Monday, 24 April 2017


Shroud of the Heretic - Portland, Oregon

Marketed as an EP, 'Boiled to Death' the bands first release, is actually over half an hour long.That's just over 30 minutes of relentless, punishing, doom death metal. This EP is as ugly as it gets, kept under lock and key in the deepest catacombs, allowed to fester, twisted with insanity and bitterness, chains rattling, howling in desolation..

The six tracks contaminating this EP are raw and ugly. Unlike most other bands of this ilk, who, in an attempt to create a dense, suffocating atmosphere, tend to lose any semblance of riffs in a maelstrom of noise, the tracks on 'Boiled to Death' contain something of a structure, more along the lines of black/death metal. This EP is the aural equivalent of a horde of shrieking old crones clawing at your eyes.

Apart from checking out this, plus the other excellent releases on their Bandcamp page, check out the bands awesome tee's. I'm the proud owner of one that regularly scares the punters at the local gym.

music for lepers.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 51 - Grip of Delusion Radio 22/4/2017

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

Thank you's to:

Brume, for the opportunity to listen to their excellent new album of crushing doom 'Rooster'
Bittered for unleashing their new, angry, aural assault 'Foreign Agenda' upon my person.
Todd Holford of southern fried doomsters Blach Hand Throne  for the sneak preview of their stunning upcoming release 'Sheol VI
Lamebrain, who have kindly sent me an awesome new track od alt blues rock.
Subetroth, who have a new album out this weekend called 'Agnozia' prog sludge anyone?
Finally thanks to Zoheb Mahmud of  Qabar Extreme Music PR

I would also like to thank all of the underground bands for the myriad of excellent releases so far this year.

Band Order:

Bittered -  ' Media Crook

Brume - 'Rooster'

Shayk - 'Train'

Bittered - Mind Loss

Black Hand Throne - 'Sheol'

Lamebrain - 'Repulse'
Subetroth - 'Ungrown Tug'

Howling Black Soul - 'Roll Out Your Head'

Friday, 14 April 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 46 - Grip of Delusion Radio 15/4/2017

The Shrieks From Below, played on Grip of Delusion Radio, each Saturday @ 3pm Est, 9pm CET, 8pm UK.

Hi all, first show for a number of weeks due to data transferring 60k tracks from one computer to the other, and losing 20k of them! Fortunately, it looks as though I've found most, if not all.

So, here goes!

First off, thanks to Jadd of Magnetic Eye Records for the opportunity to play something off the awesome new Summoner album ' Beyond The Realm of Light' and Samuel Noire of the supremely heavy Stone Lotus for the link to play something off their crushing new album  'Comastone.'  Mongrelblood were kind enough to share some tracks of blistering thrash with me, and I am pleased to highlight one of them here.

Band Order:

Phlefonyaar - The Whoreson's Rebuke (Show Intro)

Shroud Of The Heretic - 'Boiled To Death'
Mindshroud - 'Cryptomnesia'

Stone Lotus - 'Swamp Coven

Psychopathic Terror - 'Dealer of Death

Summoner - 'Beyond the Realm of Light'

Asteroid - 'Panoramic Telescope'

Mongrelblood - 'Fields of Carrion

Flood - 'Holy Astro Shaman Part 1'
Maranatha - 'Vade Retro Satana'

Professor Electric's Pandemonium Shadow Show - 'I Wanna Be Your Man'

Fuck - Ushima - 'Easy'

Sunday, 12 February 2017

BUENSUCESO - "ANALOGY:The Sun/Divided Line"

What the band says unchartered :

" Buensuceso were given birth by Sergio Espinosa and David Moreno in 2013 after the split up of sludge metal band Buffalo. Joined by Eduardo Quesada and Juan de Dios on bass and guitar, they self released their first EP 'Inner Winter' back in 2014. John Doe added synths.

The new ep takes full hands from the bands first work and moves through unchartered territories. The bands post-metal fuelled attitude leaves no room for guesswork, the new tracks carry the listener in a mesmerising mind trip, through an unexpected emotional roller coaster.

Conceptually "ANALOGY" takes inspiration from Platonic philosophy and the 'Myth of the Cave' It observes the existence of an unreal world, focused on the blindness of an oblivious society which is forced to accept the insipid, conformist and inhuman reality that lies behind human beings"

What The Shrieks From Below says:

Way more satisfying than 'Inner Winter' 'Analogy' is less experimental and wades much further into the post metal/rock pool, but only rarely revisiting the band members sludge rock roots ('Wunderkammer'). In reality, the alluring, gentle nature of the first three songs could easily be interpreted as an introduction to the song 'Wunderkammer' 

It's obvious that Buensuceso are brimming with ideas. What the band needs to do now would be to spread their wings and compress their love of intricate guitar work into longer tracks, expanding their sound even more, particularly for a band who don't concern themselves with constraints. That said, 'Analogy' is a huge and positive step in the right direction. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 45 - Grip of Delusion Radio -11/2/2017

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

Thank you to Roberto Mura - Third I Rex Label for Obscure Devotion and Cave Suns, for the 'Canned Howl' EP

Band Running Order:

Obscure Devotion - 'The Sign of Pain'

Bratva - 'La Lucha

Inverloch - 'Shadows Of The Flame'

Obscure Devotion - 'Ubi Certa Pax Est'

Cave Suns - 'Black North Sea Coast'

Jada - 'Baby Let's Go'

Cave Suns - 'Canning A Howl'

Stone Titan - 'Supergiant'


Sunday, 5 February 2017


The first of two releases by Electric Valley on their Bandcamp page, the other being the 'Multiverse' LP. 

Spain is becoming a hotbed of musical extremity, particularly blackish death thrash, and desert rock. Electric Valley resides in the latter genre. On hearing the opening track  'The Woman Of The Moon II' You would be forgiven for instantly thinking "Kyuss" and you would be absolutely right, but that's ok because it sounds like Kyuss at their most potent. What makes Electric Valley a little different is that their sound is constructed on a more blues based foundation, than the harsher, punkish tones of their sand blasted cousins.

However, this EP remains as tight as the skin, stretched over a bleached and desiccated carcass blown dry by the desert winds.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

MARS - Precession of the Equinoxes

It happens every now and then. A band springs from nowhere, although in the case of Mars, from New Orleans, drags itself, and completely blows you away. 'Precession of the Equinoxes, does just that. Three monumental tracks of psychedelic tinged doom, all of which smoulder, then erupt in a tephra of mountain levelling riffs.

When I first heard this fantastic album, I threw a Sleep comparison at it, somewhat unfairly as it turns out. The references to Sleep are there, no doubt, particularly on the first and title track 'Precession of the Equinoxes', but while Sleep sits bloated after gorging itself on one riff, Mars  hunts you down,ready to gather you up within its spindles of psych tinged gossamer, before crushing you against it's immense doom laden bosom.

Mars, must now take a step out of the shadow of obscurity, take a well deserved bow, and bask in the glory that is 'precession of the Equinoxes.'