Saturday, October 25, 2014

October People, Part II

The month is moving quickly; less than a week until the season's over. For me autumn ends when Halloween does. November to March is a long, messy, slushy blur. Enjoy those few red and yellow leaves left on the trees, 'cause it's all coming down soon.

Volume 2's tracklist is below. This one is leaning heavy on the low and slow, more metal than not. This should surprise no one that found their way here. Grab it, put some whiskey in your cider, and watch Halloween III because you don't always need Michael Myers to make it scary.

Halloween 2014 Boner Jamz, Volume II

Midnight - Satanic Royalty
Christian Death - Burnt Offerings
Thou - Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath cover)
Caina - Constantine The Blind
Down - Where I'm Going
Danzig - Thirteen
The Cramps - Fever
Nightbitch - Disrober
Orchid - Black Funeral
Perpetual Doom - Sorrow's End

Get it HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October People

OK, so perhaps I was a bit ambitious by thinking I could make regular, timely posts. No matter; I have returned bearing gifts.

Anyone that knows me is well aware of my affinity for autumn, October in particular. Besides being the month of my birth (the 19th is also this guy's birthday) it's also the best time of the year for horror-related anything. This is especially true here in New England, where the Halloween season is most at home.

Film without music is almost unthinkable, and music at its best is cinematic. The most memorable musical passages are those that create a scene, a mood, a setting, etc. This is an unnecessarily complicated way to introduce Volume 1 of Halloween Boner Jamz, the first of several playlists I've created for your aural enjoyment this October. This first collection includes a varied assortment of tunes from darkwave to death metal to 80s-inspired synthstrumentals that all evoke things that go bump in the night. Enjoy!


1. Peter Murphy - "Cuts You Up"
2. Salem's Pot - "Dr. Death"
3. Anima Morte - "Corridor Of Blood"
4. Electric Wizard - "Dunwich"
5. Nightsatan - "(Obey) Thy Master"
6. Type O Negative - "Black No. 1"
7. The Lurking Corpses - "Meet Me In The Graveyard"
8. October 31 - "The House Where Evil Dwells"
9. Abscess - "Divine Architect"
10. Hooded Menace - "Theme from Tenebre"

Get it HERE.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Shed Some Light: GHOLAS (New Jersey)

This four-piece outfit from Jersey started out in '08 and have a few releases to their name. February 4 will see the release of their newest LP, Litanies, from Dullest Records.
The band has their roots planted in the sludgy, noisy end of the heavy forest, but there are moments of tension and softness that recall some of the louder no wave/shoegaze bands of the 90s. GHOLAS is like a bridge between Jupiter and Antenna but without the whole "alienating an entire segment of your fanbase" thing. Their lyrics are a large part of their appeal as well; previous releases have songs based on the writings of Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke. Christ knows there is more than a bit of overlap between heavy music fans and sci-fi nerds. It would be a stretch to call GHOLAS a "prog" band - they're too heavy and too ballsy - but they bring the meaning of the word back into a relevant context. This music does progress past a lot of its peers.

Litanies LP (2014) - Available for preorder

Загадка LP (2010)  - $5/$10 with t-shirt (2 different designs)

Poisoning The Airwaves live album (2011) - name your price

Here I Am, Here is Infinity EP (2008) - name your price

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Shed Some Light: THE SWAN KING (Chicago)

We'll start 2014 with something from 2012. I discovered The Swan King along with many other quality bands via the Hell Comes Home Volume 1 compilation, a fantastic collection of underground bands spanning plenty of metal subgenres. The Swan King tread the same waters as Planes Mistaken For Stars and Floor, which is some good company to keep. It's noisy and abrasive but catchy as hell, with big memorable hooks that beg for air guitaring. There's a healthy dose of stoner rock injected into the proceedings here and there, but overall this is thunder pop doom riff bliss. Jump on it.

Pay To Pray EP (2012) - name your price

Eyes Like Knives LP (2011) - $7/10/12.99

The Swan King/Tellusian split 7" (2012) - EUR 2/4.50