Monday, December 11, 2017

Neurosis

Neurosis - Short Wave Warfare - 0
Neurosis - Pain Of Mind - 1987
Neurosis - Pain Of Mind - 1987
Neurosis - Aberration EP - 1989
Neurosis - The Word As Law - 1990
Neurosis - The Word As Law - 1991
Neurosis - Souls At Zero - 1992
Neurosis - Enemy Of The Sun - 1993
Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood - 1996
Neurosis - Times Of Grace - 1999
Neurosis - Sovereign - 2000
Neurosis - A Sun That Never Sets - 2001
Neurosis - Official Bootleg.01.Lyon.France.11.02.99 - 2002
Neurosis - Official Bootleg.02.Stockholm.Sweden.10.15.99 - 2003
Jarboe, Neurosis - Neurosis & Jarboe - 2003
Neurosis - The Eye Of Every Storm - 2004
Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay - 2012
01. Neurosis - Short Wave Warfare, 0 Vinyl LP Album Unofficial Release
     Not On Label - none
     Live recording
02. Neurosis - Pain Of Mind, 1987 Vinyl LP Album
     Alchemy Records - VM105
03. Neurosis - Pain Of Mind, 1987 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 146CD
     Reissue from 1994
04. Neurosis - Aberration EP, 1989 Vinyl 7" 45 RPM EP
     Lookout! Records - #12
05. Neurosis - The Word As Law, 1990 Vinyl LP Album
     Lookout! Records - Lookout 021
06. Neurosis - The Word As Law, 1991 CD Album
     Lookout! Records - LOOKOUT 21CD
     with bonus tracks from previous LP and EPs
07. Neurosis - Souls At Zero, 1992 CD Album
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 109CD
08. Neurosis - Enemy Of The Sun, 1993 CD Album
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 134CD
09. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood, 1996 CD Album
     Iron City Records - ICR 002 CD
10. Neurosis - Times Of Grace, 1999 CD Album
     Relapse Records - RR 6419-2
11. Neurosis - Sovereign, 2000 CD EP Enhanced
     Neurot Recordings - NR-008
12. Neurosis - A Sun That Never Sets, 2001 CD Album
     Relapse Records - RR 6496-2
13. Neurosis - Official Bootleg.01.Lyon.France.11.02.99, 2002 CD Album
     Neurot Recordings - nr019
14. Neurosis - Official Bootleg.02.Stockholm.Sweden.10.15.99, 2003 CD Album
     Neurot Recordings - nr027
15. Jarboe, Neurosis - Neurosis & Jarboe, 2003 CD HDCD Album
     Neurot Recordings - NR 028
16. Neurosis - The Eye Of Every Storm, 2004 Vinyl LP Album x 2
     Neurot Recordings - NR-033
17. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay, 2012 CD Album Limited Edition
     Neurot Recordings - NR085
According to none other than myself, Neurosis has three distinct era: the hardcore of the 1st two albums and EP, the experimental anger with lots of doom and noises of the 90s, and after that the sad and melancholic waves of sweet long stuff. I will eternally be a fan of the hardcore era, from the straight forward classic punk thrash of Pain of Mind to the more Blast-like sound of Word As Law. For something completely different, the following anger/doom albums are amazing too - the high point being the evil monster Through Silver In Blood. Then I started to get bored with the sad stuff. It is musically excellent, but they can't sing and it ruins it for me. You need actual singers to perform on this kind of musical landscapes, not depressed lumberjacks who lost their axes and saws in the pond where suicidal angels come to drown. According to Church Of Zer standards, you are allowed to use a death metal growler on your sad music if he has the class of the guys in Temple Of Void or Esoteric, or else Peter Steele. But not his post-bar fight whining. Too bad because most of this stuff could match the Sonic Mass from Amebix, but it does not because the Baron sings beautifully, lui. That's why my favorite of this era is the awesome album featuring  Jarboe, who sings like an angel about to dive in thick black waters without a snorkel. This album rules! Then there was that tedious, bore fest of a show I attended a few years ago, which did nothing to revive the passion. Neurosis ruled, and they probably still do, let me know if the last album is worth a try for non-insomniacs.
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MRR readers should read this. Glad I stopped buying that crap zine in 1987, surprised it still exists  - yeah, now on the capitalist interwebs with their own capitalist website!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hellwitch

Hellwitch - Syzygial Miscreancy - 1990
Hellwitch - Final Approach - 2003
Hellwitch - Omnipotent Convocation - 2009
01. Hellwitch - Syzygial Miscreancy, 1990 CD Album
     Wild Rags Records - WRE/902-2
02. Hellwitch - Final Approach, 2003 CD Compilation
     Progressive Arts Music - PAM 1017
03. Hellwitch - Omnipotent Convocation, 2009 CD Album
     Xtreem Music - XM 065 CD
Per strong suggestion from Stijnfest616 after the Sadus post, here come the crazy noises from Hellwitch. By crazy I mean intensity of the size and quality of Ripping Corpse at the speed of Cryptic Slaughter. This is the perfect crossover of thrash and death metal with mind blowing, unique riffs and insane vocals. It took me a while to ignore the abominable artwork on the first album and actually listen to the thing (the kind of disc I would just skip at the record store), but once it was done, I was ashamed of myself. This is just too good to be bypassed. Wild Rags knew how to select their artists! Either completely worthless or totally geniuses. And that return album from 2009 is no less amazing, they are still in total command of all their weaponry. The 2003 disc is a compilation featuring the first album and various demos that go back to 1984. Triplazering thrash til the end of everything  and beyond!
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Monday, December 4, 2017

From Ashes Rise

From Ashes Rise - Silence - 2000
Victims, From Ashes Rise - From Ashes Rise / Victims - 2003
From Ashes Rise - Nightmares - 2004
01. From Ashes Rise - Silence, 2000 Vinyl 12" 45 RPM Album
     Witch Hunt - WITCH HUNT 6
02. Victims, From Ashes Rise - From Ashes Rise / Victims, 2003 Vinyl LP Repress
     Havoc Records - HC1211 , Compilation
     Contains 17 songs by: Victims, From Ashes Rise
03. From Ashes Rise - Nightmares, 2004 Vinyl LP Album Reissue
     Havoc Records - HC1219
Hardcore punk with the dbeat tag: zer. Great stuff with almost zero originality that equally draws from the template (Discharge) with increased speed and diminished menace, and from the first (and best!) Neurosis record. It actually sounds like the dudes from Neurosis perform the vocals here. There are more subtleties in the guitar department than on your regular Discharge barrage of riffs, but it is not necessarily an improvement as the melodic dimension of some of the riffs brings out the sadness of the neurosisness while I'd rather have noise and destruction. I don't know, sadness works better in the realm of doom metal as far as I am concerned. But this is very well done anyway and deserves the full attention of fans of augmented dbeat hardcore.
Link to FLAC of the 1st album is welcome.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sadus

Sadus - Chemical Exposure - 1988
Sadus - Chemical Exposure - 1988
Sadus - Swallowed In Black - 1990
Sadus - A Vision Of Misery - 1992
Sadus - Elements Of Anger - 1997
Sadus - Out For Blood - 2006
01. Sadus - Chemical Exposure, 1988 Vinyl LP Album Reissue
     Roadracer Records - RO 9259-1
     Reissue from 1991 - reissue of Illusions
02. Sadus - Chemical Exposure, 1988 CD Album Remastered Reissue
     Metal Mind Productions - MASS CD 0990
     Reissue from 2007
03. Sadus - Swallowed In Black, 1990 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered Reissue Remastered
     Metal Mind Productions - MASS CD DG 0991
     Reissue from 2007
04. Sadus - A Vision Of Misery, 1992 CD Album
     Roadracer Records - RO 9180-1
05. Sadus - Elements Of Anger, 1997 CD Album
     Mascot Records - M 7026 2
06. Sadus - Out For Blood, 2006 CD Album Enhanced
     Mascot Records - M 7173 2
Super intensity and mind ravage from the legend of thrashing death aggression! Extra high class thrash bordering on the territories of death (the style and the band - yeah some of these dudes played in Death too), this is more or less the top notch of the style: the extra wet dream of fans of Dark Angel | Wehrmacht | Destruction, only faster, meaner and technically expanded - those superb bass lines. Extra sound brutality by experts in brain surgery, as fucking fast as fucking tight and out to get you like a pack of mega-sharks. Illusions/Chemical Exposure is one most brutal debut, then highest defenestration is achieved through the unbelievable classic Swallowed In Black which managed to vaporize all metal heads despite the late 80s blossoming of death and black metal. One of the very brightest neutron stars in the EZTT thrashiverse! The following two albums have a more controlled and darker Coroner vibe, especially Anger, while Out For Blood was a nasty return to straight thrashing in Slayer fashion. All great classic stuff. We are still waiting for the follow-up bomb! Meanwhile, let's get all again swallowed in black until the end of forever!
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Shellac

Shellac - The Rude Gesture (A Pictorial History) - 1993
Shellac - Uranus - 1993
Shellac - ライヴイン東京 - 1994
Shellac - The Bird Is The Most Popular Finger - 1994
Shellac - Terraform - 1998
Shellac - 1000 Hurts - 2000
Shellac - At Action Park - 2002
Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound - 2007
Shellac - Dude Incredible - 2014
01. Shellac - The Rude Gesture (A Pictorial History), 1993 Vinyl 7" 45 RPM Single
     Touch And Go - TG123
02. Shellac - Uranus, 1993 Vinyl 7" 45 RPM Single
     Touch And Go - TG124
03. Shellac - ライヴイン東京, 1994 CD Limited Edition
     Nux Organization - NUX-D10
04. Shellac - The Bird Is The Most Popular Finger, 1994 Vinyl 7" 45 RPM Single
     Drag City - DC44
05. Shellac - Terraform, 1998 CD Album
     Touch And Go, Touch And Go - TG 200 CD, TG 200
06. Shellac - 1000 Hurts, 2000 Vinyl LP Album, CD Album, Box Set
     Touch And Go - TG211
07. Shellac - At Action Park, 2002 Vinyl LP Album Reissue
     Touch And Go - TG141
08. Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound, 2007 Vinyl LP Album, CD Album
     Touch And Go - TG303
09. Shellac - Dude Incredible, 2014 CD Album
     Touch And Go - TG404CD
Alt-rock, or post-punk, or whatever - Shellac rule the sound of scalpels. In these old ears, they have always sounded like a reply to NoMeansNo with enthusiasm for colder words and no screams. And like NMN, they have a gift for infectious grooves and mind-bending stop/go architectures under elongated bridges of words. Shellac rocks util you drop!
UPDATE: All download links here.
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ATTENTION: this is not a test. The hosting provider for churchofzer.com just woke up after 5 years to the fact that large zip files are downloaded from here.
This is apparently a breach of their ToS and I have 2 days to remove everything before access to the site is blocked.
I do not think an alternative exists at a reasonable price. I am not to upgrade my current plan to a dedicated server and pay even bigger $ to satisfy the increasing quantity of visitors of this blog.
So the only alternative is to switch back to free storage like Mediafire. Generating content through these free hosts will demand more work from me (because I currently generate every post automatically, now I will have to manually replace download URLs), so the frequency of posting will decrease further.
Everything that is currently available for DL directly from churchofzer.com, including this post, will be gone by tomorrow night.

UPDATE 11/28: to avoid taking any risk of the site being taken down, all zip files are now removed.
For those who missed the Shellac, find them all here. All other archives are gone forever.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Anthem

Anthem - Anthem - 1985
Anthem - Tightrope - 1986
Anthem - The Show Carries On! - 1987
Anthem - Bound To Break - 1987
Anthem - The Show Carries On! Complete Version - 1987
Anthem - The Show Carries On! Complete Version - 1987
Anthem - Gypsy Ways - 1988
Anthem - Hunting Time - 1989
Anthem - Love On The Edge - 1990
Anthem - Special - 1990
Anthem - No Smoke Without Fire - 1990
Anthem - Last Anthem - 1992
Anthem - Domestic Booty - 1992
Anthem - Heavy Metal Anthem - 2000
Anthem - Seven Hills = セヴン・ヒルズ - 2001
Anthem - Grieve Of Heart - 2001
Anthem - Overload = オーヴァーロード - 2002
Anthem - The Voices - 2002
Anthem - Live' Melt Down - 2003
Anthem - Onslaught - 2004
Anthem - Eternal Warrior = エターナル・ウォリアー - 2004
Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx - 2005
Anthem - Official Bootleg - 2005
Anthem - Official Bootleg - 2005
Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx - 2005
Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx - 2005
Anthem - Immortal Bind = イモータル・バインド - 2006
Anthem - Immortal = イモータル - 2006
Anthem - Black Empire = ブラック・エンパイア - 2008
Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx 2 - 2010
Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx 2 - 2010
Anthem - Heraldic Device = ヘラルディック・ディヴァイス - 2011
Anthem - Burning Oath - 2012
Anthem - EVIL ONE - 2012
Anthem - Absolute World - 2014
Anthem - Engraved - 2017
01. Anthem - Anthem, 1985 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1172, KICS 1172
     Reissue from 2005
02. Anthem - Tightrope, 1986 Vinyl LP Album
     Black Dragon Records - BD 019
03. Anthem - The Show Carries On!, 1987 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     Nexus - KICS 2872
     Reissue from 2000
04. Anthem - Bound To Break, 1987 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1174, KICS 1174
     Reissue from 2005
05. Anthem - The Show Carries On! Complete Version, 1987 CD Album Reissue x 2
     Nexus - KICS 1170~71
     Reissue from 2005
06. Anthem - The Show Carries On! Complete Version, 1987 CD Album Reissue x 2
     Nexus - KICS 1170~71
     Reissue from 2005
07. Anthem - Gypsy Ways, 1988 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1175, KICS 1175
     Reissue from 2005
08. Anthem - Hunting Time, 1989 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1176, KICS 1176
     Reissue from 2005
09. Anthem - Love On The Edge, 1990 CD EP
     Nexus - KIDS-2
     Reissue from 0
10. Anthem - Special, 1990 CD EP
     Nexus - 8SSX 57
11. Anthem - No Smoke Without Fire, 1990 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1177, KICS 1177
     Reissue from 2005
12. Anthem - Last Anthem, 1992 CD Album
     Nexus - KICS 235
13. Anthem - Domestic Booty, 1992 CD Album Reissue Remastered
     King Records, Nexus - KICS 1178, KICS 1178
     Reissue from 2005
14. Anthem - Heavy Metal Anthem, 2000 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-60992
15. Anthem - Seven Hills = セヴン・ヒルズ, 2001 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-61464
16. Anthem - Grieve Of Heart, 2001 CD Single
     Victor Entertainment, Inc. - VICP-61446
17. Anthem - Overload = オーヴァーロード, 2002 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-62023
18. Anthem - The Voices, 2002 CD Single
     Victor - VICP-61975
19. Anthem - Live' Melt Down, 2003 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-62308
20. Anthem - Onslaught, 2004 CD Mini EP
     Victor - VICP-62689
21. Anthem - Eternal Warrior = エターナル・ウォリアー, 2004 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-62775
22. Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx, 2005 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered x 3
     Victor - VICP-63112~114
     1987 live performance of Bound To Break
23. Anthem - Official Bootleg, 2005 CD Album Compilation x 2
     Nexus - KICS 1168
     Rare & demo tracks
24. Anthem - Official Bootleg, 2005 CD Album Compilation x 2
     Nexus - KICS 1168
     Live
25. Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx, 2005 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered x 3
     Victor - VICP-63112~114
     1985 live performance of Anthem
26. Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx, 2005 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered x 3
     Victor - VICP-63112~114
     1986 live performance of Tightrope
27. Anthem - Immortal Bind = イモータル・バインド, 2006 CD Single
     Victor - VICP-63489
28. Anthem - Immortal = イモータル, 2006 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-63550
29. Anthem - Black Empire = ブラック・エンパイア, 2008 CD Album
     Victor - VICP-64529
30. Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx 2, 2010 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered x 2
     Victor - VICP-64838~9
     1989 live performance of Hunting Time
31. Anthem - Prologue Live Boxx 2, 2010 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered x 2
     Victor - VICP-64838~9
     1988 live performance of Gypsy Ways
32. Anthem - Heraldic Device = ヘラルディック・ディヴァイス, 2011 CD, DVD DVD-Video NTSC, All Media Album Deluxe Edition
     Victor - VIZP-107
33. Anthem - Burning Oath, 2012 CD Album
     Thunderball667 - UICN-1021
34. Anthem - EVIL ONE, 2012 CD HDCD Single
     Universal Music LLC, Thunderball667 - UICN 5001, UICN 5001
35. Anthem - Absolute World, 2014 CD Album
     Thunderball667 - UICN-1067
36. Anthem - Engraved, 2017 CD Album
     Universal Music - UICN-1091
Over 35 years of heavy metal! Champagne! As contenders to the throne of Japanese metal kings, Anthem proved their competence and longevity, but did not push Loudness aside. Their sound is somewhere between Loudness and Earthshaker, i.e. less incisive and potent than Loudness, with a more radio-friendly approach. There is amazing consistency in this discography and it is difficult to point out a much higher or much lower title. I would recommend No Smoke Without Fire, Domestic Booty or Hunting Time to get a first impression, or the two most recent albums with bigger production, but a less raw metal attack. From speed metal to traditional hard rock, always loaded with killer riffs, amazing solos and unbreakable rhythmic assaults, Anthem rocks til you drop! Heavy metalizer forever triplazer!
A FLAC download link of the Trimetallic release would be very welcome.
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