This collection of underground artists loosely categorized within black metal captures the filth, ambiance, and destructive elements of black metal, along with 4 traditional low-fi black metal songs. I hear similarities of Raspberry Bulbs (Chicago), and at other times Burzum (Oslo), but this musical ogre definitely feels unique with approach and style. Side A is mostly ambiance laden with noise and 2 black metal songs. Side B is the musical reverse, being mostly black metal but still experimental as hell. This could probably be used as a film soundtrack, but the combination could potentially be scarring. Nine ‘songs’ total, multiple artists have been used on this release to paint the evil atmosphere. the booklet is laid out like a zine, and the gothic / satanic media give respect to Olde European lifestyle, sacrifice, satanism (surprise surprise), and some intelligent lyrics about the decay of Detroit city. limited to 500 copies, this record comes with a bonus sticker and can be found via Thee High Priestess.
Thee High Priestess: theehighpriestess.com
Classified Resistance: classifiedresistance.com
COMPLETE TITLE: Maps to The Other Side: the adventures of a bipolar cartographer
topics included in this book:
seed saving, mental health advocacy, freight trains, squatter lifestyle, biodiesel mechanics
Monsanto, Hormel, Del Monte. Three easily recognized names in most grocery stores, and yet what do these companies really represent to you? To some people, it’s just the biggest food companies in America today. To conspiracy minded people, these 3 companies represent an attempt toward enslavement of the human race. The author of this book and many other people would go with the second one. Indeed, such innocent activities as seed saving, organic gardening, and CSA (community supported agriculture) are revolutionary acts in the age of GMOs and mono-crop agriculture on the industrial level. And the food you grow from seed tastes better than what’s in the grocery store too!
Another main focus of this book is about dealing with bipolar disorder in this crazy world and accounts from the authors own life of insane manias and bone-chilling depressions. This could be very helpful to those who deal / suffer with the same issues.
Influenced by the author’s own counter-culture (see punk) roots and mental frame, Sascha DuBrul has become seed-saving revolutionary and mental health activist. Along with help from other comrades, he has established two organizations in the San Francisco / Oakland / Berkeley area to help enrich the communities he is a part of. The first is the Icarus Project, a peer to peer forum for those dealing with / suffering from emotional and mental difficulties. The other is BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library), dedicated to the preservation of organic bio-diversity and open pollinated fruits / veggies. Members of BASIL also partake in urban guerilla gardening, and inspire others around the world. Sascha Altman DuBrul has been a regular contributor to zines such as Slug & Lettuce, and played bass on NYC band Choking Victim’s first EP Crack Rock Steady.
MICROCOSM PUBLISHING: http://microcosmpublishing.com/
ICARUS PROJECT: www.theicarusproject.net
FULL TITLE: Why We Drive: The Past, Present, and Future of Automobiles in America, by Andy Singer.
“The automobile by its very nature is an inefficient people mover, and this inefficiency and need for space means that it creates sprawl.” And thus the basis of what this book is about. Andy Singer is a Minnesota resident, that takes pride in being without a vehicle for 47 years, and explains to readers why we should all attempt the same. Via quotes, comic / cartoons, and summaries; he explains what America was like at the turn of the 1900s, and how big business and profit goals have drastically changed it for the worse. Phenomenons such as “white flight” out of the cities and into the suburbs would have been impossible without the family car. Singer argues that with increased emphasis on public transit and less on driving, American cities would still have lively and energetic urban cores, and also many less symptoms of air pollution, isolation, and violent crime. With fully half of the 159 pages being comic cartoons, this book is an easy read which can appeal to anyone who makes the effort to read it.
Microcosm Publishing: microcosmpublishing.com
15 blasts of hardcore thrash are on this seemingly self-released tape from New Jersey band S’o'ftdov. This music has been self – described as cyberdelic disnöize / surreal death crust played at d-beat tempo, and the vocals are layered with reverb. The work on the package is superb, including printed lyrics for all songs and a profesionally done band photo. This tape came with a felt backpatch of the cover art, black on grey. Well done!
SöFT DOV: http://softdov.bandcamp.com/
the 2 songs on this flexi 7″ are crusty melodic punk rock from the Midwest. this 4 piece from Omaha use great drum rhythms with guitar melodies and gruff political vocals. the sound is a bit muddy but the bass doesnt get lost in the mix. for fans of melodic crust punk, this is a fully competent band. Released on World Trade Records, and Bezerker Records.
Relentless Approach: www.relentlessapproach.bandcamp.com
World Trade Records: https://myspace.com/worldtraderecords
Bezerker Records: http://xbezerkerrecordsx.bigcartel.com/
every once in a while I get something to review that is a real gem in the underground punk scene. when I first picked this CD up, I thought it was a zine because of the package. the cover art is a hand drawn collage of some political statement about Obama. inside is a Gee Voucher style mini-poster that would be really cool if it was full size. the track listing is layed out like a table of contents, which also make it seem like a zine. highly political lyrics in the pages following cover most anarcho-punk topics, and although they dont mention any womyns topics, Planned Parenthood is mentioned in the Groups to Support section. The CD is 25 songs of Subhumans / Citizen Fish style punk rock with elements of Rudimentary Peni and some reggae dub songs like the mellower side of Conflict or Bad Brains. top notch crisp and clear production with snotty English accent vocals. the art on the back cover is a chimpanzee holding a human skulland laughing at it while a bomb explosion is seen in the background, kind of like saying “you had it coming motherfucker!” this band should bring St Louis back into the spotlight, and I really hope they will come play in Minneapolis! released on their own DIY label Recluse Records, and UK based Active Distribution. a real gem.
Recluse Records: http://www.recluserecords.net/
Active Distribution: http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/
whenever I get anything music-wise from California, Im always skeptical at first. with such great music scenes along the coast, I can be very picky as to what bands are good and which ones aren’t. this record is no exception. Death Rock 45 is the latex record from a female fronted “hardcore goth” band that tries but fails to nail the 45 Grave sound. imagine Bikini Kill vocals (but perhaps with more talent) over 1970s heavy rock / punk. the B-side reminds me of Heart mixed with Siouxsie (and the Banshees). singer apparently auditioned for American Idol (Mary Powers). My advice: drop the punk / death rock name, add some more originality, and maybe you will have a decent record. released on Scare America Records.
Death On The Radio: https://www.facebook.com/deathontheradio
Scare America Records: https://myspace.com/scareamericarecords
self-proclaimed 404 fastercore, Cheap Art is a great band from Atlanta GA. the record starts with a noisy dirge-style intro, then kicks into hyper drive after 1:45. short songs with lots of groove, this record isn’t so much noisy as just plain fast. Dual male / female vocals on some songs, good production and a coupple bass led breakdowns. 14 songs in 11 minutes of sheer intensity. released on Reality is a Cult Records, and Hygiene Records
Reality Is A Cult www.realityisacult.com
Cheap Art: www.cheapart.bandcamp.com
here is a hardcore split from Indiana recorded between 2010 and 2011. Rat Storm is a female fronted band that brings 4 songs on their side, one of which deals with rape and how serious the issue is. they rock the fastcore approach, with crisp production and enough breakdowns to keep it interesting, with clear explanations of the songs. Chaotic Neutral is a 5-piece that plays 4 songs of classic punchy Midwest hardcore. this is a good record to have if you like hardcore / fastcore. a joint release from Dead Rodent Records, Reality is a Cult Records, and Get Better Records.
Rat Storm: rodentcrust.blogspot.com
Chaotic Neutral: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reality Is a Cult Records: www.realityisacult.com
if you’re not familiar with them by now, Opposition Rising is the new band from Bill T (TOXIC NARCOTIC, MOUTH SEWN SHUT), and does not slow down with either the political intensity or speed from the other releases in the past. Ass Knees as the band calls it is the follow up to 2011′s Aftermathematics. on this 10″ are 4 new East Coast crusty hardcore songs, and a dub version / remix of a song from the previous LP, The Rich Are Killing the Poor. the record insert has lyrics, recording details, and a photo collage of the band and punx live. the guys in the band are totally down to earth and not rockstars at all. they work hard, and play even harder, and are currently on a full U.S. tour. if Opposition Rising comes to your area, go see them and buy some merch! you wont be disappointed. Get Off Your Ass Get Off Your Knees was recorded April 2013 and is a co-release by these labels:
Oppposition Records www.oppositionrising.com
Pirates Press records www.piratespress.com
Rodent Popsicle Records www. rodentpopsicle.com
Riotska Records www.riotskarecords.com