Monday, 15 January 2018

CRAWL ~ 30 Year Suicide (2017)

Crawl ~ 30 Year Suicide

Georgia's Crawl has sucked up all the hate, frustration, bitterness, anger and angst and laid it all before us on a 7" platter containing 2 tracks of rejection of all hope. 30 Year Suicide delivers a sermon on the catastrophic breakdown of humanity, vocalist / guitarist Eric Crowe conducting a diatribe of wrongness and delivering its obituary while sounding as though his kneecaps are being drilled at the same time.
The cacophony is enhanced by endless waves of turgid, sludge caked drone, asphyxiated in leaden dirge. There's even a guitar solo in the first track 'Pornography of Grief but we're not talking licks here, rather the sound of an autopsy saw cutting through bone.

The second track, '30 Year Suicide' starts off with an almost post - doom feel, more restrained, but the menace that permeates this (unfortunately) short release soon metastizes into another agonizing black hole of doom.

Short and not sweet...not sweet at all.

Friday, 29 December 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 81 ~ Core of Destruction Radio ( 23/12/17 )

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

There's a new The Shrieks From Below show ripping out from your speakers later on today. Playing on Core of Destruction Radio @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK. Complete carnage starting with Krypts and El Buzzard, continuing with the low end rumble of GURT. Nightstick play probably their heaviest track and I'm playing something by one of my favourite bands Jucifer. The carnage continues with OTUSMammoth Weed Wizard BastardDementia 13 and a band I regret never seeing live, Cathedral. The show finishes on a lighter note with Hotel Wrecking City Traders.
Band Order
El Buzzard
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Dementia 13
Hotel Wrecking City Traders

El Buzzard




Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard


Dementia 13


Hotel Wrecking City Traders

Thursday, 28 December 2017

UZALA ~ Uzala ( 2012 )

Uzala ~ Uzala

Stepping amongst the lazily crooked gravestones, shoes and jeans saturated from the dank, dewy, mossy ground, lungs choked on waves of swirling grave mist, something draws you to towards the heavy, oaken  church door. Is it the entrancing doom riffs, cloaked in a membrane of occult ceremony that is swirling around in your mind? Beguiled by the Elysian invocations you push on the door, its unlocked and groans as it opens. The sound intensifies, are there hints of Mercyful Fate, Angel Witch perhaps. As you descend the mold sodden steps, further into the gloom, fingertips brushing cobweb strands from your eyes, the tempo of the sound changes, bringing a sinister, nocturnal edge to the incantations.

Your heart pounds and adrenaline soaks your gut as you enter a low room lit by pale, flickering torchlight casting shadows which appear to point to a single, lonely table in the middle of the floor. Casting nervous glances all around, you take your first, tentative step towards it. The tenebrous light reveals its secret, an Ouija board atop the table. As your fingertips tentatively brush the planchette, the enthralling music reaches a crescendo and the planchette begins its agonising trail across the board. You're spellbound by the music haunting the crypt and eyes open wide as the planchette, gripped by an otherworldly power, spells out five letters U.Z.A.L.A

Addendum. ~ Uzala's self titled release is a must have for anyone new to the stoner, doom scene or those who have simply by passed it.

Monday, 18 December 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 80 ~ Core of Destruction Radio 16/12/2017

The Shrieks From Below ~ Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK

Setting up a new show on Core of Destruction Radio to be played this Saturday @2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK. As always, I'll be playing music to suit everyone into extreme music, opening with BONGRIPPER and highlighting awesome new releases by HawkmothTemple of the Fuzz Witch and The Black Sound For those new to the scene, I have America's answer to Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, That's All Folks and Stone Wedge. I like my death metal and ASHEN EPITAPH slake that particular thirst.

Listen here or here or here

Roll of Honour


Ashen Epitaph

Temple of the Fuzz Witch

The Black Sound

That's All Folks!

Solitude Aeturnus


Stone Wedge

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 79 ~ Core of Destruction Radio 9/12/2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show ~ Every Saturday @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm UK

Got a new show lined up for Saturday 9/12/17 @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm CET and 8pm UK on Core of Destruction Radio​. As always, there is a mixture of new and old, slow and fast, cosmic and subterranean. It's an honour to be able to play tracks by.....

Band Order

High On Fire​
Les Lekin​
Dollar LLama​
Corrosion Of Conformity​
Sepulchral Curse​
Morta Skuld​

You can listen here or here or via this link

Huge thanks as always to Jadd Shickler​ of Magnetic Eye Records​, Sheltered Life PR​ and the bands who support the show and have been kind enough to get in touch.

Bandcamp Links

High On Fire



Les Lekin


Dollar Llama

Corrosion Of Conformity


Sepulchral Curse


Morta Skuld


Monday, 11 December 2017

LEGBA ~ Necromance

Legba ~ Necromance

In Voodoo circles, Papa Legba is a spirit who stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives or denies permission to speak with the spirit world. It is believed he speaks every human language.

The language Legba speaks with their sophomore album 'Necromance' is the language of traditional doom, riven with a crystalline clarity that lacerates with every riff. This is an album of stark contrasts, not that dissimilar from last years self titled album, with the bone crunching heft of tracks such as 'Promise Me Sleep' intertwining with the soft blush of melody aided and abetted by the almost crooning vocals.

How 'Necromance' differs from last years release is that, although the direction the band has taken is something of a safer route, with a similar format to last years release, the tracks on this are consistently heavier. My one criticism of the self titled album is that the 'melodic' tracks, by and large, stay that way throughout. You're waiting in anticipation for something menacing to happen....but are left a little disappointed when the track passes you by without incident. However, as I mentioned earlier, on 'Necromance' each moment of serenity is stalked by the bearer of ill intent, that apex predator, the doom riff!

Remarkably, for a band that is relatively new ( although the band members have been  big hitters within the scene) they have released two albums in quick succession, both of supreme quality, I just feel that 'Necromance' although a very similar format to 'Legba' weaves far more complex tapestries throughout each song structure, nurturing the vision of that old voodoo spirit with the broad brimmed straw hat and a cane, guiding you from this world into Guinee.

'Necromance' is released 15/12/17

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW ~ No Safe Haven on Core of Destruction Radio 2/12/2017

The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show as played on Core of Destruction Radio every Saturday @2pm CST, 3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

The Shrieks From Below - No Safe Haven, playing this Saturday 2nd December on Core of Destruction Radio @ 2pm cst, 3pm est, 9pm cet and 8pm Uk. Yeah that's right, no safe haven 'cos as usual with this show, everywhere you turn, your vestibular nerves are gonna get fried or squashed. This weekend I'm really excited to be playing a lot of new or pre release tracks from bands such as Damnation's HammerPsychic LemonLegbahammada and Somali Yacht Club, plus earlier releases from Funeral Tears and Darkroom, all proving that 2017 is ending with a bang and the flame of underground music will burn just as brightly in 2018.
You can listen here or here or click this link Thank you so much to the bands for the opportunity to play such magnificent tracks and to Robustfellow for their continued support for The Shrieks From Below.
Band Order
Damnations Hammer
Funeral Tears
Psychic Lemon
Legba x2
Somali Yacht Club

Band Order
Damnation's Hammer

Funeral Tears

Psychic Lemon




Somali Yacht Club