Monday, 16 October 2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show - New York, New York 14/10/2017

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

This Saturday on The Shrieks From Below Show, I'm continuing my trek across as many states as I can. Last week I played bands from California, this week it will be New York, and I guarantee there ain't no Sinatra playing. The show plays on Core of Destruction Radio @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK. You can listen here or here
Bands featured are : Rooms Of Ruin, Funeral LeechBegottenIron TidesSpacelordIRONWEEDDoOoMArchonSun Black Smoke
As you can see, I've kept away from some obvious ones, but I want to portray some of the 'underbelly' of the scene, even though a couple of the bands are no more.

Band Order

Rooms Of Ruin

Funeral Leech


Iron Tides





Sun Black Smoke

Saturday, 14 October 2017

CAVURN- Rehearsal

Cavurn - Rehearsal

Welcome to a Charnel House of bloated, doom death chords, encompassing  subterranean riffs and vocals lifted from an Exorcism.This, my friends, is not for the faint hearted.

I first approached this with trepidation. Normally, something entitled ' Rehearsal' is just that, a tinny, weak and muffled attempt to grab your attention, but this, from the opening, grunting, stomach churning heft of sound, invites you to rest your head against its cadaveric chest and listen to the gurgling of its rotten heart.

Anyone into the likes of Winter, Disembowelment and Hipoxia will lap this up, particularly those who have a particular fetish for a dash of black metal, as Cavurn, aside  from being a lumbering golem of oppression, occasionally breaks out into shrieking mayhem accompanied by the tortured howls of the damned.

The three tracks on 'Rehearsal'  should be stamped with the Biohazard triskele symbol, such is the contaminate of putridity that permeates each track, Its enough to make those who think that Candlemass is the limit of their endurance, gag as the malodorous effluvium chokes the senses.

Discovering this has been a highlight of my regular forays into the Bandcamp mines, my eyes were drawn to the cover which resembles the gaping maw of something that should be sealed up in the furthermost reaches of bandcamp. 

It appears that Cavurn has other malign creations to unleash on us all. On this offering, I can't wait.

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Shrieks From Below - California Dreamin' Episode

The Shrieks From Below California Dreamin' Edition, playing on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK

The Shrieks From Below has decided to cross the USA. For the next few weeks I'll be stopping off at as many states as possible, highlighting bands from each state. I'm starting with California and playing songs by Cease, Damnweevil, Burial WellSerpents of DawnNOVA CYCLELords Of Illusion,Tvsk,Sasquatch and Gloomed. You can listen here: where I'll be posting links to the bands, or here

Band Order



Burial Well

Serpents Of Dawn

Nova Cycle

Lords Of Illusion




Sunday, 8 October 2017

CEASE - The River

Cease, from Fresno, California, and featured on Core of Destruction Radio.

A churning flood of old fashioned Swedish death metal style riffs, cascading over a  bedrock  of punk attitude and slamming  against hardcore infused breakdowns.

The River, released earlier this year, is the latest 'full length' from the band, being of ep proportions and in keeping with the other two releases 'Unfold' and 'Humanity.' 

Their Entombed sound is corroborated by a great cover of 'Wolverine Blues' on the 'Unfold' EP'  and speaking of covers, the band later released a single track cover of  'Concession of Pain' an early Bolt Thrower song.

So, three great releases, tasters if you like, now it's time for the band to open up and give us a proper full length.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

YANOMAMO - Neither Man Nor Beast

Ever seen an elephant fly? Me neither, but somehow this lumbering beast of an album manages to elevate itself off the ground in a tsunami of cacophonous doom/sludge riffs coerced by a rumbling, churning bass that, rather than breaking Neither Man Nor Beast apart, somehow manages to intertwine and morph into one of the most potent albums so far this year.

Yeah, this is damn heavy, but not your usual, dull, plodding heavy which is the bane of many bands of this ilk, and that's due to the remarkable amount of tempo changes permeating throughout the album. Even more remarkable is the fact that the band doesn't need the use of 'melodic' interludes to make it sound different, there's no letting up or pausing for breath, rather, the huge dollops of doom on offer here are twisted and contorted into vast, monstrous, structures, forming colossal skyward citadels one minute,dredging immense canyons from the earth the next. 

One of the other exceptional qualities of Neither Man Nor Beast, is that it doesn't suffocate the listener in a quagmire of glutinous sludge and that's due to the aforementioned tempo changes, this album has been allowed to breathe, so nothing stagnates.

In yet another year of exceptional releases, Neither Man Nor Beast can hold it's head high amongst the very best of them.

Friday, 29 September 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW Vol 72 - Core of Destruction Radio 30/9/17

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

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show, playing this Saturday @2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm uk on Core of Destruction Radio. This week's show surveys the carnage caused by Ya̧nomamö's upcoming release on Iommium Records with three exclusive tracks from their destructive new album 'Neither Man Nor Beast'. This isn't the only great new release however and I'll be playing a track from Dogzilla's superb album 'Astral Worship' Also, show favourites Doomstress - Band have remixed last year's self released ep and are releasing it via NoSlip Records. Titled 'The Second Rite' don't miss this a second time! Roberto Mura of Third-I-Rex has his fingers in the Shrieks pie once more and I'll be playing something off 'Toward Akina' by Seventh Genocide. As well as these incredibly good newies, Wolftooth have also recently released a self titled ep, and its a very great pleasure for me to include a track on the show. Finally, A recent discovery from Mexico made it this week. Couldn't resist playing the darkened Opeth meets Mastodon tones of Burnt to Ashes.
Thanks to Dark Waters PR

Band Order


Seventh Genocide





Burnt To Ashes


Sunday, 24 September 2017

CHAINED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN - Decay And Other Hopes Against Progress

Some things should be left alone and untouched in case they wreak devastation upon humanity. 'Decay And Other Hopes Against Progress' by Chained To The Bottom Of The Ocean is such an item, that should be handled with trepidation, particularly when the opening track 'Confusion Hath Fuck His Masterpiece' opens up with a piercing burst of feedback. You just sense that this album is going to be an excruciatingly, uncomfortable ride, and so it is. Six, doom / sludge threnodies to the disaffected and the damned, rise from the depths from whatever dejected tomb the band were originally banished to.

I'm guessing that the band name is in homage another outfit synonymous with heaving bottom end drone, Louisiana's Thou and, indeed there is more than a passing resemblance, but whereas Thou's behemothic sludge has a punk ancestry running through its veins, Chained To The Bottom Of The Ocean has a more malignant demeanour, with a blackish, hardcore element mingling amongst the caustic sludge riffs. 

Unbridled hatred and joylessness sweats from the pores of 'Decay And Other Hopes Against Progress'  leaving it soaked in pestilence.

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