Friday, 2 December 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 35 - Grip of Delusion Radio 3/12/2016

The Shrieks From Below Vol 35, on Grip of Delusion Radio every Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK.

Thank you Inverse Records for the opportunity to play something off the awesome new album III by Herem. This album may make a serious dent in my top 20albums of 2016.

A slow burning start with some coma inducing doom from Swedes Plog, before I play the first of two songs from Herem's III album. The sadly defunct Finisher continues the heavy theme with a potent brand of sludge. In complete contrast, next up is the awesome stoner /doom band  Peeping Tom. The next part of the show comprises of three death metal bands playing different, but ripping styles of the genre. They are Elitist (Now Bastard Feast ), Incantation, and Ataraxy. Departing from death metal, but keeping the heaviness to the max we have Melmak. After the second Herem song, the latter part of the show turns in a more stoner direction with Iron Giant, Dr.Phibes Burning Illusions and Two Tales of Woe. I'm closing this week with Hobo.

Running Order:

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Peeping Tom
Elitist (Bastard Feast)
Iron Giant
Dr Phibes Burning Illusions
Two Tales of Woe

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

CACUS - Dirty Filthy Godless

Cacus is from Denmark, and consists of:

Tiago Dias - Vocals
Benjamin Elmegren - Bass
Martin Christiansen - Guitar
Simon Esberg -Drums

Ever wondered what Buzzov-en would have sounded like if they had decided to make a stoner album? Then listen to 'Dirty, Filthy, Godless by Denmark's Cacus. The five violent, angst ridden, bile spitting tracks lies testament to the bands punk roots, whilst the occasional squall of feedback harkens the opening of many a sludge album, but what makes this EP different from so many other'poweviolence' bands is the constantly shifting groove infused with the bursts of searing solos's from the fret of Martin Christiansen which could have been drawn from many a stoner rock well.

Dirty, Filthy, Godless is an exceptional opening gambit. Cacus has produced an EP of ferocity, and blurred the boundaries a little from the usual Buzzov-en, Iron Monkey format.

I've heard of rock'n'roll, even death'n'roll. Anyone for powerviolence 'n' roll?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

BORRACHO - Atacama

Borracho is :    

Steve - Lead Guitar/ Vocals
Tim - Bass
Mario - Drums

What the band says:

"Borracho is a three piece heavy rock band from Washington, DC. In the five years since releasing their 2011 debut Splitting Sky, they have become a staple of the Mid-Atlantic  and US  stoner rock scene. 2013’s follow up Oculus highlighted a band in metamorphosis, moving the band forward sonically with a leaner lineup, but continuing their emphasis on song construction and memorable melodies. With a substantial offering in Ripple Music’s 2015 inaugural Second Coming of Heavy, Chapter One, the band showed their continued commitment to the almighty riff, and plenty of variety in their approach, even within only 22 minutes of scathing rock. 
Along with their two LPs, Borracho has dropped a half-dozen limited edition vinyl singles and split 7”s to satisfy fans and collectors around the globe. The band has worked with labels from the US, Spain, Germany, and Japan to get their music to the masses, and has teamed up with similar acts Cortez, Geezer, and Eggnogg  even their own former band Adam West  on split releases. The past two years has pushed Borracho to both Europe and the west coast of the United States to preach their gospel of low and heavy grooves. 
With the 2016 release of their third LP Atacama, the band is primed for a larger audience, with a totally organic and diverse collection of heavy anthems to get people up onto their feet and raising their fists in a glorious Hallelujah."
 Fuzz - Check 
Groove - Check
Stellar Riffs - Check
=Another top notch new release from Washington D.C' s Borracho. Eight consistently strong tracks of stellar stoner rock than must surely catapult the band into the top echelons of the genre.

'Atacama' due for release around December 2nd through Kozmik Artifactz, has a number of subtle differences compared to their previous full length 'Oculus'. For starters, the sound is not as arid as 'Oculus' and, although the fuzz is still definitely there, the faster and groovier pace of most of the songs gives 'Atacama' a fuller, heavier sound. To me, 'Oculus' has a distinct blues foundation which, on 'Atacama'  gives way a little in favour of a more stoner / doom sound, particularly on the track Descent. 

'Atacama' is another step in the right direction for Borracho. I loved 'Oculus' but this latest release offers more variation, a fuller guitar tone and an abundance of riffs to keep even the most wasted stoner animated.

Friday, 25 November 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW - Grip of Delusion Radio 26/11/2016

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

Thank you to - Chris Peters (Samsara Blues Experiment, World in Sound Label) Bethmoora, Richard S Jones (Sheltered Life PR)

This weeks show peddles in filth right from the start, with a burst of wailing feedback beckoning forth a filthy blues, sludge onslaught from Cacus. Next track puts a restraining hand on the sludge with the early Metallica like thrash of Aggressor. New releases by droning doomsters  Bethmoora,  stoners Craneium, and purveyors in sludge, No Gods no Masters, provide a couple of excellent songs. I loved the debut Goatess album, and couldn't resist playing something from it. The World in Sound Label is kindly releasing  a couple of great lp's by Saturna, and Buddha Sentenza, and it is a great pleasure to be able to highlight a track from each. I haven't played much hardcore recently, but I've remedied that with a sharp burst of sludge infused hardcore from East Sherman. Closing the show is a fantastic stoner track from Sweet Insanity.

 Band Order:

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
No Gods, No Masters
Buddha Sentenza
East Sherman
Sweet Insanity

Saturday, 19 November 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW - Podcast Show Vol 33

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW, playing on Grip of Delusion Radio every Saturday @ 3pm CET, 9pm EST, 8pm UK.

I've not played a new show for 3 or 4 weeks, so there is a lot to catch up on!

Firstly, the usual round of thanks !

Kosmik Artifactz  for the opportunity to play a couple of tracks off the soon to be released album 'Atacama' by Borracho
Sean o' Suilleabhain of  Ten Ton Slug for sending me a copy of their excellent new ep 'Brutal Gluttonous Beast'
Olde for giving me the opportunity to play something off  'Shallow Graves'
Also, big thanks to Oscar Munoz Mejia of Mothersloth, for providing me with their inclusion to the Stoned Groove Records tribute to Black Sabbath ' Sabbatarianism'

Show favourites Bardo Pond provide a chill out moment with a track of psychedelic rock. I have some very underground death metal from HalidoM. Filth corner is populated with Aussies Religious Observance, while mixed up in the mayhem, I'll be playing the usual doom, this week provided by Warped Cross.......Enjoy!!

Running Order

Phlefonyaar - usual creepy intro
Warped Cross
Ten Ton Slug
Religious Observance
Bardo Pond

Sunday, 23 October 2016


Dani : Guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals.
Fede : Drums

What the band says: 

"Groove and psychedelic atmospheres, liquid and full guitar solos, rich bass lines, and hypnotic drums. A rush into sidereal space in a vortex of sound that moves between rock blues, and a dose of drugged/spaced psychedelia."

"The trip will take you over"

'2' remains my favourite Deadpeach release to date, 2015's 'Arum' is good, but as an instrumental album, I find it to be more restricted in what it can do than this. Released in 2011, '2' is unusual in the fact that, although principally a stoner album, there are a variety of influences. The bedrock of the album is desert rock based, but rather than sounding parched all the way through, there is succour from the interspersed saturation of fuzz, and the intermittent use of the wah wah pedal. 

The first half of the album scuttles along at full throttle sounding as sharp as a rattlesnake strike, and it isn't until the fourth track, the oasis amongst the bone dry brush, 'Il Mattino' that Deadpeach demonstrate their willingness to experiment a little, leave that dusty old road, and lay on a little groove ('Nel Bosco') some boogie('L'Ora') and even the indie tainted 'Le Scarpe Nuove' all held together by a web of stinging guitar solos. '2' even closes with a homage to the sitar sound ('Bombay')

Thankfully, and in spite of their niche within the stoner scene, Deadpeach are no Kyuss, Fu Manchu or Monster Magnet clones. Instead, with this album in particular, the band cleverly meshes the desert sound within a fabric of psychedelia, 70's vintage rock, contradicting a modern indie vibe.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 32 - Grip of Delusion Radio - 22/10/16

The Shrieks From Below - Playing each Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

This weeks show - 22/10/16

A few exclusive pre release tracks playing this weekend from Domkraft and Headless Kross, plus recent releases from Year of the Cobra, and Bloodnut. The oldest track is by Deadpeach from their 2011 desert/stoner rock album '2'

Thanks to 

Jadd Shickler- Magnetic Eye Records
Lisa Coverdale - Hold Tight PR

Running Order:

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Headless Kross
Bloodnut x2
Year of the Cobra
Domkraft x2
Year of the Cobra
Headless Kross