Tuesday, 30 June 2009

just because...

Tell me this isn't the greatest prog-rock album to come out of England. Listen to it if you haven't already and immerse yourself into proggy goodness. Way, way, way ahead of its time. As much as I dislike Phil Collins, I do have to admit that he is one kickass drummer, to the extent that he sometimes does very hip-hopish drum fills in some sections of songs. 5/5.

this ones a two-parter. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

2 birds...

So I haven't posted something in a while, mainly because...well, fuck it, I don't even know. Anyway here are 2 different releases by 2 different bands I've only recently bothered to check out.


Rosetta is a band that I should've listened to way earlier, given my worship of bands such as Neurosis and Isis (Neurisis lolol) and Rosetta being bang in the middle of them, in terms of their music. The Galilean Satellites has an epic theme: the satellites of Jupiter (as the astronomers among you may have deduced). The interesting thing about this album is that it was released as a 2-disc record, one disc with the crushingly heavy stuff and the other with the much softer, ambient stuff. This is an obvious homage to Neurosis's Times of Grace (and Tribe of Neurot's Grace), one of my favourite albums ever. The link is both the discs put together, as I believe that is how it's meant to be played and you will enjoy it far more.



Here we have Torche, a relatively new sludge band. Meanderthal is an amazing album, that has all of the "crush" that so many of us are familiar with when it comes to sludge, as well as melody, harmony, clean vocals and rhythms. Don't worry, it's still very, very heavy but also incredibly groovy.


Trippy trip....

Black Moth Super Rainbow. Very, very nice psych-rock band. Loads of synth-laden arrangements, very chilled out atmosphere. So I was doing my weekly run of thechiefcommie music blog, which is one fantastic blog, some time ago and I found this. Just dl'ed because I wanted more post-rocky/shoegazy stuffs to compliment my recent discovery of other equally awesome bands such as My Bloody Valentine. Very dreamy and epic-sounding but not within the depressing spectrum as most fuzzy/shoegaze bands. More uplifting and bright with pretty cool lyrics. Ideal summer music, I find.

jacko, ye will be missed

Thursday, 25 June 2009

A bloomin' shame

I haven't post any melt-banana so far, have I? Or maybe I have. No, I definitely haven't posted anything by Melt-banana, which is a damn shame, seeing as, in my eyes, this band fulfills my definition of "awesome" quite accurately. This Japanese noise-rock band releases material that is probably influenced by a melange of noise-rock, newave and a splash of post-punk. I found this release a few days ago and it has been on constant rotation in my music library. Good stuff.


Wednesday, 24 June 2009


..only to post Demilich's Nespithe. Another DM classic and the essential to end all essentials. This obviously is one of my favourite DM releases ever, judging by my screen name. Definitely not one of those albums that "clicks" straight away,so it might seem very hit-or-miss at first, especially if you haven't listened to much of the genre. These Finnish lads have been kind enough to put up the whole album, in various formats, on their website. So drop a donation if you can.

The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions

LSD and the Search for God

Here's a self titled "album" (more like a collection of 5 songs, really) by a shoegaze/noise band from Cali. I don't know why they haven't released any more. For all I know they could have disbanded by now. Anyway, check them out if you're into Thrushes or just fuzzy shoegaze stuff in general.


Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Side Effects Expected-Centaurus A

Here we have a really, really good technical death metal band from Germany. When I first listened to this album, I liked it but not enough to remember it. After a couple more listens, I don't think of "technical death metal" without thinking of these guys. Check em out.


Monday, 22 June 2009

In The Constellation Of The Black Widow-Anaal Nathrakh

Yep, that's right. Anaal Nathrakh's newest record just got out and I just finished listening to it. This album slays so much, it's unbelievable. I know the word "brutal" get tossed around too much but this album really is brutal.


You probably already have this but....

if you don't, link is below. Also, if, upon listening through the record, you conclude that it does not sit well with you, or you can't get into it, no excuse for you to be breathing, knowhatimean? Death metal perfection. Find me an essential DM list that doesn't include this album.

no excuse


Another Boris related post, because I've been listening to them extensively. Here's Flood, which is definitely in the top 3 of my favourite Boris albums. I've uploaded the version that came with the title track split into 4 parts so you can appreciate each part for what it is. This is a beautiful album.


Sunday, 21 June 2009

math rock week:day 7

FUCK! Finally. I've been listening to more math-rock than I'd like to this past week, so you better be grateful. So much more new albums have popped under my radar but I didn't want to jeopardize the whole notion of a "math-rock week". So, stay tuned, lots of awesome recs to come.

Anyways, Dillinger Escape Plan, Under The Running Board, okay-ish (IMO) math-rock, blablabla enjoy. link

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Heavy Rocks-Boris

Here's Boris at their more accessible, stoner rock stage. Some of the songs on this album are incredibly catchy, but I've never heard much being said about this album. Here you go.


Parallels of Infinite Torture-Disgorge

Most of you probably already have this but I'm putting it up on Mediafire for more convenience. Nothing more to say about Disgorge.


math rock week:day 6

Hi again, day 6 of the math rock week. After browsing my music library for some time, I decided to post a release by a band called Ahleuchatistas. Very eccentric twists and turns, changes in tempo and general mindfuckery. Not too shabby.

mindfuck found here

The Call of the Wretched Sea-Ahab

Crushingly slow funeral doom about "Moby Dick"? Yes please!


Friday, 19 June 2009

math rock week:day 5

Day 5: Here we have Upsilon Acrux, a band who's music is often defined as "brutal prog". Upsilon Acrux are sure to create material that is entirely unconventional, consistently superb, intelligent, rhythmically labyrinthine, and largely alien even to the more experimental and outgoing bands around these days. A must have for fans of the genre, IMHO.

Taken from Buddha Khan

Codex Incubo-Cosmic Atrophy

I have no idea how I stumbled upon this band and their album but I'm really grateful. Codex Incubo has everything I love about good death metal, as well as an apparent Demilich influence. It's technical and it never gets boring. This is a band to look out for.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Boris live (video)

Check out this hour long video of Boris performing at the First Unitarian Church.

math rock week:day 4

Day 4 of the math rock week. Going to make this post brief, since I really can't emphasize the brilliance of this record. I'll let last.fm take over.
Off Minor- The Heat Death Of The Universe

"3/5ths of the New York screamo band Saetia formed Off Minor after Saetia broke up in 1999. The line-up consists of Steve Roche on drums, Jamie Behar on guitar, and Kevin Roche on bass. Perhaps what makes Off Minor so special is how much noise they are able to get out of 3 instruments, whether it be in the form of chaos or beauty. Combining both in the same way Saetia did, Off Minor represents the true emo scene, a difficult blend of elegance and brutality that when meshed together forms something truly amazing."


In the mood for some spaced out sludge? Voice of Saturn by Zoroaster is for you.



This album is huge and just so happens to be my favourite Isis album. Some beautiful post-metal/atmospheric melodies as well as crushing sludge passages are in this monumental piece of work.


Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The Eraser-Thom Yorke

I got this album some time in late 2006 or early 2007, and it has never bored me. I'm still as enamored by The Eraser as I was the first time I listened to it. Quite different from Radiohead yet still containing that trademark Yorke eccentricity, this album is enjoyable from start to finish. A beautiful and brooding piece of work.

Capricious Alchemy

If you remember, I posted about these guys earlier. Anyway, here's a video from one of their recent gigs. It's a compilation of sorts. And listen up for the Carcass cover at the end! :D

math rock week:day 3

Hella-Hold your horse is

Hella. Whoa. Mind-blowing stuff. The drums especially. Not only does this guy know how to play his instrument, but he also somehow manages to lead the whole damn song with him. It sounds like the song carries along not according to changes in tempo, pitch, or time signatures. No, the song changes however the fuck the drummer wants it to change. I really can't describe it anymore, he leads but he supports and provides a foundation as well. Might as well take away all other instruments. I'm well into my 10th time listening to this album and I still find it hard to keep up with the damn drums.

Butcher ABC/General Surgery

Just got this split tonight and I love it. Some quality goregrind here, unlike the other goofy bands of the genre. I kinda like Butcher ABC's (Japanese band) side better, but that's just me. Check it out.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

math rock week:day 2

School's out! Congratulate me, for I have un-officialy graduated from high school. I find that the summer holidays are a great time to catch up on whatever projects one might have started during the year, or possibly start new ones. Anyhoo, now that I'm stocked up with most of Aldous Huxley's books, these holidays might actually turn out to be somewhat constructive. Maybe I'll start delving deeper into a musical genre presently unknown to me. Fucking finally.
Giraffes?Giraffes!-More Skin With Milk-Mouth

Anyways, fulfilling my promise of a weeks worth of math-rock, i present to you,Giraffes?Giraffes!. Hailing from Massachusetts, these guys are a 2-piece band that pull of quite intense and complicated songs. They can both play guitar and the drums, so it seems that they alternate between songs. Contrary to most math-rock bands, the bass has been substituted for tapping, which produces quite the fucking awesome effect. This band deserves all the recognition they can get, because quite frankly, musicians don't get much better than this.

The National

Should shit get too crazy for you due to the insanity of mathrock, here's some laid-back indie music from one of my favourite bands, The National. Enjoy.

(click on pics for Mediafire links)

Monday, 15 June 2009

math rock week:day 1

Tera Melos-s/t

Just got back from one of the most kick-ass gigs our little local scene has seen. So I've decided that this week I'll be posting only mathrock, due to my sudden interest in the genre. An album a day.I also reckon that these bands are a good start for anyone geting into mathrock. Kicking off this thread of posts is Tera Melos. imo, probably the most influental and forward-thinking bands of this genre.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

W.A. Mozart

I really love classical music. The musical genius of the likes of Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Bach, Strauss et al always moves me. Perhaps it would be better to start with a better known composer, probably the most famous one of all: Mozart. This one is called Requiem and it had a massive impact and is one of the most influential pieces of music in the history of music. Simply put, it's beautiful and it's genius.
Mediafire (pt. 1)
Mediafire (pt. 2)

Have A Nice Life...

Have A Nice Life- Deathconciousness
try it
buy it

Now, to fully set this blog into hipster territory, I give you, Deathconciousness. Probably the best piece of music recorded, ever, if you're into shoegaze/new wave. This is a long, involving record, but it's worth every second of your time. Do give it a listen.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


Antithesis by Origin

This album is going to be remembered as a classic 10 years from now. It has made a huge impact on the death metal scene and metal music in general. Technical proficiency sans the wankery and uncompromising in its brutality, Antithesis is on the same level as Echoes of Decimation, if not better. I'll hopefully be catching them at Summer Slaughter in NY if all goes according to plan.


I just watched Hatebreed KILL IT at Download (there's a live webcast on their site). The festival looks kinda shitty but damn, Hatebreed's an amazing band with so much energy. And that crowd is sick! AND THERE WERE TITTIES! Down's up next.

Terrorizer - World Downfall

This is another grindcore classic, and not at all over-rated in any way. World Downfall has the perfect mix of punk and death metal. Let's just say it's a perfect grindcore record. There's not one track on this that's not enjoyable.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Vomit Remnants

Supreme Entity by Vomit Remnants

Vomit Remnants is a slam/brutal death band from Japan, formed in 1997 and they released this little gem in 1999. This album is crazy brutal. Filled with some sweet riffs and sick drumming, it's hard to not enjoy this album and bang your head. The lyrics are the usual brutal death metal fare, all about gore, murder, violence etc. You know, the usual. Get this.

Grind on parte deux

In response to the previous post, I present to you Assück's '92 full-length, Anticapital, which is definitely a milestone in the grindcore genre.

Grind on...

Assuck-Misery Index
here you go

Continuing the string of grind-related posts. Now we have Assück, with their legendary final full length, Misery Index, which btw inspired the band Misery Index. No bullshit grind with lyrics pertaining to political issues. Features Rob Proctor of Discordance Axis on drums.

And now...a classic.

Horrified by Repulsion

The founding of grindcore is most often credited to Napalm Death, with their debut full-length Scum, released in 1987. Unfortunately, an equally good album (if not better) is often overlooked. Horrified by Repulsion, a band from Michigan, was recorded in 1986 but released in 1989. I find it to be more enjoyable than Scum because it's just so well put together. It's pure grindcore, which is a metal and punk hybrid and that is exactly what this album is.

Thursday, 11 June 2009



Hate me if you will, but I really do think this is one of Neige's best efforts. The female vocals and reverby guitars make up quite a shoegazy atmosphere, but still leaving a little space for the dark, sometimes evil-sounding sequences. Probably my most anticipated album of the year.

Guttural Secrete

Reek of Pubescent Despoilment by Guttural Secrete

Guttural Secrete are a band from Nevada that play some sick slam/brutal death metal, and I mean brutal in the strictest sense of the word. There's really not much to say about this album. Just check it out if you're into brutal/slam death metal that's about gore, death and killing in general, like I am. =D

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


I just got Suffocation's newest album, Blood Oath, and goddamn does it slay! On my second listen now and it's everything I expect from these guys: pure death metal, nothing half-assed.


One by Cursed

Finally got around to upping this beautiful release. Cursed are/were a crust/hardcore band from Canada that broke up in 2008 which is really upsetting (not that I was gonna be able to see them). Anyway, they released some great records, my favourite being One. If the opening track "Polygraph" doesn't do it for you, then leave the hall. This stuff is fast and angry. What more could you want?

The Fountain [OST]

Clint Mansell is, in my mind, one of the best composers of our time. His work mainly consists of composing beautiful pieces for some great films, namely Requiem For A Dream, π and The Fountain. I have chosen to upload this particular OST because it's absolutely sublime and it fit in so well with the film. Check it out.

Jon Chang and Co..

Gridlink-Amber Gray
link it up

Time to serve up a brutal, unforgiving slab of grindcore. Vocalist(Jon Chang-formerly of Discordance Axis) rips on this one. Fucking brilliant record, IMO.

Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuttin ta fuck wit!

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan

So I decided to follow suit with the previous hip-hop post and so here's The Wu, which is just straight up, hardcore rap. And very intelligently put together at that. The rhymes always have me smiling to myself because they're so well put together and how the Clan members just alternate through the verses is seamless. Check it out, it's a beautiful album.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

I come with hip-hop...

The Roots-Things Fall Apart

So I don't really know that much about hip-hop, having begun to delve into it's somewhat underground artist's music not too long ago, but I do know what I like,and I like The Roots. Now pause your Lil' Wayne track and give this a try.

Dela- Changes Of Atmosphere

Now, Dela. Pretty awesome, instrumental hip-hop by some white guy. Incredible beats, outstanding production, perfect beach music, I find.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Minsk's latest

With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone by Minsk

Here's Minsk's newest album, which I'm digging a lot. There's a lot of that atmospheric, doom-y stuff going on but the cool thing is that it also harkens to the sludge side of the band, most apparent in the opening track "Three Moons". The atmosphere on this album is great, very dark and foreboding. I'd like to think of the band as unique, which they are, but the Neurosis influences just kick you in the face (not a bad thing at all, btw). The album's a slow burner, I'll tell you that so it'll probably be a while before I fully appreciate it. Anyway, it's greatly recommended so get it.

National Day Of Slayer

6/6/09. Dunno what the relevance of the 09 is, but here's Slayer's "Seasons in The Abyss".

Oh look, something that's not reign in blood.
PS:I do realise that I'm a day late

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Call of the Mastodon

Call of the Mastodon by Mastodon

Yes yes yes. A compilation of Mastodon's early stuff, when they were still very raw, sludgy and dissonant. This will CRUSH you.

Punk Megapost....

...because you deserve it. I've been pretty inactive the last few days due to my external exams, but now that I'm done with them, I can give all 2 or 3 of you that happened to stumble upon our blog my full and undivided attention. First up, a "technical punk" band that I just only recently heard about. Nomeansno and their incredibly awesome album "Wrong". Wrong is widely considered the band's best and most representative record. The playing is incredibly skilled, with the Wright brothers(who founded the band as a 2-piece in their parent's basement) effortlessly shifting tempos and time signatures and Kerr's(vocalist 1984-circa 1990) razor sharp lyrics clicking right into place. Anyway, download, listen, buy, enjoy.


Next up, we have The Broadways. The Broadways were a punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The group formed in 1996 after the break-up of ska-punk band Slapstick, with their vocalist Brendan Kelly and trumpet player Dan Hanaway combining with Rob DePaola and Tricky Dick guitarist Chris McCaughan.

Musically, The Broadways frequently drew comparisons to Crimpshrine and Jawbreaker. The band is notable for the intelligent political, social, and introspective nature of their lyrics, as well as their complex, non-traditional song structures and above-average punk musicianship. The band released Broken Star in 1998 on Asian Man Records before breaking up the same year.

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