Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Watering this Flower of Disease

Greg Anderson's short lived band Goatsnake wasn't around for long, but in a small period of time managed to bring forth some serious musical innovation. Flower of Disease is one of those albums that really does define a genre...uh...without fitting into any of them...sort of thing. While too stoner to be doom and too doom to be stoner, F.O.D. stands as a landmark in heaviness while also destroying trends such as adding uber-pixie Petra Haden (That Dog, The Rentals) on guest vox and violin adding a delicate touch of not heard up to that point, at least not in that context. Released on Man's Ruin in 2000, it's nearly impossible to find this CD so hopefully it will be re-issued at some point. More later...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Playlist 07.30.07

SUNN 0))) - Oracle
DARKTHRONE - Preparing for War
GRIEF - Alive
HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE - Submarine Immersion Techniques Vol. I
HARVEY MILK - Special Wishes
PELICAN - City of Echoes
DIVINE EVE - Upon These Ashes Scorn the World

Upcoming Audio:
TORCHE - In Return
GLORIOR BELLI - Manifesting The Raging Beast
DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
EARTH - The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
EQUIMANTHORN - Exalted are the Seven Throne Bearers of Ninnkigal


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Classic Magic(k)

Absu '95 - Torino, Italia

Friday, July 20, 2007

The End is Near...part Zwei

I usually don't condone the "Best of..." or "Greatest Hits" of any band. When you buy them, your counting on another person to tell you what you should hear by them and you may be missing the "real" best stuff, plus, if a band is worth a damn, you should be supportive and buy the entire catalog. But then again, that's just little OCD me. The exceptions to this however are 1) When a band's catalog is virtually impossible to find because it is out of print, 2) It is from another country and is the price of a human baby on the black market, 3) You already own the catalog but the collected CD is thorough, concise and easier to take on a long trip than 8 CDs of that band. This IS the case with the Best of Destruction 2xCD. Loaded with essentials, Best of Destruction delivers every great track you'd need for a party, road trip or for your player at work all wrapped up in a nice little package for your convenient thrashing pleasure, plus it gives you a listen to their live material from the increasingly hard to find Live without Sense album (which happened to be my very first Destruction CD, everything up to that was on cassette). Best of Destruction is available for a VERY fair price or you can search ebay. I got a copy for $.99 with $3.25 shipping and it's in great shape. The verdict, get it...it's easily one of the best "Best of" CDs out there. They've got only one aim...TOTAL DESTRUCTION!!!


Friday, July 13, 2007

The End is Near...

One of my favorite releases of all time is Sentence of Death by Destruction, released in 1984. Raw, powerful and "fuck-posers" German Metal perfection in every way imaginable. It's most usually tagged on the same CD as Infernal Overkill now (that's the one I have) but as a kid I had the cassette of Sentence by itself with the cover shown below. If you can grab this, do yourself a favor. You can't claim to be true without this in your collection. Of course next came 1985's Infernal Overkill and 1986's Eternal Devestation, two masterpieces of the genre (of thrash or any other kind of metal) and then released one more great full length Release from Agony in 1988. After that, it all went to hell so don't bother with any of that shit...that is with the exception of the revival era which started in 2000 with All Hell Breaks Loose. That said, Sentence is still my favorite even though it is WAY too short, but coupled with Infernal, it's fine. Destruction or DIE!


Monday, July 09, 2007

HydraHead vs. Temporary Residence Ltd.


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from the Temporary Residence website -

"For the second installment in the collaborative series of split albums between Temporary Residence Ltd. and Hydra Head Records, we find a match made in heaven with the ethereal, grandiose dirge-pop of Jesu splitting sides with stately, deserted majesty of Eluvium. Already fans of each other's music, the two artists sought to compliment each other and in the process stretched their individual sounds to their outermost limits. Jesu shoots for the moon with a trio of fuzzed-out tunes that owes more to first-wave British shoegaze groups like Swervedriver and Ride than Broadrick's own roots in Godflesh and Napalm Death. It's a beautiful and brilliant evolution in Jesu's already accomplished career. Eluvium aims for the heart of the sun with his magnum opus, a three-part collaboration with Jeremy deVine that stretches Eluvium's contemplative drones to a staggering twenty-one minutes, in which time the song transforms from a lonely rattle to a seismic, swirling storm of sound that grinds the piece to haunting quiet. As with all records in this series, this is strictly limited to 4,000 copies - 2,000 Hydra Head versions and 2,000 Temporary Residence Ltd. versions. The music and the artwork is the same on all copies, but the vinyl colors, label colors, and outer sticker colors will vary. We live to comfort you with our music, and confound you with our methods.


1. JESU: Farewell

2. JESU: Blind & Faithless

3. JESU: Why Are We Not Perfect?

4. ELUVIUM: Time-Travel Of The Sloth Parts I, II, & III