CoT is a fem fronted 5 piece blackened crust band from El Paso Texas. There isn’t much punk at all with this outfit, apart from the red / anarchist message. ISKRA call themselves anarchist metal, and this outfit isn’t far from that description. The demo package for this CD is awesome and totally DIY. Even the CD itself has the album cover printed onto the top with a glossy finish. To Serve Man is 7 tracks (two of which open and close the album with no lyrics) played out in a little bit more than 30 minutes. Recorded and released in 2012, by Culture War Distro. The lyrics, just like the art, are anti – Christian in general, and talk about body politics and street riots in particular. Two of the songs are entirely sung in Spanish, true to nature as some of the members are of Hispanic origin. Their latest effort is a split release with a power violence band from Phoenix called Biocidio.
The opening track, Twilight of Capitalism 2, is a 3 minute instrumental prelude of the anarchist crust to come. The guitar plays a repetitive minor key riff amidst sounds of urban unrest and general chaos, most likely caused by civil warfare. Lots of sound samples keep it interesting for the 3:20, and ends with a crowd chanting for either peace or freedom.
Bottomless Execration comes next and instantly brings the black metal inspired crust that will play out through the rest of this album. Minor key riffage on dual guitars, truly off the wall drumming that fully drowns itself in the art of blst beats, and reverb on the screeched out vocals. COMMUNION OF THIEVES truly is a force to be reckoned with. Beauty Beyond An Image slows the pace a bit, but just to make it more clearly emotional and melodic without losing the aggression. Innocencia Interrumptida quickly returns to blast beat black metal form. The acoustic intro for Black Earth is great, and the basic guitar pattern is used a lot through the rest of the song, albeit faster and distorted. Pasos Libres is definitely one of the best musical compositions, there’s a lot of rage seething to escape, and after it is released, it gets washed into the drainage ditch with a thunderstorm, which ends up cleansing the listener in a rain storm with acoustic guitars before this beast is put to rest.
This demo is amazing and has top – notch production but retains a dusty feeling from the desert. Although I thought this album would be very difficult to improve upon, you should really check out the new material on their bandcamp page, since they were able to do just that.
COMMUNION OF THIEVES facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Communion-of-Thieves/150111081711829
COMMUNION OF THIEVES bandcamp: http://communionofthieves.bandcamp.com/
PRIMARY STRESS is a two member all girl band from Halifax Nova Scotia that play an aggressive form of blackened D-Beat. The music starts with acoustic prelude before without warning being thrown into a blackened pit of D-Beat style distortion. One womyn has harsh vocals that go well with the music, the other one reminds me a lot of when the drummer from GALLHAMMER tries to sing – not great. Musically they play their instruments very well, and I like the heavy blackened D-Beat crust vibe that I get. if I’d have to recommend one thing, teach the girl that doesnt sing too great that the high pitched singing should be on the way out. Very good otherwise.
This demo is 4 songs in about 16 minutes with interesting poetic lyrics on an introspective bent. One song, Corridor, has a great emotive opening riff, and then sings about finding a dead mangled and tortured dog in a trash bag in a Houston back alley.
These girls are avid supporters of Profane Existence, and apparently have an extensive collection of such said releases. Demo tape limited to 100 copies, but is totally worth purchasing. they spent some time on this, so donate a couple bucks for their efforts.
On this new 7″ co-release between REALITY IS A CULT RECORDS and PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS, KATA SARKA bring the blackened crust while BODDICKER plays aggressive grindcore influenced crust punk. Recorded by Carl Byers in Detroit April – May of 2012, this one is highly recommended if you like your crust with lots of blast beats. Both bands currently reside in the Indianapolis / Detroit areas.
KATA SARKA’s first release was way back in 2010, an EP called Riding a Wind of Knives. Via a prodigious recording schedule, theyve released 5 eps / splits and one LP in 3 years, the DAVID LEE GORGOROTH split being the 5th. With black metal song structure / riffage and crusty vocals, this band slays all standing in their way. Im not able to understand everything being said, and there is minimal info about them on the record, but in the song Mired in Spleen (which also appears on their newest 7″), they chant “liberation”, perhaps referring to animal lib. A great guitar solo is also buried in the song. Poaching The Boar is non-stop intensity from start to finish, and some of the guitar riffs feel a bit introspective like good black metal does. If KATA SARKA toured out to Victoria BC and played a show with ISKRA, Ive got a feeling the PA would melt by the time the night was over! according to their bandcamp page, their full length endeavor title Existential Oblivion was released March of 2012.
BODDICKER unleash a powerful fury of blazing guitars, amped up bass, gruff vokills, and fast as fuck drums. Plenty of good grooves from these bong heroes and socially conscious lyrics to boot. This is Boddickers 2nd recording, and have released 2 more split 7″s since. Theyve released 4 songs on this one, all brutal with an in-your-face aggression. Insert comes with recording information, and lyrics, and gangland style band photo. Very Intense!
BODDICKER BANDCAMP: http://boddicker13.bandcamp.com/music
KATA SARKA BANDCAMP: http://katasarka.bandcamp.com/
Haunting melodies, anguished vocals, and gothic ambiance is how I would describe this blackened – crust punk band from Columbia South Carolina. The current line up has existed since 2011, but these guys bring such tight music that they could have easily been doing this for a while now. Slow / Mid – paced melodies come crashing down with raging crust punk, and then slip into theremin led breakdowns of pure black ambience. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band live, and the stage show is just as amazing as the music. this music is for those who love epic crust with heart wrenching emotions. Talking to the members of the band, I learned that this cassette is the teaser for their upcoming 7″ due out before the end of the year. the cassette is “A do-it-together effort through Heidrun Collider, IFB, Anti-Corporate Recordings, All We Know, & Get Better! Records.”
They Eat Their Own God: http://tetog.bandcamp.com/
Anti-Corporate Recordings: http://www.anticorporatemusic.com/main.html
All We Know: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
Get Better! Records: https://www.facebook.com/getbetterrcrds
IFB records: http://www.ifbrecords.com/
This soup is one of the things that makes me love Autumn so much.
1 Butternut squash, cut in half
1 Acorn squash, cut in half
2 TBSP olive oil
2 small onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 small sweet potatoes, cubed
3 medium red apples
8 cups vegetable broth or water
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/8 cup fresh sage, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375F. Place all squash halves face down in deep baking pan with just under an inch of water and bake until tender(about 30-40 minutes). Saute onion in olive oil on medium heat for 3 minutes, add garlic and saute for another minute. Pour in broth/water and sweet potatoes, apples, spices and sage. Turn flame up to high and boil until sweet potatoes are tender. When squash is done, use a spoon to scrape out flesh and add to sweet potatoes. Transfer soup to a food processor in small batches and puree. Pour mixture back into a pot and adjust seasoning. This goes really well with corn bread.