Thursday, October 20, 2016


Nailbomb- "Point Blank" LP (Roadrunner)
Reissue, 2016
Red Vinyl 1297/1500

This album (via a friends older brothers CD) was one of my earliest exposures to Metal when I was a young boy. I think the connection to Sepultura via Max Cavalera and the backing of Roadrunner Records were the two main reasons that my friends and I had taken interest in Nailbomb, but I think that in a time when my favourite bands were simple, groove based bands like Pantera, "Roots" era Sepultura and Machine Head, a lot of the stuff on offer with this album kind of went over my head. It's only in the last 4 years or so that I have really come to appreciate this LP. Recently reissued on vinyl for the first time since the original pressing back in the mid 90's, I had to get myself a copy.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Death- "Scream Bloody Gore" LP (Relapse)
Reissue, 2016
Black Vinyl /3365

Debut LP from Death, this is a recent Relapse reissue, procured on my recent trip to Tokyo. Of all the colour ways, black was pressed in the widest supply. Very nice packaging that you would expect with most modern reissues these days, gatefold sleeve with all the liner notes, messages from modern and past metal guru's, previously unseen photos of Chuck and the band, red foil stamping for the logo and album title. Very nice.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Gruesome- "Dimensions Of Horror" 12" EP (Relapse) 
First Pressing, 2016
Black Vinyl /1500 

Gruesome's follow up to yesterday's post fodder, the "Dimensions Of Horror" EP. More of the same as their debut, just less songs. Again, it's not sticking like I feel that it should, but it's worth it for the artwork alone.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Gruesome- "Savage Land" LP (Relapse) 
Second Pressing, 2015
Red Vinyl /500

Pure early Death worship in the form of Gruesome's debut LP, "Savage Land". This band is comprised of various veterans of the US Death Metal scene, and they really managed to garner quite a bit of attention when they surfaced with this album last year. Initial impressions came across very strong to me, with a solid recording and very on point Chuck Schuldiner impersonation from the lead singer, and while it is very listenable, my attention hasn't really held strong since I first secured this record. Not really sure why (I love Death, who's doesn't?),  the songs are strong, but for whatever reason, I am just not as into it as I feel that I should be. With that said, I do believe that it's worth owning a copy of just for the fantastic Ed Repka artwork alone.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Koward- "Desperate" 7" (Side Two)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /?? 

Second excellent EP from Boston's D-beat miscreants Koward. Released in 2014 and their most recent release. Unsure if they're still active but I hope so.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Vile Intent- "Machine Into Flesh" LP (Self Released)
First Pressing, 2016
Black Vinyl /??

I have always been massively fond of Montreal's premier Powerviolence outfit Vile Intent. After what seems like far too long, the band have finally self released their first full length. Rabid stop/start hardcore with a really strong edge to it. The recording is raw and perfect and this is probably the best thing that they have done.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Insect Warfare- "Endless War With Grindcore Restitution" Compilation LP (Torture Garden)
First Pressing, 2016
Picture Disc /500

I hate picture discs but as my OCD would have it, I was incapable of letting this recent Insect Warfare compilation/reissue 12" thing slip by. This record brings together the bands first two EP's, 2005's "At War With Grindcore" and 2006's "Endless Execution Thru Violent Restitution", both long out of print by now. It was pressed to go along with the bands recent "one off shows" on the European leg of the Obscene Extreme festival, though they played a couple of shows in their hometown of Houston leading up to that fest, and they've now also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest next year. Hardly necessary for anyone really except for uber fans like me I suppose?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Gravehill- "Death Curse" LP (Dark Descent)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /?? 

Gravehill's third LP originally released as CD in 2014 made my 'best of' list for that year. Finally it's seen a vinyl release this year. Scorching, Thrash laced Death Metal presented by way of lightning riffs, blast beats and scuzzy vocals captured in an immaculate recording. The title track saw A LOT of plays by me in 2014, and now the whole LP has seen constant rotation this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Sick People- "In My Nightmare" 7" (Urbn Rage)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /?? 

2nd EP release from local mob, Sick People. Over the years their sound has gradually mutated into some kind of broader stroked Australian Hardcore, moving away from the 80's new York inspiration of their earlier stuff. A lot of these changes could probably be attributed to various member switches, along with the ever growing and progressing tastes of front man and main driving force behind the band, Richard. I don't know how active they are these days, but this is good, solid, Brisbane based Hardcore Punk.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Impalers- "Psychedelic Snutskallar" MLP (540)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /800

2014 vinyl pressing of this excellent bands latest EP, previously released as a tape earlier in that year. I really think that with their later material (namely this EP and the LP before it) the band proved their quality in droves. For the most part I'd always held them to the standard of the band that they share many members with, Mammoth Grinder, but I find myself listening to Impalers much more than MG these days. The A side is dedicated entirely to a +12 minute droning, pulsing mind fuck (the title track), while the B side presents four more typically chaotic D-beat assaults. They've been very quiet since this came out, I hope they aren't finished just yet.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


ZOM- "Flesh Assimilation" LP (Invictus/Dark Descent)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /?? 

The debut LP from Ireland's ZOM from a while back. The band continues to mine the depths of the grimy, Blackened Death Metal underground with this one and any semblance of the the members Hardcore roots have more or less completely dissipated into the Multiverse at this point. I will admit that I have struggled to maintain my interest in this band over the years, but this is a solid effort and it was worth the $20.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Spine- "Deny" 7" (Bad Teeth)
First Pressing, 2015
Black Vinyl /??

The latest EP from Chicago's/Kansas City's Spine. Certainly my favourite material of theirs so far. Turbulent, ferocious Hardcore littered with menacing blast beats, mosh bits, and sheer venomous vocals. The singers style actually reminds me quite a bit of Alex Hughes of Hatred Surge. This is certainly some of the best hardcore of that fast style to come out since that bands last recordings.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Morbid Angel- "Altars Of Madness" LP (Earache) 
Reissue, 2016
Black Vinyl /?? 

I have never been the biggest fan of Morbid Angel or the technical style of Death Metal that they played a big part in defining, but you certainly cannot deny how far and broad their influence as a band has travelled since the formative years of American Death. This is a new reissue of their debut album from 1989.