Friday, 30 September 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOLUME 29 - Grip of Delusion Radio 1/10/2016


The Shrieks From Below - Played on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

Thank you's to:

The guys of Shit the Cow for providing me with the links to play the track 'Villain' and Portland, USA band Troll for allowing me to select two tracks from their excellent self titled release (1/10/16)


On this edition, I will be playing some new, some old, some forgotten, and some undiscovered bands. 

The new is in the form of 2 songs from the soon to be released album by US band Troll who play a magnificent blend of progressive, stoner doom. Also, I will have a song from a pretty obscure alternative rock band with the unusual name of  Shit The Cow. Psychedelia and acid is provided by show favourites Eddie Brnabic & The Cosmic Fellowship, and a meandering track from Chu. Left field choice is a bout of black thrash by Blasphemophager. As always there is a heavy presence of thundering sludge, this week provided by Raum Kingdom, and A Horse Called War. Stoner also has a big part to play this week, firstly with a track from Shinin' Shade, and I'm closing with something from a brilliant, but hard to find album by Super Invader.

.....But firstly, I'm opening the show with something from a few years ago by A Day of Pigs

Band Order

Phlefonyaar - Usual Intro
A Day of Pigs
Troll
Shit the Cow
Raum Kingdom
Eddie Brnabic & The Cosmic Fellowship
Shinin'Shade
Troll
Chu
Blasphemophager
A Horse Called War
Super Invader

Sunday, 25 September 2016

THE COMPANY CORVETTE - Never Enough



The Company Corvette is from Pennsylvania, USA, and is;

Alexei - Guitar
Ross - Bass/Vocals
Zach - Drums

Since 'Never Enough' was released a month or so ago, there have been numerous comparisons to New Orleans Brethren Eyehategod, and if you really listen through the heavily wah afflicted riffs, and dissect their molten blues based core, thats fair enough. However, its the use of the wah-wah pedal which makes The Company Corvette  an altogether different proposition. If you consider Eyehategod as the fibrous crust formed over an open wound, then The Company Corvette has to be the glutinous gunk beneath. Sleaze is a description that springs to mind, the riffs of Alexei Korolev drenched in mucus. This band doesn't do clean. While the majority of bands who play this particular brand of stoner doom attempt a little spit and polish in the mix, The Company Corvette, leaves a residue of grit under the fingernails.

I listen to a LOT of this type of music, and still enjoy it, but sometimes you can't help but be underwhelmed by the crowd, but I do have a love affair with stoner doom that makes you wrinkle your nose and gag a little. 'Never Enough' by The Company Corvette does that in spades. There is a whiff of toxicity with this album that not many bands of this ilk manage to attain, Sourvein is another that can capture it. 2015 was a remarkable year for quality underground metal releases, 2016 has continued that trend, and there will be many a bloggers furrowed brow trying to compile their 'best of' lists at the end of the year. 'Never Enough' by The Company Corvette has just made it that much harder.




Friday, 23 September 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 28 - Grip of Delusion Radio


Playing on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

A very bouncy, riffy show coming up this Saturday, comprising almost entirely of new, recent, or not yet released tracks, and for this I wish to thank the following:

Buddy Donner of Great Electric Quest for providing me with the opportunity to play something off their excellent Chapter 1 album.

Kozmik Artifactz for allowing me the opportunity to play something from Wight's funky, psychedelic, stoner album 'Love is Not Only What You Know'

Anthony, from Desert Highways Label for giving me the nudge about the self titled release by The Ruiner.

Also thank you to Awooga for giving me a nudge in the general direction of their bandcamp page, where I was taken in by their brand of heavy groovy grunge.

Band Order

Phlefonyaar - Usual intro
Great Electric Quest - 1901
Awooga - Thief
The Ruiner - Hubble
The Ruiner - Smoke
The Company Corvette - Foot in Mouth
Wight - The Muse & The Mule
Awooga - Where the Others Go
The Company Corvette - Pigeon
Great Electric Quest - Until we Meet Again
Wight - Helicopter Mama



Saturday, 17 September 2016

HARMONIK TRIP - Harmonik Trip 1


Harmonik Trip  is from Las Vegas Nevada, and consists of:

Jared Zec - Guitar/Vocals
Alex Lovecchio - Drums
John Riemma - Bass

After spending some time in the backwater of Soundcloud, Harmonik Trip are back where they belong, tripping out amongst the far reaches of the Bandcamp cosmos, phasers set to stun.

As you settle down to listen to Harmonik Trip 1, waiting for the opening countdown sequence to reach zero, and then hearing the sound of rocket engines revving up to full force, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to 'Space Ritual' era Hawkwind, but once the phased out riffs of the opening track 'Mjolnir' begins and immediately spits acid in all directions, followed by chunks of wah, then it suddenly dawns on you that you're listening to something far more warped and distorted by space and time than the 'Space Lords' ever were. Sure, there are nods here and there to Hawkwind, its inevitable, particularly with the track 'Atmosphere' which is split into three shortish parts of spacey interludes, but Harmonik Trip 1 is a much bumpier journey through the Solar System. The 'proper' tracks 'Mjolnir' 'Anunnaki,' the showpiece track 'A Pale Horse Named Death/Spirit' and 'Blood Moon' possess a stoner feel with plenty of heft emanating from the band, whilst the licks of Jared Zec, radiate a sense of urgency, as though gripped by the gravitational pull of a black hole. This is trippy, not in the far out, laid back sense of that word, although it does have its moments, but more like being played through gritted teeth!

Harmonik Trip 1, by Harmonik Trip is worthy of further investigation, especially if you're into the likes of Bardo Pond, Earthless, Tia Carrera, oh yes! and Hawkwind as well!




Thursday, 15 September 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 27 - Grip of Delusion Radio 17/9/2016



As played on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK.

Starting the show this week by spitting acid around the internet in the form of a track by Harmonik Trip. The band has just reopened their bandcamp page after a while lurking in the Soundcloud basement. I'm playing something off an earlier demo however. It's a little lo-fi, but this is how rock like this should sound.

I'm highlighting a new album due for release later this month. It's called 'Dawn of the Satanic Age' by Clouds Taste Satanic, and I'll be playing two tracks from that. Also, a big thank you to Konstantin of Wolves Carry My Name, for providing me with the opportunity to play a track off  their upcoming EP 'Black Earth Tongue'. I have some post - sludge this week from Northless, and in complete contrast to their plodding tempo, I'm following with the black thrash of Battlestorm. Forgive the indulgence when I play 'Let it Burn' by the obscure Number Nine Experiment, it's just that ever since I stumbled on it a couple of years ago, it has a tendency to stick in my mind. Frilly shirts are also donned in homage to the sublime gothic sounding doom of Lethian Dreams, before the prog tainted metal of  Oberon assaults the speakers. Filth lovers are catered for in the ominous shape of Mortiferik, before I close the show with Lord Dying.

Band Order:
Phlefonyaar - Usual Intro
Harmonik Trip
Clouds Taste Satanic
Northless
Battlestorm
Number Nine Experiment
Wolves Carry My Name
Lethian Dreams
Clouds Taste Satanic
Oberon
Mortiferik
Lord Dying

Sunday, 11 September 2016

HAUNTED - Haunted


Haunted is from Catania, Italy and consists of:

Francesco Bauso - Guitars
Cristina Chimirri - Vocals
Valerio Cimino - Drums
Francesco Orlando - Guitar
Frank Tudisco - Drums

Available via Twin Earth Records

I am currently reading a book called 'The Ghost Hunters' about the most haunted house in England, Borley Rectory. Haunted's self titled full length debut album is a perfect accompaniment. The opening sequence of the track 'Nightbreed' invokes images of ancient spires cloaked in nightfall, lit by shimmering, watery strands of moonlight, casting shadows over abandoned and forgotten gravestones, choked with ivy. Haunted even has its own 'Woman in Black' Cristina Chimirri, whose spectral voice becomes the showpiece of this album, and blends perfectly with the gathering storm created by the rest of the band.

When I first heard 'Silvercomb' the third track on what is a five track album, a few months ago, I likened Haunted to Black Sabbath's evil twin, but after listening to the full album in more depth, that statement may have been a little hasty, as Haunted is firmly ensconced in stoner doom territory, Sabbath was/is essentially blues based. Whereas Black Sabbath was the serial killer with his knife at your throat, this album from Haunted conjures images of the unimaginable presence lurking in the closet, deep down, you know nothing is there, but until you open the door, if you can summon the courage, you can't be certain.

'Haunted', by Haunted isn't an album.....its a seance!

Friday, 2 September 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 26 - Grip of Delusion Radio 3/9/2016


Playing on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

Huge thank you's to:

Ric Bennett - Twin Earth Records for Haunted.
Tanguy SeFi Dupre - More fuzz for Augustine Azul
Roberto Mura - Third -I - Rex for Kalloused
Dani Audi - Discos Macarras for Cuerno

A very gritty show this weekend with lots of new stuff to discover and enjoy!
Starting, and ending with tracks from the awesome new self titled album from Haunted, and keeping the doom flowing with something by Deadsmoke. Augustine Azul provide some stoner with jazzy undertones. A highly unusual, but very interesting track. Morbid Evils released a remarkably brilliant sounding live album earlier this year, and its a pleasure to play some intense death doom from it. Cuerno has the longest track on this weeks show at just under 15 minutes of avant - garde stoner doom, then I'm following that up with a track of blues infused doom from Mindkult. Kalloused crank up the violence, before I close the show with the self titled track from the new Haunted album.....Phew!!, heavy shit indeed!!

Band Order
Phlefonyaar - Intro
Haunted
Deadsmoke
Augustine Azul
Morbid Evils
Cuerno
Mindkult
Kalloused
Haunted