Puke and bulk into your mouth of metal, Terror does it extremely well. They have a new release on Century Media called Live By The Code (Century Media), and when they bring in a punk edge, it’s all over into your freshly-slashed wounds. Get yourself a “Shot Of Reality” and try to see if it all makes sense.
Psychotic metal/noise/whatever, eh? If you’re looking for something vulgar and unknown-yet-delightful at the same time, you’ll want to pick up a new three-song EP called Sexual Servitude To Satan by a band out of Montreal called Devil’s Dick. It could be black metal, it could be big hits of punk, it could be distorted, or it could be what you were (not) looking for. With songs like “Sexual Sinner”, “Devil’s Dick”, and “Sucking Satan’s Cock”, you’re not going to get a chance to hear this on the radio. Only 40 copies of this tape have been made. To find out if you’re able to obtain one, send an e-mail to productionshaineuses [at] gmail [dot] com.
The guys in Florida emo-punk band Dikembe are not just hanging out somewhere smiling. They have a new album completed and ready for release, they and Tiny Engines Records have made July 22nd the day to hear Mediumship in full. It’s the group’s second album and three weeks before it hits streets, you can check out a song from it right nwo called “Snakes In My Path”. To hear the song, you’ll have to click here where you’ll be taken to AltPress.com.
The group will be hitting the road with Weatherbox, prepare your transportation and see them at the following venues, including a stop at the Growing Up Is Dumb festival in Pomona, California:
July 11… Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn)
July 12… Charlotte, NC (Area 15)
July 13… Chapel Hill (Local 506)
July 14… Baltimore, MD (Metro Gallery)
July 15… Asbury Park, NJ (Asbury Lanes)
July 16… Philadelphia, PA (The Fire)
July 17… Brooklyn, NY (St. Vitus)
July 18… Albany, NY (The Ice House)
July 19… Long Island, NY (The Woodshop)
July 20… Boston, MA (Great Scott)
July 22… Buffalo, NY (Waiting Room)
July 23… Toronto, ON (The Cave at Lee’s Palace )
July 24… Cleveland, OH (Mahall’s)
July 26… Chicago, IL (Township)
July 27… St. Louis, MO (The Demo)
July 29… Lawrence, KS (Art Closet Studio)
July 30… Denver, CO (Marquis Theater )
July 31… Salt Lake City, UT (Shred Shed)
August 2… San Francisco, CA (TBD)
August 3… Pomona, CA (Growing Up Is Dumb Fest)
August 5… San Diego, CA (Soda Bar)
August 6… Murrieta, CA (The Dial)
August 7… Mesa, AZ (51 West)
Topshelf Records will be releasing the new album by My Fiuctions on vinyl, CD, and in digigal form next week Tuesday (July 1st) called Stranger Songs and from it is a hit of the happiness with “Mt. Misery”, showing people what their brand of Massachusetts hardcore is all about. Pre-orders in all formats (including three different vinyl variations) can be explored by heading to TopshelfRecords.com, or going to Amazon below in the MP3/vinyl/CD formats, in that order.
Eyehategod’s new self-titled album (my review of which can be read by clicking here) is definitely one of the best albums of 2014 so far and if you haven’t heard it yet, you’ve come to the right place to be introduced to this release. One of its songs is called “Medicine Noose”, and it has now been converted into a video fashion.
Reading the words “slightly goofy stoner punk” and I’m thinking “yes, I have to hear this”. This is a video by The Ghost Wolves, whose “Attack Attack Attack” is the reason why they may be slightly something, but they’re slightly something damn good. Carley and Jonathan Wolf have an album ready for release on July 14th, they’re calling it Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy) and the world may not be able to wait that long.
In truth, you don’t have to wait too long, as the entire album is streaming at YouTube. Enjoy it, then buy.
After a few attempts to put this together, Skull Servant’s Watching EP now makes it onto the format that matters. Said to sound like a blend of “Einsturzende Neubauten/Test Dept industrial, early 90’s powerviolence and modern day hardcore ala Walls with more than a smattering of noise“, take it as it is and let it warp your mind. Released digitally two years ago, it finally makes its vinyl release in 2014. Three songs in total, you can stream it in full and/or buy the record, each copy on red vinyl, directly below via Bandcamp.
The album was released two months ago but if you know how the band does it, you know what they’re capable of. Technically at 23 minutes, this is an EP but try to tell them that. It’s a punk rock album, you listen to the album and leave it at that. The attitude is still raw and fresh, the riffs are aplenty and the bullshit factor still doesn’t and will not exist. There’s no adventurous guitar solos here so don’t think of something weird you might catch on a Dwarves album as a one-off, but you might have the same feel as Coffin Break or the garage feel of The Sinister Six if you know how to catch that but otherwise, it’s OFF! as you like and love them, take it or leave it. You’ll still feel like saying “16 songs? Is that it?” but that means to catch them live and hear the album again along with the other material in their discography.
If you’ve been listening to Roger Osborne for close to 30 years as I have, then you know where he is capable of going. However, for his first solo album, Osborne, who we know as Buzz and commonly nicknamed King Buzzo, he wanted to try the unexpected. This Machine Kills Artists (Ipecac) may be the Unplugged technique, especially from someone involved in a band known for thelr electricity and volumne, but no one cares for Unplugged anything. Is it natural or woodsy? If you mean someone holding an acoustic guitar to play and sing, then yes, this album is woodsy.
This Machine Kills Artists is an all acoustic album but don’t think the songs are toned down by any means. Some of these songs sound like potential demos for the full version, but for those of you who are gearheads and flock/worship Buzzo’s guitar work, you’ll get a chance to hear him with just an acoustic, played on a guitar that sounds like it has one of those looser-than-loose strings. The majority of the seventeen songs are under three minutes, with a small handful under two, so it still has the spirit of Melvins’ other material. If there is another difference besides eliminating an acoustic guitar, you get a chance to hear what Buzz is singing about and not make up stuff for yourself.
By going acoustic, some might think Osborne is trying to be the next this or that, but don’t even compare. Think of him as doing something new, yet another different variation of what he has become known for. There are still a few weird elements heard in these songs that may lead you to think “aah, it still sounds like other people are there.” To be honest, there were some songs where I could imagine Ann Wilson of Heart doing a duet with him. I would welcome it, a return to Pacific Northwest greatness.
With only a few studio albums to their name, Portland’s Gaytheist have done something quite brilliant: released a live album, and yes, I’m not going overboard by calling this one “brilliant”. Live From The Banana Stand (Good To Die) is a fantastic document of what Gaytheist are live. You may already know the songs well, but to hear them presented in a live context while hearing each song after the other is definitely going to be a “you had to be there” experience, and that’s not going overboard either. This is the kind of album you’ll listen to and want to either head to a show or follow a leg. You’ll want to be a groupie and track them through parts of the country. If that is indeed overboard, you’re going to want to get involved with the Gaytheist live experience and this album will take you there, or at least half way.