Active Music Listening Saturday June 27, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 499
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 289
Not good music: 171

Honorable Mentions: 14
Buys: 9

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson

@@@ Hellbastard: Sons of Bitches EP (Patac, 2013).  I saw this EP was reissued so I think it’s wise to check out reissues as folks must be feeling a record enough for a label to reissue.  The first tune is pretty tom heavy drumming, some tasty midrange guitar slabs, and a punk metal singer that you can understand.  These guys are working the classic metal neighborhood with pubes of thrash thrown in to bulk it up a bit.  Not my favorite style but they’re tight as a well digger’s ass.

@@@ ABYSSAL: Antikatastaseis (Profound Lore, 2015)  Off this week’s Aquarius Records weekly email, these guys sound like they were mixed in a warehouse.  I dig the drummer with his spraying rolls that segue into that suffocating kick/snare thrash thwack I dig.  The overall feel is pretty epic with jammy sounding guitars and an oozing caveman singer tucked pretty far back in the mix.  They really throw some lighter fluid on themselves in the second tune, The Cornucopian.  Big doom, big shred, big caveman.  Excellent drummer.

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