The sound of Monday.
Also on Bandcamp.
This band is amazing and this first full-length of theirs is relentless, unhinged, chaotic crust! Somewhat in the vein of His Hero is Gone, Tragedy and From Ashes Rise, but with a very distinct and brutal edge, Masakari fuses their apocalyptic crust with the raging power of Discharge/Disfear D-beat and the hard-edged Japanese punk stylings of G.I.S.M., with a smattering of blast-beat driven grindcore to drive it all home.
From the Southern Lord press release.
Just when I thought I couldn’t get more disappointed by the healthcare system in the US, I set foot in a so called “Patient First”. I just needed a very simple injection that doesn’t have side-effects & I’ve gotten before, prescribed by a doctor for a very real health issue. Something I was told yesterday on the phone wouldn’t be a problem.
After making me wait 1h in the most depressing patient room I’ve seen in a long time, a “doctor” came back to tell me they couldn’t do it for me because he couldn’t enter the act in the computer. And that after calling their corporate HQ he was told that it was against their regulations anyway. Also mumbled something about legal issues.
I summoned my pretty crumbled self-control to explain calmly that I thought that doctors usually took an oath stipulating that they would do everything in their power to help patients & that everything was legal & in order in my case.
Remember the Declaration of Geneva?
I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
First consideration, not third, not after corporate regulations & legal excuses.
The blank stare devoid of all humanity I received in return made me realize I would be better off explaining my situation to a robot with a white coat.
I’m not afraid of the rise of the machines anymore.
They have already won.
Congratulations! Your request has been approved. You are deemed to be a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States.
Department of Homeland Security (Sorry american friends, looks like you’re gonna have to tolerate me a little while longer)
Double Dagger was a post-punk trio from Baltimore, Maryland with no guitar player (bass, drums, vocals). Their last album, 333 has enough of a sadcore touch (haha probably the most ridiculous name for a sub style of rock) to please any fellow Unwound/Chokebore fan.
Isis is dead, long live Old Man Gloom.
Doom troubadours duo Eagle Twin is from the capital of mormons, Salt Lake City. I don’t know if it explains anything about their music but I still highly recommend it to fans of Sleep/OM & other Southern Lord bands, the label that released their two albums.
Although Eagle Twin is a very new entity its helmsman: Gentry Densley is no stranger to innovative, heavy music. Densley was the musical visionary and leader of the legendary Jazz, Prog, Rock, Metal, Hardcore group Iceburn from 1991-2001.
Iceburn has been called the greatest and most important musical offering from Salt Lake City since the Osmonds! Gentrys’ playing has been very influential to alot of successful modern music groups such as: Isis, Pelican, sunn 0))) etc..
In order to disseminate his majestic and mountainous riffs in the present day he enlisted massively behemoth skinsman Tyler Smith. The drums are not only a driving force that efficiently steam rolls over you they conjure a repetitious mantra that is eerily infectious.
Although Iceburn was primarily a instrumental force with Eagle Twin Gentry is much more vocal and the depth of his lyrics is endless. His vocal evocations bring to mind the hoarse rasp of Tom Waits and Howlin Wolf but possibly channeled through Tuvan throat singers! His voice, is used much like an instrument and often times creates a unique drone of its own. The riffs and music definitely have familiar reference points (Caspar Brotzmann Massaker,Earth, sunn 0))), Melvins etc..) but are crafted in a way that stands miles beyond the others.
(from Southern Lord website)
From the party that is trying to break the teacher’s union, feels they are overpaid and underworked, and could probably afford to have less training for their jobs overall.
U.S. gun culture diagnosed as a social disease
“Staggeringly, research indicates that 20 mass shootings occur each year. The public only hears about the most egregious. Aside from mass killings, approximately 86 Americans die each day by gunfire. This adds up to 30,000 a year, with 100,000 wounded - much more than are killed in America’s endless wars each year. The country is at war with itself. The figures are appalling.
The U. S. has, by one explanation, an ongoing gun culture because it is a nation founded on the genocide of one race - Native Americans - and the enslavement of another - African Americans. Guns were needed to slaughter one people and to subjugate another. Hence, the tradition of gun possession became embedded in the American psyche.”
Also known as “Yesterday they called me a union thug. Today they want me to carry a gun.”
Horseback – Half Blood
If the idea of melodic post-rock associated with black metal style vocals sounds appealing to you then you have to listen to this. I probably would have loved it in the early 2000’s when Pelican & Red Sparowes still sounded interesting to me. Today I honestly don’t know if this will stay on my radar for very long. Worth a try though.
"CCA is the same private prison system that sent a letter to 48 states offering to purchase up to $250 million worth of prison facilities in exchange for a guarantee these prisons would be 90% full for a 20 year contract (source in original article); seriously."
Gaza – No Absolutes in Human Suffering I had missed this new album from Gaza. I was quite disappointed by their second full length “He is never coming back" but after one listening session this one sounds like it might be more interesting. Press play if you don’t intend to sleep soon.