For Those About to Squawk: Waldo's Pecks of the Week

Every Friday (or, um, Monday), Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. What’s up beak geeks? The new year brings a lot of things, and one of those things is Ulcerate’s The Destroyers of All. These kiwis really know how to bring the death metal hate. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Ulcerate know what’s up, and this thing is fucking BRUTAL. Seriously check this out—the third full-length from this band easily blows the previous releases out of the water. It seems this part of the world has been releasing some awesome fucking stuff lately, or maybe Australia and New Zealand finally caught up with the rest of the planet. This band really brings the hate for a three-piece, and also features some of the fastest double-kick this bird brain has ever heard. Willowtip has definitely been on the ball lately with their releases, and this keeps that trend going.

Relapse kick into gear with Subvert the Dominant Paradigm from Albuquerque’s Noisear. This grindcore platter features 30 (!!!) pecks that go from crazy stops and starts to tech squeals. This band has been in desperate need of a full-length, and now you can get it. No more digging through 7-inch bins searching for out-of-print splits. These guys eat, breathe and sleep (if they ever do) grind, and Subvert proves that relentlessly. Ever imagined a parrot with a boner over grindcore? Look no further.

Full Blown Chaos release the very unnecessary Full Blown Chaos. Isn’t this genre completely over yet? Not that Full Blown Chaos are bad—in fact, they excel at their craft. However, this is a genre completely awash in its own genericness. Chugs, angry growls and the obligatory breakdowns are par for the course, and this is no disappointment. Full Blown Chaos, or Full Blown AIDS—it’s making me molt prematurely.

And just to keep the hate from the beak flowing, and because I’m feeling peckish, Six Feet Under release the terrible Wake the Night—Live in Germany DVD. Do Barnes and co. need to eke every penny out of this band? Who needs a live Six Feet Under release? No one. Who needs a live Six Feet Under DVD? Certainly not you. If you ever question how boring this band can be, you will never guess what good ol’ Waldo has in store for you. How could someone that used to be so cool become so lame?

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