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November 2015

Dry Dock Brewing Co. – Hop Abomination

Hop Abomination

India Pale Ale

Dry Dock Brewing Co. (Aurora, CO)

6.5% ABV | 70 IBU

Kvlt Rating: 4 out of 5

This is one of my all-day beers. I could drink this anytime, anywhere and enjoy every mouthful of hoppy deliciousness.

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Khemmis – Absolution

By now, some of you may have heard about Khemmis and their debut Absolution and how it is pretty much awesome. It is, those touting how good of a record this is are not wrong. What you have heard is true, all of it.

This album is worthy of the acclaim it has received from Decibel, coming in at No. 9 on their Top 40 Metal Albums of 2015 List. The album has a doomy bounce to it and they have even described themselves as a “doom metal Iron Maiden.” Absolution has catchy riffs that become Continue reading “Khemmis – Absolution”

Axeslasher – Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1

Axeslasher, a death/thrash outfit out of Denver, have only had this one release, but it’s a banger. “Tongue-in-cheek” has been used numerous times to describe their album and image. I’ll second those that said as much. I mean, their defacto-logo is a fucking pizza pentagram (pizzagram) which has since been copied by many others on the ol’ Internet. How much more tongue-in-cheek can you get? Eat Pizza, Worship Satan. Come on, who can’t love that?

There’s Thrash, death growls and shouty lyrics about wiping out humans, death worms, murder, Satan and witches, what more do you need? That’s what 2013’s Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1 is all about.

“Professor Pizza,” Justin Lascelle, has a killer voice that does double duty like some other frontmen providing us with the shouty thrash voice and the death growl, which serves mostly as the backup voice on the tracks. The riffs Lascelle cuts are also good, real tasty thrash riffs that come through clear and shred flesh from face.

It’s also worth noting that they found themselves involved in one the coolest indie film projects of the year that is right up most of our dark, shady alley: “Deathgasm.” The album’s intro, “Mark of the Pizzagram,” was included as the intro music for the New Zealand metal and mayhem movie that easily could’ve been part of the Evil Dead series.

Anyways, go pick Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1 from them because who needs a label when you can do it yourself.

Favorite track: “Invasion of the Babesnatchers”

Roman N.V.’s Rince Cochon Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Rince Cochon

Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Roman N.V. (Belgium)

8.5% ABV

Kvlt Rating: 4 out of 5

I didn’t wander too far away from the Grisette in my last post as I was given a bottle of Roman N.V.’s Rince Cochon, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Belgium. I don’t normally like Belgian Strongs, but I really enjoyed this one.

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“Macabre” (2009)

For our next review, I’m very pleased and excited to recommend the best slasher film you’ve probably never seen. “Macabre” or “ Rumah Dara” as it’s known internationally, has been shocking audiences since 2009. This Indonesian gore-bomb is just sick and twisted enough to burrow its way into your dirty little hearts. Yes it’s subtitled, but most horror films worth a damn nowadays are coming from foreign lands anyway…get over it! This one doesn’t shy away from healthy amounts of the red stuff, and pays tribute to the classics like “The Evil Dead”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, and even “House of 1,000 Corpses”. It’s sure to please even the most hardened horror hounds among us, as I can attest.

This film is old news for most of the world, but it still has yet to see a proper stateside release. It is currently available via region-free Blu-ray, and as of this writing it is the only way to see it. Bloody-Disgusting picked up the rights to distribute in 2010, but it has yet to unleash this beast on US audiences. Why? The world may never know. I urge you not to wait if you can afford the expenditure.

The premise is simple enough. A group of friends is traveling across the country drinking and looking for a good time. All the usual suspects are there…the nerd, the bad-girl, the party boy, and the pregnant couple. As our gang makes its way across the country, they come across a lone woman stranded in the rain. If you’ve seen even the bare minimum prerequisite slasher titles, you know that horror films are built on poor decision making. This film is no exception to that rule. In typical horror movie fashion, our group decides to give the mysterious woman a ride to her country home. What’s the worst that could happen?

Upon their arrival, the mystery woman’s creepy brothers and murderous matriarch, named Dara, greet the group. Dara insists that the group stay for dinner, and this is where the fun begins. As if Dara’s creepy stare wasn’t enough to let you know she’s not quite on the level, her vast collection of weapons and mounted animals might lead you to believe that we’re in for some serious mayhem. Foreshadowing anyone? There is more than meets the eye with this bizarre cast of characters we learn that the murderous family -through a series of reveals- has a deep dark past that it plans to continue well into the future.

After our dinner guests are drugged, we are subjected to all manner of blood-soaked mayhem including chainsaws, slaughterhouses, and killer hair chopsticks. The movie plays out like a fun house of terror. It knows how to walk that fine line between fun and gratuitousness. It truly has something for everyone, unless blood is not your thing. In which case, why the hell are you reading a horror blog?? There is a definite mean streak as the group is subjected to a wide array of psychological torture as well as physical. There are just some things American horror films don’t even attempt. This is what sets “Macabre” head and shoulders (literally) above the rest.

Macabre

This film is brought to us courtesy of the Indonesian directing duo known as the Mo brothers. These guys have been around the block, and their film knowledge is apparent. “Macabre” has acted as something of a calling card to those that have seen it, getting the directing team jobs all over the globe. The duo went on the direct the segment “L is for Libido” in the anthology series “The ABC’s of Death”. That segment is a personal favorite of mine, and one of the most memorable segments between both installments of the series. They’ve also got several interesting projects on the horizon.

Indonesia has become something of a hot bed of extreme cinema in the past few years, exploding into the mainstream consciousness with the outrageously bloody action film “The Raid”. Once “The Raid” was released, the Mo brothers teamed up with its director to put forth the “VHS 2” segment “Safe Haven” and also assisted with the superb sequel “The Raid 2”. In fact, fans of “The Raid 2” will notice a few recycled actors from “Macabre”. The Mo brothers then went on to direct the festival hit “Killers” which features two dueling psychopaths trying to outdo one another. It was all the rage on the festival circuit this past year, and garnered the duo critical acclaim. I personally can’t wait to see what the brothers have in store for us in the future. No doubt it will be bloody and disturbing, as we have come to expect nothing less from these filmmakers.

For fans of international cinema and bloody slasher films, you can’t afford to miss “Macabre”. It’s sure to satiate all those base impulses horror fans require.

Horn – Feldpost

If you’re not familiar with Horn, the one man, German black metal project by Nerrath, his new album Feldpost is the perfect time to get on board. Horn always delivers incredible music and I consider his 2008 album Naturkraft to be a black metal classic (with 2013’s Konflikt not to far behind).

While Horn typically plays a pagan/folk, nature infused form of black metal, Feldpost is a collection of songs based on the idea of letters being written from the trenches of the world wars. “Feldpost” itself is the German military mail service so with the nature of the album, the music takes on a more somber tone, fittingly. There’s still the amazing, grand arching quality of Horn’s beautiful black metal but covered in a layer of sorrow. It never really reaches a furious pace, content in the mid-paced sections with a couple bursts of speed here and there. The addition of the clean vocals mixed with the black metal roar is stunning, as is the entirety of this album.

Horn is putting out some of the most interesting and well-written black metal around, not to mention Nerrath also kills it on the doom metal front with his other one-man band Latitude Egress, and collaboration with Cross Vault, who have a new album out (somewhere) as well. You really can’t go wrong with Horn.

Horn’s newest album, Feldpost, is available now from Northern Silence Productions.

Horrography: “Blood Feast” (1963)

Our focus here at Kvlt of Brewtality is to showcase metal, craft beer and horror/cult flicks. So, may I introduce you to Herschell Gorgon Lewis, a director who got his start doing exploitation and “nudie-cuties,” a sub-genre of skin flicks that borderline on pornography. Gordon is a bit more recognizable for being the originator of the blood, guts and gore splatter films.

His low-budget, stomach turning movies began with the first of his Blood Trilogy, “Blood Feast” (1963). Being the fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and cult cinema shows hosted by Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs as a kid, I knew I was up to the task.

“Blood Feast” is certainly bloody and while the practical effects don’t stand up to the test of time, it is still pretty gross. The story follows the murders of Faud Ramses (played by Mal Arnold) who is a caterer with an obsession for “Egyptian goddess,” Ishtar. First off, Ishtar wasn’t Egyptian, she was Babylonian. But what do you expect from a low-budget movie put together in the ‘60s? Anyways, Ramses (a character surely named after the actual Egyptian line of pharaohs) needs to obtain body parts from virgins for his sacrifice to Ishtar so he may bring her back to this world.

Where is he going to get them? From the pretty ladies, specifically virgins, in the nice town he lives in of course. Ramses chokes, wrestles and hacks these women up with a machete all while doing his best to display his crazy eyes, something I believe Bela Lugosi did better pretty much his entire career. He goes about collecting the items he needs for his “blood feast,” and is lucky enough to have a woman approach him at his grocery and catering shop to prepare the food for a party she is throwing for her daughter, who is of course a virgin and also loves Egyptian history.

Mal Arnold's crazy eyes as Faud Ramses.
Mal Arnold’s crazy eyes as Faud Ramses.

We had to move the story along somehow, why not have the last victim be an Egyptian history student.

Ramses agrees to do it and tells her he will prepare an authentic Egyptian feast fit for a goddess that hasn’t been served “in over 5,000 years.” Cue the crazy stare close-up at mom and the key slamming of an organ to really reinforce the mood.

Let’s take a pause and talk about the music and cinematography. Awful. The organ is used frequently to “create” mood, the rest of the music is stock stuff from the time. The camera may as well have been on a tripod and most likely was. Minimal editing was done so zooming the lens isn’t cut, we have to watch the camera move, track actors in the scene and slowly zoom in or out to focus.

This is what I signed up for.

Back to Ramses murder spree. He stalks the women and kills each one for just a body part. At one point, he attacks a woman in a hotel and rips out her tongue as we watch the whole thing. At the time, I’m sure these scenes were shocking and Lewis even had barf bags handed to theatergoers if they were too squeamish. There is certainly lots of blood and Ramses always displays for the audience his newest acquisition, be it tongue, brain, eye or flesh.

Fast forward to the end. Ramses is being pursued by local police who can’t break the case, mutilated bodies of women keep showing up and the detective’s girlfriend, Suzette, is actually the woman who Ramses’ blood feast party is being thrown for. Suzette is played by Connie Mason, Playboy’s June Playmate of the Month, 1963. Ramses attempts to get her to lie down on the kitchen counter so he can perform the last rite for the feast. It has to be authentic and being an Egyptian history student, she sheepishly agrees to go along with his little act. Right before he goes for the kill, mom comes into the kitchen and blows it. Everyone screams and Ramses takes off out the door.

The police have put the whole thing together thanks to a book Ramses wrote about Ishtar which another victim had ordered from him. They show up as Ramses is limp running down the street. The police miss the chance to nab him as dumbass Ramses decides to try and hitch and escape ride in the back of a trash truck at the nearby city dump. Cue compactor and cascade of blood. The end.

“He died a fitting end, just like the garbage he was.”

I like a good horror movie, but I spend most of my time watching B-movies and slasher flicks. This was certainly something right up my alley. Bad acting, bad music, bad filming, low budget, lots of fake blood, good looking women, screwball plot, etc.

If you’re looking for a good/bad cult film and want to see the root of blood and guts in horror cinema, then HG Lewis’ low-budget splatter film “Blood Feast” is certainly for you.

Metalwords: Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth

Finland’s undead kings have returned from their crypt with four tracks of doom and gloom for our ears. Dripping with the usual rotten growls of Lasse Pyykkö and his slow riffs, Hooded Menace have picked up where they left off on 2012’s Effigies of Evil with their distinct brand of cursed, death ridden and macabre death/doom metal.

The incorporation of death metal elements is their signature and when the track crawls for a while, in come the drums and rhythm guitar to crank the pace back up and chug toward the grave. I am a big fan of these guys and their style of metal, and this album doesn’t disappoint.

They have traded in their usually shorter tracks for four songs lasting more than 10 minutes each, except for “Ashen With Solemn Decay” that clocks in shy of 10 minutes. What this does is allow them to build around their riffs and grow the space within the song, as is typical of the doom genre. That elbowroom works well enough, especially on “Blood for the Burning Oath/Dungeons of the Disembodied,” which has to grow into itself after what is also part intro and part song.

Darkness Drips Forth isn’t my favorite of theirs, but it is a solid entry in their growing discography of the grotesque. Keep it up, boys.

Best Track: “Ashen With Solemn Decay”

Hooded Menace’s newest album, Darkness Drips Forth, is available from Relapse Records now.

Metalwords: Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection

Prepare to have your face blasted right off your skull. Revenge has released their newest album and it takes absolutely no prisoners.

Revenge is something that you need to hear to believe. Mere words can barely describe the metal assault that this band unleashes so bear that in mind while reading this, but first let’s start at the beginning…

Canada is no stranger to metal and has produced some incredible bands ranging across all genres of metal. On the more extreme end, the country has produced three of the most intense metal bands. Blasphemy got this ball rolling with their war-infused, death-filled, machine gun, firing black/death metal. Their guitarist, Ryan Forster (or as he was known in Blasphemy, “Deathlord” of Abomination & War Apocalypse), would go on to form Conqueror, another take no prisoners, black/death metal band with vocalist, drummer James Read and guitarist, vocalist Vermin. James and Vermin would then go on to form Revenge alongside Peter Helmkamp (of the incredible Angelcorpse), who would later leave the band. Now, I would suggest listening to all these bands but since we’re talking about Revenge, let’s get into that.

Behold.Total.Rejection is the bands fifth album and true to form, it’s fucking incredible. When we’re talking about extreme music, few bands get as extreme as Revenge. Their music is so completely chaotic, savage, crushingly heavy, that it’ll make your fucking jaw drop in amazement. “War” metal is a term thrown around with this band and while the idea of “war” metal is not new and may conjure up the sounds of Bolt Thrower and their battle devoted, death metal mastery, the “war” part is more of a nod to the sound of the music, debatably started with Conqueror. Revenge sounds like what it must be like to be in war.

It may sound like chaos but there is an underlining musical mastery that holds this whole thing together, something Revenge are experts at doing and this new album is no different. The vocals are belted out at either high pitched shrieks, or low, gurgled growls and they change it up on you as fast as the riffing and drums. There’s no concern for your well being here. It literally assaults you, and it’s fucking amazing.

On a side note, I saw them perform live earlier this year and while they opened for seasoned black metal-ers Watain and Mayhem, Revenge stole the show. Just like this album there’s no fucking around, no mid-song talking, no appealing to the crowd. They just fucking go, stop and walk off the stage. It’s a sight to behold so if they’re in your neck of the woods, go see them.

Revenge’s newest album Behold.Total.Rejection is available now from Season of Mist.

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