Saturday, 1 March 2014

MASSES - Horde Mentality EP (2014)

Those of you who have the displeasure of knowing me, know that I love post-punk. And this is a particularly delicious tidbit of the genre. Like a surprising amount of my favourite modern bands, MASSES hail from Melbourne, Australia, a place known more for its beautiful sunny weather and nightlife than its depressing goth population. MASSES' debut EP, Horde Mentality is an excellent - albeit brief - example of modern post-punk. Taking clear influence from the classics such as Bauhaus, The Smiths and even a little Nick Cave, and playing with an irresistible punk energy, MASSES create a sound that is both classic and fresh. Clocking in at just over ten minutes long, this 4-song EP is short and sweet. The vocals in particular stand out, and they along with the chord sequences never go the way you expect them to. Misdirection is the key word here. A definite recommendation for those who wear their hair in Scissorhands style.

Looking forward to hearing a full-length soon.


Assück - Anticapital (1992)

One of the most interesting grindcore bands to come out of the U.S. (and Florida at that) politically charged Assuck come at you like a ton of bricks. With perhaps one of the greatest grindcore drummers of all time Rob Proctor, and one of the best vocalists in the scene at the time Paul Pavlovich; the legendary grindcore band was bound for success. This posthumous release embodies everything that anarchist's want lyrically and what grinders want aesthetically, accentuating all the basic premises of what's to be expected from such a wondrous and redeeming band, you will never feel so full of anger and hatred for the system until you've had the pleasure of listening to this full-length. With tracks reaching intervals between eight seconds and one minute and twenty five seconds the release encompasses the usual grindcore song length. The brutal, intense, and I cannot describe in words how intense and spot on the drumming is with this album, but the blast beats are so spot on it's insane, the grinding guitar riffs and poetically well written lyrics give the listener a splendid insight on what grindcore is SUPPOSED to sound like and not like the shite that's produced today. This reviewer highly recommends listening to this album even if you aren't into grind, it's well worth your time, as is their later discog release - Anticapital/Blindspot/3. Enjoy.

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Yacöpsae/Res Gestae/La Vendetta 3-way Split (2008)

An exceptional three way split between German powerviolence giants Yacöpsae, La Vendetta, and Res Gestae. As we all know powerviolence is the one of the most extreme forms of hardcore punk. Fast and relentless, and very unforgiving, this split emphasizes all of those characteristics.Yacöpsae's performance is especially exceptionally and unforgettable in this split, possibly one of their best when compared to other splits - Yacöpsae/Fuck on the Beach, Yacöpsae & Rot split, etc. The heavy dissonant sounds, speed, and brevity of this split is just jaw dropping, each band does an exceedingly impressive job of pumping full blown iconoclastic and socio-politically charged adrenaline through you, you will not be displeased with this split in the slightest.

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Ulver - Vargnatt (demo 1993)

It's hard to describe the sound that Ulver purvey in their first demo, I suppose many would refer to it as depressive and avant-garde as this seems to be the case. The demo's first track  'Her Begynner Mine Arr' is quite an interesting composition, the music starts with a slow and steady riff and quickly progresses into essential blast-beats and Garm's very peculiar vocals make it hard to place the demographic of which they are trying to appeal. The rest the album supports quite well especially the next few tracks leading up to 'Nattens Madrigal' (not to be confused with their posthumous black metal album) the track certainly conveys the feeling of being one with the night that is certain, it's starting tone is exceedingly dreary and atmospheric, and possesses a certain eeriness, then it slowly slides into very heavy black metal riffs but unlike those to other Norwegian second wave black metal bands at the time, Garms vocals loose and heavy fit the track very well it gives it a complete feeling to it, the composition is well worthy of the title. It maintains within every deep polyphonic riff the true meaning of darkness and despair. Overall this demo is highly underrated and well deserving of praise which it hardly gets.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief! (2012)

We all love gritty lo-fidelity just as much as the next guy, but damn if Satan's Satyrs don't take low quality production to the next level, and it sounds absolutely wonderful. Straight out of the boondocks of Herndon, Virginia these guys deliver, they bring back the same feelings of nostalgia every lo-fi enthusiast gets when they listen to an old Venom track; their aesthetics range as well, covering doom metal, punk rock, garage rock, stoner rock, etc. Not to mention their over exuberant biker themes, and the fact that they were selected as special guests by Electric Wizard at the Electric Acid Orgy, these guys are clearly notable, hopefully this review compels you all to give them a listen, they surely don't get enough recognition throughout the community.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

be____all - be____all (2012)

be____all is, for lack of a better word, an enigmatic artist(s?) from Massachusetts. They make what they describe as noise pop, and it's exactly what it sounds like. This album clocks in at just under 20 minutes, but it is not an EP, from what I can gather. This self-titled release conjures images of travelling in a metro train, late at night, with only your thoughts and the twinkling city skyline accompanying you. A pleasant, if slightly unsettling ambient experience awaits the listener, and this album (as with all their releases) is available for free from their bandcamp.

be____all is the be all, end all artist of noise pop. Fans of music that's a bit "out there" will enjoy them.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Drive Like Jehu - Drive Like Jehu (1991)

Drive Like Jehu was a post-hardcore band from San Diego, California who from 1990-1995 made two of some of the most influential albums in the post-hardcore genres. Though short lived, they paved a way for many bands in the new millennium. This album, the band's debut, is a very straightforward and cutting album. Filled with driving grooves and powerhouse drumming, the album is a pummel fest. Rick Froberg's vocals range from punk rock rasps to almost grunge-esque clean vocals. Songs like Step on Chameleon and Good Luck in Jail have infectious hooks on the verses and choruses, locking in the listener. This album also features multi-faceted songs with longer lengths such as O Pencil Sharp and If It Kills You. Drive Like Jehu's ability to project raw emotion is almost unparalleled.