Thursday, December 30, 2010

Belong - October Language

A fuzzy, blissed-out, drug-induced nirvana. Warm, enveloping noise washing over distorted melodies. Music that can be felt, that talks, that means nothing as well as everything. Forget about all you've ever known and let it flow through your veins, take over your body and make your mind float away to another place.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Luciation - Infernalistic Flames Of Luciftias

One of my favourite releases from the "raw black metal" sub-genre. Harsh, uncomprimising black filth from Denmark. All of their releases are quality but this album really stands out for me.


Clair Obscur - Play

Cult french coldwave, very bleak atmosphere. The Pilgrim's Progress in particular is a favourite track of mine.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

Continuing on the theme - one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Bow down and worship.


Brats - 1980

As promised, here is the one and only Brats LP which is further removed from the Mercyful Fate metal sound and is more NWOBHM/hard rock mixed with some punk. This was before King Diamond joined the band.


Brats - 18th January 1981 (bootleg)

Brats were a Danish punk/metal band that later became one of the greatest metal bands ever in Mercyful Fate. If you don't know who Mercyful Fate are, they basically created the black metal image and hence I often refer to them as a proto-black metal band along with stuff like Sarcofago and early Sodom, even though the music is basically thrash metal. You can recognize almost all of the songs on this as Mercyful Fate songs, albeit with some differing lyrics (it can be weird at first hearing the tune of Curse of the Pharaohs to completely different lyrics). King Diamond's unique vocals are also instantly recognizable. Compared with their 1980 LP (which I will post too), this is much more metal and might as well be a MF record. Indeed, most of these songs can also be found on Mercyful Fate reissues as bonus tracks.


Subconscious Evil

Raw black noise from Japan. Some of the most evil shit I've ever heard.

Hail Satan

Benchmark - S/T 7"

Chaotic 90s emo/screamo. Somewhere between Orchid and Portraits of Past.


Thursday, December 23, 2010


For those of you who feel like a bit of a tonic for all the harsh noise & blackened doom Mikk has been posting, may I suggest Matsudo. Swedish psych/doom, this is perfect to listen to on a sunny arvo with beer & spliff in hand.

For fans of: Dead Meadow, Sleep, Grey Daturas, etc.

With Amplifiers Zions Nothingness Eventually Rises

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hooded Menace & Coffins - Split 7"

Two killer bands on one split 7". Both Hooded Menace and Coffins play dark and heavy death/doom metal.


Monday, December 20, 2010


Here is DAžD from Serbia, who play an interesting mix of doom, black metal and crust punk. The riffs are groovy, the vocals are a bit "out-there" (they list GISM as one of their influences), and the lyrics are supposed to be about anarchism and the occult, although I can't understand a word they are saying.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Jude (POL) - Combat Exhaustion

Now this is the shit. Polish band that plays harsh, punishing, straight-for-the-throat industrial akin to early Swans and Godflesh. I'm telling you, this album rivals even that stuff in terms of pure animalistic brutality.

Taken from their website:
"polish industrial music and multimedia project. using noise music video graphics and technology as a weapon. treating industrial as a culture and attitude. punk in roots. industrial by vocation."



Промышленная Архитектура (Industrial Architecture) - Любовь и Технология (Love & Technology)

I'm not sure exactly what this is. Experimental/post-punk/industrial/??? but its really good. Keep in mind this was recorded in fucking 1988 in Russia. The guy killed himself the following year.


Tom Waits compilation

Here I've made a compilation of some of my favourite Tom Waits songs. I'm not as much a fan of his experimental stuff (although I still do enjoy it) as I am of his more heartfelt bluesy stuff. Enjoy.

1. Hold On
2. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
3. Who Are You
4. Little Rain (For Clyde)
5. In the Neighborhood
6. Time
7. Christmas Card From a Hooker In Minneapolis
8. Martha
9. Fish & Bird
10. Jersey Girl
11. Bottom of the World
12. Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
13. San Diego Serenade
14. Innocent When You Dream (Bar Room)


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Янка Дягилева - aнгедония

Янка Дягилева was a Russian poet and singer who was found dead in a river on the 17th of May 1991, where it was alleged that she took her own life due to depression. During her life, she suffered from alcoholism, as well as being an artist whos music was not looked upon favourably by her own government - in fact, I think her first album was banned in Russia (and maybe others? I'm not sure). In this context, I can't help but appreciate her music even more.

She gets grouped with Russian punk due to her work with some prominent players within that scene, however it is actually really unique and folky singer/songwriter type stuff. Some tracks do have a somewhat harder edge to them and I'm guessing a lot of the lyrics are of a political/prtotest nature, which would contribute to the punk tag as well. The second track in particular is an instant favourite for me.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sedativ - 2002-2003

Some more great stuff from Russia. I'm going to try to post all of the good Russian stuff I find on here as a lot of it is hard to track down (especially if you don't know Russian).

In a way, this reminds me a lot of the whole ambient/post-rock/post-punk black metal type stuff that has been getting popular for a while, except I like this more. There is no black metal here, but the general bleakness brings it to mind for me. Its creator; Roman Sidorov, describes it as "psychedelic suicidal post-punk", which should give a good indication on what it sounds like. Apparently there was only one copy of this album, which was found after Roman's suicide in September 2003. Beautiful album, highly recommended.


Coil - A Guide for Beginners: The Silver Voice

One of the greatest bands of all time. "A Guide for Beginners: The Silver Voice" is a reissue of a Russian 2-CD compilation which contained this as well as "A Guide for Finishers - A Hair of Gold". The Russian word for "finisher" means both suicide and cumming. This CD contains some of my favourite Coil tracks, including "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" and "Batwings (A Liminal Hymn)", which was played at John Balance's funeral service. Coil is music as abstract art.


Театр Яда - Намордник Нарцисса

Lately I've been finding and listening to some Russian music. Театр Яда are one of my most interesting discoveries so far. This album is experimental, strongly leaning towards industrial and darkwave. Its also quite weird and mysterious, probably even moreso because of the band's origin and the fact that I can't find anything at all written about them that isn't in Russian.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Misery's Omen

This gem of an EP features members from Mournful Congregation, Stargazer and Cauldron Black Ram. This is their best material I think - their LP from 2008 is also good but doesn't compare to this. By far one of my favourite Australian metal releases ever. Comparable to the deranged early work of Bethlehem. Brilliant.


Christian Mistress - Agony and Opium

Really cool new traditional metal, get into it.


Anima Morte - Face the Sea of Darkness

Swedish prog rock, similar to the mighty Goblin. "Face the Sea of Darkness is the first CD issued on American label Dead Beat Media, a sublabel of Razorback Records, focused on metal releases, inspired by horror and 70s."


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Are you morbid?

Unearthly Trance, mixed by Stephen O'Malley. Enough said.

Season of Seance, Science of Silence

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Night Hag

From Radelaid, the town that brought us Craterface, Captain Cleanoff, and Space Bong (among others), this is Night Hag. Some decent, thrashy, dark-melodic hardcore.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Witchsorrow - S/T

Worship at the altar of Electric Wizard.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Alpinist - Lichtlaerm

Here is the new Alpinist LP, released not too long ago. If you heard their LP before this, you'll know what to expect. This one may be even better, and that was one of my favourite releases from last year. Awesome melodic crust (think Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Ekkaia, etc).


Cryptic Salve Band - Auld Rags

Punky, noisy, raw black metal for anyone that likes Bone Awl, Furdidurke, Garrotte, and all of that kind of stuff. This rip is split into tracks. It seems like noone listens to this, but you should.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Looks like Icarus liked to sail the Seven Seas as well as get high......

Another gem found online. Alas, I don't know much about these guys, but I do know that it is a collaborative album & that one of the folk responsible is Dominick Fernow (Prurient, Ash Pool, Hospital Records, etc.) as well as a slew of other talented musos & artists.

That said, do not expect lots of harsh noise. There is at times a wall of sound, but it is far less harsh than it is blissful & atmospheric. Think more of a spaced-out Swans or Neurosis and you might get the picture.

Without further ado, enjoy.

Sailors With Wax Wings - s/t

- M

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ghost - Elizabeth EP

New band from Sweden in the heavy metal/traditional doom vein. This EP contains the demo as well as the title track. They are playing Roadburn festival next year, wish I was going...


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Herätys - S/T

I saw this band in Sweden at Punk Illegal festival this year and they slayed. Swedish Totalitar worship, what more needs to be said.

Download self-titled LP

Monday, October 4, 2010

I hear the population of these insects is particularly dense in Radelaids & Can'bra....

If you liked the last post, and a fan of other great Aussie bands as Christbait, Grey Daturas, Agonhymn, etc, then there's a fair chance you'll like Bongmoth. Instrumental doom from Ballarat, Victoria, there's not too much I can find on these guys, save for what's up on their Myspace. As far as I can tell, they don't appear to be going anymore, but I could be wrong. I'd never heard of them before randomly finding this album elsewhere online.

I hope one day to find them playing a gig somewhere around Melbourne, but until then, I can only enjoy the fruits of their recording labour. It would be selfish of me to keep it all to myself, especially on such a nice day, so I bring it you.


Some people call me STC....

Cos I'm a super tough cunt, yeah!

As it's a lovely Spring day, and I'm sitting here, after work, drinking beer, and enjoying some tunes, I felt it appropriate to post what I'm currently listening to. Here is a slab of bluesy, jam-rock from Melbourne's own Sons of The Ionian Sea. Formed from the ashes of Peeping Tom (not the Mike Patton project), these guys have continued somewhat with where PT left off. Continuing the blues-tinged jams and general all-round goodness. Never a band that dissapoints, if you liked the Sir Lord Baltimore album Mikk recently posted, chances are you'll dig this, too.

So sit back, crack a beer, and experience the genius.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Scroungers - Weak As Piss

Dirty Australian punk that I have never heard of until now for some reason.
Fuck Politics, Lets Riot!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Kriegshög - S/T LP

Best hardcore/punk/crust/whatever record of the year. Noisy, distorted, furious, Japanese hc punk.


Everyone Everywhere - S/T

I just fell in love with this band tonight. Fucking amazing. 90s emo sounding, listen if you like Mineral, American Football, The Appleseed Cast, Christie Front Drive, etc.

Download (upped to megaupload because mediafire isn't working, can put up on mediafire upon request)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sieg Heil - Demo

Noisy hardcore/punk from Japan (where else?). Edgy as fukk because of the band and track names ;)

(This isn't a nazi band)


Bestial Raids - Reversed Black Trinity

Black/death metal in the bestial style from Poland.

Fukk a goat

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hardcore Unlawful Assembly

Japanese hardcore/punk rules. Thats all there is to it. It seems that with almost whatever they do, the Japanese are always one step ahead with craziness, and hence generally rule more than their overseas counterparts that they are (often) emulating. This compilation contains some of the most ruling bands from the 80s Jap hc/punk scene. GISM needs no introduction, anyone that is in any way familiar with the Jap scene should worship these maniacs. Zouo is another of my favourites, the tracks here are really good as well, up there with the awesomeness of "The Final Agony" EP. The rest of the bands are great too, basically this comp just rules so get it.

Jap madness

Best Coast - Crazy For You

This is something different. Lo-fi indie beach pop summer jamz. Lyrics are incredibly lame (really simple stuff about boys, weed, stuff like that), but still somehow so good. Music is very simple but somehow incredibly addictive. I guess stuff like this is really popular now? I don't know, with the Pitchfork crowd or whatever. I don't care, this is one of my favourite records of the year, hands down. Sit back and think about summer and the beach, times when things were simpler, life was easier to handle, and you could sit around and and laugh with friends and not have a care in the world.

Go to the beach

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Drone/doom type stuff, quite good. At times it sounds similar to a Grey Daturas live set.

This is the self-titled album released on Faunasabbatha records.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Prurient - The History of AIDS

Harsh noise from New York. Project of Domonick Fernow (Ash Pool, Vegas Martyrs, Cold Cave, Taylor Bow, etc). Recorded in 2000.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

This is why.....

...we can't have nice things!

Here you will find a demo for a band I was in briefly: John Laws. Alas, it didn't get very far, but I half hope it may be resurrected in the next year or so, we shall see. For fans of crusty punk and grind. This features the skills of yours truly on vox and Brad Smith (Super Fun Happy Slide, Holy Boner, etc.) on drums, bass, and bass.

Trivia: this was recorded early 2006, on a 36 degree (celsius) day. Brad had an epic hangover from the previous nights festivities, but still managed to nail the drums for each song in one take per song. Also, all drum takes were recorded using a pair of Sing Star wireless mics. DIY or GTFO!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Finally, after immense slackness on my part, here is Part 2 of my Beanflipper posts; Garden Variety Manic Depressant. Whereas Total Dysfunctional Collapse is more the 'all-out-hardcore' album (as far as one can say that Beanflipper were like that), this is more of a drawn-out, textured album (see previous comment). It even has guest vocals courtesy of the might Bucky, Rick's predecessor as the band's frontman.

That said, this is the Beanflipper album that I find myself listening, and singing along to, the most. It's sad that they only got to release two albums (& one EP), but Garden Variety.... was a great way to go out. Enjoy

Garden Variety Manic Depressant

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Garrotte Count the Almonds

Raw black metal from Denmark. This 7" is still available from Posh Isolation. Buy it, its great.

Count the Almonds

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bastard Priest

Tape rip of real old school sounding death metal from Sweden.

Merciless Insane Death

Cut to the chase....

Part II of the Fallout uploads is finally here.

The album today is Another Week in Jonestown, which is the Fallout side of a split 12" with Swedish punkers Accursed. It more or less follows on from the slab of awesomeness that was Louder Than Words but the songs have a lot more force behind them, and you can hear the overall sound of the band is getting harsher.

So, I hope you enjoy this album as much as I do, and as much as the last post. Please keep in mind that again, this is a low quality rip of a simple vinyl-to-cd rip/burn, so while it may not sound fantastic, it still has more than enough quality to sound good.

Download here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Empire of Bone

Here's a tasty slab of Aussie grind to melt your brain. 731 were a brutal live band, consisting of various Melbourne musos from around the traps, including past (and current) members of Whitehorse, Terror Firma, Fallout, Demon Other, the list goes on....

The ep I bring to you today was recorded live @ Melbourne's PBS studios and showcases the primal fury of the band. Thanks go to Grind Fed Bathory Hen (731 vokillist) for giving the thumbs up for this post.

Check out the band here.
Download the brutality here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chaos Destroy

Noisy Crasher Punk. Sounds Japanese but is actually from the US. Distort.

Music Not Music

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Vietnamese black metal. Nice and raw - just how I like it. These are the latest 2 releases from 2007.

Hoang Gia
Trên Con Đường Danh Vọng - On The Path Of Honour

Land of Decay

Beanflipper. Another fantastic band from Melbourne's 90's era. Unlike Fallout, I had the fortune to see these gents on a number of occasions, as they reformed around 2005, for a little over a year.

I'm working on bringing you all three of their CDs, and, if I can track it down, I hope to eventually put the demo up here. For today, I'm posting Total Dysfunctional Collapse, what would have been most peoples' introduction to the band way back in 1995 (yep, it's THAT old).

For fans of thrash, hardcore, metal (as a generic term) and grind. Enjoy!

Beanflipper - Total Dysfunctional Collapse

Profit Ain't Punk (or is it?)

Allow me to present to you one of the bands that started my love of all things fast in music. Fallout. I am aware there've been quite a few bands of that name over the years, but the one I refer to was an early to late 1990's Melbourne hardcore band. Arguably one of the best, these guys were around the same time as Mindsnare, but not quite as long as them. Certainly not long enough for me to see them play, anyway.

What I have for you today is a poor quality rip of a rip. From 10" vinyl onto CD and finally into 128kb .wma files. But it's not as bad as it sounds. I strongly recommend this band to anyone and everyone who is into punk, hardcore, even grind (of all sorts), and I hope to bring you more of their stuff in future.

Also, a big thanks goes to Kieren Tyrell, former Fallout vocalist, for granting permission for me to post their stuff on here.

Fallout - Louder Than Words

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wasted Time Demo 05

Found this demo and thought I would share. Can't find much information on it - has their first release as their self-titled 7". Anyway, this is some old-fashioned hardcore from Richmond, Virginia. Recently released an LP called "Futility", which is a follow up to the equally great EP "No Shore" in '07. There is also a compilation called "And So It Goes" which collects all material from said releases as well as their S/T 7" (not the same as this demo). Go buy their stuff.

Download demo

Worship Black Twilight compilation

Crepusculo Negro
is one of the best underground black metal labels going around at the moment, in my opinion. The recent Arizmenda tape was one of my favorite releases from last year. Actually, all of their releases have been great. Here is a sampler compilation of a number of the bands on the label at the moment.

1. Ashdautas - Choirs Of Vice
2. Volahn - Crepusculo Negro
3. Arizmenda - Beyond Shadows Of Emptiness & Nothingness
4. Kallathon - Before Drifting Into The Abyss
5. Axeman - Attestor Of Doom & Rebirth
6. Unknown - Unknown

(The unknown band has recently been discovered to have been Kuxan Suum.)

Also, join my last fm group dedicated to the Black Twilight Circle.

Worship Black Twilight