Archive for June, 2014

Brutal Blues – Brutal Blues [Mini-album]

Posted in CD, Grindcore with tags , , , on 24th June 2014 by Paul Macmillan

Brutal Blues
Brutal Blues
Released June 2014
Grindcore
Released via Selfmadegod Records

Brutal Blues - Brutal Blues

I’m no stranger to the stranger side of extreme music, or music in general. I grew up in a social environment where certain mentalist side projects of one Mike Patton were par for the course during a mid-week chill-out session with mates. Ambient-acid-thrash for the morning after breakfast? Sure, we’ll give it a shot! Talking of which, does it come with a whisky chaser? I like to think it prepared me for most insane audio meanderings that may be presented. Well, I asked for something weird and heavy to review this week, and by Christ if I didn’t receive!!!

On their debut mini-album, Brutal Blues thrash out some truly mind melting noise in the way that I always figured most grindcore bands miss out on. Opening track, Skjold (from an old Norse word for shield) weighs in head first with the screaming lunacy, so much so, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s happening on first spin. I’d forgive most who claimed this was just noise, but there is definitely more to it than that, albeit for consumption by the true connoisseur of ugly sounds.

Remember the Converge/ Agorophobic Nosebleed split, The Poacher Diaries? Well, this isn’t too dissimilar to the AN side of that particular psyche-shattering opus. In questioning the limits of what actually constitutes music, it turns out what may be creation in pure form. Clattering and clanking through just over a quarter of an hour and six tracks, this self-titled release will give you a serious, high-intensity mental work-out – if you’re willing to push yourself. Trivium it ain’t.

I find it impossible to discern the lyrical meaning, with other song titles as disorientating as the tracks themselves: Rett could mean ‘about to be made red’..? Others named Stafett (relay), Medalje (medal), and Tradisjon (tradition), seem to tell a tale of sporting events, whereas Alminneleg Utsegn (literally translated ‘her ordinary statement by’???) completely escapes my understanding.

Brutal Blues have delivered the equivalent of reading a chapter from H. P. Lovecraft’s personal copy of the Necronomicon, or for those less initiated to the wilds of artistic human consciousness, seeing the shadow of The Great Old one himself, as he strolls casually down the street outside your window. The whole affair races past in a blur of confusion, which, to me, says, try again! The next time you might discover the secret. However, continuous repeat listening may not be the greatest advice for all. I’m not sure the stamina of the average mind could withstand it.

A challenging listen, and not designed for mass-appeal even within the metal community, this would be a rare yet relished spin that I would be happy enough fork out for, especially if it had add-ons such as luxury packaging, posters, signed sleeves; y’know, the things that make a physical recording unique. Unique enough to match what’s on the record. There have been words of a vinyl release through Drid Machine Records (Norway)/Nerve Altar Records (USA), so that may actually be a possibility. Utter chaos on wax has a ring to it.

3.5/5

Paul Macmillan

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The Cadillac Three to play one-off headlining show in London

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th June 2014 by Pieni

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Nashville rockers The Cadillac Three will be playing an intimate one-off headlining show at The Lexington, London, on the 7th July – right after their appearance at Sonisphere. Quoting vocalist/guitarist Jaren Johnston: “We can’t wait to get back across the pond! The first two trips were some of the best times of our lives. We look forward to playing Planet Rockstock, as well as Sonisphere and our upcoming headline tour. Hide your women and your cold beer… The Cadillac Three are coming back to the UK!”

They have recently recorded a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” which will be featured in the upcoming “Nashville Outlawes”, a tribute album to the legendary rock band involving TC3’s US Big Machine label, plus The Crüe camp itself.

Also, Spinefarm Records has re-issued their debut album “Tennessee Mojo” with two bonus tracks, and a new single featuring both “White Lightning” and “Back It Up” will be released to coincide with the aforementioned Sonisphere show.

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New track from Shaved Women available for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th June 2014 by Pieni

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St. Louis-based punk act Shaved Women is back with a new work, this time the full-length “Just Death”. Ektro Records will release it on 8th August with the following track list & artwork:

1. No One Gets In
2. Paranoia
3. Relapse
4. I Don’t Belong Here
5. Bottom Feeder
6. Is It Worth It
7. Tired Again
8. Just Death
9. World Of Change

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And today, at the famous Noisey – music by Vice, the band premiered the track “Is It Worth It”. Listen to it here.

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Darkest Era to tour the UK in September

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th June 2014 by Pieni

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In support of their new album “Severance” (released in Europe on 13th June via Cruz Del Sur Music), Celtic masters Darkest Era will play the following shows across the UK:

25/09/2014 – Birmingham, Scruffy Murphy’s
26/09/2014 – Manchester, Sound Control
27/09/2014 – Glasgow, Classic Grand
28/09/2014 – Leeds, Library
29/09/2014 – Sheffield, South Sea Live
30/09/2014 – Bristol, Exchange
01/10/2014 – London, The Garage

“We toured the UK twice around the last album and had a great time. We made loads of new friends and we can’t wait to hit some of the same cities and see some familiar faces. We’re really looking forward to seeing how the new stuff goes down live and we’ll be working hard between now and September to make sure each show is completely killer”, says guitarist Ade Mulgrew.

The day before the European release, the Northern-Irish band posted a new video for the track “Beyond The Grey Veil”:

Check out also the lyric video for “Sorrow’s Boundless Realm”:

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Corrosion of Conformity – IX

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 23rd June 2014 by hammersmashedlauren

Corrosion of Conformity

IX

Released: June 24th, 2014

Stoner/Sludge Metal

Released via Candlelight Records

 

 

With the release of IX, Corrosion of Conformity have delivered another hard hitting album filled with crushing riffs and distinct vocals that are enough to please any old or new school fan. While this kind of metal isn’t my particular favorite, this album kept me interested and wanting more the whole time I was listening to it. The songs vary from super slow, heavy riffs that almost sound doomy to fast finger taps and harsher vocals with a hint of thrash and punk traces throughout.

My particular favorite songs on this album are the faster songs, specifically, Denmark Vesey and The Nectar, since they were the most memorable and the easiest for me to bang my head to. However, I was quite surprised at how much I liked the slower stuff as well.

The only problem I had with this album was with the first song, Brand New Sleep. It was my least favorite only because I felt like it dragged on too long. With it being the first song, I had doubts about how interesting IX was going to be. I gave it a chance, though, and ended up loving the rest of the album. I feel like it’s one of those albums that will eventually grow on me the more that I listen to it.

Overall, I found this to be a great listen. The production and musicianship were both solid on this album and I hope Corrosion of Conformity continue to put out heavier music.

 

4/5

Lauren Gowdy

King Diamond Announces North American Tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 23rd June 2014 by hammersmashedlauren

And the rumors are TRUE! The legendary King Diamond has announced a full North American tour for the fall! After hearing rumors for weeks about a possible tour and the leak of a date in New York City, the band has confirmed a 19 date tour across the U.S and Canada. The band will have it’s original lineup, and King Diamond will be doing their full European festival stage show for each date! A special guest act will be supporting which will be announced later on.

A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the fan club pre-sale (http://www.showstubs.com/) that begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online for the rest of the public nationwide on Friday, June 27th.  Here is a list of dates taken from the official King Diamond Facebook page:

 

 

Warhorns 2014 announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23rd June 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The third edition of the annual Warhorns Festival has been announced. Unlike the previous two years, Warhorns 2014 will take place in Selby, near York, at The Riverside on Saturday 20th September. Announced so far for the festival are York’s mercenary metallers Sellsword as well as Nottingham pirate metallers Red Rum and Hullian black metal outfit Aloeswood. Other bands are to be announced including the headliner and ticket information will be available in the near future.