Monday, 29 May 2017

SAPATA - Satanibator

Sapata - 'Satanibator'

What the band says: Sapata, known before as Satanibator, is a Finnish doom rock band from Tempere and formed in 2014. Their debut album'Satanibator' was recorded in Suomenlinnan Studio with Producer Mauri Syrjälä and it will be released on June 2nd via Inverse Records

Sapata, the dancing dead from old temples. It's a word from mouths of ancient kings. Sapata is stories and soundwaves of joy and death, life and pain, and depression. It is a mystic and beautiful ceremony to love and death.

Members - Saara Samane, TT Sousalo, Felix Voltti, Anttu Puutio

What The Shrieks From Below says - Sapata's 'Satanibator', a sarcophagus of beguiling laments for a lost love, maybe a Princess yearning for the hand of a commoner, someone she cannot have, wanting to be someone she cannot be. Somewhat fanciful maybe, particularly for a blog which usually treads a darker path, but nonetheless an image that can't be avoided once the vocals of Saara Samane bewitches you with her tales of anguish. To say her voice is powerful is something of an understatement and reminds me of the style of Suzanne Sledge of the band 68-75.

The bear pit that stoner doom bands frequently fall into, is one where a (female) front person overly dominates the sound of the rest of the band, and for those of us who crave the slow, granite riffs of that particular genre, that's a particular no, no, right kids? Fortunately, Sapata manages  to harness this particular powerhouse, the rest of the band creating mythical threads of ancient jams, sometimes bringing the hammer down hard, sometimes creating crystalline, emotive, sacrificial chimes to the Egyptian God, Horus.

'Satanibator' is an album I have been listening to continuously for a couple of weeks , and it still lifts me every time I play it. An album fit for the old kingdom, and the crowning of a Pharoah.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 55 - Core of Destruction Radio - 27/5/2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show - Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK.

Thank you's for this week go out to :

Roberto Mura of Third I Rex who, as usual, looks to take over the show with his label's awesome brand of post - black metal. This weekI 'll be playing tracks from three bands from the Third I Rex Label, Lodo, Postvorta, and Mudbath.

Joni of Inverse Records for the opportunity to play something from the new Sapata album

BØG - for allowing me to play an unreleased track from their blackened sludge drenched EP 'Jim'

Band Order:

Way Of The Buffalo - "Sacred Sands"

Idlegod - "Infinite Waste"

Sapata - "MDD"

Lodo - "Lodo"

BØG - "Warm Smell Of The Dredge"

Postvorta - "Patau"

Mudbath - "Fire"

Sunday, 21 May 2017

BØG - Jim

BØG - Jim

Like the putrefying, bloated carcass of a humongous sea creature lolling around in the surf, so BØG 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' BØG 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

Contra  - Deny Everything


"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 AUSTINTHE 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 VOL 54 - Black Cloud All Dayer Tribute

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.

Band Order:


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 - Pathways

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 PODCAST SHOW VOL 53 - Grip of Delusion Radio 6/5/2017

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'

Band Order:

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