Wednesday, 24 November 2010

KRS One- Return Of the Boom Bap

Aaand we're back, after a brief postless period, with some classic, very much socially and politically aware hip-hop from KRS-One. Shit is dope.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Head Hits Concrete - Thy Kingdom Come Undone

Okay, this is awesome. Head Hits Concrete are a political grindcore band from Winnipeg, Canada. As some dude on the intertubes put it, they sound "like early Iron Lung, only out of tune". Just to clarify, out of tune = awesome in this case because holy fucking dissonance is this shit great.

I ended up buying this record from here (digital download only) and in all honesty, you should too. There's a lack of political/conscious grindcore right now and these guys need your support. The only reason I'm putting up a download link is because 1. it's not the whole thing (missing a good 10 or so tracks) and 2. more people need to hear this shit. I don't know about y'all, but I was pretty surprised to see that this band is hardly ever mentioned.

Just a quick breakdown of what I'm giving you here: 48 tracks of pure dissonant, aural assault and album artwork/booklet + liner notes/lyrics (just to put this record into context). Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Lack of Interest

Lack of Interest are playing MDF and I'm fucking depressed because it's another band I've been dying to see at that damned festival. Check out the entire line-up here. Anyway, there's no point crying over this (yes, I cried). On to the music.

Lack of Interest are a powerviolence/fast band from Southern Cali. Stylistically they're very similar to Negative Approach and/or Infest (one of my favourite bands in the genre). That doesn't mean that you don't have to listen to these guys. You simply have to. They, along with Infest, personify every single thing I love about powerviolence. It's not just the music, it's also the vocals. The vocals here remind me of the sound I (or you) would make if someone took a nailgun and shot one of those 9-inch motherfuckers straight through the arm. Very angry, very loud and very grunt-like.

For those of you who skipped everything I just wrote to get to the links, let me break down what I've put here:

Monday, 8 November 2010

Deathspell Omega - Paracletus

The moment has finally arrived. Paracletus is the climax. It is the culmination of 8 (possibly even more) years of hard-work and dedication by the brilliant French avant-garde black metal band Deathspell Omega.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, allow me to shed some light. Paracletus is the final part of the trilogy, the first 2 pieces being Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice and Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeturnum.

I was going to write a lengthy bit on this album (what? I really was!) but there's someone out there who has done a fantastic job already. I strongly advise clicking the link below BEFORE listening to the album in order to fully appreciate what you're listening to.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

low threat profile-s/t 7"

"this conversation is going nowhere"

old dudes showing us kids how to play powerviolence


On a completely unrelated note, I cannot stress how excellent gospel is, do not hesitate to jump on this

Uyama Hiroto-A son of the sun

Oh glorious, glorious beats
Japanese instrumental hip-hop, very much in the vein of Nujabes.


Kegcharge - Sadistic War Glory

Ok, I'll admit that this post is mainly a "free post" (i.e. to increase the blog's output) but that doesn't mean that Kegcharge are by any means bad. Just not mindblowingly awesome. Having said that, I do enjoy this record quite a bit.

Some info on the band: Kegcharge consists of members from World Burns to Death and Severed Head of State (!) aaaand they play d-beat. Rather good d-beat too. Have fun with this one.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

No Friends

No Friends are a hardcore band without all the recent gimmicks: breakdowns, tough guy attitude etc. They play straight up hardcore that harkens back to the style of the "good ol' days". Bands like Gorilla Biscuits come to mind...
Anyway, the vocalist of No Friends also does vocal duties with Municipal Waste and that's one of the reasons why I like this band so much. The old school thrashy vocals with melodic hardcore punk. Check em out.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Infidel?/Castro! - Bioentropic Damage Fractal

Infidel?/Castro! is an "experimental" band from Philly comprising of George Korein and the incredibly talented Colin Marston (of Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia and Behold...the Arctopus fame). They've been on hiatus since 2005 which is the year they released Bioentropic Damage Fractal. I'm really upset that I got this album only now because I would really have liked to discuss this avant-garde...creature with Colin when I met him. No point dwelling in the past, let's move on to the album.

B.D.F., simply put, is a sprawling amalgam of noise, idm, glitch and dark ambient. There are probably more genres/sounds thrown into the cauldron that I don't think I have heard...yet. Originally packaged as a double-disc album, us downloaders will have to experience the whole thing as one (unless you tag the 2 sets of track as different albums). I'm not complaining. The songs on this album range from under 2 minutes to over 20 minutes and every single one of them is insanity in audio form. I'm still on my 2nd listen and loving this shit more than ever.

Word of advice: I don't want to alienate my blog readers but it really would help if you are into the noise genre otherwise this album will go unappreciated. This is not easy-listening but rather rewarding once you get into it.

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