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SLTM 2.0 Episode 11 – We are back on the air

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Mayhem– De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas ALIVE – “Pagan Fears” – recorded live in sweden in 2015- the orignal album was listed in the 20 essential black metal albums of all time by revolver magazine and #40 on Rolling Stone Magazines 100 greatest metal albums of all time- mayhemofficial.bandcamp.com – at one point, at least for a couple of songs, I can hear something in the background, is it bleed through from another studio where they recorded this album? Maybe its Satan whispering instructions on how to make his famous baked ziti? No, its a crowd, and they only cheer at the end of a few songs. That’s weird. Each song seems to start out with an intro that is about forty seconds to a minute long. Is it to get warmed up? I don’t think this was really recorded in front of a live audience. Maybe they are going for a feeling of Audience of the Damned(TM) feel, where they bused in lost souls and roust-a-bouts to hear them play, or maybe its all just some electronic audio imaging thing to fool us into thinking some band we don’t know is playing the concrete warehouse outside of town and we should go, sounds rad. On some songs I can hear this audience making some noise but then they don’t cheer at the end. What gives? Maybe they Kiss Alive 2’d us here. I know what this is, it is Hell, but it’s lunch time and this band is preforming for all the workers there. You see Satan likes to give them a free lunch with music when they meet their soul quota (lets be honest, that is happening with more frequency these days). I mean, who they gonna book for the lunch time band? Barry Friggin Manilow? I think not. For day to day business of making people suffer in hell you’re gonna play Cher or Manilow cranked up high, but if you want to say a little thank you to those that make you look good, it’s death metal all the way. Plus you got the free brats, and two sides per. I suppose its not that much of a stretch to be a bit envious of those workers in hell, when is the last time your boss gave you free lunch much less with blasting metal to help you digest your free hamburger?

Lo-Pan – IN TENSIONS- “Go West” – five song EP- lopandemic.com – aqualamb.org– This from the song “Go West” – “who said you can’t go home?” and “I just want to go home”. Also they say “The west is a tube” , a tube? The song sounds like its told from the person who has been abducted by Somali Pirates. Living through hardships, finally making it to their island. Its horrible. Plus I think the quote is “you can never go home again”. I feel like this could be my bside of Led Zepplin 4. Much like Mark Rattner, I would be nervously playing it with my date in the car on the way to that german restaurant. However, unlike losing Stacey to Mike Damone, I would have converted my date into being a fan of Lo-Pan. She would borrow my CD and I would never see it or her again.

I am – LIFE THROUGH TORMENT- “Sacred Cries” -debut full length- facebook.com/iamtxmusic – iamtxmusic.bandcamp.com – this has some swing to it. Also I can understand the singer most of the time. From “Sacred Cries” – “Mother Nature is coming back”. I would much rather listen to this kind of metal, one where there is a chance to slow down, let the ooze sink in, instead of pummeling me with rocks on the top of my head. On “SUI” is he really saying “I ain’t no pixie”? The song “Entombed Me” is an interesting idea, as the narative seems to have continued from the last song, but its like going from one dilapidated room in a run down shit hole where a murderer used to live to a more quiet something is coming type of room. You didn’t get away, you just extended your life by twenty seconds. Ok, so, they revert or turn into a speed metal, fast black metal band, and a pretty standard one too on the last song “Forgive Me”. So what though, let em. They’ve provided enough twists, turns and quick turns behind to keep you interested. Let them have one where they sound like every other metal band. They still good.

Horseneck – HEAVY TRIP- “smokin stacks” – Independent release- horseneck.bandcamp.com – facebook.com/horseneckmusic- I like the weirdness at the beginning of “P.A.G.”, not sure what it is or what it means, but I always enjoy the weirdness. Pluses for this band are the hammond organ, the female backing vocals. They really help this jump from a low A to an A+. Well, at least three songs in it does. Its a shame that radio doesn’t discover new music anymore, cause “Smokin Stacks” is ready to go. Radio however is not interested in that, its way too lazy and up its own ass to care. Makes me think of what local band the Dirty Feathers would have sounded like had they grown up listening to COC , Monster Magnet and Motorhead and not Tom Petty, the Byrds and Gram Parson. Its a shame I’ve only heard those well timed, well placed female vocals in a few songs at the beginning. Its those small touches they add that bring this up from being just an average band to a very good one. At least for me it does. Ah, the female vocals return on “No Gods”, where the singer talks about washing his sins away in the river; however I don’t think those haunting female voices are going to let his concious get away with it. It’s to this bands credit that not all the songs sound like “Lester Vitalis”, a sped up skreeching rocker. Its a good song, but their power is in their versitility and weirdness. “Love is a shadow, I felt the fire” – from “Plow the Road”. I would like to see this band open for QOTSA on tour. Be a good opener and good exposure for the band.

Flyjack – NEW DAY- “Soulful proclamation” – flyjackmusic.com- This review was written by Steve Jiff during his suspension from his morning radio show- Goddamn you fucking hippies. I get it. Your stoned. So you have to repeat, repeat, but fuck me, not all of us are stoned out of our gourds. Say it twice then move on, goddamn. “I’ve got a motherlode” is the chorus from “Motherlode”, how goddamn dumb. Nice horns though. Kind of funky guitar, wait, nope its gone, and I’m angry again. You’ve got a motherlode all right. Of GALL. Trying to pass off this refried burnt over onion filled Frank Zappa retread. C’mon. (those comments aparently refer only to the second song on the disc-ed). “Flame Thrower”, John Popper wants to know how you broke into his house and stole the only harmonica of his that was out of tune. This band has a much soul as that free pair of shoes that I got from that shoe store downtown called Heel to Heel. They were an advertiser on the Morning Shenanigans, so the shoes were free. Fuckers fell apart on me. See what I’m saying? Peter Wolf does this kind of music 300 times better. God I love Peter Wolf (well at least Jiff and I have one thing in common-ed). I’m gonna hire these guys to play my nieces birthday party. (as far as we know Jiff has no nieces, so we assume he’s talking about one of the young trollops he dates. Just a guess. – ed) . I used to work with this guy Randy at a guitar shop while I was in college. He used to say “It’s time to get funky”, I wonder if these guys are related? Finally, I would like to say that I over estimated it above, Peter Wolf is only 10 times better than these guys. **As the editor, creative voice and ultimate abitrator around here at SLTM, I Brad Bugos would just like to say that the above review was written during a tough period in Jiff’s life. He was suspended from the Morning Shenanigans and his fourth wife had just filed for divorce. Jiff has also said that he would like to have the band on the his show, an invite he extended three months ago, but has yet to fulfill. He also mentioned giving some money to charity in their name but we haven’t heard much more about that since his drunken ranting from the stage of the Chu-Huckle Hut in St. Pierre. **

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