Thursday, September 24, 2009

Slogun - Bloody Roots CD

holy mother of fuck, this is probably the best straight up angry record since West Side Horizons

i rarely get very excited about much music anymore. Sure, i still like a lot of music, but i don't find much that i would call significant. Slogun however is a project i always have time for and follow what he's doing with great interest. As i've said before, Slogun and Crossed Out are almost exactly the same to me.

i still need to convince John to do a Slogun/ Blockade show in Toronto sometime

a Slogun cover will be on the Blockade/ Unearthly Trance split LP that we're currently in the end stages of writing

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Theta Clear

Matthew made a short zine of some his oddball collage work. At times it reminds me of a cut and paste punk version of Norihiro Sekitani.

Anyway, he seems to be experimenting with some kind of Neo-Luddism currently so if you want one send an e mail to and i'll direct his attention to it.


Slogun - Bloody Roots
Kaos Ritual - Svøpt Morgenrød
Bastard Noise - OEB IV
Mare - Throne of the Thirteenth Witch


The Trial of Gilles De Rais - Georges Bataille
Aghora, at the Left Hand of God - Robert E Svoboda

Friday, September 11, 2009

Into The Slaughter

Well, finally Slaughter Strike has an 18 minute demo tape availble for public consumption.

$6 North America, $8 World, paypal

If you want more than one demo or a shirt e mail first

Death Metal is a strange old beast, until 1993 i loved the stuff then it very famously became a steaming pile of shit and even the good LPs suffered from three good songs at the beginning and a whole bunch of crap afterwards. Too many songs that sounded like a bunch of transitions sequenced together with no real song underneath it all.

Then it went 'professional' and 'respectable' which lead to vomit inducing moments like in this documentary where some random dullard (maybe it was one of the Immolation guys, i forget) tries to convince us of death metal's merit because some of the guitarists are awesome and can play anything, even classical and jazz. LIKE THAT'S A FUCKING SELLING POINT YOU CLUELESS MORON!

And suddenly death metal was utter shit. Bad songs, boring riffs, laughable PR, horrible "professional" studio sound and worst of all no actual sense of horror or death. Cue several Norwegian's derisory and 100% spot on remarks about Life Metal. I blame Swedish teenagers and the entire state of Florida.

In the last few years the state of death metal has got considerably better once again, possibly thanks in part to underground black metal's continued longevity and people relearning some lessons from that crowd. Stand outs in recent years for me have been Drowned, Repugnant, Hooded Menace, Nominon, Necrovation and several others. And no one with any interest in this stuff can ignore Abscess or Nunslaughter's continued refusal to progress.

And it's funny, apparently now it's the return of Old School Death Metal. Within three days of our myspace page going up we'd had several offers of full lengths based on three roughly mixed songs (the final mixes aren't actually that different to be honest). Hell, more than one of these labels was a fairly big name which says one of two things to me. Either 1) Slaughter Strike is the best band in the whole universe and we've somehow managed to reinvent the wheel or 2) the music industry is fucked and will try and grab anything that might be half decent and might fit in to an emerging trend. Take your pick, or come up with your own.

And a lot of people congratulate us on such groundbreaking moves like our lack of triggered drums. Which really says something about the state of death metal.

So is this the return of Old School Death Metal? Personally i don't think so. Clearly journalists and some record labels need to pretend loose collections of shared values are a scene. It makes it easier to sell things.

We can learn something from hardcore here. In the 1990s hardcore was suddenly predominantly all that unlistenable fucking garbage like Coalesce, Dead Guy, Earth Crisis, Kiss it Goodbye, Snapcase, Starkweather, Refused, Cave In etc etc. At the end of the decade and at the start of this one bands like DS13, Career Suicide and more than i can be bothered mentioning were touted as retro hardcore or old school hardcore. Now that this trend has turned out to not be such a trend after all and is here to stay it's just hardcore. A different shade than the JNCO wearing lactose intolerant crowd, but still *just* hardcore. And if anything the bands that were called hardcore in the 1990s that bore little to no relation to hardcore before it are acknowledged as the abberation.

And anyone reading this that thinks hardcore is eye liner on dudes (Kevin Seconds and Jack Control excluded) and spin kicks at the local enormo-dome energy drink sponsored show needs to educate themselves.

And death metal is the same. Foregoing drum triggers and riffs that sound like a collection of eight million notes over gravity blasts, singing about a zombie apocalypse, getting away from photoshop album cover hell, releasing tapes and vinyl, having an underground DIY approach to booking shows and much much more is not old school death metal. It's just fucking death metal.

So yeah, we have a tape. We're recording a 7" and another tape before the end of the year and working on a full length next year.

Long Live Death.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New York's Alright...

On a recent stay in New York a planned musical get together with Tim Wyskida and Jay Newman didn't manage to occur (maybe another time in the near future...)

I did however throw down a small amount of additional noise on fellow Manson/ Crowley/ Erikson enthusiasts Unearthly Trance's re-recording of their song VVVV

find it here for a free download

On a related note The Endless Blockade have almost finished writing the 11 songs that will make up our half of the Unearthly Trance/ Blockade split LP due out on Chrome Peeler/ Humanless sometime early next year.

And on another related note there's a Joshua Norton Cabal/ Abandoner collaboration in the works, Abandoner sent me some material and as soon as i get my amp fixed i'll start adding my take on the material.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Semen in the Eye Socket of Michael Bryant

I promise not to do another post like this until Thatcher dies.

As much as i dislike modern society's seeming reliance on Schadenfreud as the only acceptable way to voice elation i can't help but smile for Michael Bryant's messy fall from grace that is doubtlessly only just beginning.

Michael Bryant, the most detestable politician since Margaret Thatcher (and it's not just the Bill 132 thing) .

Well, karma is a bitch Bryant, i hope your conscience eats you up for years.

The Mekon smirks at Michael Bryant's pain.

My condolencies to Darcy Sheppard