Thursday, June 30, 2011

Winds of Genocide

I have returned from beyond! Apologies for the unexpected interruption, but it wouldn't be properly Lovecraftian without a few mysterious vanishings from time to time, now would it? Anyway, I come bearing strange fruit: some brutal death/crust from the UK, exclusively themed around the collapse of civilization. There's a good bit of Discharge-styled d-beat and some Autopsy-like primitive gurgling, but I also get a nice Aura Noir/Midnight black'n'roll vibe as well - all in all a swirling black cloud of nihilism shot through with lightning bolts of doom.
In The Shadow Of The Scythe Of Death

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eight Hands for Kali - Mount Meru

I had a dream last night that Sunn O))) released a documentary film about soup entitled, of course, Soupp O))). What does this mean? Hopefully nothing, aside from the fact that it's a bad idea to eat leftover enchiladas before bed, but it did remind me that I haven't posted anything by Eight Hands for Kali in over a year. Featuring Topo from El Natas and Tas from Electric Wizard, this Buddhist War Doom band creates smoky, sinister snake-charming metal as hypnotic and resinous as opium. Although this album is a scant half hour, criminally short for this kind of music, it nonetheless packs a serious wallop and may leave you drooling and soiling your drawers.
Apocalypse Love Hypnotized

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Devil - Magister Mundi Xum

It's a bit difficult to properly convey the sense of foreboding and gloom on this doom demo from last year while this kitten writhes around on my lap and sheds upon my keyboard, but let's say it's a fair shot between Ghost's Blue Öyster Cult/Mercyful Fate hybrid and the swaggering bell-bottom blues-metal of your Pentagrams and your Witchcrafts. There's an album from this year you'll want to look into if this whets your appetite, but be sure to spit out all the cat hair first.
I Made A Pact

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Here's a moody little slice of cinematic horror jazz from Creed Taylor and his orchestra, simultaneously oozing hepcat cool and slithery menace. The third of three collaborations with film composer Kenny Hopkins, these albums are not connected to specific films but based on short horror stories and classic monster archetypes. Anticipating much strange fringe music of the next fifty years, the mix of creaky sound effects with abstract tone poems and lounge rhythm, along with occasional muffled voices, creates a delightfully eerie atmosphere that must've been a riot at cocktail parties and secretive black masses alike.
Red Eyed Rats

Friday, June 17, 2011

Black Land - Extreme Heavy Psych

Yet another self-explanatory doom album, but keep in mind that the Italians tend to do it weirder than anybody. So, how far out are you ready to go? Some minimal research reveals a mysterious history of typical opaque personal weedian occultism:
" the beginning the band started experimenting by fusing sounds of stoner and heavy psychedelic rock with the typical reflexive mysticism of doom, and it’s from those atmospheres and by the convergence of each own personal background that Black Land’s songs took their origin.
The first “confused” exibitions took place mostly in squats, and other underground locations in Rome and in the rest of Italy (without producing any record or demo)."
Gibberish or genius? Remember that Italian metal is famous for both.
Holy Weed of the Cosmos

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Roky Erickson - More Power to You

Another semi-legitimate Roky release from the fan club here, with some stuff you can't find anywhere else and also the absolute best version of "Cold Night for Alligators" I've ever heard. Also included is some prime Roky-gibberish and general silliness, just for good measure.
I Love the Blind Man

Monday, June 13, 2011

Noctum - The Seance

There must be something in the water over in Sweden. Noctum, following in the footsteps of countrymen Graveyard and Witchcraft, present us with a rock-solid slab of groovy doom on this debut LP from last year. Not quite as eclectic or psychedelic as the former and not as Roky-influenced as the latter, Noctum instead relies on old-fashioned mystical mumbo jumbo and swaggering heaviness to make an impression. Come take my hand...
Den Onda Trollpackan

Sunday, June 12, 2011

RIP Jamie Toulon

No music today

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Banged Up: American Jailhouse Songs

This fairly self-explanatory collection of blues, hillbilly, and early rock music spans thirty years and includes such household names as Johnny Cash, Bessie Smith, Jimmie Rogers, and Swamp hero Bukka White, alongside a wide spectrum of lesser-knowns. Of note are Smith's absolutely brutal "Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair" and the barnstorming "Riot in Cell Block 9," alongside Leroy Carr's hilarious "Christmas in Jail, Ain't That a Shame." Not much else to say, so reach for the sky, punk.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pharaoh - The Longest Night

Can't think of anything clever or funny to post today, due to the crushing weight of summer frying my feeble brain, so enjoy this killer LP by Pharaoh, which ought to appeal to those Slough Feg/Manilla Road/Ironsword/heavy metal fans among you. You know who you are.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Motörhead - Covers

This here is a fan-made bootleg collecting, yes, a bunch of Motörhead cover versions: Enter Sandman, Breaking the Law, The Trooper, Whiplash, etc. Purists will note that "Ramones" is actually a Motörhead song which the Ramones later covered and "Hellraiser" is a Lemmy/Ozzy collaboration, which technically makes it not a cover, but we're not here to split hairs, are we? Also I should note that completists may wish to obtain the seven inch record of Motörhead and Wendy O. Williams covering "Stand By You Man," just to round out the bunch. I didn't mess with the track listing but I did correct and normalize all the tags and volumes, right down to the last umlaut. This is by no means complete but it is a nice, CD-length compilation for rocking by the pool in your obscene little shorty shorts.
It's a Long Way to the Top

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Babe Ruth - First Base

Today's special is another groovy slab of proggish proto-metal, from England's Babe Ruth. Staking their own unique little plot of sound with singer Janita Haan's Joplin-howl and some surprisingly pretty and lush strings in between more traditional bluesy skronk, this album is most notorious for the heavily-covered "The Mexican," but about every other song is a total killer rock number, and even the quieter ones tend to pick up steam towards the end. Plus, dig that crazy cover!
Have you seen a black dog's eyes
Staring in the fire?

Monday, June 6, 2011

J.A. Caesar and Shiburu - Poison Body Circle

I return, wee ones, and I've got a batshit crazy pile of weirdness for you under my tentacle! Japanese film and live theater composer Julius Arnest Caesar's score to the wild Shin Toku Maru (Poison Body Circle) is a hybrid of traditional styles and wild, thunderous psych rock, swerving wildly between woodwind passages and spoken word to cacophonous noise. Poison Body Circle is the story of an motherless boy who returns to his cruel father and stepmother wearing his death mother's grave clothes and makeup and exacts brutal revenge. Think Psycho: The Musical as performed by Flower Travellin' Band.
Wara-ningyou no Noroi
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