Sunday, 21 May 2017
BOG - Jim
Like the putrefying, bloated carcass of a humongous sea creature lolling around in the surf, so BOG are rolling in on a purulent tide of blackened ooze.
Don't expect joy, or hope, only suffering, from five tracks of low end oppressive torment, made all the more painful by a surprisingly crisp and effective sound. All of the instruments have been tuned to deliver the final Coup de Grace, while the vocals perform an exorcism on our very souls.
With 'Jim' BOG has produced an album of quality, blackened horror, riffs allowed to skitter about like a hellish horde, driving you into the corral of doom, before ripping you apart.
Released June 10th
Monday, 15 May 2017
Contra - Deny Everything
WHAT THE BAND SAYS-
"CONTRA was formed as an instrumental 3-piece by former SOFA KING
KILLER guitarist, Chris Chiera, and ex- RUE drummer, Aaron Brittain. After briefly playing together in another local outfit, they sought to start their own band and enlisted the aid of SO LONG ALBATROSS bassist, Adam Horwatt. Except rather than just having a bassist, the band decided on a different approach and adopted a two guitarist format, albeit with Adam playing 4-string baritone guitar.
CONTRA quickly wrote and recorded the "Son of Beast" demo and began a steady schedule of playing to great acclaim locally. However, CONTRA wanted to add another layer to their potent mix of metal, blues, rock, and sludge by asking vocalist Larry Brent to join their ranks. Larry had previously contributed vocals to local hardcore stalwarts DON AUSTIN, THE UNHOLY THREE, and SPLINTER, in addition to the Laughing Hyenas-influenced HATCHET JOB. After only three shows, Larry began recording vocals to eight of the ten tracks of what will be CONTRA's debut album."
SHRIEKS COMMENTS - A difficult to pin down to any specific genre type of band, unless of course there is a genre called 'heavy as shit' Contra are set to release their follow up to the 'Son Of A Beast EP, shipping begins on 1/7/2017.
Straddling most types of extreme, metal, be it doom, sludge, hardcore or stoner, the album 'Deny Everything' is underpinned by a fairly simple beat. Don't think for one minute that is detrimental to the album however, because what it does is create a stomping, angry, in your face, yet surprisingly accessible form of aural thuggery. The production is crisp and clear, embellishing the galloping, chunky riffs careering throughout 'Deny Everything.'
As dangerous and menacing as the Kray Twins patrolling their manor...staring at you straight in the eye!
Thursday, 11 May 2017
The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show - Core Of Destruction each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK.
A tribute to a show I attended on 6/5/2017 at the Rebellion Bar in Manchester UK. This was one of the finest gigs I've attended for some time. Huge thank you's should go to Frenchie and Daffyd for putting on this show and keeping an excellent, varied line up despite various bands dropping out, including headliners Esoteric. Also a special mention to opening act Ba'al whose brand of post sludge will carry them beyond the realm of opening acts.
Petrichor - 'This Too Must Die'
Tides Of Sulfur - 'Lord Of Flies'
Tides Of Sulfur - 'Maltheist'
Groak - 'Notebook'
Khost - 'Hypocrisy, Banality, Possession'
Gnaw Their Tongues - 'Bloedkorst'
Space Witch - 'Hang The Witch'
Downfall Of Gaia - 'I Fade Away'
Monday, 8 May 2017
El Colosso - Melbourne, Australia
Hurtling into town, shooting shit up and terrorizing the townsfolk, the four dust storms that make up El Colosso are set to release their follow up to last years EP 'Cannonball' The album is called 'Pathways' and comprises of seven tracks of blistering metal.
'Pathways' is an album that brings a smile to your face, its evident that El Colosso, had a lot of fun making this record, as 'Pathways' showcases a band at the top of their game, delivering songs of glorious swagger, encapsulated by moments of emotive reflection, particularly with the monumental solo's that make up most of the track 'Moving Mountains' there is a maturity here that belies the fact that this is El Colosso's debut album.
......but beware, 'Pathways' is a rattlesnake of a disc, spitting riffs and venomous, southern style licks throughout, this bites down hard and doesn't let go.
An essential purchase.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
The Shrieks From Below, playing on Grip of Delusion Radio, each Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK.
A massive thank you to El Colosso, for allowing me to play a couple of tracks off their stunning new album 'Pathways'
Phlefonyaar - The Whoreson's Lament - intro
Mountainwolf - 'Via Amorosa'
El Colosso - 'Leatherhead'
Windhand - 'Hesperus'
El Colosso - 'Moving Mountains'
Assblaster - 'Retox'
Bodybag - 'Fire, Walk With Me'
The Re Stoned - 'Feedback'
Ufo Gestapo - 'U.S.O'
Thinning The Herd - 'Wide Crossing'
Monday, 1 May 2017
Black Hand Throne - Sheol VI
Released on 5th May 2017, Sheol VI by Black Hand Throne, is the bands latest release in an already stellar discography, and nestles perfectly amongst the gems that the band has previously unleashed upon the underground music scene.
'Sheol VI' is a lumbering sludge, doom Saurapod of behemothic proportions. A mighty beast, its huge ass swaying in time to gargantuan, groove saturated riffs. Not ground breaking, but certainly ground shaking, each track lovingly crafted around a blues infused foundation, and layered in southern fried grit.
What I particularly love about 'Sheol VI 'is the fact that, although each track, by and large, crawls along at a snails pace, this album never sounds dull, or becomes boring after a couple of listens, due mainly to the lurching swagger that permeates throughout the album.
Superb, and is sure to feature in many 'Best of the year so far ' lists
Saturday, 29 April 2017
The Shrieks From Below - Played on Grip of Delusion Radio each Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK
This week a big thank you goes to Fillip Dobrov of Robustfellow Prod, for the opportunity to play two tracks from the upcoming album 'Deny Everything' by Contra.
As always, there is the usual selection of doom death and destruction with the odd curve ball here and there.
Phlefonyaar - Intro
Vorum - 'Obscene Rites'
Contra - 'Dr Goldfoot'
Psillobian - ' Guardians'
Ghoulgotha - T'he Sulphur Age'
Sacrifice Isaac - 'Oddball'
Feral - 'Reborn In The Morgue'
Birch Hill Dam - 'Ivory Tusk'
The Resurrection Sorrow - 'Undermyskin'
Contra - 'Humanoid Therapy'
Purist - 'Exodus'
Morbid Wizard - 'Skull Vision'