Sunday, July 13, 2014

STORIES ABOUT YOU VOLUME 1 by JEFFERY X MARTIN


Dark.  
It  is  dark  and  the  wind  scalpels  its  way  through  the  cracks  in   the  wooden  walls,  the  spaces  between  the  logs  where  the  newspaper  no   longer  holds  back  the  elements.  When  the  wind  rushes  in,  the  fire   moves  back  a  bit,  as  if  letting  someone  scoot  past  to  get  to  their   usual  seat  in  church.  Winter  is  on  the  way.    
Your  mother  is  already  in  a  fitful  sleep.  Her  shoulder  twitches   occasionally,  and  she  makes  small  fear  noises.  Your  brother  sits  in   the  rocking  chair  in  front  of  the  fire.  He  does  not  blink.  He  stares   into  the  flames,  like  he  is  waiting  for  a  message,  a  sign,  a  reason  to   move.   

So begins the first story, How We Quit The Woods, in Jeffery X Martin's (Black Friday) new book Stories About You Volume 1. If you read Black Friday you'll know Martin as an engrossing writer and Stories About You possess that same ancient/ritualistic rhythm, that same sense of experience that Black Friday had. But this time Martin has added a twist. The title is quite literal. YOU are the star of each story. The whole book is written in the second person. Hold on. I know what you're thinking and yes, it works.
While not every story is a horror story enough of it is for you creep fans. Martin can deliver the dread by the truckload with literary skills to back it up.What I found most interesting was the meditative quality of the stories, they're almost hypnotic the way YOU the reader is always being addressed.Also, as with Black Friday, emotion is one of Martin's most powerful weapons. He's not just trying to shock or scare you-he's trying to get at your heart. 
I don't think a book of second person short stories could be pulled off by just anyone. To even go for such a project takes balls and to pull it off with such style takes a mind and imagination like Martin's. Stories About You is very cool and really enjoyable. Screw the mainstream cookie cutter supermarket paperbacks, embrace a writer with class and style, fiends!
You can get Stories About You HERE

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DOGMA/CORRUPT LEADERS SPLIT 7" COMING FROM MOSH PIT TRAGEDY

From the Blackout PR press release


July 9, 2014 - Moshpit Tragedy Records has announced it will release a split 7" between Indiana hardcore bandDOGMA, and Canadian crustgrinders CORRUPT LEADERS.
The EP will be released digitally on Aug 5, and in physical format on Sep 5. Vinyl will be strictly limited to 200 copies (first 100 orders on color), with pre-orders also beginning on Aug 5.
Dogma and Corrupt Leaders formed in 2012 and 2013, each releasing a self-titled EP in their first year. Both bands have toured frequently and the idea for the split came after the two bands did a run of about 6 shows together in 2013.
Featuring artwork by Jasper Swerts at Infested Art(Nasum, Phobia, Noisear), the split EP was self-recorded by each band and mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Argentinum Astrum, Blowfly, Graves at Sea).
Moshpit Tragedy Records formed on 6/6/06, later becoming known as the foremost "pay-what-you-want" digital label which released music from Doom, Phobia, Extreme Noise Terror, Agrimonia, Skaven and many dozen more. Before the Bandcamp days, many other labels (Inimical, Feral Ward, even Relapse to name a few) experimented with the PWYW system by releasing titles on the Moshpit Tragedy website.

I just listened to a preview and this is some blazing hardcore/grind. If you're a fan of this type of music you'll definitely want to get in on this one. Head over to Moshpit Tragedy (link above) and check out their other releases as well.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK; 7.6.14

SEA BASTARD...NIGHTMARE OF THE MONOLITH
Ahab...Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)
Graves At Sea...Pariah
Bast...Denizens
Black Cobra...Crimson Blade
Mortals...View From A Tower

Sunday, June 22, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK 6.22.14; RELAXING ON A SUNDAY NIGHT

NAPALM DEATH...SCUM
NAUSEA...CYBERGOD
DISCHARGE...PROTEST AND SURVIVE
SUBHUMANS...SUBVERT CITY
MISFITS...EARTH AD

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TETOLA93 s/t FINAL ALBUM REVIEW

Japanese hardcore noise band Tetola93 have released their first full length album about year after breaking up. I was completely ignorant of this band two weeks ago, but this album has made me a fan. The vocals are in Japanese so I have no idea what they are saying, but no matter; passion is universal and that comes through loud and clear.
This self titled farewell has many strengths. For one the production is superb-while chaos reigns the sound never becomes muddy. There's also a great diversity in the material and tight song writing. These guys were no slackers. While the listener is washed away in chaos, melodies ride the waves. The music swings from pretty to dangerous, but even at it's most harrowing the group always maintains control, driving the chaos like a Formula One race car.
The album is hitting US shores via Meat Cube, hit the link to hear this amazing band and order your copy. You can also go to Tetola93's Bandcamp page for their earlier EPs.
(A note before signing off; Bands that sing in a foreign language generally have a hard time getting a foot hold in America. This is both understandable and regrettable. Punk and metal fans are generally more accepting of non-mainstream music and I hope that willingness to take a risk comes through for this release, because it is very good and a worthy addition to extreme music fans' collection.)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SO, STILL NO FEMALE LED SUPER HERO FILM COMING FROM MARVEL OR DC?

Sounds like Dr Strange has found a director and is in good hands. Good for him. But what about Wonder Woman, Spider Woman, Black Widow, Bat Girl, Huntress, Black Orchid...Hell we had two major villainessess in Dark Knight Rises (Talia Al Ghul and Catwoman) who both had to take a backseat to mush mouth Bane (who was great, really). Hasn't Scarlet Johansen proven that she kicks ass as Black Widow and could carry a solo film? Props to Arrow for having a number of strong female leads, here's hoping they keep it up in season 3. 
Anyway, here's a few of my favorite kick ass lady flicks. Yes, some are certainly better than others, but none are boring! (Batwoman is one I just found out about today. It's a Mex-ploitation flick from 1968 and not connected to the DC character, but sports an Adam West style cowl and a bikini.)
RAZOR BLADE SMILE
BATWOMAN 1968
VAMPIRELLA
KILL BILL
ALIENS
FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL KILL!
What are your favorites, fiends?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK 5.22.14

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED...CHARMING THE SNAKE
WASTER...FORTY CREEK AND 40 SPEED
BLACK COBRA...THE CRIMSON BLADE
SEA BASTARD...AQUA VITAE
BAST...SPECTRES
IRON WITCH...SUICIDE HANGOVER
BLACK TUSK...RED EYES, BLACK SKIES