Saturday, 9 September 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 69 ~ Core of Destruction Radio 9/9/17

The Shrieks From Below Show on Core of Destruction Radio @ 2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

Bands in order of play:

River of Souls


Babylon Asleep

River of Souls



Mammoth Salmon



Excruciation  hail from Switzerland and play a dark,a crunching style of doom/death. 

(t)horns crept amongst the masses in 2009 (the band has been in existence since 1884), spreading their early Paradise Lost style dirge. As brooding as the silhouette of a Gothic castle morphing through the gloom of a Transylvanian mountain storm, emotive, baroque style riffs combat the dispiriting sense of unease. 

Undoubtedly a doom band, Excruciation doesn't rely on just a slow, plodding tempo, this shambling corpse has a pulse. Before you breathe that sigh of relief that you've escaped the grisly fate that awaited you, you'll feel the cold, clawed talon grip your shoulder, spinning you around until you're staring straight into the cold, dead eyes of a Dickensian monster.

Something wicked is coming to get you and Excruciation squats in amongst the shadows, cackling with glee at the thought.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 68 - Core of Destruction Radio 2/9/2017

The Shrieks From Below Show, as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK

Highlighted band this week is Dead Womans Ditch who have an album out called  'SEO - MERE- SAETAN'

Thanks to Roberto Mura of Third I Rex Label for the opportunity to play a couple of tracks off that one.

Band Order:

Peeping Tom


Dead Woman's Ditch

War Master

Funeral Horse

Dead Woman's Ditch

Act of Impalement






Abramis Brama


Friday, 25 August 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW 67 - Core of Destruction Radio 26/8/2017

The Shrieks From Below, As played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm est and 8pm UK.

No newies this week. I thought I'd introduce some bands that may have yet to be discovered by you all, or you may have forgotten. Either way, they are all deserving of recognition. 

Band Order

Salvador - Portland, Oregon. No information.

Void Generator - "Void Generator were born ten million years ago by extending the diagonal of the quadrilateral of Pegasus up to b-Sirrah. They always have been present at Messiers catalogue by a continuous melody and white noise broadcasting and if you want to hear their oscillations, you need an orgone accumulator."

Whelm - "Was formed back in 2002. The intention was to melt  darkness, atmosphere and brutality into one crushing wave. The inspiration came in many forms and the music soon took it's own turn holding elements of, doom, sludge, post hardcore and psychedelic rock"

Golden Smoke - "The holy trinity of the bliss out, the black out and the morning after, with the volume of the second coming. Grimy, psychedelic voids with titanic rhythmic bombast burst into an orgy of gutter prose, elephantine riffs, and real rock and roll. Not for the aurally weak"

Intimissimo - " Instrumental, 2 bass and a drum, rock, stoner, prog"

Machine Head - "Machine Heads music crosses multiple genres such as thrash metal, groove metal, and heavy metal, The band is influenced by Californian thrash metal bands such as Vio-lence, Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and Testament. Crossover thrash bands Suicidal Tendencies and Cro-Mags, groove metal bands Pantera and Exhorder and grunge bands, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains".

Stormtroopers of Death - " Stormtroopers of Death were an American crossover band formed in New York City in 1985. They are credited as being among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal into a style sometimes referred to as crossover thrash"

Drop Trip - "Drop Trip formed in September 2010. Since then the band released their debut ep 'Down in the Sands' in 2011."

Revelation - " Heavy and classic rock from Baltimore MD"

Saturday, 19 August 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Core of Destruction Radio 19/8/2017

The Shrieks from below Vol 66 - Core of Destruction Radio, each Saturday @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK.

Thank you Magnetic Eye Records

Maurice Eggenschwiler (Blues Funeral)

Ken Wohlrob (Eternal Black)

Band Order:

Ruina - "Heavy Riffs, Fuzzy Bass,  Deep Drums - From Chile"

Howling Giant - "Born out of some space fuzz chamber and dropped down on Nashville, Howling Giant's form of metal is a unique and eclectic fairy tale through the stars" - New Noise Magazine.

Laurasia Awaits Us - "The first album of  Laurasia Awaits Us. A concept about  personal feelings of depression and how it alienates a person from his surroundings. The album has lots of heavy and dark moments, but also glimpses of hope in the atmosphere, creating a more relatable and accessible album. Instead of using artistic metaphors, the lyrics are mostly down to earth and straightforward, even though the element of beliefs about afterlife and spirituality are present"

ShEver - "ShEver is all about a sludgy brew of death doom. Heaviness. Crushing riffs, crawling rhythm, hate drenched vocals and a melody that creates  unique trance inducing atmosphere"

Bloodbath - " A Swedish death metal supergroup"

Burn Ritual - "San Antonio doom metal band"

Blues Funeral - "Blues Funeral is a blend of 60's and 70's inspired rock with a metal twist. Riffs, solo's, groove and swirling hammond organ abound.

Mastiff - "A miserable band from a miserable city"

Eternal Black - "Eternal Black is a doom band based out of Brooklyn NY. Steeped in the American doom tradition of Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan and Eyehategod, Eternal Black's music is full of heavy and bluesy riffs, Bonham-esque drums and rumbling, low end"

Saturday, 12 August 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Animal Cruelty edition 12/8/2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show,  as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm cst/3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK.

This week its the 'Animal Cruelty' Edition, and with the name of some of the bands playing today, you can bet that this show is going to be HEAVY.

Band Order:

Sealclubber - "Sludge punk based in the Black Country UK"

Dogkickedinhalf - "Creating a powerful blend of vintage riffs mixed with sludge metal. The dog became active in the Northwest gigging scene in 2008, supporting bands such as Electrozombies, Lazarus Blackstar and Gruel.

Chimpgrinder - " Outerspace. Apes. Lethal Nurses.Sagittarius A* Bass. Walls of Orange. Mountains of Sunn. Primal Beats. Doom Poetry. Urban Vegetation. Rusted Metals.

Abbotoir - "Autotelic Sentinence. Ultimate Cessation

Bear Punch - " Is a rock/stoner rock band from Belgium"

Pig Destroyer - " Boil metal down to its muscle, sinew and bone. Razor sharp guitar, percussive pummelling, and a lone, stark howl, and use them to commit a vicious assault. The lyrics paint loathsome, frightening images of pitch black self hatred and the frailty of the human experience.

Blasted Goat - " An orchestra of stampeding goats. Started in the summer of  2010, bringing mindless headbanging to the masses since then." Atlanta, Georgia

Owlcrusher - " 3piece playing hateful, rotten, evil sludge since 2008. Banbridge, UK

Cobrajab - " Formed in 2012/13 Cobrajab are a heavy rock band from Oklahoma City. Enduring numerous line up changes and a handful of deaths, they have continued to be rejected by venues and promoters nationwide". Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Horseburner - "Stoner metal, sludge, doom, call it what you will, Horseburner  creates riff heavy rock 'n' roll to shake your insides." Parkersburg, West Virginia.

The Stoned Horses - "Much influenced by the stoner, doom, progressive and psychedelic bands, the sound of The Stoned Horses is very fuzzy, heavy and bewitching" Quebec, Quebec.

Crucified Crow - "We're trying to feel the pain of being human through our music" Minsk, Belarus,

We Hunt Buffalo - " Rock guitar and synth sounds seeped in a copious amount of fuzz. Their catalogue is an eclectic mix, filled with hard hitting grooves and psychedelic overtones. If you like it heavy, you'll like We Hunt Buffalo." Vancouver, British Columbia.

Serpent Eater - " Black punk. Sludge." Cologne, Germany

Hogslayer - "Sludge, doom, noise." Cardiff, UK

DISCLAIMER - No animals were harmed in the recording of this show, no owls crushed, no seals clubbed, no chimps ground, and no pigs destroyed.

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Blues Funeral - 'Awakening'

So we're a year on from Blues Funeral's 'The Search' and the Time Lords have awoken from their cryogenic slumber once again, to give us another demonstration of what a 70's style proto rock release should sound like.

'Awakening' sees Blues Funeral far more comfortable in its own skin, confident in the knowledge that the band had excelled in what they wanted to achieve with 'The Search.' With that album it was obvious that the band were trying REALLY hard to emulate the heavy rock sound of the pre NWOBHM days, so much so that it felt like 'The Search' was running the risk of falling apart at the seams, such were the myriad of ideas thrown into each song. To the bands credit, it didn't and it became a prime example of how to take an snapshot of music from a completely different era, done to death by numerous clones, and keep it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable to the listener.

With 'Awakening' Blues Funeral has produced an album that is far more relaxed than it's predecessor, each track seamlessly, and smoothly melds into the next. The instruments, endlessly vying for dominance on 'The Search' are allowed to compliment one another on 'Awakening', given chance to breathe, which in turn means that guitar, drums, vocals and bass and organ, are joyously entwined in a tango of glorious, prog enriched rock.

For comparison, the nearest recent release is the self titled album by Necromandus. What makes 'Awakening' so different is the diversity and willingness to experiment. The metal thread that was prominent throughout 'The Search' has been blunted a little, but stepping up to the plate we have the glowing twin guitar licks of Maurice Eggenschwiler, and Jan Kimmel, enriched by an accompaniment of swirling organ, more prominent here than on 'The Search.'

To sum up what 'Awakening' by Blues Funeral means to the modern rock scene that hankers after the vintage glory of the great late 60's,early 70's, their first release 'The Search' resuscitated the  corpse of overblown progressive hard rock, 'Awakening' however has it dancing a jig.