Saturday, 12 August 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW - Animal Cruelty edition 12/8/2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show,  as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm cst/3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK.

This week its the 'Animal Cruelty' Edition, and with the name of some of the bands playing today, you can bet that this show is going to be HEAVY.

Band Order:

Sealclubber - "Sludge punk based in the Black Country UK"

Dogkickedinhalf - "Creating a powerful blend of vintage riffs mixed with sludge metal. The dog became active in the Northwest gigging scene in 2008, supporting bands such as Electrozombies, Lazarus Blackstar and Gruel.

Chimpgrinder - " Outerspace. Apes. Lethal Nurses.Sagittarius A* Bass. Walls of Orange. Mountains of Sunn. Primal Beats. Doom Poetry. Urban Vegetation. Rusted Metals.

Abbotoir - "Autotelic Sentinence. Ultimate Cessation

Bear Punch - " Is a rock/stoner rock band from Belgium"

Pig Destroyer - " Boil metal down to its muscle, sinew and bone. Razor sharp guitar, percussive pummelling, and a lone, stark howl, and use them to commit a vicious assault. The lyrics paint loathsome, frightening images of pitch black self hatred and the frailty of the human experience.

Blasted Goat - " An orchestra of stampeding goats. Started in the summer of  2010, bringing mindless headbanging to the masses since then." Atlanta, Georgia

Owlcrusher - " 3piece playing hateful, rotten, evil sludge since 2008. Banbridge, UK

Cobrajab - " Formed in 2012/13 Cobrajab are a heavy rock band from Oklahoma City. Enduring numerous line up changes and a handful of deaths, they have continued to be rejected by venues and promoters nationwide". Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Horseburner - "Stoner metal, sludge, doom, call it what you will, Horseburner  creates riff heavy rock 'n' roll to shake your insides." Parkersburg, West Virginia.

The Stoned Horses - "Much influenced by the stoner, doom, progressive and psychedelic bands, the sound of The Stoned Horses is very fuzzy, heavy and bewitching" Quebec, Quebec.

Crucified Crow - "We're trying to feel the pain of being human through our music" Minsk, Belarus,

We Hunt Buffalo - " Rock guitar and synth sounds seeped in a copious amount of fuzz. Their catalogue is an eclectic mix, filled with hard hitting grooves and psychedelic overtones. If you like it heavy, you'll like We Hunt Buffalo." Vancouver, British Columbia.

Serpent Eater - " Black punk. Sludge." Cologne, Germany

Hogslayer - "Sludge, doom, noise." Cardiff, UK

DISCLAIMER - No animals were harmed in the recording of this show, no owls crushed, no seals clubbed, no chimps ground, and no pigs destroyed.

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Blues Funeral - 'Awakening'

So we're a year on from Blues Funeral's 'The Search' and the Time Lords have awoken from their cryogenic slumber once again, to give us another demonstration of what a 70's style proto rock release should sound like.

'Awakening' sees Blues Funeral far more comfortable in its own skin, confident in the knowledge that the band had excelled in what they wanted to achieve with 'The Search.' With that album it was obvious that the band were trying REALLY hard to emulate the heavy rock sound of the pre NWOBHM days, so much so that it felt like 'The Search' was running the risk of falling apart at the seams, such were the myriad of ideas thrown into each song. To the bands credit, it didn't and it became a prime example of how to take an snapshot of music from a completely different era, done to death by numerous clones, and keep it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable to the listener.

With 'Awakening' Blues Funeral has produced an album that is far more relaxed than it's predecessor, each track seamlessly, and smoothly melds into the next. The instruments, endlessly vying for dominance on 'The Search' are allowed to compliment one another on 'Awakening', given chance to breathe, which in turn means that guitar, drums, vocals and bass and organ, are joyously entwined in a tango of glorious, prog enriched rock.

For comparison, the nearest recent release is the self titled album by Necromandus. What makes 'Awakening' so different is the diversity and willingness to experiment. The metal thread that was prominent throughout 'The Search' has been blunted a little, but stepping up to the plate we have the glowing twin guitar licks of Maurice Eggenschwiler, and Jan Kimmel, enriched by an accompaniment of swirling organ, more prominent here than on 'The Search.'

To sum up what 'Awakening' by Blues Funeral means to the modern rock scene that hankers after the vintage glory of the great late 60's,early 70's, their first release 'The Search' resuscitated the  corpse of overblown progressive hard rock, 'Awakening' however has it dancing a jig.

Friday, 4 August 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 65 - Core of Destruction radio 5/8/2017

The Shrieks From Below Show, playing on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9 pm CET, 8pm UK.

Lots of new and unreleased songs today, and the usual mix of the forgotten and the waiting to be discovered. Doom, stoner, sludge and good old heavy metal, plus a rare ballad thrown in for good measure.

Thank you's this week goes to:

Jon Cox of The Asound
Jesse Vengrove of Glacier
Roberto Mura of Third I Rex Label
Stephen of The Stone Eye
C Rage records for Space Cadaver
Byron Muller of Kings of Improv

Band Order

The Asound - North Carolina doom, stoner, sludge

Glacier - " Formed in Boston in 2012, Glacier is a five piece instrumental band, whose music fully embodies their name, a crushingly loud and unrelenting force.

Row of Ashes - " This debut collection of songs share a tense atmosphere which all vary dramatically in dynamics. Owing as much to a Phil Spector style wall of undulating apocalyptic noise channelled through stack amps, as to the emotional honesty of T.S Elliot's Wasteland, it could be the sonic equivalent of watching a storm develop, destroy everything around you and finally assessing the devastation once it has passed."

Miss Lava - " The album, 'Sonic Debris' witnesses the band exploring new sonic landscapes and an open and inclusive creative process. Throughout, they design explosive sound textures,  get high on psychedelic asteroids and unleash obscure beasts. The album is a sonic voyage with a diversity beyond anything yet evidenced by the band."

The Stone Eye - " Alternative/fuzzy rock duo from Philadelphia. Catchy, fuzz filled rock without a label."

Ossasstorium - " Lithuanian death metal band"

Fattura Della Morte - Australian doom/sludge

Space Cadaver - "3-piece post metal from the blackest holes of outer space"

Kings of Improg - " Is an instrumental, progressive rock band hailing from Benoni, East of Johannesburg, South Africa. The band has been together since 2012 and blends an eclectic mix of genres from hard alternative rock, to progressive metal with blues, jazz and reggae influences, with everything in between, often describing themselves as a progressive, psychedelic, instrumental, blues rock jam band."

Montanas - " Montanas is a sludge metal band from Argentina"

Stone Angels - "Stone Angels was born from tragedy."

Black Capricorn - " Doom metal from Italy"

Saturday, 29 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 64 - Core of Destruction Radio 29/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, as played on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET,

A bit of a ripper this week. 15 songs which is something of a record.

Band Order

SAPATA - " Sapata, the dancing dead from old temples. Its a word from mouths of ancient kings. Sapata is stories and soundwaves of life and death joy, pain and depression. It is a mystic and beautiful ceremony to love and death.

GOBLIN KING - "Dark, violent. Psychotic.Goblin King are a death 'n' roll quartet from London, founded in 2017, Goblin King bring you thundering guitars, harrowing cries and all forms of controversial that would make Immortan Joe proud. Inspired by the heaviness of Entombed, and the ferociousness of Amen, Goblin King reap a vulgar taste of what is life and death, truth and despair."

DYSPLACER - "Dysplacer blends elements of sludge, punk, doom and ambient into guitar and bass heavy riffs, backed with hard hitting drums"

GIDRAH - "Portland sludge metal from the furthest reaches of space"

HACKMAN - " On their debut album, 2007's 'The New Normal' Boston Trio, Hackman combine their length combined experience in the heavy stoner rock underground, into seven acts of worship to the almighty riff"

MAD GOD - "Mad God is a psychedelic doom band from Johannesburg"

SANGUE NERO - " Sangue Nero are not your average black metal band. Mixing tribal/folk elements with harsh dissonant guitars and insanely unique vocals, these guys are another pearl from the Italian underground this year"

CASCADES - "Cascades explores elements of crushing hardcore and experimental noise, coupled with rich orchestral swells of analogue synthesizers and a strong underlying melodic thread"

RED APPLE - " The band started in 2006 and we continue punishing ourselves playing and we enjoy it. We play rock and roll as you remember it, like you have never heard it.

MORTICIAN - "The heaviest band in the universe is here to crush you. Kill!!"

BATTALIONS - "Dirt ridden sludge from the wastelands of Hull"

ZOZORBA - "The brainchild of Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom) Zozorba formed in 2006 and quickly released two crushing full lengths of atmospheric sludge metal. 'Harmonic Tremors' (2007) and 'Bird of Prey' (2008). Now 5 years later, the band has re-emerged with ' Savage Masters' their most aggressive and straightforward release to date."

CYANIC - " The long awaited debut full length from Cyanic 'Litanies of Lust Unholy'  crushes through twelve tracks with wave after wave of relentless satanic violence. Raging, brutal, blackened death metal with no breakdowns, no sweeps, only total blasting hatred. For fans of 1349, Cannibal Corpse, Mortician.

NOCTURNUS - "Known as one of the first death metal bands to incorporate keyboard and sci -fi themed sound effects into their music (Encyclopedia Metallum)

Massive thank you's to the following awesome people:

Paul Williamson of Goblin King
Tim Harbour of Mad God
Roberto Mura of Third I Rex
Lachlan of Art as Catharsis Label
Phil of Battalions

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love

Cultes Des Ghoules - Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love

Ok, so, confession time. Up until a couple of months ago, I had totally ignored Cultes Des Ghoules, due to a bigoted attitude to black metal, but boy how I would have kicked myself if I had missed out on a piece of music that would have been my top album of 2016 if I hadn't been so bigoted about black metal.

'Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of love' is a lycanthropic symphony for the disturbed, the cold caress from the talon of the withered old crone, before suddenly shrieking like a banshee cursing you to hell. With this album, Cultes Des Ghoules, has purveyed a sense of unease. It's like meeting the stare of a psychopath and realising that there really is nothing in the eyes except bad intentions.

At 100 minutes long, there or there about, 'Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love' is a monster of an album that demands you listen to it in its entirety in one sitting so as to become enthralled by this ceremony of the damned. There is a conceptual flow to this album that reminds me of Sabbat's  'Dreamweaver'  but not so much a story, rather a perpetual nightmare, an adorcism for spectral beings that dwell in the darkest of shadows.

With each track a sacrament to the sickness that pervades in the very best underground metal genres, be it the poltergeist mischief of black metal, or the dank oppression of doom / death,Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love, should lie, buried in unconsecrated ground, a driven stake splitting its black heart.

Friday, 21 July 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW ~ Core of Destruction Radio 22/7/2017

The Shrieks From Below, Playing on Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

Band order : 

Decay Of Reality. "There are no healthy and happy, there are non-examined and happily ignorant." This is the ideology of death metal band Decay of Reality that issued two demos in 2012. Both demos were recorded in Primordial Studio well known for their work with the avant- garde of Russian funeral death/doom. Decay of Reality deals with psychogenic disorders, manias, phobias, and borderline states of mind.

Black Thyria was formed in 2014. The four members were known from band projects Schafott, Stonehead, Venatoris, Panzerkreuzer and Steelclad. The music of Black Thyria contains styles such as death, black, doom and heavy metal.

Void Cruiser Has always been there. Only now, the crew have awakened from their cryogenic sleep and they are on a holy quest, a quest for groove and The Massive Resonance. Those who follow will find glory and rewards indescribable with mere words.

Atomic Vulture. Conceived in 2011, Atomic Vulture is an instrumental 3 piece stone/space rock outfit from Belgium. They sound old school, dusty, and they rock like the centre of the Sun. Heavy, swirling grooves, thunderous driving beats and some seriously hot bass lines. Their tracks have a nice atmosphere often swinging between fuzzed out grooves and a more ambient style not forgetting to add some psyched, or even doom aesthetics from time to time.

Koloss Heavy, dark tones and beautiful, melancholic and melodic passages is what defines the sound of Koloss. The lyrics are often portraying an apocalyptic world. The vision is the future, the message is that change  is necessary for our  and our precious Earth's survival.

Kingsnake. Formed in 2006 out of the ashes of a band formerly known as Sugar Daddie. Their sound reflects the hard work and honesty that the members pour into their music. They are true masters of their craft.

Unravel. Death metal influenced hardcore/punk

Strange Broue. Turn on, tune in, drop out.

Lonkkavika. Metal, doom crust,sludge,Finland

Nomadic Rituals. 3 piece sludge/doom metal outfit from Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dolmenn. Is a band which is characterized by the fusion of different  musical influences from stoner, doom and metal genres. Dolmenn's sound reminds those prehistoric  dolmens, hard and heavy, which were used by pagan's to worship gods.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

ATOMIC TRIP - Strike # 1

Atomic Trip - Strike # 1

Like a stoned colossus slowly being sucked under the mire, Atomic Trip unleashes two songs, each nearly twenty minutes in length. Oppressive, hypnotic doom that has just hit the sweet spot, slow, but stopping just short of being labelled drone and potentially boring the hell out of everyone. This is Sleep , their groove and swagger  supplanted by an immovable force of extra dissonance, almost Bismuth like, but with a warmth to the sound rather than the bleak drones of the Nottingham band.

Each, drawn out chord, is encapsulated with a veil of heaving discordance as hypnotic as it is painful, self flagellation by sledgehammer. Fortunately, the occasional break into psychedelic licks prevents Strike #1 from becoming tedious and prevents the listener from becoming victim to sensory overload, but ultimately one can't help the feeling of being swept aside by the Hand Of God , then trampled underfoot.

Worship at the Sepulchre of doom!