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

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