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