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Jun
30

No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed- Music Review

No Mercy Widespread Bloodshed (love runs red) Suicidal Records suicidaltendencies.com Ah someone loves SOD ( I found out that this is Mike from Suicidal Tendencies early band). Sweet. Sounds like they got a sense of humor too. Yes, nice combo. I’m enjoying this first song, takes me back. “We’re Evil” , they warned you didn’t they? I want to play the first track so bad, and maybe I will. I need to hear the rest of the release first. That first song is so much fucking fun. Speed metal, drums are beating a thousand miles a minute. People just don’t play this type of metal anymore, or at least I never hear it among the hundreds of releases I hear every year for this podcast. Even though this is a reissue, it sounds fresh, well if not fresh at least an old sound that doesn’t get played anymore. I chose the song (we played “Master of No Mercy” on episode 246) to play for three reasons: I like when a band works their name into a song title. It’s not done enough. The singer says “Alright” at the beginning, which is something I miss in songs. Finally, it’s a good song and I enjoy this release. I don’t know the history of this band, but I will. Reminds me a bit of early Prong, whom I love to this day. During my second round of listenings here is what I thought: the album opens with an old land line phone ringing. Ringing right out of the 1980’s. “Evils so good, Evil’s so mean” great lyrics from the first song. You know, back in the day, this kind of metal , a little speedy, a little thrashy, was all over the place. This release probably got lost in the shuffle. That’s why these reissues are important, not only as a document to a time period in our musical history, but also to remind us that good bands sometimes fall through the cracks. I miss people saying “All right” at the beginning of a song ( I know I mention this up at the beginning of this review, but it really did strike me as something that I missed and it must have been important for me to mention it twice). It would be cool or at least very interesting to see these bands get back together today and play these albums. It’s not only the style of the music and...
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...
Jun
23

Commercials for Episodes 242 to 247 part 2

Hey assface, how’s it hanging? Yeah, that’s what I thought you would say, but your mom didn’t seem to mind when I donkey kicked her baby basket last night. I don’t know, don’t care. Probably because he was away on business. And so began my final, at least I hoped, conversation with Terry from across the street. If there was a god, and I had doubted there was because why else would someone like Terry even be alive, then he’d make sure Terry didn’t make it to his 29th birthday. Dick. Great Albatross Wild Moth Society Sucker The Great Albatross Commercial 1 [ 1:06 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Wild Moth Commercial #4 [ 0:35 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Society Sucker Commercial #5 [ 1:12 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Jun
21

Commercials from Episodes 242 to 247 part one

Commercials. Why do we do them? beats the shit out of me, but wouldn’t SLTM (the Podcast) be much more boring than it already is without them? Oh shut the fuck up, you don’t even listen to the podcast. Eat shit. Broken field runner Gust King Giant Thanks for listening to us, almost, that one time. We appreciate your lack of trying. Brokenfield Runner Commercial #4 [ 1:09 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Gust Commercial #4 [ 1:06 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download King Giant Commercial #71 [ 1:31 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Jun
15

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 247

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 247: Man, do I wish I was smarter. Not knowledge wise, but comprehension ways. Topic: Steve Jiff’s Historically Inaccurate Interviews – Alexander Hamilton MUSIC ON THIS EPISODE: It looks Sad -2 song 7 inch. We have played this band on a previous episode, please search the site to hear more. Powerful, driving, power pop . Soaring almost. The lead singer pulls off a tough feat, being that he’s singing loudly and I don’t think that’s a studio trick. I don’t think that would be easy to do. I mean I can sing loudly but only in an operatic voice. It would be hard for me to get that much volume with my regular voice. It works here. B side is a bit laid back. Nice contrasting songs. Makes a listener want to hear more. The music is driving so much so that it almost swallows up the vocals. Bloodtruth – speed metal with growled vocals. Although this time I can understand what the singer is saying. Which for bands like bloodtruth is not usually the case. Some religious salutee’s; the dominae and saluchees type. Not sure how that all ties into the overall message. By the song titles I don’t get the feeling they are fans of organized religion. Well played metal, not a note out of place. Expertly played. Most of the songs are under five minutes , so if you are wondering if you could get into this or not, give it a shot. With songs at this clip it doesn’t over stay its welcome. I think with the latin dominees’ and amen’s that they are mocking religion . Talking at the end of “Obedience” sounds like a watery spirit talking from the grave. Nice creepy touch. Kississippi – pleasant pop music. With female lead vocals. Reminds me a bit of Florence and the machine, to call to mind a popular well liked band of the time. Of course, I’m hearing more of this kind of sing songy vocal style especially from women. How do these trends start? Second song has an interesting vocal trick, the echo is a bit watery. Have not heard that before. I notice that the singer chews on some of the words at the end of the sentence. It is warmly pleasant and easy to listen to. I like the harmonies on “Googly Eyes” . Like a love that has gone bad, the only ties that will ever...
Jun
6

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 246

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 246: I Stood up and I said YEAH, I stood up and I said HELL YEAH! Topic: Brad tells story/jokes from his failed open mic standup routine, and now you’ll know why he failed. Also he’s dumb. Music on Episode 246: No Mercy -Ah someone loves SOD ( I found out that this is Mike from Suicidal Tendencies early band). Sweet. Sounds like they got a sense of humor too. Yes, nice combo. I’m enjoying this first song, takes me back. “We’re Evil” , they warned you didn’t they? I want to play the first track so bad, and maybe I will. I need to hear the rest of the release first. That first song is so much fucking fun. Speed metal, drums are beating a thousand miles a minute. People just don’t play this type of metal anymore, or at least I never hear it among that hundreds of releases I hear every year for this podcast. Even though this is a reissue, it sounds fresh. I chose the song to play for three reasons: like when a band works their name into a song title. It’s not done enough. The singer says “Alright” at the beginning, which is something I miss in songs. Finally, it’s a good song and I enjoy this release. I don’t know the history of this band, but I will. Reminds me a bit of early Prong, whom I love to this day. Ernie – I will take this stripped down approach to music everyday over something that’s been overlapped and dripping with sweetner. This sounds like one guy put it all together. While Ernie maybe a full band, they have that one artist one vision quality to them. Quite charming, there is an earnestness that comes through in the music. Can’t tell you how I know that but I just feel it. Only four songs, all enjoyable. Coming on like a band that listened to a lot of English pop bands from the 1980’s. Haybaby -some songs feel like a basic demo overlayed with different riffs. Singer calls to mind Angie Hart of Frente! “old friends” cooing almost sultry singing then a rageful “I don’t give a fuck” . An argument unresolved through logic and candor gets solved with yelling and name calling. “shy” is an interesting juxtaposition playful but with shame. Singer has a pleasing almost comforting voice. Catchy foot tapping songs. I noticed that the bass...

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