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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 |...
Dec
6

SLTM 2.0 Episode 7

Music Reviews Dying Whale- LAST MOMENTS OF MISERY- dying-whale.bandcamp.com/releases – pay what you want digital download- “One final first kiss” – Ken Smith once told me that the easiest way to get into a girls pants was to play Barry Manilow at 78 rpm while making out. I’ve since realized that Ken was just fucking with me. It only took me 20 years to figure that out. What does this have to do with the music of Dying Whale? At first listen this album brought me back to those care free days of my teenage love life. How incredibly stupid and awkward I felt around women. Since I didn’t know any better I took the advice of an older friend (well, he was older by six months), because I argued he must know what he’s doing. I had not thought of those painful days in a long time and for some reason this music brought them all to the surface. Weird isnt it?the song “The Tear between life and love” had me nodding my head for a bit. Deathwish – UNLEASH HELL – Beer City Skateboards and Records – beercity.com- “Rock N Roll is a Hell of a drug” – first song out of the gate is great, Motorhead, Nashville Pussy, Supersuckers with some Nugent mixed by a scuzzy hand to perfection. I hope the rest of the album is this good. Second track, yep still kickin it. Keep it going, keep it going. While its a personal preference, I would rather have my metal/hard rock driving than the morose, plodding type. I do like some of the later, but to catch my attention the driving stuff always worked better. “Rock and Roll is a hell of a drug” answers the question why would a band continually tour and be out on the road when there is little to no financial gain. Because Rock and Roll is an addiction. On “God has no mercy” they take the allmighty to task and even question such a diety’s existence. Asking it how such a thing could exist and let all the shitty things in life continue to happen. The presence of Satan/Evil or not, where is your mercy? Or maybe its about those that scream and rant about gods great mercy but who really don’t give a shit about others. False prophet deal. I’m not sure but its how I heard it. Endorphins Lost– CHOOSE YOUR WAY – six weeks records...
Nov
29

SLTM 2.0 Episode 6 – We are back on Track

but not really. Music Reviews Vastum– Carnal Law- “Re-member”- (remastered by 20 Buck Spin of 2011 release)- 20buckspin.com – I know I’ve posed this question before, but is it hurting my listening experience when I am only able to understand one word in eight? On the clip we are going to play you can understand the vocals better. There are two distinct styles on this song and it really helps. Plus I like the swing and sway of the beat. Love the drum roll on “Devoid”. Again there is great vocal interplay between the two demons, which makes it more enjoyable for me. What does make this a bit above your average death metal release is the interplay of vocals, relative clarity of singing and the rhythm sections ability to swing it now and then. Bill & Phil -Song of Darkness- “Catastrophic” – the song “Corpus Crispy” is fucking hilarious, but not really. Frank Zappa without the sense of the weird and humor. On the song “Catastrophic” they try to out LULU Lou Reed & Metallica. I think that these guys think they are Zappa, kind of like when Billy Bragg and Wilco took Woody Guthries lyrics and wrote music to them. Maybe the Zappa trust did it with these guys and ask them to finish some of Franks songs so they could have some new material for the Hologram to sing. Yeah this veers from attempts at LULU and Zappa-esque tries at weird pop. Black Anvil – AS WAS – “Ultra” – relapse records– by the time I get to hell I would imagine that the staff will be pretty complacent. Not bored with the surroundings but with the process of orientation. “welcome to hell, where all your worst nightmares have come true. Now please bow down to our lord and master …..Satan, uhhh”. I can just hear some disaffected bored youth guide giving me the tour. Maybe because they have seen it and heard it all it’s become a bland process for them. They like the form but hate the process. Oh hell is still a significant obstruction, its just that talking about it all this time has soured their ability to enjoy, feel and process it. Jeremy Piven once told me that the best mayonnaise is not at the bottom of the jar but what is stuck to the lid. I don’t know what that means but I always liked that little guy. This release might...
Oct
30

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode 4

here’s some more bullshit you never asked for, so enjoy or whatever. Music Reviews Madder Mortem – Red in Tooth and Claw- “Fallow Season” -years ago starburst thought that they would branch out into the chewing gum field. However, their entry was flavorful for a few seconds (30 if you were lucky) and it had the consistency of a wet sweetart. This is like that but in reverse. (Ed. Note- sorry about that folks, I’ll be taking over the rest of this review). What Chrissy Hynde might have sounded like fronting a new metal band. Martyrdod – List- Facebook.com/martyrdod – “LIST” – well this is exactly as you think it would be, thrash metal. Hundreds of miles an hour w/ growled high throaty vocals. There are some nice riff packages through out that you should keep an ear open to hear. I find the riffs way more interesting than just blazing through one song after another. The clip allows you to hear a sonic palavar between speed thrash and multi metal. It has such a good guitar solo, a cool way to direct all that speed metal rage. Its that guitar work on this album that keeps it from being a mundane exercise. “Halos of Fallen Angels” has the best guitar work ,maintains a brutal pace. Risk Relay– As We Descend- “Sea of Light” – “Lonely the Converted mind” is a decent instrumental flavored with some farfisa organ. I know this is going to come off as Old Manish of me, but whatever happened to the instrumental? Used to be nice to hear a band lay down something, a little different route to the same strip joint if you please,but today’s instrumental’s just bore me to death. This from “My weight disappearing” “ a drone needs a ghost of another kind”,is this a song about a nameless faceless acceptance of a middle class boring life or a song about bees? I do like the funky breakdown during “Healer Revealing”. All the songs have the same tempo,beat and feel to them. I realize that a band is a band, but I would like to see stretch a bit. White Willow– Future Hopes- FUTURE HOPES- I’m having a hard time getting a handle on this one. Steely Dan mixed with the Cars? With pleasing whispered female vocals. “A scarred view” is over 18 minutes. 18 plus really. How in the world do you have that much to say in one song?...
Oct
23

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode 3

Music Reviews Wulkanaz– “Ribbon of Shadow” – PARALYS- Facebook.com/wulkanaz– I would listen to this again. There is a light almost hollow touch on the production. Listening to the first track, it makes me think I should just turn off the rest of the album because it won’t be more open or pure for me hearing a band’s first track. That would be wrong though, because this speed metal with drums going fast (“No I said faster”) is played perfectly by this band. The second song locks it in, some bands would have went thrash full on heavy, with riffs so muddled it was would be like oatmeal. That this has a nice light production really helps the songs breath and feel almost juanty and fun. No need to worry though. The rest of the album is in the same vein. At the Wayside– the Breakdown and the Fall- “How We Live” –facebook.com/atthewayside – sounds like one of those bands that would have been on the Victory Records label back in the 1990’s. If you didn’t listen to their releases they had either the hard brutal metal releases or the kind of flowing riff rock metal stuff. You could find good in both camps, but I tended to veer more to the brutal metal cause that’s my tastes. Lots of Joe Satriani like riffs. This is not something that I would listen to in my spare time. It’s a bit too poppy, polished metal for me, good harmony and backing vocals though. Has some of the break down, distorted vocal pieces with shouted chorus in the songs. Pretty standard operating procedure for this type of music. Metalcore? Possibly, if I knew exactly what that was. Lyrically I’m nowhere near this kind of mental torment. At my age it’s not “thinking about that night” anymore, it’s “I wonder what the hell is still wrong with me”. I can afford no luxury towards anyone not feeling something towards me. This is very well played, but it’s clean like a freshly minted gomer pyle commerative plate that has never seen a scrap of food. There are no rough edges. They remind me of Jimmy Eat World, but it’s just to damn pretty for me to care about. Heavy riffs with clean cut very same sounding bubblegum nonsense. Makes me wish I was younger and didn’t hate myself so much. No it doesn’t. Walk the Plank– Cemetery Vacation– “Dying on the Vine”- that song...
Oct
15

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode Two

MUSIC REVIEWS Astridir Lifsins-facebook.com/arstidirlifsins- ALDAFOOR OK MUNKA DROTTINN- VAN RECORDS– black metal is the last theatrical bastion in music. There’s chanting, then some demonic growls. Guy talk sings in another language. (not english I mean). Which sounds so much better than if it was in English, gives it more weight and makes it more creepy when you are not sure what is being said. I do like the chorus of demented clanking monks who handle some of the vocals. Nice touch. Steelhook Protheses – CALM MORBIDITY- “”- Malignant Records – something is always buzzing. Maybe it’s the bees in my head and not the music. First two songs feature the sounds of a heavy industrial manufacturing plant. It’s running 24/7 in the barren country side. Way away from civilization. Third song? Wait here comes the plant manager over the PA. Do you remember that scene in Strange Brew where they feed the inmates tainted beer and they play hockey against each other? This song has that vibe, not only the music played but the expected violence during the game. Only difference is that the plant manager is trying to pass along the new rules of the game from management while everyone just beats the hell out of the other person. WOE – HOPE ATTRITION – vendettarecords.bigcartel.com – “no blood has honor” – I think what I like about WOE and always have, is the driving beat. The chuck wagon has broken loose from the train and it’s hurtling down the path toward a cliff. But, man is it rocking and swinging. Even the fourth song “Din of the mourning”has some swing in the drums. It starts out as standard thrash metal and then here comes the chuck wagon again, busting loose and heading for a clump of trees. Goddamn Cookie, when is he going to learn to tie down that wagon? The rest of the disc is standard thrash metal with the occassional above average guitar solos. The Black Scorpio Underground- Necrochasm- theblackscorpiounderground.bandcamp.com – Husk Records and Prison Tatt Records – “Hall of 1000 degredations” – I always have a hard time getting into this industrialized metallic aliens eating themselves aural kaliedoscope pattern riffage. It escapes me why I should tolerate a mind throddling repetitive beat down all in the name of repetitive regeneration. Is this what the future will sound like? When you leave the underground for the surface Metro 2033 style, you will get this constant hum...
Jul
21

Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends – The Art of Murder – Music Review

Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends – The Art of Murder – Music Review Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends The art of murder neutronfriends.bandcamp.com Mixing parts The Cramps, Elvis Costello & the Attractions with good old get down and rock Diamond Spirit Company (a local 80’s rock band that could really get it up on stage). Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends reminds me of the party at the cool girls house. Oh it’s going to get busted, but man are we going to have a good time until the cops show up. What you just read was my first impression of this release, and what I thought I would do is take a couple weeks in between listens and then see how I felt about this album then. So, here we go. Coming on like Queens of the Stone Age’s little brother with “Avid Fan”, cause even the break down sounds a little like the band has been hanging out in QOTSA’s neighborhood. Is the singer yelling “You woke me up” in this song? For some reason, possibly my advancing age, in the song “Eat the Rude” it sounds like he’s saying “I eat the Root” but like I said I chalk that up to the fact that my ears are probably clogged from listening to music with my earbuds jammed in my ears and my status as an old fucking idiot. “We don’t invent our natures” could be a lost track from a Sons of Freedom album. Either from GUMP or their S/T release. I like SOF, got into them in college, and while I’m not so sold on their TEX album, I do enjoy their first two. So something that calls to mind a band I liked in College many years ago, will always have a extra push up the likability ladder with me. There is no breathing room in these songs, every cranny is filled. Not sure I like the mix, everything is the same volume, vocals are hard to hear and muddied in the mix. I would like the vocals to be up a little bit, no they don’t have to dominate the sound, but I would like to be able to hear them better, then again what with my previously mentioned shitting ear holes, Conan Neutron could be standing next to me singing and I probably would still wonder what he was talking about. Dear lord in hell, I need to get my ears checked. ***Brad Bugos brad@fatrobotradio.com wrote this review. He found out recently that...
Jun
25

Forty Feet Tall – RED DRESSED- Album Review

Forty Feet Tall – RED DRESSED- Album Review Forty Feet Tall red dressed facebook.com/fortyfeettall Like any good down and dirty rock album, and by that I mean fuzzy guitars and a sense that Woodstock ’94 was only a bit muddy, this band realizes that to engage they have to keep the time with their dirty fingernails. A good tour pairing for this band would be a really good Champaign/Urbana band called the Dirty Feathers. The Feathers are a bit more seventies AM rock radio I think than Forty Feet, but they both reside in the same town, just different parts of it, if you know what I mean. “red dressed” opens up with a “Sabotage” like beat, then transitions into the bands strengths, straight rock with a groove, something that the Black Crowes wished they could have gotten back to after co-opting it after their first release. A nice slide guitar slow version of “run through the jungle”, a nice way to play a classic rock cut but make it your own. They make it slower, and a bit more melodramatic (if only because the narrator sounds less like running than in the original than tired and ready to give it all up and be captured or killed). “Two Shots” calls to mind what the Black Keys were so popular for just a few years ago, it’s funny how those things change. It also shows the fickle nature of being a popular band. There is no way it can be sustained. Not at a high level. Which is something I’ve been thinking on for awhile now. We all want to achieve success, we all like admiration and doing something for a living that we love, but when does that become reaching for it and in the end a burden and a box you’ve locked yourself into that only breaking up will let you out of? I don’t have the answer. But listening to bands like this makes me hope they achieve success but a part of me hopes they just continue to make music they are happy with regardless of the outcome. I think they would enjoy that more, and I think I would too. A good four song EP. Can the band sustain this kind of energy and playing through a full album? I’m not sure we ever need to answer that question. Why release a twelve song album now adays? Really there is no need for it. If I were this band or the management,...
Jun
12

Enslaved- The Sleeping Gods- Music Review

Enslaved The Sleeping Gods enslaved.no by norse Coming on like very few other heavy bands, especially those with the demonic growl or spit spewing demon choked hell vomit vocals, this band makes listening to this release a lot of fun. Not only fun in the fact that it’s good but also in the fact that it’s fun to find the next jog in the deserted overgrown road they might take. To simply put it in one category would be to doom this release, well not doom it cause a lot of people would like it if it was doom metal, to sitting in a bin with other less directional and talented bands. It’s way to interesting and flavored with so many smokey brines to play it only on doom metal night at the local cavern club. Sure some of this is your basic growling from the depths of dirt humanities flooding basement of filthy lies type of metal, its what the band creates outside of the vocals that really makes this one interesting to me. They could have just went the old doom route, peedling along bashing every god damn mail box in their way, fighting with the neighborhood dogs and spewing hate towards the porch covering unescapables. But they didn’t. They took their time to weave it all together, it’s like they actually give a shit about being able to present you your own nose right after they ripped it off your face. How did they do that? None of these songs ever seems overlong or wasted. It’s something that is lost on creative people sometimes, you see it all the time in the movies. Sure you have seventy minutes to fill on a compact disc, but you don’t need to fill all that. Things can breath, escape and flow but there is no reason to continuously pound your listeners over the head when your going the same direction for eight minutes. You should go to their web site and check out their bio, these guys have been together since 1991 and won four consecutive Norwegian Grammy’s. Interesting band, interesting contemporary extreme metal. I’ll be keeping an eye on this band as they seem to release music, sixteen things since their inception, and if you like extreme metal with a lot of points of interest and turns in the muddy dark path, then this band should have your attention. **Why review music? This is a classic example of...
Jun
6

ALARIC- End of Mirrors- Music Review

Alaric End of Mirrors Neurot Recordings Facebook.com/Alaric Why does Alaric stand out from the thousands of other bands that I hear through my podcast? This is the second time I have chosen to review one of their releases, both of them being full reviews. Why? Well let’s examine that, what does this band have that peaks my interest enough to sit down and write a music review. Wether you have written fifteen or a couple hundred or thousand like I have over these twenty nine years, it’s never easy to come up with things to say. So writing a full review really takes something from me, mostly because I’m dumb and I don’t know what to say. Let’s take “Wreckage” as an example. It’s slow dirgy blues number, heavy weighted metal pulling you down by the ankles into the black dirthy thickness of humanity gone sick and diseased. Or maybe that’s just something I’ve read into it and it’s really about having a paper route and one of the customers won’t pay you when they are supposed too. Point is? Well, it’s a really good song, with a distinct flavor of hopelessness that I enjoy, a fatal wiring in our human souls I look upon and feel comforted by. I think what really impresses me and makes me want to listen to this band in my own free time is that the music really fits a lot of how it is day to day, life and all that. Holy shit check out the Spinal Tap like break down towards end of “Mirrors”. What was I saying? Wait this isn’t some kind of stream of conscious thought piece, I can go back and look at what I said before. Why the hell am I still typing this? See, that’s what this music does for me. Not to say I’m floating on some kind of drug induced cloud playing hand ball against the closet door, its more of a state of rational, clear thinking. Or maybe I’m just some idiot sitting in his garage huffing copy toner. Hard to tell really. 1,2,3 Huff! Look, I know we are all fucked, its a bloody dirty mess out there. None of us make it out alive, most of us worse for the wear. However, there are those pockets of sublime escape that come along every now and then. They are short, very cramp spots in our universe but when they do open and...

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