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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…

Television: The Final 24

                                                   TELEVISION:                                                  THE FINAL 24

A big storm is coming, and it's about to dump a shit-ton of snow on the Noetheast. This is nature's way of telling you to stay inside and veg. Quality TV time. Well,after you've shoveled yourself out. I have decided to go with streaming services, instead of paying exuberant amounts of money with cable television. 

The Roku streaming stick is the first device acquired, and it’s opened up seemingly unlimited content. Hulu is very much like Netflix, only a bit cheaper, and for $3 extra, you can have it without commercials.

 The Final 24 is a Canadian documentary series that examines the last day in the life of well-known people, who have met an untimely end. Each episode outlines their rise to fame, intertwined with the last hours of their life. It’s not the stories or dramatizations that make this series memorable, but interviews with close friends and…


I graduated high school in 1989. I was listening to Nuclear Assault, Metallica and Anthrax. Slayer had released South of Heaven and I loved it, jamming that bad boy until my player ate the tape.  Yea, I’m old but get this, in 1989 Napalm Death had recorded their second album, an awesome EP and gone on an ill-fated tour of Japan. This fractured the group, its third or fourth since its inception. Bill Steer and Lee Dorian formed Carcass and Cathedral respectively and went on to success in their own paths. The remaining members added Americans Mitch Harris and Jesse Pintado for the final Napalm Death album featuring Mick Harris on the drums. This is around the time I was introduced to the band, via From Enslavement to Obliteration vinyl, and I couldn’t have disliked it more. It was a horrible noise, and sounded like they attached a blender to an amplifier. After a few more listens, it became clear to me this was special. This noise, it had melody. Sure, playing it a high volume to distur…