For “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004)
Steve Collins was my primary school’s resident expert on all things parentally unapproved: punk rock, horror movies, Stephen King and Sid Vicious. The introductions he made for me in the sixth grade alone would have been enough of a negative influence as any one person could be expected to have, but after the post-primary school holiday he turned up on the first day of seventh grade sporting freshly shoulder-length hair, the ability to play a guitar and a Pantera shirt, and the downward spiral continued.
Every guy in our class went home that day and either dug out their parent’s or older sibling’s until-now ignored guitar or else begged their parents to buy them one, and as soon as they’d all mastered a few power chords Steve lost interest and moved on to the drums, which of course he was also a master at. From there it was on to singing (voice like a choirboy, naturally), and ultimately gangster rap, but back in those days Steve was the mascot metalhead, and if you caught him early enough in the morning before the teachers did, you’d have a new band to go home and check out based on whatever shirt he was wearing before he was forced to change.
I’m down to ride the riffs of RAWHIDE all the way to hell! These Swedish death punk hellions know how to put audio rage into your coffin and bury you in groovy breakdowns that will bring you back to life! Their new album Murder ONE is out now on PATAC Records. Today CVLT Nation is streaming the new RAWHIDE track “Cut You Down” below…Now Bang Your Head Motherfucker!
Introspectively, the demo tape has always been the first glimpse we see into any up and coming musicians’ futures, and for better or worse this first impression determines the potential success of that future. In a market where music is dissected, labeled and mass produced instead of merely listened to, the simple and sacred process of artists sharing their vision with the world has never been more influential. In the case of Belgium’s blackened thrash amalgamation Possession, we are privy to a return to roots effort that exacts its ferocity through an homage to a time when classification did not exist, and all that mattered was producing the most tangibly destructive effort possible.
New Jersey hellraisers Razorheads sail in on a burst of feedback and get straight to work doling out some rough-as-guts corrosive hardcore that is also insanely catchy. Classic rock riffs and eighties metal swagger are not so much heard as felt through all the chaos that is Black Leather Hounds, whose title perfectly encapsulates Razorheads’ latent cock rock tendencies lurking beneath their ferocious canine snarl. Now you’re not gonna hear any wailing falsetto or hair metal hooks in this slab of noise – if anything, Razorheads’ singer has perfected the art of vocalizing destruction, spewing guttural noise at a pitch that blends almost perfectly with the wall of distortion issuing from the guitarists’ amps – but there are some definite stadium rock stylings buried under all the hardcore raging. Dive bombs abound in the muck as well as the occasional burst of ripping old school shred complete with copious abuse of the whammy bar.
The Southwest Terror Fest is almost upon us, and today we’re getting you ready for it with a killer mixtape from Los Angeles’ infamous ACxDC. Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXIV ACxDC was curated by Sergio Amalfitano and it’s an A to Z of what you need to listen to!
I’ve been going to shows since about 98-99. Ever since I started going I’ve been collecting vinyl and taking in as many shows as I could within my means. It’s a little bit difficult coming up with a mixtape when I just want to share my entire music library from the last 15 years of gathering music. Hell half the music I have isn’t on a computer. So I narrowed it down to some stuff I think either are basics everyone into extreme music should know or are overlooked gems that might not see too much exposure. Its an eclectic mix of grind, sludge, hardcore, thrash, d-beat, powerviolence, etc. Some of it’s old, some of it’s new. Either way this gives you a pretty decent incite into what I’m into. Its what happens when you grow in a scene like LA.
There is no doubt that black metal and thrash go together splendidly, bands like Aura Noir have proved that already. So it is always nice when you suddenly come across an act such as Hexer. Hailing from Philadelphia and including members of other great bands such as Nachzehrer, One Master, Mutilation Rites and Unholy Goatfucker the band was formed back in 2009 and since then has released one demo and two cassette EPs. Gilead Media fortunately is releasing a vinyl, with remastered versions of the tracks found of both EPs in order to spread Hexer’s black thrash mayhem to the extreme music fans.
What is so intriguing about the band is how they are able to bring together the sound of both scenes in a very interesting manner. Somehow they are able to retain both the thrash metal aggressive feeling and the eerie black metal sentiment. It is quite impressive when you hear the album actually, because in some twisted way you find yourself ready to start a mosh pit when thrash anthems such as “I:III” appear, and the very next moment you are left out in the bitter frost environment that Hexer is so magnificently crafting, for instance in the beginning of “I:I”.
Out Now on Chaos In Tejas Records/Todo Destruido
Chris Ulsh is a pretty busy guy. Playing in Hatred Surge, Power Trip, and Mammoth Grinder tends to keep one busy. This Chris Ulsh project, however, is a bit different than the others. It could be classified as d-beat, it could be classified as straight up punk with metal leanings. Whatever it’s classified, The Impalers straight up tear through ten tracks on their self-titled LP.
The Impalers are partial to knee-jerk aggressive punk rock and hardcore. They exist in a real where their savage, thoroughly refined noise carries all kinds of weight. There’s a lack of punk rock that’s any good; look at what’s being shelled out these days — cookie-cutter bands trying to “fight the man” all while soaking up the lucrative deal they made with their record label. The Impalers desire to push themselves out of the garage and into the minds of studded jacket wearing rock ‘n rollers becomes apparent as their sound deviates from the simple power-chord punches of 1977 glory and begins to focus on throat-ripping metallic sections, rife with layered guitar work.
Armed with only a demo, Virginia act American released three songs on their Bandcamp from their upcoming split with another Virginia act, Crone. While short, American absolutely demolishes through three tracks, putting together a sound that can only be described as “wholly unique”.
“Tomb Legions” starts with a fuzzy introduction, slamming guitars with sludgy overtones. American then kicks it into gear with blast beats, the vocals raw and intense. Elements of hardcore, sludge, and thrash all come to the surface; the track is full of bleakness and despair. Towards the end, they bring in noise, giving off a depressing atmosphere. “Crown of Thorns” is a pure hardcore track with mixed blast beats and, with the start/stop mentality, American punches through, ripping the listener to shreds. The band breaks away from normal conventions of hardcore, incorporating different sounds into their music. All these genres put together work wonderfully, creating some unique type of monster in the realm of extreme music.
You have to wonder just how much gas is left in the tank for this brand of revisionist old school death metal. Some absolute gems like ZOM and Bone Sickness have popped up over the last two or three years; the common themes being bands with an affinity for the sounds of death, black and thrash of yore, cassette tapes and a nasty production. With that said, like any movement or scene or what you want to call it, there have been a few duds in the mix too especially when it becomes a little more popular (as far as underground metal goes that is).
Now that we’re in the second half of 2013, what has this dark and decaying world have to offer us and keep us interested? The always reliable Iron Bonehead have stepped in again to hurl this new demo tape at us, Sulphur Blessing, a caustic offering from Sacrocurse.