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Mar
9

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 266

SLTM Episode 266– I think it all started when Harry Carey said “Hey look at me, I’m Glenallen Hill, I’m a big stupid baby and such” Topic– Clips from Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry -One Hit Wonders, are they correctly pigeon holed? Also not appearing on the show: Swamp Witch – The slithering Bog- transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com – Here is a little quiz to help you better understand Swamp Witch and their music. Number one- Quick, If I said Swamp Witch what kind of music would you say it was? Yep, exactly right. Okay next question, What would you say if you opened your car door on a hot summer day and saw a banana peel stuck to your dash? Right. Next describe Harvey Pekars brain. Good. Next, Starsky was to Hutch as Mudcap Johnson was to……? Interesting. Soup, good enough for a meal or a horrible nickname for someone with the last name of Campbell? Really, okay, I guess we all have our different opinions. Finally, If I ate a whole ham in one sitting I would look like neighborhood fatass or Lucky Lepinsky heavyweight wrestling champion from 1939? Good. Now tally up your score, send it to the address below and wait six weeks for confirmation that everything is going to be okay. Music: Noise– The name struck me as either an English Punk Rock band or and English Punk Rock band. Have a bit of Irish flair to their sound. “Progress” has some touches of Elvis Costello to it. A good guitar riff intro and enough punk call to action to satisfy Lance at the Deli Counter. If only the punks of 77 had this type of full sound and production, which is what I believe the Ramones were going for when the hired Phil Spector to produce End of the Century. 12 songs might seem like a lot since most bands top out at 8 songs,but most of these songs are around 2 to 2 ½ minutes and all but one are a full frontal assualt & guitar revving punk rockers. The production is smooth, the songs are catchy, and you’ll never notice a spot on the album where you can look around and wonder why the cops stopped driving down this dirt road trying to catch the kids drinking beer. Excel– Thrash with a sense of Humor. First song sounds exactly like early ALL. Also reminds me of early to mid 80’s thrash. Which is always...
Mar
2

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 265

SLTM 265: I forgot how god damn dumb birds are Topic: Livesays (A radio Drama) Episode 4 Also Not Appearing on this episode: Water Tank– Destination Unknown–Solar Flare Records– Start out Soundgarden with Badmotorfinger as their first album and move them away from the smoggy NW and the Black Sabbath riffs and move them to the Midwest as AC/DC and the Knack loving selofights and you got Watertank. Well played easy to enjoy rock music. Nothing wrong with it. “DCVR” could have been played on 90’s rock radio sandwiched in between Stone Temple Pilots and Silverchair. This is a band that you probably wouldnt go see headline a tour, not that there is anything wrong with them, but a band who if you saw them open up for a band you like would enjoy their music. A band that you would stick around to hear their set but once the headliner played and finished you would forget to buy their album in the lobby. Also sounds like the next evolution of The Chemical People had they stayed together and continued to make music. Music: AssChapel: Speed Metal. 31 Tracks. I’m not really sure what the message is, but I get the feeling that like some people who listen to rap music, the important part with some sped metal is the energy and intensity. What I would like to see as a change of pace is a sped metal or thrash band come out with sped,intensity, energy and throat shredding vocals but with songs about unicorns and kitties. I wonder if people would notice? I suppose its more about how it makes you feel than the message. This is a career spanning retrospective which are mostly the same songs over and over again. It can be a bit much when you sit down with the intention of listening to the whole thing, but smaller bites are encouraged. Kind of like eating sixteen donuts in a sitting, sure they are good, but your going to get sick and swear off donuts for six months. I do like the brutalitus and guitar fingering on “Fire and Destruction”. Good song. “Lucid Fire” has a nice quick riff. “Mutilated Black Carcass”, hey this guy says he wants to watch you die. That’s not very nice. Dig that crazy Galaga sounding guitar work on “Burn their eyes”. Wow. Cool. Personal Space: you make think of this song as a love song, about someone who wishes...
Feb
23

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 264

SLTM Episode 264: I finally figured out what Karma Chameleon is about. Pants Topic: Here’s How Records give you more of what you want Also Not Appearing on this episode: Treedeon– Lowest Level Reincarnation–Treedeon.com or Treedeon Facebook first song is a normal heavy metal song, good but not a stand out. Second song this sounds like a totally different band like if Joan Jett had fronted Black Sabbath. On the third song we are back to the band in the first song, but both singers contribute. Plus the line “You’re boyfriend sucks dick in hell” with “Hell” repeated in a high scream is great. If I were to chose a song to play on this podcast it would be the tuanting heavy lick of “Wendigo”. “Lowest Level Reincarnation” is like that car packed full of acid heads going down the interstate. They get passed by as they plod along. Oh sure they are enjoying the “Trip” but it’s taking them forever to get to the Wisconsin Dells. Personally, I prefer songs like “Terrorcide” they have more zittsy weirdness and sprunk to them. Music: Apologies, I have none: In my estimation what keeps this from being an emotional front by some boyfriend, who is holding you hostage emotionally, is the talent, follow through and ideas of this band. Which just pisses me off, people with this kind of talent. Especially when they are younger than me. Hell I couldn’t even make a fist until I was fourteen. Also the emotional energy spent is way beyong my capacity anymore. Those kinds of feelings and the weight to carry them around and experience them are all way beyong my capacity as a human being. Sure when I was in my twenties, but now? Not a chance. Feeling anything close to this now would be unbearable and make it near impossible for me to even get out of bed. I’m glad all these receptors in my brain have burnt out so I can’t feel anymore. Bardus: all of the songs up to “Haze” are jump in the car, hit the gas and let’s get to the party rockers. “Haze” has a “Super Unknown” riff along with a lets mellow out and have a smoke feel. It’s funny how music can call up certain memories. Sometimes without any clear connection. This album called up the memory of the RC Car I got when I was like ten years old. I asked for it for...
Feb
8

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 262

Episode 262: I’m a Comedy Porcupine Topic: How to Seal The Deal Also not Appearing on the show: Unsacred- Falselight -Forcefield Records- forcefieldrecords.org or unsacred.bandcamp.com-“idle” The Second song, starts out with a nice heavy groove but then dissolves into speed metal. With scream distorted vocals. “Erode” is another good song, got a nice swing to it at the beginning and end. Some harmonized demon throat vocalizing . So far the songs all under three minutes. That’s always a plus, like a good comedy being under 90 minutes, you can never go wrong leaving them wanting more. I do like the down tune riff on “Void II”, although this band never stays in one place or one riff for too long. 7 songs is just right. Finally in the sixth song I can make out a line of the lyrics. In “Sun” I hear “ Look what you’ve done”. I wish I knew what that meant or why the singer is pointing it out in such a clear voice. Although I get the feeling that with this type of shred, speed metal the word score is secondary or even thirdary to the weight and push of the vocal sound. If you like really fast speed metal with some good riffs that get tossed off quickly with shreded vocals, then this is for you. Music on Episode 262: Puddle Splasher– “Decent Thoughts” is a killer, such a great tune. There is an emotional heft to the first song. Some bands just have that charateristic, where it just seems to pour out effortlessly from their skin. We’ll see if that holds true for the album. Well the second song holds onto it nicely. I don’t think you can fake a feeling like that, of course we are only two songs into it. On “No Leaves” the emotional weight is there , but the sounds are bouncy and upbeat. It still carries that weight because of the secret rendevous between an excited nervous lover and the one who will never show up. On “Healing Problems” we find out that this poor son of a bitch is living in a broken home and that things are so bad even his imaginary friends don’t want anything to do with him. The singer has such an expressive voice it really helps sell these songs. Orange Goblin– a good solid rock band that’s been around for a while that continues to put out rock music you would...
Feb
2

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 261

SLTM 261: I Said Hey Topic: More than a Woman by the Bee Gees Also Not Appearing on the Show: Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash + I am Dying Reissue – Southern Lord Recordings– southernlord.com – I like that the vocals are down in the mix. Sounding almost off shore and a bit watery at times. Plus the vocals work. They are deep, goulish and heavy but not distorted & unintelligble like so many heavy bands. Reminds me at times of a bluesier slower, boozier COC. “Amber Vial” & “Every Flower Dies” are going to require a second listen. There is a lot there to digest and they maybe be the best tracks on the album. I want to convey their spirite correctly. Almost a cosmic blues but instead of a space cowboy floating around in full macho parade spreading his seed like some kind of Johnny Apple-Armstrong, he’s a long space hauler alone, miles from civilization. He’s dirty, hunger and a bit lonely but wise to the world’s fuck ups and how he came to exploit them. Music: Special Duties – english beat 1977 punk with rot gut spewed vocals. Can’t fault a band for sounding like a band they love. (I’ve since found out that this reissue of music that was released in 1977, so there you have it). Are you supposed to hate a band that loves the clash and sounds similar to them just cause they like their sound? They stretch out in a Clashian fashion on “No place for reason”. While it doesn’t make me want to go and listen to my Clash records it does add a nice change of pace from their more simple three chord structures. Your normal Pistols, DOA, Ramones riffs. “Up the U’s” sounds like a theme song to a british football sitcom about a family of modern hooligans, reminds me of the Monkees theme song. I did get a bit bored with these pep songs for the local football team. I’m sure they were good at the time in England, but they don’t mean much to me. I mean, it’s cool that the team made it to Wembley but who cares across the pond? Can be a bit repetitive at times, but then again this is punk. “London Town” calls to mind the spirit of the Pogues. Maybe its a drunk grouchy teeth spitting Shane MacGowan the singer is calling to mind or maybe it’s that...
Jan
31

More Dumb Commercials from a failing Podcast, Enjoy Fucker!

Did I ever tell you about the time my hamster eat three cheese balls then got loose and shit up a storm in my parents bedroom? Oh my god, it was like a poop paint gun had been used to decorate their bedroom furniture. I’m still not sure how the little bastard got his ass pointed up that far. So my advice to you is don’t forget to buy hamster food, or you’ll be in the same predicament that I was in, cleaning up Hamster shit while your Dad yells at your pet Hamster, Huey Kablooey. Oh, Enjoy these commercials. Lago It Looks Sad Lago Commercial Number One [ 0:55 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download it Looks sad Commercial One [ 0:40 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Jan
31

Crom Dobh – Heimweh – Music Review

Crom Dobh Heimweh Van Records cromdobh.bandcamp.com van-records.de This album starts off like a cut from a Soundgarden album, “Mind Riot” or “Searching with my good eye closed”. The guitar work in “Kings II” is phenomenal, its just a good overall song. It’s driving rock with sonic guitar licks and barely legible vocals. Throat graveling vocals. Drums are low in the mix. Usually with metal that is heavier, the drums are loud but these sound almost thin. “The invulnerable Tide” has a nice slow groove. Vocals prove to be a valuable tool on this song. Adds the right atmosphere. Kind of sullen creepiness. “Kings II” (And We Ride) would be a perfect song for a Nordic horse saga, and WE RIDE!! The guitar at the end of “Sedation” is so damn good. Sure the songs are long, something that will bug or dismay those who want their music in tight little bundles, but if you were attracted to brutal metal in the first place, and this band, that is not something you’re going to give three shits about. What matters most in those types of songs, and the bands that play them, in my opinion is that it moves. What you don’t want is for your conveyance to slow down, picking up crud and muck from the road. You signed on for a brutal, fast, out of control plunge into the darkness, not a joy ride through the woods. This is clipping, and you’re not even sure you can make out scenery as you go by. Yeah, “The invulnerable tide” is a standout track for me, it’s got such a great heavy groove to it. It doesn’t seem like six minutes and thirty seven seconds when you listen to it, and if you do listen to it with earbuds or headphones you get such a close immediate feel. It’s not such an easy thing to have heavy guitars pulling a song along at a nice pace, I’ve seen it over done too many times, so a big tip of the hat to crom dobh for putting it out front and letting it get there in fine measure. I also like how during the solo for “Sedition” the band jacks it up a bit, there’s a growl like someone fell out of the vehicle, but the band just keeps moving, ala bet a bit faster than before but still taking their time to get their. **Brad Bugos wrote this review. What...
Jan
29

Our Darkest Days – A Common Agony – Music Review

Our Darkest Days A Common Agony bird attack records Well played, sung and harmonized rock candy. I don’t think you will want to eat the whole thing in one sitting, lots of calories, but it sure the hell is fun and a lot more exciting than kale or avecado bean dip. “Dying Flames” would be the song I would pick out as the single, it showcases all the bands strength’s. Sped up metal drumming must be a bitch to play, something that would take a toll on your arms and hands during a tour. I think it would be something I would be questioning towards the end of the tour. Maybe years of practice cut down on the sore arms? You would be more sweat than man after a show.(see how the drummer from Our Darkest Days responded to this question in our interview) The songs are damn fast. That’s what I’m getting at, but they still maintain a catchiness w/good harmonies. It’s hard to believe that this is their first release together. Sure these guys have played in other bands, but this being their first full length together is amazing, so tight and well played. Such polished head butting melodic fury isn’t quite this easy on a first release. Ask Jim Paul Jim. Plus these guys are Canadian. **Check out our interview with the band on sltmonkees.com . Brad Bugos wrote this review, he’s been around way too long, is a bit bitter that things didn’t work out better and hasn’t eaten all day. Contact him at brad@fatrobotradio.com . Thank...
Jan
23

In Defence- Don’t fuck with the Dungeon Master – Music Review

In Defence Don’t Fuck with the Dungeon Master indefence.bandcamp.com Sounds like early Anthrax, early 80’s hardcore, metal. Love the high note bellow in the song “Dungeon Master” . Speed metal with a sense of humor. If you told me this was unearthed from the 1980’s, I would believe it except the clear crisp production makes it hard to believe it was from that era. “Grill or Be Grilled” is funny, enjoyed that a lot. A band with a sense of humor , where have they all gone? At least we have In Defence. It just sounds like they are having fun, which is something I think is missing in music, and hard rock/punk rock especially. Music tends toward the serious, and that’s fine but there needs to be some silly bullshit and sense of humor in the lyrics to wash out all the mud. Listen to some of these song titles “Tacos til Death”, “ADHDTV”, “Fun with Beer”. It’s like the metal I listened to in college, SOD, Anthrax, MOD, bands with some heavy rage but with a sarcastic sense of humor and a skewed way of looking at the world. Damn I forgot how much I missed it. Fast speed metal. I couldn’t have enjoyed his release more. It’s music and bands like this that I continue making SLTM (the Podcast) and writing music reviews. Sometimes I get bogged down and an overwhelming feeling comes over me when I get so much music, and some of its hard to listen to or talk about. It gets tedious and boring, but then stuff like this comes along, and it’s fun, well played speed metal like back in the old days and I find my faith and determination renewed. I absolutely love the tongue in cheek high pitched yell in “Don’t Fuck with the Dungeon Master”, motherfucker that’s pitch perfect. It recalls a memory and it makes me laugh. Let’s hope this band continues making music and that they realize what a breath of fresh air their music and humor is, I know I enjoyed listening to this release. **Brad Bugos wrote this review. He has been reviewing music for over 25 years, and he tends to get bitter and angry at small tiny little things that don’t matter to anyone else. That’s why he only writes about six music reviews per run of episodes of SLTM (the Podcast). Some day he’s going to have a heart attack or stroke...
Jan
16

Broken Cross- Through Night to Light- Music Review

Broken Cross Through Light To Night Broken Cross Bandcamp Broken Cross Facebook El Duce had a son and he’s here to rule the Metal world. You would swear or at least I would, that it’s EL in the background of this first song, his ghostly voice floating out of the grave. “Poison of Insanity” is a seven minute song with a lot going on. Real good, really interesting. Lots of ideas floating around, breaking in and laying over. I like the “Uhh Yeah” in the background of “Foresaken Existence” . It’s the little things that set music apart for me. The production on this release should also get notice, along with the playing and song writing. If this were a standard metal release it would be too heavy, too muffled, but the way it’s layed out now, the drums off in another room, banging away, it works. If there was thickness it would ruin the songs , this way its more open and they breath. Dig the guitar solo in “Open the black hole”, now if this were another metal band that would not sound like it does. This band seems to understand that picking out the best parts of other bands or sounds that they like and using them regardless of if they fit the mold, works for them. “Poison of Insanity” , is that children laughing and playing or some sea gulls down at the shore , squawking in terror? Hard to tell. It’s the only song over five minutes, most are around three and a half. A good way to end the album too, put your magnus opiumus at the end. Leave a black print on your way out the window. All and all I would suggest this release to anyone who likes metal, who likes and misses El Duce (cause the singer does touch the great EL’s hood with his singing at times) and for whom life feels like an endless journey outside in the dark bleak cold to get a can of lager. **Brad Bugos wrote this review. He uses Dave’s World the horrible TV sitcom to fall into a deep sleep every winter in hopes that he won’t wake up until baseball starts. Never works though, as his face and ass start to go numb and he has to get up to take a piss. Reviews are like a sandwich, someone once told me. You add to much mayo and the whole thing...

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