Friday, May 13, 2011

Naked Whipper - Painstreaks (1995)


When some one recommends music to me, my attitude is either immediate enthusiasm or stubborn dawdling. In the case of Naked Whipper, my idiotic resistance to their name let the album gather dust in my iTunes folder until I finally got around to listening to it earlier this week. And I'm a little chastened to say that I absolutely loved it.

This German black/grind metal band from the mid-'90's will appeal to anyone who likes less traditional metal with some awesome, screechy vocals that sound more death metal inspired. This is their only full length and is full of songs about sex and S/M, my second favorite subject (next to Satan, of course). The album is made up of short, catchy tracks. I could do without the second half of the album being a live copy of the first half, but it's a minor complaint.

Track list:
1. Pagan Pussy Gore Intruder
2. The Ultimate Molestator
3. Whore of Damnation
4. Perverse Delight
5. Nunrider
6. Impure
7. Anal Queen
8. Painstreaks
9. Naked Whipper
10. Hyperincest
11. Nuclear Solutions - Creations of a Demonic Age
12. Nunrider (live)
13. The Ultimate Molestator (live)
14. Whore of Damnation (live)
15. Perverse Delight (live)
16. Pagan Pussy Gore Intruder (live)
17. Impure (live)
18. Hyperincest (live)
19. Naked Whipper (live)
20. Painstreaks (live)
21. Anal Queen (live)
22. Nuclear Solutions - Creations of a Demonic Age (live)

Listen to it. You won't regret it. I also love the cover and the logo. They should probably consider getting back together, where ever in Germany they are now.

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis (2011)


All fans of death metal need to check out the newest Mitochondrion record ASAP. It's the Canadian trio's second full length and first album out on Profound Lore. "Parasignosis" will especially appeal to fans of occult/blackened death metal like Portal, Teitanblood, Witchrist, Diocletian, Dead Congregation, etc. It happens to be my favorite style of death metal, so it comes highly recommended. Definitely also for fans of Morbid Angel.

Track list:
1. Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus I. Plague Evockation
2. Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus II. Lex Ego Exitum
3. Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus III. Tetravirulence
4. Trials
5. Rift/Apex
6. Parasignosis
7. Banishment (Undecaphosphoric)
8. Kathenotheism
9. Untitled
10. Untitled
11. Outro

Listen here, but please buy it if you enjoy it. The artwork is awesome and it really gets better the more I listen to it. Imagine how much more awesome it will sound on vinyl?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Loss - Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason (2004)


Tennessee doom masters Loss are finally coming out with a full length album later this month. In honor of that I decided to review their independently released demo, "Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason." It's fucking awesome, particularly if you love doom/slow death metal. It's eerie, depressing, and beautiful, but is mostly recommended for doom fans. Please check it out, but don't blame me if you feel like killing yourself afterwards. I'm very excited for their new LP and have been listening to their back catalogue a lot to get myself ready for the long awaited and undoubtedly awesome full length.

Track list:
1. Coffin Nails (Intromancy)
2. Conceptual Funeralism Unto the Final Act (of Being)
3. Cut Up, Depressed, and Alone

If you like this demo, you can buy the reissued CD (by Deathgasm) here. It's fluffed up with a cover and a live track, which I think are mostly unnecessary but still worth a listen. And if this is your thing, definitely check out "Four Burials," which is a split with Otesanek, Orthodox, and Mournful Congregation. The entire thing is amazing, but I believe the record is totally out of print. It's certainly one of the most amazing doom splits out there.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cauchemar - La Vierge Noire (2010)


Cauchemar is a female fronted, French-language doom metal three-piece band from Canada. It's kind of like what would happen if Nico sang in French over top of early Pagan Altar/Judas Priest. In other words, awesome. You can check out songs from their EP/mini-LP, "La Vierge Noire," on their myspace page. Or you could just buy it from Hell's Headbanger's. It certainly has some lovely and fitting artwork, despite my loathing for the color purple. And if you want to give it a full listen before committing, go here.

The record was released earlier this year by Nuclear War Now and hopefully we will see a full LP sometime soon. In a random bit of trivia, their drummer apparently plays (or played, as I think they're broken up) in the thrash band Bastardator.

I would love to see them play with Christian Mistress at some point. They played with Pagan Altar a few months ago and I'm sure it was an amazing and fitting show.

Tracklist:
1. Le voile d'Isis
2. Magie rouge
3. Valse funebre
4. Le gardien de la Terre

P.S. French lesson: cauchemar = nightmare, la vierge noire = the black virgin.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bastard Noise - A Culture of Monsters (2010)


Though I had to listen to it a few times to get acclimated, I really enjoy this record. Originally conceived of as a side project, The Bastard Noise is made up of members of the now defunct Man is the Bastard, so you should know what to expect. Though it is more experimental and gadget-heavy, this is some thoroughly noise influenced post-hardcore powerviolence. I'm not at all a fan of hardcore and I normally don't pay much attention to powerviolence, but this is a fun and weird record definitely worth listening to.

I don't have many complaints. It's very cleanly produced, but that doesn't bother me too much with the style. I absolutely hate the intro track (a spoken word piece), but that's why there's a "next" button. I love the hissing, distorted vocals - they got me through the initial listen.

"A Culture of Monsters" was released on CD and LP by Deep Six records. If you live on the east coast or like metal fests, they're playing this year at Maryland Death Fest.

Tracklist:
1. A Culture of Monsters
2. Pincer's Movement
3. Me and Hitler
4. A Silent Night in the Horrible Garden
5. If Another World...
6. Through Modern Existence (The March of the Trolls)
7. Lumberton
8. Interior War

Visit them on myspace and check out the record. Just buy it. It's amazing. It just took me a few listens to get there.

Acid - Maniac (1983)


I can't imagine metal fans not liking this album. It's catchy Belgian heavy metal from the early '80's fronted by a foxy lady with a powerful voice. If you like NWOBHM-influenced newcomers Christian Mistress at all, Acid is definitely a precursor to their style.

Released in 1983 by Megaton, this sought after sophomore effort was luckily reissued in 2000 by High Vaultage. There's a ridiculous album cover that pretty much says it all. I'm not even sure where I heard about this record, but I'm glad I checked it out. Fans of NWOBHM should appreciate it.

Track list:
1. Max Overload
2. Maniac
3. Black Car
4. America
5. Lucifera
6. No Time
7. Prince of Hell and Fire
8. Bottoms Up

Definitely check it out. And if you want to know more, there's a pretty good page about them over at femetal-records.com.

Throbbing Gristle - D.o.A. The Third and Final Report (1978)


Oh yes, I went there. Not metal in any way, shape, or form, this album is still pretty fucking important to the evolution of weird music in general, as well as to the creation of industrial as a genre in its own right.

If I had to give it a genre, I would have to say this is an ambient record, though also partially electronic (more in technique than sound). It's more like a noise record than what most people consider electronic or industrial music. There's a ton of weird sampling that was mostly generated for use in their live performances, which is really the cornerstone behind TG.

I would only recommended for noise fans or lovers of strange music, as I think everyone else is going to hate it. Personally, I love Throbbing Gristle, but you definitely need to be in the mood. This is one of those magical records that I listened to as a teenager and thought "What the fuck is going on?" It made no sense whatsoever, but also made me realize that a lot of things were possible that hadn't previously occurred to me. You will either love it or think it is incredibly boring and pretentious. If you're lucky, it might even give you a headache.

If anything, listen to hear the music of four of the most important musicians/performance artists working in experimental art in the late '70's and early '80's: Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and the late, great Peter Christopherson. There is a track from each band member, as well as a very funny sped up version of their single "United," which now clocks in at 16 seconds. "Hamburger Lady" still scares the shit out of me. This is their second album, not counting the many live releases from the same time period.

Track list:
1. I.B.M.
2. Hit by a Rock
3. United
4. Valley of the Shadow of Death
5. Dead on Arrival
6. Weeping
7. Hamburger Lady
8. Hometime
9. AB/7A
10. E-Coli
11. Death Threats
12. Five Knuckle Shuffle
13. We Hate You (Little Girls)

Listen if you dare. And use headphones.