Sep 13, 2019
83
Rating goes to the 51 min bonus tracks version. Totally essential sludge/crust punk crossover with immense doses of nasty, gritty paranoia and hatred toward the darkest sides of mankind.
Jul 26, 2019
77
Some of the most disturbing stuff ever produced, even if a few cuts rely a little much on repetition and spoken word recordings for shock value complementing. That aside, the 1989-2009 is the essential version of the germans' debut, containing two mind-boggling bonus incursions to hell for a complete maddening session. Proceed with caution.
Jul 10, 2019
85
Rating goes to the Bestial Devastation split, which takes an already distinct and powerful early death/black metal album to another level of greatness. Definitely essential metal.
Jun 21, 2019
90
Like God has his own special way of talking to his loyal ones through Bach's klavier, Satan disposes of an army of darkness-dwelling cursed ones. Sometimes he chooses to speak in a growling, overwhelming voice rising directly from the depths of the Earth, while, from time to time, damnation comes from the void of space, in the form of otherworldly whispers and disturbing hiss, in the unholy glory of its profanation. While norwegian youngsters cemented the black metal style with much more than ... read more
Jun 21, 2019
76
Since its early gloomy beginnings, black metal has consistently been the metal subgenre most susceptible to genre bending agglutination, crossing over formalistic territories without faltering, leading to a lasting evolutive process that does not show signs of slowing down even today. As much respect that is often payed to the genre's forebearers (sometimes both aesthetical and politically speaking), it is that very same sense of nihilism that keeps things interesting for newcomer enthusiasts ... read more
Jun 20, 2019
90
When does curatorial activity become an artistic statement by itself?

Breaking down compilations and analyzing them to the point of understanding these releases as autonomous, albeit comparable artistic forms as studio albums is not always an intuitive task, so to speak. Sure, taking the time to plan, project and thoroughly research artistic-oriented material that has been potentially lost, partially damaged or obscurely hidden by lack of mediatic publicizing for a certain amount of time is ... read more
Jun 17, 2019
73
This is what you reply when someone talks about Daughters.
Jun 13, 2019
57
A live album harking from the "Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets" era, containing the same kind of sparse and epic brand of psychedelic rock as previously heard on Caesar's solo/collective albums, this time bringing a plethora of huge names from the early japanese avant-garde scene, such as Carmen Maki, Tadanori Yokoo and Shuji Terayama himself. With a lengthy tracklisting and numerous stylistic detours, this feels like a classic Caesar rock-opera, clearly calling for a ... read more
Jun 11, 2019
41
Ultra aggressive Norway black metal played in such a raw, steady, explosive pace, that, had its compositions been closer to "Deathmarch" or "Pitch Black" rather than the title-track, it'd border on some blackened grind material by a thread. With an extreme lo-fi production backing the band's stylistic choices the whole time and a masterful performance from house-favorite drummer Frost (Satyricon, Gorgoroth), 1349's debut album still shocks by its thorough aesthetical ... read more
Jun 10, 2019
32
An obscure quirky collection of short psychedelic rock vignettes accompanied by cartoonish sound effects and voice-over narrations released in 1969 with the sole apparent aim to soundtrack or emulate even more obscure horror b-movies in Germany. Some of these arrangements are pretty jazzy, while others hold some kind of surf rock quality in the instrumentals, and even if at first sight the whole thing shines with a very esoteric library-music sort of charm, there is no denying the limited ... read more
Jun 7, 2019
83
The 2006 reissue with "BB's Jazz Blues and Soups" and "Miss Ann" closing the tracklist is just monstruous, in the best sense of the word. Serious guidelines for effective ways of raping your acoustic guitar.
Jun 7, 2019
74
A portrait of madness, torn and sewn together again by a stellar collective of eccentric improvisers, in their own preffered means. There is everything and a bit more in these 40+ min. A spectacular experience.
May 28, 2019
56
No matter how charming the smudgy production quality and how viscious Mike Williams' vocals can get here (especially on the later tracks), what this popular compilation of early recordings can do best is show the band in some sort of premature evolutive stages. Sure, their raging energy is still pretty much untouched during these intense 42 min, but the future had much more in stage for the americans. For a more comprehensive and consistent take on Eyehategod's utterly hateful brand of ... read more
May 28, 2019
75
A short-lived band (or solo project?) that left behind a compact, but incredibly valuable obscure heritage directly from the golden-era of krautrock. Led by guitar experimentalist Achim Reichel (accompanied by some huge collaborators that ranged from Peter Hecht to Conny Plank), their output stood not much behind the incredible creative material from bands like Faust or Neu!, taking seemingly simple and straight-forward psychedelic jams filled to the brim with blues-inspired guitar solos and ... read more
May 24, 2019
65
Picture Elliott Smith with the same wit and neck for poppy melodies recorded in that specific late 90s/early 2000s DIY bedroom method, but instead of relying solely on the voice/guitar chores, add layers and layers of self-captured instrumentation, be it bass, drums or accordion and violin. Now take fully written indie-folk/pop tunes and break them all down until there is barely a chorus... better, let's not have anything closely reminiscent of a chorus, or maybe just one line-songs would fit ... read more
May 22, 2019
9
Cybergrind filtered and refiltered through a low-budget, 8-bit lens that works exclusively by turning brutality into colorful (and yet soulless) comic novelty via deliberate Uncanny Valley degrees; or, simply, "a meme that went too far".
May 21, 2019
71
Even if this really short EP barely has time to welcome the listener in its entrancing ambience, the haunting and almost intangible facet that permeates these two beautiful tracks is precisely what makes this an incredible sound experience. With the first track consisting almost exclusively of a nocturne sonata of cicadas in a forest, it is the ghostly melody that plays underneath this thick layer of nature recordings that makes the listener strive and come immediately back for more, in a ... read more
May 21, 2019
77
A beautiful, long-needed compilation of one of Brazil's most capable choro/samba-choro composers, retracing pretty much all of his seasoned career from the humble beginnings to the radio and television-eras via all sorts of marchinha sessions with legendary musicians in great performances caught all in one single, expansive box set. Think samba in its most uncompromising, yet elegant form, extracting quite a bit from classic jazz big-bands a la Ellington and Gillespie. A straight-forward ... read more
May 16, 2019
73
A short, but powerful compendium of the best recordings of that which was possibly the most daring band in the underground No Wave scene in NYC, at the late 70s. Armed with guitars, bass, drums and an unspeakable wit to break rules inherited by their most famed predecessors (VU, AMM, Captain Beefheart and so on), Mars summarize perfectly what the whole movement was, even though they were just as short-lived (or even more), but immediately distinguishing themselves as they pushed and reached out ... read more
May 16, 2019
69
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