Tuesday, December 16, 2008

All Rise for the Queen of Siam....

Looking back at past years,age 12 to be exact, I , like most people get a kick out of pondering the lineage of my musical preferences. I find some value in returning to and revisiting so-called "Gateway" bands that turned me onto other things I might have missed out on. Bands that I dread to think that might not be such a deep part of my fabric today. The Culprit: Nirvana. Nirvana, they are what they are. You love them or you despise them. Either way, in the 7th grade, Nevermind was shooting to the top of the charts and it just caught me at the right time. There are more than a few catchy songs there and at the time my music collection was a couple of shoe boxes full of mix tapes my uncle Pete made for me. These tapes were chock full of '80's hair bands. Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Guns and Roses, Def Leppard, Poison, and Van Halen all were represented. Other than these, I had a couple of AC/DC cassettes my dad gave me and Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Nirvana just opened me up to a slew of new shit. The Melvins, Sex Pistols, The Raincoats, Celtic Frost, Black Flag, The Germs, among other, were all names that Kurt Cobain and David Grohl would throw out in their interviews with Circus and Rolling Stone. Every penny I scrounged up would lure me down to the old Harlequin Records or Sound Barrier on a hunt for these new names. I'll always remember walking home from school after not eating my lunch at school for the past week so I could save the money and stop by the record store and buy The Melvins "Houdini". the one band that really caught my attention though was Sonic Youth. Watching 1991: The Year Punk Broke blew me away at that age. So I steadily started collecting every single piece of their history i could get my hands on. I kind of lost track of them after their album "Washing Machine" which I was never too fond of. But no matter, Daydream Nation and Bad Moon Rising were more than enough to make up for the direction they were heading in. Ahh, Bad Moon Rising, it's still my favorite to this day. One of my favorites' by any band really. It was this particular album that introduced me to a particular girl that I also have spent much time trailing throughout the years. That girl is Lydia Lunch. You know, I'm no historian when it comes to her. I have had an on again/off again infatuation with Lydia. On my time line of iconic crushes she fits somewhere after Samantha Fox,Ann and Nancy Wilson,and En Vogue and before Wendy O Williams, Rozz Williams ,and Amy Miret. I have collected her various albums ever since but by no means an impressive list. What I have I do love and as this is so, after putting it off for about a week, I'll get started throwing them out there.
Here is "Queen of Siam", which if I'm not mistaken is her first solo album after Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. It's amusing for what it's worth with a few great songs and a hilarious cover of Dusty Springfield's "Spooky" which is kind of out of place.

Queen of Siam

"Drowning in Limbo" is actually a reissue that combines two great albums on in one place, the soundtrack for "The Drowning of Lucy Hamilton" and one of my 2 favorites, "In Limbo". The Drowning... is a collaboration with China Berg of the band Mars, who'll pop up again in a bit. It 's dreary with a lot of droning clarinet.It's reminiscent of John Zorn I guess which is a good thing by my standards. In Limbo is performed with a more conventional band with Thurston Moore on bass and more John Zorn-ish horns squealing throughout. It's the sonic equivalent of a rainy Sunday afternoon. Check out the song "Some Boys", it's one of her best.

The Drowning of Lucy Hamilton

In Limbo

Next up is "Honey Moon in Red" which features the one and only Rowland S. Howard of the enigmatic "Birthday Party"(who will surely make a proper appearance here eventually). This one is the real prize of this lot. It is a more fleshed out,less stark version of In Limbo. while I love every last song on here, it cannot go unmentioned for the beauty lies in the sublime cover of the Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra duet, "Some Velvet Morning".
For the longest time I mistook R.S. Howard's voice to be Nick Cave's, but that is a tangent that will be left to itself for now. If you only download one of these album, make it this one.

Honeymoon in Red

One tangent I will embark on is this.Since I mentioned Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra duets, check out this version of "Sand" by Einsturzende Neubauten. It's a beauty.

"Sand" by Einsturzende Neubauten

The last of these is a collection I came across last week called "Hysterie". It's a retrospective that spans her involvement with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, Beirut Slump, and a few other odds and ends. Unfortunately, neither this compilation nor I delve too deeply into her works with "Clint Ruin" aka J.G. Thirwell of Foetus but I did choose to include their cover of B.O.C.'s "Don't Fear the Reaper for it's own sake. Maybe Stinkfist will end up here some other time?

Don't Fear the Reaper

That does it for Lydia Lunch herself except for a few scraps I have left. Her Bibliography page, and some videos I thought did some justice.

Before I end this thing for the day, I want to share this last piece of the puzzle with you.
the "No New York" compilation. The story goes like this: Brian Eno was in New York to produce the new Talking Heads album. He happened to be in the audience at a festival where a few of the New York's vaunted "No Wave" bands were playing and came away impressed with some of them, namely Mars, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, D.N.A., and James Chance and the Contortions. He offered to produce songs for these four groups and long story short, No New York was born.

No New York

I'm not sure what tomorrow's going to bring. I've got a few direction i might head in. So stay tuned and thanks is due to all of you that return..........Troy

Monday, December 15, 2008

From the Readers.....

Good Morning everyone. Just a few quick things for right now before I drop a Lydia Lunch bomb on you either tonight or tomorrow. A couple of people who stopped by have sent me some cool things that I want to share with you. The first one comes from Chris in Seattle, WA and
it is a wicked cool Sam McPheeters interview on KSPC. I couldn't tell you where that radio station comes from but the 25 minutes is certainly well spent if you are a Born Against fan.
I'm not sure how recent the interview is besides the fact he states that he is 39 during it. There is a whole lot of great reflection from his Born Against days.

KSPC Interview with Sam McPheeters

The Loom of Ruin (Sam's Blog)

and for the few of you who haven't already seen it, an oddity of sorts,short and sweet.........

Sam McPheeters on the Montel Show

For the sake of giving y'all something to listen to today, Michael from Athens, Georgia sent me this awesome German compilation a few months back. It's called the Plot compilation and it contains a who's who of great German bands from the early '90's. There are Luzifer's Mob and Graue Zellen who some of you may know from the wonderful "Whispers" compilation that was put out by Profane Existence/Skuld back in the mid '90's. There also more well known Hardcore groups like Acme, Golgatha, Systral, and Zorn. And last but not least, one of my all time favorites, the unrivaled "Ambush". There a few mediocre offerings here but 95% of it definitely stood the test of time. Don't miss out....Troy

Plot Compilation

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Someone Like You....

I'm sure most of you know John Doe from his well known band X and Flesheaters, as well as his modest acting career(besides Roadhouse that is). But still, I've been wondering how many of you have heard The Knitters. The Knitters are 3/4's of X(minus Billy Zoom) and they play what has been called "Cow Punk" though I like to think of it as their take on Roger Miller's style. That's not a bad thing to emulate anyways. These folks debuted with the great "Poor Little Critter on the Road" in 1985 which contained some original songs, a few covers, and some reworked X songs. This album is fucking classic. The songwriting is wonderful and the musicianship is as great as any X fan would expect. Some would argue that they were far better suited to work in this style though as a passionate lover of X's first 4 albums, I'm kind of on the fence on that one.. The Knitters took a while off but in 2005 put out their 2nd album entitled "The Modern Sounds of the Knitters". Unfortunately for us all, I don't have this one yet nor have I heard it. if someone sends it my way, I'll put it up here on the double.Anyway, take the one you can get......It's a beauty.

Poor Little Critter on the Road

This gal here is my partner in crime and Darrylynn's mom, Dianna Lee. Today is her 30th birthday. It's unbelievable to me to sit here and think to myself that we've known each other for almost 15 years but 15 years it has been. Dianna graduated with her degree in Psychology this past summer after 5 long grueling years. We've been to hell and back through those last 5 years but we're still standing. Dianna, besides being an awesome mom also dedicates her love and energy working with 6 other children at work. She also organizes for the Student Peace Alliance of Rutland County(S.P.A.R.C.) and her and I "Counter Recruit" at local high schools and hand out literature to "targets" of the military and tell them the other side of the story that they don't get from those bastards. She's tireless and everyone that knows her knows that she would bend over backwards for a complete stranger. Fuck, most of the arguing that we do is me getting on her case for doing too much when I think she's being taken advantage of. You know, she's been dragged through the shit more than a lot of people will ever know and she still puts a smile on her face for everybody. People should be more like Dianna, really.

Dianna loves the Knitters and the Knitters love her. So all of you out there, wish her a happy birthday when you get a second.............Troy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Before he made his presence known in Napalm Death, Fall of Because, and Godflesh, Justin Broadrick had a fruitful obsession with his Brian Eno and Throbbing Gristle records. Man, it's been a dreary couple of days up here in Vermont. Final is my soundtrack to a good session of gazing out the window and watching the rain splatter the road. Every year, I just know when it's time to dig out the album One and let it take over.

One part 1

One part 2

Final, for years, was something that just seeped through the cracks of all the Godflesh albums and the plethora of other J.K. Broadrick side projects that have been born throughout the years. Thanks to Neurot Recordings and most notably Steve Von Till, Final has bloomed into a more regular sort of twin to Jesu. I haven't heard any Final albums besides One and Solaris, so if anyone wants to trade, I have a ton of stuff uploaded and I'd be glad to help you out too.

Solaris part 1

Solaris part 2

There are so many "Ambient" albums out there and I know a lot of you probably cringe at that term anyway but I must tell you, Solaris is really good, One is the perfect album everyone dreams of making........................Troy

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Here we go again....

Welcome back and my apologies for the delay.This was originally supposed to be part of the Skaven post but I had not heard back from these guys with the go ahead to put this stuff up. I never did hear anything but since I already uploaded it, here it is.
Stormcrow are an active Oakland Stenchcore/Crust band. They have a style that is similar but a little bit more straight forward than Skaven. They rock just the same, it's just that their singer lacks the eccentricities that Zeb was known for. I learned of these guys on the Life is Abuse page awhile back. After seeing that Nate from Destroy, Brain Oil, Squalor, Silenced, among others, was involved,I was definitely intrigued. I haven't heard a band that he was in that I didn't like.
So, without further delay.....have some of their records:

Enslaved in Darkness

split with Sanctum

split with Skaven

and here are a series of videos from "Kill that Cat" via Youtube. They are of Stormcrow playing at Gilman St.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Live at The Haz Mat in 2005

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Jab and then the Hook.....

In Viridis Mons Montis Abyssus has been around for around 2 months now, which isn't really too noteworthy when you line it up with some of the others out there. The reason I mention this is that despite my sparse posts the last week, I am starting to actually get the interaction I was hoping for. Unintentionally, the Noothgrush and Ahisma posts actually put me in touch with some folks I hadn't heard from in years, not to mention a ton of other new allies. It hasn't had quite the local bend I had envisioned but I do know of a good amount of VT readers,the bands will make it up eventually. So this is a thank you to everyone that linked me up and to those who have sent me music or have just given me the go ahead to share their stuff. Tino, Steve, Will, Aesop, Chiyo, Shelley, Tony, Zeb, and anyone else that is slipping my mind......Thank you!!!!

Speaking of Tony, he is one of two bassists in Pennsylvania's Mancruel. They are a three piece and they play fuzzed out lo-fi groove filled shit. They obviously love Man is the Bastard, Neanderthal, and Black Sabbath. They kind of remind me of some of Siege's slower parts too. The recording sounds like it was made on a 4 track and that is perfect for these songs. These songs are form a split tape with Malaysia's SMG.
So please give them a bit of your time,the songs will only run you about 11 minutes, and then send Tony a message through the link above and tell him if you love it or hate or if you just didn't give a fuck. Feedback is the name of the game................

Split tape with SMG

Thanks to all you guys who leave comments......Stay tuned for some more Oakland Crust tomorrow.............Troy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

We are not Progress

The scene was Oakland,mid nineties, an era I admittedly knew absolutely nothing about. I was just a 15 year old twerp in good old isolated Vermont and the closest thing to Crust I had heard were the first couple of Sepultura albums. Back then I would of thought Amebix was something I ignored in Biology class. I had no idea that on the other side of the country, Skaven was alive. It wasn't until I was at a show at the Lafayette Center in L.A. and I bought their 7inch from Reggie Rosales that I discovered them. I brought the record home, put it on, and immediately stopped. The sample seemed a bit out of place but the instrumental at the beginning was one of the most epic passages I've ever heard. The term "Stenchcore" gets used as a lot these days and there are a slew of great bands that have really carried the tradition spawned in the early eighties, some memorable, other's not so much. Skaven just stands out more than the rest to me. Zeb's lyrics are more Nietzsche than "Cal" Morris, they reek of Lovecraft or Camus rather than Penny Rimbaud. For all the bands who get dubbed with the honor of being called "Apocalyptic", Skaven is one of the few that really feels that way. There are no forced, cliche-sounding growls here. Zeb comes across on these songs sounding like the fucking Omega man, telling his stories to the ground. The dual bassists, Shane and Mick work perfectly serving their own function and Geoff Evans, well he's just Geoff Evans(Asunder, his current band, will make an appearance here soon.) Some would call this blasphemy,and believe me I do love these bands, I would choose Skaven over Axegrinder or Hellbastard any day. My only reservation saying this is the relatively small discography Skaven treats us to. Beyond the 7inch I mentioned earlier, there is the split LP with Dystopia and the split with Stormcrow. I contacted Zeb and asked for his blessing and he said it would be alright to put a few things up. So I'll put the EP's up because they are my favorite. There should be a discography CD out in the future and I hear they recorded a demo but I'm not sure about either. You can a read a review of their split with Stormcrow here.

Severed/Flowers of Flesh and Blood

split with Stormcrow

Zeb lives in Montana and plays in a great new band called Demonsteed. They have an album out called Nitro Ground Shaker which I 'll post once I get a copy. They kind of remind me of Tony Iommi obsessively reading a Cormac McCarthy book??? Sounds about right!! Geoff Evans plays in Asunder and the rest of the guys, I have no idea where they are or what they are doing? I 'll let Skaven lie now with this alternate version of the song "The Swarm" .
Contact Zeb through the Demonsteed link about that discography CD.

........and with that tribute paid, it's now time for a fun little lesson in Existentialism.
Charles Manson's 1987 interview with the one and only Geraldo Rivera. I'll be damned if I just didn't make some sense out of this diatribe. I realize this was the guy's chance to paint himself in a certain life, but while he was digging himself a hole he would never be free of, I soaked up a bit of wisdom out of this when I first saw it as a teenager.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Charles Manson: LIE-Love and the Terror Cult

an interesting listen and I'll leave it at that.....Troy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Memento Mori

Here is a new link to the Memento Mori album. Unfortunately, I couldn't convert them to Mp3's so they are in AIFF files. I apologize to anyone that can't use these. If anyone could point me in the direction of a good converter,I'll upload it one last time. It's just that right now, I can only convert WAV's,M4A's and WMA,s to Mp3.
Stay Tuned...........

Behold.....The "Hellion"

Big Problem Does Not Equal The Solution. The Solution=Let It Be

Now there is an ambiguous name for an album if ever there was one.I bet most of you didn't realize Crispin"Hellion"Glover ever put out a record. I sure as hell didn't until I noticed on my friend Matt's shelf last Friday night. Say what you want about the mans acting skills, but River's Edge is a classic and that movie probably sucks with anybody else filling that role.
Big Problem Does Not Equal The Solution.The Solution=Let It Be is a mish mash of readings from a few of Crispin's many books, a Charles Manson cover, a Lee Hazelwood cover, and a couple other surprises. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the whole package lies in the interactive attempt that's made with the back cover art. an excerpt from Crispin's Wikipedia page explains:
"The back cover of the album is a collage of figures relating to each track on the album, with a puzzle: "All words and lyrics point to THE BIG PROBLEM. The solution lay within the title; LET IT BE. Crispin Hellion Glover wants to know what you think these nine things all have in common." He included his home phone number with copies of the album, encouraging listeners to phone when they had "solved" his puzzle. Glover later commented that he was surprised how many people figured it out."
And almost as weird for the solitary fact that Slayer and the Wipers share the same stage for the soundtrack, I thought it would be a wonderful idea to include the music from River's Edge.
The movie, although ultimately fictitious,is loosely based on the murder of 14 year old girl Marcy Conrad. Marcy was strangled by Anthony Jacques Broussard in Milpitas, California on November 13th, 1981. It seems the 16 year old kid was a bit twisted and had made several attempts at his mother's life prior. The parallel lies in the fact that in both the movie and actuality, the killer shows the body to his friends who respond with callousness. In both cases, while killer's close friends help conceal the body and show genuine interest in their friends' deteriorating innocence, they at the same time went and boasted to others and treated the corpse like a museum. I don't really know why I went so far into this, so while I'm drawing a blank, just go ahead and check out the soundtrack:

River's Edge Soundtrack

For those of you that might be interested in pretty decent synopsis of the Crispin Glover album, here is a page I found that gives a little history on it's creation as well as a couple of his music videos....... here .................................Troy

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wait a Minute.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait a minute. I fucked up so Don't download the Memento Mori album just yet. The converter I used to change it to Mp3's is a piece of shit and only converts 60% of the songs. I'm going to try to fix it. If not,I'll post it as AIFF files. I 'm just nervous some peoples computers don't support that filetype.Don't let that stop you from getting the Dukes of Nothing album though, that one is just fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry if you already downloaded the shit version.

The Return..............

Hell everyone, It was only 2 days but it felt way too long. I have 4 days off in a row from work and I just spent the last 2 being a lazy asshole and chilling with Darrylynn. Not a bad thing because I did get to watch a bunch of movies I was meaning to as well as rekindle my love for some old favorites, I'm just ready to go on a roll. I added some more blogs to the links down on the right. Down Underground, Only In It For The Music, Heinus Noise, Distort Truth Distort Minds, Thee Claw and last but certainly not least, the great Kill that Cat. And speaking of blogs, Cosmic Hearse has now been around for a whole year so if you don't regularly read it, now is your chance for a fresh start. Aesop posts everyday,barring a tour with one of his bands, and his selections are fucking wicked!!!!!
Anyway, now for the album I should have put up on Wednesday. "War and Wine" by Dukes of Nothing. The Dukes of Nothing are something of an all star band of a few great stoner/doom??? groups in England. You've got Doug Dalziel and Dean Berry from Iron Monkey, Stuart O'Hara from Acrimony, and Chris Turner from Orange Goblin.(who will make an appearance here soon enough) They have one album that I know of and here it is: a more pissed Motorhead???,definitely a good place to start. It reminds me a bit of the masterpiece "Coup De Grace" by the aforementioned Orange Goblin(stay tuned,it really is a hell of an album!!!!!)

War and Wine

Now, here's yesterday's post today......

I want to thank Will again for the Ahisma songs and for the bulletin he posted for me on Myspace. Ahisma has been downloaded more than anything else but Noothgrush and I've gotten a ton of email from kids I met in Eugene back in the day. All of the response was nice and I was very glad to hear from Shelley. Besides being a great mother of two wonderful kids, Shelley busted her ass and bent over backwards to do everything she could for the Fall Creek campaign. Whether she was in the forest or helping out everyone she could when they came back to town filthy and tired, she definitely was appreciated by many. I didn't really know her personally when I was there but I was around long enough to perceive her worth to the community. Everyone that I knew out in those trees spoke of her far beyond fondly.

Anyway, Shelley was very cool about sending mean old an Memento Mori album to post. I knew of Memento Mori from their split with Kylesa which has two great songs by them. I didn't really know much of them beyond that including the fact that they had the awesome Leila Abdul Rauf as a member. The Leila Abdul Rauf that plays in the sick Bay Area metal band Saros. I currently lack anything by Saros but as soon as I get it,I'll ask the band if I can put up a few songs off it for everyone to hear. Until then, enjoy this great album:

Thanks again Shelley, I hope you keep reading regularly.That would be great!!!!

And not to go overboard or anything, but I found this great movie in its' entirety yesterday on Youtube. You may have heard of it. It goes by the name Evil Dead 2. I think Bruce Campbell is the shit. I mean have you guys ever watched Bubba Ho-Tep. Click on the name for the trailer, just do it!!!! I love the whole Evil Dead trilogy and if I can find the other 2 I will post them eventually. I'm sure most of you have seen these but by chance you haven't sit down and enjoy!!

In 11 parts:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11

One more thing until tomorrow, I want to point something out to any Man is the Bastard fans out there. From Glenolden Pennsylvania,hail Mancruel. Just two bassists and a drummer, they are cool so check them out. Thanks for Tony for getting in touch!!!!

Stay tuned...thanks to all who leave comments....Troy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fuck God in the Face!!!!

Fuck God in the Face, man I always have loved that band name since I saw them play at their house in Eugene, Oregon in the summer of 2000. That summer was a blast and I experienced so much shit during that time, I could write a book . I had arrived in Eugene originally to attend an action camp at the Fall Creek tree sit campaign in the Willamette National Forest outside of Lowell (which is 15 or 20 miles outside of Eugene). They were teaching people to climb and needed some warm bodies that were willing to spend some time up in the giant Douglas Firs. I was in San Francisco at the annual Anarchist Book Fair and had no real plans so when this dude named Pan told me about Red Cloud Thunder and what was going on up there, I said why the fuck not. So i hitched up the coast on the gorgeous 1 interstate and ended up in Oregon. I'll get into the whole Fall Creek story at a later date because right now I want to write about the weekend of June 16th-18th that year. Eugene was in a weird state during those days. Just a year earlier, the infamous June 18th riots had gone on during a "Reclaim the Streets" celebration and there were a bunch of arrests, the most well known arrestee being a man I really admire who goes by the name of Rob Thaxton. The Police used this as an opportunity to harass every person they saw walking down the street in a fucking black hoody. Needless to say, with rumored FBI activity in the area, paranoia was definitely at an all time high in the Whitaker neighborhood.
So, in the spirit of resistance and solidarity, some brave souls went about organizing a sort of guerrilla festival of music and direct action. There were great workshops and movies and lots of destruction and general mayhem going on but the real fun was going on down under the Interstate 5 on ramp in Washington Jefferson park. Someone had scored a generator and with the show certainly not being permitted, the general consensus was that if the cops showed up, everyone was going to grab a piece of equipment and run for the van. Well, I can't remember how many bands showed up that first night but I can tell you the Eugene City Police Force showed up in their full riot gear ready to bust some heads. The one band I do remember was this three piece Grindcore band. They sounded wicked with the sound bouncing off the concrete of the overpass and a ton of Crusty Travelling Punks screaming and hollering during the whole thing. The cops were lined up along each side of the park with batons in hand just looking for any excuse they could find to charge down the hill and join in the ruckus. Funnily enough,for some reason, I don't remember any brutality, just a couple of them getting pissed when this kid Johnny Cat started playing a set of acoustic Rudimentary Peni songs. Apparently they didn't appreciate Nick Blinko's dementia or something?
Either way, back to that "Grindcore" band. For years I didn't know that bands name. I couldn't remember for the death of me whenever I told someone the long drawn out version of this story. Earlier this year I happened to get a copy of Profane Existence in the mail that had an interview with the kick ass Eugene based band Happy Bastards. The members of the band were talking about groups they had played with in the past. This kid Will just happened to spurt out the name Ahisma. Now in a bit of a tangent, I had heard years ago in a Tim Lewis movie
(more on him later), this great band that I hadn't heard before. so when I saw Tim at the Red Barn in Eugene one day, I asked him "hey Tim, who is that band in your movie" and he responded Ahisma. So I made a mental note of it and that song has been burned in my brain to this day. It's called "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God". Anyway, back to the present. I wrote to Happy Bastards and asked them to put me in touch with this Will kid. He wrote me back and turned out to be a pretty nice guy and offered to send me the songs when he got his computer in order. I wrote him back a couple months later and reminded him and he quickly sent me everything he had handy at the time which was their split with Fuck God in the Face, their "Grueling Terror" 7 inch and an unreleased full length. All of this shit is awesome so I figured I would share it with you today. It turns out that that band in the park was in fact the mighty Ahisma. One of life's' riddles finally solved.......

split with Fuck God in the Face

Grueling Terror 7 inch

Unreleased Full Length LP

Will is in the studio with Wolves in the Throne Room right now but when he's finished I'm gonna ask him for some Fuck God in the Face for you to hear. He was also in a band called Human Certainty that I've heard good things about but I've never heard. Maybe he'll share that one too. I am talking to him about getting Wolves in the Throne Room to come play in little 'ol Vermont next spring when they tour. That would be fucking amazing so keep your fingers crossed!!!!!

I mentioned something earlier about a guy named Tim Lewis. I have no idea what he's up to these days but back then he made a couple of really great movies, "Pick Axe" and "Breaking the Spell". I just so happened to find them both on google video so if anyone has any free time, you should definitely check these out.

"Breaking the Spell" is a documentary type movie of the WTO protests in Seattle. It has interviews with a ton of the people that were there and is the best movie on the subject out there.

"Pick Axe"
is a film about the Warner Creek fight to stop needless logging in their area. it was co produced with Tim Ream.

Man, I've said enough.....enjoy this shit and leave a comment or something to tell me what you think of the music. Only three people downloaded Syphilitic Vaginas. You are missing out if you don't hear this,seriously people, it only takes a second............................Troy

Monday, November 24, 2008

Possessed to Fuck!!!!!!

There you go....You can't fucking miss that one. Kind of slaps you right across the face from the get go. Wu Tang Clan came and went with a whimper and today you get what I wanted to post yesterday. Seriously, this stuff is the best thing I've heard in a while and they go by the G.I.S.M. inspired moniker Syphilitic Vaginas( if you don't know G.I.S.M., email me and I'll get you up to speed!!!). Syphilitic Vaginas pull together the best parts of my favorite Japanese bands. They combine the wickedness and oddity of G.I.S.M. with the speed and metal of Jurassic Jade. They exude the anthemic pounding of Crow and the bleeding noise saturated rage of Framtid. I hear the hypnotism of Zouo's "Final Agony" forcing its' way through quite often and that is to say the least. They are the perfect Frankenstein's Monster of Japanese Punk and Metal and that's without mentioning the hints of Iron Maiden, Tank,and Bathory they throw at you. And I challenge each and every one of you to tell me that you don't hear "Shout at the Devil" era Motley Crue when you listen to the song "In Devil Night". Go on,refute it!!! I could go off forever because I'm hyped as a motherfucker over this band right now. Really, they are the kind of band you hear and you feel like you should just burn your guitar, because you just aren't going to write riffs this good in such frequency. They are so fucking sick and the solos are just as fucking wicked!!!!!!
Rumor has it,I'm told, that they might not even be Japanese but I've found any information about them few and far between which actually is alright by me. The mystery just makes it sound that much better.
You've got to hear this!!! It's everything they've released so far so make sure you download both parts:35 songs in all.

Syphilitic Vaginas Discography Part 1

Syphilitic Vaginas Discography Part 2

I don't know if they are still active so keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming releases and let me know if you hear of any. There is a song on their Myspace page that is supposedly from an upcoming split but we'll see............. Listen to it here.

And like a dumbass, I left out the part of the Wu Tang Clan post that made me want to do it in the first place. so here are two parts to an interview from their early days. Get down with the O.D.B.

Wu Tang Clan interview Part 1

Wu Tang Clan interview Part 2

Hope you enjoy this as much as I have. It just doesn't get any better than this................Troy

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bring the Muthafuckin' Ruckus

Here it is, the first Rap/Hip Hop post on In Green Mountain Hell. It almost got pushed back because I got the Syphilitic Vaginas Discography CD today, but that will have to wait another day or two. The one and only Wu Tang Clan!!!! I've kind of lost touch with them because everything I've heard after 36 Chambers is pretty unexciting. GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killa, and a couple of others have had some decent solo ventures and I hear their latest isn't so bad, it's just that it was all kind of dull compared to the light that shines when I listen to this album. Their identity and persona's are what really interested me in the first place but while their portrayals of themselves was the backbone of what these guys were about, the music kind of went in the shitter when various members started getting major film roles. Who knows, maybe that is just a coincidence. I'll have to ask Ice Cube next time I see him.
Either way, this is one of my favorites and I'm sure there are a few of you that think these guys are a bunch of capitalist fuckers,and you're definitely right, just throw out your ethics or whatever and bob your head to some Wu Tang, and everything will be fine tonight.

I'd also like to thank Chiyo from Noothgrush and Amber Asylum for letting me post their albums last week. She also posted a bulletin on Myspace and I've gotten a lot of response via email because of it. If you want to hear one of the most beautiful and Majestic groups out there, check out Amber Asylum.
If anyone is interested in getting their recordings after hearing the samples on their page, email me because I have most of it and would love to share. They are peerless...........Troy

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Day Effigy Reigned

Saturday, November 22nd, and we have the first substantial snowfall of the season. It's bitter outside but it's okay because I'm not looking to go anywhere today anyway. Since, I skipped out on posting yesterday, I'm gonna make it worth your while.

The world has seen quite a revival of Stenchcore type bands in the last 7 or 8 years. Everyone and their brother seems to be paying tribute to the old U.K. greats. Personally, I can't get enough of it. In the 80's you had Amebix, Deviated Instinct, Bolt Thrower, Sacrilege, Hell Bastard, and Axe Grinder, all of whom are worthy of the adoration. In the U.S. there was Nausea, Misery, and all of the less well known SoCal bands like Apocalypse,Glycine Max,and Confrontation, who are all under rated. A little later on you had the mighty Skaven. Then as the millenium turned, a whole new crop has popped up. Stormcrow, Sanctum, After the Bombs, Hellshock, Guided Cradle, and a ton of others are all kicking ass around the world and that list leaves out all the great groups coming from Japan.
Acrostix, Age, Zoe, S.D.S., and Effigy, off the top of my head, are some of the more well known Japanese acts playing this style and they all rule. Like I said, I'm always on the lookout for this kind of stuff and for the sole reason that I have collected more releases by them than the others mentioned, here are all of the ep's of Effigy. They don't write as well as Zoe, they aren't as fast as S.D.S., and they aren't as majestic as Age, there's just something about them that I dig.
I haven't gotten a hold of their split tape with Abigail yet but when I do, I'll put it up right away. Until then, this will hold you over:

Evil Fragments Ep

From Hell Ep

Split with Hellshock

Split with Aparat

Split with Havaistys

If anyone has that tape I just mentioned, let's make a trade or something. Effigy also appears on one of the better tribute albums I've heard, the Amebix Japan Compilation.It has six bands doing 2 songs each mostly culled from the Arise and Monolith albums. Needless to say, if you love Amebix as much as I do, you definitely need to hear this.

Amebix Japan-A tribute......

If any of you out there want to recommend any good bands of this style that I haven't mentioned, leave me a comment and tell me about them.

Tomorrow, I'm gonna give you all a piece of the 90's nobody should be without.........Troy

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Neveskade ep

I got an email from Calvin Wright 2 days ago and he sent me the recording for the debut Nerveskade 7inch. I know a few people have asked me if had heard them yet and I said no but now is our chance to listen to it together.
features Jakke and Calvin from Deathpact and they play straight up thrashy punk rock melted almost beyond recognition by distortion, just like Confuse used to do it.
They also have a demo if you want it. Just send Jakke a message on myspace. They're only $2 bucks but he should have some left.

Nerveskade 7inch

90 Minutes in Green Mountain Hell

It's Thursday and it seems like this week has really flown by for some reason. The weather has been bitter and I can't very well remember exactly what I've done with my week.
The Gummo soundtrack went over real well??? Only 1 person wanted to hear it? Really? Well if you haven't heard it yet, that's your loss I guess, you know where to find it if you change your mind.
Today I'm trying something a little different and I'm posting some ranting by one of mine and lots of other people's favorite deceased human beings, Charles Bukowski. No not the bassist from Black Flag, smart ass.
I mean the handsome devil you see right above.
Honestly, I could ramble and fawn on and on about the man but I can't really do justice, you're on your own in that regard.
Do yourself a favor and go to the nearest half way decent bookstore near you and nab as many of his books as they've got. I suggest you start with "Post Office" or "Women" if you're shooting for novels but his short stories and poetry, yes poetry, are great too. Remember kids, don't get caught.
Charles Bukowski's 90 Minutes In Hell

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fuck you....you Fucking Stupid Rabbit !!!!

Fuck it's cold out!!!! I ain't gonna hem and haw much about today's post,the Gummo soundtrack. If you have seen it, you're probably pretty polarized about the damn thing and if you haven't seen it, you should. The film is set in Xenia, Ohio, a real life town that was ravaged by a tornado back in 1974. It follows the exploits of two boys named Solomon and Tummer as they make their way around town. The only way I can describe the movie perhaps is by lazily calling it schizophrenic. If you like to watch rednecks wrestling chairs, some guy whoring out his sister who has down syndrome, and a sub plot of feral cat poaching,among other things left to your very own discovery, dig on in.
Besides all this bullshit, the movie is worth watching alone for the music interludes alone. The cast of bands featured is pure fucking sickness. I mean,come on, this soundtrack was my introduction to bands like: Bethlehem,Absu,Bathory,Mystifier, and EyeHateGod . It also has Sleep, Mortician, Burzum, Spazz, Electric Hellfire Club,Nifelheim, and Brujeria. Quite enough said..................................Troy

Gummo Soundtrack

If any of you happen to have any good stories or thoughts on Gummo, leave a fucking comment or something!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Confirmation Class

It's November 18th, around 9:30 am,and to borrow a line from an old childhood movie, it's colder than a witches' tittie outside. A perfect Vermont day to share some Finnish evil with you. Rippikoulu, Finnish for "Confirmation Class", were a punk band,I hear, once upon a time.By the time these recordings reared their heads, around '92 or '93, the only thing remotely punk about them was their Crusty looking logo. "Musta Seremonia",their 2nd demo, is part "funeral doom" not so different than their country mates Thergothon or Skepticism, mixed with some thrashy moments and a few mid paced riffs thrown in once in a while.
Back tracking a bit....around 2001, when I had decided to stick around Long Beach,CA for a while, people always were telling me to check out this record store in Downey, CA called "Dark Realm" that specialized in predominantly Black Metal and Death Metal. I took my time getting around to it and sure enough one morning woke up and decided I couldn't live without Bethlehem's "Dictius Te Necare" album. So off I went to the train towards Downey and made my way to Dark Realm. Now I have no idea if the place is still open but back then they had an amazing selection of demos to choose from, all cheaply priced. I, by total accident, picked up two gems that I still absolutely love today: Musta Seremonia and Thergothon's "Fhtagn Nagh Yog Sothoth" demo. While sometime soon, I will post everything I have by Thergothon, today I want you all to have these Rippikoulu demos.
Musta Seremonia is the one you all have to hear. On the other hand, Mutaation Aiheuttama Sisainen Mataneninem, while interesting to die hard fans, it probably won't come off as too charming to the rest of you.
So all you "Punks" that think you don't like metal but really have never given it a chance, today is the day to reconsider.

Musta Seremonia (1993)

M.A.S.M. Demo (1992)

and you know what.....Fuck It, since it is so fucking cold outside and some of you probably aren't gonna go brave it anyway, here is that Thergothon demo I spoke of earlier.

Thergothon Demo

If any of you enjoy this kind of thing, I recommend that you go ahead and visit Dumah. It's one hell of a resource and it is a great place to catch up on all the Metal you've been missing in life. The sheer mass of bands and albums here is a bit intimidating at first but when you weed through some of the crap, you'll be going back for more.......................................Troy

Monday, November 17, 2008

Going down to Jamaica Plain???

I just wanted to tell to all who this is relevant, our very own beloved Jonee Earthquake Band and Suburban Showdown have got some shows coming up that they would like to see all of your faces at.
Both are at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA. Jonee's is this coming Sunday and on the following Saturday, Suburban Showdown will be playing there as well. I can't tell you much about the other bands, but you can get a hold of Tino from S.S. and I'm sure he could tell you what he knows. Contact him through the Suburban Showdown link under the local band section over to the right..........

Like a Naked Nun

Today's guest In Green Mountain Hell is a bit of a mystery. First off, you don't really run into many people that have heard this band. Second, you meet even fewer who have heard of them,even the almighty and omniscient Google doesn't give you much to work with on this one. Personally, I ordered a tape by the Smartpils when I was 17 for the sole fact that I had heard that there was a relative Amebix connection going on. Turns out some of Amebix's former members were in Zygote with the Smartpils' bassist, Tim Crow(Who also was in the great band Bad Influence). That sounds about right to me?
Anyway, like I said, I was turned on to this band by chance but fell immediately in love with the songs on their most well known release,No Good No evil. It was arguably the best $2 bucks I've ever spent.
I searched in vain for years trying to get more stuff by them and I've heard they have another LP named "Open Mind Surgery" that was released on Bluurg records in the mid eighties, but I have come up empty every time. I was able to dig up a couple of demos, one from 1983 and another from the following year though any information on these has been beyond minimal and trying to find it has been pretty much a waste of time.
Smartpils are simply beautiful. There are two female vocalists,as far as I can tell, and their voices weave together in a most hypnotic way. Not to say that they aren't aggressive, they are just exactly what the music needs. The recording is one of my favorites from the time period and this is just one of those records that affects much more than your ears. I would change nothing about it.
So on top of wanting to share this with the unfortunate souls who haven't been introduced, this is certainly a selfish cry of my own for some light shone on this band. If anyone can hook me up with any recordings that aren't here or even some stories about the band, I will try like a fucker to return the favor your way. So leave a comment or email me: cagelearner@hotmail.com

No Good, No Evil

1983 Demo

1984 Demo

If you are a fan of Siouxsie and the Banshees' early stuff but with a much noisier and driving sound, you have to take a second to hear this, I recommend this as highly as anything you'll see on this blog................................................Troy