, so yes it is English. No let up between songs, no acoustic like breakdown nonsense to take a breather with on this one. Plus the singer does the old school “Buahhh” at the beginning of “Government Cuts”, which is a favorite vocal move of mine. Nice work. The above song has gun shots, perhaps a shoot out and what sounds like Finnish news reports. A statement perhaps on where we will be if the Government inacts such cuts here hurting the neediest people. Tehom- The Merciless Light- blood harvest/helter skelter/regain records- “With Patience and Faith” -debut album- sweden- bloodharvest.se– love this quote from the PR place that sent this release to me, “the quartet took their time to finesse and fine tune their sound into one that spans decades without bearing the stench of “retro” tedium”. Nice. – maybe its because I have gotten a ton of sleep lately and have more patience or am open to it more but this release was good. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. First track is a creepy demonic priest damning us all to hell in Germantic glee. On “Heart of Perdition” I could have sworn that they called out Comedian, Actor, Producer, author Jay Mohr. But, what would they have against the star of “Gary Unmarried”? Oh yeah. Track 6, “Tehom Invocation” that creepy bastard returns, some backwards masking. It’s creepy as hell. Damn you, if someone was to show up outside my house at night with just a flash light under the chin with this track...
Mar
11

SLTM 2.0 Episode 16- Like a bad rash that never goes away

MUSIC REVIEWS Emperor X – Over sleepers International- “Warmth Perimeter” – tiny engines– emperorx.bandcamp.com – tinyengines.net – my first impression of this band is that they have listened to way too much Barenaked Ladies music. Yeah, they sound like that aforementioned Canadian rock band, catchy ditties with easy to enjoy vocals. Clap along feel good melodies. Unlike BNL, whose music I dislike quite a bit, I feel like if I pay attention to this band I would get smarter and more curious about the world around me. Did I hear someone mention re-districting? See. “Warmth Perimeter” is a nice change of pace, a new age dancey number that reminds me why we all like music. You maybe a band who plays AC/DC like rock, but what’s wrong with some Prince sneaking into your music? We are all influenced by many things, why not mention them all, no matter how disparate? “Low orbit in common” is about Kevin from Home Alone, how his parents became serial child leave behinders and how it affected his relationships the rest of his life. It was not a one time thing his parents did, or even a two time thing. I hear some Talking Heads in there. By the way, Kevin’s parents did admit years later that at some point they weren’t simply forgetting about him, and that they just needed some time away from him. “Sometimes you really bug me and we just needed a break, your father and I”. “Five Hour Energy” reminds me of why I love Sparklehorse so much, actually its reason #52. The beautiful simplicity and mesmerizing tanginess of the track calls to mind one of my favorite tracks on the GOLDDAY EP. Enslaved– Roadburn Live- Roadburn records– celebrated 25 years together in 2016- was a vinyl RSD exclusive 2017 – enslaved.no- roadburn.com – This band comes off , at least on the first song, like a heavier Smiths or more accurately a Soundgarden loving band with Throat scratching vocals interplayed with Cornellian like crooning. This live recording sounds really good. I would go see this band live. At one point I heard the old chestnutt “the archs on you” why can’t it be on you as well or how about all of us? How come I’m the only idiot who keeps falling for the “joke”?I do believe if I’m very much mistaken that this was released on vinyl for RSD black friday 2017 (actually it was the RSD...
Feb
21

SLTM 2.0 Episode 15 – This again

MUSIC REVIEWS ORM– ORM- “Apothesis” – self titled debut album- facebook.com/ormband – ormband.bandcamp.com – released march 2017- to be honest this isn’t my cup of tea. Reason being that its speedy black metal with drums a thousand miles a minute and demonic vocals. Not that all of it is uninteresting to me but I’ve heard a ton of it, and it tends to be a bit repetitive. But wait, what is this? In Claptian “Layla”-esque style the band breaks “Apothesis” into two pieces, and the back part instrumental is their strangest material yet. The last song “A tree a blaze” has some interesting twists and turns but before it can rescue itself from a well trod path its back to the speed drumming and guitar licks fast, fast, exploding. Bored. Okay, as I do with some reviews where I just don’t think I’m getting it, I like to put them aside for a few weeks and then give them another run. Here goes: I do like the end of the first song, and there are parts of the middle and middle end of the second song that I like. When they slow it down, step away from the relentless beating of the drums, they make an interesting sound. “Temple of the Deaf” must be a quiet place. I would imagine. However, the band is talking about not those who can’t hear but those that refuse to listen. That’s just a guess. Again, this song showcases their strengths and their normality all in one. When they slow it down and let some air and space into a song, it really develops into something interesting for me. But then they slip right back into beating us over the head with that rubber mallet. Bludgeoning us into crossed eyed boredom. At the seven minute mark of “temple of the deaf” there is such a perfect slice of what it is that makes me interested to hear their next release, and hesitant all at once. I like where it heads to but then I’m afraid they are going to fall into that same old muddy trap. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Not a daugther” – ARC 3 song EP- relapse.com – facebook.com/AgoraphobicNosebleed- the first song deals with how much if anything do you owe to the dying person in their bed after a lifetime of abuse at their hands? Do you owe anything but rancid hatred to a person who is trying to treat you...
Feb
15

SLTM 2.0 Episode 14 – Flat Out waste of time

Music Reviews Wolf Brigade – RUN WITH THE HUNTED- “Return to none” – southernlord.com – facebook.com/lycanthropunks – now that the original lineup of Motorhead has gone from the earth, who will take up their mantle of Rock? Wolfbrigade is up to the task. Vagabonds– I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NOW- “Ambulance” – Facebook.com/VagabondsMichigan – I don’t think the double lead with weird distortion trick used on at least the first three tracks serves the singer well. It’s a bit distracting. Then when he yells in track three it is just a distorted mess. The self involved seriousness and pretenious nature of the subjects batted about with youthful importance leaves me cold. Maybe when I was twenty five years old, in a bad marriage, a crappy job wondering why my place in this world was getting farther and farther away from me I would have enjoyed the solitude, hopefulness and bleak corridors of this release. Now that I’m experienced, salted and bitter I know its all a bunch of fantastic self involved defeatist bullshit. “old friends wherever you are” has a message. Suicide is an easy way out of this mess but if you just look forward, even if that hope is based in pure blind faith, its more of a path than just ending it all. Or maybe the song is about Tacos. How the fuck do I know? I’ve never been that perceptive. Until Rain– INURE- “A broken wing” – 3rd album from these greek alt/prog metal peoples – first album since 2013- facebook.com/untilrain – lasersedgegroup.com – “A Broken Wing” – What Queen would have sounded like if they grew up listening to Queen, FNM, and Prince. No, what would the kids of the band Triumph (Formed in 1975 in Toronto, three piece that drew comparisons to Rush. Best album was 1981’s ALLIED FORCES. Which I had in cassette form in my collection back in the day) would sound like if they grew up hearing everything Triumph did but wanted it to sound a bit tougher. The whisper singing on “A broken wing” freaks me out a bit. Also it makes one think of what christopher cross would sound like if he hadn’t been alive in the 60’s, 70’s but today digesting popular music. In between their metal and rock records from Queen and Dragonforce I bet you would find some Steely Dan records. Okay, if I’m reading “This Fear” right I would have to say that...
Feb
8

SLTM 2.0 Episode 13 – Its Buggin Yo

Music Reviews Rozamov– THIS MORTAL ROAD- “Inhumation” – (find a part with singing)- they have a four song live album on their bandcamp for name your price ddl – rozamov.bandcamp.com – I thought the first song was gonna be a loss. There is very little call for an opening track that is ten minutes plus, but the vocals kick in at almost eight minutes. So it’s okay now. I did enjoy the shakey piano weirdness plopped down by track fours “Swallowed and Lost”. I’m not sure what it means but I always encourage bands, people, whomever to follow that weird impulse to mix it up. That not only goes for music but life as well. This release is for those who have sometime on their hands and some ground sausage to smoke ( I hear that’s what the kids are into these days). If you want something quick, fast and over in two minutes call my friend Derek, he’ll take care of you. Oozepus– YOUR LIMIT- “Cyn” -Malignant Records- facebook.com/oozepus – malignantrecords.com – vocals have a nice effect, part of the vocals he sounds like he’s drowning in water. Trying to breath out his last warning. Pretty cool. I like the caveman beat they got going on in “Cyn”, its the reason I chose it as the clip to play. I also like the marching band drums at the end of “farmers”, signifying to me the repetitive mind numbing work that farmers do, a job vital to the world but a bit dull in its day to day operation. Probably a reason it’s dying as a vocation. I would like to see this band tour the Midwest with Rabbits. Would be a good live fit. I’ve listened to this more than five times all the way through. In total. The four songs are a nice starter. Good way to introduce yourself to the band. I’m really just a simple humble idiot, cause those tribal drum beats really appeal to me on “Cyn”. Maybe they go right to my basic instinct and rhythm. I like it. Also as mentioned before I like a heavy band that takes their time, too many times a band will speed faster just to see if they can get your head to snap off its moorings. Break neck rock paces have their place of course, but this band knows that the journey is best taken slowly and with trudging care than through the many potholes...
Feb
1

SLTM 2.0 Episode 12

Moloch – VERWUSTUNG- “Negativitat” – facebook.com/Molochukr – Ukranian black metal horde- remastered vinyl version of the out of print release- Title is German for devastation- originally released in 2014 on CD- a good friend of mine from high school played in a band like this. Extreme metal he called it. He said the world was a putrid mesh of blood and shit and that we were all doomed from the start of it all. Man I miss that guy. His band was called Monkey Bites man, man fights back or monkey bites man for short. Track six on this release “Todesstille” was so quiet that I was sure my mp3 player had turned off. Someone is going to have to explain the idea behind that one to me. Its a quiet lonely church organ playing in the distance and I’m not sure I care enough to walk the four miles to the church to confirm that. Track seven is starting out as an organ/synth depression piece played at a louder volume. What gives? Why did they wait until the last tracks to work these in? Wouldn’t they work better as set up pieces in between the throat scrapping extreme beat your head in metal? I think they would. It feels almost like they ran out of ideas at the end, decided they needed a couple more songs and just improvised some atmospheric riff on the synth. The last song is an eleven minute plus piano dirge with someone plinking and plunking their way to my limited patience. These last three songs I don’t get. I get and like the first five or six songs but what in the hell is the point of these last three? And all in a row like that? I don’t get. Argentorecords.com Pain Tank– 97.9 Million Confirmed Kills- “The mouth that doesn’t open” – recorded live in one eight hour session- released on bands on independent label Edgewood Arsenal Records- paintank.bandcamp.com – Uniformed shit show” is a great song title. I fear the kids would be slamming each other during this set. You should know what this is going in, meaning you should be able to easily guess its construct. No wonder there are 13 songs, all are very short. A minute fifty might be the longest one. On the title song the singer gets a little Dusty Rhodes, Mountain frog in his throat. “Driving back the occupier” has some interesting lyrics, especially for...
Jan
25

SLTM 2.0 Episode 11 – We are back on the air

Music Reviews Mayhem– De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas ALIVE – “Pagan Fears” – recorded live in sweden in 2015- the orignal album was listed in the 20 essential black metal albums of all time by revolver magazine and #40 on Rolling Stone Magazines 100 greatest metal albums of all time- mayhemofficial.bandcamp.com – at one point, at least for a couple of songs, I can hear something in the background, is it bleed through from another studio where they recorded this album? Maybe its Satan whispering instructions on how to make his famous baked ziti? No, its a crowd, and they only cheer at the end of a few songs. That’s weird. Each song seems to start out with an intro that is about forty seconds to a minute long. Is it to get warmed up? I don’t think this was really recorded in front of a live audience. Maybe they are going for a feeling of Audience of the Damned(TM) feel, where they bused in lost souls and roust-a-bouts to hear them play, or maybe its all just some electronic audio imaging thing to fool us into thinking some band we don’t know is playing the concrete warehouse outside of town and we should go, sounds rad. On some songs I can hear this audience making some noise but then they don’t cheer at the end. What gives? Maybe they Kiss Alive 2’d us here. I know what this is, it is Hell, but it’s lunch time and this band is preforming for all the workers there. You see Satan likes to give them a free lunch with music when they meet their soul quota (lets be honest, that is happening with more frequency these days). I mean, who they gonna book for the lunch time band? Barry Friggin Manilow? I think not. For day to day business of making people suffer in hell you’re gonna play Cher or Manilow cranked up high, but if you want to say a little thank you to those that make you look good, it’s death metal all the way. Plus you got the free brats, and two sides per. I suppose its not that much of a stretch to be a bit envious of those workers in hell, when is the last time your boss gave you free lunch much less with blasting metal to help you digest your free hamburger? Lo-Pan – IN TENSIONS- “Go West” – five song EP- lopandemic.com –...
Dec
30

SLTM 2.0 Episode 10

Music Reviews Spazz– Sweatin II : Departed Live Gorilla Competition – “Shrimp on the Barbie” – tank crimes – originally released in 2001- 35 tracks from 1995-1996 – tankcrimes.com – old school hardcore, fast, loud, with attitude and a sense of humor. Interspersed with clips from Kung Fu Theater. 35 songs of it, there that’s done. Wait, “Total meathead fuck” is a nice slow jazzy jam with kung fu sound clips. During the last song, the six minute plus “Elder mutant stomp” someone says “I can’t believe people are still listening to this”. Me either. Really it’s not bad, the songs are quick except a couple of jams and there are some kung fu quotes. I think the clip we are going to play sums up the band perfectly, plus it has a nice banjo solo in it, and when do you get to hear that? Thelma– S/T – Tiny Engines– February 2017 – facebook.com/thelmalala– “Ha Ha” – this reminds me of PJ Harvey. From “White Couches” “Where do we go when we die” which normally is a boring age old question but then Thelma says “Do we even want to know?” Which I think is an interesting rejoiner to the first part. I don’t think I do want to know where I’m going when I die, and I bet most people don’t really want to know either. Whether its due to the feeling of righteous religious belief, not wanting to spoil the ending or just basic fear. I am also hearing a little Kate Bush in the vocals. There are interesting arrangements, lots of sounds and pieces floating by, a nice river bed under the expressive, emotive vocals. “Ha Ha” has an interesting off kilter arrangement. Things are flying by in the hot wind of summer, bang, boom switch. Then the singer lets out with a screeched “Haaa!” and we realize the whole town is flying by in some sort of Burtian wind storm. We might not wind up back in town when we come down, but at least we got to see what our house looks like from up here. Plus when is the last time we were in the county seat? 10 years and my how things have changed. “Thelma” is just simply put a very beautiful song. It has just a touch of Sparklehorse melancholy here and there. The same kind of sadly beautiful depression I enjoy being enveloped in for a time and find...
Dec
23

Party Battleship – Full Interview

Here is the full interview with the band Party Battleship, thanks to John Morris for answering our questions with a sense of humor and making the interview fun. It’s always nice to talk to someone who can think on their feet and roll with the dumb questions. Check out the band here- Party Battleship. 1. Some people say your music is devil music, how do you …..wait that’s a question for another band, sorry. Here we go, is your music about Satan? Why does Satan get all the credit? What about Adramlech, Budsturga, Nergal, and Nihasa? Why must they be fated to illegible metal fonts, and naught much more? There’s even a demon, among the thousands out there, named Leonard, yet no one ever accused a rock band of backward-masking Leonard worshipping chants into their records. I suppose if I was to write about Satan, it would be in the Byronic hero/Miltonic context, of the freedom seeking outlaw who gets tossed out of his digs. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel. In short, no, not about Satan specifically— personal demons probably, interpersonal demons possibly, but no. And the band of demons definitely beat Johnny. 2. I’ve realized later in life that I’m really just a basic kind of idiot. What is something you’ve realized about yourselves lately? I’ve realized that I should stop worrying and accept the fact that I’m a Adam West Batman kinda guy, and that really I can accept no substitutes, with the possibility of Michael Keaton. And I’m ok with that. 3. In the Navy, Party Battleship is the designation for a cruiser that is carrying heavy armaments. True or something that I just made up? You can put your mind at ease. Our Battleship is only built for sailing the seven seas. Can’t you see we need a hand? Come on and join your fellow man.  4. Alf is to stand up comedy as Party Battleship is too…..? The gang-being-chased music on Scooby Doo. 5. Rowdy Roddy Piper, great wrestler or the greatest of All Time? DEFINITELY greatest of all time. He came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass—and he’s all out of bubblegum. May he rest in peace. 6. in the song “El Condor Pasa” after they say “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail” they say “Yes I would, If I only Could, I surely Would” , it makes me think that in life we are always the nail wishing...
Dec
21

SLTM 2.0 Episode 9

Music Reviews Mos Generator – ABYSSINIA- Listenable Records– facebook.com/mosgenerator – shop-listenable.net- “Catspaw” – coming on like a bluesy Monster Magnet but with Ozzy singing without the years of drug abuse and wear. Good solid rock. You know it’s not easy being the middle brother. You’re not the first kid out of the shoot, the one everyone looks at to carry on the family name and pride. Sure you both look alike and have some of the same mannerisms, but no matter how you act or try to distance yourself from that person there will always be echos of them resonating off of you. “red canyons” sounds like the theme song to one of those live action saturday morning shows in the 1970’s like Shazam or Land of the Lost. “There is no return from nowhere” sounds a little like “America” from Spinal Tap. As a matter of opinion bordering on fact the band gets more harmonized on the last couple of songs. The Third Eye Rapists– HETS MOT ALLT- “Estatic Molestation”- thethirdeyerapists.bandcamp.com- released april 6 2014- two new songs that came out in May 2017 – 2nd song in and I like this kind of production. It sounds faint almost back room false painted ceiling muffled fist punching kind of sound. You can hear it, but its not so crystal clear that you can feel. It’s more painful cause you imagine it. Demons driving to the grave yard to dig up bodies. Not for the parts but in hopes that they’ll be buried with something good to wager in the poker game with Satan later that night. My good friend Richard “Heart Punch” Bonchetti once told me “Hell isn’t a bad place to be, as long as you know how to gamble”. That’s the video I see in y minds eye for “Estatic Molestation”. Demons driving a ripped up herse 100 mph to the graveyard to get chit to gamble with Satan. Not for their release from the hellish existence they live, but because its a night out with friends and satan knows how to throw a party. The last song sounds like a fuzzy drunken hate message left with your answering service. You are convinced it was sent to the wrong number but you recently fucked something up and this call just might be for you after all. The Obsessed – SACRED- “its only money” – theobsessed.bandcamp.com – just re-released their 1990 self titled debut with unreleased bonus...
Dec
14

SLTM 2.0 Episode 8

Hey our files for this episode, the previous episodes and episode nine were corrupted. So we won’t have the reviews that go along with this one, we could type them out again, but come on I already do enough shit for this dumb podcast that no one listens to, why would I do more? right? So enjoy this episode or don’t we really don’t give a shit, we hardly notice our failures anymore. Please do check out the bands, leave a comment, or a review of your own below and please give a listen to our music featured guest this episode Party Battleship. Damnations Day Lasers Edge Group Ghost Bath Nuclear Blast Fucked Up tank crimes Extremity 20 buck spin SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode Eight [ 25:17 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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