The Bandoliers and excellent mustaches

Coo-ee I really should actually start going to sleep at normal people times but one look at that dapper fellows facial hair and I just knew sleep wasn’t an option.

So in a mildly sleep deprived state I present you with The Bandoliers and their excellent brand of down home, feel good rock ‘n’ roll. Yet another Bandcamp find, The Bandoliers are a 4 piece from way down in Nashville Tennessee. With their single release to date, “Prove Yourself”, released on January of this year, The Bandoliers belt out a heaping helping of classic riffs and instantly likeable songs.

“Prove Yourself” is chock full of pure, un-pretentious rock and roll. Big comfortable riffs meshes together with some smooth, but not too smooth, vocal styling. The songs are catchy and instantly memorable, it’s the musical equivalent of comfort food. Big, greasy portions of stick-to-your-ears goodness that you can listen to over and over again. Full of handclaps, one note rock piano, gang vocals, some trumpet and even a little harmonica, it’s lighthearted and smile inducing.

Even more good news is that you can own this album for the low cost of FREE. That’s right, it’s free on Bandcamp right now, so you should like go download it and listen to it. Cuz like, it’s awesome, and free, what else are you waiting for?

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Random Riffage: Revocation’s funeral dirge

One of my favorite and most infectious songs of 2011 was hands down Revocation’s “No Funeral”. Coming from the absolutly stellar release “Chaos of Forms” (Which made year end lists and won stuff…yada yada) this song is an absolute face melting, ear shredding three minutes and fifty nine seconds of pure badass motherfuckery.

Ignoring the fact that Dave Davidson was crowned the top modern metal guitarist this song has everything required for awesome. Flaming fretboards? Check. Catchy as the plague? Check. Eyeball melting duet solo’s? Check. Oh and there’s a video. So go watch it. Right meow.

Free Freaking Friday: Exemption

Fuckin’ eh. It’s Friday.

Let me get one thing out of the way first. I FUCKING LOVE THIS BAND, LIKE REALLY REALLY REALLY FUCKING LOVE THIS SHIT.

Now that that’s out of the way…Exemption are a band from Long Island/Brooklyn. This three peice band has released 3 albums, starting with 2009’s “Harmony of the Spheres” EP and the newest release (and album I’ve listened to the most), 2010’s “Public Cemetery Party” (Read: PCP). It’s extremely hard to pigeonhole a band like this into any genre, self described as “Aggressive Progressive”, that’s about the best description your going to get, other than “abso-fucking-lutly orgasm inducingly good”.

First thing you’ll notice as soon as the opening track “Hyperspiral” kicks into gear, is the infectious amount of pure energy this band packs into each square second of music. Frentic guitar work dances with equal charged drums, all covered by the soaring vocals and together creating one infectious melody. This album is beautiful, plain and simple. I wasn’t sure how I would like the extremely clean vocals but it just works so damn well with the music.

It’s technical but not overtly so. There’s always a cohesive, foot tapping rhythm holding everything together. The entire album burns a red hot groove through your mind that sticks there for days. I’ve had “Mutating Skulls” stuck in my head all damn week. Now the riffs. Catchy, foot tapping, technical with plenty of groove. The amount of musicianship on display here is simply staggering. Which leads me to my next point. These guys are fucking unsigned, it’s insane when you think about it really.

Their music is like the aforementioned drug. Stated as causing “feelings of strength, power, and invulnerability as well as a numbing effect on the mind” that’s exactly what this music does. It’s unstable and unpredictable, like a druggie coming at you with half a broken wine bottle but it doesn’t stop, nor do you want it too.

Oh the other insane thing? You can download “Public Cemetery Party” right now, for.fucking.free. So go do it. Right now. Before I sick a horde of hungry pre-schoolers on your ass.

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Gringo Records Sampler

Is it Thursday night already? Crap, I really need to start keeping track of time.

Annnnnnnyway. After discovering the quite excellent That Fucking Tank, I discovered that their record label, Gringo Records, released a free sampler of their music last December. Based out of Nottingham, England, Gringo is a DIY noise/alt rock label that represents about 40 bands. This 12 song sampler covers the entire gamut of the artists on their roster. Intermixed with the noise rock is some alternative, a slight bit on indie and just a teensie bit of sludge.

Considering it’s a free download, you’ve really got nothing to loose do you? Give it a listen and see what you think.

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Indian Handcrafts bring the fuzz

Time for you daily dosage of fuzz, essential for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Indian Handcrafts come from Barrie, Ontario, which is quite close to me but this is the first time I’ve heard any of their music. When I did get around to listening to it I was pleasantly surprised to find a head shaking combination of sludge and noise rock designed to melt faces.

A big fuzzed out guitar tone, backed by substantially booming drums and some frantic vocals bring together their sound. While they don’t stray to far from the tried and true “melt face with distortion” sludge formula, it’s well executed and sounds good, which is really all that matters. Two tracks on the album, “Microwave Lunch” and “The Jerk”, show almost an indie rock influence coming through while still retaining the heaviness from previous tracks.

This indie/noise rock influence gives their brand of sludge a bit more a friendly tone, as compared to the absolutly bone shattering evil of a band like Dopethrone for instance. It’s done so well though, that it doesn’t alienate people from either side of the musical spectrum (lighter/heavier). At some points the songs take on almost a experimental feel, with screeching guitars and ambient synths backing strained vocals.

All in all it’s a solid album worth a listen for any fan of sludge or distortion for that matter. So give it a listen and leave some thoughts in the comments.

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That Fucking Tank and those fucking riffs

Early morning posts are the way to go, getting up for class is overrated.

So this morning we’ve got the album TFT by the British noise rock duo, That Fucking Tank. They play a kind of progressive and noise rock hybrid, no vocals, all instrumental. They combine a thick, fuzzed out guitar tone with progressive song structures and constantly shifting riffage. The prog elements are all kept within one deep groove, which gives the album a excellent head bang factor and listenability.

Upbeat, catchy hooks will grab your attention and lead you along into a building storm of increasingly more technical guitar playing. While the playing on both drum and guitar is exceptionally tight, it has the perfect amount of fuzzy and greasy which a really sweet combination for anything coming from a “prog” group. A large amount of progressive rock is hyper-produced and extremely technical, which can make it tiring to listen to song after song. The Fucking Tanks do an excellent job of weaving some working class melodies into their musicianship.

The first four tracks on the album work you into a mellow position, with each song sounding like it might crush you skull at any moment but instead it just gives you a little tap on the head. Halfway through you do get the proverbial kick to the teeth with the 53 second “Nailbomb” which wakes you up for the ripping intro to “NWONWOBHM”. Playful flitting up the scale and then dropping you back down into some greasy grooves, only to be assaulted by shifting time signatures and whirlwind of guitar notes.

Then, you get dropped into “Acid Jam” which I can only describe as if groove and funk had a baby. Then bathed it in fuzz, and grease. Minimal drums and a oh so excellent baseline that goes all sorts of wonderful places will definitely keep your head in a nod and a smile on your face. Just in time for another sound explosion from “D8” which wakes you up for the two closing tracks, “Threads” and “End (of Wonderful World)”.

The album was released in December of last year and is currently on Bandcamp for about $8. I encourage you to give the entire album a listen through, you won’t be disappointed.

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Random Riffage: Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness

Glorior Belli are a Parisian southern doom metal band. That may sound weird, until you realize a large majority of the south is french speaking or has french influence in their culture. Either way, these guys play some absolutely soul crushing tunes that Satan himself would enjoy.

While their music is a bit of a departure from this blog, the song I’m drawing attention too is well deserving off it. The title track from Glorior Belli’s newest album, “The Great Southern Darkness”, is a grimy, doom filled spine chiller of a song. A classic riff backs a mellow opening section in which we learn the joys of glorifying Satan, then the hammer drops and all hell breaks loose.

It’s this combination of a clean build and interlude combined with an ear melting drop that makes shivers go down my spine every time it gets played. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Yes this isn’t music: Iron Sky trailer was released

Yes I am well aware this isn’t music and I don’t much give a shit.

So for the past couple years I’ve been following the production of a independent German film known as Iron Sky.

So basically in 1945 the Nazi’s fled to the moon. Then in 2018 they’re invading the earth in spaceships. If you weren’t interested after reading that, you probably never will be.

It’s out April 4th in Europe and damn well better make it Canada.

Just watch the trailer already

Ride these riffs to your Ruin

I’m half awake, the suns shining and it’s time for some riffage.

Ride to Ruin are a group of guitar shredding hooligans from Columbus Ohio. They play exactly the kind of riffage we like here at the Church, face-melting, fuzzed out and loud as fuck. Filled with just as many grimy punk vibes as classic stoner fuzz, Ride to Ruin are yet another great example of simple, yet solid head banging.

Gritty vocals and a crunchy guitar tone keep things moving at a viscous pace through the 5 track album. While they don’t bring anything new to the formula, their riffs are tight and the tone is greasy, exactly what you need to get things moving on a Wednesday.

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You Handsome Devil will take you straight to hell

So I’m walking to class today and there’s these two little kids walking in front of me. For whatever reason, one of the kids turns and makes eye contact with me. I pull out a headphone.

“Hey, are you listening to dubstep?”

“Don’t listen to dubstep kids, it’s bad for you.” And proceed on my way.

Where was all that going? Nowhere really.

So, You Handsome Devil most definitely don’t play dubstep. They play a razor edged combination of metal, punk and groove ‘n’ roll. A rather infectious combination I might add. Calling Toronto home (or the 41-666, as it may be), You Handsome Devil do their level best to violate your earholes while simultaneously making you break out into uncontrollable head banging.

The riffs are nice and meaty, the drums have a deep, satanic boom. If you were to imagine what Elvis Presley would have played if he were the antichrist, you’d be getting pretty close. Going so far as to incorporate elements of sludge and even doom metal, You Handsome Devil cover the gamut of awesome riffage and then some. I really can’t pick a favorite song, each one is rad in it’s own right. It’s music like this that makes getting up in the morning worthwhile.

I’d also like to comment on the excellent use of samples, with the album opening with a quote from the infamous GG Allin:

“Well first of all, for me, rock and roll to me has always been about real rebellion and non-conformity. And my mission has been to put danger back into rock and roll, something that’s been missing for a real long time. And I use my rock and roll as a weapon against society the government and the industry itself who’s trying to confine this type of music and they’re trying to preach to you. Rock and roll is not about what you look like, who you hang out with, how much money you make, what kind of car you drive. Rock and roll is the fury from within you. Rock and roll is revenge. Rock and roll is your enemy, and I am your enemy.” – GG Allin

Their self titled album was released in July of last year and is available on Bandcamp for a name your price option. Download it and put it to 11, cause that’s the only way to properly enjoy shred this good.

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