Hydra Head Records Closing Down: RIP

11 Sep
Hydra Head Records Closing Down

RIP a great record label

What utterly bastardly shitty news: Hydra Head will shut its doors in December.

Label head and Isis legend Aaron Turner emailed his customers tonight to break the bad news. They can simply no longer afford to run the label.

Love or loathe Hydra Head, there’s no denying they have released some pretty important records since that first Vent 7″ in 1995.

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Nails Live Set Video

11 Sep

This is fucking amazing. That is all.

Thanks to Hate5Six for filming and posting this.

Best of British Hardcore: Gallows

10 Sep
Gallows

This is what I come home to every night…

I’m super-stoked to post something home-grown for a change instead of my usual filthy brew of US and Scando nastiness.

British hardcore band Gallows have hovered around the edges of my heavy radar for a couple of years.

I dipped a pinkie into 2009’s Grey Britain but I couldn’t get a lock on it despite the rave reviews in the UK music press.

That’s all changed with today’s release of the eponymous Gallows. It’s their third album but first with new throat Wade MacNeil after shedding fan and press favourite Frank Carter.

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Kvelertak – Live at The Borderline, London 16/08/12

20 Aug
Kvelertak Live at the Borderline

Kvelertak is Norwegian for FUN

Just four short months ago, I had seen a grand total of zero metal bands in the previous 20 years.

Now, I’m still nursing creaking bones and a sore neck from a fourth amazing show in as many months.

Stumbling out of Kvelertak at The Borderline on Thursday night, drenched in sweat, ears ringing and grinning to myself like a lunatic at what I’ve just experienced, I’m on a high.

I’m hooked.

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Baroness Live in London 2012: Heavy Ecstasy

14 Jul
Baroness - London Live 2012

Now it’s time for medication, stallions on the eiderdown

Some of us love metal for the darkness and mystery: cloaks, pseudonyms, smoke and ritualistic paraphernalia.

Baroness offered none of that. Just four guys and their instruments squeezed together on a low stage in a tiny upstairs room at a London bar that was packed out with adoring fans.

This was no-frills rock and roll. Band and audience giving it their all.

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New Baroness Album Stream

9 Jul
Baroness Yellow and Green Album

Naked ladies, swans about to get it, death and decay. Nothing to see here, move along now.

Fucking hell. The hairs on my neck are standing on end. I am listening to the opening bars of Baroness Yellow & Green on NPR. I can’t believe it, Christmas has come early!

Check out the full album stream here or better yet here.

Right can’t stop, have a double-album of pure awesome to listen to for the first time!

Update: I love Baroness but two thirds through the Yellow side I am not being immediately blown away. I liked the advance singles but I’m a bit dubious. Will persevere.

Update #2: Green seems the stronger of the two sides (I’m a third in) but I’m still on the fence about whether I like this. I hope we get plenty of old stuff at Thursday’s gig!

Update #3: I really miss the roar and riff. Stop singing man and bellow! After a full (single) listen, I have very mixed feelings. Let’s hope it’s a grower.

Witch Mountain – Cauldron of the Wild

4 Jul
Witch Mountain - Cauldron of the Wild

Oh baby, what’s your doom?

The whole lady doom craze had left me baffled. Royal Thunder? Yawn. Christian Mistress? Pfft. Witch Mountain? Pah!

Yet when my esteemed fellow explorer of the heavy Sawtooth Wave cracked open a banana beer and waxed lyrical about Witch Mountain’s latest, I vowed to give Cauldron of the Wild a fair crack of the whip.

So I set aside my d-beat and got my doom on and I tell you… its feels GOOODDDD!

Cauldron of the Wild hardly tears up the blueprint laid out by last year’s breakout South of Salem, which left me cold, so it’s hard to put my finger on what makes this record such a killer.

This post would be a bit pointless if I didn’t try though wouldn’t it?

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