Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bangladeshi Bulldozer Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Erm, we’re a 3 piece Hardcore Punk/Grindcore band from the Isle of Wight, England, though only two of us were on the Demolition demo. The two guys on guitar and bass, Blake and Olie, were previously in a short lived Hardcore punk called Rilke, and we all decided to try and get back into the punk scene and cause carnage.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Erm, shit. Na, what you hear on Demolition is just some stuff myself (Lewis) and Olie came up with on our first practice which was on the same day I posted up the demo onto bandcamp. We just wanted to go for all out punk carnage, though our sound will become more developed once we have a practice session with Blake our guitarist and songwriter.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

On the demolition demo, Olie just spurted out random shite, as we never penned anything down, but I know Blake has some decent lyrics in the making which will focus on controversial topics such as politics, religion and war, but they should sound awesome.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bangladeshi Bulldozer'?

It’s random, it’s funny and it’s awesome. There wasn’t any inspiration behind it, just something that came off the top of my head.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Shows?! We haven’t actually played any gigs yet and have only practiced once. But will hopefully perform live in the future.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Not as of yet, as we’re still in the songwriting phase, but once we develop our songs structure and become tighter in a band, we’ll probably end up playing the odd pub gig that comes up.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Nothing as of yet, and probably not, as labels screw you over with what you can actually do. We’re just going for the DIY Punk method, as it’s easily the best way.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk and grindcore?

Pah! Worldwide? Only yourself and our mate, Richard Heaven of the Pornography for Cowards Zine have given our demo feedback and he said it was jokes, but he liked it.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other musical projects?

Only Blake is part of another project. He’s currently got his own project called Jeff Rucksack, which is a ska/dub/hip hop project which focus’ on the troubles in Palestine and other things. It’s really quite rad! He’s also recorded a few tracks with Rich, of Pornography for Cowards Zine, for Rucksack in it sounds sick! Check Jeff Rucksack out here -http://jeffrucksack.bandcamp.com/

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We don’t have any plans for a full length yet, we just wanna practice, get tighter musically and write more songs. And probably play a few gigs in the future before we think of recording. 

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I’d say stuff like Propaghandi, Napalm Death, Anal Cunt, Grimple and a few others. Personally, I just listen to any old shit, regardless of the genre, if I like it, I’ll listen to it.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Sleep, drinking, listening to music, performing music and going to gigs. Also more drinking.



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Naa not really, just cheers for actually checking out and spending time on reviewing the garbage that is Demolition. Best of luck with your zine! Should really create is as a magazine type thing, would be sick. – Lewis. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Electric Bear Trap Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Luke:We are a Grindcore/Punk/Thrash Metal band from Southern Illinois who really don't not take ourselves seriously.In fact.We had never even thought we would be where we are today a few years ago.It kinda just started as a joke.Me and Ian(The Guitarist and only original member besides myself.) have been best friends since second grade and have had a love for the same music.It just kinda happened one night when we wrote a song about a girl who eats her own period blood after we had found this sick Yahoo answers question where this girl asked if it was safe to eat her own dead eggs.gross stuff,but it made us laugh.



2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
Ian:Well they both contain a lot of micro songs.We both really like the grindcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed,and they have one album with 100 songs in 21 minutes…You do the math.So we thought “We could do something like that!” and so we did.
Luke:As far as sounding different form each other I tried to change my vocal style from the growling that I don’t do very well to this sort of…Hardcore Punk style of yelling.I Just tried to sound as pissed as possible.Also I would like to add,we have more songs written,just not recorded at this time.They are more full length songs lasting anywhere from 2-4 minutes.Also The Scrawny EP was recorded on an iphone.

3.Your lyrics cover some humorous yet disgusting topics, is the main purpose of your lyrics to offend sensitive people or people that cannot handle jokes?

Luke:Not really.We just have a really dark sense of humor.All our songs are about real life stuff.Like I said earlier,this chick legit wanted to know if she could eat her unfertilized eggs.IT HAPPENED.In Nam they shoved rectal thermometers into the heads of US soldiers and smashed em with a hammer so they pissed glass for a week.IT HAPPENED.We are pretty sick of this whole “Everything's alright,and everybody's ok.” Attitude in music.I am glad people are happy but…We can no longer sit by and just think everything is ok when a family will be executed tomorrow.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Electric bear Trap'?
Ian:I was  watching the newest Predator,at the time,with my Dad and our Friend Germ and this dude stepped on a bear trap and it shocked him,so I said “Whoa…Electric bear trap.” And Germ then replied “That would be a rad name for a Death Metal band.” And it has stuck with  me ever since.That was like ten years ago.I brought the name up to Luke after we wrote our first song and of course he loved it.

5.Has the band been able to do any live shows yet or is this strictly a studio project?
Luke:We have played one so far.It’s hard for us to keep a drummer as well.We had one dude who stuck with us for a while but he quit because of College and life stuff.Also since people know what we are about and what our lyrics are about,it is a little difficult to find a promoter who will let us play without worrying if people will hate him for it.Though we have found a guy who loves our music and lyrics who doesn’t care if people hate him for letting us play.He is just starting out but he’s putting together a show in Herrin IL and we are guaranteed to be on the bill and on the bill for the other shows he will be putting on this year and the next.So expect us to pop up a little bit more here and there.

6.The first ep was released on Swirly Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Luke:The owner of said label is my cousin Kyle Docherty.He owed me a few favors and I’m family so he let us record our first little EP,Grindcore Extreme,there for free.Though I later had to add in drums because at the time it was just Me and Ian.He is based out of Chirstopher IL and does really good work and can do a lot with all those knobs and stuff.He doesn’t just stick to metal either.I watched this dude record a rapper one time…He was white but…You get the point.Check him out.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk and grindcore?
Ian:Worldwide?Lets go with statewide MAYBE.Well…In our area the most popular type of music being played is Metal/Deathcore. The type of people who make an album with 10 songs with 40 breakdowns who also whine and complain about their lives and problems.I don’t care what type of music you play…But for Christs sake…Who the hell handed those kids guitars.
Luke:We get 2 types of people…The ones who love us…And the ones who hate us.There is no inbetween.Most kids wanna hardcore dance(Or as I like to call it,look like an epileptic kid trying to swim.) but they really cant to our music because it’s not chuggy  nor does it have a ton of breakdowns.But alas there are those people who get us,the ones that go “Ah…These guys just wanna have fun,party,and make us laugh at their sick sense of humor.So it’s been so so…My Aunt likes us so…I guess that’s something.


8.Are any of the band members also involved with other bands or musical projects?

Ian:My Black Metal solo project,Bloodfjord and my Thrash Metal project Maniabolical.Neither of them have any recordings done but I plan to change that at some point this year.
Luke:I do my own solo acoustic stuff called Luke Dare over on Bandcamp.com and have a new album coming soon.Also I have a Crust Metal band in the veins of KARP called Urchin with a friend I met through mutal friends named Jake Layne.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe by the end of the year or the beginning of 2015.We are waiting on a guy named Zach(The guy who’s putting together the shows I mentioned earlier.) to get enough equipment together to get us a decent sound,but if we get impatient we may just go back to using Garageband on the iphone.The sound may not be top notch but hey…This isn’t pop…Its Grind.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Luke:Well mostly the influences come from a lot of genres,Punk,Death Metal,Grindcore(Of course),and a little bit of Indie Rock like FIDLAR.Bands like Agoraphobic Nosebleed,and Pig Destroyer give us our Grindy sound.Death Metal bands like Dying Fetus help us out with our limited breakdowns,and bands like Rancid and Dead Kennedys help with the punk stuff.I listen to pretty much everything now day but I’ve  been listen to quite a bit of Katy Perry,Black Flag,FIDLAR,KARP,N.W.A. and the Dead Rising 3 soundtrack these last few days.
Ian:I listen to Cradle of Filth,Ghost,Vampire Weekend,Mastodon,Municipal Waste,The Aquabats.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Ian:Beatin' it,Vidja Games,Playing with Animals,you know the usual.
Luke:Looking at the strangly hot Mennonite chick I deliver car parts to at work,what Ian said,I also make Video games at Adibok Studios(You can find us on the facebook.) and I host a radio station dedicated to playing music I deem “hardcore” on Spreaker.com called Valier Hardcore Radio.I host a show just about everyday at about the same time.You can also find that on facebook as well if you’d like?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ian:Thanks for doing this man.I guess if anyone wants to check us out you can find us on Bandcamp.com and on Facebook just search for Electric Bear Trap.
Luke:Yes,thank you very much man.We hope we put in a good read for your readers.Thanks again!

Radio Bikini/Alcoholocaust/Underground Punk Support/2014 Vinyl Review


  Radio  Bikini  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  crust,  punk  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Alcoholocaust"  which  was  released  by  Underground  Punk  Support.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  record  which  leads  up  to  an  old  school  hardcore  punk  sound  along  with  the  heaviness  of  crust   which  leads  up  to  some  aggressive  shouts,  screams  and  growls  being  added  into  the  music  and  the  band  sticks  mostly  to  a  faster  musical  direction  and  after  awhile  the  band  adds  melody  into  their  musical  sound.

  There  is  a  great  amount  of  the  raw  old  school  punk  rock  energy  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  some  back  up  shouts  and  at  times  the  guitars  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats

  Radio  Bikini  creates  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  sound  with  their  mixture  of  old  school  hardcore  punk,  d  beat  and  crustcore  which  also  brings  in  the  aggression  of  grindcore to  create  some  very  heavy  old  school  hardcore  punk,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  drinking,  anti  religion,  political  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Radio  Bikini  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  crust,  hardcore,  punk,  d  beat  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fucked  by  the  Cross"  "Democrazy"  "Resistance  Is  Futile"  and  "Warfare".  8  out  of  10   

Cross Examination/Dawn Of The Dude/Organized Crime Records/2014 EP Review


  Cross  Examination  are  a  band  from  St.  Louis,  Missouri  that  plays  a  mixture  of  thrash,  hardcore,  crust  and  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Dawn  Of  The  Dude"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Organized  Crime  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  drums,  guitars  and  bass  which  brings  an  old  school  thrash/crossover  sound  to  the  music  and  after  the  first  track  the  ep  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  leads  up  to  some  shouting  crust/hardcore  vocals  and  back  up  gang  shouts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  old  school  extreme  metal/punk  sound  this  band  creates  with  their  musical  sound  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Cross  Examination  go  back  to t he  80's  with t heir  musical  sound  taking  the  thrash,  hardcore  and  punk  genres  of  that  time  and  adding  in  some  early  crust  and  grind  to  create  the  musical  sound  that  is  displayed  throughout  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  thrashing,  pot  smoking  and  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cross  Examination  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash,  hardcore,  crust  and  grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Snackrifice"  and  "Dawn  Of  The  Dude".  8  out  of  10.

  

Miseo/Lunatic Confessions/Blacksmith Records/2014 CD Review


  Miseo  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  mixed  in  with  some  elements  of  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lunatic  Confessions"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Blacksmith  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  melodic  guitar  lead  which  also  leads  up  to  some  drums  kicking  in  and  after   the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  sound  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  After  awhile  blast  beats  and  elements  of  crustcore  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  perfect  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  a  brutal  sound  into  their  old  school  approach  to  playing  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  as  the  album  progresses  solos  and  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  some  of  the  later  tracks  spoken  word  parts  and  elements  of  groove  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound  while  the  guitar  leads  add  in  a  melodic  early  90's  death  metal  sound  when  they  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  fast  parts  also  see  the  band  adding  d  beat's  into  their  musical  style  as  well  as  bringing  in  high  pitched  screams  at  times  and  combining  them  with  the  growls.

  Miseo  remain  true  to  the  old  school  death  metal  sound  that  they  had  established  on  the  previous  recording  while  also  adding  more  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  into  their  musical  sound  to  make  their  newer  recording  have  more  diversity,  the  production  has  a  very  professional  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  pissed  off  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Miseo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal  with  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Greed  Kills"  "Harlots  For  God"  "Lunatic  Confessions"  and  "NO  Guts  No  Glory".  8  out  of  10.    

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Uncle Ray/Self Titled/2014 EP Review


  Uncle  Ray  are  a  band  from  Windsor,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  ep.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  and  high  pitched  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  heavy  and  old  school  sound.

  Once  the  grindcore  speed  is  added  into  the  music  the  band  starts  having  a  more  brutal  sound  that  also  unleashes  the  raw  aggression  of  crust  punk  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  ep  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  a  minute.

  Uncle  Ray  creates  a  very  heavy  sound  with  their  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  as  well  as  using  a  perfect  balance  between  slow  and  fast  riffing,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Uncle  Ray  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thief"  "Shit  Life"  and  "Miserable".  8  out  of  10. 

Gravecore/Bad Songs From Corners Of Hell/2014 EP Review


  Gravecore  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Bad Songs  From  Corners  Of  Hell".

  Drum  beats  and  distorted  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  aggressive  hardcore  shouts  that  evolved  into  grindcore  screams  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  guitar  sound  which  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  old  school  death  metal  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  presence  on  this  recording  as  well  as  being  one  of  the  main  instruments  and  they  music  also  utilizes  a  lot  of  the  raw  aggression  of  early  death  metal  and  grindcore  bands  as  well  as  having  their  songs  being  very  short  with  the  longest  one  being  almost  4  minutes  long  and  as  the  ep  progresses  more  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound.

  Gravecore  takes  the  80's  style  of  grindcore  and  mixes  it  with  old  school  death  metal  and  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  to  create  their  own  sound,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravecore  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grind,  old  school  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  You" "Jesus  Hendrix"  "Hate,  Guide  Me"  and  "Hate  Corruption".  8  out  of  10.  

Bangladeshi Bulldozer/Demolition/2014 EP Review


  Bangladeshi  Bulldozer  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  punk  rock  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Demolition".

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  raw  punk  rock  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  shouting  vocals  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  over  a  minute  and  you  can  also  hear  the  rawness  of  noise  and  grindcore  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  Bangladeshi  Bulldozer  creates  a  very  raw  punk  sound  with  their  music  while  also  adding  in  the  brutality  of  grindcore  and  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  humorous  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bangladeshi  Bulldozer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  punk,  grindcore  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1  Second  Love"  "Fuck  Heaven,  I'd  Rather  Be  In  Hell"  and  "Hospital  Doughnut  Abortions".  8  out  of  10.

    

Electric Bear Trap/The Scrawny/2014 EP Review


  Electric  Bear  Trap  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  Scrawny".

  Drum  beats,  punk  rock  style  vocals  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep with  the  following  track  being  in  whale  sounds,  growls  and  heavier  guitars  while  the  last  track  starts  off  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  more  fast  direction  that  combines  grindcore  and  punk  together  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  last  track  being  the  only  song  that  is  longer  than  a  minute  and  you  can  hear  some  melodic  thrash  in  the  guitar  riffing  on  the  last  song.

  Electric  Bear  Trap  focus  more  on  a  comical  musical  direction  while  remaining  heavy  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  and  demented  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Electric  Bear  Trap  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  thrash  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I.N.R.I.T.C".  7/5  out  of  10.  

  

Al's Toy Barn/Self Titled/2014 EP Review


  Al's  Toy  Barn  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  power  violence,  screamo  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  ep.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  brutal  along  with  some  fast  riffing  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  being  close  to  3  minutes.

  The  screams  have  a  black  metal  feeling  to t hem  at  times  and  the  music  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  together  and  once  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  a  more  post  hardcore  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  vocals  on  the  last  track  use  more  anger  and  shouts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  guitars  which  gives  the  music  a  more  emo  feeling.

  Al's  Toy  Barn  create  a  very  original  sound  with  their  music  taking  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  mixing  it  in  with  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  melody  of  screamo  and  post  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Al's  Toy  Barn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  power  violence,  punk  and  screamo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Guilt  Trip"   "Free  Parking"  and  "Force  7".  8  out  of  10.  


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pig Heart Transplant/For Mass Consumption/20 Buck Spin/2014 CD Review


  Pig  Heart  Transplant  are  a  solo  project  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  includes  a  member  of  Iron  Long  and  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "For  Mass  Consumption"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Harsh  power  electronics  and  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  shouting  vocals  which brings  an  industrial  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  drums  are  added  into  the  music  and  gives  the  recording  a more  noise  rock  feeling  and  the  power  electronics  get  more  diverse  as  the  album  progresses.

  Guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  that  bring  in  a  very distorted  sound  to t he  music  along  with  some  slow  riffing  that  has  no  melody  or  rhythm  being  utilized  and  you  can  hear some  ambient  drones  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  an  influence  of  hardcore  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  under  a  minute  in  length  while  there  is  still  a  great  amount  of  diversity  presented  in  the  songs.

  Pig  Heart  Transplant  creates  a  noise  album  that  is  very  diverse  as  well  as  making  his  sound  a  lot  more  interesting  than  most  bands  or  artist's  of  the  musical  genre,  the  production  has  a   very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pig  heart  Transplant  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  noise/noisecore  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Film"  "Numb"  "1970"  and  "Mute".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Castle Freak/Still Rotting/2014 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Castle  Freak  which  shows  the  band  continuing  their  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2014  and  called  "Still  Rotting".

  Dark  sounding  horror  movie  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the ep  before  adding  in  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  old  school  death  metal  sound  along  with  some  melodies  and  high  pitched  screams  which  leads  to  the  band  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  direction  while  still  keeping  around  the  slower  elements.

  After  awhile  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  and  melodic  guitar  solos  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  more  brutal  grindcore  elements  being  added  into  their  musical  sound  while  still  remaining  true  to  mostly  an  old  school  death  metal  sound  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  their  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Castle  Freak  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  this  recording  adding  in  a  more  old  school  death  metal  feeling  while  grindcore  and  punk  are  still  a  very  huge  part  of  their  musical  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  old  school  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Castle  Freak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sickening  Corpses"  and  "Rotting".  8  out  of  10.    

Castle Freak/2013 Demo Review


  Castle  Freak  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  raw  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  then  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  elements  of  grindcore  and  the  band  also  has  a  very  old  school  feeling  to  their  musical  sound  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  very  short  in  length.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  guitar  leads  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Castle  Freak  creates  a  very  raw  and  brutal  sound  with  their  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  off  easily  been  recorded  in  the  mid  80's  or  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw,  old  school  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Castle  Freak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Toxic  Winds"  and  "Rats  In  The  Morgue".  8  out  of  10.      

The Earth Dies Screaming/Self Titled/2014 EP Review


  The  Earth  Dies  Screaming  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind,  hardcore,  punk  and  screamo  with  some  black  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  ep.

  Clean  playing  and  drone  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  alter  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  shouting  style  vocals  start  coming  in   and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  use  a  great  amount  of  distortion.

  There  is  a  great  amount  of  post  hardcore  elements  in  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians  along  with  their  faster  material  showing  a  black  metal  influence  and  after  awhile  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams.

  The  Earth  Dies  Screaming  creates  a  very  original  sound  with  their  musical  style  taking  the  aggression  of  grindcore  and  black  metal  and  mixing  it  in  with  post  hardcore,  screamo  and  punk,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  pissed  off  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Earth  Dies  Screaming  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grind,  hardcore,  punk  and  screamo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Way  Punk"  and  "PAth  of  Annihilation".  8  out  of  10    
  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Boddicker Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Nothing out of the norm other than expanding our drug dealing and gun running operations from the Midwest to the Starbucks capital of the nation, Seattle.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the  past?
The newest offering, 'Crime Upheaval', is the most violent music we can create with the grind/crust/powerviolence umbrella we've used since our inception. However, making violent music doesn't mean forsaking songwriting capabilities. At the end of the day, we're a good time rock 'n' roll band. This isn't too different from our past material other than being more confident and comfortable in the songwriting process.

3.Some of the band members have a history playing in some well known black metal acts in Indiana, what was the decision behind going  for a more crust/grind direction with this band?
Because Boddicker is for hardened criminals. The black metal dudes OCP knows of wouldn't even steal a pencil from Wal-Mart, let alone risk hijacking tanks from the US Army.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Copout answer, but it's in the eye of the beholder. The lyrics are readily available on the bandcamp, and up to the reader/listener to get what they want through their own interpretations. The general theme is crime, anarchy, and contempt for the status quo.
5.I know that the band name came from Clarence Boddicker of the Robocop film, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
Boddicker works for me, Dick Jones. OCP runs Boddicker.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Recently we played with Eyehategod, and that was a huge honor. EHG is a big influence on Boddicker. Besides that, Milwaukee and Minneapolis both rule and have taken good care of us. Houston, TX was a great show, and Buffalo, NY was a very pleasant surprise. Our performance is a sordid crime spree taking place in front of you.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We just wrapped up a month long tour of the eastern hemisphere of the US. A west coast tour is in the works for the fall, and a full European tour is being planned for spring/summer 2015.

8.Over the years the band has participated on many splits, out off all the bands that you have worked on with on all of these albums which one where you the most honored to work with?
It was an honor to work with all the bands, we can't possibly narrow it down to one.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of crust and grindcore?
Well, we have yet to hear anything negative, so that's good! I'm sure if we get more recognition, the basement dwellers will be more vocal about their disdain for us. So be it. We get plenty of downloads, but hardly anyone pays for it, so I guess that's good too?

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
They're too busy selling crack to kids to worry about anything else other than Boddicker.

11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hard to say. Possibly start writing and recording next year. 

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We're influenced by 80's UK crust/grind, old school death metal, Slap-a-Ham era powerviolence, NY, Japanese, and Scandinavian hardcore/punk. OCP will also take the time to say that philistines can compare us to Nails, Enabler, All Pigs Must Die, all they want because we use the same cool guitar pedal, but it's really fucking lazy. No offense to those bands, but we don't really listen to them.
Here's what spinning at OCP's office:
D-Clone
Black Flag
Destruction
Melvins
Obituary
Corrosion of Conformity
GG Allin
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Guns, robbing old people, guns, shooting heroin with Chris Holmes, guns, drunk driving with Vince Neil, guns, chillin' at the club with Aaron Hernandez, and guns.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Crime pays!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Boddicker/Crime Upheaval/2014 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  ep  from  Boddicker  which  shows  the  band  continuing  their  mixture  of  grindcore,  death  metal,  crust,  d  beat  and  power  violence  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2014  and  called  "Crime  Upheaval".

  Powerful  sounding  bass  and  rhythm  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  screams,  growls  and  a  mixture  of  blast  and  d  beats  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of    old  school grindcore  elements  and  brutality  being  added  into  their  musical  sound.

  There  is  a  great  amount  of  crustcore  style  vocals  and  the  songs  are  all  very  short  with  the  longest  one  being  2  minutes  and  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  style  of  crust/grind  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  rawer  side  of  Swedish  death  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts..

  Boddicker  remain  true  to t heir  aggressive  crust/grindcore  direction  on  this  ep  and  sound  even  more  brutal  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Boddicker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  death  metal,  crust,  d  beat  and  power  violence,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halo  Of  Bullets"  "Vigilante"  "Social  Control"  and  "Energy  Blackmail".  8  out  of  10.  

    

Boddicker/Mitch Is The Bastard/2012 EP Review


  Boddicker  are  a  band  from  Indiana  that plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  d-beat,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Mitch  Is  The  Bastard".

  A  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  being  going  into  a  more  fast  crust  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls,  screams  and  shouts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  d-beats  and  the  rawness  of  Swedish  death  metal  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  There  are  a  great  amount  of  raw  grindcore  elements  being  displayed  on  the  songs  of  the  ep  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  over  3  minutes  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats.

  Boddikcker  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression,  heaviness  and  brutality  with  their  old  school  crust/grindcore  musical  direction,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Boddicker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   crust,  d-beat,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gun  Powder  Bong  Hits"  and  "Capital  Cirrhosis".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wvrm Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're from Greenville, SC. We play Grindcore and the band was formed from the ashes of an old Death Metal band we used to play in.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

For both we wanted to go for a raw stripped down sound. I think we achieved that with both albums with Where All Light Dies being of somewhat higher quality production wise. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrics are mainly cathartic. A lot of it comes from personal experience and they're all written to cope with certain things.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wvrm'/

We just wanted something that was one word and had a certain connotation. A Worm is one of the lowest life forms on the planet, a bottom feeder. It's dirty. And that's what we wanted. The spelling is from a Magic The Gathering card. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I'll just say that all the shows we've played have been the best. We try to make our performance fast and energetic. Sort of trying to invoke the spirit of the music. We just kind of do whatever comes out.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We mainly have small runs here and there. We have a few shows coming up that are posted on our Facebook. One with Oathbreaker and Cult Leader on  July 29th, which will be really great.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We've talked to a label or two in the past. We're actually about to start recording a new album. We'll put it out in the ether, if a label wants to pick it up, that's great. If not, that's fine too. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?

It's been great. Way more than I ever expected.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

You can expect a new record later this year. Our music is only going to get faster, heavier, and more frantic. You can count on that.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Just about anything can be an influence, but some of the bands would definitely be Rotten Sound, CTTTOAFF, Converge, Nails, Nasum, and a slew of others. I can say we're listening to all those bands on a regular basis and a lot of stuff that isn't heavy at all. I love Old School Country music actually.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

It really depends. We all have things we do outside the band. We all have jobs. I personally enjoy spending time with my dogs, watching dope anime, and working out. 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

FUCK THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Monday, July 14, 2014

Beg/Self Titled/SuperFi Records/2014 EP Review


  Beg  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  was  released  by  SuperFi  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  crust,  hardcore  and  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  a  minute  and  as  the  ep  progresses  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  aggressive  hardcore  style  vocals  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  doom  and  black  metal  before  returning  back  to  an  aggressive  grindcore  direction  and  the  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  in  some  of  the  later  tracks

  Beg  plays  a  very  brutal  style  of  grindcore  that  is  very  hyper,  raw  and  aggressive  along  with  a  great  sense  of  humor,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  and  brutal  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beg  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  brutal  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust,  and  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beg  To  Exist"  "Chicken  And  Chips  Black  Metal"  "Goat  Bless"  and  "Douglas".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wvrm/Where All Light Dies/2014 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Wvrm  which sees  the  band  continuing  their  mixture  of  grind,  power  violence,  death  metal,  hardcore  and  punk  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2014  and  called  "Where  All  Light  Dies".

  A  very  fast,  aggressive,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  both  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  goes  for  more  of  crust  grind  direction  this  time  around  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  the  band  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  There  is  a  good  amount  of  reverb  noises  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  hardcore  and  power  violence  breakdowns  and  the  songs  are  also  a  lot  more  shorter  this  time  around  with  none  of  the  tracks  being  as  long  as  2  minutes  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal elements  in  the  slower  and  heavier  parts  the  band  brings  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Wvrm  remain  true  to  their  grindcore  and hardcore  mixture  as  well  as  being  a  bit  more  death  metal  influenced  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wvrm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grind,  power  violence,  death  metal,  hardcore  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Smell  Ov  Old  Graves"  "Assisted  Suicide"  and  "A  Casket  to  Call  Home".  8  out  of  10.