Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bandcamp Picks - Retortion Terror, Crack House, No/Mas, Psychoneurosis


Having recovered from an infection that ended his last band Gridlink (and almost his career as well), guitarist Takafumi Matsubara sounds like he has something to prove with Retortion Terror. There's no filler to be found on the eponymous debut, which fires off six no-nonsense cuts of sandblasting fury. Keeping the grind unkind. [$4.44]



Philadelphia's CRACK HOUSE are all about two kinds of rock. Through four manic, lip-blistering tracks, Smoke Crack In Hell sounds like Brutal Truth hitting the pipe with Poison Idea, throwing power violence's usual tough guy schtick out the window to just rock. If stoner metal is an accepted genre, why isn't crack metal? [$4.44]



NO/MÁS know the power of a good hook. Even though comparisons can be made to the D.C. area's other grindcore heroes Pig Destroyer (and though PD's Blake Harrison shows up to raise the noise quota), the crusty simplicity, infectious grooves and occasional black metal riffing on Raíz Del Mal have more in common with the dearly missed Nasum. Mieszko Talarczyk has not been forgotten. [$6.66]



Following up their split with Agathocles, DoC friends Pychoneurosis return with 20 new songs of grinding mayhem. Just looking at the album artwork, it's safe to say The Fall Of Humanity draws heavily from Napalm Death and Terrorizer, firing off short, catchy blasts of metallic grind with the occasional mosh part. From derangement to pit activation. [$8]

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018



Don't ask me what the best albums of 2018 were. I wouldn't know. I tried to find the time to listen to everything that came out this year, but there just wasn't any.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bandcamp Picks - From the Ashes of Fallen Empire



Fallen Empire Records, DoC's favourite label of the last few years, has announced their intention to cease operations - but not before releasing a bevy of sterling (and extremely black) releases. I covered a few of these in my most recent "Stocking Stuffer" Picks, but the label dropped one last batch of albums after I posted that. Here is a quick rundown of those, in addition to previous standouts that I missed out on. [All releases are listed as "name your price" downloads at the time of this writing.]

Mixtape 76 - Grey Skies Over Rapture



Here is the 76th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Andrew Collett and Ben Claxton of Wellington, New Zealand-based progressive death metal band Grey Skies Over Rapture.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Mixtape 75 - Scorn of Creation



Here is the 75th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Seth Jackson and Kris Gillan of Wellington, New Zealand-based death metal band Scorn of Creation.

Mixtape 74 - Disemboweling The Limbless



Here is the 74th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Beau Barnes of Wanganui, New Zealand-based death metal band Disemboweling The Limbless.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Mixtape 73 - Organectomy



Here is the 73rd installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Christchurch, New Zealand-based death metal band Organectomy.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Mixtape 71 - Men An Tol



Here is the 71st installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Christchurch, New Zealand black metal band Men An Tol.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Bandcamp Picks - 2018 Stocking Stuffer Edition


The link between one-man bands and "name your price" albums is probably obvious (no rehearsal spaces or studio time to pay for, therefore fewer costs to recoup), and perhaps of interest to me alone. But I still feel the need to point out how antisocial misanthropes working in their bedrooms are responsible for spreading so much joy.