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Jul
31

Earthling- Dark Path- Music Review

Earthling- Dark Path- Music Review Earthling Dark Path Earthling Bandcamp This could have gone way into the growl, death mask, Robert “Beretta” Blake throat punching direction, but it didn’t totally go there, and that’s a good change of pace. This has also got some nice late 1970’s, early 1980’s thrash, hardcore metal chops to it, maybe its the excellent playing or the pulled back, and a little bit murky production. Most likely,it’s a combination of both of those things and it works well. The guitar work all throughout the record is amazing, some wonderful metal riffs, but my particular favorite is the guitar sounds and solo on “Wilderness Throne”. Just stellar. Now, it may seem that I like all music that I review. Well, yes that is intentional. I only review stuff that peeks my interest or that I have heard through the podcast and want to talk more about. There is a lot of stuff I am not particularly a fan of or don’t have time to fit it into the review schedule, but all the stuff I do review I have some ideas and thoughts about why it works for me and why you might enjoy listening to it. I only say that as an aside, so people don’t read all my reviews (who is the nut that would go and do a thing like that?) and think that I love everything. Things grab me, music means things to me at different times, so I tend to write about the positive or the quality affects it has on me. Why waste time writing negative reviews? What is really going to work for you on this release, which is what really worked for me, is the ability by the band to go thrash forward, pull it back a bit for a nice solo, then speed away again on the drums. The variety of speed, hardcore metal that they can deftly play at a change of a dime, is what makes them a good listen. I would have no problem loading up Earthling’s Dark Path and rocking out in my free time or at work, and isn’t that what we are all looking for really? Some solid metal tunes to break through that nauseated mixture of sweat and boredom you call a life. This review was written by Brad Bugos, whom you can reach at brad@fatrobotradio.com . Agree, Disagree, hate yourself? Then leave some comments below or email Brad and tell him about it....
Jul
26

Heartless Breakers- Perscription EP – Music Review

Heartless Breakers- Perscription EP – Music Review Heartless Breakers Prescriptions EP Heartless Breakers Bandcamp Hey there, it’s me Phil Chevron, producer and writer for SLTM (the Podcast) and Fat Robot Radio. I worked from the beginning on SLTM (the Zine) back in 1996. I’ve have heard a lot of music, and I used to write reviews for the zine. Brad asked me to step in and review this release since I am the youngest member of the staff here, by one year. He felt I would “Get it” better than he would for this release. Jimmy Eat World was doing this anthem power punk stuff way back in the mid to late 1990’s, and someone was doing it before them, and on and on going back to music’s inception. Not the slicked up power punk part, but the making music that others borrowed and peeled away from part. Meaning that all the sounds that were going to be made and the ones that are pleasurable to your taste buds have been made over and over again. You just have to decide if this bothers you or if you can see the slight differences and joy that a band shows you , and be okay with it. For me, because I am a more jaded old prick than Brad, I don’t think I would put this in my collection. I am not trying to keep my cred here or sound cool by dismissing this record, cause I’m not. Its just that this might be a little too slickly produced and power punk for me. I can handle the fact that there is a poppier version of Pop Punk out there, but I’m going to need a little more than this band offers on this EP. Now I see why this was turned over to me, Brad being the boss never wants to say anything bad about a release, and he only reviews stuff that peaks his interest or that is something he is into. Thanks for putting me in the drivers seat ya bastard. Let’s list the winning qualities of this release, maybe they jibe with your idea of a winner. Not twelve o’clock at a house party, seven beers in and what is left has a light mustache and doritos caked in the side of her mouth winner. No, winner as in “I can live with that while I contemplate my own mortality” prize kind of thing. Good: high energy, fast paced pop rock with punkish...
Jul
17

Blind to Faith- Under the Heptagram- Music Review

Blind to Faith- Under the Heptagram- Music Review Blind to Faith Under the Heptagram A389 Recordings May I say right off the bat in this review that I really like music and direction that A389 Recordings is going, some nice reissues on Vinyl and some really good heavy bands putting out new releases. Nice work. This release came out in 2013, but I didn’t want to skip over it and not talk about Blind to Faith. That, and I am incredibly slow with my music reviews as I tend to listen to a release more than 10 times to get a feel or idea of what the music is saying to me. Old School Hardcore? Slap that on my plate would you, hard to go wrong with that type of music. This release does not fail that description. It is perfectly labeled and if you were looking for that type of music and you saw that description then it would not disappoint. This is their third release, a full length in 2009 and a split with Gehenna in 2010. While this is only three songs, I wish it was longer, it’s more like a full length EP, if that makes sense. I look forward to the next release from Blind To Faith. I’ll be putting them on my list of bands I have found through SLTM (the Podcast) and keep track of them and their releases. This short review was chattered out to Phil Chevron from a fevered dream by Brad Bugos. You can reach him at brad@fatrobotradio.com . Agree, Disagree or have a comment, email or leave some feedback below. Truly, if you are looking for some really good hardcore and metal then I don’t think you can go wrong with A389 recordings. I have heard a lot of their releases, and they are all worth listening to and spending your time and money on. Also let me tell you a little story about the time I ate fifteen hot dogs at the fair. (ed. Brad rambles on for another fifty five minutes about the fair and why he could never figure out why the ladies were never interested in seeing him...
Jul
15

Great Apes- Sam’s Song 7 Inch – Music Review

Great Apes- Sam’s Song 7 Inch – Music Review Great Apes Sam’s Song 7 Inch Say-10 Records In the song “Detonator” the lead singer yells “come on”. Where has that phrase been? Used to be a big thing in the eighties to tell the audience or listener to “get with it” and come along. Nice touch. I’ve missed that. Reminds me of Triple Fast Action, well played rock music with some nice hooks. Nice opening horns on “It’s a Trans World”, a nice touch. Song hits me like a Less than Jake or Rancid track. Nothing in the world wrong with music that emulates those two solid bands. If you have never heard Triple Fast Action, All Systems Go, Titanic Love Affair or Fig Dish, this music might seem new to you. I make that not as a slight or statement about this band or release. What am I saying? That music does not exist in a vacuum. Those bands existed, played well tuned rock and roll, released some music and now cease to exist. Just because a band sounds like AC/DC or Ringworm, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them cause they sound similar. Those former bands don’t release music every day or year, so what is wrong with bands that might have a similar sound filling those voids? So getting something like “Sam’s Song” 7 inch might make you not only appreciate this bands sound because it reminds you of a band before, but it might make you dig out those old records and give them another spin, reminding you of a different time in your life. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a new band that makes good music in Great Apes. None of what I said above should come off as a slight to this band. People, music, things will always reference other things, and it’s not that this band is “Aping” these other bands, it’s that they remind me of their sound and some of the joy I always felt and will feel when I listen to their music. So let’s rap this up with a conclusive idea about what Great Apes will give you if you buy this 7 inch (which we are recommending you do). You should get this release, enjoy some reliable rock and roll as you relax with a fruit based alcoholic beverage on your back porch or deck. As a matter of fact, I get this idea in my head that if I did do that, the band would instantaneously...
Jul
15

Eight Bells- The Captain’s Daughter- Music Review

Eight Bells- The Captain’s Daughter- Music Review Eight Bells The Captain’s Daughter Eight Bells Website This metal band from Portland, Oregon is never short of atmospheric moodscapes. Slowing rolling and rocking back and forth to the metronome that is lodged perfectly between their imagination and their equilibrium. Watch out for that blasting sheet of acidic rain heading sideways at your skull at the end of “Fate and Technology”. An unexpected blast, but rather welcome in the heat of the terrifying moment. Those kinds of moments are nice shock to the head treats, because the music lulls you into a false sense of “This is a dream, so it’s weird and a bit confusing, but it’s still a dream” security. Nice juxtaposition. Love the haunting distance off, female vocals that go floating by in the title track. Mesmerizing, haunting, and effective. I also like the extended intro, it leads you up into the cobwebbed attic,and the light dances in and out of view, making a realistic assessment of your surroundings all but impossible. It’s dizzying that guitar swirl floating around your head, you really want to get out of this place but there appears to be no door way and any thought of figuring it out with coherent thought is lost as your mind drifts away. While there are only four tracks on this release, don’t go by the number of tracks, go by the time of the tracks. The longest and easiest track to “get into” is the title track at 12:49. Two other tracks are over seven minutes and the other is three fifty. This works for this band, as I mentioned about the title track, there is a nice break in the song about eight minutes in, kind of like waking up from a dream after you passed out in the desert. While you look around, searching your surroundings and judging if you will live or not, these notes of measured gratitude coming floating out of the sky. It’s a hope for your journey. While you may not make out, these haunting,driving sounds propel you to ease your mind of worry and relax, you might die, but it doesn’t have to end all that badly. A very easy band to get into, I’m more accepting at this point of my life of songs that drift into my brain, pulling them along a dizzying snow bank of plush sound. I dig the trip is what I’m saying, I used to as a young man want...
Jul
10

Bloodlet – Entheogen – Music Review

Bloodlet – Entheogen – Music Review Bloodlet Entheogen A389 Recordings Old School hardcore metal. Love it. I dig the drum sound on this record. I like to feel my way around a song hanging on to the beats and crashes, and so a lot of the time I’m zeroing in on the drums. Love the old school drum sound . “Eucharist” is old school metal hardcore to the drop. Would not sound out of place on a THIS IS METAL comp tape from ROIR , sitting wedged in between Prong and The Swans. But,hey I am getting a head or behind myself, because that’s song number eight. This review concerns the 2 x 12 inch vinyl remastered version from A389 recordings that came out November 2013. You can still order the vinyl, at least that is what the site is saying and I do believe that the site has been updated recently. This is one of those remastered releases that I think needed to be done, how many , if any, of the original releases (if any were on vinyl at all ed. There were initial vinyl pressed of this album) are left out there? I have yet to see any used copies of the Victory Records release, so huzzah. I only wish I had been paying attention closer to Record Store Day this year, cause A389 was offering a Live on WMFU 12 inch from Bloodlet. Back to the reissue on A389. Allmusic.com says this band invented “Evil Core” . They also give no review for the original release of this album, a shame really. This originally came out in 1996 on Victory records, and if newer bands have been name checking Bloodlet as an influence, then this is more than a great idea. Really, I wish more labels, especially some of the newer or younger labels would do stuff like this reissue. If the band has a record or single coming out on your label, then it’s smart to reissue one of their classic LP’s. Even if they aren’t releasing something new, a lot of music really needs to be preserved and released again on vinyl. A truly genius idea would be to go into all the smaller indie labels of the eighties and nineties or find the masters to some of those great metal, hardcore, speed metal and rock albums lost or forgotten and reissue them on vinyl. Would be very cool to have some of that stuff. I am always glad...
Jul
2

BUHO- S/T 7 Inch- Music Review

BUHO- S/T 7 Inch- Music Review Buho Self Titled 7 inch Crowquill Records Jesus Lizard I have met your son , and he is alive and well and punching the neighbors cat. I hate cat’s so I’m not going to report him to anybody. Okay, maybe that’s an over simplification on my part, and a bit skewed since Jesus Lizard always sounded like a scuzzy beer bash with dancing and punching. I hear what I hear. My ears don’t communicate well with my brain pan. I’ve always imagined the end of my life as one long car ride. Mostly in the desert, along the forgotten by ways and dunes of America. Long, dusty, dirty, and boring. What does this have to do with this music review? Bear with me, or I’ll make a number two in my pants while we are on that long car drive, and you’ll have no choice but to stop and clean me up with a Cactus. It’s empty, this life. The one thing I didn’t realize when I was younger, and excited about living, was that there would be so much space to fill. I mean, it’s never ending. I would have killed myself along time ago if I had that information. It’s overwhelming at times. A daunting task, and a rather mundane one too. Music and reading have been my saving grace. Still to this day I’m enthralled by a book, and light headed about music. Does it all make a supreme impact on my waking conscience brain? No, but it all soaks in and filters into my being, my essence. It’s corny, I know. However, it’s true. In Buho, you find the essence of the punk rock and hardcore schism. Perpetually overdrawn in it’s bank account and angry not only at itself, but the system as well. Whose fault is it? “It might be mine, but you put me in this position” it might say while standing before it’s beloved hallow court of ethos straining god fathers. This self titled two song 7 inch record is a nice place to start with this band. There is a bit of fuzzy rolling guitar, and emo type structure to their layout. It is nice to hear a band that draws that out, pulling it along by a string, dragging it, kicking it in the shins when it slows down and threatens the pace of the journey. I’ll be putting Buho into my mental catalog along with many other bands and...

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