Monthly Archives: September 2012

So, I actually got the 10 CD Slasher Bundle from Relapse Records!

Expect a review of each every week as a seperate segment of its own. It’s going to be interesting because I’m not familiar with a single one of these artists, here they are:

Taken – This Is Forever
Cult Fiction – Spitfire
Infested – 1000 Doors
Kult Ofenzivy – Radikální Ateismus – Tvůrcům Nadčlověka
Impurity – The Lamb’s Fury
Humana – Views
Cirrhosis – Drinks From Hell
Cryptic Tales – Anathema
Corey – Sacroniente
Morta Skuld – Through The Eyes Of Death
Exit-13 – High Life!

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Muse – “THE 2ND LAW” Review

Muse – The 2nd Law
Genre: Rock/Experimental

Label: Helium 3

Muse, if really in need of an introduction these days, are the experimental and flamboyant rock trio from the seaside town Teignmouth in Devon. Headed by guitarist, pianist, vocalist and general mad musician Matt Bellamy, bassist and backing vocalist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dom Howard. Throughout their time together, they’ve undoubtedly changed since their beginnings as an intricate progressive rock band to an eccentric pop-rock sensation, and “The 2nd Law” is their sixth studio album, which sees them taking their extravagant style to a whole new level. Continue reading

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Hazel – “ARE YOU GOING TO EAT THAT?” Quick Throwback Review!

Hazel – Are You Going To Eat That?
Genre:  Grunge/Alternative Rock

Label: Sub Pop

Hazel were a grunge band that received mild success during the early and mid-nineties, having been signed on by the titan grunge and noise rock label Sub Pop, yet never quite reaching the level of fame as their fellow label mates Nirvana and Mudhoney. The now defunct four-piece were made up of Pete Krebs on guitar and vocals, Brady Smith on bass, Jody Bleyle on drums and vocals and Fred Nemo as… well… their dancer. While their sound is affiliated to the famous grunge scene of the 90’s, to say they were a carbon copy of so many popular bands of the time would be false.

Mixing the quirkiness and use of male/female vocals of The Pixies, the simple yet catchy riffs of Nirvana and the general atmosphere of Dinosaur Jr., it seems the band were far from wanting to fit in or to be a household name. And so “Are You Going To Eat That?” was their second and final album while the band was in motion. Just reaching over 34-minutes long, it feels no longer than 20-minutes due to thirteen tracks that rarely reach beyond the three-minute mark, often fast-paced and constantly changing.

Opening track Lazy H. opens the album in a full-frontal, lethargic riffs and the duo-vocals of Jody Beyle’s and Pete Krebs leave an instant impression – the former feeling soothing and seductive while the latter gives a more baritone and supportive motion. Then Green Eyes embodies the ethnics of grunge, but the build of a soft punk approach, with a fairly speedy tempo of simple punk-influenced riffs and lyrics of heartbreak and memories. You can’t help but close your eyes and bob your head.

Ascension has a more straight-foward punk sound, but lathered in feelings of lethargy despite Krebs’s vocals being more forward. The following track Quick Jerk opens with a moody chugged riff, but giving away to a smooth and slightly playful pop-rock leads. Bleyle’s vocals particularly stand out in the track, especially over the surf-rock reminiscent drums – the combination of the two proving to be an addictive solution to hear.

This album is a gem that’s almost criminally overlooked. While, and rightly so, the 90’s will be remembered for such bands such as Nirvana and The Pixies, it seems a shame that Hazel never really got the recognition they deserved. If you love The Pixies or simply need to find quirky yet catchy 90’s rock sounds, then this album, and the band in general, is definitely for you. Just ridiculously simple and catchy rock.

Favourite tracks: Green Eyes, Quick Jerk, Ascension.

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Stephen King – “‘SALEM’S LOT” Book Review

This is my first book review, so bear with me on this as I have no idea how to grade a book – despite having been an English student. However, I’ll just be up front with you and tell you how I feel about it and what I got from it, rather than go into possible Freudian or Lacan readings of it; and let’s be honest: Stephen King takes advantage of readers who know these guys.

So here it is. Continue reading

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A New Idea?

So, if anyone else follows Relapse Records (one of my favourite labels in extreme metal) then you’ll know that Relapse have a great deal going on at this moment in time, two “slasher” bundles that consist of: 1) 10 random-picked CDs for $20; or 2) 30 random-picked CDs for $30. A great deal, right? Unfortunately I could only afford the 10 CD deal due to the considerate price of postage and package of the 30 CD bundle, but this gave me an idea…

If the albums I receive are ones I don’t already own, would people want me to review them? Or include the ones I already own? This could also be the start of a new series of reviews where I review old albums, from peoples requests or by my own choice. It doesn’t mean classics either, they could be albums that had a fair amount of praise or even overlooked.

Are these things people would be interested in? Let me know somehow, I’m pretty keen to do it.

EDIT: Due to unfortunate circumstances, I won’t be reviewing the 10 random CDs because I won’t be getting them – turns out I didn’t have enough funds (although I was sure I had enough money) and the bundles aren’t available anymore. Sad face. So yeah, just feel free to suggest old albums to review!

EDIT: I got them, I will be going with the idea. Sorry!

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Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs
Genre: Acoustic/Folk

Label: Sargent House Records

Chelsea Wolfe, for those new to her, is a largely independent folk singer-songwriter from California who makes her trademark sound by blending her largely acoustic feel with elements from the likes of drone, doom, punk and even black metal. Her 2011 release “Ἀποκάλυψις” (Apocalypse) featured some tracks with occasional haunting shrieks and screams, along with drone-laden outros, and her 2010 release “The Grime And The Glow” even had greatly distorted moments often heard in noise-rock. Continue reading

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JJ Doom – “KEYS TO THE KUFFS” Review

JJ Doom – Keys To The Kuffs
Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Lex Records

JJ Doom is a collaborative project between the MF Doom, at this moment in time known as Doom, and producer Jneiro Jarel – and “Key To The Kuffs” is their debut release. Now, if you consider yourself a hip-hop fan and find yourself wondering “who exactly is this Doom character?” then maybe you should consider otherwise…  Continue reading

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Ufomammut – “Oro: Opus Alter” Quick Review

Ufomammut – Oro: Opus Alter
Genre: Doom Metal/Psychedelic

Label: Neurot Recordings

The mighty Ufomammut are a psychedelic and experimental doom trio from Italy, known for their long and spacious jams. If you’re not familiar with the band, just imagine the progressiveness of Pink Floyd mixed with the riff worship of Neurosis and Electric Wizard and so you have Ufomammut – who have been active since the early 2000’s. Vocals are usually pretty sparse throughout the band’s discography too; and then usually in forms of atmospheric screams. Continue reading

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