I practically don’t write reviews all that much these days because I don’t have the time and a lot of the media frenzy of PR people (who are tasteless and obnoxious), webzines  that are a dime a dozen and now drawing in the trendies with media sensory overload, and frankly…I haven’t had more than two “new” band releases per year over the course of the last two years from most sources. But I do still actively listen and collect music and it’s ironically been on tape (?) or vinyl, but mostly tapes haven been my obsession and I’ve been hitting the motherload in terms of great and unusual stuff from some killer newer /lesser known labels: The Throat, Dungeon Tapes, Shunned House, Caligari; and established ones such as: Tour de Garde, Legion Blotan, Seedstock, and Werewolf; so there’s much for me to share and cover in a continual segment like this. Hopefully with each one I can cover a bunch of mind warping, eardrum shearing, deviant frequencies that any serious listener will be hopped up simply on getting their fix from one or more of these finds.

This here is a sort of pilot run to get a feel for how to format this thing and it also essentially pays homage to great artists, some of which I’ve gotten to know over correspondence, and also friends that run labels for the same reason I buy this stuff and waste my not so free time on hunting it down and further pushing it to other fiends fortunate enough to be suffering from the same addiction as myself. To many of you reading this, some possibly written about right here even, and count less others out there who have hounded me into returning to the throne here…this one is especially for you so please enjoy this as much as I do.

 

Satanic Dystopia – Double Denim Shotgun Massacre

Label: No Visible Scars

Satanic Dystopia are one of those chupacabra bands, a rare find as they are a definitive early black metal sounding band from back when Celtic Frost and Hellhammer were only on tape, Venom on vinyl and tape, no Norwegian scene or sound existed yet, and Quorthon was only known to a handful of folks. So what you get with the Double Denim Shotgun Massacre is a heavy violent thrash black metal with horror, exploitation, occult film themed lyrics of a great death/ grind album and even hints of real industrial (no oontz oontz or synth/ keyboard) buzzing effects. In other words a shitstorm of razor blade hail and caustic tones to a thundering rhythm of addictive aggression that’s sure to make crave the slash and burn of this cassette.

Hailing from the UK, and with a deep penchant for gratuitous violence as much as the exploitation and horror film genres, Satanic Dystopia wage war on the senses and unload 8 hollow tip rounds of black thrashing metal that’s pretty hard, even for the uptight “old school” snobby connoisseur to deny  a heartfelt appreciation of…and do you really fucking believe it…? !!! We have those types in this realm of metal now. And what’s even more hilarious is that were Satanic Dystopia around in ’81 or ’85 they would have been one of those glowing polished turds alongside Venom, Bathory, and the Celtic Frost/Hellhammer output. People thought this stuff was noise and talentless crap, even in many metal circles, but it turned out to simply be tarnished gold that merely resembled a crusty fetid shit lump. So fuck the superficial shit huffers that assumed flush this stuff than investigate it.

And if the cover art and very Goddamn accurate description weren’t enough to give this release some credibility to some still pinching pennies with their (tight) ass cheeks, it also comes in a nice DVD case (pretty packaging always helps for some reason), but because the sound is what ultimately matter most I’m posting videos below for some of the highlights of this album.

 

Links:

http://satanicdystopia.bandcamp.com/

http://nvslabel.blogspot.com/

 

Pillar Tombs of Aku – II

Label:  Shunned House

Shunned House is a new tape only label based out of the Netherlands and has gotten some pretty consistent nods of approval amongst those of the unlight in the dingy dark corners of black metal/noise/death metal where many don’t tread nor care to do so (and Yes the Marduk album title use just now was indeed lame). Much of the necro, lo-fi, off the wall, cult, WTF stuff that passes for “underground” these days and even in those original days isn’t/wasn’t worth spitting on, it just carried that sort of cryptic persona because of many reasons, most of which are retarded (in this PC world am I sill allowed to use that word in this context?). Well thankfully I’ve purchased two single sided EPs from this label and Pillar really sold me on the potential of some of the fringe raw black metal acts of present.

I honestly had no idea of what I was getting myself into here, I had only heard a clip from the labels page on Soundcloud and figured, Why the Hell not? so I grabbed a copy and am glad I did. The sound quality is very raw though, not so much the “raw” black metal sort of raw, it’s very grainy and requires me cranking the volume up substantially on it to get it at a nice loud volume to suit the contents here. This is not a bad thing though as the production is hissy enough to make the blaring treble sort of thicken out instead of shrieking and being a bit unbearable to the ears. Think of the best example of what the ideal necro claustrophobic tomb recordings should sound like and that’s actually what Pillar sounds like.

It’s interesting because the actual band is not at all the atmospheric, ethereal, occult ritualistic, cinematic type but yet this album has so much of it regardless of the roaring frenzy of actual riffs and deep echoing inhuman vocal utterances. I’d have to say once again that early Bathory and Celtic Frost come to mind, but then it becomes a definite Darkthrone, Ride for Revenge, Legion Blotan toss up for other points of comparison. If you like the garage black metal stuff like RFR, Gammal Sed, Sump, or maybe some of the raucous Floridian stuff like OV, Vomikaust, No Pleasure in Life, which mix heavier riffs and thicker mixes with a more punk/thrash rhythm then Tombs of Aku is a straight up essential. The tape clocks in at a mere 21 minutes, but it’s an upchuck guaranteed vortex of a ride so when something is this intense it’s best to keep it short and sweet.

 

Links:

http://intotheshunnedhouse.wordpress.com/test/

 

Tyrants of Hell – Repulsive Worship

Label: WOHRT Records

This tape literally just arrived, about 20 minutes ago to be exact, and I so quickly unwrapped it, shoved it into the player, cranked the volume up to an ear bleed inducing decibel level and let it rip…AND indeed it is.  So far it’s a whole lotta Deathstrike/Master hardcore infused death metal grime with a dirty little twang of bass underneath the distortion haze, but I’m honestly getting a stinking suspicion given the rattling bottom heavy thuds of rhythms and the overall clamoring tirade that this is another Florida band like OV, IVES, Vomikaust, etc.

Just looked it up and indeed I’m correct about the Florida roots, but definitely not because they sound like the Primal Vomit bands I’d just mentioned.  Tyrants of Hell are heavy, ugly, and muddy enough with the right aggressive punk scum tinges as those awesome ragged shitstain bands do, but this Demo here is certainly more of a very early thrash death metal infused with legit death grind (think General Surgery, early Carcass) sort of thing. The vocals are more upfront hardcore/thrash based, spewed and grunted, as opposed to guttural burps and gargles, which makes me think early to mid-era Master and Deathstrike, especially when served alongside these dense thrash rhythms which, although still very distinctly hardcore derived carry the groove and push of fists and slamming bodies, but with the mildewed grime thickener of tones that was early death metal. So now with the meat and potatoes portion of this write-up consumed I’ll start to belch up some of the afterthoughts (BTW, the tape is already over).

Overall the Demo is a killer thrill. I really love that early death metal sound that gave so many incredible bands a lot of directions to move in as most of those bands did not all sound the same, before it became Incantation one-offs and contrived bullshit. It’s not everyday, or in my case every year or two that a good new death metal band comes along that works perfectly with my tastes. I guess the only downside for some here then would be the shortness of the Demo which clocks in at under 15 minutes, BUT before some of you begin to squirm away let me inform you that it repeats on both sides so it’s a double-sided sort of single-sided tape which gives almost a half-an-hour of listening (laughs).  Just think of it as a necessary to own 7” but you don’t have to repeat it or flip it every 5 minutes.

 

Links:

http://www.wohrtrecords.com/

http://tyrantsofhell.bandcamp.com/

This should cover the first published version of this ongoing article. Currently written and waiting for editing is the next installment which may be a bit more comprehensive and will feature at least 5-6 releases including the recent roll outs of vinyl from Prison Tatt, more tape stuff from acts such as my recent new obsession, Ride At Dawn,  and Furdidurke alongside some noise/death industrial and whatever sonic  beauty embraces my tastes at that moment. For example, my ongoing love for Toil and Ash Pool, neither of which are at all new to many of you but some of the demos and other random EP’s/7″s are well worth noting.

There’s also a lot more to come from WOHRT and other good LP finds coming up so expect some development with quality diversity in terms of the scope of coverage present next round. I just wanted to get this up to light the fire under my ass to keep it going.