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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”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

So yeah, not much to say this week. Metal rules and all that. Try something new. You should know this by now!

NEW STUFF: (Click on them titles)

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
It doesn’t matter what Mastodon does people will either love or hate them. “It’s not metal enough”, “it’s too metal” blah blah blah. I like Mastodon for what it’s worth, and I like their current sound and style probably more than the old stuff, but I don’t have much invested in this band.

Heretoir – The Circle
It’s a shame bands like Deafheaven are giving this post/black gaze genre such a bad name because there are bands out there making tremendous music with the style. One, and possibly the current best, is Heretoir. Though I feel like most bands in this genre, Heretoir has moved a Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)

The Greasy Strangler has got to be one of the most bizarre cinematic experiences I can recall having in years.

I’ve seen a lot of weird shit, but this one is almost off the spectrum in terms of strangeness. The film is definitely worth watching if you’ve got a fairly high tolerance for abstract thinking. In fact, The Greasy Strangler seems to exist in its own little universe. Think of the strangest sketches from Tim & Eric meeting at a crossroads with the film Hobo With a Shotgun.

If you can put that image together, you might enjoy the strangeness that ensues. If you’re not familiar with those two properties, or don’t like them, abandon hope all ye who enter here. Jim Hosking wrote and directed this film, which is also his feature debut. He is also responsible for one of the most memorably disturbing segments from The ABC’s of Death 2…”G is for Grandad.” Frankly I’m not sure how this film exists, but thanks to Spectrevision and a few other Continue reading “Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)”

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: Havok – Conformicide

I have to admit I wasn’t very excited about this new Havok album. I liked their first two albums quite a bit but on the third album they left me a bit cold, falling victim to the redundancies of playing a throwback style of thrash, a style that is already so rooted in nostalgia. That and more ground-breaking acts like Vektor and Power Trip sort of put all these retro-thrash bands in their place. However, Havok upped their game this time around. Maybe moving to Century Media Records and the inclusion of new bassist Nick Schendzielos breathed some new inspiration into the band but they sound more crucial than on their last outing.

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Review – Francesca (2015)

I don’t consider myself to be an “expert” on too many things in life. However, when it comes to the horror sub-genre of Italian giallo films, I’ll go ahead and say that I know more than most. In fact, it was a big part of my graduate studies while in film school. One of my professors also had a strange affinity for late ’70s euro-trash, and we would constantly try to one-up each other. We would even go so far as to screen rare 35mm prints during his office hours. That sounds tough, I know. This led to the exposure of probably hundreds of films that neither of us would’ve seen on our own. It was a wonderful learning experience, and probably the highlight of my time in the program.

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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”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Here we fucking go in to March. At least we still have metal, right?

NEW STUFF: (Click those titles, trust me)

Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages
I’m typically interested in what Cruz Del Sur is putting out because they tend to focus mostly on bands playing in trad metal, power or trad doom styles that I enjoy so much. Adruini/Balich consists of two players from Argus and Fates Warning and brings the doomy/progressive jams. Fairly typical but highly enjoyable.

Manetheren – The End
Some lofty, high concept atmospheric black metal detailing the ascension of one man to a god like existence while the world ends and he’s left to rule over the wasteland. Not sure the concept comes across as much but the music is beautiful and engaging.

Archivist – Construct
Bands like Deafheaven and Ghost Bath may be leaving a bad taste in everybody’s post-everything black metal mouths but there’s some bands out there not getting enough credit either because people hate the previous mentioned bands, or they love them too much to look Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

It’s been a crazy busy week so I wasn’t able to get to a my daily reviews, however I was able to listen to a bunch of new releases. Some solid stuff this week, which seems to be the trend for the year so far. Solid. Nothing absolutely amazing yet, but solid. And fun. Tons of fun stuff coming out this year. Look at it. Here it is, now…

NEW STUFF: (Click the fucking titles)

Midnight – Shox of Violence
If you like Midnights brand of sleazed up blackened speed metal you’ll probably like this compilation. It’s them do that full on. Some new songs a shit ton of covers and a couple of unlistenable live tracks. Pretty straight forward and good fun.

(Waning) – Still Hours
Came across this band view a review site and the description caught my eye. Think it was Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

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