Saturday, 31 December 2016

MOZERGUSH - S/T



'Mozergush' by Mozergush, is the Ukrainian band's second album. Released in 2008, it quickly followed 2007's 'Faitytale Alcotrips' and is a more complex affair than it's predecessor, wrapped in a swirling cerecloth of cosmic dust. The excellent album cover, and track titles such as 'Red Bottle With Pills' and 'Syringe In The Sky' should give the game away that listening to Mozergush is likely to bring forth a psychotropic episode, but behind the hallucinogenic haze, this album packs an almighty wallop, listening to the doom infused sludge of the track 'Voznakurenets dragging you from your lucid dream.

There are moments of over experimentation by Mozergush, the song 'Syringe In The Sky' being an example of a 'nothing' track consisting of what sounds like scratched vinyl accompanied by spectral synth sounds, but overall 'Mozergush' by Mozergush, is a perfect accompaniment for the journey to drug addled emancipation.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Grip of Delusion Radio (New Year's Eve 2016)



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

Huge thanks to:

 Luca (Acid Cosmonaut Records) for DSW

Magic Chicken Fudgetoe for the tracks from their 'Bad Bondye' EP


So, this is the last show of 2016, and true to form, I'm all over the place with different styles and genre's. Even the opening track 'Volcanic Pigstars' from the Ukrainian band Mozergush, isn't your straightforward stoner doom, with its heavily psychedelic undercurrent. The 'left field' feeling of this weeks show continues with the off kilter sludge of Phantom Glue, and the late 60's/70's sounding hard rock of Meddlesome, Meddlesome, Meddlesome Bells. I have more of a stoner rock presence this week with Dead Rabbits, Demon Cleaner, and Fuzzcrafter. Internal Void provides the doom in its more traditional form.

New stuff is from the soon to be released 'Tales From The Cosmonaut' by Italians DSW, and a new EP from noise/sludgesters Magic Chicken Fudgetoe. Extremity ends the show with 'Superior' by Guilt. Sounds like someone being kneecapped while listening to Grief.

Band Order
Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Mozergush
Dead Rabbits
DSW
Magic Chicken Fudgetoe
DSW
Demon Cleaner
Phantom Glue
Magic Chicken Fudgetoe
Meddlesome, Meddlesome,Meddlesome, Bells
Fuzzcrafter
Internal Void
Guilt


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

FUNEST - Desecrating Obscurity



Yes, yes, I know it sounds like Entombed, but don't you get it? For those of us who love the  Swedish death metal sound, it doesn't matter. What does matter is when a band shoves that guttural buzz saw guitar sound right down your fucking throat....and Funest does that by the shovel load, who thought that asphyxiation could be so much fun. 'Desecrating Obscurity' is a relentless barrage, flowing seamlessly, track by glorious track. 

That 'Desecrating Obscurity' propels Funest to the highest echelons of Entombed worshipping death metal bands shouldn't really come as such as surprise considering the pedigree of individual band members here, particularly if you include the likes of Fuoco Fatuo, Daemoniac (who have an album out in 2017 via Extreem Records) and Undead Creep.

No, there is nothing groundbreaking here, but it's heavy, unrelenting in its ferocity,and every now and then will relent into a windpipe clogging doom interlude.

Fucking choke on it.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Grip of Delusion Radio Christmas Eve



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

Thank you Ric Bennett and Twin Earth Records, for the opportunity to play two songs by the excellent Heavy Traffic, off their new album 'Plastic Surgery'

It's Xmas Eve, but you won't find too much cheer in this week's show. Right from the start I'm grabbing everyone by the balls with something from the Entombed like Funest, then following it up with a chunk of stonery doom sludge from Kamni. I have the amazing Burden, before a ripping track by speed metallers Psython. Two songs by Heavy Traffic are separated by yet another death metal band, this time Innumerable Forms. I love my jams and 'Finish Him' spawned by a collaboration between Kanoi and KRPL  a meandering 'Bridge of Sighs ' type jam over 18 minutes long. I'm finishing the show with the heaviest track of the day, 'The  Aphotic Temples' by Serpentrance.

Band Order

Phlefonyaar - The usual creepy intro
Funest
Kamni
Burden
Psython
Heavy Traffic
Innumerable Forms
Heavy Traffic
Kanoi & KRPL
Serpentrance

NO TRACK TOO HEAVY, NO SONG TOO LONG, NO RIFF TOO SLOW!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

GRUEL - Gruel


Short lived ultra obscure Swedish death/doom band Gruel, released this 2005 demo on cassette only, and it contains three blood curdling tracks of amazing quality.

The demo starts off with a tortured, spine tingling shriek, before a 'pack of zombies ripping you to shreds' galloping riff, mutates into chunks of quivering, glutinous passages of deathly tones, ripped straight from the bone. Thus the tone is set for twelve minutes of relentless terror. 

Second track 'Awaiting The Massacre' hunts you down, and leaves you cowering in fear at its barbarity, before 'Cursed Desert Sand' delivers the mortal blow.

I get great pleasure finding obscure bands around the Internet, and tracking down Gruel gave me immense satisfaction. It is a huge pity that the band appeared not to make it any further. Maybe their desiccated, shambling, undead corpses are lurking in the shadows somewhere, waiting to gorge on their next victim.




Gruel -  demo/cassette 2005




Thursday, 15 December 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 37 - Grip of Delusion Radio 17/12/2016



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

Thank you Mauricio Morea ( Olneya) and Matt Davidson (Repulsive Vision) for providing me with pre released tracks from both bands respectively.

I do love a nice atmospheric opening to the show, and the atmosphere is pretty suffocating with opening band Aarsland, with a track of blackened, gothic, funeral doom.

This show introduces songs from upcoming releases by Olneya, and the single off the forthcoming debut full length 'Look Past The Gore..... & See The Art by Repulsive Vision

There is a stoner section with a classic by Kyuss, and another great track by El Camino

There is the usual dose of filth thanks to No Funeral, from Live Fast Die Records, and I'm playing a very interesting old school death doom song by Sweden's now defunct, Gruel who released one demo/cassette in 2005.

I'm back to playing some thrash provided by Meatshank, and there is the usual sludgy stuff in the form of Vagitarians.

As usual I will be veering off in a complete tangent from the bulk of the tone of the show, by playing something by modern 70's hard rockers Bourbon

Band Order
Phlefonyaar - Usual intro
Aarsland
Olneya
Bourbon
Olneya (2nd track)
El Camino
Kyuss
Gruel
Vagitarians
Meatshank
No Funeral
Repulsive Vision

Sunday, 11 December 2016

BUZZHERD - Siege Machine



'Siege Machine' the latest offering by Pennsylvanian band Buzzherd, is a brooding, multi-layered composition. Encasing its heart, fuelled and engorged by pulsating clots of sludge, is an exoskeleton of the best that underground metal has to offer, be it thrash ( The title track -'Siege Machine') death metal ('Hessian Spores') even post metal (The beginning of 'Heretic's Fork' ). A foundation of doom, intermingled with a substratum of driving, hardcore type, chunky riffs, prevents this whole concoction from falling apart, helped also by the fact that all of the rough edges that were evident on 2013's 'On Sinking Ships,Rats Drown' have disappeared.

It is commendable that with 'Siege Machine' Buzzherd has discovered most, if not all, of the formula required to meld together an organic/technical texture to their sound. The numerous thrash/death parts that abound throughout 'Siege Machine' have a muscular heft, rather than the usual rasping crunch, which serves to enhance the overall heaviness. Its as if Buzzherd has had a Frankenstein moment, morphing early Slayer into Reverend Bizarre!

'Siege Machine' is yet another worthy addition to the already overcrowded stable of exceptional 2016 metal releases.












Thursday, 8 December 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 36 - Grip of Delusion Radio 10/12/2016



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

This weeks show (10/12/2016) is something of a slow burner compared to recent episodes. I'm starting with a meandering, trippy number from Heavy Temple, and following it with a really chilled jam from Druid, off their 'Odyssius' album. The inevitable heaviness isn't too far off though, and cranks up with the track 'Heretic's Fork' off this weekends featured band Buzzherd. In fact, I'm playing a couple of songs from their excellent new album 'Siege Machine.' From then on the heaviness never abates, particularly the following track from the extremely sluggish Churches Burn, preceding another slab of doom from La Cuenta. Doom death is never far away from this show and an early track by Blind Haven doesn't disappoint. The pace of the show momentarily picks up thanks to Raging Speedhorn, before settling into a stoner groove thanks to Neurosico. I do try and play something a little avant - garde, so I'm experimenting a little with something, still heavy mind, from Hexafiend. Doom though, inevitably wins the day, and Arson Under The Sea deliver the final coup de grace.

Running Order:

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Heavy Temple
Druid
Buzzherd
Churches Burn
La Cuenta
Blind Haven
Raging Speedhorn
Buzzherd
Neurosico
Hexafiend
Arson Under The Sea





















Tuesday, 6 December 2016

NO GODS NO MASTERS - Fear In A Handful Of Dust



This is the debut full length release from The Netherlands, No Gods No Masters, following an (excellent) demo/ep release in 2013......and it's an exceptional foray into the subterranean gloom inhabited by bands such as Iron Monkey and Barbarian Hermit. 

'Fear In A Handful Of Dust' is a little different though. Instead of wallowing in angst, self pity and anger, No Gods No Masters seems perfectly happy crawling around with the rest of the bottom feeders. Maybe it's the almost 'hardcore' like 'bounce' on most of the tracks here, that makes this album sound strangely uplifting. Its like having an arm around the shoulder, lulling you into a false sense of security before the other arm comes around and smashes your teeth in. Make no mistake, the doom laden, fuzz enshrouded sludge on offer here will cause severe bruising to the eardrums. Of course, a spot on production always helps to heap on the pain.This album deserves to be embraced by the underground metal community.

I have a sneaking suspicion that 'Fear In A Handful Of Dust' by No Gods No Masters will be lurking somewhere in my top albums of 2016.

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
Plog
Herem
Finisher
Peeping Tom
Elitist (Bastard Feast)
Incantation
Ataraxy
Melmak
Herem
Iron Giant
Dr Phibes Burning Illusions
Two Tales of Woe
Hobo

Support the Underground!!!

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
Cacus
Aggressor
Goatess
No Gods, No Masters
Buddha Sentenza
Bethmoora
Craneium
East Sherman
Saturna
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
Borracho
HalidoM
Warped Cross
Ten Ton Slug
Religious Observance
Bardo Pond
Olde
Borracho
Mothersloth


Sunday, 23 October 2016

DEADPEACH - 2



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
Deadpeach
Bloodnut x2
Year of the Cobra
Domkraft x2
Year of the Cobra
Headless Kross




Sunday, 16 October 2016

ORGY OF SWINES - Son of Dick Punch



Orgy of Swines is from New South Wales,  Australia, and consists of:

The Hinge
The Linger

What the band says - "Orgy of Swines has been described as an acrid abomination of bloody ass maggots and corpse juice. With greying beards and swollen prostates, they mash together a dark cacophony of death metal, grind and post 70's sleasecore."

When writing a review, sometimes it can be difficult to search for that elusive word you're looking for when trying to describe an album and do it justice. When commenting on an Orgy of Swines release, 'subtlety' is one word you definitely DONT need, these guys are living on the edge of the precipice. 

Grind is my dirty little secret. I can listen to it, not often, but when the riffs are fat and greasy, as they are on 'Son of Dick Punch', then it transports me, in my mind, to the abattoir, chainsaw in hand and up to my elbows in offal. On this album, as with their other releases, Orgy of Swines just manage to hold everything together, by the flimsiest of sinew, lumbering from one near disaster to the other, leaving carnage in its wake. The opener, 'Key of Fucktard' is a case in point. Starting with the buzzing of flies over the sound of grating metal, the recording quality sounds really poor and tinny, until 54 seconds in, the cacophony of blastbeats and gore soaked riffs churn from the speakers. Then you realise that Orgy of Swines has just been fucking with you, and the carnage is really about to start. The further you crawl into 'Son of Dick Punch' the more punch drunk you become. There used to be a programme on TV called 'Bumfights' in which two hobo's, drunk on meths or whatever, were pitted against each other in a no holds barred fight. 'Son of Dick Punch' is the aural equivalent. It is the swill, scooped off the floor after a joint Napalm Death/ Pig Destroyer recording session, tied together by tendons ripped from the remaining carcass, and the glutinous remains presented to us on a platter

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW - Grip of Delusion Radio 15/10/2016


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

Two very contrasting styles of music being played on The Shrieks From Below this weekend. The odd one out will be a couple of tracks from an album I recently discovered, by New Hampshire stoner, psych punks Monk, and I'll be starting the show with one of those tracks. 

The bulk of this weekends show will be shared between the blistering 70's hard rockers from Scotland Hair of the Dog, and two tracks from the slightly more laid back, but infinitely interesting and enjoyable proggy stoner vibes of Silverleaf. Both have beautifully crafted vinyl about to be released from the excellent and very varied label Kozmik Artifactz

To temper these delightful tracks, I will be, once again, diving headfirst into a vat of  shit with three grinding tracks from Aussies Orgy of Swines, and to crush the remaining soul from the show I have songs from Ockultist and Jagged Mouth.

My time travelling escapades have brought back a classic track from Orchid

Running Order

Monk
Orgy of Swines
Hair of the Dog
Silverleaf
Orgy of Swines
Hair of the Dog
Silverleaf
Monk
Orchid
Jagged Mouth
Ockultist
Orgy of Swines

NO TRACK TOO HEAVY, NO SONG TOO LONG, NO RIFF TOO SLOW

Sunday, 9 October 2016

BRAIN POLICE - Brain Police


Brain Police is

Jon Bjorn Rikardsson - Drums
Gunnlaugr Larusson - Guitar
Hardur Stefannson - Bass
Jens Olafsson - Vocals

From the fuzz drenched guitar, clean, powerful vocals, and neck snapping groove, it's quite obvious that Brain Police, from Iceland, are right to be described first and foremost, as a stoner rock band, and, indeed, are frequently compared to stoned wasters, Fu Manchu. That's fair enough, but there are subtle differences between this band, and their Californian compadres. For one thing, Brain Police don't sound as though they spend their days with both feet firmly rooted to a surf board, looking for the next big wave, all bleached hair and brilliant white teeth, instead the lower tuned guitar, and slightly slower tempo of most of the tracks, invokes images of dirt and quad bikes careering across the volcanic tundra, the tang of two - stroke fuel assailing the nostrils. Still highly enjoyable, but less environmentally friendly. In fact, the more I listen to this album, the more Gonga, springs to mind.

There are thirteen tracks on offer on 'Brain Police' that race along (despite the slower tempo- this is stoner rock after all) and each one is guaranteed to keep the listener nodding their head in appreciation. Admittedly, there is nothing new here, but each track contains more grooves than a thousand years old lava flow, and there are thankfully, no fillers. 

Most of the grizzly old stoners who know and love the scene, will be familiar with Brain Police, but, for anyone out there new to the genre, and are keen to discover more, then this S/T album is the perfect place to start.



Thursday, 6 October 2016

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOLUME 30 - Grip of Delusion Radio 8/10/2016


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

Not too much new stuff being played this Saturday, Simulacro, being the only band, courtesy of Roberto Mura of Third I Rex Label, so you can guess, coming from him, this is top notch atmospheric, post - black metal. Instead, I'm playing a few older 'classics' starting off with a track from Brain Police. There is more of a stoner theme this week, with something from Sun Mammuth, and a track from an awesome, but obscure album by Engine V. Ensuring that things don't get too comfortable, I'll be playing some old school death metal from Coffin Lust, sludge from Eyehategod, and a dark, swirling, psychedelic doom song by Russian band Septic Mind. We can all shed a tear alongside Officium Triste, and have our brains fried by Dark Earth. I haven't played anything by Pantera for a long while, so I've remedied that with something off 'A Vulgar Display of Power'

ENJOY!

Band Order

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Brain Police
Dark Earth
Pantera
Engine V
Simulacro
Officium Triste
Eyehategod
Coffin Lust
Sun Mammuth
Septic Mind
Simulacro

Monday, 3 October 2016

A DAY OF PIGS - Lecherous (2007)


A Day Of Pigs is from New Jersey, USA and the bands consisted of:

TJ - Bass
Bill Belford (ex Solace) - Drums
Steve Silberg - Guitars
Kevin LeBlanc - Vocals

Often described as a sludge band, a little hastily in my opinion, 'Lecherous' by A Day of Pigs is still a  a worthy addition to any Eyehategod fan's collection. The band included one time member of Solace, Bill Belford, and I can hear definite leanings towards that band, albeit with a much harsher sound, particularly if you include the angry and very pissed off vocals of Kevin Leblanc. However, with 'Lecherous'  A Day Of Pigs don't restrict themselves to an all out stoner sound, and by and large forego the usual fuzz normally associated with the stoner genre, instead 'Lecherous' contains a myriad of all that is good within the underground scene today. For example, I'm now listening to the  track 'The Lions Cry' , and from a beginning drenched in doom reverb, the track morphs into something that wouldn't be out of place on Metallica's 'Ride the Lightning' album.

The album 'Lecherous' is a toughie to find, and doesn't break any rules, but for anyone into 'stoner' bordering on doom and maybe a touch of hardcore and sludge, then it is worth finding the time to track this album down.




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!