Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Nod to Tom

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

- Tom Waits


Tuesday, November 28, 2006 least I had that... a life full of peaks and valleys...where a person can find ultimate comfort only to have it ripped away from him in an instant...where the words "love" and "faithful" are as meaningless and hollow as a good morning to a least there is music...always constant...always available...if only in a memory...

...Music is ultimate and final, the one truth in a time when nothing is true and no one is accountable. It is a vision to blindness...a meal to hunger...a tear to heartache...A knife to the unwounded.

It is a start and a stop. A life where before only death existed.

It is the peak to my valley, the sun to my rain. The breath of air when I can't breath.


Monday, November 27, 2006


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Playlist 11.22.06

DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice
IMMORTAL - Blizzard Beasts
CRAFT - Fuck The Universe
PAINKILLER - Guts of a Virgin
MELVINS - Eggnog
TANGORODRIM - Those Who Unleashed
SKULLFLOWER - Orange Canyon Mind
SCREAM - Your Choice Live Series: Scream (4/5/90)
PAN.THY.MONIUM - Dawn of Dreams
CONSPIRACY - Reincarnated
DIE KREUZEN - Internal
JUSTIN BROADRICK/ANDY HAWKINS - Subsonic 3: Skinner's Black Laboratories

(((03))) V.2

Friday, November 17, 2006

Lord Lightfoot

This day in 1938 marks the birth of a god.
If you've not witnessed his brilliance, you have but to hear
"The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald".


Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Nod to (dead) Khanate

Official word is: As of the 24th of September 2006, Khanate is no more, with Plotkin stating that the "lack of commitment from certain members" led to the split

If you've not experienced the it. One more to go.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Playlist 11.15.06

SKIP JAMES - Complete 1931 Session
SUNN 0))) & BORIS - Altar
THE LIFE AND TIMES - Suburban Hymns
MELVINS - (A) Senile Animal
BORIS - Absolutego - Special Low Frequency Version
EARTH - Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions
AURA NOIR - Mercyless
DARKTHRONE - Sardonic Wrath
YES - Keys to Ascension
BIG BUSINESS - Head for the Shallows
CARCASS - Symphonies of Sickness


Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Runhild Gammelsaeter circa 1995 with Thorr's Hammer.

This is some live footage from '95. Very primitive (all you can hear is O'Malleys feedback at the beginning) but it's a great record of how amazingly beautiful and how devistatingly badass she is.

She has since performed with SUNN 0))) and recently collaborated with James Plotkin in Khlyst.


Monday, November 13, 2006

A Nod to Carcass

I can remember the first time I read a review of Symphonies of Sickness, I was in creative writing class in high school. I thought "what a dumb name for a band" and nearly passed over it until I saw the words Napalm Death in the review, so I read it. It talked of how gross it was...But intelligent, and it had 16 bonus tracks which was actually the Reek of Putrifaction album so I made it my mission to find the CD as it had Bill Steer on guitar and I was a fan of his work with Napalm. Well as luck would fucking have it...The album was on a very young, pre-American distribution Earche Records and the disc was impossible to find (especially in the one-horse town in Missouri that I was living in at the time). It wasn't until I came to visit my family in Texas that I came across a $23+ import copy at Underground Records. I can honestly say, that for the next 6 to 7 months after the purchase that it is all I listened to, (I even ignored my expensive Scum+ From Enslavement to Obliteration CD). In the months that followed I carried the booklet to the CD around school with me, showing it to friends, relishing the fact that I had a CD of a band no one had but everyone wanted to hear when they saw the intricate and sickening lyrics. My history teacher, Mr Frey even confiscated it at one point and read the lyrics. His response? "It's like the pre-med version of 'Never laugh when a hearse goes by'. It's very smart...But very dumb."


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Amyxul vs. Equimanthorn

Photo by Proscriptor


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Nod to Electric Wizard

Really this is a nod to Liz. Back when she was in Sourvein, my ex-wife and I got to see them at The Tattoo Bar and Liz hung out with us at the bar before and after the show. She was fukking cool as hell to both of us, a class act all the way. Check out Electric Wizard, and if you can find info on them, her old band 13 (I have only ever heard their Hellhammer cover).


Playlist 11.08.06

ABSU - Barathrum V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
EARTH - Earth 2 - Special Low Frequency Version
IMMORTAL - Pure Holocaust
ISIS - In The Absense of Truth
MELVINS - (A) Senile Animal
FLOOR - Dove
PROTEST - EP Final Mix (Pre-Master)
EQUIMANTHORN - Nindinnuga Nimshimsargal Enlillara
IMMORTAL - Sons of Northern Darkness
SUNN O))) - Flight of the Behemoth
OLD - The Musical Dimensions Of Sleastak
UNSANE - Blood Run


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Omitance of Their Duties

Back in 2005, a million years ago, a band out of Norway appeared out of nowhere and shook the very foundation of everything I liked about music. They toppled the towering confines of normal music and made to co-exist in harmony a style of music that was so all over the map and yet wasn't pretentious and silly. Now, as we approach 2007, my hope is that they will eventually get to put out a new album. For more information, visit the homepage or myspace page of one of my favorite bands, the only band in the world that could pull off the name Frantic Bleep.


Monday, November 06, 2006

1944 (Mother Fucker)

Happy Birthday to Wild Man Fischer born Lawrence Wayne Fischer, 6 November 1945 in Los Angeles. He has the curious claim to fame of being responsible for Rhino Records' first release. Larry has been variously described as a jobless, homeless, paranoid, certified-psychotic street singer and as the missing link between Syd Barrett and Homer Simpson.

Larry Fischer is a history teacher in the 2nd grade of St. Patricks. Discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he cut his first record album, Fischer became an underground club and concert favorite, earning him the title of "godfather of outsider music." Zappa was responsible for Fischer's initial foray into the business of music—An Evening with Wild Man Fischer— contains 36 tracks of 'something not exactly musical'.

He has been linked with Linda Ronstadt, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin and recorded with Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo).

Info via Wikipedia


I, Immortal Bömbers

Abbath Doom Occulta (a.k.a. Olve Eikemo), aside from ressurecting Immortal, also has an album by his side project I about to be released. I consists of former Immortal drummer Armagedda on drums, former Gorgoroth bassist TC King on bass, Enslaved guitarist Arve Isdal on guitars, and former Immortal guitarist Demonaz writing lyrics.

So far the album has gotten some amazing reviews. Blackened Rock-n-Roll ala Motorhead and Bathory (which makes sense since Eikemo is in a Motörhead tribute band called Bömbers.





Saturday, November 04, 2006

Down with the new, in with the old (and cold)

This excerpt from an interview with Nocturno Culto done by the Metal Observer in September of 2001 says it all...

MO: I've read in several interviews that Tom G. Warrior doesn't approve of the blatant CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER-influences in DARKTHRONE's music, because he says that CELTIC FROST was all about breaking new musical ground and DARKTHRONE is basically just copying them. What is your opinion of his viewpoint?

NC: Mr. Warrior is right, if we talk of "Panzerfaust". This album has some tracks, which is a hail to CELTIC FROST, but otherwise I think that DARKTHRONE has created it's own sound. CELTIC FROST sure broke some new ground with "Cold Lake"...?!



Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Nod to (the) Melvins

Ozma was released in 1989 by Boner Records. It featured Buzz Osborne on guitar and vocals, Dale Crover on drums and Lori "Lorax" Black on bass. It was produced by Mark D who would later become the bassest for the Melvins. Mark and Lori (who is the daughter of Shirley Temple) were also previously in a band together called Clown Alley whose album "Circus of Chaos" was long out of print but is about to be re-released by Southern Lord. Ozma has three cover songs, Leech by Green River (a song which was actually given to Buzz by Jeff Ament)*, Candy-O by The Cars and Love Thing by Kiss but it also contains the intro to the song Living in Sin from the Gene Simmons solo album on the song Creepy Smell.

Tracks 18–33 are taken from the 1987 album "Gluey Porch Treatments" but only appear on the CD version of the album. The tracklisting that is printed on the CD lists 34 tracks, but for unknown reasons, the CD only has 33 tracks. Exact Paperbacks and Happy Grey Or Black are together on track 23 and not individual tracks as credited.

This happens to be the 30th Melvins CD added to my collection.

Also, my 2 and a half year old Siamese Fighting Fish (or Betta Splenden) is named after Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne.


*Leech is not on the original version of Ozma but rather the CD version which contains "Gluey Porch Treatments". V.2