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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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