Aaah, death metal. The sweet sounds of destruction.
Relapse Records are really knocking it out of the park currently, with releases from Primitive Man, Mammoth Grinder (I previously posted about their masterpiece “Cosmic Crypt” here), Gatecreeper, and now Genocide Pact.
Genocide Pact is a melting pot of all the good stuff from death metal; the fast, the slow and the brutal. I don’t really know what else there is to say other than you should get this in your ears right now!
FFO: death metal… death metal… DEATH METAL.
PISSED OFF. That’s what this is. The epitome of angry music. Get ready to break a lot of stuff around you when this is playing. John Hoffman/Snyder/John Caution/Bot Fly The Cockroach (and more aliases) of Weekend Nachos put this together with crushing production from Andy Nelson (also previously in Weekend Nachos).
FFO: Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Primitive Man
Another pleasant surprise for me at last months Northern Discomfort festival was Cult of Occult from France. Pleasant is probably the wrong term when talking about groundshakingly loud and dirty doom, but guess you know what I mean. They recently released a really good split with Wuppertal doom-sludge monsters Grim van Doom via Vendetta. The Cult of Occult side of the split is no less than one slow and droning and completely awesome track of 22 minutes. Grim van Doom’s side consist of 4 tracks of heavy sludgy recorded at die Tonmeisterei and is some of the best I’ve ever heard from GvD. All in all a really good split imho.
Cult of Occult on facebook
Grim van Doom on facebook
FFO: Doom, sludge, filthy heavy
Debut album from this Icelandic raw punk-quartet. Super noisy and super cool!
Dauðyflin on Facebook
FFO: raw punk and anger
At Northern Discomfort festival at Ungdomshuset af few weeks ago I had a few very pleasant surprises. Toner Low from the Netherlands was indeed one of them. With their abrasive and all embracing bass sound they completely devastated Ungdomshuset and left it in ruins. Good choice to put them on as the last band. The only reason I didn’t buy their album was that I thought the cover was ugly – I really regret that now, as it is almost as good on record as it is live.
Toner Low on facebook
FFO: weed and doom
Great doom-outfit from Gothenburg in Sweden. Heavy and melodic, kind of like Windhand, but with a dash of Conan in there too; “It’s great, it’s fantastic, I love it!”. Loads of fuzz!
Monolord on Facebook
FFO: Windhand, Conan and Sleep
Pretty crushing demo from this new Copenhagen-band. I’m looking forward to a full album!
Konvent on Facebook
FFO: dooooom, Dirt Forge
One of my friends is a huge fan of these guys – a month ago I finally found out why I’ve never really liked them. I thought all their albums were like “Holy Mountain” and “Volume One”. Those two albums aren’t my cup of bong water (lol). Anyway, on the recommendation of my friend I tried “Dopesmoker” and “Jerusalem” and that’s the kind of bong water I want to motherfucking swim in. Enjoy.
Sleep on Facebook
FFO: Suma, Windhand, the 90’ies
Great, great, great split EP from two powerhouses of death metal. Also be on the look out for Phrenelith‘s forthcoming full length.
PHRENELITH on Facebook
FFO: Undergang, old school death metal, black/white drawings of disgusting shit
New doomy sludge monster from the city of Aarhus – Danish for progress. This filthy 5 song EP was released on tape by Wargame-Records in december last year. Really good stuff.
Ordeal on facebook
FFO: Weak, Primitive Man, Meth Drinker