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Jun
28

Godhunter – City of Dust – Music review

Godhunter City of DustGodhunter Bandcamp Coming on like “Vote with a Bullet” era Corrosion of Conformity. Metal bands seem to be the only ones touching on the subjects of social and world ills. Most other forms of music seem to be rather localized. The fall out from our government and their treatment of people like cattle? Metal. I’m going to have to get into the lyrics for the full review, which is coming soon. Some interesting subject matter here. Vocals work, throat shredding type but they are legible and clear, easy to understand. “Shooting down the Sun” sounds like a missing Monster Magnet track. “palace of thorn” has a nice cosmic, space rock vibe. Nice guitar work that bleeds into the next song. Not just a straight ahead metal band, a band with a conscience and some different directions to take their ideas. We, well, I, chose “Palace of thorn” to play but really the last three songs would be fine examples of this bands music. First song is six minutes plus. Doesn’t feel like it, moves along at a good pace. This album is like if COC started with IN THE ARMS OF GOD and then went slower and a little denser but still heavy and catchy for their next release. I wonder where the snippet of speech comes from that is used in some songs? This is really easy to listen to, hard not to like. “prepare for impact, prepare for war” “SNAKE OIL DEALER”, someone’s selling the old snake oil to the public. I wonder if the kids of today would still get that reference? Or is it one of those sayings that transcends generations? I don’t hear it anymore. Interesting nature sounds at the end of songs. “SHOOTING DOWN THE SUN”, who is this band now? Totally different direction, kind of a Chris Cornell solo song. “PALACE OF THORN”, could almost be a Melvins song. It’s got the grooves, a little more smudgey goodness and I could hear King Buzzo belting away. From “CITY OF DUST”, “Home is where the heart is, hell is where the home is”. I can relate to that, but probably not in the way they intended. *Cake, the food substance, is smarter than the idiot who wrote this review. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out a good heavy band like Godhunter. Maybe something stupid that was written here peaked your interest, and made you think about finding their...
Jun
27

Animal – Instincts – Music Review

Animal Instincts Animal on Facebook starts off with a woman in distress and her call to 911. someone is trying to break into her home. Abduction? Judging a book by its cover can yield positive results. I did it with this release, Metal. Knew it when I saw the band name, cover and title. That’s okay this time cause it’s good metal. It’s good to know what you are getting, you want a hamburger? Here’s your hamburger. Song one ends with a woman crying and heavy breathing, right into song two at break neck pace. “Sick” is the psycho who abducted this woman, fighting the voices in his head. I don’t think the sane part is winning. An interesting concept album. A killers audio diary set to metal music. “Dark Room”, the evil has taken over. The killing is done. “Worthless”, there’s remorse. A feeling, a desperate feeling of wanting to be stopped. Second/Third/Fourth listens: That phone call is chilling, real or not. Then the first song kicks in and it’s the lunatic who grabbed this woman. It’s like he’s singing to her while she’s in the trunk, tied up. Really he’s not singing to her, it’s his split sitting there in the passenger seat. He’s trying to justify or satisfy that other part in him, and he’s losing. We all die at the end of our weakness. Is he trying to justify the abduction and killing? Heavy breaths, dragging chains fill the air while the woman cries in between the second and third tracks. This guy is trapped, just as much as the woman he’s holding captive. He couldn’t change the outcome of this, even if there was a shread of hope in him to change it. He can’t. He’s tied to this. The singing is the screams of the troubled, confused killer. In anguish, and tormented but unable to change the course of the events. Then a inkling of remorse, a touch of empty regret and nothing has changed. *Brad Bugos wrote this review, he’s really kind of dumb, so if this album is not about what he wrote then you’ll have to excuse him. His education consisted of watching hookers have sex and an old wino teaching him math on Tuesdays. Still all in all, he’s turned out okay. In a manner of speaking. This album by Animal has been on of Brad’s favorites so far this year, and is another reason why he’ll continue to...
Mar
14

POOTIE- Man Pig – Music Essay

Calling this a music review would be missing the point. I’m neither trying to convey a positive or negative view of this music. You should not base your further study of this music on the fact that I reacted to it in a way that might jibe with your beliefs. What I am trying to do is ignite your interest or at the very least spark some conversation. Here’s what I think this music makes me feel, reminds me of and conveys to me. Now you take it and run with it. I am not criticizing the work, on the contrary I found it interesting enough to talk about. Pootie Man Pig pootie.bandcamp.com This is a name your price digital download. So do yourself a favor or don’t, click the bandcamp link above, give it a listen and give Pootie a few bucks for his hard work. Reminds me of Tony/All, early Descendents, Guided by Voices. Some of these songs are long, I think Pootie would be better served by shorter songs, i.e. early GBV. Like the kinetic energy behind “C.B.”, while it’s the shortest song its got some good energy. Like the beat. This kid has a lot of good ideas. I can hear a lo-fi Tripping Daisy or some hints of Sebadoh. There are two or three songs in each song. At least. I still say he benefits from shorter songs, break up some of these songs, a seven minute ride through the woods on a snowmobile with no seat might be a bit much to ask of some people. Great ideas. Good execution. Needs a producer or editor. Some of the songs tend to be overlong, with lots of change in each song, you can of lose track of what song you are listening to and where you started. Bandcamp was made for artists like this, to release a song or two at a time. When you don’t have to sit on the songs too make an album, this kind of site really makes use of your creative energy. Sitting on these songs for three years and releasing them all at once doesn’t serve Pootie. The conventional album is no longer the accepted frame work, what’s an album anymore? Some artists have stopped releasing music in a bunch, for good or ill, but it seems like this would be a better option for Pootie. “Two more Years” perfect example of too much. Song is over six...
Mar
1

Johnny Indovina – trials of the writer – music review

Johnny Indovina Trials of the Writer johnnyindovina.com Likable pop music. Kind of a breathy, low register vocal on the first two tracks. This guy has an agreeable voice, soothing almost. Third song is a nice Neil Young knockoff, pulls it off well. I’m not sure he needs to use the same vocal on all the songs. Let’s see if he does. Per the first three songs, the songs are too long. All over four and a half minutes. Nick Cave like vocal timbre/tempo. Vocals also remind me a bit of Kevin Tihista. Lyrics are a bit cliched. Almost a talk sing vocal quality. Kind of reminds me of when David Bowie would do that in a song. Sorry, but the songs are way too long. Not all of them need to be 4 ½ minutes plus. Some editing in length or a short one would be a nice change of pace. Some nice guitar work on the songs. Lyrics can be a bit trite at times. “Wrote a letter, wonder how it ends?” too false sincere. Never trusts those false romantics, it’s all about the pootang. Starting with track 8, last four songs. While the last song picks up a bit, adding some steel guitar and a steppier beat, the last four songs are pretty much the same tempo, timbre, and speed. The vocalist never gets much over a Mike Scott/Liam Neeson whisper sing. It would have been nice to have some variation or to jumble the track order. The singer does have a warm inviting voice. Songs are a bit long, over five minutes each. It doesn’t detract from the songs. It’s just that it’s a bit much over 11 songs, to much to digest in one sitting. My advice, such as it is, would be to either trim the songs, or release an EP with 5 songs. AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith (when they were good) understood back in the day that a good album was 35 minutes or below. Better to leave your audience wanting more. Maybe this is the problem today in music. You Feel like this is maybe your only chance to be heard, why not wow the audience with everything you got. You may never be able to record again. Put it all out there. “I love the Way” is a nice Neil Young rocker. Still I would like to hear the vocals differ at times. *This review was written by an idiot. Just...
Feb
27

Broken Field Runner – Clear a Heaven so this Earth can breath- Music Review

Broken Field Runner Clear a heaven so this earth can breath Black Numbers facebook.com/brokenfieldrunner Emotional without sounding overwrought. That’s not easy to do. Comes off like a bridge between Jimmy Eat World’s “bleed American” and “Futures” albums. Back in the days when Jimmy Eat World was relevant. By the way, why the hell are they re-releasing Bleed American and Futures on Vinyl? Besides money. “Each Evening” is a nice emotional note and further proof that this band can play a nice emotional song without over laying it. “Clear a Heaven” seems to be about the financial collapse in the late 2000’s, the advantage taken by some people. Those who don’t seem to have a problem taking advantage of those weaker than them. Or maybe it’s just about being good. I always read too much into stuff. “I’m in a bad way”, careful there fellas you’re running out of the field of play to the warning track before the fence. Tracking closely into power pop friendly deep center field. Any closer to the fence and it’s time to put a UK after your name. By the way, “Peace of Feelings” is your single. It’s got all of the strengths of the band in it, well sang lead vocals, good harmonies, and a bit of foreboding and longing. Plus a floor to the edge of the cliff ending. Here is the song that defines BFR, you don’t like this? Then you’re not going to like this LP. I took a different approach to the third time I listened to this release. I listened to the last four songs. Yeah, “Peace of Feelings” is definitely the single here. When something like this is so easy to digest I worry that people will decide it’s fate before every realizing that not everything is roughage or Naked Lunch. That there are those shiny objects in life that are okay to posses and enjoy. “Clear a Heaven” calls to mind an acoustic, quieter moment with the Old 97’s. *This review was written through dictation, with Brad yelling through the toilet door to his assistant. Some of the words may not make sense, but then again neither does Brad. We hope you like reading words. Thank you and goodnight. brad@fatrobotradio.com...
Feb
9

Wild Moth- Inhibitor- Music Review

Wild Moth Inhibitor ironpier They sound like a 1980’s english rock band, but with better production. Joy division or a bit harder less poppy Jam. This release calls to mind those power pop/rock bands from the 90’s I enjouyed. Like Fig Dish, Triple Fast Action, Urge Overkill or Frete Blanket. Quick. Not that the songs are short but it was over before I knew the last song had played. I waited for a minute, then realized it was over. If you handed this to me and told me that you found this record in a bunch of LP’s from rock bands of the 1990’s , I would say “Yeah I believe that. I see the simlilarities”. I dig that driving rock beat. Not to say it sounds dated, because it doesn’t. It takes me back to the mid 1990’s when I started my zine. I would hear new music and get excited about it. Not like now, being the bitter old fuck that I am. I like a band to err on the side of driving rock. Dual vocals are well done, sometimes bands mix them weird. This is well done, one of the vocals is a bit back in the mix, giving it some depth and range. Even when they slow down the vehicle to scan the scenery from their car window, this band is driving. Finding interesting things at all speeds, things to share, report or pretend to be. *This review was written by Brad Bugos. He’s a delusional weirdo who thinks everyone loves him and that they can’t wait to be his friend.What a dip. Thanks for reading this review, check out Wild Moth on Episode 237 of SLTM (The...
Dec
4

Blind Mice- Sunday Songs- Music Review

Blind Mice– Sunday Songs – facebook.com/blindmicemusic “Everything changes, nothing stays the same”, is an untrue statement. Most things in life don’t change, life is a repetitive pattern we all know the boring ending to, all to well. The Woo Woo’s in “Home Movies” keep it from being a bit pedestrian. “Turn on the radio, it’s more of the same, you sing along anyway” , how goddamn true. “Madame Maby” has some nice haunting Kim Deal early pixies background vocal. “Nervous” probably best song but I’m gonna play “Madame Maby” because it shows off the bands strengths. “Barbara’s Bar” is a little too earnest for it’s own good. They seem too young to have dealt with an alcoholic girlfriend. Song seems to be about their mom. “Drifter” is exactly the kind of song everyone would write at that age about leaving home. Six Songs. Hey, it’s Bowling for Soup. I remember this release, in that I remember this well played pop/punk music that’s a worn out genre. This is well played and easy to like, but it’s from a category of music I think I need a break from. If this apple gets anymore polished I’ll be able to see it’s core. See it’s core….Get it? There was this kid I used to hang out with in High School, Kevin P. let’s call him. Some people would ask me why I would hang out with a smug, pretty boy asshole like him. Thing is he never really bothered me. I knew what he was and I could work within that frame work. What I couldn’t do was hang out with him and his brother at the same time. Know what I mean? *This review was written by Brad Bugos, host of SLTM (the Podcast). When he says “Know what I mean” we think he actually thinks that people know or give a fuck about what he is talking about. He’s a nut.a real nut. Enjoy this review and then get a sandwich, we understand it’s sandwich time. Comment below or email...
Nov
28

Spook The Horses – Rainmaker- Music Review

Spook The Horses – Rainmaker – Spookthehorses.com Moody and atmospheric at times, I think I hear things in the mix, maybe they are there. The voices, screams, hints of depravity, maybe not. Vocals are a nice mix, regular heavy stuff and some scream type. Vocals are neither constant or consistent. You’re not sure when they will pop up, will this guy make it through the choking debris? I like that aspect of the vocals. “The Saint” sounds like it should be on another record. Organ, harmony vox, guitar fuzzy feedback, and plucking, doesn’t fit but I like when bands do this. Then comes “Sabatouer” , a straight ahead rock song. Vocals are rock. Very odd when a group switches gears mid record, but I like it. Why stick to one sound? We all like different stuff. Paint with a different brush. Just when you think this is going to be an instrumental album, four minutes into “Widening” comes the sickening gasping screams of someone trapped, fighting to get out from under. It’s no use, you’ve already walked away, leaving them to die. “Overburned” is a laid back drifter, harmonic floating, vocals giving open thought to his last dying dry coughing breath. Vocals are spread out almost as if they were the guitar riffs and solos. Vocals are used to great atmospheric effect. Vocals are there to cut the space. To provide a voice to the lost, a painful reminder of all that has escaped your grasp and will never appear again. Sometimes I feel like I’m listening to different records or have the shuffle on, a bit schitzophrenic but it makes sense. It’s like two skitzo voices battling for your crazy mind. One part of you can’t make sense of this world, it’s painful and you just want to burn it down to the ground. Start all over again. The other voice is not one of reason and reflection, it agrees but doesn’t know how to begin again. It’s stuck. So it figures “Let’s just get fucked up and be numb to it all”. Agreed. *This review was written by someone who has listened to way too much music in his life. Some people think he’s stupid and that he drools too much, others don’t know who the fuck he is or cares. Music is meant to be heard, so take this review with a cup of mustard. It’s a condiment at best, at worst an annoying fly in...
Nov
18

Letallis- Resonate- Music Review

Letallis– Resonate – Independent Release – letallis.bandcamp.com I really like the old school guitar sounds and solos on this hardcore/thrash metal album. Provides a nice contrast to vocals, the guitars. I like that I can understand the vocalist too. Nice mix of metal styles. In the track that you heard or are hearing (on SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 232), check out the break down in the middle and the guitar solo. Very cool. Nice touch, some really good, distinct guitar work. “Bed of Stars” has a cool intro. You might think that metal with slick, interesting, crisp and clear guitar riffs wouldn’t meld with growl punch in the throat vocals, but it does here. “Dissonant hand” is real good too. Guitar work on this is really good, it’s not just a bed, but it’s almost like it’s the harmony vocal parts in the band. “idle fears” comes on with a Sepultura beat, nice left turn. First sounds out of the speakers are those soaring, beautiful guitar riffs. Then comes the growl voiced singer, clear as a bell, a nice contrast. Works really well together. “From a cigarette butt to the tallest tree, together in this nebula, the grander we”. Rather poetic. “Bed of Stars” has some serious Satriani like licks. Just a beautiful fucking song. Do yourself a favor, if nothing else, give a listen to “Viridian”, it’s such a complete song with so many great elements. It’s like the one time when you mixed your favorite ingredients together and they came out perfect? It’s like the guitar is the lead sound, and the voice is the accompanying instrument. “Mirage” starts off like a mellow Soundgarden track then kicks into it. Once again, another cog in the wheel of life and a reason to check out different types of music and bands you may not know. I didn’t know anything about Letallis before this, but I’m impressed and will put them on my list of bands to pay attention to and see live if they hit my area. *Brad Bugos, host of SLTM (The Podcast) wrote this review. He’s listened to a lot of music, talked about it and shared it with the universe. Even with all that, don’t think that what he says matters at all or mounts to a hill of shit. What you should do is read this and then go to Letallis’ band camp site and hear more of their music. Really, do...
Nov
17

The David J Edgar Hoovers – S/T- Music Review

The David J Edgar Hoovers– S/T– davidjedgarhoovers.com Like Ween in their more mellow, sincere moments. Also a bit like Superchunk in their poppier moments. Coming out of your stereo like a blast from the 1970’s AM radio past. Back when you used to hear rock bands during a personalities drive time show. Comes bursting out first track, like a cosmic phoenix, The Hives like. Flying high in the sky, bursting and folding into a rock burning arrow. First two songs I can see video in my mind, band is playing outdoor concert, light is eminating from their bodies, shooting out into the ground at times, it’s night time. At certain points in the video fireworks shoot out from the bands instruments exploding in the sky in shapes. A coyote, an eagle with its wings spread,etc. Very succinct power pop. Like the Hives? You remember the Hives right? Well I’ll beat my bologna sandwich to a pulp if you don’t enjoy this too. “People like Robots” isn’t about people behaving like robots, oh no, it’s about a robot band singing about what it is to affect the human condition. Singing to other robots. “Keep on running from you babe” comes off like a lost AC/DC riff from the FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK album. Not a clunker in the bunch. Even a slower song like “He’s Away” brings visions of Ween to my head. Ween in their goofy charming longing desperation. Good Harmonies. Soaring “Ohhh’s” and “Ahhh’s” abound. A song from this album came up the other day on my MP3 player, yes I still use an MP3 player and not my phone for music, when it was in shuffle mode. I thought to myself “Hey this sounds familiar and man am I enjoying this track. wouldn’t it sound cool on WPGU 107.1 if they still played cool music? It would I told myself.” Then I cleaned up some puke, looked at myself in the mirror and came to the realization that without music, I’m probably worse off. Plus I need a haircut. This review was written by Gabe Deerfields best friend from Third Grade, Brad Bugos. He’s hosts a stupid podcast that no one cares about or listens to, but he soldiers on, friendless and bitter. He writes reviews, but more importantly he makes a great bologna and cheese sandwich, called a Morgan Taylor. Read the review, then do your own homework and check out this band on their...

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