Sunday, 29 January 2017


What Dhidalah says:

"Dhidalah started in 2007 as an instrumental heavy psych trio from Tokyo ( Gotoh/Bass, Konstantine/Drums, Ikuma Kawabe/Guitar) While Ikuma was playing as a guitarist for Church Of Misery,the trio discovered a connection between music from different genres. Their sound reveals that connection, which is often described as space kraut rock meets heavy doom.

The groups music allows you to float high above the atmosphere as well as sing to the lowest depths of the ground."

The Shrieks From Below, says:

Only two (lengthy) tracks on 'No Water' by Dhidalah, but there is as much diversity here as a 70's prog extravaganza, double album. The only other track I have heard from Dhidalah, was off a compilation released by the Guruguru Brain Record Label, it was called 'Astro' and I immediately installed it onto my show on Grip of Delusion Radio.

With 'No Water' Dhidalah has taken a side step away from the cosmic, chilled out groove of 'Astro' and instead has concocted a potent brew of searing solo's in homage to earlier classical Japanese freak out bands such as High Rise and Mainliner, melded with the more modern, vibrant sounds of Earthless, constructed around a foundation of Sleep derived doom.

The band name Dhidalah, comes from the mythological giant Diadarabotchi, which is believed to create mountains. With 'No Water'  Dhidalah, has managed to raze them to the ground.

Friday, 27 January 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 43 - Grip of Delusion Radio 28/1/2017

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

Thank you to Ian Moir for the opportunity to play a couple of tracks from the forthcoming Into Orbit release 'Unearthing.' Awesome post rock/metal

Band Order

Electric Valley - 'Beautiful Abstract Times'

Into Orbit - 'Unearthing'

Brainoil - 'Death Of This Dry Season'

The Whirlings - 'Lagrange Points"

Southfork - 'A Different Kind'

Thou - 'Voices In The Wilderness'

GGU:LL - 'Dwaling'

Komatsu - 'Breathe'

Zozorba - 'Venom Hell'

Into Orbit - 'The Archer'

Major Kong - 'Witches On My Land'

Sunday, 22 January 2017


The Second of three releases so far by The Black Explosion, the others being 'Servitors Of the Outer Gods' (2012) and 'Atomic Zod War' (2016).

It's easy to be misled into thinking that 'Elements Of Doom' is actually a doom album, after all, the title tells you it is, but this is nine tracks of harsh sounding acidic,hard rock, steeped in the 70's and beyond. As with most bands of this ilk, The Black Explosion, keeps firmly within their constraints, not here will you find timeless solo's pirouetting into the beyond, instead the searing licks are short, sharp and scathing, the rhythm section, distainful, and straight to the point, like a slap to the face from an offended woman. 

If I could describe The Black Explosion, as sounding a bit like The Rolling Stones at their edgiest, and high on acid,mingled with the odd Sabbath moment, then I don't think I'd be too far away from the truth.

Friday, 20 January 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 42 - Grip of Delusion Radio Saturday 21st January 2017

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

This week I'm playing newies from Coffin Burner, Kassibal, and Witchden The obscure , The Black Explosion, classics from Dream Death, and a blast of grind from Pig Destroyer.

Band Order:

Phlefonyaar - The usual creepy intro (The Whoreson's Lament)

The Black Explosion - The Void

Coffin Burner - Setting a Pine Box on Fire

Dream Death - Back From The Dead

The Machine - Mountain 6

Kaasibal - The Void Nightmare

Frank Marino - Ain't Dead Yet
Pig Destroyer - Endgame

Crucifix - Born In Amity

Ivy Garden Of The Desert - Glicine

Flood - Lake Nyos

Witchden - Betraying The Sun


Monday, 16 January 2017


What Blacksmoker says: 

"Shatter the lies, and burn down the thrones"

'Origins' is the first of two releases from Germany's Blacksmoker. The latest, 'Rupture' is equally deserving of checking out.

Blacksmoker's 'Origins' is like the many writhing heads of the Hydra, venomous razor sharp riffs atop a rampaging colossus, spitting snarling, and baring their fangs, oblivious to the carnage left in its wake.

Everything about this release is top notch, from the production to the deceiving to the eye, album art. The sound quality really is excellent, smooth as a polished diamond, but liable to cut right to the bone. 

'Origins' doesn't try to belong to a particular genre, so I won't even attempt to pigeon hole it, but after several joyous listens, I can tell you that, to me, this has all the hallmarks of Iron Maiden with the balls of High On Fire.

Friday, 13 January 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Grip of Delusion Radio 14/1/2017 @3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

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

Thank you's this week to Qabar - Extreme Music PR

Exclusive track this week from Frowning's new, upcoming release 'Extinct'


Band Order:

Blacksmoker - Hell Walks The Earth

Pombagira - Causeway Charred
Owain - Amber Elle
Bleeding Eyes - Full Fledged
El Gran Temor - Solitaria
An Unfinished Life - Mind, Made Fiction
Mongolia - Black Leaf
Frowning - Encumbered By Vermin
Green Monster - Sun Bandit
In Your Long Arms - Weakling

The Glasspack - Jim Beam and Good Green

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Messiahlator, from Alberta, is a band that likes to keep its profile in the shadows as much as possible, which is reflected in the fact that, although they have been active since 2010, when they released their one and only full length 'Blizzard of Saws,' the remaining releases have been a mixture of splits, demo's in cassette only format, and a (very)short EP.

Listening to 'Abase' one of the cassette only demo's, it's easy to understand why Messiahlator, lurks among the great unwashed throng of the thrash genre, although I use the term 'thrash' loosely. The sound is raw, but perfectly defined, a ripping barrage of punkish, slightly blackened riffs, chunks of crust crumbling away, leaving the skeletal remains of Stormtroopers of Death, in their tumultuous wake.

Friday, 6 January 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Grip Of Delusion Radio 7/1/17

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW, playing on Grip Of Delusion Radio each Saturday @3pm EST,9pm CET, 8pm UK

Thank you Joni (Inverse Records) for the opportunity to play a couple of tracks from Ruckwater's excellent 'Bonehead' EP!

First show of 2017 and it's a perfect blend of the smooth, the grimy, and the angst ridden. As diverse, but still heavy, as ever.

The skanky thrash of Messiahlator opens the show followed by the contrastingly, mild stoner of Quitter. A track off the awesomely dark, angst ridden new album 'Awareness Ephemera' by Crypt of Silence is included before a track off the as yet unreleased ep 'Bonehead' by Ruckwater. Trippy,  hallucinogenic First Process Church Of Mars, provides us with the track '6 leaves Left' and lulls us into a stoned sense of security in preparation for crusty death metallers  Gilla Bruja.

Obscure corner is inhabited by Hooch, but I'm also including the well known in the form of Weedeater. I like my instrumentals, and Monobrow doesn't disappoint. At this juncture we're back on the doom with Dark Tharr, the stoner doom of Reverend Snow, before ending with the second track from Ruckwater's 'Bonehead' EP

Band Order:

Phlefonyaar - Usual creepy intro
Crypt of Silence
First Process Church of Mars
Gilla Bruja
Dark Tharr
Reverend Snow