WOW, there’s FINALLY some releases trickling in. I’m going to start off with a much maligned genre. Get your slam on! INTERNAL BLEEDING release Imperium, and I gotta say, I’m pecking digging it. This IS slam metal, something they’ve been known for for years, but there’s more to it than just pure slamz. I mean, don’t get me wrong: there are some GNARLY pecking breakdowns here, but they tread lightly into other extreme territories, all without abandoning their own brutal sound. There are some small melodic passages here and there, but these really fit and never detract from the overall sound of nihilism. The production here is clean and distinct, and each instrument can be heard without taking any bite out of the mood of desperation. This genre has really been done to death, but Imperium prove that you can do this type of thing without giving up the ghost. 7 Fucking Pecks.
I just gotta review a band called COUCH SLUT. I mean, why the squawk wouldn’t I? Well they released six songs entitled My Life as a Woman on the Handshake, Inc. label. To call this noise would be unfair, to call this punk would be unfair, to call this metal would be unfair. To be fair would be to call this a hodgepodge mixture of all three. This is one of those amalgams where you know the members all come from different musical backgrounds, but it blends into one ear-bleeding, sinister package. This is cool, no doubt, but still feels a little like a band trying to find it’s legs, like it meanders a little here and there. This is one of those bands that one should definitely be on the lookout for. LOVE the artwork, too. PECK this out (get it?) 6 Fucking Pecks.
Okay, so, let’s address some stuff…
GODFLESH A World Lit Only by Fire. Haven’t heard it, want to hear it, I’m SURE it’s going to be good. Decline and Fall was PHENOMENAL.
PUIG DESTROYER s/t. I ain’t touching this.
MR. BIG …The Stories We Could Tell. Hahaha, REALLY?!?!
ELECTRIC WIZARD Time to Die. I’ll bet it’s good, so like, let’s just go with that, shall we?
RIGOR MORTIS Slaves to the Grave. They’re baaaa-aack. Looking forward to getting my wings clipped for this.
AUDREY HORNE Pure Heavy. Any band with a Twin Peaks reference for their name is usually no good. Once parrots can become president, I’ll veto this sort of thing.