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I love horror movies, metal and beer. I'm big into supporting the local metal scene and pairing my favorite shit '80s flicks with local craft beers.

Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente

You know what happens when a bunch of bunnies get together? They multiply. Denver’s Nauseating Whiff Records has become a bunch of metal musicians bred a lineup of bands from a small handful of people. They multiply alright, but more along the lines of Gremlins.

My point being, I’m here to tell you about a Thomas Horror blackened doom production, Iceaxe and the debut album, El Diente. Horror plays in Rasha’im, Skeið, Iceaxe, and like 10 other projects, he is the DIY label, top to bottom. So where does Iceaxe fall into this picture?

Taking parts from Ulver, Moonsorrow, Drudkh, Horror’s newest project fills in the gap between the barbarian black metal Skeið and a strictly instrumental act like Fourth Seal. This is mountain metal, stuff that was also inspired by the Lizardhead summit in Continue reading “Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente”

Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)

If you’re going to pen a modern day love letter to shitty ’80s horror, you’re going to load up a hefty bag of guts, blood, one-liners and callbacks. Drew Marvick’s Pool Party Massacre is the right combination of slasher throwback, modern day low-budget film making, and savvy marketing. From the poster art, cheesy tag line and blood use, this is an indie effort done right.

Even the title font on the poster is the same as 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre.

You know the basic setups and foreshadowing already, or at least that’s all I could see and hear. If you grew up on a late night TV diet of ’80s slasher flicks, you have some things to feast on. Callbacks, red herrings, and plenty of vapid, awful, disposable characters. I won’t detail too much, but you’ll appreciate them if you can spot them.

Blair Winthorpe’s parents are going out of town and she is going to throw a pool party where there isn’t much pool partying going on. That’s beside the point and one of the things that stuck Continue reading “Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)”

Album Review: Excommunion – Thronosis

I’ll admit up front I am not a huge death metal fan, my vest would easily prove this as well. I could probably count on close to two hands the number of death metal acts I have on my near and dear old fucking iPod. The ones I listen to regularly, Death, Gorguts and Blood Incantation, are not exactly influences on the newest album from Excommunion, Thronosis. But here I am because of yet another Naas Alcameth band.

Released a week ago (officially), Thronosis is dark and cavernous. I keep hearing Morbid Angel kicked around, one of the only other names I am familiar with enough to say “I can hear that.” But you do not necessarily need to look back on influences to appreciate what came of them. Excommunion kicks ass in their own regard. Their last album, Superion, goes just as hard.

Continue reading “Album Review: Excommunion – Thronosis”

30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

I’ve kind of always liked horror movies, especially slashers, and while I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly where it started, I sure as hell can tell you where I was certain that people getting hacked up on screen was my kind of entertainment.

For seven-year-old me there was nothing like a Friday the 13th Marathon on AMC or TNT’s MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs. This was before there was a Jason Goes to Hell. So the most recent Jason movies around were Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Part VII: The New Blood.

The seventh entry into the hockey masked murderer’s series is where I fell in love with slashers. Jason’s mask is iconic, but the look in Part VII was the absolute best. Gnarled from years in Crystal Lake, bones, rotted flesh, the chopped up mask.


This was also Kane Hodder’s first outing as Jason Voorhees and the size and brutality he Continue reading “30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood”

Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness

Come with me to Scotland and the UK where the one man Hellripper will filet your face with his crazy throwback blackened thrash-speed metal. While Aberdeen, Scotland has their fair share of metal bands I can’t name a one, but I know of James McBain’s Hellripper.

After a handful of splits with similar styled American metal acts and an EP, Hellripper has a debut album with Coagulating Darkness that came out April 14. And does it ever rip.

Is this the most original thing you’ve ever heard? No, but if you’re playing what is essentially throwback speed metal with a current blackened sound, do you expect true diversity? Forget it. Continue reading “Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness”

Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston

Naas Alcameth had a busy last week with two releases from his bands Nightbringer and Bestia Arcana. Nightbringer was expected, but Bestia Arcana was the surprise of the week as the second album, Holókauston, had a later release date.

Then a portal from Hell opened and spewed forth two albums near simultaneously.

If you heard Bestia Arcana’s first album, To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu, you know what to expect. But brace yourselves for an even better follow-up. I like To Anabainon but I am feeling Continue reading “Album Review: Bestia Arcana – Holókauston”

Album Review: Stoned Crone – Out of the Drink EP

Nauseating Whiff Records, Denver’s purveyors of indie, DIY metal have added a different band to their lineup of black metal, sludge and noise projects. They recently brought into the fold, Stoned Crone, a sort of psychedelic, bluesy, stoner … we’ll just call it stoner rock. That’s what they play.

They released their first EP, Out of the Drink, earlier this month.

Ok, so this isn’t metal, but it’s still fucking cool if you can jam on some Jefferson Airplane crossed with Black Sabbath and Purson. Vocalist Pepper Lohikäärme at least names the latter two as influences. All you’ll find here are three songs by four people that rock pretty well. Opening with “Fire Unleashed,” my favorite of the EP, Lohikäärme belts out the opening before Continue reading “Album Review: Stoned Crone – Out of the Drink EP”

Album Review: In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur

Friday, In the Company of Serpents -Denver’s purveyors of sludge- dropped their new album, Ain-Soph Aur, and unleashed a slight change in their music. No, they didn’t start playing Babymetal covers or become a re-thrash two-piece. Grant Netzorg didn’t change his vocals, but he is playing his guitar slower and with a bit more twang, which was becoming apparent a couple years ago when he was playing some of these new songs live. And I’m digging it.

The opener “Middle Pillar” is pretty standard ITCOS, a bit slower, but this is still ITCOS for a solid 8 minutes. It starts picking up the last half of the song, building towards the end … and Continue reading “Album Review: In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur”

Album Review: ANTM from Abigor/Nightbringer/Thy Darkened Shade/Mortuus

I look forward to anything Nightbringer has to offer, so I sure as hell was excited for the split album they collaborated on with Abigor, Thy Darkened Shade and Mortuus, ANTM. Each offer up a single lengthy track to this four track split EP. All of what you would expect from each of them. Abigor gets it going as the setup men with a really slow, discordant, dark opening and … it’s Abigor, you know who they are. The track itself feels a bit superficially slow. Too much may have been held back, but I think the setup they provide for the next three tracks is appropriate. It’s dark, jarring and it sets the table for Nightbringer perfectly.

This album is certainly a concept/movement (you decide which term) piece because the tracks flow into each other. Kudos to all involved for getting that to work.

The Nightbringer track is as expected: fast, dark, dirty and evil sounding. Nightbringer is a Continue reading “Album Review: ANTM from Abigor/Nightbringer/Thy Darkened Shade/Mortuus”

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