Sunday, September 18, 2016

AMPUTATION

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

TRAPPED IN HELL

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

EASY TARGETS

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

EACH THEIR OWN

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

REPULSED BY RADIATION

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

BLACK BLOOD

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

LOVE THE HURT

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

MOWER

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

GATES TO BEYOND

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

BURDEN OF LIFE

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

IMMORTAL RITES

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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

FLOWER PHANTOMS

Blood Ceremony- "Lord Of Misrule" LP (Rise Above) 
First Pressing, 2016
Red Vinyl /700

Their latest release. Similar to previous works, though arguably more refined with stronger Prog and Folk influences. I still prefer yesterday's post matter a little more, but this is still excellent heavy music and will likely make a place in my top 10 releases for the year.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DRAWING DOWN THE MOON

Blood Ceremony- "The Eldritch Dark" LP (Rise Above/Metal Blade)
First US Pressing, 2013
Solid Red Vinyl /750

I've been pining for a hard copy this album for a good 18 months now, and same old story- I was too tight to pony up the cash for postage from the US. On a recent trip to Japan I was hoping to pick it up from Disk Union as they had it listed not their web shop, but no luck, they didn't actually have it in any of their stores. A little annoyed by this, I just jumped on Discogs one night in the our hotel in Tokyo and parted ways with the hard earned cash.
Released in various colourways in the UK and Europe by Rise Above Records, this copy is the only of the US variant, pressed with help by Metal Blade.
A lush combination of Prog, Doom, Folk, all layered together with female and male vocals, flute, organ and the standard guitars, bass and percussion, I probably haven't listened to any band as much as I have Blood Ceremony in the last year or so. Of their four full length albums (this is their third), this is by far their strongest work in my opinion.