April 6, 2011

26 Years of Nothing

Misanthropic Generation

Disfear bassist Henrik Frykman passed away last week after a battle with cancer. If you're not familiar with Disfear, they play crushing d-beat punk and feature among the current lineup former At the Gates and The Crown vocalist Thomas Lindberg and former Entombed guitarist and bassist Uffe Cederlund on guitar. So take those bands and imagine them playing Motorhead covers and you get a general idea of what you're up against here. Fucking great. Rest in peace, Henrik.

Misanthropic Generation

March 6, 2011

You Look Like A Gorilla

The Mopes
Lowdown, Two-Bit Sidewinder

The Mopes were a bit of a 90s pop-punk supergroup, featuring Queers bassist B-Face, Screeching Weasel guitarists Dan Vapid and John Jughead, and Squirtgun drummer Dan Lumley. Their first ep is sort of like beach-party punk. It's a lot of fun, and if you like any of the bands these guys were in, you'll like this too.

Lowdown, Two-Bit Sidewinder

March 4, 2011

(The Advantage of) Temporary Baldness

A Place Called Today

Hurl had the best drummer of any band ever associated with emo.

A Place Called Today

Birthday Party of Madness

Burger King Diamond
Upon The Red Wings of Phallic Delusion

Swedish metal gods Burger King Diamond are all but unknown in the US, but in their native Sweden they headline festivals and sell out arenas, preaching the gospel of old school heavy metal with a hot beef injection of black metal imagery and King Diamond worship. Also most of their songs are about fast food. Frontman Sven Hellhammer has been struggling with the current state of the music business, but both this album and their follow up Kiss The Goat: The Anthology are available on iTunes. Hear the blazing leads from dueling guitarists Christofer Bartlett and Nocturno Frost, the thundering bass work from Culto Kathaarian, and of course the competent drumming of one Ásbjörn. HAIL!

Upon The Red Wings of Phallic Delusion

February 23, 2011

Cut Into Pieces

Vengeance Rising
Once Dead

Vengeance Rising were one of the few Christian death metal bands back in the late 80s/early 90s. This is their second album, and I enjoy it immensely. The unusual subject matter really adds to the charm. Roger Martinez's vocals fall into one of my favorite styles for this kind of music, the strained rasp (as compared to the high- or low-growl). Think of Martin Van Drunen of Pestilence/Asphyx/Hail of Bullets and you get the idea. Musically, VR is pretty standard thrashy death metal of the time, but that's not a bad thing by any means.

It's interesting to note that after finding themselves in massive debt, the band split. Martinez reformed with new guys, put out a few more records, and eventually turned his back on Christianity and his earlier evangelical work. As a result, the later Vengeance Rising records feature more traditional satanic and athiest death metal topics, and for some reason his voice moved into that lower growly register. At some point the rest of the band reformed with a different singer, calling themselves Once Dead since Martinez owned the name Vengeance Rising. It's all very convoluted.

Regardless, this is a killer record.

Once Dead

January 25, 2011

George Walker Bush, Texas Ranger

Make Ready The Cross

Ok everyone, I'm back in action over here at Casa de Muck. Let's do this.

Sadville hailed from Tennessee, from Knoxville or Cookeville, depending on which band member you ask. Their style should be familiar to many readers of this blog: crushing, crusty metal with a healthy dose of sludge and grind. A little His Hero is Gone, a little Thou, you know the deal. You won't be disappointed.

Rumor is there's been idle chatter about the band reforming, but don't say you heard it from me. Or do, I guess. See if I care.

Make Ready The Cross

January 9, 2011

I'm still here

I've been pretty busy for the last coupl'a months, so the blog has been neglected, but don't delete me from your bookmarks just yet. I've got a kid due in like 2 weeks and all kinds of craziness, but I do have records lined up to post. Be patient, friends.