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Late News: Trap Them Final Shows

Posted in News and Information with tags , on October 24, 2017 by Ben

So here’s some late news that just came to my attention; Trap Them will be playing their last 4 shows this November. The tour was posted (In August – I’m slow okay) with little fanfare or explanation but whatever the reason, we will be loosing one of the gnarliest hardcore bands in recent memory.

I had been listening to their blistering crossover of hardcore and grind for a while but it wasn’t until I saw them live last year that their true ferocity became cemented in my mind. The show I saw was part of North American tour they were doing with Yautja, started immediately after the conclusion of the Euro tour they had just been on.

During one of the dates of their Euro tour, their lead singer broke both his feet after jumping off a speaker. Usually that would be enough to cancel a tour, or at least the next planned one. Not for Trap Them, these guys finished the Euro tour with vocals being conducted from a broken office chair. Then they started the fucking NA tour, like 20-something dates with both feet in casts.

When they finally made it to Toronto the vocalist took the stage in kneepads and did the entire set writhing on the ground like a wounded animal. It is still the single gnarliest set I’ve seen and has established my profound respect for this band and vocalist. Everyone jerked off Dave Grohl for playing shows with a broken leg in a custom made throne but they missed the real badass crawling across the stage and sleeping in a van.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets I envy you. If not you can crank back their entire discography on Bandcamp. RIP.

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Assorted Musings and Historical Appreciation

Posted in News and Information, Random Riffage with tags , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2017 by Ben

Lazy piece of shit checking into his derelict blog. Just give me a second to scrape the mold off my computer screen and remove at least one of the boards from the window.

I have been listening to a bunch of new music but I’ve been too lazy/busy/apathetic to write about it. Instead I’m going to list all of the new albums I’ve bought in the last month or so and summarize them in three words or less.

Dangers – “The Bend in the Break” = Catharsis Rage Vomit.

Dangers – “Messy, Isn’t it?” = See #1.


Mutoid Man – “War Moans” = 80’S POWER CRUNCH.

Seven Sisters of Sleep – “Ezekiel’s Hags” = Deadlift Doom.

High On Fire – “The Art of Self Defense” = LEGENDARY.

Clowns – “Lucid Again” = Too much fun.

You can find all of those albums on Bandcamp so check ’em out if you want.

Saw Cavern at the Bovine on Saturday night. It was a nice treat to see a smaller band that I had written about getting up to the great northern yonder to play a show. They fucking killed it and you should go check out their most recent album for more heavy jams.

I also saw Baby Driver over the weekend which was quite entertaining as long as you didn’t think too hard about it. It’s a very unique interpretation of a movie musical and the only reason I wanted to mention it here is because one of the main action sequences is set to “Hocus Pocus” by Focus. The rest of the soundtrack was just as stellar.

Lastly! You know how when you’re little and all the “adult” things like coffee and beer taste like absolute horseshit to your virgin tongue? Well I’ve found my ears have kind of done the same thing as I’ve gotten older. Several years ago I didn’t enjoy or respect some of the older metal luminaries, like High On Fire but now I can’t get enough.

Like goddammit, these fucking riffs. WHAT THE FUCK WAS WRONG WITH ME!?

So I apologize and will now headbang my way through ten Hail Mary’s.



Happy Fucking New Year

Posted in News and Information on January 2, 2017 by Ben

Happy Fucking (late) New Year.

Maybe this next year will see me getting some more content up.

Maybe this next year will see me finally putting that antique bomb shelter to good use.

Who knows!?

So with this late announcement, have some super duper dope ass stoner rock from 2015, discovered thanks to my friend Beau. They have a new album coming out on March 17th if you are so inclined.

Also check out the Youtube channel Beau found this on – Stoned Meadow of Doom – they know whats up.

So it goes

Posted in News and Information on September 1, 2016 by Ben

Get up.

Hit snooze.

Get up again.

Hit snooze again.

Get up.


Start the car. Drive the car. Park the car.

Buy the coffee. Drink the coffee. Piss the coffee out.

Punch in. Punch out. Punch in. Punch out.

Start the car. Drive the car. Park the car.

Eat or Sleep or Internet or Wrench.


Get up.


Starting this blog in 2nd year university, I thought I’d never have a reason to stop writing. Reality is a bitch and so is working for a living.

Things are a little more calm now. Maybe something will get produced?

Don’t hold your breath.

……oh, hi there

Posted in News and Information on July 27, 2014 by Ben



For starters, I’m not sorry for avoiding posting for the last three months or so. The following is an explanation of why.

I live in a rural area of Southern Ontario. Our climate is the classic Canadian hodgepodge of almost comfortable summers and intolerably cold winters.

From just about November through to April, the outside world becomes a rather nasty place. Howling maelstroms of snow and deep-set frosts that nip at your heels like a pack of starving wolves, it is not a hospitable time to spend outside. (Yeah I’m fucking exaggerating. It’s still damn cold.)

Come late April, a rather wonderful thing happens; the frigid temperature snaps like brittle bone and the snow begins to melt away to reveal all sorts of wonderful colours. Well, mostly brown, grey and green-tinged yellow as the continental amount of road salt and sand starts to get washed away into our soil, creeks and lakes. But I digress.

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The Summer Sledgehammer.

Posted in News and Information with tags on May 14, 2014 by Ben

Hi there.

So like, summer hit me pretty fucking hard.

Work from 6 – 2:30 or 8 – 5, then run around building things, breaking things, drinking things, eating things or riding things. The causalities of all this? Sleep and internet time.

I’m still jamming music pretty much all the time but what I don’t have time for is finding new stuff and writing words about it. The internet is the first thing that gets the hacksaw when the sun comes out so the next couple months will be quite sparse.

I’ll still drop some reviews when the rain turns sideways, so maybe like once or twice a month. Consider this a graduation sabbatical.


Buying random $5 records has been yielding some damn good treasures, such as this ten minute B-side jam from Rare Earth.


Fresh Jams: Tumbleweed Dealer – Resurrected Yet Again

Posted in News and Information with tags on May 3, 2014 by Ben

Tumbleweed Dealer are a Montreal-based post-stoner band whose music I talked about both here and here. Their sound is all dead cowboys, dark skies, hostile deserts and whole damn fuckton of weed smoke.

They have a new record coming out near the end of this May and have released a track in celebration of that coming date. A re-recording of a song from their demo, “Resurrected Yet Again”, gets a fresh Tumbleweed Dealer treatment, with re-worked grooves and crisp instrumentation fleshing things out from the first draft.

The track also comes with a sick poster courtesy of Alexandre Goulet, which absolutely nails the whole evil-desert, mummified cowboy theme that the music brings to mind. A slow, cyclical march to a freshly dug grave, with unsteady footsteps in the sand leading off into the distance.

You can give the track a gander below and use it as some background music to get started rolling joints for the full album release coming later this month.

Tumbleweed Dealer Facebook


Posted in News and Information on April 25, 2014 by Ben







Fuck Clouds: Trash Talk release “Cloudkicker”

Posted in News and Information with tags , on April 22, 2014 by Ben

The shit disturbers that make up the NY hardcore band Trash Talk are gearing up to release their newest album, “NO PEACE” on May 27th. The first track to be released from the album, “Cloudkicker”, is streaming right below.

Grizzly as fuck, drenched in sweat and spittin’ blood. Trash Talk always manage to conjure a tough-as-nails sound in their grooves and “Cloudkicker” is no exception. It’s got a slightly weird background-groan chorus but past that, it rips shit and that’s all you need to know.

On a related note, I recently got to see these guys live at the Opera House in support of Dillinger Escape Plan. Fucking good show. From the first song the singer was in the middle of the pit conducting orchestrated chaos surrounded by colliding bodies. Badass moment of the night was him telling the entire audience to sit down and light up while they played “Hash Wednesday”. Spliffs were circulated while we all parked our asses on a beer-stained floor. Props to the Opera House for not being fascists and trying to shut it down.

Holy Crap. Stuff Happened.

Posted in News and Information on February 19, 2014 by Ben

Long weekend, then reading week.

Oh. Oh yeah.

I also got bored today and tiddled around with the look of the place. I like it, for now I guess. The menu, with links to categories and such can be found by clicking the button in the top right corner. Blogroll and archives are at the bottom of the page on the right side. Comment if you think this layout is horrible but I think it’s easier to read, which was the goal.

I do have new music in the pipeline, which is getting written about now and then rolled out in the following weeks. Solid albums all ’round.

Other than that I’ll try to get some more posts out this week, before school jumps back in and tries to steal my cookies.