I know, I know, I know, you don't come here for my shitty sludge but for the rare oldies I post. I can see that when looking at the dl rate. I know real doomsters don't need this heteroclyte blog to find music they like and a lot of blogs specialized in this genre provide musch fresher food for their ears than mine. I see more dl when I post rare sludge oldies (such as Asbestosdeath or Adolf Satan) but I can't help to post new bands I find exciting. Maybe one day I'll see that you have the curiosity to get them for a try. Today is an excellent British band named Berserkowtiz (not easy not to mispell) with an EP released 2 years ago and that they provide now freely on their myspace here. It's brutal and extreme, it smells the earth coal miners worked in when they were young ("We were raised on a diet of nought but coal, water and mud"). This gives to their music an authenticity you don't always feel in the bands alike. They say that their music has changed and we wait impatiently for their future tracks. Meanwhile, enjoy a little sonor bath in a coal and mud water here.
I can't honestly tell you that it's the true 5th album of Barry Ryan (the one following Red Man in 1971 that you can find here) since I don't have the original one in vinyl and that it has never been reissued in CD (dirty bastards of the music industry, when I read your crocodile tears about pirates who will kill the artists it makes me want to cut your head as our great Robespierre did 2 centuries ago with the king). So I tried my best during the last months to gather the most songs I could that featured on the original one. Unfortunately, on the various compilations I bought over the last 30 years here and there, often cheap ones issued in hurry to cash on nostalgia, with ugly cover sleeves (but the originals were also quite ugly and this is one of the reasons this singer was never considered seriously by the "true" music amateurs although Queen literally committed plagiarism and installed their style from these roots) I was able to find only 9 among the 12 songs. The 3 missing songs are "Rhode Island Red", "I Think You Know My Name" and "Slow Down". The last can be heard on a youtube link below but no trace of it in MP3. To reduce frustration, I added a song recorded and released this same year (1972), the wonderful "I'm Sorry Susan". And now some words about the music. This album is a radical change from the classic Paul & Barry Ryan style everyone knows (at least everyone knows "Eloïse"). Paul Ryan is not in anymore (except on older titles) and over are the great orchestral arrangements. Here we have a kind of Beatles-go-glam style (more Bowie-Roy Wood than Bolan-Roxy) with unexpected excursions in hard rock ("Storm is Brewing" and "Slow Down" sounds like Led Zeppelin shagging Black Sabbath and I'm sure we would be surprised if we knew who were the musicians on these titles). All in all, it's enjoyable and Barry could sing anything he'd be interesting to listen to. For the sleeve, I chose drawings from a fantastic chinese artist called Li Xiaoxuan but I didn't find any blog or site to link, only here to see more. I'll use some other ones later maybe but. Meanwhile, enjoy this (uncomplete) LP here.
Thou is what I call a fucking great band. Call it sludge or what you want, it's only the best music on the planet for me, the only one relevant to the present state of the world and don't fucking tell me about the greatness of the past, nothing can compete compare to the highness sludge reached over the last years, and Thou is among the best you can find (even if there are more and more genuine grandeur in the genre). Last year they released a magnificent LP called Tyrant (you don't have it ? Go rotting somewhere I'm not) and after some split 7" and an EP with Black Sabbath covers, they come back with this 4-trax product released on cassette (yes, cassette) and vinyl. Mixing the best Sludge (they're from Louisiana, they know the nature of the game) with total drone (the eponymous track), a little bit of thrash and sometimes even dark metal ("Out of the Mouth of aFool"), they propose a quintessence of what dirty electricity and muddy mind can produce when translated in art. They conclude with a cover of Nirvana ("Sifting"), the second one after "Aneurysm". What's fascinating in Thou is that extreme violence and delicateness can coexist. It's a tour-de-force. This EP is dl on their site but you can find it here.
A great live cover of the Sabbath's "Into The Void" (sound's not bad except the vocals)
From a recent show (sound's not excellent). More on youtube from this set.
Two never released tracks from the great Dazzling Killmen and that you can only find on the Recuerda compilation although the B-side I chose, an unamed song, was a hidden one on the LP and it's not impossible you did know it even existed. The 2 are quite different, "My Lacerations" being DK as fast and wild as they can be (and short, less than 2 min) whereas the unamed track is rather long (more than 6 min) and more complex in structure. Both are essential must-have for any DK fan and largely for any amateur of extreme music making from internal suffering a musical equivalent. I of course did the front and back cover sleeves myself, taken on the fantastic deviantART (here), the front from an artist called rockerdish, the back from another called crazythis. Go to see their galleries. I find both images fitting perfectly with the DK's music. Enjoy here.
Even if Madness is one of my fave band since 1980, The Liberty of Norton Folgate my fave last year album, and the concert at the Paris Zenith seen last friday one of the most fabulous I ever saw in my (long) life, I'm quite upset by their stupid choice to issue a shortened version of this album as the edit one (15 songs), the complete version (22 songs) being only available on a boxed set rather expensive and consisting in 3 CDs (one live) presently rather hard to find. Honestly, I consider the album to be the best of last year only when including the 22 songs. If only limited to the edit version, it's a exceptionally good album but it doesn't reach a cult status as in its complete version. So, here I allow Madness amateurs to enjoy the whole of it in posting the 7 missing songs. You'll see that some of them were worth to be in the edit version more than some of the chosen ones. In particular "Hunchback of Torriano" and "One Fine Day" are among their best. Enjoy them here.
In streaming, the superb "One Fine Day". Oh the life that we lived The life that we had Well, it wasn't all bad We had our ups We sure had our downs But before they bring on the clowns One fine day when all of this Just one fine day yes all of this Before they're dancing on our graves Let's spend the time and money that we'll never save I will reflect on that moment I remember the time When there was no reason, no rhyme And nobody knows What tomorrow will bring
So before the big fat ladies sing One fine day when all of this Just one fine day yes all of this 'Cause, it's the life that we've lived It's the life that we had Well my friends, tell me, was it all bad? We had our ups We sure had our downs But before they bring on the clowns One fine day when all of this Just one fine day yes all of this Before they're dancing on our graves Let's spend the time and money that we'll never save One fine day when all of this Just one fine day yes all of this... Is gone
And below the 4 videos of the 4 singles driven from the album.
If you read here and there reviews about this Czech band, you'll see that I'm not the only one to say that among the plethoric "suiveurs" of Neurosis, Lvmen is one of the best, strongest, most original, avoiding a boring tendancy to play contemplative suites supposed to be to music what impressionism was to painting. I've been seducted some years by this approach but for the last 5 years, it bores me to death (that's the reason why I stop the records before actually dying). Not Lvmen, who take you by the bollocks (or ovaries according to your gender) and mix with it's post-rock à-la Neurosis some hardcore à-la Converge but always with something more palatable and more modest than these two combos. And Lvmen are not new in the scene. They began 12 years ago and this is their second album only (a third was released in 2008). If you are in Pelican, Isis, Ocean and all this scene, I'm sure Lvmen will enter in your top as soon as you'll listen to them and make you understand why they're far better. Give a try here.
Second 7" from the great Dazzling Killmen and a true masterpiece this one. The band (and specially Nick Sakes) succeeded in mixing the Albini style with something much more emotive and inventive too (listen to the sax and the crescendo on the A-side, it's not far from the Laughing Clowns but with an intensity that Ed Kuepper never reached). We are some on this planet to consider this band as a reference among references for rock music, not only the noise "niche" and I hope that some of you coming here for seventies rarities or Doom obscurities will have the mind open enough to give an ear to a noise band such as the Dazlling Killmen. Moreover, in the rage I am against humanity in general (most notably these pathetic shitheads that voting innocents have given power to) and people I have to work with in particular, these 2 songs seem a wink from hell that give me the strenght to go on with the perspective that they'll all die in flames. Destroy your ears with it here.
Ghost Limb, the A-side below
"Torture", the B-side, played in 1994 live.
Five years after Katrina, Louisiana will have to face one of the worst oil spill of history. After Haïti, here's again a place that we can call doom! Not a surprise voodoo is so pregnant there. Only such a religion can be relevant to so many disasters. One year ago, I was in New Orleans, during the NO music festival. The atmosphere was fantastic. As a French, living in a country in which people don't know to be festive without being grotesque, where arrogant face with unfriendly talk is a national sport, being in NO during these 2 days seem to be on another planet. And a planet where I would have liked to live. While walking the promenade longing the Mississipi, going from a stage to another with the same delight, my ears caught a well-known thema played by a complete brass band just on the next stage. I went there. It was Bonerama, a brass band who were playing "War Pigs" from Black Sabbath. One of the most exciting musical moment in my life. This doom hymn transformed in a joyful celebration was not a musical waste but a reincarnation that fitted perfectly the place and the moment. Without, strangely, losing its dark content cos' here only in Lousiana death and violence can dance with life and tenderness. The next day, I bought the album featuring "War Pigs" (a live one recorded in New York in 2004) on it and had the surprise to see that they also played another Sabbath song: "The Wizard". No more needed to create today a fake single with these 2 covers on it. Talking about cover, for this single I chose a (quite mediocre but fascinating) painting that is rather in harmony with the content. Hoping that the demons will protect this land against this petrol shit sent by these cupid predators of BP, danse a little voodoo danse with this doom brass hymns here.
Below, "The Wizard" with a rather good sound. You can find many videos of Bonerama playing "War Pigs" on Youtube but none has a really good sound.
This is the first of the 3 7" released by Dazzling Killmen (a split single was also issued but I don't count it in). Thanx to Shinju Gumi for the cover sleeve since I don't have the single (neither I have the next one but both are on the Recuerda compilation, it's just the pleasure to put back these songs in the context of their release, if you come on this blog, you know the concept). The 2 songs on this single are not easy-listening I prefer to advise. But if you like demanding but rewarding rock (the way Coltrane's could be to jazz), it's for you. It's quite strange than on "Bottom Feeder", the B-side, we can hear John Peel saying he's into Dazzling Killmen since this is their first single and they had not released anything before it. If you have an explanation, thanx to leave it in comments below. Meanwhile have a trip to hell here.
If you love Jesus Lizard, Craw or Janitor Joe, Liquor Tricks will be one your fave bands as soon as you will listen to the songs of this fantastic LP recorded in 2000-01 and released in 2002 but unfortunately not so legendary as it should be. The band was unfortunately again quite short-lived but they must be respected for this great offer to music. It's raw, violent, quite sludgy in a way, and it makes you headbang all alone in your shitty hole that you call home. Not a note is superflous. Sometimes the tempo is slower and it's one of the main difference with the above cited bands since here Liquor Tricks is not far from sludge although it's still pure noise a-la Amphetamine Reptile. Believe me, Comfort merits to be considered one of the great achievements of the 2000's. No more to add, enjoy this orgasmic sonor pain here.
In streaming the track I find the most thrilling, "Down".
This LP is sometimes considered as the first true come-back album of Melanie after more than 15 years during which she had quite lost herself in various and unfruitfull attempts to find a way to survive musically. This is the first album on which her 3 children collaborate, notably her son Beau-Jarred who will be so essential in the further decade. But honestly, there are too much weak and sometimes bad songs or arrangements on it to agree. However, since there are some great songs, it's impossible not to add it to a necessary Melanie's collection, the reason it's here today. Above all there's the eponymous title, maybe one of her strongest and most moving song of her whole repertoire. Everything's is thrilling in it, from the lyrics to the voice via the orchestration. It's a complete masterpiece and of course is the streaming song below. Don't miss too her interpretation the same year on stage with her daughters and a bass-drums rhythm section. Great also are the Beatles cover "Any Time At All" and 2 other originals "Something Warm" and "You Don't Know Me" in a version very different (and not as fantastic I must admit), than the one featuring on Crazy Love 7 years later. There's also the nice "Summer Of Love". The rest is rather weak and sometimes quite unlistenable as are the 2 duets (on "Beautiful People" in a terrible version and the insipid "I Don't Know What Love Is") surely meant to put Melanie back in the spotlight, but it failed. All in all, half of the LP is enjoyable and if you are, like me, a Melanie's addict, you can't ignore the good part of it. Enjoy it here.
The album was reissued with a different sleeve in 2005 without "I Don't Know What Love Is" replaced by "Never Had To Be Alone Chant". Below is the front sleeve of this reissue.
Old Bitch Warrior. Old Bitch Warrior She sleeps in the grave People think so, but what they don't know Is she roams the streets In the still of the night Ready to conquer Up for the fight Oh she's not afraid The steel in her pocket The ice in her veins Fingers are callused Her nails thick and black She's made her decision And there's no turning back Old Bitch Warrior A scream in the night Look over your shoulder Put on the light That wind in the shadows She's with us you pray Someone will find her And take her away She's not afraid The steel in her pocket The ice in her veins Oh she can't be ignored The building is burning With a lock on the door Old Bitch Warrior She sleeps in the grave People think so, but what they don't know She roams the streets in the still of the night Ready to conquer 'Till they take her away She's not afraid The steel in her pocket And ice in her veins Enemies scatter When she comes around There's comfort in thoughts of her Dead in the ground