Saturday 28 December 2019

Best of the year 2019

These are the albums that made me jump up and down and want to smash things.
They are not numbered - all deserve to be at the top. Remember kids, I am right
and you are wrong. There will be no descriptions - you will have to participate
and press play and actually listen to them.

I have been a lazy cunt recently - I hope to post more often. Or not.

Sunday 15 December 2019

El Drugstore - The Golden Age of Bad Ideas

El Drugstore describe themselves as "Instrumental Freak
Attack" and with those words, launch into a whirling,
insane barrage of riffs, timings, dizzy note abuse and
powerhouse drumming.

Early Mastodon meet the Cardiacs doing Botch cover numbers
is probably the nearest I can get to a quick description and even
then I am falling short of the mark.

This is head-fuck music of the highest order and I gladly embrace
its almost psychedelic and psychotic aggression gladly.

Technical chops they have in abundance but unlike so many
instrumental metal/hardcore bands, El Drugstore have the vision
and tunes to pull it off. 

Like "On The Corner" by Miles Davis, at first it seems almost too
complex and random to make sense but under the distorted instruments
there is a fucked up groove happening. 

This is the perfect soundtrack for a world full of tension, mistrust,
loners, paranoia and nerves shot to pieces with coffee and hate.

Saturday 14 December 2019

Cloud Rat - Pollinator

Like a rabid dog raping your childhood innocence, Cloud Rat
have unleashed a fucking tempest of punk, hardcore and grind
which will melt your face off.

Manic drums unite with furious buzzsaw guitars that
lay the template from which the frontwoman, Madison, can
unleash a barrage of fearsome shrieks that somehow contain
real emotion and feeling, rather than just some routine throat-

What makes this stand out though, are the inserts of clean
vocals, spoken word, keyboards, ghostly chanting
and other superior touches that bring a huge depth of
atmospherics into this bleak masterpiece.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Crazed chaos from this drum / bass duo.

Brutal, fast noise rock - the drummer sounds like he
is playing 2 kits at the same time and fuck knows what
the bass is going through - thick fuzz guitar tones envelop
the tunes, with grunted vocals buried in the mix.

This is like World War 3 going off in your head but much
more fun - it made me jump up and down.