Well, here it is: my AOTY list. Continue reading
Some of my favourite discoveries over the past month!
Ghost Puncher is a mysterious electronic producer who resides in New York. What sets him apart? Well, he mixes influences from witch house, trap, glitch and ambient music into his electronic base which results in some weird yet ridiculously addictive tracks. If that’s not enough, my introduction to him was through the official music video made by slave clothes for Cat Puke, which you have to see:
Get what I mean by weird yet addictive? The great thing about Ghost Puncher is that he experiments and clearly has no interest in staying with a single sound or formula. You can check out his music and download the majority of it for free via his soundcloud.
Listen to: Cat Puke, Sure Regress Version 2, Bosch.
Even though the review of their debut album gives it away, it’s been playing non-stop in the car and on the laptop. Devilman is a project featuring three guys who have been in their own circuits for a fair while, and together they create the most refreshingly noisy and unstable dub music around right now. Again, my discovery was through another gripping music video for Bakan Q.
These guys show a lot of promise and it’s going to be interesting to see where they’ll take their sound on the next release, which cannot come soon enough.
Listen to: Bakan Q, 93, Nirvana Dub.
Label: Small But Hard Recordings
Devilman are Shigeru Ishihara (credited on the album cover for “sub-demonics” AKA bass), Gorgonn Amanita (“thunder electronics” or electronics) and Taigen Kawabe (simply “shrieks”) and they pound an aggressive and tortured sound into electronica with a big dub influence. Continue reading
It feels like forever since I did the last review (Dragged Into Sunlight‘s Widowmaker) but it’s only been a few days… I am working on more reviews at the moment, but as you might have guessed already, I’m now writing for other sites as well as this personal review blog. Some of my stuff has been posted on Eyesore Merch’s blog; I met Alex and Alastair at Damnation fest and it was awesome to meet those guys, really cool people who put a lot of effort into putting out solid official merch. So yeah, I’m writing some stuff for those guys – so expect at LEAST a review of Deftones Koi No Yokan to appear on their page soon, as well as the new Coheed and Soundgarden albums, so keep a lookout (I’ll link anyway).
I’m also doing stuff for MetalRecusants, which is great as well. My first piece just appeared moments ago and you can read it here! I’ll figure out a way to update people on those posts without spamming too much, there should be another one on the way very soon, just need to finish it.
Needless to say, I’m really excited and reimbursed with even more energy and enthusiasm than I had before. I’m glad to be allowed to write for both of these sites/groups – they’re both great and definitely people I support.
That said, I will continue to do my own reviews as well. At this moment in time, I should be doing Devilman‘s debut Devilman (the electronic dub band, not the grime rapper) and Crystal Castles III. That’s all I can think of at the moment.
I realised I haven’t done a “Relapse Slasher Deal” review in a while either, sorry about that, seeing as I’ve got a fair bit on my plate and in all honesty, I’m struggling with the majority of the albums I got in that deal (two are career-spanning compilations), there may not be one for a while yet – they will all be done eventually though, I think there’s nine more to go.
Life stuff is great.
October has been a crazy month for releases, huh? I’m literally overwhelmed at the moment by so many releases from a lot of bands that I hold in high regard within days or weeks of each other. I just finished the Pig Destroyer “Book Burner” review (here), and at the moment, I intend to cover Trash Talk‘s “119” and Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘s “‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!”. I’m also hoping to review the Devilman (not the grime artist) debut when it gets released… really looking forward to what else those guys have done besides the tracks they’ve put up on the net, as well as Neurosis‘s “Honor Found In Decay”.
I’ve also had requests for album reviews, and hopefully a submission soon. I’m not getting enough of them (despite this timing of releases)!
Anyway, another problem on top of all the sudden releases is that I have gigs to go to in the next few weeks which means I’m taking on as many shifts as I can at work, the travelling and possible hotel costs are going to make my bank account cry. I’m going to Damnation Festival on the 3rd November, which is being held in Leeds, and the fact that I’m going to see Pig Destroyer in the flesh almost turns me into hysterics just thinking about it. Then on the 5th November, I’m hoping to see Death Grips in Bristol, depending if anyone is going and I can stay at a friend’s place. Then, I have the Neurosis and Godflesh ATP event in London on 2nd December. I will definitely be reviewing these too.
So yeah, I’m gonna be busy on working to save money for expenses. I’ll try to write as much as I can during the free time I have, but sorry in advance if posts are few over the next couple weeks.