…you’ve missed lively, Siskel vs. Ebert-esque discussions on directorial filmographies, genres, cult television and music like:
Anarchos / Morbid Stench - Ghospels Of Necromancy - split, Blood Blast Distribution, Blood Harvest, Burial Remains - Spawn of Chaos, Cenotafio - Larvae Tedeum Teratos, Eshtadur - From the Abyss, Foul Body Autopsy - Consumed By Black Thoughts, Gore House Productions, Gutvoid - Astral Bestiary, Infesticide - Envenoming Wounds, Just Before Dawn - An Army at Dawn, Nekus - Death Nova Upon the Barren Harvest, Nuclear Blast, Oxalate / Perpetuated / Blood Spore / Vivisect - 4-Way, Oxalate / Perpetuated / Blood Spore / Vivisect - 4-Way Split, Raw Skull Recordz, Scordatura - Mass Failure, third eye cinema podcast, Transcendence - Towards Obscurities Beyond, Valdrin - Effigy of Nightmares, Xtreem Music
Went to get a flu shot today (cue anti-vaxxers collective GASP!)
No big occurrence, no major deal, no funny story. Except.
Apollo Stands - Shitty Zombies, BLOOD STAR - The Fear, Clockwork Sky - Longinus, CYNABARE URNE - Obsidian Daggers and Cinnabar Skulls, Freeways - True Bearings, Helter Skelter / Regain, Invictus Productions / Electric Assault Records / Stygian Black Hand / Temple of Mystery Records, LIFVSLEDA - Manifest MMXIX, MALIGN - Demo 1/95, Occult Burial - Burning Eerie Lore, OFERMOD - Pentagrammaton, One Eyed Toad Records, Shadow Kingdom, Shadow Records/Regain Records, Temple of Mystery, TEMPLE OF VOID - The World That Was, TERRESTRIAL HOSPICE - Indian Summer Brought Mushroom Clouds, third eye cinema podcast, TYRANT - Hereafter
Another voice for sanity lost, as the madmen froth at the mouth and bounce on their squatting legs, arms waving excitedly like the neanderthals they are.
The sane among us, wake up. We have one last shot before we all go over the falls. Make it count.
And now, on with the proceedings!
…does anyone else catch a whiff of Cabaret about all this?
Astrakhan - Astrakhans Superstar Experience, Black Lodge Records, DEFECTO - DUALITY, Diamond Dogs: Too Much Is Always Better Than Not Enough, Eisenwald, HAGATHORN - Hartworld, Iskandr - Gelderse Poort, KRAKEN DUUMVIRATE - The Stars Below The Seas Above, MELODIC PASSION, NEPTUNE - NORTHERN STEEL, Nordvis, OVER THE VOIDS... - Hadal, Ravened - From The Depths, SILENT FUTURE RECORDINGS, STARMEN - KISS THE SKY, The Waymaker, third eye cinema podcast, Uada - Djinn, Wild Kingdom, ZHAKIAH - WHERE THE LIGHT WILL THREAD
And as we edge closer to potential national armageddon (or so the literal army of drooling mouth breathers encountered online would lead any sane person to fear), we’ll keep pumping ’em out while freedom of speech and action is still more than just a fading memory.
20th Century Music / Vanity Music Group, Disillusion - "Between", Go Down Records, GO DOWN RECORDS - 2003|2020, OOZE - Shivers, Orplid - Deus Vult, Paysage D'Hiver - Im Wald, Prophecy, Prophecy / Auerbach, Robustfellow Productions, third eye cinema podcast, Vrimuot - O Tempora, WINTERKAT - The Struggle
And here we are in the home stretch. Will the Grand Experiment that was our Founders’ dream burn to dust amidst the fanning flames of fascism? Or will everyone man up, mobilize and stop pouting like children because we didn’t exactly get our way in the primaries once again?
Argonauta Records, Art As Catharsis / Kozmik Artifactz, Blues Funeral Recordings, DUN RINGILL - Library of Death, EYES - Underperformer, Heavy Psych Sounds, Heavy Psych Sounds Records, HPS DOOM SESSIONS VOL.1 - CONAN & DEADSMOKE - DOOM SESSIONS VOL.1, HUMAVOID - Lidless, Indisciplinarian, Mercury Circle - The Dawn of Vitriol, MOS GENERATOR/DI'AUL SPLIT, MOUNTAIN TAMER - Psychosis Ritual, Noble Demon, Noble Demon / The Vinyl Division, RITUALS - INVICTA, Sleeping Church Records, SUNKEN - Livslede, svart records, THE OBSESSED - Live at Big Dipper, third eye cinema podcast, TULKAS - The Beginning Of The End, Turtle Skull - Monoliths, Vendetta Records, ZAKK SABBATH - Vertigo
Another batch of goodies (and not so-goodies) for your perusal and delectation…
Astral Sleep - Astral Doom Musick, Atavist - III: Absolution, Candlelight / Spinefarm, High Tone Son of a Bitch - Lifecycles: EPs of HTSOB, Reaper Entertainment, Riven - The Suffering, River Cult - Chilling Effect, Saarni Records, Tee Pee Records, The Atomic Bitchwax - Scorpio, The Riven, The Riven - 7" ("windbreaker"/ "moving on"), third eye cinema podcast, Voodoo Gods - The Divinity of Blood, Witch Taint - Sons of Midwestern Darkness
Hey, it’s a nicer day today than it has been for the last few, feeling like a weight’s been lifted off the ol’ shoulders…why don’t we fire one up and dig into a whole heapin’ helpin’ of stoner doom?
It must be 4:20 somewhere…
Amor Fati, Empress - Premonition, FORGJORD - Laulu kuolemasta, Goatvulva, GRIDE - Hluboka temna modr, Haxenzijrkell - Die Nachtseite, Hypnotic Dirge Records, L'inphantile collective, Nubivagant - Roaring Eye, Osmose Productions, Ov Shadows - I Djavulens Avbild, PERFECITIZEN - Humanipulation, Petrichor, SUICIDE CIRCLE - Demo MMXX, third eye cinema podcast, Werewolf, Wills Dissolve - Echoes
Just because. Another batch of reviews is ready, so here’s yet another heaping helping of humour, just a hint of hubris (all musicians are full of it…) and plenty of heartwarming honesty to hole up with.
ABORTED FETUS – PYRAMIDS OF DAMNATION, BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS – LESSONS IN MURDER, BIZARRE LEPROUS PRODUCTIONS, BLACK ALTAR / KIRKEBRANN – DEUS INVERSUS, BLACK FALCON – EGO MORTEM MACHINA, BLACK JASPER RECORDS, CHANCROID – BESTIAL PERVERSE OF THE ANOMALIES PSYCHONEUROTIC (BRUTE! PRODUCTIONS, Clobber Records, Comatose Music, CONFLICT – DECISION CODE, DEVASTATOR – BAPTISED IN BLASPHEMY, FINAL COIL – CONVICTED OF THE RIGHT, FOETAL JUICE - GLUTTONY, FORGED IN BLACK – TEN YEARS AT THE FORGE, FOUL BODY AUTOPSY – PURIFIED READY TO RECLAIM, Gore House Productions, INCINERATE - SACRILEGIVM, LETHAL SCISSOR RECORDS, LORD OROTS – CONQUERING THE INFINITE VOID, LORE BREAKER RECORDS, MISERTUS – DAYDREAM / COIL / OUTLAND TRILOGY, MORNING STAR HEATHENS MUSIC GROUP, My Silent Wake - Damnum Per Saeculorum, Odium Records, ONEIRIC CELEPHAÏS – THE OBSCURE SIBYL, ONISM PRODUCTIONS, OPA LOKA RECORDS, Phil Stiles - The Anchorite, PHOBETOR – WHEN LIFE FALLS SILENT, SHADOWFLAG – IN ASYLUM REQUIEM, SLIT YOUR GODS – DOGMATIC CONVICTIONS OF HUMAN DECREPITUDE, STENCH OF PROFIT – NO PLACE TO HIDE, TEXAS MURDER CREW – EVERYONE’S LAST BREATH, third eye cinema podcast, THRASHERWOLF – WE ARE REVOLUTION, UTILITARIAN – FIGHT WAR NOT WARS DESTROY POWER NOT PEOPLE, WORMHOLEDEATH, ZEBADIAH CROWE – HOST RIDER
Saw a live show the other day from hipster indie rockers The Kaiser Chiefs. Like many such acts, I hadn’t been all that familiar with ’em, other than that sort of annoying “ruby ruby ruby” thing, and while energetic enough, the mostly screamed out set of mutant Britpop revivalism left yours truly with a rather blase taste in the mouth.
Tepid is the best way to describe it – not exciting (like retro 70’s/stoner rockers Blues Pills) or irresistibly likeable like The Kills in all their 80’s UK retro vibe and minimalist guitar experimentation or moreso, Peter Bjorn and John in their blatant Paul Weller and Neil Finn worship (go ahead, try to find the song that wasn’t trying to walk some tightrope between either The Jam and Style Council or Split Enz and Crowded House)…just hummably, watchably acceptable with a bitter side of overinflated ego from the (let’s be nice here) semitalent frontman.
But why bring this up, you ask?
Blackballed - Elephant in the Room, Carthagods - The Monster in Me, Diesel Machine - Evolve, Dreams of Avalon - Beyond the Dream, FDA, Fighter Records, Formosa - Danger Zone, Grand Massive - 4, Lionheart - The Reality of Miracles, Metalville Records, Nightfear - Apocalypse, Nils Patrik Johansson - The Great Conspiracy, Paul Di'Anno - Hell Over Waltrop - Live in Germany, Soulbound - Addicted to Hell, Surgical Strike - Part of a Sick World, The Headlines - Warpaint, The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats - Dogs on the Leash, The Progressive Souls Collective - Sonic Birth, third eye cinema podcast, Torch - Reignited, Waltari - Global Rock
So as readers can probably tell, yours truly has been in more of a doom mood of late, with the extreme heat shuffling much of our coverage into the realms of the more “extreme” forms of metal: thrash, death and of course black in all its myriad permutations and shades.
Brec Bassinger, captain america, Ellen Wong, Geoff Johns, Jack Kirby, Kennedy McMann, Legends of Tomorrow, Liza Lapira, Matt Ryan, Michael Cera, nancy drew, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Stan Lee, Stargirl, Steve Ditko, Steve Englehart, the CW, third eye cinema podcast
I was recently challenged to write something a tad more positive and fanboyish than usual (by a source whose examples were downright autistic both in terms of literary quality and in gushing, unabashed stars in the eyes praise for every fart produced by a certain company or two. Seriously, it was jaw droppingly embarrassing.)
The first writeup below therefore may come off a bit more happy happy joy joy than usual…or not. Existential authenticity trumps all other considerations, and in the end, the buck stops here. Needless to say, they ultimately weren’t happy with it, so here it is back in our court, for your delectation.
Without further ado, shall we? Many and multifarious delights await!