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Abrasive Audio 2020 – The First Entry

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It’s been a while folks. And although I promised myself that I won’t get caught up in the typical End of List Bullshit, I invariably did. And it was all-consuming (my thanks again to all involved) taking up a huge chunk of the first month of the year. Now I’m behind. But not to worry, a few sleepiness nights will and have rectified that. May I present the very first entry of the year. You may notice I’m starting off by commenting on a few releases I somehow missed. (Be warned this might last till well into the year.) I’m also trying something a little different, I’m intrigued to see if anyone notices.

Without further dragging one into “donkey nodding” depths…

Slipping Through the Cracks
Releases from 19′ I’m only now laying ears upon (but deem worthy of scribbling upon).

Crafting the Conspiracy

Crafting the Conspiracy (USA) – The Cosmic Key (Part One)

https://chugcore.bandcamp.com/album/the-cosmic-key-pt-1-2

Release- March/9/19

Chugcore Records

ARTWORK- 77

This guy looks pissed as if he’s about to perform some Dragon Ball Z type shit upon me. What did I do seriously? Where can I hide?

FIRST TRACK- 85

No fkn’ around with intros here this drops one straight into intricate hyper speed drumming and riffs. The unmerciful vocal barrage is reminiscent of both Goatwhore, Soilent Green and Black Dahlia Murder. An impressive start to quench the hunger of those demanding top quality deathcore/tech death.

INITIAL LISTEN- 86

Whirling dervish arrangements, intricate rhythms, tight musicianship and an unrelenting vocal narrative approach. Oftentimes this can be messy and uncomfortable to listen to, especially if it’s not created in a cohesive manner. But not in this instance. This yanks the listener around from the very start, uncontrollable, involuntary movements are going to be par for the course when this invades the senses, and doesn’t let up until the final track (let it ‘play out’, trust me here) comes to its eventual climax. Irritating and irrational is that Crafting the Conspiracy haven’t been detected on my radar before now. But thankfully that has changed now and I’m here to suggest you do the same.

Favorite Tracks – The whole EP ripz, no ‘filler’ found here!

FFO; Black Dahlia Murder, Origin, Obscura.

Agnosy

Agnosy (UK) – When Daylight Reveals the Torture

https://agnosy.bandcamp.com/album/when-daylight-reveals-the-torture

Release – May/9/19

Profane Existence

ARTWORK – 78

Gritty, dark, foreboding, grimy. Pick a word. This is fantastic black and white imagery telling of dusk and the atrocities about to be discovered therein. In a pinch I would say this is suggestive of cavernous audio. But that remains to be heard and I’ve been led astray before.

FIRST TRACK – 81

Crust, D-beat with more an emphasis on punk then the run of the mill Crust release. This delivers groove by the truckload and grime, a fantastic combination. Hints of influence make themselves known but remain to be fully realized. An impressive start!

INITIAL LISTEN – 83

A far cry from the usual Crust fodder this incorporates tracks with individual identities, a spot of stepping outside of what’s expected (a traipse into sludge and Nuerosis depths) and more than enough groove and dirty rhythms to send one crawling, battered, in the direction of the muscle relaxers. A fantastic way for fans of Crust and D-beat to start the New Year, this does not disappoint and is hardly predictable!

Toss this in the “pit” for incendiary action!

Favorite Tracks; Spit out the Lies, When Daylight Reveals the Torture, No Friends but the Mountains, War, Death, Famine, Plague.

FFO; Bolt Thrower, Wolf Brigade, Disrupt.

And… The New Year Brings Us

Diabology

Diabology – Nobody Believes Me

https://diabology.bandcamp.com/album/nobody-believes-me

Independent

Release- January/1/20

ARTWORK – 76

I’m of the mind that the book in this image holds more than merely recipes for Brownies which will blow the mind. ‘Cosmic Brownies’ perhaps. Strangely it also puts me in mind of “The Devils Rain” (film) and that accursed tome from “The Evil Dead”. A fantastic vivid color palette here is sure to grab the initial attention.

FIRST TRACK – 71

This seethes with definite punk influence and something altogether darker. Spittle flying vocals accompany background whispering and a percussion that’s both familiar and somewhat sinister. An intriguing opener that’s undeniably thrash, punk with lesser black and melodic death elements.

INITIAL LISTEN- 68

This album offers an intriguing mix of thrash, punk and death influences. A dip into nu-metal/alternate waters, even submergence into crust/grindcore murkiness. A vocal style which sounds part South American aggression accompanied by punk attitude couples with rhythms which are catchy yet all too familiar. A good starting point for a dynamic, talented, young act this shows promise (a few tracks are deliciously ‘different’ against the rest of the albums grain) yet lacks the sense of fluidity and identity which more seasoned acts exhibit. Give this a listen and keep an eye out for the bands progress.

Favorite Tracks; Nobody Believes me (the Voices), Seas of Eternity, Lost Viking, Lazarus Falling.

FFO; Vintage Megadeth, early Voivod.

War Dogs

War Dogs (Spain)- Die by my Sword

https://fighter-records.bandcamp.com/album/die-by-my-sword

Fighter Records

Release- January/9/20

ARTWORK- 76

Some unfortunate fellow is being utilized as a skishkabob against a landscape sporting a myriad of crimson, groans, bludgeoning and an ominous feral four-legged presence who appears slightly amused.

FIRST TRACK- 83

Screaming NWOBHM injected with playful speed sensibilities this jumps from the proverbial starting blocks. Boasting fluid rhythms, hooks and a vocal approach thankfully sans falsetto elements this makes an instant impression leaving me eager for what’s to follow.

INITIAL LISTEN- 87

With a silly looking smirk plastered across my face I’m willingly allowing War Dogs to transport me back a few decades to a time when melody was king, singing rather than guttural prowess was in vogue, rhythms bordered on head-bobbingly hypnotic and rock was criminally infectious. This checks all the boxes, and then some! I honestly can’t see a reason why this doesn’t propel the act to showcasing venue heights. Impressive doesn’t even come close, and this is a debut (full length too) which makes it that much more stunning. Jump on this at your earliest convenience!

Favorite Tracks; Die by my Sword, Wings of Fire, Kill the Past, Ready to Strike, Gorgon Eyes.

FFO; Vintage Iron Maiden, vintage Rainbow, Riot, Visigoth, Manilla Road.

Blood and Brutality

Blood and Brutality (USA) – Fatal

https://bloodandbrutality.bandcamp.com/album/fatal

Release- January/17/20

Blood and Brutality Records

ARTWORK- 83

Quite the chamber of horrors on display here. And I might be mistaken but it looks as though Seagrave might have had a hand in the image. It bears the same tone, aura and intricacy in detail.

FIRST TRACK- 82

Grinding death which has me nodding my head like a maniac. How is it this is the first I’m hearing of these guys?

INITIAL LISTEN- 85

Wicked limb twitching rhythms, variety in pace which doesn’t appear out of place, excellent atmosphere and a vocal style which is part hardcore, part crust. I’m finding it very difficult to write anything negative about this. Honestly, this isn’t anything ground- breaking (does every album need to be?) but it hits the spot via thrashy and grinding death avenues and demands discovery. Wrap yer ears around this pronto!

Favorite Tracks; Witness to Slaughter, Torturous, Black Horizon, Bloodshed of Man.

FFO; Vomitory, Master, Bolt Thrower, Memoriam, The Haunted, early Gorguts.

Cult of Horror

Cult of Horror (Brazil) – Hermetik Heretik

https://cultofhorror.bandcamp.com/

Release- January/13/20

Bestial Invasion Records

ARTWORK- 81

An interesting image with obvious nods to Egyptian mythology. Fantastic color-play depicts a frustrated individual who only wants to be loved by the suns warm caress.

FIRST TRACK – 76

Short and inciteful this bears undeniably wicked blackened speed tendencies and an unmistakable raw air one might expect from the region. A great start to get one in the mood.

INITIAL LISTEN – 73

With a varied style which kicks in after an initial impression (based on the first two tracks) one can tell this is neither 100% this or that this, but an amalgamation of a few styles, offering a variety of pace and rhythms within a collection of tracks which explores and channels several corners of the metal universe. Ranging from psych doom, speed metal, blackened speed, death n roll, through traditional heavy metal in not quite so equal measure with a plethora of nods to South American aggression (ala raw thrash) this has a great deal to offer. Although this is hard to categorize there’s no doubt it delivers a catchy nature by the barrelful showcasing an undeniably beefy drum foundation and a vocal style which will please the majority of traditional black fans.

Favorite Tracks; Heretik, Philosophy of the Knife, Murder by Witchcraft, Hellfire Convent.

FFO; Witchery, Celtic Frost, Pungent Stench.

Blessed Black

Blessed Black (USA) – Beyond the Crimson Throne

https://blessedblack.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-crimson-throne-2

Release- January/17/20

Independent

ARTWORK- 77

Heavy in a fantastical cosmic vibe this makes me ponder upon what the Grim Resper might do for fun. Does he cosplay? Does he reside in a cloud and own a big-fuck-off-I’ll-cleave-you-in-two blade? A bunch of unanswered questions to stew upon here. Best to just relax and give this a listen before I burst something.

FIRST TRACK- 78

Instrumental and hypnotic, undeniably a tad cosmic with a middle Eastern vibe this leaves me curious indeed!

INITIAL LISTEN- 85

Doom, stoner rock and Southern rock collide with a vocal accompaniment which is very difficult not to instantly appreciate (Fun fact; the vocalist is also in the thrash band WarCurse and works with a few better-known acts). Huge riffs cavort with dangerously infectious hooks, a smidgen of fuzz and groove sensibilities which would make the manufacturers of toilet paper envious (huh, what?). In all seriousness though this seethes with an air of brilliance from start to finish. It flows seamlessly and tips the hat to a variety of genre troupes whilst still displaying an identity and a remarkable passion all its own. It isn’t without rollicking (some might call them galloping) rhythms either for those taking notes. Fans of doom mixed with stoner rock and heavy metal values take note this is a fantastic way to start the New Year and is sure to feature in my playlist for months to come.

Favorite Tracks; Heavy is the Crown, Ariochs Bargain, Stormbringer.

FFO; The Sword, High on Fire, Baroness.

Odious Mortem

Odious Mortem (USA) – Synesthesia

https://odiousmortem.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia

Release – January/17/20

Willowtip Records

ARTWORK- 72

With the description of the music in mind this image fits perfectly. Though I’m not honestly sure what the image depicts. Guess it’s time to break out the microscope and scalpel.

FIRST TRACK- 83

This wastes no time whatsoever in getting to the crux of the issue. This is technical brutal death metal (with splashes of a progressive nature) and shines immediately. Chaotic, intricate but insanely precise, this is just what the doctor ordered (if the doctor were to prescribe this type of thing).

INITIAL LISTEN- 91

I can’t fathom how it is that I haven’t heard of these guys before now with a quality on offer such as exhibited here. And although this is new it bears an eerie familiar tone and style. A brutality based in rapidly transforming controlled chaos, a myriad of amorphic shifting rhythms as opposed to chuggery or anything which brings to mind diabolical underworld shenanigans and a vocal approach which might well include burps, squeals, grunts. An intricacy and exactness paired with mischievous varied pacing and a wicked drum salvo in short which is difficult not to appreciate instantly.  After a spot of research, I can see the reasoning; most of the members constitute Decrepit Birth.

Favorite Tracks; Stunningly jaw-dropping from start to finish, it’s extremely difficult to pick out any clear winners at a quality such as this.

FFO; (later) Death, Atheist, Decrepit Birth, Severed Savior, Spawn of Possession.

Butcher 666 goats

BÜTCHER (Belgium) – 666 Goats Carry my Chariot

https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/666-goats-carry-my-chariot

Release – January/31/20

Osmose Productions

ARTWORK- 83

Goats instead of horses. This is an interesting spin and to say I’m curious is an understatement indeed. Though I would imagine that the amount in question would surely be calamitous overkill. Seriously, have you ever tried to train a goat to do anything but run at a pal like a battering ram? Try it, you won’t be friends when those hospital bill’s start rolling in.

FIRST TRACK- 85

A synth seething with 80’s influence intro with narration opens the album. But, I’m still curious. And then…blown away! An initial impression is that Venom, Judas Priest and Van Halen are jamming following a night of heavy drinking. Sounds unappealing but this is wickedly good and overflows with attitude, riffs…and did I say attitude?

INITIAL LISTEN- 93

Some albums are good, some are better, some even leave a lasting impression and then there’s this. This album virtually writes its own review! It grabs ahold, sinks its talons in then proceeds to unapologetically molest the pleasure sensors from start to finish (huh-?) yanking at reminiscence along the way whilst pulling strings to puppeteer the listener into uncontrollable spasms of movement. Utilizing face-melting speed, a blackened style which has become fashionable as of late (no complaints here), something akin to what many call Pagan metal, as well instances dripping in atmosphere Bütcher have somehow created a style which nods to a plethora of arenas and even early pioneers (King Diamond among them) though remains undeniably unique and wholly consumable by ravenous fans eager for audio veering slightly off the beaten path. In essence this is traditional yet not and familiar yet fresh. Hopefully my scribbles have given this justice for it is deserved of such! Suffice it to say this will have many scrambling for a map to locate a place they’ve probably never heard of; mark my words this will place Belgium on the extreme audio map. Don’t be the last to let this (and “666 goats”) invade your senses!

Favorite Tracks; Rips, tears, shreds from start to finish. I can’t pick any clear sinners!

FFO; Whipstriker, Whiplash, Exciter, vintage Venom, Wraith, Inculter, Hellripper, Mercyful Fate.

pyre

Pyre (USA) – Come Home

https://pyregvl.bandcamp.com/

Release- January/10/20

Independent

ARTWORK- 83

This boasts Tolkien-esque and mythical qualities. A boy, his dog and an ominous looking skull in the background. What say we proceed and dive right into a fantastical landscape?

FIRST TRACK- 78

An energetic sludge drenched; fuzz-laden stoner rock/doom instrumental opens the proceedings. And dissolves into a cosmic type ooze. Thrash, slightly crossover, rhythms take up the slack complemented by a sprinkle of psychedelia. The mood shifts and leaves a lasting impression; this is not going to be the typical run of the mill type release. Color me curious.

INITIAL LISTEN- 93

It doesn’t take long to realize this album is something that’s unmistakably diverse and… special. Although each of the tracks are relatively short, they each leave a little something to ‘chew’ upon, much like a taste in the mouth which lingers but one doesn’t want to leave. Unpredictable, exciting, dynamic and infectiously catchy this release sports an allure that’s hard to argue and an amorphous style that’s hard to accurately describe. Terms like post-black metal, punk and thrash are tossed around but this doesn’t fit any of those or even a number of other parameters comfortably. Fear not however, for it does, and will, slide unassumingly into a playlist that’s sure to be burned into the cortex as the year rolls on. For those with an open mind, a soft spot for catchy rhythms and carefully constructed stylistic chaos this demands attention. And to be honest it came out of nowhere to send me reelin’. I am beyond impressed. I can see myself preaching the brilliance of this well into the year. Do not let this pass you by unnoticed!!

Favorite Tracks; Head noddingly fantastic from start to finish.

FFO; The Sword, (early) Faith no More, Mastodon, Baroness, Old Man Wizard, Devon Townsend, Wizard Rifle.

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Spread the Word of metal Old Man. Keep it up!

And that concludes the first entry of the New Year. My apologies for the wait. As always feel free to comment, share, suggest, laugh or cry.  Your slave to Audio extreme in all of its many guises,

Cult

Attack of the Compilation #6

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Dewar PR Winter Compilation 19’

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https://dewarpr.bandcamp.com/album/dewar-pr-winter-compilation

More often than not it’s the label that releases compilations. In this case however, a Public Relations firm has chosen to do so (job security, right?). And this isn’t the first time. Dewar PR (a Public relations and marketing agency specializing in effective hard rock and metal promotion) has been in operation for over five years, based out of Cambridge, Ontario (Canada) they’ve been releasing compilations on and of since 2014, including a 2015 benefit release.

This release sees seventeen tracks by seventeen different acts.

Says Curtis Dewar, the Canadian with all the answers and knowledge behind the scenes,

“I’m pleased to release the latest in our series of compilations! This is the fifth year of Dewar PR being in operation and I’m excited to have the chance to work with great new bands.  Download the compilation and support (with money) any of the bands that you enjoy!

If you’d like more information on promoting your next release with Dewar PR, please email me at dewarpr@gmail.com!”

Track listing;

False Gods-They Who Speak to the Lost

Owl Maker-Witches

Tommy Concrete-Leith Punk Flat

Her Despair-Blaspheme with Me

GORM-Beyond Black Rainbow

Chaos Synopsis-Sixteen Scourges

Aliceissleeping-Scary Mary

Ritual Earth-Solar Ecstasy

Death on Fire-Witch Hunter (Remix)

Vessel-The Dreaming

Blessed Black-Stormbringer

Stump Tail Dolly-Regret

Allfather-By Sword, By Famine, By Plague

Dust Prophet-The Big Lie

Archarus-Erebor

Rift-Lift to Ash

Desert Kingdom-Unleash All Hell

Release date February/12/2019

 As per usual I’m going to employ a ratings system I’ve designed especially for this purpose;

I skipped all the way to the end – I’d rather hear my significant other grunt behind a closed door which isn’t the bathroom.

Skipped a few tracks – spend your money on “Scratchers” tickets instead.

Didn’t skip any tracks, but the thought was there – I may or may not revisit again, anytime soon.

Skip, what skip? – this shows promise.

Perk my interest much? – (a little sarcasm here) this had me searching for a reliable internet connection, so I could do some invaluable research on where to spend my pennies next.

Dammit, I can’t concentrate – break out the lube. Does this come in a format I can insert myself into?

(These rating are rather self-explanatory, I hope you’ll agree.)

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Nope. I’m still confused

I’ll admit a few of the acts displayed in the track listing (above) are familiar. Some however, I have little to no knowledge upon, so this was to be quite the discovery of an audio experience.

The collection opens with a track by False Gods a hardcore-esque doom-laden affair then progresses to boast a myriad of styles that which virtually covers the whole genre spectrum of metal, but not quite. For those interested in the more extreme arena there isn’t much on offer, although with that being said, there are two tracks which might perk your interest (unless you have an open mind in which case this entire line up might) Chaos Synopsis bring a melodic death/ groove laden addition to the compilation whereas Stump Tail Dolly present their chaotic audio fury, an amalgamation of a number of styles some of which polar opposites so you can well imagine how this track might play out (keep an open mind!)

I’m pleased to report that the quality of the tracks here is high, although there are many avenues covered which I normally don’t frequent and obviously need more time to explore.

I’d gladly label this collection of tunes with a Skip, what skip? rating. I’ll admit I was close to skipping on a few tracks though came to like them more as I let them caress my ears for a second time around. Of the tracks on offer several garnered my attention above all others. Some for reasons which are plain to see based on my listening habits and others for reasons that made even me raise an eyebrow (well, this is different. But I’m, liking it!)

Listed below are the tracks I thought ‘stole the show’ (though this obviously differs based on personal tastes. A statement which really doesn’t bear mentioning anymore, does it?)

Owl MakerWitches

https://owlmaker.bandcamp.com/

This is a little different than what I expected based on my experiences with the band. But, with its rhythms, melody and moments of aggression it makes for an intriguing track that has a unique aura leading me to veer towards a spat of research to be partaken upon in the very near future.

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Her Despair Blaspheme with Me

https://herdespair.bandcamp.com/

There’s no denying that this track has a style that’s highly reminiscent of acts from the 90’s, namely The Cult and sports a Gothic edge which could well help bring back the style to the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene, again. Highly addictive, this is a track both me and the wife can agree upon adding to the playlist (we have vastly differing tastes).

GORMBeyond Black Rainbows

https://gormrocks.bandcamp.com/releases

Anyone familiar with Old Man Wizard might recognize the vocalist (if not immediately rectify this fact) the style is similar in that its miles from brutal and steeped in melody and NWOBHM stylings as well an acoustic spacey godliness, as well a style that harkens back decades before then. This is audio to drown yourself in accompanied by your “poison” of choice. Infectious doesn’t even come close to covering this!

Chaos Synopsis – Sixteen Scourges

https://chaossynopsis.bandcamp.com/

Pummeling, hardcore infused, death tinged with groove and a diverse mixture of melodies which incite uncontrollable movements. Need I say more? I didn’t think so.

death on fire

Ouch! that looks like it smarts!

Death on FireWitch Hunter (remix)

https://deathonfire.bandcamp.com/album/witch-hunter

Mixing thrash and melodic death stylings this track offers melody and brutality in equal measure whilst also sporting a ‘muddiness’ which might appeal to fans of sludge. In effect a great mixture and a great track to lose your shit to!

Vessel – The Dreaming

https://thevesselproject.bandcamp.com/track/pyramids

Doom slathered in distortion, basted in old school groove and complete with a sci-fi edge. I’m intrigued, as should you be.

Blessed BlackStormbringer

https://blessedblack.bandcamp.com/releases

Huge riffs, epic vocals, tribalistic drums and head swaying melodies. I’ve read comment that this is akin to older Sword material, a statement I’d have to agree with.

stump tail dolly

Well, that’s different!

Stump Tail DollyRegret

https://stumptaildolly.bandcamp.com/

Unique doesn’t quite cover the audio here. Think if country, folk and black metal forgot their vast differences and had a shindig, got shit faced, dropped acid then decided to jam. This might be the result. And it’s a damn sight more interesting than it sounds!

AllfatherBy Sword, By Famine, By Plague

https://allfather1.bandcamp.com/

An angst vocal assault and mammoth riffs which could well sheer the flesh from the bones.

desert kingdom

But…it’s a dry heat!

Desert Kingdom – Unleash all Hell

https://desertkingdom.bandcamp.com/

Stunning doom, thrash hybrid from Down Under. And here I was thinking all that’s on offer there is leaping mammals, furry mammals sleeping in trees and the occasional badass zombie flick, boy was I ever wrong!

 

That’s about it for another installment. There’s plenty here to spark the interest no matter where they lie. Kudos to Curtis for compiling and tossing this out into the W.W.W. for all to enjoy.

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Be sure to take time to plug this between the ears, support your favorite PR firm, your favorite acts and the scene. But most of all don’t be afraid to discover audio that’s not usually in your comfort zone.

Cult