Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bandcamp Picks: Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul, Human Cull, Slug Bate, Floods

Tankcrimes started 2014 right with Splatterhash, the long promised Cannabis Corpse / Ghoul split. Cannabis Corpse do what they do best: smoke weed, and play death metal about smoking weed. You don't have to peer far through the pot smoke to see that this would have fit right in back when Tampa Bay was the death metal capital of the world. On their side of the split, Ghoul burst out some classy death/thrash with their typical galloping enthusiasm and even throw out some nifty 70's metal moves. [$3]

It's been almost a year since we last checked in with Brits Human Cull, and they're nowhere close to reeling in their crusty power violence. The Persecuting Society is the musical equivalent of a rusty straight razor left at the park, full of bad intent and potential lawsuits. The six song EP is available as a "name your price" download.

My friend Tuka Shahidi from DoC faves (and early Bandcamp Picks) eyeswithoutaface and Homolka has a new band of grinding nastiness called Slug Bate. Like the Swans/Siege worshipping days of early Napalm, Slug Bate's blasts of noise are as much provocation as they are catharsis. The 8 track demo is available as a free download.

Last year was a big year for hardcore bands who love Swedish death metal, with Nails and All Pigs Must Die getting lots of love from fans and critics alike. Along those lines are New England's Floods, with their first EP Day Of The Dead. Imagine Wolverine Blues all beefed up on TRT and beatdown hardcore. Nicke and Uffe would be proud/scared. The four song EP is available as a "name your price" download.