REVIEW: Suffocation- Pinnacle of Bedlam

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REMINDER!!! Suffocation will be playing in L.A. on April 16 @ The Vex

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://www.8thdaytix.com/

When Mike Smith left the band, the world of metal drumming collapsed. When Frank Mullen said that he wouldn’t be able to tour with the band full time, we were all shocked. When you play Pinnacle of Bedlam, you might think that this is the best metal band in the world. Ironic that in moments like these, it is up to a veteran band like Suffocation to release the most brutal, angry, and revitalizing album of their entire career.
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SHOW REVIEW: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds @ The Fonda 02/21/2013

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The Fonda is establishing itself as one of the best venues in Los Angeles right now. The 1920’s building is perfect in size and cozy, intimate. It also seems like the number one option to perform very rare shows. The same way Soundgarden did with King Animal , the show was also an intimate band appearance designed to be a showcase of the release of their new album, “Push the Sky away”. As it happened with the Seattle band, the tickets tonight were around $160 a piece, which made the show even more appetizing and special. As usual, the line that crept around the building, hosted hundreds of impatient fans that wanted to be part of something special.

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EVIL CUPCAKES: SECTORIAL- Erase and Reborn the Humanity

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JV: I never imagined that grindcore could sound this tasty in Ukraine. I’ve tried many varieties in the past but this one is up there with the best dishes. Usually 23 songs in 44 minutes is too much to digest but these guys know how to make enjoyable songs with all kinds of weird arrangements without losing an inch of brutality. Did I hear a flute in the second track ironically titled “Too Much”?.

This is not your classic muddy grindcore production, the sound is excellent and you can hear all the instruments with complete clarity. These dudes also rip their instruments with rocking solos, neck-breaking riffs and fantabulous speed. I think the weakest link I don’t know why, is the singer, but still, it does the job well.

8/10. Great psychotic album

Averatu: In this case, Sectorial stands for one brutal slam in your stupid face, plus flute. If Nasum where from somewhere in Eastern Europe, and got all folk happy, the result might sound like this. Tighter than constipation, break neck speeds that make me wonder if the drums are not in fact programmed, really well recorded and produced. Even if it’s not all in English, these guys may well become the next grind powerhouse.

8/10 it grinds you down.

Get it at:

http://metalscrap.org.ua/

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

averatu

averatu@gmail.com

“Averatu hails from the far-off land of South Africa, at the piercing tip of the dark and brutal continent, where the precious metal is rare, but forged to perfection by the ‘tokoloshe’. He thinks that T9 predictive text for normal ‘stupid’ phones, sans qwerty keyboards, it’s strange, that’s why sometimes he has so many type-o’s. If you want to know about metal, then pay attention. Somehow Averatu has become involved with this cupcake pimping Spanish Fly”.

Jaime SpanishFlyFull

jaimeviejomusic@gmail.com

“Jaime Viejo AKA Spanish Fly, is an insatiable devourer of any music genre that gets in his way, especially Metal and Alt country. When he’s not listening to music, he most likely will be doing something related to music or to the world of the absurd and bizarre in the city of Los Angeles. Sound engineer graduated and frustrated Journalist, he started listening to music thanks to his rock ‘n’ roll uncle. Now he’s involved in every aspect of the music creation, from songwriting, producing to playing music in some of his projects like MindWarmer, Slam Door, or Ley De Pendulo. Big Trouble In Little China and Pulp Fiction are his favorite movies, and he still thinks that it is possible to lead a healthy lifestyle while doing all these things. Good Luck!”

EVIL CUPCAKES: JUGGERNAUGHT- Bring the Meat Back

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JV:I just chose this album as a joke for my South African love fiend Averatu here because I thought that they would suck big time, instead I got kicked in the balls of my ignorance. This is actually a pretty good hard/rock band. The vocals remind me of Jack Black in Tenacious D, kind of annoying at times but once you realize that the singer is just feeling it that much you can’t complain anymore. The band is solid, the songs are rockingly good, the solos have soul, the bass is there, the drums groove…what else do you want? This is just a fun album to listen to without worrying about being too retro or the vocals being too goofy at times.

To me this is a 7 out of 10. Rockboogybluesygoofy

Averatu: One day, a few years ago, Tom Waits got fed up with his life in the US of A, packed up his worldly belongings, and moved to the ass end of the world where nothing matters, which is Pretoria, South Africa. If it does not involve blue balls rugby, Castle Lager or a bakkie (local name for a pickup truck) then no one would give flying fuck. That’s just the way Tom wanted it, as he intended to fade into obscurity. He joined a stoner rock band and carried on as usual.

8/10. Its chauvinist cock rock as only a bunch of drunken mountain love friends from the wrong side of the ‘Boerrewors Curtain’ could concoct.

http://www.juggernaughtmanrock.co.za/

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

averatu

averatu@gmail.com

“Averatu hails from the far-off land of South Africa, at the piercing tip of the dark and brutal continent, where the precious metal is rare, but forged to perfection by the ‘tokoloshe’. He thinks that T9 predictive text for normal ‘stupid’ phones, sans qwerty keyboards, it’s strange, that’s why sometimes he has so many type-o’s. If you want to know about metal, then pay attention. Somehow Averatu has become involved with this cupcake pimping Spanish Fly”.

Jaime SpanishFlyFull

jaimeviejomusic@gmail.com

“Jaime Viejo AKA Spanish Fly, is an insatiable devourer of any music genre that gets in his way, especially Metal and Alt country. When he’s not listening to music, he most likely will be doing something related to music or to the world of the absurd and bizarre in the city of Los Angeles. Sound engineer graduated and frustrated Journalist, he started listening to music thanks to his rock ‘n’ roll uncle. Now he’s involved in every aspect of the music creation, from songwriting, producing to playing music in some of his projects like MindWarmer, Slam Door, or Ley De Pendulo. Big Trouble In Little China and Pulp Fiction are his favorite movies, and he still thinks that it is possible to lead a healthy lifestyle while doing all these things. Good Luck!”

SHOW REVIEW: OM @ Center of Arts Eagle Rock 02/18/13

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When I heard that Om were scheduled to play at the Center of Arts in Eagle Rock I didn’t hesitate a minute to get a ticket. The now trio, after the incorporation of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens, 90 Day Men), has been consistently spreading their particular vision of religious music since 2005 with minimal variations. With the release of their last album Adviatic Songs, the band really stepped up into a new territory giving birth to the richest album of their career while still maintaining their identity.
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REVIEW: Hatebreed-The Divinity of Purpose (2013)

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The good news is that Hatebreed is back again with a new album, and that means a new tour and another chance to see live one of the most energetic and honest hardcore/metal bands out there. The bad news is that the release of another Hatebreed album continues being business as usual but this time with a slightly different album cover and content too.
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Early Graves + Nausea live@Down And Out Bar, L.A

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Just because I can’t go to this amazing show doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home  watching youtube videos or eating chips Mac ‘n’ Cheese in bed.

The guys at Thee Static Age are doing an amazing job bringing some of the best underground music to the hipster polluted music scene in L.A.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WENT!

You can find all the info about the show here:

http://www.facebook.com/events/237631703036117/

Wednesday February 6th at 8:00

The Down And Out
501 S. Spring St
Downtown Los Angeles

Advanced tickets $10 available NOW at Vacation Vinyl $12 at the door

21+ with ID

$5 Sino Tequila shots all night!

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From the Red Line train: Exit Pershing Square to 5th St, up 2 blocks east to Spring St at The Alexandria Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: Ancient VVisdom- Deathlike

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You need to admire the guys at Prosthetic Records. The L.A. based metal label is one of those rare monsters that like to play with fire when it comes to signing bands. They are the ones that released the first two Lamb of God albums before they became huge, and in 2006 they gave a home in the US for the release of “From Mars to Sirius” the album that put Gojira on the map. See, this is a label that gives opportunities to artists to grow before they become huge, and that’s something that doesn’t happen very often. In this case, releasing the major debut album of a band who’s first ever album was a split with Charles Manson is a risky adventure for sure.

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