Music Video Oscar; DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

I was on a work trip to the UAE for the last week. The hotel TV didn’t have anything to watch so I spent a lot of time on Youtube, leading me to find the music video for “Nobody Speak” from the newest DJ Shadow album. I’d never heard of DJ Shadow before but I knew who Run the Jewels were, so I decided to give it a go.

Hip-hop may or may not be your thing (I dig it) but genre aside, this video is fucking superb. Goddamn Academy Award-level shit. The setup, production, acting, song beats, the song itself. The whole thing gels so damn well it almost brings a tear to my eye. Usually the actors are the weak link in the lip-syncing-a-rapper video segment but in this case, these actors fucking kill it.

10/10.

Fuck, that’s heavy: God Syndrome and WOUNDVAC

Work trips suck. LETS. GET. BROOOOOOOOTALLLLLL!

God Syndrome

The second Russian band to contact me this year, God Syndrome are a melodic death metal band from Samara, Russia. While some bands can be hard to pin down to a certain genre, God Syndrome are very clearly at home in the halls gouged out by such notaries as Hypocrisy and Carcass, which is not a bad thing by any metric.

Thunderous, rhythmic attacks hammered out with double kicks and distorted guitars, God Syndrome are fucking dynamic and heavy, with loads of the aggressive melodies key to their genre. Plenty of dope riffage to be found as well, like on “Five Acts of Deception” and “Fire”

Their newest album, “Controverse” was released in February of 2016 and you can stream that below. You will also find a video for their newest single, “The Den”, that was released in December 2016.

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WOUNDVAC – INFAMY

I wrote about this Arizona-based hardcore band a couple months ago after they were gracious enough to send me a free flexi disc and a sticker (I love stickers). Since then they have a new release under their belts, the “INFAMY” 7″.

WOUNDVAC have put together another vicious collection of utterly efficient hardcore and grind. There’s no wasted expositions, just some fuckin’ gnarly blast beats and chugs, laced together with brutish howling and neolithic grooves. The soundtrack to a thousand dingy basement shows and frothing piles of sweaty human meat. When all you have is a sledgehammer, everything looks like rubble.

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Shitrock Saturdays: The Rare Cuts

I live in a rural area, so the choices of radio station you can get in the car are pretty limited. The two rock stations that come in both use basically the same catalogue of music that never gets updated, so a daily part of your life is hearing the same song 3 times a day.

This makes for an interesting mindset, where songs that most people would consider classics give you a headache and/or crushing apathy. People would look at you funny if you actually told them what you think of Bohemian Rhapsody when it comes on for the fifth fucking time that day.

Don’t even get me started on ACDC during the morning commute.

However, even among the constant repeats of the worst that the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s had to offer, there are still some songs that only get played on rare occasions. Songs that you still like and don’t get played enough to beat them into drudgery. You might hear them every couple weeks, or every couple months but each time is a pleasant surprise.

Here are three of those tracks.

Everyone always bitches about how Reservoir Dogs ruined this song for them because they couldn’t separate their ears from their head…bad joke. Anyway, great song drunk, great song sober, great song hungover.

This might get more airtime after Guardians of the Galaxy shot this song back into the mainstream hive-mind but even before then, this was a rare treat on the local shitrock station. You hear the ooga, you reach for the volume.

DOUG AND THE FUCKIN SLUGS. EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

I can’t explain my deep-seated love for the slick sounds of Doug and his Slugs but goddamn, when this comes on the radio once a month, its my jam.

Randoms Recap: Into Orbit, Crystal Fairy and Chetyre Muzhika

I know I’m not gonna find the time to write about all of this music separately, so it’s all getting crammed into one post. Better something than nothing eh?

Into Orbit – New Album; “Unearthing”

Into Orbit are an instrumental post-metal duo from New Zealand, heavy in the vein of Russian Circles. Dark and moody jams, with frothy interludes and some strong grooves. The cold Arctic ocean vibes are strong with this one. Calm and bracing, like a picnic by the lake in February.

Favourite Track: “The Archer”. Red Fang gone post metal jam that caught me totally by surprise.

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Melvins + Mars Volta + Butcherettes = Crystal Fairy

I found out about this from Rolling Stone of all places (I had time to kill at work OK). A new alt-rock supergroup with King Buzzo, Dale Crover, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Teri Gender-Bender coming together to form Crystal Fairy. Don’t love the name but the music is solid from what I’ve listened too so far. Not blowing my brains against the wall like I may have expected it too but still enjoyable all the same. Stream it below and decide for yourself.

Chetyre Muzhika (Четыре Мужика) EP – “Howl (Вой)”

I can’t say or spell the name but hell, Chetyre Muzhika are a badass stoner rock band from Russia and “Howl” is their newest EP, released in October of last year. It was released through the CSBR label, which I’m only mentioning cuz it stands for Crab Stoned But Rocking, which is awesome.

Anyway, these guys put out some rock-solid jams, with punchy guitar-driven grooves and neck straining riffs. All 4 tracks show a slightly different flavour but all of them come together to make it worth going back for seconds.

Favorite Track: “мустанга (Mustang)” This track is weird as hell in the best way possible and also has some of the sickest riffs on the whole album.

Ominous Omens: Blood Mist S/T EP

Folks, the music in this post? It’s good shitReal Good Shit. Schedule I federal life sentence good shit. Just had to get that out of the way.

Blood Mist are a newly minted 5 piece band from Baltimore USA. Their self-titled debut EP will be coming out on February 10th through the always excellent Grimoire Records. A self-professed stoner metal band, this fresh quintet brings the bad business to a rapidly expanding and somewhat stagnated genre with 5 tracks of goddamn righteous rock n roll. As Islander would say, this is fucking good pancake.

A slow build opens up “Burn the Trees” leading to a full-pull-cough-your-eyes-red-suck-too-much-resin, exhale and…headbang. Goddamn man, like I’m gonna be biased since I run this shithole called Church of the Riff, but these riffs are the AAA ‘berta beef of riffs. Doesn’t matter if you salt, pepper and flip once or twice, this shit is premium grade.

It has a little bit of a desert rock feel, with the cyclic, droning background riffs but hits way harder with some heavy metal thunder. Think of it like the mountains at the edge of the desert, with the fuzzed-out sandy drones getting tossed up onto the prehistoric stones. It kinda reminds me of the now-defunct Velvet Elvis melted down with a solid helping of High on Fire.

Aside from all 5 tracks being bangers, this EP sounds fucking great to boot. The mix is on point, the vocals in just the right spot and the balance between the two guitars as true as can be. That’s without getting me started on the succulent guitar tones, not too clean or too rough, savoury all the way down.

So yeah, I really fucking dig these guys and can’t wait to see what they produce in the future. You can play “Goblin Overload” from Bandcamp down below or you can head on over to The Ripple Effect to check out the full album stream. As mentioned at the top, you can pick up “Blood Mist” on February 10th through Grimoire Records and I highly suggest you go give them a listen.

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Happy Fucking New Year

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.

Demo-litions: Worse

Fun fact, I’ve never actually heard 3 Inches of Blood. I know they’re an OG Canadian metal band that disbanded a couple years past but that’s as far as I go. Burn me at that cross if you wish but that’s just the way it is. So when MetalSucks tells me that three of the former members have gone on to form a new band called Worse, none of their history was driving my expectations of what a new project would sound like.

Blathering aside, this newly minted trio released a triplet of tracks as a demo and I’ll be one of Peter’s pickled peppers if these tracks aren’t some damn fine rippers. The opener – “Beds are Burning the Midnight Oil” – is real strong, digging in with some solid oak riffs and a equally earthen groove. MANLY MAN MOUNTAIN RAWK OH YES, YES INDEED.

But really – that entire opening cut? – drone, feedback, baaaaaawwwsss, feeeedback, RIFF YOU FUCK, RIFF. Ohhhh, sooo goooooooood.

The other two tracks of this little taster rank in at a strong “flannel” on the now patented Textiles Scale for Heavy Music. Nothing groundbreaking, just really fucking badass riff-driven, heavy metal.

So consider me well intrigued for what the future holds. Get some below!

 

 

The Final Frontier: Hashed Out – Cosmic Pessimism

Ever heard the joke about the nihilist clown? Nevermind, it doesn’t matter.

Hashed Out are a hardcore punk band from Montreal whose debut EP I have jammed for the last two years. Late nights, tired, mad, cold – those 6 tracks cranked to the threshold of pain always woke me up and cleared my sinuses.

“Cosmic Pessimism” was released in October and is their first full length. First impressions? Dirty. Real fuckin’ dirrrrty. You come up to a certain kind of person and play them this album, they’re gonna look at you cross-eyed and spit on your Walkman. This shit sounds crusty and piss nasty, all rough tones and filthy mix. This gives it the strange characteristic of sounding like shit at low volumes, but get that up loud and yousa in for a gooood time.

Slipping and sliding their way between grindcore, d-beat, crust punk and straight up noise, these guys don’t stop for breath, like not even a smoke break. Just punch, kick, grind, rend and tear into the teddy bears.

Shit like “The Law Down Here” – rips its shirt off flying through the caustic intro only to slam down some fuckin’ vile chug riffs, culminating into a donkey-punching breakdown. SO FILTHY. Everything in one song, grind, d-beat punkers, elephant-marching breakdown. Mix it up and chug ‘er down.

Or the feedback that opens “Bad Dreams”. That shit ain’t no artsy feedback, pulled away just in time before the dB’s getcha. Nah, this shit stabs those eardrums like a rusty steel wire, then dumps your ass in one hell of a circle pit.

I love this album. It’s rough as fuck and gets me stoked to see them live, something you can’t always say. $7 on Bandcamp.

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Precious Metals: WHORES – Gold

Whores have been one of my top bands since I discovered “Ruiner” several years ago and their 2013 release, “Clean”, was my album of the year. Since then I’ve been waiting by the mailbox for more pummelling vitriol from this Atlanta-based band.

“Gold” was released in late October of this year and after my first listen, I was left feeling surprised and a little bit miffed. Their sound had changed! My fickle heart was broken, my emotions left pooling on the carpet like fresh vomit from the dog…

But then I got over myself and spun the album twice more.

For me, “Gold”, is a substantial departure from the sound they had perfected in “Clean”. Their previous output always sounded precise and deliberate. It was crushing, yeah, but everything had its place and never felt rushed for time. You were still getting your skull pounded in but with careful consideration to where the hammer was going to fall.

Ripping open this new release, the pace is upped, the consideration gone and your grey matter spewed on the wall with nary a thought to the cleaning crew. It’s a push into faster territories of punk than they had previously occupied and a switch from measured violence to reckless disregard.

Once I had mentally registered this change of pace, “Gold” quickly became a frequently played album in the weeks that followed. It’s a fucking ripper. Deep hooks, faster grooves, filthy pools of distortion and howling grey-haired angst.

I can’t find a Bandcamp stream (Boo!) but you can check out this stream on Noisey along with an excellent interview with the band’s frontman. Also check out the video for “I See You Are Also Wearing a Black T Shirt” below.

“Tiny little man, tiny little town, tiny little footsteps and a hole in the ground.” Deep cuts.

Brothers in Brutal: No Trust – “Heavy Hand”

I love getting emails from bands to bring music to my attention even with my corpse of a blog and half-assed writing schedule. Case in point, the brotherly brutality of No Trust from San-Diego and their newest EP, “Heavy Hand”.

Sometimes I’ve listened to two-piece bands that put on a good show but have always left me feeling that they were one instrument short of a full stew. Very few duos have knocked my teeth in on the first riff like the album opener “Lift” does. Fuckin’ heavy, real fuckin’ heavy boys. Snare crash and head bash – beautiful.

And no one-trick pony are these guys either, with the rest of this 5-track EP blowing me out of the water. Vocals are on-friggin-point, the mix sounds great, the riffs are bone-breakers and the song structures kept me interested right through to the end. I know there’s probably a little trickery thrown in the recording process to flesh out the sound but this pair puts bands twice their size in the dirt.

Like they say, it’s not the size of the mast…

Get it on Bandcamp and don’t just punch in $0.

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Also gotta say I really dig the album art, done by a Mamat Ahee. You can find some more evil visuals over on their Instagram.