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New Death and Crust

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Magadh

I’ve been flakey to the point of really annoying the Captain, which as it happens doesn’t take much doing. At least I’ve known him long enough that he doesn’t threaten to set off a tactical nuke in the bunker every time I don’t get the duty logs filed. But you know how it is: everyone’s patience has its limits. Anyway, I don’t even really have a good excuse for lagging. Really, I’ve spent every free moment in the last couple of weeks at the bottom of a bottle and just haven’t had the energy to get things posted. As a result, things have piled up a little. There are bands out there (you know who you are) to whom I have made undertakings about getting things reviewed and stuff. I’m going to work through the backlog.

I’ve heard a lot of stuff recently, but the thing that really sticks out for me is the Töxik Death demo. These Norwegians have apparently been around for quite some time (2003 if the information on the web is to be believed), but this is their second release, the first having been an EP of some kind. They must really have been swilling a lot of Ringnes if it took them nine years to get it together. Perhaps there is something to be respected in that. In any case, what I do know for a fact about this band is that they rock incredibly fucking hard. This is raw, primal death metal played at blistering fucking speed. There are some blast beat passages thrown in for good measure, but the vast majority of this is just breakneck thrash with no quarter asked. It’s a little tough to tell what’s going on lyrically, although song titles like “TerrorSexSlaughter” do not portend a particularly high level of consciousness. On the other hand, you’d have to say that they are of a piece with the rest of the product.

For those with an interest in knowing more, they did an interview with another site here and one of their cuts has been uploaded to Youtube here.

I stumbled on to Bombs of Hades quite by accident. They’ve been a thing since 2002, driven forward by Jonas Ståhlhammar and Anders Ekman who were both in Abhoth in the late 80s/early 90s (their Forever to Be . They put out a demo in 2006 called Meathook Diaries which was ok but nothing to write home about. Their first full CD, Chambers of Abominations which came out in 2010, was a big stylistic step forward. The Serpent’s Redemption came out in October and is pretty much more of the same…only better. This is death metal with an even mixture of crusty and Gothenburg influences. Buzzsaw guitars and guttural vocals really pop in the mix. It’s not quite Nominon, as it has a bit more of a straight rock influence, but those who loved Terra Necrosis will most likely dig this as well. These guys have been doing this sort of thing for a long time and it really shows. The arrangements are pretty straightforward, but also very effective. You don’t find yourself scratching your head and wondering why this part came after that, as you do on some of the rawer releases in this vein. I have to say, I really love the black and white cover as well. It adds a really down market element to the whole thing which makes it that much more appealing. Here is a bit of footage of them doing a cut from their earlier release, while this is the first cut off of The Serpent’s Redemption. Thrash on you crazy diamonds.

Finally, I picked up a copy of Chaos Reigns, the compilation of EP releases and stuff from Denmark’s Nuclear Death Terror. Props to the people at Southern Lord for putting this thing out. NDT was a band whose name I’d heard but really hadn’t gotten around to pursuing. Did I say Denmark? Jeez, I guess I mean Australia, since that’s where they’ve decamped to since last I heard about them (at least if their Facebook page is to be believed). In any case, there is a lot to like about these guys, not least the fact that they seem to have coalesced out of the squatter scene and to have some actual political consciousness, which is of course not always the case with this kind of music. This is thick, metal tinged crust, reminding one sometimes of Nausea, at other times of more straight crust acts like Warcollapse. The singer sounds like he is actually pulling pieces of his lungs out, which you have to really appreciate.

Ok, enough from me for now. I’ll be back in a day or two with a bit of new d-beat for you. I also have a couple of book reviews in the works. Maybe once I get this shit posted I can convince the Captain to take his finger off the button.

Magadh

Inherit the Wasteland: Sweden’s Misantropic

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by Magadh

Nausea Extinction Profane Existence Records/Selfless (re-issue)
Misantropic Insomnia Southern Lord

My first real musical exposure to Nausea (the band’s patches have always been ubiquitous) was in the fall of 1993.  I had bunked off a day of school to start my Thanksgiving break early and joined two friends on a road trip to San Francisco. Our plan, such as it was, consisted of couch surfing at various punk houses. These houses also served as a base of operations to catch some shows, visit friends, see the city and buy some records.

Having exhausted the stacks at Amoeba and Rasputin’s, I found myself at the legendary Epicenter Zone collective diligently dissecting their selection. In the course of my search I came across the Selfless reissue of Nausea’s Extinction Lp. The Selfless album was actually called Extinction The Second Coming and featured not only the classic LP but also the Cybergod 7” and various other tracks. Something compelled me to take a chance on it and I figured the re-issue gave me the best bang for my meager student buck. As longtime fans of the band will tell you, the reissue contains most of the post Neil Robinson catalog and the bulk of their strongest material. In my case I was hooked from the first bleak notes of “Tech-no-logic-kill”.

Nausea effectively fused the dark lyrics and soundscapes of Amebix, burly Discharge riffs and d-beats, and Motorhead inspired guitar licks with the potent 1-2 vocal punch of Amy Miret and Al Long. They also practiced what they preached with band members active in Food Not Bombs, ABC No Rio, the New York squatting movement and as participants in the Tompkins Park Riot. I found the whole combination compelling and, while it took me awhile to warm to their contemporaries in the crust scene, Extinction became a frequently played masterpiece in my growing collection of punk.

My love of late period Nausea drew me to Sweden’s Misantropic and I hurriedly snatched up the US release of their LP Insomnia on Southern Lord. One of the primary factors was Gerda’s vocal style and its striking similarity to that of Amy Miret. Matte’s vocals, when combined with Gerda, also conjure memories of Al Long. However, a fixation on this really does the band a disservice.  Nausea drew upon the likes of Amebix, Discharge and Motorhead, Misantropic invoke the might of Antisect, Doom, Wolfbrigade and Disfear. Their style has of less of the building bleakness of Nausea. Instead, they pummel the listener into submission with punishing riffs and rolling thunder for drums.

Their lyrics are standard fare for the genre but suit the music quite well. “Born to Die” focuses on the bloody images of the slaughter house, “Raise the Gallows” is class warfare set to a d-beat and “Lords of War” laments the millions lost in religious wars. In the case of “Lords of War”, Mistantropic’s discussion of the lyrics is refreshing. While so many bands focus solely on Christianity’s bloody history the band, via their website, remind the listener, “Too many people have died in vain under the sign of a cross or a moon crescent.” No Gods, No Masters indeed!

For fans of the genre, Mistantropic’s Insomnia is required listening. I wholehearted recommend you purchase the album from your local record shop or from the fine people at Southern Lord. The band is coming off a hiatus resulting from the birth of Gerda and Matte’s first child. I, for one, can’t bloody wait to hear what comes next.

– Captain of Games

NOMADS: Night​.​Owls​/​/​Mayhem​.​Aficionados​/​/​Death​.​Seekers

Posted in Gigs, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by Magadh

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I occasionally peruse the website of Los Angeles based DIY clothing label Wartime Collective. During one of my recent visits I took a gander at their blog and encountered hard assed Angelinos Nomads, I was immediately blown away.

Nomads are a 5 piece who play d-beat hardcore in the vein of Anticimex and Skitsystem with a smattering of Nausea influenced guitar solos thrown in. Their tape/download release Night.Owls//Mayhem.Aficionados//Death.Seekers is unrelenting. The EP features 3 tracks of aural assault clocking in at just under 5 minutes. If you’re looking for something to rage to, Nomads are your huckleberry.

To learn more about Nomads, pick up the tape release, or download the EP come this way
If you live in Fullerton check them out here

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– Captain of Games