Friday, December 15, 2017

Cyclone

Cyclone - Brutal Destruction - 1986
Cyclone - Inferior To None - 1990
01. Cyclone - Brutal Destruction, 1986 CD Album Limited Edition Numbered Remastered
     Metal Mind Productions - MASS CD DG 1065
     Reissue from 2007
02. Cyclone - Inferior To None, 1990 CD Album
     Justice Records - JR-CD02-90
Speed metal thrashing zer! After Acid and Warhead, Cyclone became the most renowned 80s thrash metal band from Belgium. Building upon the foundations prepared by Exodus, Destruction and the Teutonic thrash scene, Cyclone bang your head very efficiently. Nothing too innovative, everything to make you happy until the last tooth falls!
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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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!ZER From Ashes Rise ZER!

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