Active Music Listening Thursday November 27, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 944
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 584
Not good music: 298

Honorable Mentions: 14
Buys: 17

Possibles:  Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi

I’m gonna check out a little, anti-social, pissed off heavy music to commemorate the death and destruction of millions and millions of turkeys that sit before millions and millions of Americans.

I’m just trying to get the turkey’s perspective out there.

@@@ Beastmilk: Use Your Deluge (Magic Bullet, 2014).  Some No-Wave punk-ish rock I got to via my heavy metal newsletter.  Nice, static-y guitars, dry drums, and a singer that sounds just like that dude from the Cult, but without the machismo.  I don’t usually like the formula but I appreciate the singer is not on some huge rock star trip.  I thought with a name like Beastmilk there would be an awful sonic shitstorm, but I will continue to dig for some music that gives the proper shout out to the turkeys.

@@@ Nocturnal Poisoning: Doom Grass (The End Records, 2014).  Well, c’mon how do you get much better than this for a turkey day heavy metal celebration?  You’re sitting watch a bunch of grown men running around giving themselves future dementia while you nurture you’re nocturnal poisoining.  After a wispy acoustic guitar opening, the second tune gets into some dark lyrics but no sonic bone crushing and disembowelment.  I want this dark vibe but no acoustic guitars, I want the beatdown.  This is more of a tryptophan, hallucinatory dream.

@@@ Fistula: Vermin Prolificus (To Live a Lie Records, 2014).  Oh yeah, now we’re getting right down there in the turkey stockyard.  Birds getting fed down the assembly line, the turkeys are all agitated and fucked in the head with fear and confusion.  These guys sport a grimy post-hardcore sound — rock drums (not super compressed) some transistor radio static guitars.  When these guys hit the thrash section of the opener Smoke Cat Hairs and Toenails, you know Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  The singer is doing some real solid work on the microphone — let it out man, you’ll feel better we’ll feel better.

@@ Gormathon: Following the Beast (Napalm Records, 2014).  From a best of 2014 metal list I found over here.  It’s a bit of a mashup of classic metal and modern caveman singing — you get some grunting in the verse and then a soaring operatic chorus.  Big arena drum sound, big guitars and midtempo rockers with medium guitar grind.  I think it’s  bit epic for a turkey that’s about to get his head chopped off but I could be wrong.



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