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2 tracks of Master Crafted Heavy Metal of a very high calibre, made by Punks from various well-renowned Metal and Hardcore Punk bands. Two tracks of  galloping poser death; Soaring and kind-of intricate melodies, thunderously simplistic rhythm arrangements, melodious solos and full throated Vocal battle glory, with a sound similar to the older end of Power and Speed Metal. The song craft on display is epic and majestic, but the production is on the more demo side of things, rough hewn yet clearly audible, with the Guitars and Bass in particular battling for space, allowing the bass lines to often dominate (not a bad thing). None of your canned ‘retro’ vibe here either, just Heavy Metal played lovingly by devotees. Ride!

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Goof-around, not-very-angry Noisecore made by a couple of silly rabbits, released on Mortville Noise. Totally improvised and recorded in a single sitting – and  what a pointless thing it is. It’s brilliant Tardy Noisecore. Hardly distorted Guitars do battle with silly Drumming, with yelling, muffled vocal, hardly any interest in genre beyond the basic, and a free-associative style. Tempos run the gamut from very fast to ponderously slow. Rudimentary, cruddy sounds played for good fun, by the sounds of things, ticking Tardcore boxes left and right. Reminds me a little of Japan’s Huh, with less artistic intent (if that’s possible). Noisy fun for the foolish. Guaranteed to impress your colleagues and peers.

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Two piece Backslider from Philadelphia’s 2nd EP. A combo of insidiously clever riffing and brutalist stop start Hardcore Punk of the Lack Of Interest, furiously intense variety. Speed and power, progression-in-hardcore bombast. 5 years ago this would have been labelled Power Violence (perhaps it still would be?) – Backslider have that Hardcore Punk on steroids, stop/start tempo upheaval, hugely influenced by that certain West-Coast sound from the ’90s, that the lazy just love labelling something-violence. Not that it matters; Burly, crushing riffs, pounding and varied rhythms bend you into some sort of crippler cross-face, brutal tuff vocals yelled in your ear from the submission hold. Massive Drum sound battering the shit out of you, and Riffs both complex and caveman arrive and disappear before you can enjoy them. ‘Pain Rock’ is now their sound, an abstraction of Noise Rock with more Riffs and less Noise, and and I like it plenty. But this stuff, and Backslider’s material older than this, is killer shit.

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1 track, 6 song EP from local legends We Come First. Ramones-core Punk Rock for the tasteless. Very upbeat chord progressions and tight rhythms, kind-of fast and with influence pulled from stuff like The Queers, with a half-way silly, half-way pissed off sound and an inebriated swaggering vibe. There’s a little old Hardcore influence here too, particularly in the deleriosly cool vocal delivery – dude doesn’t give a fuck and clearly isn’t trying to sound like his hero Joey, and man do these songs benefit. The urgency of the vocal elevates these 6 songs about being drunk, or being hungover, or farting on people (whilst drunk); I recommend drinking 6 beers during your listening experience. What an epic.

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Pulverising one-man Goregrind from Australia. Mortician worshipping, sloppy overdriven Goregrind for the devoted. Super low grunted death vocal without pitchshifters (or at least very little), hammering unwieldy Drum Machine blast parts and fast Gore grooves, with a really very downtuned and heavy Guitar/Bass sound, and super heavy slow parts reminiscent the aforementioned New York legends. Gnarled, horrible, Deathly Goregrind of the reprobate, ignorant and punk kind. Rawhead has more than one member these days – their upcoming full length ‘Spineless Pigs’ will be released on Cadaveric Dissolution records, and can be sampled here. Hideous!

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More mouldy, fungal Death Metal with members from Denmark and Turkey, oozing pus and other fluids in a slow-ish, creepy manor. 2 tracks of shambolic head bangin’, steaming Riffs melting over skeletal drumming and ghastly low vocal. Magisterial melody progressions drenched in necrotic phlegm over fast ride/slow beats, shifting tempos from the mid paced to the slightly less-mid paced, to bursts of full-speed death blast, slathered in very loud in the mix low vocal exhalations. There are surprise noodly riffs here and there too, and it’s Doom-y yet fast paced enough to remain true Death Metal. The closing galloping section of the last song, which introduces a kind of classic Heavy Metal type riff before plummeting back into the opening, deadly Guitar part for the climax, shows the kind of promise these two tracks bring. Here’s hoping for something longer next time!

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One-man Death Doom torment from Belgium. Torturing and slow, rhythmic riffs driving nails into your wrists, melodies crushed on the breaking wheel, impaled on slow working groove(ish) Guitars and hammering rhymthm section interplay, and low slow vocal doom. Long sections of repetition and a very murky, crackly production create an atmosphere of dank, heavy DEATH. Noxious, somnambulist and unsettling. Medieval methodical deathcrush. UGH. To me, this sounds like a meeting between US weirdos Black Mayonnaise and something like Winter – singularly driven, slow moving Death Doom for dungeon dwellers. Get squashed, sinner!

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