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Metal Reviews VIII: Future Terror and Krieg

Cassettes are still a big hit for collectors, as well as guys like me, who use their car-stereo deck on a regular basis. After listening to today’s featured groups (via audio file), I decided to turn back the clock, and go old school. Because that’s the kind of stuff I like to do. It’s a sort-of preservation, I guess. I acquired a dual cassette recorder, and set about to “dub” (a term for recording we geezers used to use) a plethora of audio files in desperate need for added hiss, mid range and all around warmth of tape. Neither, Future Terror or Krieg, however, benefit from this. That’s due to the incredible sounds they already emit, which in turn, created the impulse to revive my recorded tape collection.
Future Terror – We’re All Fucked (Black House Industries) Dbeat, old hardcore and a dash of punk, enveloped by fuzz, noise and raspy, shouted vocals are a recipe for greatness. The genre tends to get pigeon-holed, for being a bit one-dimensional rhythmically, but we who love it, wi…

Metal Reviews VII: Anthropic, Crackhouse, Dead Cross

Metal Reviews VII: Anthropic, Crackhouse, Dead Cross

               Anthropic- Self-Titled e.p. (Horror Pain Death Gore Records)

It’s 1998. Grindcore is still a virtually punk/hardcore/D.I.Y. –related, sub-genre, of metal. Here comes The Dillinger Escape Plan, adding tech to their hardcore which in turn, created a new face of grind, which really hasn’t looked back (much to the chagrin of us old folk who crave the old stuff). If you started to align yourself with death metal, you became death-grind and all sorts of new branches popped up, (cybergrind, goregrind, pornogrind etc.) making it even more difficult for those who label, well, to label. Buffalo’s Anthropic turn back the clock and give us pre-The Locust, Nasum worship we (the old grind-heads) have been looking for. Some songs on this e.p. are longer than your usual grind number, so make sure to take some ginko-biloba beforehand so you don’t miss anything.
Grindcore Vocalist Asks if Band Has Time for Nine More




                   "More Repulsion.” – Mick Harris, Napalm Death
Just a small uttering in Napalm Death’s Live Corruption VHS from Mr. Harris, had me rushing to the records stores to find Master, Swans, Deathstrike, Pentagram and most notably, Repulsion. Hailed as one the true roots of grindcore, their lone full-length, Horrified is held in the highest regard and has been since 1986, when the demo’s volcanic sounds blazed on cassette and were traded across the globe. NIGHTMARE FUTURE is the debut from EXPULSION, Repulsion guitarist Matt Olivo’s new group, designed to recapture the sound and possibly consider it the rightful follow-up 30+ years later. It’s an awesome in-your-face grinding whirlwind, authentic to the original sound and is already crushing my car speakers on a daily basis. However, with only one original member, the push toward it being an official sophomore release feels more like they’re a brand new band rather than totally con…


Goatwhore – Vengeful Aggression (Metal Blade)
You would think, success and the name Goatwhore wouldn’t be suited for each other, on the group’s moniker alone. However, if you’re a fan of Acid Bath and Soilent Green’s death-infused bayou metal, one can say it’s not too surprising to see the guys in Goatwhore having a bit of recognition. Busy creating albums, they are forever touring, with a stream of the coolest merch on the planet in tow for you to offend on casual Friday at the office.
New offering entitled VENGEFUL AGGRESSION (Metal Blade), is their 7th release and is packed with so much metal, any real metalhead would be a fool to not pick up on name alone. After a spin in the player, or mouse click if you prefer, you’ll find they deserve the respect as one of the top (if not THE top) modern-era metal bands. The Venom worship on “Under the Flesh into the Soul” can only be described as what Cronos and the boys REALLY intended to sound like if they could REALLY play their gear. “Cha…

Review: Intrcptr

Intrcptr are a two-piece instrumental rock/metal band and features members of Pelican and 5ive. Huge,mammoth, sky-high rock riffs soar across rugged percusive landscapes. The syrupy guitar tone, is remenicant of Torche and splits like twins when the higher strings are incorporated. The song structures are very much like West Virginia's Karma to Burn, but aren't in the habbit of beating a riff into the ground. This is quite different, but also has a warm, familiar quality to it which draws you in for further listens.

It's stoner/space rock that drifts then grooves, working their slight hooks, and it kicks heavy. If you like Nebula, Unsane, Torche, Pelican and Karma to Burn, this may be for your ear holes to enjoy.
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Extremity – Extremely Fucking Dead (20 Buck Spin) Oakland, California’s Extremity, exhume the 90’s sounds of Incantation and Bolt Thrower on their debut disc/cassette/music file, Extremely Fucking Dead. Marissa Martinez (Cretin) and Shelby Lermo (Vastum) lend dual guttural vocals to this crushing set of riffs and percussive attacks (Aesop Decker). It’s all weighted down by Erika Osterhout’s (Vhol) incredible bass tone and their penchant for an occasional groove.

XAVLEGBMAOFFFASSSSITIMIWOAMNDUTROABCWAPWAEIIPPOHFFFX – Gore (Transcending Records) This band from South Africa has an unbelievably long name, and completely indecipherable logo, and they run the gauntlet of guttural and pig squealed vocals as well. It’s light-speed gore-grind, but has strange rock and twangy blues sections under it all. It’s worth it for the song “Dicks out for Hambre” where they grunt like chimpanzees.

REVIEW Satan's War Machine

Satan’s War Machine – Violent Death Abomination (Symbol of Domination Records)

Satan’s War Machine is a perfect name for this group of Ukrainians, whose latest chunk of black death is one hell of a crushing release. The sound they dish out is a fresh take on the pounding black metal bands without keyboards produce. The difference is a bit of catchiness. When you think the pummeling has reached its limit, and a sense of possible boredom creeps in, they throw a bit of rock groove in the mix. SWM walk the tightrope of black, death, thrash and grind. For fans of Absu and Goatwhore, its quite the sonic assault.

Reviews: Haemophagus, The Throne, Morbid Flesh, The Sarcophagus

Haemophagus - Stream of Shadows (Self Made God Records)

Italian death machine Haemophagus have unleashed their new chunk of oozing splatter, STREAM OF SHADOWS via Self Made God records. Top notch death-grind worship that brings to mind Entombed, Pestilence, Repulsion and Splatterhouse. Luis Sendon’s (Nashgul, Macabre, Brutal Truth) cover art is excellent and I’m sure it looks killer in vinyl format. Chunky, grindy meat-and potatoes, no nonsense stuff from a no nonsense company.

Morbid Flesh – Rites of the Mangled (Unholy Prophecies Records)
Spain’s Morbid Flesh hack and chop up, a double bass heavy, death metal meatgrinder of a release on RITES OF THE MANGLED .The recording seems to have a base foundation of Carcass’s Reek of Putrefaction without the blast beats and shitty production. It’s also groovy, much like Bloodbastard as well as newer acts like Boneyard, Mausoleum and Grim Legion. Out on April 24th.

The Sarcophagus – Beyond this World’s…

That Time I saw....

Naked City
  9/18/93 Knitting Factory Manhattan NYC
In 1993, I was a resident of Pittsburgh, PA’s north side. My apartment was in an area filled with art and medical school students, most of them, nice people who quickly became my friends. The ‘burgh had a decent music scene and you could see bands like Eviction and Hippy Steamroller in a basement during giant house parties. Through word of mouth, I acquired a drum tryout with Shroud, a death metal outfit transplanted from Buffalo, NY. I jammed with the guys, but I was too much grind and not enough death for Shroud. It all turned out well. Later, they picked up a really great drummer and I gained a couple of new friends, Matt Craig and Mike Kalmbach. That summer, I would road trip to see The Grateful Dead, Phish and on September, 18th 1993, NakedCity. Matt was big into death metal, and through Earache records, he procured tickets to the second –to-last performance of John Zorn’s schizophrenic, genre-hopping, Naked City. The drive fro…

NEPA/Philly/NYC/NJ Concert Calendar

Fri March 24thAll Out War/Die Choking Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY Sat March 25thCadaveric Spasm/Shitkill/Goat Wizard Kung Fu Necktie Phila. Wed March 29thMac Sabbath/Metallachi/Okilly Dokilly Le Posson Rouge NYC Thurs March 30thMalignancy/Organ Dealer Saint Vitus King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Trocadero Philadelphia
Sat April 1stLast in Line Dio’s Last in Line Lineup Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA Corpse Hoarder Jabber Jaws Allentown Fri April 7thTommy James and the Shondells Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe, PA Fri April 14thGwar Reverb Reading,PA Sat April 15thEyehategodFirstUnitarianChurchPhiladelphia Thurs April 20th Prong/Sepultura/Testament Starland Ballroom Sayreville,NJ Sat April 22ndIn this Moment Sherman Theater Artificial Brain/Die Choking The Barbary Philadelphia Sun April 23rdSleep/Agorophobic Nosebleed/Immolation/Pig Destroyer/MunicipalWaste  The Fillmore Philadelphia Fri April 28thRATT Sherman Theater Gorgotron/Goblet Jabber Jaws Sun April 30th 12pm Matinee The Clap Sherman Theat…

Television #2 Chameleon Club, 11/23/63, Cpt. Beefheart and Slamball

        The Chameleon Club 2011 Documentary
This 54 minute documentary spotlights the legendary Lancaster, PA concert venue. It’s a great historical piece, and incorporates the passion the owners and staff have for the community of Lancaster. It’s filled with 90’s alternative music with brief appearances of Live, and August Burns Red.  Joan Osborne, Chad Taylor

               11/23/63 2016 Hulu Original Movie
Even though most of us binge-watch our favorite series, television broadcasting networks like to do things the old fashioned way. The mini-series is still around, and guess what, Stephen King is still kicking them out. Partnered this time with Jerry Bruckheimer, this 6- part mini-series follows James Franco as a time traveler, sent back to 1960 to prevent the shooting of John F. Kennedy. A love story bogs down this excellent thriller with a hint of sci-fi.  As a whole movie, it was only half-decent.

      Captain Beefheart: Under Review 2006
“The most challenging musical artist of…

Wrestling Wrap-up

Wrestling Wrap-upFor the week of 3/12/17
I’m a wrestling fan, and have been since my uncle introduced me to Spectrum wrestling. WWF would put on a show in Philly, and it was rebroadcast on a fledgling cable network called Prism. Ivan Putski, Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, George Steele, Mr. Fuji, Jesse the Body Ventura and Bobby Heenan, had me on the edge of my seat every show. I’d even get up at 4am to see the replay. It goes without saying; wrestling has a hand in what shaped the guy I am today. Oh Yeaahhhh!!!! Can you smell what Dethrok is cookin???

This week, Bailey is still Champion on Raw. Boo. Last week’s top commentator comment, went to Corey Graves who said “She sure lives up to the hashtag #notmychapion”. I feel the same way. She’s not a great talker, and her finisher is a soft pillow like move, you have to keep your shoulders down for. Much like the Stinger splash, or Cena’s AA, you must relent when the spot arises. I say, give the ladies their own show. Between Raw, Smackdown ,…

Grind vs Grind Noise vs Melody

 Grind and noise are a million miles apart, yet they’re practically connected like Siamese twins. Siblings that love and hate each other; they punch, then hug.  Between melody and dissonance’s constant battles, the sounds create an agitation to the listener, on top of the ultimate fuck you to conventional music and lyrics. Even in the golden age, it was considered pure noise. By today’s standards, the early 90’s material seems a bit tame. Around the new millennium, bands started pushing extreme music to new areas of chaos and the old gave way to new. There are many divisions and sub-genres in this form of extreme metal. Some take to labels, most rebel. Lines are drawn and, for some reason, people just don’t agree and take to social media to slag. Noise hates melody and political hates gore grind. It’s time to talk shop, grind shop.
  Grindcore originates from Napalm Death and a description drummer Mick Harris gave to his then crossover hardcore/punk/metal outfit. Viewed initially as n…