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Review: Enewetak

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on September 30, 2012 by Magadh

Enewetak The Easy Rider Sessions, Volume III

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Enewetak, like its namesake atoll, were an explosive force in 90’s hardcore. Their style ran the gamut from grindcore to grooved out sludge. It was with great pleasure I noticed King of the Monsters was releasing the final installment of the Easy Rider Sessions as a 3 song 7″.

Side A begins with “the party song” which opens with a sleepy Black Sabbath riff that gradually builds until Pat’s raspy vocals, coupled with a punishing groove, push the track into overdrive. The boogie of the Sabbath riff persists throughout the track and melds well with the rest of the instrumentation.

The last track on Side A, “death lies in ashes” is classic Enewetak. The tracks starts slowly enough but builds in intensity as raspy vocals give way to cookie monster grind. The whole nasty affair ends with a sparse keyboard outro.

Side B is wholly comprised of the discs standout track, “rulers of the world”. The track effortlessly melds the darker aspects of Blue Oyster Cult with Black Sabbath while adding a mix of hardcore and grind. “rulers” builds to a soaring intensity as the underling stoner riff is coupled with some devastating licks before eventually dropping down into the Sabbath/Cult sludge.

From start to finish this is a solid release. If this is to be the last we hear of the mighty Enewetak it will serve as a fitting epitaph.

– Captain of Games

King of the Monsters: Closure/Moloch Split 7″

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Magadh

Closure/Moloch 7″

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During the mid ‘90s, Arizona’s King of the Monsters was home to a bevy of brutal hardcore bands inclusive of Unruh, Absinthe, Creation is Crucifixion and Suicide Nation. The label eventually tried its hand at becoming a Southwestern version of Troubleman Unlimited. Releases by Fast Forward and Soiled Doves (among others) saw it move to embrace the burgeoning American post-punk and no-wave scenes with mixed results. The pace of releases, never voluminous even in its heyday, began to drop off and the label eventually shut up shop.

Reminding us that all good things don’t have to come to an end; King of the Monsters was resurrected in 2009.  The label slowly returned to its roots in brutality and has announced itself in a big way in 2012. The fine people at CVLT Nation are exclusively streaming the Closure/Moloch split 7” (released in conjunction with Feast of Tentacles). The Closure material is a delicious mix of metal-tinged crust core while Moloch offers up just under 5 minutes of crusty sludgecore. I highly recommend checking out the release here and then head over here to pick it up. While you’re over there make sure to pick up Enewetak’s Easy Rider Sessions Vol 3.

– captain of games