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Oct
29

Thoughts of Ionesco – SCAR CYMBALS EP – First Review

Thoughts of Ionesco– Scar Cymbals- EP- First new music from long defunct Detroit band in nearly two decades- thoughtsofionesco.com – facebook.com/thoughtsofionesco – on the song “Scar Cymbals” it cuts out a few times. Once it returns with a creep stalker vocal and another time it cuts out and returns it sounds like we have dropped in on band rehearsal. It sounds like the tape that the music was recorded on was some old tape that dozens of bands have used and so there is bleed through. The band did it to save money but its added another dimension to their sound. I’m going to have to listen to the last song on another device to see if this is all there or if I’m getting ghost audio from something else. Here’s what this band should do, tour the Midwest as opening opening band on a three band tour. Then just come out and play “Scar Cymbals” cause it’s got everything you would want. It shows the bands versatility and it’s twelve minutes. Would be really cool to see them do twelve hot minutes then just leave the stage. People might be baffled but I’m sure they would also be...
Oct
28

Child Bite – Negative Noise- First Review

Child Bite– NEGATIVE NOISE– “Apex of Anxiety” – (first review)- childbite.com – facebook.com/childbite – on “Euphoria Saturation” ‘ too much of a good thing is too much’ then he yells over and over “too much” to emphasize his point. How true. Lead singer reminds me of David Yow. Child Bite should be on the Jesus Lizard reunion shows. Singer, in my mind, comes out on stage dressed in tackey suit, like a used car salesman from the 70’s, think Kurt Russel in Used Cars. He has a mask on. He’s part front man, game show host and salesman. “its too late, too late to change”, this singer and band has a lot of good wisdom to share. Of course its too late to change, and not because you can’t but because you won’t. Set in your ways as my grandmother would politely tell you. We just don’t want to change, it’s a pain in the house. Besides what’s the point anyway? No one is going to remember us in fifty years. I like the chimming guitar lick in “Vermin Mentality”. “Beyond the Dirty” shows of the bands diversity. I like where this bands head is at. Good slow greasy grooves, couldn’t turn it off after this...
Sep
10

Blackosh- RVOCHI VICHRY – First Review

Blackosh– RVOCHI VICHRY- from guitar player Petr Hosek original guitar player of Czech band Root and current member of Masters Hammer- 7 inch record- two tracks- Facebook.com/blackosh- eternal-death.com – two songs right? (ed.- yes only two). Or are there more? (ed.- no, like I said, only two. pay attention). I’m going to pass this release onto my friend Jerry “The Lap” and ask him to write a few words. Here goes “I’ve heard better croaking from a frog I stepped on last August in Minimal Park. Yes, its named Minimal park after Jeremy and Darcy Minimal.” Okay , now back to me your trusty reviewer. Jerry goes on for another five to ten minutes about how he saw two people humping in that park one time and that he thinks the lady was his old high school spanish teacher. I knew there was a reason why I don’t let him review music even though he bugs me every week. Here’s what I think of this release: I like “Kult Latrina” the best of the two. The first four minutes of the song is really good. It reminds me of this cult we had in our town when I was a kid. Actually there were two in town at the time. The Moonies, of course and the Church of the Perpetual Eye. The Perp Eye as we called it. They had their own hymnals and everything. See the whole deal started with this local band. Larry and the Beach Bums. It evolved into a cult with animal sacrifices, many lives ruined and some people ending up in jail. This release would have fit in with those hymnals. This band could have written for the Church. Is the Perp Eye coming back? We’ll...
Sep
9

Laces Out – S/T- Five song digital EP- First Review

Laces Out– S/T- five song digital EP- “fluid EP that takes influences from Nirvana, Fugazi, at the drive in and Jesus Lizard” from review of EP by Decibel- facebook.com/lacesouttheband – nefariousindustries.com – “Kritzingers Warnings” – on “Bugs” the singer makes a little stop in Cornell-town. I used to know this guy name Jerry Chidlith who went with this girl beth who used to date the lead singer from KRIST ALMIGHTY. I bring this up only so that you’ll know that I know people. I hope you think I’m a big man. I’m not out here on my own creating conflict hoping to improve my chance of being seen. I do like the low bass loose riff on the last song “Under...
Sep
8

Cold Stares- HEAD BENT- Music Review (First Take)

The Cold Stares– HEAD BENT– the title track of this disc included in the Monster Energy Yamaha Team Motorcross Video- thecoldstares.com – smallstone.com – “john” sounds like “Listen to the wind blow” to me. “Neighbor Blues” says “Don’t lay down with your neighbors wife”, which is good advice. At first I thought the advice was based on a moral conviction, turns out he’s just saying do it with someone else who lives on the other side of town. Harder to get caught. “Price to Pay” opens up like a late 80’s Motorhead song, but then when someone starts singing, you know its not Lemmy. I’m just disappointed but then I’d feel that way if anyone started singing. On “Stuck in a Rut” he says “stuck in a rut, must have lost my touch” and “Born under a bad sign on a rainy day”. Eleven songs are three too many. Not that the extra three songs, which ever ones they may be, are bad or don’t fit, it’s just that I always hope that bands will leave you wishing for more than over staying their welcome, and with eight or nine songs you hardly ever hit that point. What the Black Crowes would have sounded like if they hadn’t aped all of those 60’s soul and blues bands they loved so much. Cliches in the lyrics abound, such as “You take the right road, I’ll take the left . Meeting on the center line.” A plea for working together, natch. Oh wait, the last song is an obligatory noose around the neck song. Guess what? The guy was wrongfully hanged. Can you imagine. Be cool to hear about a person who was rightfully accused and hanged for his crimes, again and...
Sep
6

Witch Vomit- Poisoned Blood- First Review

Witch Vomit– Poisoned Blood– 20buckspin.com– Toilet Ov Hell had an exlusive stream at one time- This from their PR release “Mastered at 45 RPM for maximum mangling, and completed with eye-splattering cover art by Matt Stikker, Poisoned Blood is a necessary acquisition for diehard devotees to the works of Carnage, Autopsy, Demigod, Re-Animator (the movie), Cannibal Corpse, Crematory, Disgrace, and moonlight burials.” – Love it – witchvomit1.bandcamp.com – I’m glad this is only five songs. Not that its the band but I’ve heard a ton of Speedy Black Metal thrash lately. I’m just going to take a break from this one and move on, then come back for a clean listen. I wish the band had something to distinguish it from all the other ground and pound bands. I’m not hearing it. I thought maybe I was missing something with this one. Its standard fair black metal. With heavy growled vocals I can’t understand, and heavy fast beats. I re-read the first part of this review and thought that it needed another listen or two. It did, but only to confirm that this is solid metal but a bit on the well worn side of the...
May
31

SLTM 2.0 Episode 22 – Claude Felder and His amazing puppets

Typhoid Rosie– THIS IS NOW- (live stream review) – Typhoidrosie.com – catchy pop music, with good female lead vocals. Blondie adjacent. Some sing a long choruses. Question, why does “Belong to Somebody” fade out like that? Its almost like someone during the mix leaned on the fader, it stuck so they went with it. Weird. Is “Broken Man” about an absent father? Someone leaving you to fend for yourself? Or am I just projecting? “Pieces” should be the single from this album. Good guitar hook. There’s longing, someones adrift with a bit a melancholy sadness in the vocals. Maybe I’m way off base for calling this comparison up, but the singer reminds me of Penelope Houston of the Avengers. Of course, Typhoid Rosie is way more poppy and slick than the Avengers but I feel a connection between the two. Maybe its because I’m a bit simple. And a bit dull. My wife says so all the time. Very catchy and easy to hear. Will go along with my collection of Claude Felder puppets. Afterbirth– THE TIME TRAVELERS DILEMMA – “Needles and Drills” – uniqueleader.com – facebook.com/afterbirthNYDeathMetal – its best not to judge a book by it’s cover. But then again how do we tell the dumb guy? We’ve all done it before, and we will probably do again in the future. Even the best of us do it. It’s a hard program to exit out of. That said, I knew exactly what Afterbirth was by judging its cover. Sometimes it works. However, unlike some croaky black metal bands, they do deliver the odd drum fill, guitar skronk or tripped over tampini to elicit a quirky nod of my head. “Multiverse Dementia”, I do like the croaking frog echo track vocals. Sounds almost drippy. Cool effect. “Timeless Formless” starts off with a guitar riff stolen from an emo band. I thought at first that my MP3 player fucked up again. Sometimes it will drop other bands into a song or jump to the next band I’m reviewing. Nope it’s still afterbirth. Also in the song there is some dude trapped in a well and I say trapped because I don’t think he fell in. He’s mad because he was put there, screaming up at those who imprisoned him there. “I may not be able to get out of here, but your day of reckoning is coming”. “Transcendental Object at the end of History” has a nice Zappa opening. Atriarch–...
May
24

SLTM 2.0 Episode 21 – Danny Bridgewater leaves the scene

Necrot – BLOOD OFFERING- “Beneath” – tankcrimes.com – First listen/First Thoughts: not distracting like some black metal can be. Most bands or a few more than some, try to bludgeon you to death with drums going a thousand beats per or with low growled vocals. I like what Necrot is dishing out. Clean vocals, swaggering beat with all the heaviness you would want. “Layers of Darkness” has a nice loose blusey boogie to it. I think in “Rather Be Dead” he does say “Prostitute suffer your crime”, is this said from a point of revenge? Or maybe it’s of Murderous Self Righteousness? We also get the obligatory “Buhh Uhh” from the vocalist. It must be one of those things that signifies that your in a black metal or metal band. Kind of like that “Boowhoopp” sound my friends and I would make when we were out in the woods making our bmx trail. When this band gets a chuggin’ heat going like on “Beneath” I’m enjoying it but they tend to use that down fret riff too much. ALL OUT WAR– DYING GODS- “Servants to the Obsolete” – facebook.com/alloutwarunofficial- (released in 2015, they have since released GIVE US EXTINCTION in 2017) – There is a certain , not sure stigma is right, but lets use it, a stigma attributed to knowing a band and liking their music. We’ve reviewed and talked about All Out War here before. We enjoy their music. So fairly or not their current release will be judged against that. It’s not as unfair as hating or being luke warm on a band, but it does narrow your views a bit. Nobody, except maybe Hawk Harrelson, wants to be a homer. On “Nothing Left to Bleed” he says “you’re heroes have left you down”, which has an interesting juxtaposition of using the idea of Left instead of let. It changes it to instead of waiting for a hero, you should never believe in them in the first place. They will just leave you down, so that they can forever be worshipped. “Choking on Indifference” has a really good guitar solo, a cool drum break down and good lyrics. “Arise” steals a riff from “Let there be Rock” and that’s cool as shit with me, cause it’s a great riff. “You date raped Mother Nature” from “God is Dead” , wow. The song also has another really damn fine guitar solo. New Tongues– DARK LIGHT- “Beautification Project”...
May
2

SLTM 2.0 Episode 20

Punchline- LION- (Streaming review, no clip) – InVogue Records– store.invoguerecords.com – It’s because I’m old as fuck, and have been reviewing music for over 30 years that I can make these sweeping generational generalities: This is what the kids in Titanic Love Affair would write during their summer off while listening to The Monkees and thinking the Monkees had it almost right with their album HEAD. I would probably like this more if their youth, which pisses off everyone my age, wasn’t blocking my vision. It’s not that they can’t play or that some of their ideas are youthfully undershot. No, it’s the energy. I suppose its what happens when you get older. How dare they be okay with their energy and sincerity. I’ll give them another listen or two and see if my mind rebends itself to the early 90’s. PS- this is why I don’t like to review streaming music, the link has expired so my further listens could not be had. Also I hate to be tied down to the computer and like to download something to listen to it in different arena’s. That’s okay, I appreciate anyone who sends me stuff hear. Earth Witch – OUT OF THE SHALLOW- earthwitch.bandcamp.com -“Earth Witch” I had this dream when I was ten years old that I’ve never told anyone about. But now when I hear this release it brings it all flooding back. My mom and dad get divorced, and my mom remarries Danny Joe Brown from Molly Hatchet. We go on the road with the band touring the south during the summer. Playing every dirthole country fair and gathering in sight. I’m the youngest roadie and I’m so happy to be with my mom and Danny Joe, from Molly Hatchet. Also I’m not going school but I’m learning life lessons while hanging out with a popular rock band. It’s beautiful in its simplistic bombasity. This would be the sound track to our road journeys. Besides that let me just say that I love Earthwitch, and that I’ve known Nathan Landolt for a long time. I look forward to hearing the band in the future, hope they continue and am very sincere with sharing this dream from my childhood many many years ago. Oranssi Pazuzu– FARMAKOLOGINEN – songs from a splith with Candy Cane in 2010- oranssipazuzu.com – 20buckspin.com– “Unihamahakki”- new artwork and available as a stand alone on digital or 12 inch vinyl- very melodic. I’m...
Apr
25

sltm 2.0 episode 19 – Camping with Pat Williams

MUSIC REVIEWS Grid Failure&Megalophobe– DENDRITIC- “Phantom Climate” – facebook.com/gridfailure- megalophobe.bandcamp.com – those birds in the first song remind me how much I hate birds. Opening your album with a ten minute plus atmospheric sojourn is ballsy. Throw in some goddamn birds, and an accordian on it’s last legs and you have yourself a Sunday Night out in the woods. At least thats how Sundays were where I grew up. Track number two, more birds. I’m beginning to think that this is the soundtrack of the earth after humans disappear off of it. This is interesting but I wonder what the casual listener will get out of it? This is a record of the earth and all the sounds, vibes,tones and feelings its giving off after the annihilation of the Human Race. There is a certain radiation permeating through the air, you can hear it humming & flowing in the background, always there. Did we give ourselves a nuclear clear out? Is that what happens to us? “Phantom Climate” is light voices in the backyard, the first attempt by others to check out the earth and beam a report back. We can hear a few broadcast messages. Are there survivors here or are these just pre recorded messages of our doom? Meatwound– LARGO-”pigs” – facebook.com/MEATWOUND- magicbulletrecords.com – its a shame it’s only two songs, or did my mp3 player fuck again? Fucking piece of junk. I swear half the time it puts the songs on there and the other it fucks up. I’ll have to check and make aure its only two songs. I’ve checked and its acutally seven songs. Fuck me. This is the good kind of scuzzy rock and roll that’s good for your dirty sinful soul. The vocal effect they have works really well, it’s a bit buried in the mix but it’s effective. A little distorted and blurry. Nice touch. I like the bass mix in this also, highlighted by the bass rip in the song “Jungle Heart”. Silence Equals Death – END TIMES- “never ending story” – facebook.com/silenceequalsdeath – eulogyrecordings.com – “and in the end we all die”. Good old fashioned hardcore punk. Chewy, something to sink your teeth into. On song #10 “Life Hurts more”, the music stops with a couple of minutes to go, there is just silence, then they launch into “Traveling Band” by CRR. Is this real? Or did my goddamn play fuck up again? “Reparations” starts off with a Ratt...
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...

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