French Black Metal band, Gorgon, released their debut album, The Lady Rides a Black Horse, back in 1995. They managed to do so without any prevailing Norse influence. The result is a coal-black ride through primitive lands. It is now Fall, my favorite time of the year, time to dust off this forgotten classic.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Wipers were Portland's premier Post-Punk band. While they never really made a bad album during their lengthy career, it is 1983s Over The Edge that is my personal favorite. The album is a lonely brooding walk through Portland's rain-soaked city streets. It's the working man's angst and frustration pouring forth from the hostile, yet beautiful, guitar and voice of Mr. Greg Sage.
Monday, September 28, 2009
So here on the Hearse we've heard from quite a few one-man Black Metal bands, but one thing we haven't seen is a one-man Black Metal band. I mean like a real one-man band, a guy playing all the instruments at the same time! I remember seeing a guy once on Venice Beach who played bass with his feet while playing guitar and playing a snare on his back with sticks fastened to his elbows. The guy played mostly Michael Jackson songs. Anyways, here I am proud to present Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, the first true one-man Black Metal band. The man is Lord from San Francisco Black Metal kult, Horn of Dagoth. For this project Lord plays guitar and sings while playing a bass drum and a snare with pedals at his feet. Of course it is necro and fucked up and absolutely genius. This homemade CDR packaged in a DVD case slathered in real blood (which smells) was limited to a mere 88 copies (maybe dude likes Hitler?) and I assume they went fast after Aquarius Records raved about it's bizarre merits. I would love to see Pandiscordian Necrogenesis perform at the Cable Car turnaround to the astonishment of tourists, that would rule.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
粘土は東京からの第2層日本の本格的なバンドだった。 それらはこの1番の大きいEPの"しか解放しなかった実際に; 中東戦闘Area" かなりまっすぐ前に、ちょっと実行のように。そこにである彼ら自身をモールの金属と混合されるキャンデーによって塗られる精液はちょうどより遅いGastunkから持ち上がること私がすべてを誓うので幾分異様であるGlayと呼ぶそれらのばかばかしい視覚男の子バンドの1時今ようであろう。 まだそれはパンティーでそれは悪い事いかにである場合もあるか船員にそうぬれたNO一定をうろつかせるか。
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here is a great compilation of Nunslaughter 7" and split release tracks. No way does this even scratch the surface of the bands staggering discography, but this definitely covers their best moments. Essential primer in American Kult Death Metal savagery from this long standing horde.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Primitive Peruvian Death Kult Mortuorio only released one great demo Cámara de Torturas in 1989. Unfortunately, soon after they broke up. Mainman Edgar Noize joined the ranks of the legendary Hadez, who were slated to release an album on Euronymous' Death Like Silence label. In 2005 the good (or totally fucking evil) folks at Austral Productions compiled every greasy, rotting piece of Mortuorio music they could find for this comprehensive release, also bearing the title, Cámara de Torturas. If you (like me) are forever fiending for the bludgeoning South American proto-death, then look no further. Mortuorio is here.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I know little, but I know this tape is way fucked up, and comes from a band called Iguman from Montenegro, which apparently is a country in Europe. The title is Rogati Kopitar, and it was released in 2006. I am just stunned by this one. I think Paul Von Aphid may have given this to me in double-dipped supercool moment, but it is hard to think right now.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I bought this based on the cover alone knowing nothing of this band. I was floored, it was like if The Butthole Surfers were better dressed and Japanese. When they came to San Francisco a few years later, Matty Luv and I went to see them at the Kennel Club. After the show we were in a state of shock, what the fuck had we just seen? We sat in foggy Alamo Square park talking about music and art until the sun came up , and then we formed a band, That band was Hickey. And that concludes my Paul Harvey style monologue.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Reprinted from my post on the hardcore band, F:
The story of the two bands that existed in South Florida in the '80s using the obscure moniker of "F" is a confusing one at best, but I will attempt to explain as best as I can. In the late '70s a single band called F surfaced, contributing a track to the Land That Time Forgot compilation LP. This lineup consisted of an enigmatic frontman named Flash as well as guitarist Mike Hasson and drummer Pete Moss. Ken "Duke" Decter may or may have not also been in this early F incarnation, I just don't know. Anyways, around 1983 another band, a hardcore band called F released a fantastic blistering 12" ep called You Are An EP What was even more confounding was the fact that the ep had at least 3 songs that had been penned by the original F back in the '70s. The only real connection between the old and new F was Mike Hasson, who now went by the extremely tough nickname of "Ravenous" and was now playing drums rather than guitar. Then as if to further confuse anyone who cared, Flash returned to the fold with a new band called, you guessed it, F. Flash's F was a more Dead Boys type deal that did many of the same songs as the previous two Fs. There appeared to be no animosity between the two concurrent Fs, in fact, Mike "Ravenous" Hasson even lent his guitar playing to the Flash-led F's great cassette releases
The Flash F was sometimes referred to as "The Metal F" by locals, but I don't really think this is very metal. Sure Flash sings in higher register than he maybe should have, but metal? Flash is (he still performs as F) an enigmatic and eccentric frontman that never got his due on the big stages (like Bobby Leibling.) Here is the first of those brilliant Flash-led F cassettes titled The Danger Is Here. Word around town is that Flash hates these blog type things and will probably tell me to take this down or face a beating. Hopefully that won't happen, it'd be a real shame if you didn't get to hear this, and I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a Flash ass whooping, the dude is tough. The rest of you can straight up drink my nuts.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Myself is an extremely caustic Belgian one-man Black Metal band that seems to draw aesthetic inspiration from the Power Electronics scene and bands such Whitehouse and Genocide Organ. Sonically, Myself have more in common with Akitsa, Malveillance, and Bone Awl. Here is Myself's 2004 cassette, it is ruthless.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This was originally ripped and posted by my friend Mike Desert over at his great Blog The Jerk spot, but it was too good to resist. "Last House On The Left" was 1972's most brutally ugly movie, it inspired a score of copycats (Last House At The End of The Street, The Night Train Murders, and even a douchey remake earlier this year.) Nothing can top the sheer grit and sleaziness of the original, certainly not some CGI and a new song by Mudvayne, but Hollywood can't leave well enough alone. In the legitimate LHOTL, actor David Hess is in his creepy, rapey best as Krug Stillo, a ruthless asshat hell bent on fucking up the rich people's party. On top of being the very essence of unchecked, oily sadism, David Hess also composed and sang many of the songs on the film's delicious score, even creepier. Thanks again, Mike.
Friday, September 18, 2009
One of my favorite bands from the 90's, Load, takes on the seedy underworld of Pro Wrasslin' on their 1994 EP, Lumberjack Death Luge. Everything they did was pure drunken nihilist gold and way fucking out of print, this little bloodsoaked record is no exception. Get this now!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wrok was widely considered one of the worst Black Metal bands on the Dutch scene in the '90s, that alone makes them worthy of our attention. Well, I don't know if this is as terrible as people say,the vocals are way louder than anything else, and the music is painfully amateurish, but I've heard worse, and this definitely has that wonky charm that makes my bag tingle. This is Wrok's 1996 demo Ontgravenis.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Look at Bob, wow. Stone Bunny was the brief pseudonym for Pentagram sometime in the early 70's. These recordings are a muddy, glitchy, and deeply flawed dub-from-a-dub-from-a-dub type affair, but the die-hard Penta-nerds won't care. This features "Please Don't Forget Me" which was covered by Witchcraft on their debut. Gotta give it up for Hearse friend, Solana Diaz, for digging up that awesome pic. Show 'em how!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Godkiller started as a fairly standard one man Black metal band, but by 1998 had morphed into something else entirely. The End of the World shows this Monaco entity doing a less aggressive Ceremony of Opposites-era Samael thing. This CD didn't leave my player for weeks when it was released.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Okay, I'm back again. Let's just jump right into this. Battalion of Saints were San Diego's best contribution to the global hardcore market. I have chosen to drop their first 12" EP sometimes called Fighting Boys on you today. Not as driving or hard as the Second Coming, LP but still a fun piece of vinyl.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm off again. This time to play two very special engagements with Agalloch. Joining us will be midwestern blackened folk-metal band, Velnias, Space-rock instrumentalist legends SubArachnoid Space, and Avant-Weirde Italians OVO. If you live anywhere in the midwest you should definitely not miss these shows. The Hearse will return in about five days or so.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Eye (Boredoms, Naked City, Hanatarash) teams up with Chew (Corrupted) to annoy or amuse you depending on where you stand on this kind of shit. Destroy 2 (don't know if there was a Destroy 1) is like a huge inside joke in a language you do not understand. This extremely bizarre nine minutes was recorded live in Osaka in 1995 when Eye & Chew opened for Brutal Truth. I wonder what Dan Lilker thought of it.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Choke on this cult 1991 demo, titled Alteration of Faith, from unsung Dutch Death dealers, Morthra. Their logo vaguely reminiscent of that of fellow countrymen, Asphyx. As for the sounds, Morthra played no-frills, ancient Death Metal, at times like the rosy-cheeked kids from Sweden, and at times like the rosy-necked hicks from Florida. It's just Death Metal, it shouldn't require a whole lot of analysis.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
NYC's Reagan Youth were one of my favorite American hardcore bands. It pained me to hear about all the troubles that plagued singer Dave "Insurgent" Rubenstein. Here is their only official statement Youth Anthems for the New World Order released in 1984, smack dab in the middle of Ronald Reagan's term. The band had the good sense to call it a day when Ronnie left office. After that, Dave's life spun recklessly into a miasma of drugs, hustling, and homelessness on the mean streets of New York City's lower east side. In a short span of time his father accidentally killed his mother with a car, and his girlfriend fell victim to notorious serial killer, Joel Rifkin. This proved too painful and insurmountable for the already beaten down man, and in 1993 he ended his life with a fatal dose of heroin. Peace for David Rubenstein, Long Live Reagan Youth.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Alle Totmachen are a raw, lo-fi kult from some cave in Germany. This is there first CDR demo and it is scraping, fucked-up, white-hot Black Metal the way we love it here at The Hearse. Overdriven and chaotic, Alle Totmachen will raise the neck hairs on anyone interested in Wold or Wolven Howl. The rest of you pussies should just go make an avocado smoothie, and watch True Blood, or some shit. This is not for the timid. I have to thank the awesome Protectorrr for this one.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
More campy Satanic horror for you. This time from Radio Werewolf, who were perhaps best known for being the musical entity of Anton LaVey's daughter Zeena and her nefarious writer hubby Nikolas Schreck. Despite its obvious sensational appeal and hokey tendencies, The Fiery Summons is an engaging half hour of vaguely fascist ritualistic martial goth ambient weirdness that lies squarely between Jacula and Blood Axis. Released in the very Satanic year of 1989.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Trop Feross was formed when two Quebecois hard rock bands (Tropp and Feroce) merged into one. Trop Feross can best be described as the Canadien Death SS. Like their Italian counterpart, Trop Feross played horror metal with a distinctively grandiose pomp. The lyrics are sung in French by vampyric diva, Ginette Provost. Nothing overly mind blowing but the campy B movie atmosphere and bizarre vocals make this a keeper. Their only release was this 1984 EP.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
ABC Diabolo were a brilliant, but oft overlooked early crust/post hardcore band from Germany. As potent as Neurosis and His Hero Is Gone were at the time, but you seldom hear much about ABC Diabolo these days. Bands don't cover their tunes, kids don't sport the shirts, it's almost as if they didn't exist. Here is their final statement, the agonizing and mesmerizing Give Rise To Doubts LP from 1995. I could be wrong, but I believe this album was among the first releases by the amazing Life Is Abuse label.