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Feb
21

SLTM 2.0 Episode 15 – This again

MUSIC REVIEWS ORM– ORM- “Apothesis” – self titled debut album- facebook.com/ormband – ormband.bandcamp.com – released march 2017- to be honest this isn’t my cup of tea. Reason being that its speedy black metal with drums a thousand miles a minute and demonic vocals. Not that all of it is uninteresting to me but I’ve heard a ton of it, and it tends to be a bit repetitive. But wait, what is this? In Claptian “Layla”-esque style the band breaks “Apothesis” into two pieces, and the back part instrumental is their strangest material yet. The last song “A tree a blaze” has some interesting twists and turns but before it can rescue itself from a well trod path its back to the speed drumming and guitar licks fast, fast, exploding. Bored. Okay, as I do with some reviews where I just don’t think I’m getting it, I like to put them aside for a few weeks and then give them another run. Here goes: I do like the end of the first song, and there are parts of the middle and middle end of the second song that I like. When they slow it down, step away from the relentless beating of the drums, they make an interesting sound. “Temple of the Deaf” must be a quiet place. I would imagine. However, the band is talking about not those who can’t hear but those that refuse to listen. That’s just a guess. Again, this song showcases their strengths and their normality all in one. When they slow it down and let some air and space into a song, it really develops into something interesting for me. But then they slip right back into beating us over the head with that rubber mallet. Bludgeoning us into crossed eyed boredom. At the seven minute mark of “temple of the deaf” there is such a perfect slice of what it is that makes me interested to hear their next release, and hesitant all at once. I like where it heads to but then I’m afraid they are going to fall into that same old muddy trap. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Not a daugther” – ARC 3 song EP- relapse.com – facebook.com/AgoraphobicNosebleed- the first song deals with how much if anything do you owe to the dying person in their bed after a lifetime of abuse at their hands? Do you owe anything but rancid hatred to a person who is trying to treat you...
Feb
15

SLTM 2.0 Episode 14 – Flat Out waste of time

Music Reviews Wolf Brigade – RUN WITH THE HUNTED- “Return to none” – southernlord.com – facebook.com/lycanthropunks – now that the original lineup of Motorhead has gone from the earth, who will take up their mantle of Rock? Wolfbrigade is up to the task. Vagabonds– I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NOW- “Ambulance” – Facebook.com/VagabondsMichigan – I don’t think the double lead with weird distortion trick used on at least the first three tracks serves the singer well. It’s a bit distracting. Then when he yells in track three it is just a distorted mess. The self involved seriousness and pretenious nature of the subjects batted about with youthful importance leaves me cold. Maybe when I was twenty five years old, in a bad marriage, a crappy job wondering why my place in this world was getting farther and farther away from me I would have enjoyed the solitude, hopefulness and bleak corridors of this release. Now that I’m experienced, salted and bitter I know its all a bunch of fantastic self involved defeatist bullshit. “old friends wherever you are” has a message. Suicide is an easy way out of this mess but if you just look forward, even if that hope is based in pure blind faith, its more of a path than just ending it all. Or maybe the song is about Tacos. How the fuck do I know? I’ve never been that perceptive. Until Rain– INURE- “A broken wing” – 3rd album from these greek alt/prog metal peoples – first album since 2013- facebook.com/untilrain – lasersedgegroup.com – “A Broken Wing” – What Queen would have sounded like if they grew up listening to Queen, FNM, and Prince. No, what would the kids of the band Triumph (Formed in 1975 in Toronto, three piece that drew comparisons to Rush. Best album was 1981’s ALLIED FORCES. Which I had in cassette form in my collection back in the day) would sound like if they grew up hearing everything Triumph did but wanted it to sound a bit tougher. The whisper singing on “A broken wing” freaks me out a bit. Also it makes one think of what christopher cross would sound like if he hadn’t been alive in the 60’s, 70’s but today digesting popular music. In between their metal and rock records from Queen and Dragonforce I bet you would find some Steely Dan records. Okay, if I’m reading “This Fear” right I would have to say that...
Feb
8

SLTM 2.0 Episode 13 – Its Buggin Yo

Music Reviews Rozamov– THIS MORTAL ROAD- “Inhumation” – (find a part with singing)- they have a four song live album on their bandcamp for name your price ddl – rozamov.bandcamp.com – I thought the first song was gonna be a loss. There is very little call for an opening track that is ten minutes plus, but the vocals kick in at almost eight minutes. So it’s okay now. I did enjoy the shakey piano weirdness plopped down by track fours “Swallowed and Lost”. I’m not sure what it means but I always encourage bands, people, whomever to follow that weird impulse to mix it up. That not only goes for music but life as well. This release is for those who have sometime on their hands and some ground sausage to smoke ( I hear that’s what the kids are into these days). If you want something quick, fast and over in two minutes call my friend Derek, he’ll take care of you. Oozepus– YOUR LIMIT- “Cyn” -Malignant Records- facebook.com/oozepus – malignantrecords.com – vocals have a nice effect, part of the vocals he sounds like he’s drowning in water. Trying to breath out his last warning. Pretty cool. I like the caveman beat they got going on in “Cyn”, its the reason I chose it as the clip to play. I also like the marching band drums at the end of “farmers”, signifying to me the repetitive mind numbing work that farmers do, a job vital to the world but a bit dull in its day to day operation. Probably a reason it’s dying as a vocation. I would like to see this band tour the Midwest with Rabbits. Would be a good live fit. I’ve listened to this more than five times all the way through. In total. The four songs are a nice starter. Good way to introduce yourself to the band. I’m really just a simple humble idiot, cause those tribal drum beats really appeal to me on “Cyn”. Maybe they go right to my basic instinct and rhythm. I like it. Also as mentioned before I like a heavy band that takes their time, too many times a band will speed faster just to see if they can get your head to snap off its moorings. Break neck rock paces have their place of course, but this band knows that the journey is best taken slowly and with trudging care than through the many potholes...
Feb
1

SLTM 2.0 Episode 12

Moloch – VERWUSTUNG- “Negativitat” – facebook.com/Molochukr – Ukranian black metal horde- remastered vinyl version of the out of print release- Title is German for devastation- originally released in 2014 on CD- a good friend of mine from high school played in a band like this. Extreme metal he called it. He said the world was a putrid mesh of blood and shit and that we were all doomed from the start of it all. Man I miss that guy. His band was called Monkey Bites man, man fights back or monkey bites man for short. Track six on this release “Todesstille” was so quiet that I was sure my mp3 player had turned off. Someone is going to have to explain the idea behind that one to me. Its a quiet lonely church organ playing in the distance and I’m not sure I care enough to walk the four miles to the church to confirm that. Track seven is starting out as an organ/synth depression piece played at a louder volume. What gives? Why did they wait until the last tracks to work these in? Wouldn’t they work better as set up pieces in between the throat scrapping extreme beat your head in metal? I think they would. It feels almost like they ran out of ideas at the end, decided they needed a couple more songs and just improvised some atmospheric riff on the synth. The last song is an eleven minute plus piano dirge with someone plinking and plunking their way to my limited patience. These last three songs I don’t get. I get and like the first five or six songs but what in the hell is the point of these last three? And all in a row like that? I don’t get. Argentorecords.com Pain Tank– 97.9 Million Confirmed Kills- “The mouth that doesn’t open” – recorded live in one eight hour session- released on bands on independent label Edgewood Arsenal Records- paintank.bandcamp.com – Uniformed shit show” is a great song title. I fear the kids would be slamming each other during this set. You should know what this is going in, meaning you should be able to easily guess its construct. No wonder there are 13 songs, all are very short. A minute fifty might be the longest one. On the title song the singer gets a little Dusty Rhodes, Mountain frog in his throat. “Driving back the occupier” has some interesting lyrics, especially for...

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