Saturday, 29 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 64 - Core of Destruction Radio 29/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET,

A bit of a ripper this week. 15 songs which is something of a record.

Band Order

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

GOBLIN KING - "Dark, violent. Psychotic.Goblin King are a death 'n' roll quartet from London, founded in 2017, Goblin King bring you thundering guitars, harrowing cries and all forms of controversial that would make Immortan Joe proud. Inspired by the heaviness of Entombed, and the ferociousness of Amen, Goblin King reap a vulgar taste of what is life and death, truth and despair."

DYSPLACER - "Dysplacer blends elements of sludge, punk, doom and ambient into guitar and bass heavy riffs, backed with hard hitting drums"

GIDRAH - "Portland sludge metal from the furthest reaches of space"

HACKMAN - " On their debut album, 2007's 'The New Normal' Boston Trio, Hackman combine their length combined experience in the heavy stoner rock underground, into seven acts of worship to the almighty riff"

MAD GOD - "Mad God is a psychedelic doom band from Johannesburg"

SANGUE NERO - " Sangue Nero are not your average black metal band. Mixing tribal/folk elements with harsh dissonant guitars and insanely unique vocals, these guys are another pearl from the Italian underground this year"

CASCADES - "Cascades explores elements of crushing hardcore and experimental noise, coupled with rich orchestral swells of analogue synthesizers and a strong underlying melodic thread"

RED APPLE - " The band started in 2006 and we continue punishing ourselves playing and we enjoy it. We play rock and roll as you remember it, like you have never heard it.

MORTICIAN - "The heaviest band in the universe is here to crush you. Kill!!"

BATTALIONS - "Dirt ridden sludge from the wastelands of Hull"

ZOZORBA - "The brainchild of Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom) Zozorba formed in 2006 and quickly released two crushing full lengths of atmospheric sludge metal. 'Harmonic Tremors' (2007) and 'Bird of Prey' (2008). Now 5 years later, the band has re-emerged with ' Savage Masters' their most aggressive and straightforward release to date."

CYANIC - " The long awaited debut full length from Cyanic 'Litanies of Lust Unholy'  crushes through twelve tracks with wave after wave of relentless satanic violence. Raging, brutal, blackened death metal with no breakdowns, no sweeps, only total blasting hatred. For fans of 1349, Cannibal Corpse, Mortician.

NOCTURNUS - "Known as one of the first death metal bands to incorporate keyboard and sci -fi themed sound effects into their music (Encyclopedia Metallum)

Massive thank you's to the following awesome people:

Paul Williamson of Goblin King
Tim Harbour of Mad God
Roberto Mura of Third I Rex
Lachlan of Art as Catharsis Label
Phil of Battalions

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love

Cultes Des Ghoules - Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love

Ok, so, confession time. Up until a couple of months ago, I had totally ignored Cultes Des Ghoules, due to a bigoted attitude to black metal, but boy how I would have kicked myself if I had missed out on a piece of music that would have been my top album of 2016 if I hadn't been so bigoted about black metal.

'Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of love' is a lycanthropic symphony for the disturbed, the cold caress from the talon of the withered old crone, before suddenly shrieking like a banshee cursing you to hell. With this album, Cultes Des Ghoules, has purveyed a sense of unease. It's like meeting the stare of a psychopath and realising that there really is nothing in the eyes except bad intentions.

At 100 minutes long, there or there about, 'Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love' is a monster of an album that demands you listen to it in its entirety in one sitting so as to become enthralled by this ceremony of the damned. There is a conceptual flow to this album that reminds me of Sabbat's  'Dreamweaver'  but not so much a story, rather a perpetual nightmare, an adorcism for spectral beings that dwell in the darkest of shadows.

With each track a sacrament to the sickness that pervades in the very best underground metal genres, be it the poltergeist mischief of black metal, or the dank oppression of doom / death,Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love, should lie, buried in unconsecrated ground, a driven stake splitting its black heart.

Friday, 21 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW ~ Core of Destruction Radio 22/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, Playing on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

Band order : 

Decay Of Reality. "There are no healthy and happy, there are non-examined and happily ignorant." This is the ideology of death metal band Decay of Reality that issued two demos in 2012. Both demos were recorded in Primordial Studio well known for their work with the avant- garde of Russian funeral death/doom. Decay of Reality deals with psychogenic disorders, manias, phobias, and borderline states of mind.

Black Thyria was formed in 2014. The four members were known from band projects Schafott, Stonehead, Venatoris, Panzerkreuzer and Steelclad. The music of Black Thyria contains styles such as death, black, doom and heavy metal.

Void Cruiser Has always been there. Only now, the crew have awakened from their cryogenic sleep and they are on a holy quest, a quest for groove and The Massive Resonance. Those who follow will find glory and rewards indescribable with mere words.

Atomic Vulture. Conceived in 2011, Atomic Vulture is an instrumental 3 piece stone/space rock outfit from Belgium. They sound old school, dusty, and they rock like the centre of the Sun. Heavy, swirling grooves, thunderous driving beats and some seriously hot bass lines. Their tracks have a nice atmosphere often swinging between fuzzed out grooves and a more ambient style not forgetting to add some psyched, or even doom aesthetics from time to time.

Koloss Heavy, dark tones and beautiful, melancholic and melodic passages is what defines the sound of Koloss. The lyrics are often portraying an apocalyptic world. The vision is the future, the message is that change  is necessary for our  and our precious Earth's survival.

Kingsnake. Formed in 2006 out of the ashes of a band formerly known as Sugar Daddie. Their sound reflects the hard work and honesty that the members pour into their music. They are true masters of their craft.

Unravel. Death metal influenced hardcore/punk

Strange Broue. Turn on, tune in, drop out.

Lonkkavika. Metal, doom crust,sludge,Finland

Nomadic Rituals. 3 piece sludge/doom metal outfit from Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dolmenn. Is a band which is characterized by the fusion of different  musical influences from stoner, doom and metal genres. Dolmenn's sound reminds those prehistoric  dolmens, hard and heavy, which were used by pagan's to worship gods.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

ATOMIC TRIP - Strike # 1

Atomic Trip - Strike # 1

Like a stoned colossus slowly being sucked under the mire, Atomic Trip unleashes two songs, each nearly twenty minutes in length. Oppressive, hypnotic doom that has just hit the sweet spot, slow, but stopping just short of being labelled drone and potentially boring the hell out of everyone. This is Sleep , their groove and swagger  supplanted by an immovable force of extra dissonance, almost Bismuth like, but with a warmth to the sound rather than the bleak drones of the Nottingham band.

Each, drawn out chord, is encapsulated with a veil of heaving discordance as hypnotic as it is painful, self flagellation by sledgehammer. Fortunately, the occasional break into psychedelic licks prevents Strike #1 from becoming tedious and prevents the listener from becoming victim to sensory overload, but ultimately one can't help the feeling of being swept aside by the Hand Of God , then trampled underfoot.

Worship at the Sepulchre of doom!

Sunday, 16 July 2017


Kemerov - FMKD

"Kemerov, are from Serres, Greece and are the brainchild of two guys, vocalist Matt Karampalios and guitarist Giogos Tsapkinis, who grew up listening to old school death metal, Black Sabbath and their devotees, but could never really choose between the metal sound and the rock n' roll feeling. Equally inspired by bands like Entombed, Cathedral and Turbonegro among others, they eventually decided to put everything into the mix, merging the brutality of death metal with the groove of sludge and garage rock. The Line up is completed by Tasos Diamantidis on drums and Spiros Diamantidis on bass and the quartet self released a four track EP in late 2015, which received positive reviews from various publications and allowed them to play live with bands like Sodom, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh and Jucifer."

Ok, first off, looking at that list of influences and bands that Kemerov has played with, you be right in thinking that the band is a death, sludge, behemothic monster. 


What FMKD gives you is an intravenous infusion of garage riffs straight into the auditory canal. You can just imagine the band on stage, legs akimbo, punching out power chords, reminiscent of The Clash, or The Ramones maybe, particularly with the opener ' New Order' There is a huge, punk attitude here, more so than Kemerov's earlier EP. This is more relaxed, the band has fixated on a particular direction, and stuck to it, rattling off song after song in true death'n'roll fashion, occasionally  dropping the pace slightly and garnishing their sound with a stoner vibe (Gargoyle Keep).

So, no Entombed, or Black Sabbath here, just a fine selection of grooving, garage punk, played fast, and loose with no constraints, just how this type of music should be played.

Friday, 14 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 62 - Core of Destruction Radio 15/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

Blast beats a plenty this week! Highlighting the Spanish death metal band Morbid Flesh, with 1 track from each of their releases, Reborn in Death, Embedded in the Ossuary, Rites of the Mangled. The death metal theme continues with a song of Whore of Bethlehem's new album Extinguish the Light.

Lots of new stuff this week by Blurring,( Dan Lilker - Brutal Truth), The Judge, Low Flying Hawks (Melvins, Mr Bungle, Big Business), Spacelord, Atragon, Crawl.

Finishing the show with a favourite song of mine, 'Simple Water Drops' by stoner/jammers, Insider.

Thank you's this week to Jadd - Magnetic Eye Records
The guys of Morbid Flesh.
David @ Viral Propaganda PR
Mind Eraser PR
Richard @ Sheltered Life PR
Full Blast! PR
Eric Crowe of Crawl

Band Order:

Kemerov -
Morbid Flesh -
Blurring -
Atragon -
Morbid Flesh
The Judge -
Low Flying Hawks -
Morbid Flesh
Spacelord -
Whore of Bethlehem -
Crawl -

Monday, 10 July 2017

GRAND HEAD - Melting the Fuse

With riffs hewn from granite, blasted from bedrock, then sandblasted right back into your face, so Grand Head's latest avalanche, Melting The Fuse careers onto Bandcamp.

Not latching onto any particular genre, this four track EP preaches a fuzz drenched gospel to bands like Melvins and Harvey Milk. Rules are broken, and releases like this often sound as though they are held together by musical duct tape, not so with Grand Head. The structure within the four tracks on Melting The Fuse are as unpredictable as a hobo protecting his last shot of meths, but ultimately the album manages to bulldoze its way into your skull, with raw, abrasive, punky blues tainted sludge riffs demanding you pay attention as each chord thuds into your solar plexus.

Melting The Fuse by Grand Head, is a melting pot of anger and turmoil. A requiem to the impoverished, and the down and out. 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 61 - Core of Destruction Radio 8/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @3pm EST, 2pm CST, 9pm EST, 8pm UK.

This weekends episode is very much light and shade. After opening with the psych/stoner vibes of Uzala and the melodic, gothic doom of Les Memoires Fall, the show becomes bathed in the shimmering light of Lamaglama, and the funk tinged Karnival Korpus, before spiralling back into the darkness of Behemoth. The darkness/light rollercoaster continues with Craang, and a gentle jam by Soul Thief. Death metal rises again with a pummelling track from Raped Ape. I always try and keep up to date with the new stuff, and Shroud Eater slate that particular with a song off their new release Strike The Sun. I'm ending the show with classic Anathema, and something off Serenades.

As always, thank you to Jadd of Magnetic Eye Records

and STB Records -

Band Order:

Phlefonyaar - The Whoresons Rebuke

Uzala - Wardrums

Les Memoires Fall - My Last Pain

Lama glama - Quimera

Karnival Korpus -

Behemoth - Conquer All (live) 

Craang - Magnolia

Soul Thief - Circles of Her Mind

Raped Ape - Blind Vision

Shroud Eater - Awaken Assassin

Anathema - Under a Veil of Black Lace


Sunday, 2 July 2017


Billy Crystal Meth ~ Meth Metal

From their beginnings in 2005 until the band's demise in 2009, Billy Crystal Meth only came close to fulfilling their potential with this, their only full length release that was sandwiched between two split releases, the first with Doktor Bitch, the second with Grand Old Lady

Meth Metal, gives us sludgy, instrumental sludge with heavy doom passages, that isn't original, but plods along at a slightly higher tempo than the usual sludge bands, and there are chunky passages that sound like a death metal bands breakdowns, which I happen to love. However, one can't help but hanker for something a little more....this band was crying out for a vocalist, as Meth Metal, sounds a little tedious without someone growling out the lyrics. There is one thing that really annoys me about this album, why, oh why, do bands record a track, in this case  the twenty seven minute  long 'Frostillicus' open it in a positive fashion, and then cover at least half of it in ambient noise. That aside, there is still plenty here to go at as all of the other tracks are full and heavy.

Oh yes! Meth Metal and the two splits are available for free download via Bandcamp.