Thursday, 31 December 2015

Cacophemisms' 2015 lists

R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister, 1945-2015


1. Elder - Lore
Elder’s star shone blindingly bright with this masterpiece. My excitement and initial disbelief at how incredibly good it was had me playing Lore almost constantly for over a month to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I am still in awe at how anyone could actually come up with the music on this album. Nick DiSalvo’s ingenious guitar lines are out of this world; but with such an unshakably solid rhythm section as co-pilots, everything remains anchored to the enduring power of the riff, no matter how far into ethereal realms the compositions travel. There is a quicker pace and more classic rock swagger than on previous albums, which opened up new dimensions for the band to explore. What’s terrifying, though, is how easy they made it look when playing these amazing songs live. And as their ascent continues, the question beckons: what the hell are Elder going to come up with next?

2. Acid King - Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere
Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere begins as a faint signal from a far flung galaxy, registering only a miniscule blip on an amateur astronomer’s backyard SETI station. But as its pulses reach closer from across the distance of light years, the supernovan magnitude of its psychedelic power eventually becomes clear. The gravitational pull exerted by its riffs of towering astral fuzz, the transcendent echoes of lucid dreams permeating its exospheric vocals, and the cataclysmic asteroid collisions of drumming that propel the whole transmission through space-time all make the astronomer’s years of patient, dutiful searching worthwhile. Long reign, Acid King!

3. Vhol - Deeper than Sky
The evolution of Vhol’s mind-bending amalgam of prog/thrash/speed metal on their second album almost defies comprehension. It’s still batshit crazy - probably more so than their debut - and the quirks come thick and fast amid the righteous shredding. But the widely disparate sounds and styles seem to implode and explode more cohesively. “3AM” sounds like welcome music for extra-terrestrials who are into D.R.I., yet it goes just fine a couple of tracks before “Paino”, a freeform piano freak-out riding a thunderous polka beat. Notably (perhaps bucking a trend), the black metal elements from the first album have been heavily sedated. Vhol are brilliant and Deeper than Sky is the next level.

4. Meatwound - Addio
There’s no point mincing words: Meatwound’s debut is a fucking killer. Drawing from Unsane-style noise and Coalesce-style hardcore, it suffocates both under piles of filthy crud. Opener, “In Toilet” torturously fights through to a groovy, bludgeoning death knell that is very nearly bowel-evacuating. “Goliath” immediately opens up an even crueller bashing, and it becomes very difficult to turn away from the ugly scenes that continue to unfold through these six tracks. It’s not just pulverising anger, though. With desensitisation to the grit, the progressions and changes that cause such tension in the songs emerge to make Addio even more enthralling. I can’t wait for more.

5. Windhand - Grief’s Infernal Flower
Grief’s Infernal Flower saw Windhand refine the balance they strike between crawling, rhythmic doom and haunting, yearning melody. Their music has become more nuanced and the soulfulness that previously came to the fore in the acoustic “Evergreen” (from 2013’s Soma) is more heavily infused, lending the album strength. Yes, it’s definitely slicker and warmer than the Windhand of old, and the vocals have been brought right out from behind the guitar amps’ buzz. But with songs this good and a voice as engrossing as Dorthia Cottrell’s, the results are magic. Cottrell’s solo album of melancholy folk from earlier in the year is also well worth checking out.

6. Tau Cross - S/T
It was enticing enough that Tau Cross is made up of members of Amebix, Voivod and Misery. But what came out of the speakers when I dropped the needle completely annihilated my expectations. These rousing punk/metal anthems, which also invoke Fields of the Nephilim and Killing Joke, immediately ignite a reaction and stir a sense of empowerment. An instantly memorable, timeless quality soars through the masterful songwriting, from its heaviest percussive bombardments to its sombre, brooding acoustic hollows. And the Baron leads the charge all the way with his poetic ruminations on tyranny and his infectious, raspy calls for uprising. “Our day will come.”

7. Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
Four Phantoms is in this list because after months of listening to it, I’m still grappling with it. So grandiose and cinematic, with so many evocative peaks and troughs, I have loved listening to it as both background music that magnificently fills the silence and as a full-concentration journey through personified elemental devastation and the resulting catharsis. Its tectonic movements carry so much more than just the “sadness” many reviews have referred to. There is a vast array of musicality and emotion hidden within the dominant funeral doom tropes, with more secrets continuing to surface over time.

8. Kowloon Walled City - Grievances
Here is the logical but exhausting next step in Kowloon Walled City’s visible trajectory from bellicose noise rock to something much more exposed and considered. Grievances is built as much around the open spaces between its monumental bursts of sound as the sounds themselves. Every single deliberate string hit, skin strike, bass rumble and voice crack is clearly audible in this remarkable expression of focus. There are trailing remnants of riffs past, but the heaviness now resonates in the music’s minimalism. Notes, vibrations and words are left to linger so their impact sinks in…like the broken hopes of a spirit crushed beneath the weight of a lifetime’s meaningless occupation.

9. High on Fire - Luminiferous
Luminiferous deftly carried all the beloved hallmarks emblazoned on the hearts of loyal High on Fire fans and, with Kurt Ballou on production duties again, presented them with heft, guts and clarity. But it also delivered new surprises. The rolling freight train groove of “Carcosa”. The sheer explosive fury of the title track. The hardcore leanings of “Slave the Hive”. The way Des Kensel’s drumming really seemed to “speak”. And Matt Pike’s open revelations of what he was so rabidly howling about, including the conspiracies he apparently believes (“The Black Plot”) and, most unexpectedly, the brutal hurt of lost love (“The Cave”). Bring on the February Australian tour.

10. Mutoid Man - Bleeder
This brief outburst of blazing, speedy power pop is ridiculously addictive. Hyperactively slashing and bouncing between turbocharged, thrashing hardcore and wild noodling - and very occasionally slamming on the brakes for a smear of sludge - Bleeder is exciting because of the unpredictability that underlies its catchiness. The frenetic, incendiary rhythms are irresistible, mostly due to the beastlike drumming performance of Ben Koller (Converge). The saccharine vocals may be a little much at times, but they also boost the over-the-top sense of shameless fun that makes the album so damn enjoyable.

Honorable mentions:

Agency - The Stillness of Speed
Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
Christian Mistress - To Your Death
Cloud Rat - Qliphoth
Coliseum - Anxiety’s Kiss
Cosmic Psychos - Cum the Raw Prawn
Czarface - Every Hero Needs a Villain
Goatsnake - Black Age Blues
Hydromedusa - S/T
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark

Unkle K

Based on the few promo tracks I've heard, With the Dead's self-titled release would have been my album of the year, but I have not heard the whole LP so I have not included it.

1. Magic Circle - Journey Blind - HEAVY METAL RULES THE WORLD!
2. Venus Sleeps - Dead Sun Worship - Irish doomsters' debut deserved more love.
3. Elder - Lore - Backed up this LP with one of the best shows I've seen in years.
4. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues - So catchy and heavy. Great vocals, terrible lyrics. Good ol' Goatsnake.
5. Black Trip - Shadowline - Lizzy/early Maiden worship from ex-Entombed man, Pete Starwind.
6. Lucifer - Lucifer I - Maybe even better than last year's album by The Oath, with the addition of Gaz (ex-Cathedral).
7. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death - Better than anything Entombed have released in the last 15 years.
8. Church - Unanswered Hymns - Giant-killing doom. Soundtrack to the apocalypse.
9. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Nachthexen - The name says it all.
10. The Grand Astoria - The Mighty Few/"Masterplan"/"Kobaia Express" - Russian prog metal masters. Three releases in 2015.
11. Holy Serpent - S/T - Great stoner/doom debut from Melbourne youngsters.
12. Melbourne grind/gore: The Kill - Kill Them...All; Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror; Clogged - S/T; Take That Vile Fiend - Excreted Brain Matters - The best grind releases of 2015 are from Hellbourne, of course.
13. High on Fire - Luminiferous - If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
14. Mansion - Altar Sermon - Kooky, creepy, churchy Finnish rock.
15. Japanese releases: Sobbed/WDLK - Split; Legion of Andromeda - Iron Scorn - Brutal.
16. Year of No Light/Bagarre Generale - Split - French masters can do no wrong.
17. Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark - Canberra's own. Great debut.
18. The Body & Thou - You, Whom I Have Always Hated - Thou's brilliance almost wrecked by The Body's squawking parrot vocals.
19. Funeral Horse - Divinity for the Wicked - Catchy Texan heavy rock. Production needs more balls.
20. Yuri Gagarin - At the Center of All Infinity/Sea of Dust - Swedish space rock.

Other releases I enjoyed this year include:
Fought Upon Earth - S/T
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Ghost - Meliora
Drowning Horse - Sheltering Sky
People Problem - Examinations
Corsair - One Eyed Horse
Brume - Donkey

Geoff (Mendicant Music)

1. Arcturus - Arcturian
2. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
3. Spectral Voice - Necrotic Doom
4. Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark
5. Autopsy - Skull Grinder
6. Grave Pleasures - Dreamcrash
7. The Kill - Kill Them...All
8. Viscera Infest - Verrucous Carcinoma
9. Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden
10. Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator


1. Sumac - The Deal
2. Horisont - Odyssey
3. Coliseum - Anxiety’s Kiss
4. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues
5. Tribulation - The Children of the Night
6. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
7. Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence
8. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
9. High on Fire - Luminiferous
10. Grave Pleasures – Dreamcrash

JJ (I Exist/BMA "Metalise")

1. Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark
2. Horisont - Odyssey
3. Church - Unanswered Hymns
4. Pissgrave - Suicide Euphoria
5. With the Dead - S/T
6. High on Fire - Luminiferous
7. The Kill - Kill Them…All
8. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
9. Ufomammut - Ecate
10. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues

Brad K

1. Take That Vile Fiend - Excreted Brain Matters
2. Legion of Andromeda - Iron Scorn
3. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
4. Howls of Ebb - The Marrow Veil
5. Clogged - S/T

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week


The VeeBees
Saturday 31 October at Snowy Vineyard & Microbrewery

The VeeBees are playing a show at Snowy Vineyard & Microbrewery on Saturday 31 October. Bus numbers are a little down and they need some more recruits, so come and join me on what should be a fantastic day of fine beers and hot grog rock. Here are the details:

Ever since we wrote the song "I'd Rather Be On A Brewery Tour" we've dreamed of playing at a brewery. And now we are! It's on beer drinkers. We're playing on a brewery tour!!! And you're invited along for some fun.

On Sat 31st Oct jump on a bus with us and head out from Canberra to The Snowy Mountains Brewery & Vineyard in Dalgety (about a 2 hour ride), sample some beers, eat some tucker, sample some more beers, watch The Vee Bees play some shit hot grog rock, more beers, wipe off the beer goggles and stumble back onto the bus home again. Oh yeah and it's a winery too, so if beer isn't your thing.... 

Tickets are $99.
For your money you get a full day of unique fun including:
*Pick up at 10am and dropped off at 6pm from Jolimont Centre (Canberra City).
*Travel to and from the Brewery.
*Free beer and wine samples. Samples only.
*A two course meal.
*The Vee Bees famous rock'n'roll show.

Tickets are limited and available from the ticket tab or here: (This link doesn't currently mention The Vee Bees by name but there is a photo of us. Purchase with confidence!) 

Or if you just wanna rock up on the day there will be a $10 cover charge for the band. Food and grog available over the bar. There are no tickets for this option, just rock up on the day.

Check out Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery here: And check this out too!! 

Lecherous Gaze, Frown and Hygiene
Thursday 22 October at The Phoenix

Alright, anyone who saw Californian punk rockers Lecherous Gaze when they toured a year or two ago will tell you what a great show they played at The Phoenix and that they are well worth checking out on this return trip. (Support these gigs, folks. We need more people at these midweek shows, which are pretty much the only time we get international shows here.)
Listen to Lecherous Gaze on Bandcamp

Captain Cleanoff, Wretch and Blight Worms
Friday 16 October at Transit Bar

They need no introduction. Crushing, extreme grindcore at its finest!! 

One more plug. I have started uploading old metal videos that you can check out at or on YouTube. The website also has flyers and photos.

Unkle K

Playlist: Unkle K
1. Funeral Horse - Divinity for the Wicked
2. Funeral Horse - Sinister Rites of the Master
3. Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark
4. Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower
5. Lasers from Atlantis - S/T

Playlist: lxp
1. Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower
2. Khemmis - Absolution
3. Uncle Acid - The Night Creeper
4. Goblin Rebirth - S/T
5. False - Untitled (2015)
6. Czarface - Every Hero Needs a Villain
7. Kadavar - Berlin
8. Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation - S/T
9. Witchskull - The Vast Electric Dark
10. Kylesa - Exhausting Fire
...not to mention Neurosis reissues.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week

Wow. Epic doom from Sacramento, California's Church. This release is on the awesome Transylvanian Tapes label, which specializes in cassette releases. I expect this release will get the vinyl treatment sooner or later as it is, in my opinion, the best doom release of 2015. Three crushing tracks of epic psychedelic doom that absolutely crushes with its heavy parts and mesmerises with its slow parts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Thank you for the heads up, JJ Doomeddisciple.

Venus Sleeps
Dublin's Venus Sleeps continue the production line of great doom/stoner bands coming out of Ireland, along with Slomatics, War Iron, Wild Rocket, Weed Priest, etc. Venus Sleeps started out as a one man band but Sie Carroll seems to have got a full band together for this release. Most of the tracks have a bit of an E.Wiz feel, but they add enough of their own magic with fine results. Love the vocals, clear and creepy. I didn't know until I did more research that track 3, "Golden Hair" is a Syd Barrett cover.

Two Wolves
What an album cover. Those responsible are Two Wolves from Auckland, Zealand. Two Wolves are terrific. They play dirty, sleazy, gritty, punky rock complete with heaps of slide guitar and harmonica, catchy tunes and gruff vocals. I could imagine this band being right at home on stage with The VeeBees or Boonhorse/LOG. This release came out in 2013 but is still worth tracking down. Two Wolves released a single, "Sand Purgatory" last year - the song rips but lacks the dirty sound of the The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder LP.

Playlist: Unkle K
1. Church - Unanswered Hymns
2. Two Wolves - The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder
3. Venus Sleeps - Dead Sun Worship
4. Take That Vile Fiend - Excreted Brain Matters
5. Fought Upon the Earth - S-T

Playlist: lxp
1. Tau Cross - S-T
2. Meatwound - Addio
3. Blackout - S-T
4. Church - Unanswered Hymns
5. Weedeater - Goliathan
6. Blockheads - Human Parade
7. Royal Headache - High
8. High on Fire - Luminiferous
9. Noisem - Blossoming Decay
10. Pod People - Mons Animae Mortuorum (first spin of this cracking vinyl pressing as I type!)

Unkle K

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week

I have not posted for a while as my tinnitus of the last five years has spread to my right ear and has been excruciating lately, so music has unfortunately taken a back seat. Apologies to the Witchskull lads for missing your show last Friday, and I had to give the Black Cobra/Jucifer show a miss as well (anyone go? How was it?).

The Grand Astoria
This Russian band's name had me interested right from the get go, so I was very pleasantly surprised to discover how good they are. Formed in 2009, they have pumped out around ten releases, so I have much catching up to do. The songs on the latest releases tend to go from 10 to 25 minutes, whereas the earlier releases tended to stick to the five minute mark. There are multiple members but Kamille Sharapodinov (vocals, guitars, korg monotron) seems to be the main man. He has a great voice and sings in Russian, which really works. They play a weird mix of jazzy progressive metal that is highly recommended.

Last year I reviewed The Oath's stunning debut. Unfortunately they broke up not long after that release, but their brilliant vocalist, Joanna Sadonis has returned with a new band that features riff master Gary Jennings (Cathedral, Death Penalty). Not as upbeat as The Oath but mystically epic, catchy, doomy heavy metal. Headbanging guaranteed to start during the track "Izrael".
Interview and debut album stream: Invisible Oranges

I usually try to feature at least one Australian band but nothing has really jumped out at me the last few months. I will endeavour to uncover some gems this month.

Playlist: Unkle K
1. The Grand Astoria - The Mighty Few/Kobaia Express
2. Lucifer - Lucifer I
3. Legion of Andromeda - Iron Scorn
4. Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii
5. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues (Brilliant)

Playlist: lxp
1. Acid King - Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere
2. Mutoid Man - Bleeder
3. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues
4. Cloud Rat - Qliphoth
5. Metz - II
6. Seremonia - Kristalliarkki
7. Abyssal - Antikatastaseis
8. Refused - Freedom
9. Hellbringer - Dominion of Darkness
10. Frank Zappa - The Man from Utopia/Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

Unkle K

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Twins of Evil

The last time Black Cobra were supposed to play in Canberra, there were about five of us who - either because of not being on Facebook or not hearing word from anyone "in the know" - showed up to a very desolate, very closed ANU Bar on a Tuesday night, only to find the show had been cancelled. Well, almost six years later, our town is finally getting another chance to see this killer double-barreled sludge juggernaut as part of a very exciting bill that also includes nomadic merchants of eclectic, ear-splitting volume, Jucifer and Melbourne's Dead, who always throw everything into their pummeling live shows. Having seen all three of these bands perform at other times in the last few years, I reckon this is definitely going to be one to get out and brave the cold for. Additional Canberra support comes from the always excellent Looking Glass, whose new album has got to be pretty damn close to being released by now! See you at The Basement this Tuesday 14 July, from 7pm.


Monday, 8 June 2015

Upcoming gigs

Tuesday 9 June at Magpies City Club
Weekend Nachos, Cursed Earth, Years of Abuse, Wretch,
and Autonomous Drones

Sunday 14 June at The Basement (early show - starts 4pm)
Totally Unicorn, Lo!, Looking Glass, I Am Duckeye and ...Is Dead

This one isn't in Canberra, but will be well worth the trip up the highway to Sydney...
Saturday 20 June at Hermann's Bar
Pallbearer, Hawkmoth and Looking Glass

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Welsh doomsters M.W.W.B totally sound like their name. What really impresses me with this one-track 30 minute beast is that it slowly builds to epic proportions but at all times stays thoroughly enjoyable. As you would expect, the riffs are MASSIVE. Highly recommended for those folks into mammoths, weed, wizards and bastards.

Elder/Gold and Silver
I didn't think Boston's Elder could top 2011's brilliant Dead Roots Stirring, as the following EP, Spires Burn/Release didn't really blow me away. But their latest, Lore has exceeded all expectations. Heavy, melodic, top class musicianship, fantastic vocals. Already shaping up to be my album of year. Seriously, strap in for track number one, "Compendium" and be transfixed.

And as an added bonus, Elder guitarist Nick DeSalvo, along with Mike Risberg, have a brilliant release out: Gold and Silver - Azurite and Malachite. Very similar to Elder but a little mellower and jammier, without vocals. DiSalvo is really talented at playing the drums and keyboards, as well as sharing guitar duties with Risberg.

This split is from two of Kyoto's finest bands. W.D.L.K. open with two tracks that sound very much like Japanese legends Corrupted's older material, and go for around 17 minutes. Nasty stuff. Sobbed play a more traditional style of grind, like 324 or Realized, smashing out six tracks in six minutes. Thanks to old mate Emil Minty for the heads up. Melbourne's Die Pigeon Die recently played with both of these great bands on their Japanese tour in January - would have loved to have been there.
Sobbed: Facbook
W.D.L.K.: Facebook

Gigs of the Week
Thursday 14 May at Transit Bar
Hard-Ons, Super Best Friends and Yoko Oh No

Thursday 21 May at Magpies City Club
King Parrot, High Tension and Colossvs

Playlist: Unkle K
1. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
2. Elder - Lore
3. Witchskull - Promo CD
4. Year of No Lights/Bagarre Generale - Split
5. All Them Witches - A Sweet Release

Playlist: lxp
1. Hydromedusa - S/T
2. Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
3. Sumac - S/T
4. Fu Manchu - Daredevil
5. Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror
6. Zombi - The Zombi Anthology

Unkle K

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Reviews: Samothrace / Norilsk / Zig Zags

Samothrace - Live at Roadburn 2014
Featuring performances of both cuts from 2012's Reverence to Stone along with "Awkward Hearts", from their debut Life's Trade, this set portrays Samothrace to be every bit as enveloping and awe-inspiring on stage as I would have hoped. The vocals are noticeably less prominent than they are on the studio albums, but that makes the guitars soar even higher and provides a bit of a different feel that those familiar with the songs can sink into. Unlike many concert recordings, in which both the impact of the live setting and the quality of the music can be completely lost, the majesty and power of Samothrace comes across in full here, which is a testament to both the band and the Roadburn team. I wish I had been there to see this.

Live it here.

Norilsk - The Idea of North
Norilsk offer up an album of death/doom/metal that combines the cold and morose with the upbeat and melodic. The music creates an expansive and foreboding landscape that is broken up intermittently by atmospheric guitar lines that build tension and trudging rhythms that propel some fairly infectious doom riffs (often overlaid with tremolo picking). Morne and Paradise Lost influences are apparent. Being from Quebec, the band uses French lyrics, delivered through both death growls and whispers, which adds a point of interest. Although The Idea of North is produced more sharply than I normally go for, it is still compelling.

Listen here.

Zig Zags - S/T
Blasting out of an isolated garage stuck in the middle of a vast post-apocalyptic wasteland, Zig Zags hoist high a (black) flag rallying the punks, rockers and thrashers to keep the party alive. Absorbing the blood of The Stooges, The Ramones, The Misfits, Black Sabbath and old Metallica through their tongues, they spit their influences back out as twisted skate rock: something like a more nostalgic, lo-fi bastard sibling of The Shrine. Part Easy Rider, part Return of the Living Dead, all catchy as fuck.

Listen here.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week

Lizzard Wizzard
A new 7” from Brisbane’s Lizzard Wizzard to follow up from 2013’s excellent S/T tape. Another quality QLD stoner/doom outfit along with Frown and Zodiac. Song title of the month: "The Ghost of Randy Savage".

Holy Serpent
Only one track to go on so far from this very promising Melbourne outfit's forthcoming release, Shroom Doom, out in May on Riding Easy Records. This is heavy, catchy and the singer has a killer set of pipes. Melbourne is pumping out quality doom at the moment with Horsehunter, Watchtower and Holy Serpent all making a massive impression on me.

Elite Suppressor
Old mate Kevin (Geeheeb), formerly of The Oily Menace has just torn my face off with his new project Elite Suppressor. Short nasty, noisy, punky grind turned up to the max. Vocals sound like a Japanese Man is the Bastard x10. Not for Opeth fans.

Gig of the Week
Melbourne’s Horsehunter and South Oz’s Space Bong team up for this killer tour. Canberra show is Thursday 19 March at the Phoenix.

Playlist: Unkle K
1. Elite Supressor - 2015 Demo
2. Lizzard Wizzard - S/T
3. Grief - Alive
4. Dystopia - The Aftermath
5. Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Playlist: lxp
1. Elder - Lore
2. Brothers of the Sonic Cloth - S/T
3. War on Women - S/T
4. Torche - Restarter
5. V/A - Back from the Grave Vol. 9 and 10
6. Nux Vomica - A Civilized World
7. Gay Kiss - Preservation Measures
8. Burlap - Demo

Unkle K

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Unkle K's Bands of the Week

Thank you Dave S for this week's photo.

Lotus Thief
Wow, I’m really digging Lotus Thief’s blackish doomgaze. This band features members of Botanist (who I’ve been interested in for a while but their lo-fi black metal just does not click with me, which is a shame as the artwork is amazing). Anyway, this is a lot more accessible than Botanist, with only the drumming being similar. The melding of different styles really works for me, with only the quieter ambient interludes not really coming off.

Wild Rocket
Another bloody awesome Irish band. Along with Slomatics and War Iron, there are some great bands coming out of the Emerald Isle. Doomy space rock, but the vocalist sounds totally original with his kind of punky approach. It took me a few listens to get used to them but once they clicked with me I was hooked.

Playlist: Unkle K
1. The Kill - Kill Them...All
2. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
3. Lotus Thief - Rervm
4. Wild Rocket - Geomagnetic Hallucinations
5. Internal Rot - Mental Hygiene

Playlist: lxp
1. Usnea - Random Cosmic Violence
2. Manhunt - S/T
3. Haapoja/Dephosphorus - Collaboration LP
4. The Kill - Kill Them...All
5. King Woman - Doubt
6. Los Saicos - Wild Teen-Punk from Peru 1965 (cheers Dave/Brad)

Unkle K

Monday, 2 February 2015

Upcoming gigs

Saturday 7 February at Transit Bar
With Heavy Heart 2, featuring Inverloch, The VeilMyraeth, Los Hombres del Diablo
Black Trillium
, and And Then Silence
Wednesday 11 February at Transit Bar
CJ Ramone, Hard-Ons and No Assumption

Saturday 14 February at Magpies City Club
Harm's Way, Legions, I Exist, Hygiene and Urge to Kill

Wednesday 18 February at The Street Theatre
J Mascis and Peter Black

Thursday 19 February at Lacklustre HQ
Manhunt, Internal Rot, Hygiene and Blight Worms