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Thrashing Death Metal glory! Old school Death/Thrash played by devotional maniacs; divebombing Guitar squalls and squeals, twang Bass excellence, thrashing galloping rhythms, throaty vocal menace, strong Riffs and poser-destroying leads. The Bass tone is seriously wonderful, in fact the production in general is spot-on. There’s a teeny touch of first wave Black Metal primordiality here, as you’d hope from a band playing Ancient Metal of this type. Think early Slayer, Celtic Frost, or early Death. Necro! Grab a tape from the excellent Headsplit Records, and listen to in a boneyard with beers. Short and sweet. (Edit – this one sold out, so listen to the MP3s in your room and pretend it’s a boneyard, poser).

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Part two of a most unwanted trilogy. Brain destroying mundanity, recycled music repurposed to perverse, cryptic intention. Horrible seasickness sounds, hacked and chewed, slow looped nightmares of zero enjoyment. The chosen samples are seemingly drab and innocuous, as with so much of the honourable Master Tross’ work; The way these slowed beats play underneath yawning vocal relay is utterly simplistic and yet totally menacing and upsetting. Loopy sound, Ambient Death. Distorted muzak, celluloid deterioration. You should probably worry.

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Goregrind slop from Taipei, featuring Hagamoto on guitars and Derek of Myxoma on Drums.  Hammering Goregrind with grooves and pace, utterly drenched in vile gastric juices and assorted digestive slimes. Overdriven, pungent E-Coli Goregrind of the variety you know and love. There’s a scoop of Death Metal riffs in here too, with Dynamic tempo switch-ups, trade-off vomit Vocal retching and extremely tight blast beat action, expertly applied samples, and a distinct lack of pinch harmonics for a Haga-related project. Smells like it might have gone septic…delicious! Short and Horrid!

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a2221036969_10The infamous West Bay Coalition once again deliver to you, the listener, an audio shrapnel bomb armed with beats of the funky & blast variety. Two acts. One 7″.

Side 1 contains the Healer demo, released last year on Tony Molina’s Smoking Room/650 Tapes label. Straight up no-bullshit powerviolence with the same ebbs and flows that made bands like Crossed Out, E.T.O. & Immortal Fate produce such memorable sounds in their day. Musically there’s no fat to be cut. From the opening bell you’re being pummeled. Your only break are brief moments in between rounds where you are treated by a variety of clips & samples (the Delfonics one being my favorite). I will say, if you use samples, you’re taking a risk. Your music can be awesome but if you use the wrong shit it’ll downgrade the listening experience. Sometimes it’ll elevate it if the music is good but not great (this is rare but happens). But other times a band gets it right. Which is exemplified on this record. Aside from the composers, equal credit is due to recording extraordinaire Bart Thurber, a mainstay in the west coast underground music scene. He’s just as responsible for helping shape this sound over the years as the musicians that innovated it. Essentially doing for powerviolence & grindcore what Scott Burns did for Florida death metal in the 80’s & 90’s. Combined with the dense tone, rapid fire timing, poignantly direct lyrics & smooth transitions, these 5 songs should make you hope this group puts out a full length in the near future.

Side 2 holds 3 tracks by Redwood City’s own DJ Eons (infamous BBQ enthusiast & most well known for his work as the guitar player for Sheep Squeeze). Though he didn’t come alone. You couldn’t ask for a better rhythm section in Ramon Salcido (Agents of Satan/Plutocracy/Funeral Shock/Redacted) & Andres Wade (God’s America/Cogs & Sprockets). The feeling you should take away from this is, like the Healer side, you want more. West Coast hip hop as fuck with a downbeat & almost futuristic jazzy vibe that makes you feel like you’re about to throw down in a Sergio Leone movie. But you brought an uzi instead of a six shooter. I could listen to an entire LP of this. And while almost too short, its a perfect companion to the mayhem provided on the previous side. Once again DJ Eons paints a well crafted & distinctly clear picture of the hip hop flavor that the bay area is known for, all while continuing to innovate his sound and utilize elements of other musical styles he’s excelled at to create another pleasurable listening experience worthy of anyone’s turntable.

 

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Creeping Death Metal from the States. Slow headbangin’ Death Metal with massive, resonant and not sub-tuned Guitars and Bass working through slower-to mid paced Riffs, workhorse and heavy-handed drumming with pained corpse vocal buried under the strings, rasping and spluttering away. Necrolatous, shambling Death Metal with un-trendily audible, catchy riffs and trendily blackened, boneyard atmosphere. The mid-pace and the weird dead-man vocals give Ossuary a nice niche of sound, and the focus on song craft over endless atmospherics makes for a focused and concise tape. Yet another recent and totally sick Death Metal demo! Decidedly promising and recommended, ghouls.

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‘Butchered rock music.’ Horrible loops from what were once songs, reworked into a manky toupée of annoyance and unease. It’s very headachy and paranoia inducing, not at all relaxing or nice to listen to. Many of samples looped seem to have been chosen for these upsetting qualities. Then, a couple of minutes into the second track, the paranoia sound downshifts into an echoing, dank cellar atmosphere, with repetitious chirps and clicks swirling around in a sweaty comedown,  and then the whole thing slithers away into the darkness. Nauseous and altogether fucking upsetting, without ever actually being explicitly offensive or controversial in subject matter. Relax, indeed.

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Hard charging, utterly arse-kicking raw D Beat WAR, played without pretence to the loving formula. Massive rumbling Guitar and Bass sound, jaw-breaking lockstep rhythm section and Dis worship bellowing vocal,  mostly free of Metal influences or blast beats. It’s catchy, violent D Beat Hardcore done right. The production is expectedly rough and ready, yet very loud and imposing, with the vocal sat just underneath the dominating instrumentation. The (kind of dopey/fucking cool) cover art looks like it’s going to involve some Stenchcore sound; that actually isn’t really the case, although there are some sort-of Stenchy atmospheric moments, this is further from that vast Thrashing type sound and closer to devotionally raw Crust/D Beat Punk. Brash, Brutal and Battering! An axe in the face of ‘Neocru$t’.

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