Got out late again today so started at Lovejoy’s at 5pm due to Scoot Inn being too full with Green and Wood and Pentagram playing free. Hoped to see Eagle Twin at ND, but missed that too. Shit.
Lovejoy’s Free Show
I was told Cough was good, and I’ll catch their showcase at Scoot Inn on Saturday.
Nothing is heavy after seeing YOB and these guys are proof. Not only that, they’re pretty much bringing 90’s metallified hardcore to the table, and if you’re not breaking new ground in this kind of genre what are you playing for? 90’s hardcore already happened, guys, and it mostly sucked then (with notable exceptions) – please leave it dead and buried. It only got worse with the singer proselytizing about the state of the world between songs. I can read, dude, keep your opinions to yourself. That said, the crowd seemed mostly into it – not that people have taste.
Pile-driving and taut pounding hardcore from Singapore. Kind of fun and interesting, but this show is turning into a typical hardcore show from 1992 – it bored me then and it bores me now. A friend said it best, “that was kind of fun, but I’d never listen to the record if I had it”. Tells you all you need to know.
I thought I’d heard of these guys and, sure enough, they’re a hardcore band from Cleveland that started in 1991. They’re on Victory records, need I say more? Decent to listen to, not awful, just, again, 90’s hardcore shit. To be fair, some of the thrashier elements are decent and interesting, but beyond that it’s not worth my time. The crowd full of fat, tattooed hardcore hippity-hoppity meatheads reliving their childhoods was pathetic and hilarious. Their silly “hardcore” disco dancing only made it worse. Most of these fuckers were pushing maximum density and making it hard to breathe from the laughing…and lack of oxygen. They’ll be gone in a few days, thankfully.
Heading to the showcase at Dirty Dog (a shitty, shitty frat bar) tonight. Highlights include Red Fang, Weedeater, and Saint Vitus. I hate Kylesa and Witchburn sound cheesy so we’ll see what transpires. Stay tuned!
Dirty Dog Showcase
Dirty, driving, heavy rock ‘n roll. Pretty fun stuff that’s easy to listen to, Red Fang are good musicians that write quality tunes. Strangely, this kind of music isn’t as prevalent as you would think or hope. Red Fang are carrying the rock torch – worth getting the record, for sure.
Drugs and destruction. They’re fucking great. Weird that they played almost all old tunes when the new LP came out two days ago, but it was fun if you’ve been a fan for a while. Great dudes, great shit.
On now. They’re incredibly fucking contrived. And everybody loves them – never trust that. It’s like emo-metal. Awful, as usual … Kylesa’s set almost over, they’re an overamped emo band. How can you not see this? Wake it the fuck up.
They’re tolerable. That’s it.
If you like this band I have a gas chamber in my basement. All you need to know about the world is that everybody left after they played and before Saint Vitus. Saint Vitus! This world is inexorably fucked. Ugh.
Once-in-a-lifetime, they were amazing. Sounds like they may be recording a new record too!
On to Saturday! Great show at Lovejoy’s during the day then on to Scoot Inn for Cough, NAAM, EYEHATEGOD, and Pentagram.
Thrasher Day Party @ Scoot Inn
Runaway dogs, traffic, and flat tires will conspire to keep you from a Robitussin-induced trance, but nothing was keeping me from catching some of Weedeater. Even though I only got the last few songs, they rocked, as always. Got the new record on vinyl too, no mean feat for skimpy (and stupid) Southern Lord vinyl releases. I’ll be attending their showcase. Can’t wait.
Full Metal Texas Party @ Emo’s
“Four songs in forty minutes”? Fuck yes. Is YOB the heaviest band ever? Possibly. When I first heard them I summarily dismissed the records – boy, was I apocalyptically wrong. Organic and sinister, YOB is the new, yet surprisingly familiar soundtrack to the slow-motion apocalypse. Like armies of the damned undead rising from the earth. SALO666 put it best: “Tectonic plates shifting”. The most percussive guitar this side of Greg Ginn, and an atomic bomb-like rhythm section. Fuckin’ A. They’re playing one more show at Barbarella tonight at 1am and that’s it. Don’t miss them, they haven’t been here in five years and don’t often tour.
Free Show/Party @ 777 Shady Ln.
I live blocks from here, metal in the hood! Free beer and food. Go to this shit – starts at 8pm.
Showcase @ Barbarella
Just caught the very end of their set. Sounded good. Heavier NWOBHM with dueling female/male vocals. Buying the record – we’ll see.
I was expecting big things, but these guys just didn’t deliver. Part of the problem was the sound at Barbarella which was mediocre at best. That said, Agalloch simply had no punch, no low end, and attempt an amateurish brand of black metal infused metal-rock that really goes nowhere and breaks no ground.
Waiting for them to go on. Expecting another unreal set, but the sound sucks here and they’re playing outside so who knows. Get a YOB, motherfucker! … When’s the last time you grinned through a set like you were tripping on some heavy psychedelics? Been since Femi Kuti in 2001 for me. YOB is going to be hard to beat for THE shows of SXSW. Saint Vitus, EYEHATEGOD, Weedeater, HULL? We’ll see.
See you at the ND, Scoot Inn, and Lovejoy’s during the day on Friday, then the Dirty Dog at night. Smile and say you love Satan!
THRASHER DAY PARTY @ SCOOT INN
Dark Castle (St. Augustine, Florida)
Great! I usually hate two pieces, but Dark Castle is an exception. The new material is 70’s inflected heavy groovin’ shit. More atmospheric and throbbingly heavy than the earlier songs. Stevie, the guitar player, says there’s a new record out soon.
Gay For Johnny Depp (New York City)
Awful, awful, posing shit. These guys are fucking idiots and you can see it onstage. Something weird going on as if they’re trying to be tongue-in-cheek, but they obviously take themselves seriously. Horrible band. If you’re unfortunate enough to see them, laugh at them and yourself if you paid to get in.
BROKEN NECK NIGHT PARTY
Awesome. Atmospheric. Sonically complex. Hawkwind-ish at times and jazz chords at others. Check them out over the next four days of SXSW. Thursday they’re playing the Full Metal Texas show at Emo’s at 3:10pm.
Same old punk/hardcore shit. I’d heard they were good, but they’re not breaking new ground. If you like your punk with 80’s speed and 90’s recycled hardcore riffs you’ll like Asahara.
Heavy, groovin’, keyboards! Just their fourth show and already they sound good. Super fucking heavy four piece, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t hear the keyboard player. Look for them around town, they’re worth your time.
Green & Wood (Los Angeles)
Rocking heaviness with a healthy 70’s undercurrent of rumbling riffage. Very jamming. Looking forward to seeing them again at the Thrasher party at Scoot Inn before Pentagram on Friday.
Say you love Satan!
SWAMP FEST @ KLUB KRUCIAL
No Moleste attended the $6(!) Swamp Fest metal show at Klub Krucial (lame hip-hop club with surprisingly good acoustics converted into an Emo’s annex for SXSW) on Wednesday evening – here’s a breakdown of the show in reverse order.
Kylesa headlined with their douchy, arena rock bullshit and it was as laughably bad as every other time I’ve seen them. I still don’t get the attraction to this band; it’s like a group of posed out metal head middle-school kids put a band together to cover Damad songs for the school talent show. Only that would be kind of fun, this band is just high-comedy. Being surrounded by douchebags from Westlake and Beverly Hills didn’t help and only made it easier to bail mid-set.
Austin’s The Roller absolutely crushed through the best show I’ve ever seen them play. I didn’t think the crowd knew what to do with their slow, bluesed-out heaviness, but I got different opinions from the No Molestess and others so perhaps I read it wrong. For my money, if the crowd isn’t rocking the fuck out they aren’t into the shit on stage, this isn’t MC5 blowing the faces off people standing in ’60’s stunned catatonia. Do yourself a favor and get their new record, they are destroying more popular/well-known bands off the stage.
HOD from San Antonio is decidedly fat, cheesy, and hilarious, and I had a good time laughing through their set. The singer sounds like he’s ripping off Inquisition badly, but the music is fun, especially if you’re not stuck looking at them. They were too lazy to set up a merch table so I didn’t get a record, unfortunately. Regardless, my single favorite moment of the night other than the Roller and some little metal guy getting destroyed whilst attempting to start a pit was when the singer said, “Y’all are a lame crowd. This song is called ‘Beneath the Mountains of the Scorpian'”. Zing! Nice one, uber metal singer guy – you might be taken seriously in San Antonio, but you are an absolute joke in this town.
Mammoth Grinder opened and were surprisingly good. They’ve been opening for any and all metal shows in Austin for a while and I hadn’t gotten a chance seen them yet so they made for a nice surprise. They play a varying brand of rollicking, rock and 70’s punk influenced rock/metal that deserves better than a perennial opening slot. Looking forward to listening to the LP.
Overall, the show was a fun way to ease into SXSW, and tomorrow will be the start of good day shows. Dixie Witch, Dark Castle, and Rwake will be playing a free show at Scoot Inn starting at 1pm before the day gives way to a great night lineup at Emo’s. OFF! and Bad Brains highlight the outside showcase, and Arson Anthem, The Secret, and The Roller will be playing inside. See ya there!
FREE SHOWS AND PARTIES
Austin Facial Hair Club presents Grackle Rock Day 2: Japan Preview Show with Vampillia (7pm), Oh Sunshine (6:25pm), Takashi Kamide (5:50pm), Hystoic Vein (5:15pm), YDESTROYDE (4:40pm), Suck Piggy (4:05pm), Lolita #18 (3:30pm), White White Sisters (2:55pm), DJ Teraoka and the Revolution (2:20pm), Mo’Some Tonebender (1:45pm), Zukunasisters (1:10pm), Sonodaband (12:35pm), Puffyshoes (noon) @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.) [free, free beer randomly throughout the day]
Sacred Bones/Stereogum/Chaos in Tejas present a Free Show in Austin: Altaar (Oslo), Amen Dunes, Anika (Berlin, DJ Set), Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, Frankie & the Heartstrings (UK), Human Eye, Liturgy, Moon Duo, Pop. 1280, Slug Guts (Australia), Soft Moon, Trust (Toronto), Zola Jesus @ Beerland [a] [m] [2pm-2am, free]
South by San Jose: Wanda Jackson (8pm) @ Jo’s Coffee (1300 S. Congress) [free]
Roky Erickson’s Ice Cream Social: Roky Erickson, Peter Buck, The Riverboat Gamblers, J Mascis, Peelander-Z, more TBA @ Threadgills (301 W. Riverside Dr.) [starts at noon]
Unofficial Cyclopean Records Showcase: Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge, The Roller, Green & Wood, Sungod, Strider and Catheter @ The Magic Number (777 Shady Lane) [8pm, free, free beer and food]
Promoting DisCord in the DesCene @ Austin Convention Center (Room 12AB) [3:30pm]
Rwake (8pm), Danava (10pm), Zoroaster (1am) @ Valhalla (710 Red River)
The New Mastersounds @ ACL Live at The Mood Theater (W Hotel, 310 W. 2nd)
Amber Asylum (9pm), Agalloch (11:45pm), Dixie Witch (1am), YOB (1am) @ Barbarella Patio (611 Red River)
OFF! (10pm) @ Club De Ville (900 Red River)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (12:10am) @ Red 7 (611 E. 7th)
East Bay Ray & The Killer Smiles (1am) @ Skinny’s Ballroom (115 San Jacinto)
FREE SHOWS AND PARTIES
Paisley Umbrella’s Third Annual International Psychout: Sons of Hercules (5:30pm) + others @ Spiderhouse Ballroom (510 W. 29th St.) [free]
Pawn Shop Rock: Baby Got Bacteria (3pm) @ Cash America Pawn/ Sno-Beach parking lot (3402 Guadalupe) [free]
Kylesa, The Secret, The Roller @ Emo’s Inside [Brooklyn Vegan Day Party]
Tropical Hot Dog Panel @ Austin Convention Center (Room 12B) [12:30pm]
Our Band Could Still Be Your Life @ Austin Convention Center (Room 16B) [2:00pm]
Shit Horse @ Habana Bar [8pm]
J Mascis @ La Zona Rosa [9pm]
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers @ The Victorian Room in the Driskill [9pm]
OFF!, Bad Brains @ Emo’s Main Room [9:50pm]
Arson Anthem [night]
The site isn’t even a week old and we already have our first guest blogger – welcome SALO666 and the first installment of SIT BACK AND BLEED!
Here’s a list of some stuff I’m spinning (vinyl and digital):
Fucking Lovecraftian doom/death from Portland (the drummer owns Parasitic Records which is a fucking killer label/distro).
Hypnotic black metal from Cali that will fucking blow your mind…raw, transcendent while primal.
Dirty dirty muddy dirty sludgy dirty grindy muddy death metal…dark and dank like a pervert’s cellar.
Canadian doom rock old school occult rock with Hammond organ, flute, and badass female vocals.
Blood Of Kingu
The new one is fucking slaying my drives to work and school…members of Hate Forest/Drudkh (Ukrainian black metal) BoK is more blackened death with Sumerian and middle eastern bits.
California-based black metal with a bit of shoe gaze and post rock, but this is some amazing stuff…self titled.
More female fronted heavy metal, this time from Olympia, WA.
This is some fucking great blackened sludge with a bit of a groove at times. If you can get the vinyl…do it. Amazing packaging.
This is my go-to music for black metal hunger. Signed to Deathwish Inc. (which is so weird), this is amazing. Cali based again. West coast black metal is just phenomenal right now. They’re coming out with a full length in about a month.
Spain-based blackened crust punk with a “go fuck yourself” attitude and topless tattooed chicks on the album covers….dirty, loose, fun, and fucking killer.
Crusty and super pissed off black metal from TX!!!!! The only release is a digital EP entitled OUR TIME IS THE END. This shit is angry!!!!!!!!
Much like Ash Borer, hypnotic black metal in the vein of the new Cascadian (NW and Canadian black metal) movement, great shit.
Cali black metal again….hypno-drone and buzzing blasts with eerie vocals. Check this shit out, it’ll put you in a fucking mood.
One-man anarcho crust punk black metal (think if His Hero Is Gone decided to worship the earth and embrace eco-terrorism, but start a black metal band that sounded like a more political Wolves In The Throne Room…A. Lundr is the mastermind and he is a dreaded anarchist).
This is some dirty, creepy death metal/black metal fusion. Raw and lo-fi but not shitty in a “we do this so that you’ll pay $400 for a limited vinyl record”. These guys are creeps.
Cascadian black metal. Pretty sure these guys have just broken up which is a shame. Very good shit.
Cali black metal again. More of a blackened war metal feel, but still amazing stuff.
New Zealand black metal. Members of Diocletian (this band and the whole NZ scene is so fucking twisted) doing swampy and dirty black metal.
Members of Diocletian doing some “out there” death metal – extremely forward thinking in my opinion.
More Cali black metal but with a bit more melody and a few parts of clean vocals. A bit of a crust/thrash feel to there song-writing.
If you aren’t already aware, check out Hell’s Headbangers Distro. They carry a lot of these releases on vinyl and they are fucking amazing with prices and shipping. I’ve ordered a bunch (and that’s an understatement) from them and they go crazy with the packaging for shipping. They take care of your purchases and they are very reasonable. They are also putting out Inquisition’s newest on vinyl. You need to see it. It’s crazy.
If you ever want to chat about fucked up music, you know how to reach me. The darker and angrier it is, the more I love it.
Sit back and bleed out while the world swallows us whole.
Just a quick note of good shit. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time culling the metal music blogs lately, and there’s just a ton of good shit that’s been released over the last few years that I’ve been unaware of or ignored. This note is directly related to metal, but if you want to be annoyed about where to get 30s-70s country, exotica, doo-wop, and other shit, let me know. Inevitably, some of this you’ll know, but if any of it is new to you I highly recommend checking it out. I can also show you how to download almost any album that’s ever been released free without using torrents or other antiquated methods (there’s *no* risk of contracting a virus or other bullshit, especially if you’re on a Mac). It’s an ultra-simple Google search and you have just about any album in 5 mins or less. If metal bands want to keep releasing 500 copies of their records on blood-splatter vinyl worldwide then they should expect us to pursue every means necessary to procure digital copies for free. Several of us are frustrated that metal records are limited and pressed for the collector community, and I’d rather not give these fuckers money for digital downloads when I’d gladly spend the cash on an available record. Yes, some bands have no money and can’t press 5000 or 10000 copies, or aren’t on a major metal label, I get it. You can’t tell me every band on Southern Lord, Earache, Relapse, et. al. have that problem, though. If they quit with the limited/collector only editions they’d be able to afford more expansive black vinyl pressings. The perfect example is the Melvins; their new record was pressed in VERY limited quantities and they then proceeded to sell the 8 test pressings on eBay for $600+. Somebody explain that one to me. One of my favorite bands? Check. Ridiculously indefensible douche move? Check.
So without further ado, here’s a relatively short list of records I’ve been jamming (almost all released in the last few years). I’ve put an asterisk next to the very best stuff if you’re short on time or don’t give a damn enough to check everything out. If you’re interested in obtaining vinyl copies prepare to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 a record for relatively available stuff and potentially much more for OOP or limited stuff. evilBay can be a great way to get a steal, but can be frustratingly expensive too; I recommend checking your local record store (Austin has great metal selections at the local stores) or metal shops on the internet before committing to evilBay. All prices are for vinyl, and remember, it’s all available as a free and easy download on the internet. Also, if you have anything to share please let me know as that’s the point of uncovering the good shit. Enjoy!
*Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrosm
After sending this note to some friends a couple of the real knowledgeable fuckers came back with “have you heard Inquisition?”. I had not. Now I have and they’re easily my favorite metal band at the moment. 2 piece new-age black metal from Portland by way of Columbia.
White Wizzard – Over The Top
Re-imagined NWOBHM from LA. $15-$20
*Volture – Shocking Its Prey
Members of Municipal Waste doing great NWOBHM. $15
Devastator – The Summoning
Dark thrash. $20
Bludwulf – Cryptic Revelations
Typical but good thrash.
Nihilist – Blood Portraits
80′s-style thrash. $25
*Eliminator – Breaking the Wheel
Awesome updated speed metal from New Jersey. $15
Negative Plane – Stained Glass Revelations
American black metal from Florida.
*Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
A lot of the good black metal is coming out of France and sounds nothing like your father’s Norwegian black metal. It’s changed dramatically toward the complex and intellectual, but not in an off-putting way. Think an organic jazz approach. If that’s too much of a stretch for your myopic ass, think a black metal version of Rorschach, then go read Rock and the Pop Narcotic. This record is what everyone else is following. $22-$100
*Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones/Shatter
Ex-founding members of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. Enough said. $25-$100
*Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb
My favorite record on this list other than Overdose of Death. Canadian blackened death metal that, without hyperbole, is the best death metal band in years. Morbid Angel doesn’t seem very evil or satanic after you spin this. I’ll potentially have multiple copies at the Lovejoy’s record swap. $20
*Ascension – Consolamentum
Real German black metal, not Scandinavian influenced. An astounding record.
Blood Revolt – Indoctrine
Indescribable Canadian metal that is apparently pissing off the traditional metalheads b/c they don’t know how to categorize it. I do: good.
*Ghost – Opus Eponymous
Imagine if Blue Oyster Cult were from Sweden and grew up listening to the metal of the last 20 yrs, and actually worshiped Satan. Ladies and gentleman, Ghost. $30-$100
Annthennath – States of Liberating Departure
French black metal is the best and most innovative out there at the moment. Deal with it.
StarGazer – A Great Work of Ages
Wicked avantgarde blackened Aussie death metal. How can that not be good?.
*Twilight – Monument to Time End
New American black metal. Again, the Rorschach black metal comparison is valid. $15
Dødsengel – Mirium Occultum/Alongside Choronzon
Mitochondrian – Parasignosis
More Canadian blackened death metal. Canadia is asserting it’s rightful place on the frozen plains of the new Hell.
Myrkgrav – Trollskau
Norwegian black folk metal.
*Ramesses – Take The Curse
Ex-Electric Wizard. More directly heavy, punishing, and dirty than EW ever was. Less doomy, more gloomy. I was never an EW fan, but they get it right this time around. $20-$45
Clandestine Blaze – Falling Monuments
1-man Finnish black metal of questionable sanity.
Urfaust – Der Freiwillige Bettler
Unique Dutch black metal.
*Monotheist – Unforsaken
I never thought I’d be shilling for a Christian death metal band, but if you can’t find a way to like this there’s no helping you. This record is fucking unbelievably well done.
Steel Mammoth – Radiation Funeral
NWOFHM = New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal. This is great thrash, even those of you that don’t normally listen will dig this. $30
*Jesus Fucking Christ
Neurosis, et.al., members doing hardcore. There ain’t much good/innovative hardcore anymore – this is both. $10
*Weedeater – Jason…The Dragon
If you haven’t seen them yet I’m sorry for you. They’re heavier than you, on more drugs than you, and have no idea why you think their blatant Robitussin habit is weird. New LP coming out on Southern Lord in weeks. Go share a bump with them at SXSW. $15
*Toxic Holocaust – Overdose of Death
Most of you know this already. I was waaaay late to the fucking funeral on this one, and I’m glad I saw the radioactive light. Of everything on this list, this is my favorite album to listen to right now. $15
*Rotting Christ – AEALO
The new record! Instant classic in the vein of your favorite RC albums. Flago records in Greece has been re-releasing their back-catalog at mucho cost, but worth it if you ever want a chance to score this shit on vinyl. Check out their great webstore. $25 at your local record store now!
Daath – The Hinderers
2 Berklee School of Music metal head dropouts from Atlanta.
Original/heavy as fuck Utah 2 piece.
Kind of hilarious Portland black metal. Super cliched, black metal for non-black metal fans.
Gore – Mean Man’s Dream
Quality older Dutch noise rock/metal.
Excellent drone on Southern Lord.
2 piece of destruction – great live.
Khanate – Catch and Release
Extreme American doom.
Godkiller – The End of the World
Classic but good one-man French epic metal.
Windir – Demos
Norwegian black metal.
Cello, your favorite bartender, says they’re good. Catch them at SXSW 2011.
*Thou – Summit
Killer metal punks from Louisiana. If you like High On Fire, Burning Witch, Khanate, and/or Weedeater. I’ve seen them described as dronier, druggier, less sane, next-level High On Fire.
Nachtmystium – Black Meddle I and II
Jessica at Lovejoy’s recently turned me on to them. You all know them already, they’re good.
*A Storm of Light
Ex-Neurosis atmospheric metal