Thursday, August 14, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK 8.14.14; IT'S ALL THE SAME TO ME

NEPTUNIAN SUN...HALLS OF OBLIVION
TOWNES VAN ZANDT...WAITIN' AROUND TO DIE
DOWN...STAINED GLASS CROSS
KRIS KRISTOFERSON...CASEY'S LAST RIDE
BLACK SABBATH...CHILDREN OF THE SEA
JOHNNY CASH...DOWN THERE BY THE TRAIN
CROWBAR...NO QUARTER
BILLY JOE SHAVER...GEORGIA ON A FAST TRAIN
BLACK MOTH...BLACKBIRD'S FALL
LUCINDA WILLIAMS...GET RIGHT WITH GOD
MORTALS...VIEW FROM A TOWER

Thursday, August 7, 2014

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MONSTERS PART 42; HELLRAISER 1-4

It starts with a scum bag named Frank Cotton seeking a puzzle box that is supposed to unlock the secrets of the flesh, instead it opens a door that lets in four perverted explorers in the extremes of pleasure and pain from an alternate dimension that may or may not be the Biblical Hell. These explorers, known as the Cenobites, quickly decimate Frank's body, literally ripping it to shreds. Welcome to Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
My first exposure to Hellraiser came from watching Siskel and Ebert savage Hellbound; Hellraiser II. Even at twelve I knew those guys were blowhards and didn't care for scary movies. The Cenobites, Pinhead, Female, Butterball, and Chatterer were like nothing I'd seen before. Dressed in kinky black leather with mutilated flesh, these guys went beyond the pale and made Freddy's striped sweater look quaint. Based on the footage shown, Hellbound looked amazing, but I'd be sixteen before I finally got see the first two Hellraiser films. By then part 3, Hell On Earth was coming out, so I got to watch all three in quick succession while reading the original novel, Hellbound Heart.
My first films based on Barker's work were Rawhead Rex and Nightbreed and I'd read those stories and the Thief of Always. So by the time I sat down to watch Hellraiser, I was already a fan of Barker. The Hellraiser and Nightbreed comics from Epic were also highly sought after items for me.
My expectations were quite high for Hellraiser and I went into the first one with almost no info. To say
the least, I was not let down. I'd call the first two works of art that hold up well today. The gore is still sick, most of the special effects are still effective. Part 3 was a massive let down, with no redeeming qualities.
Hellbound was a film I re-rented often. I loved it's epic nature and how it stood out from other horror films. I didn't return to the first Hellraiser as often, because at the time it just disturbed me too much. I think it still has the power to disturb the uninitiated, but I'm jaded enough now, that I can enjoy it on a technical level. The rebirth of Frank is one of my favorite sequences in horror.
After Hellraiser, much of my art was colored by Barker's influence, even as my disillusion with horror films started to build through the 90's. The image of the four original Cenobites, Pinhead, Female, Butterball, and Chatterer is so iconic and unparalleled. Barker raised the bar for horror artists. With Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Rawhead Rex crossing over in the comics and creating a big shared universe, Barker had created a mythos as exciting as Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos.
When I had the chance to see Part 4, Bloodlines, I was less than excited after 3. I sat in my car at the drive in for the double feature with Tales From The Crypt; Bordello Of Blood. Which sucked.
Bloodlines did not. I know some people balked at Pinhead in space (not nearly as much as Jason in space, I know), but I really enjoyed how the film traced the history of the Lament Configuration (puzzle box) from 1700s France to a space station in 2127. New Cenobites are introduced and the scope of the film restored the epic feel of Part 2.
Even though there have been five more Hellraiser films and part 4 didn't let me down, I haven't had any interest in seeing them until now. I went back to the original two and 4. There is no reason to retry 3. So this weekend I'm watching Part 5 Inferno and will continue through Revelations where we'll pick up  MHHABM Part 43; Hellraiser 5-Revelations.
In the mean time, keep watching the sky, nerds. And leave those puzzle boxes alone!

Here's the only good thing from Part 3, Motorhead "Hellraiser"

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.)