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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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Brutal Truth announce split release with Bastard Noise

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd October 2013 by Pieni

Brutal Truth have released a lot of split records over the years and now they’ve just announced one more. This time, the grind masters will be teaming up with noisecore Bastard Noise.

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“The Axiom of Post Inhumanity” will be released on November 8th in Benelux and Germany, and the rest of the world will get it by November 11th, via Relapse Rercords. CD and LP versions will be available, but note that will have a different tracklist:

LP Track Listing:
1. Brutal Truth – Control Room: Peace is the Victory Mix
2. Bastard Noise – Preemptive Epitaph for the Living
3. Bastard Noise – The Antenna Galaxies (ngc 4038-4039)
4. Bastard Noise – Frack Baby Frack

CD Track Listing:
1. Bastard Noise – The Duel of the Ant and the Dragonfly
2. Bastard Noise – The Horizon on Lynx
3. Bastard Noise – Horned Beetle Conflict
4. Bastard Noise – Mantis Colony
5. Brutal Truth – Control Room: Smoke Grind and Sleep Mix
6. Brutal Truth – The Stroy

However, the digital version will gather all songs.

Quoting Brutal Truth drummer, Rich Hoak: “Working with Bastard Noise has been an honor! Together we have created ‘The Axiom of Post Inhumanity’ with the specific purpose of frying your brain, so please listen LOUD!”

www.relapse.com 
brutaltruthbastardnoise.bandcamp.com

Carcass talk about “Surgical Steel” artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th September 2013 by Pieni

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“Surgical Steel”, Carcass‘ sixth album and first in 17 years, has been released last week and their label Nuclear Blast asked singer/guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Daniel Wilding about its arwork. Watch here what they had to say:

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Produced by Colin Richardson and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap, here’s the track-list of such long-awaited album:
01. 1985
02. Thrasher’s Abattoir
03. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
04. A Congealed Clot Of Blood
05. The Master Butcher’s Apron
06. Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
07. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
08. Unfit For Human Consumption
09. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
10. Captive Bolt Pistol
11. Mount Of Execution
12. Intensive Battery Brooding (digipack bonus track)

You can order “Surgical Steel” at these locations:
CD – http://smarturl.it/CARCASS-SSTEEL
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/CARCASS-SS-ITUNES
White Vinyl – http://smarturl.it/carcass-white-vinyl

Carcass online:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCarcass
https://twitter.com/CarcassBand

Blastanus – Collapse

Posted in CD, Grindcore, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 19th June 2012 by tobiasgray

Blastanus
Collapse
Released: 17th June 2012
Grind/Death Metal
Unsigned/Self-Released

Blastanus…more a statement of intent than anything else.  Like Dying Fetus or Aborted before them, electing to give your band such an obviously extreme name automatically brings a certain expectation to your music.  You aren’t playing Collapse in anticipation of acoustic passages and uplifting sing along choruses, right?

Finland has a rich heritage of metal, and Blastanus can be proud of their contribution to it with this collection of brutal tracks.  Wall to wall slam, frying politically charged vocals, & well placed guitar sweeps litter this album.  The drums are (mercifully) real, and the truly awesomely-named Hammer Fredriksson is one sick drummer.  Grinding when necessary, double bass rolling the ‘quiet’ sections then blastbeating the rest!  A couple of obligatory samples emerge towards the end of the album and, oh yeah, they have a saxophonist.

Most extreme bands with quirky additions like to throw them in your face at every opportunity (such as Nile‘s ‘Egyptian’ samples), but blastanus barely utilise Jussi Huurre’s saxophone for the majority of the album.  It’s standout moment occurring in the epic final track, the 7 minute, prog/jazz infused ‘Collapse’, and don’t let that description deter, it’s a fitting & fascinating album closer.  In fact the under utilisation of their ‘fifth element’ prevents the saxophone becoming a novelty & allows it to be a welcome addition to the sonic onslaught when it does appear.

Track one is quite midpaced, and while brutal, left me completely unprepared for what was to follow. Reward Failure is where the album really takes off. Full aggression and some tech death lead work had me banging my head incessantly.  And any band with a track called ‘HAMMERFIST’ deserves respect.

Being what it is, unashamed grinding death, Collapse won’t be to everyone’s taste.  Blastanus proudly display their influences, and if you’ve ever given the likes of Origin, Cryptopsy, Cephalic Carnage or even Ephel Duath a try, you’ll enjoy this!

With the resurgence in unsigned death metal across Europe it wouldn’t be surprising to see a tight unit like Blastanus on future festival and tour bookings, and if they keep to this level of intensity, I’ll certainly be watching them.

4.5/5

Tobias Gray.