Friday, March 28, 2014

New mix: Epic Is for Wimps

New playlist: Epic Is for Wimps

Carburador's new single
Carburador - "Lorelai"
Sunnata - "Asteroid" - Climbing the Colossus
SIOUX - "Ad Astra" - The One and The Many
Oryx - "To Create an Apparition" - Widowmaker
Shores of Null - "Kings of Null" - Quiescence
Firebrand - "Headstone" - Three Graves
Ancient Ascendant - "Riders" - Echoes and Cinder
Spiral - "Photographs" - Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime
Native Wildlife - "Most Accidents Happen Close to Home" - Split with Glass Lungs/Killing Thing/Aviator
Uppercut - "Holly Michaels" - Crujida

Firebrand are from here in Columbus. They only release demos so far, and the production quality seems really low, but I wanted to give them a chance anyway. Maybe they'll grow on me.

This is all heavy metal except for Spiral, which is more like progressive rock with screaming, and Uppercut (from Spain, I think), which is more like post-rock. I've played Carburador before. Great stuff from Panama.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Your opinion

Ok, Fu Manchu and Crowbar are both comin' to my town in May. If you could only pick one, which would you choose?

I'm leaning Crowbar currently.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New mix: You Look a Touch Derailed

I'm already tired of writing stuff about every track (blogging should be fun, right?), so I'll just post the basics for this week's playlist, called You Look a Touch Derailed, My Friend. All tracks are from the last couple of weeks.

Bad Love - "Out on the Floor" - Daughters
Devilmaycare - "War of the Worlds" - War of the Worlds
Panucci's Pizza - "L" - Six Billion Double Dollar Bounty on Your Fucking Head (I have feelings too)
The Crow Farm - "Machinegun" - Have a Nice Trip
Shambles in a Husk - "Cowboy Doom"
Enchiridion - "Nameless"
11 Paranoias - "Turn to Stone" - Spectralbeastiaries LP
Moat Hug - "Black gazer" - Real Eyes / Realize / Real Lies
Down in One - "Dumpster Motel" - The Bittersweet Remedy EP
All of Them Witches - "Petrashevsky Circle" - Future Notes

Friday, March 14, 2014

New mix: Poseidon's Pubes

My new mix is called Poseidon's Pubes (Cannot Be Trimmed By Mere Mortal Tools). It's a heavier set this week, with more metal and less math and weird stuff.

Wo Fat - The Conjuring
We start with a brand new track from Dallas's Wo Fat, from this summer's new album The Conjuring! Nothing surprising here, but I always love to hear their stuff. And that album cover is rad. I'm going to Dallas on Monday...wish they were playing there!

New Philly rock band Doom Whore is next. They have a five-track release on Bandcamp with very short songs. I went with the longest, "Theese," which is also the last. It's angry, noisy punk rock, and it's great.

I mentioned Reward for a Dead Man the other day, and I put their song "Worm" here in the mix. Whatever's going on in Russia lately, it's apparently resulting in some great music. This is straight up metal at its finest. I do like the band's vocalist better than Jon Howard's voice that was used on their track "Poisoned Words." It's melodic, and I always prefer growl-singing to yelling or screaming. It takes a lot more effort to come up with a melody, and I think it actually sounds more badass.

Next is Finnish band Doomsday Inc., which was a Black Label Society cover band until they recently started recording original songs. And they sound amazing. This one's called "Pacify the Universe."

Then it's some stoner doom metal from Portland's Heavy Voodoo, the title track from their new three-song EP Cursed Is the Serpent. Pure rock 'n' roll.

Then we travel to Spain and hear from a heavy band called Cementerio. They have a four-track EP called Luna Hiena, and I chose the title track. Doesn't get much heavier than this.

Then we get a little hardcore with a Hungarian band called Octahed and a track called "The Great Splendour of Tameless Wrath." There's something almost soothing about it despite the death-metal styled vocal. It's interesting. Their new album is called The Four Directions and Love as an Underlying Force. Sounds like a P.M. Dawn album, but it couldn't be more different.

Then we get more hardcore with Look Left Swing Right, from Grand Rapids. Their new self-titled album is available for a donation to their cause, which is apparently rocking out as crazy as possible. The closer "Bubblerubbish" is technical and quite impressive.

Germany's Into the Wild is next. I think it's great that bands from all over the world are able to tap into the spirit of the American South. This is great southern stoner metal with very nice vocals. I'd love to see them live. Their album is called Restless, and I chose the song "Eruption."

I closed it out with a Swedish blues metal band called Lé Betre with a track called "Sir Meadows." Good stuff.

I felt like I got the most excited hearing Cementerio, but I may change my mind later. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beastwood CD drawing

It was either a second Beastwood post or no post at all today...

Got my Beastwood T-shirt from Wyoming today, sent by the drummer and manager himself! I just noticed on their Facebook page that the bassist on their 2012 album Alabama Space Witch has been replaced since then, and their amazing vocalist Jake Kraker left the band last fall. It's very sad because I feel that Jake's voice helped make Beastwood what they are. They are looking for a new singer. I'd totally consider it if I lived in Wyoming.

The T-shirt unexpectedly came with a copy of said album on CD, which is of no real use to me. So the first 50 people who comment on this post (or email me at with the correct answer to this question will be put in a drawing to win this CD and a sticker:

What name did Erik Larson give his Flying V guitar?

Drawing ends April 13th, 2014 (one month from today).

By the way, I did remove the shrinkwrap to see what's inside. Can't blame me; I'm a fan of this band.

Here's the opening track, and you can see the guys I'm talking about here:

Beastwood - "Galactic Bison" (Alabama Space Witch, 2012)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beastwood: "Get Me a Boot that Fits"

Oh man, this song. From Beastwood's first album in 2011. Love how they miked their drums (sounds brilliant using Beats Audio through my car speakers). Should be getting a T-shirt in the mail any day now. Fan for life.
Beastwood - "Get Me a Boot that Fits" (Sex Devil, 2011)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Russia's Reward for a Dead Man

I was very drawn by the art on a brand new album by a Russian groove metal sextet called Reward for a Dead Man. I'll be playing a track from this release on a new 8tracks mix later this week, but here's a track featuring guest vocals by Jon Howard from Canadian metal band Threat Signal.