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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
15

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 263

SLTM Episode 263 – “I don’t care who you are, you don’t hug another man’s ass” Topic: Five ways to end a workplace friendship Music: Also Not appearing on the show: Satan– atom by atom – damn these guys rip it up, sounding like a Nugent riffed metal band with coherent clear vocals. I was surprised by what this is rather than what I thought it was going to be. Seriously, its like a late 70’s BOC like band took their riffs and melded them with mid 80’s metal band with lyrics about evolution being at its peak and end and Satan. It’s a really good mix and it really works. Maybe I’m putting some of my own baggage into this but that’s what happens with these things. But what I’m getting out of this is that we as humans have evolved as far as we can, so this is what you get. So anyone righteous or who follows a godly path cannot expect the rest of us to better ourselves morally because this is where we are at as a society/civilization. So to them, even if we don’t worship evil we might as well, we are on the wrong side of their history. So far into this run of shows this is my favorite release. Phenomenal guitar work. Music: Gypsy Chief Goliath – “Gloomy Tombs”, really? That seems like a strange song title, maybe something you would see in a RL Stine book. The song is a slow dirgy mover with wah wah vocals and decent riffs, but “Gloomy Tombs”? “Odyssey” starts out with a Diver Down era Van Halen riff then screams with a heavy back beat and some weight to this machine. Not sure about the lyric “Killing yourself to live”, although the song has some nice parts to it but it really doesn’t need to be over eight minutes. Everything before he says “Somethin” (yes he does say that)is useless. That song is a lot like “Layla” in that the first part is okay, but most of the flavor is in the last bite. Kind of like a convenience store hotdog that has been on the warmer all night, it’s that last bite where all the flavors and feelings of the night have settled and you can taste it and savor all that it had to offer. Sad thing is, you can’t eat the last bite without the rest of the hotdog, well you can...
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...

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