Astraes Pestis - Flagellum Haereticorum c33
I’m not a huge death metal aficionado or anything, but Flagellum Haereticorum is right up my alley. Astraes Pestis has a solid old school sound with some technical underpinnings and interesting lyrical content. Well, interesting for death metal, at least. For being just a four song demo, it’s pretty fucking rad. I think you can only score a physical copy if you catch these guys on tour, but the demo is also up on their bandcamp page, so you got no excuse not to check out Astraes Pestis.
Go get it…
Well, it finally happened…
…Someone got angry at me for wearing a Burzum shirt. It was the clerk ringing me up at Trader Joe’s. She had flagged me over to her register and when she saw my “Filosofem” shirt, gave me the wickedest death stare and got super curt with me. I was polite back and I guess curiosity got the better of her, because she then did the coy “so, is that a band shirt?” routine to see what I’d say. After explaining it was a controversial, but talented musical group she realized I probably wasn’t an obersturmführer in the 4th Reich. I guess I’ll be wearing my Geto Boys shirt the next time I’m there…lulz
Holly Hunt - Prometheus (INC ed.) 12” ep
What you’re looking at above is the INC variant of Holly Hunt’s Prometheus ep, which is only available from the band while they’re touring. There’s a difference of one song between the two, but I’ll get into that later. Regardless of what version of this ep you can get, you need to fucking snag a copy of Prometheus. This is completely monstrous instrumental drone metal that will pummel you into oblivion. With just drums and a guitar, Holly Hunt has created a heaving, seething ocean of heavy tunes. And, guess what, you’re gonna get sucked down and drown in that ocean, dude. So, like I said, snag a copy. Now, the difference between the versions is that the standard has a track titled “Meano”, while the INC variant replaces that with another song, “INC”. I’ve heard both and I prefer “INC”, but I’d still be cranking this ep if I had ended up with the standard version. Fucking rad.
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Hive Bent - Dyatlov c20
Another waaay overdue review, partially because it go mailed to me a month late and partially because I’m a slacker asshole who procrastinated posting this. Anyhow, Hive Bent resides somewhere in-between noise rock and post-hardcore, but the only specifics you really need to know is that Dyatlov is going to fucking crush you. It’s 5 tracks of fuzzy, grimy vocals, rumbling guitbass, and thunderous percussion, how the fuck could you not dig it? The cassette is limited to 50 copies, so you better snag one quick.
Go get it…
I’ve been a little penned up this summer and I guess it got me thinking about that old Simpson’s episode Bart of Darkness where Bart breaks his leg and becomes isolated from everyone; particularly this part:
Bart: All right, you're right, you're right, let's, let's just
forgetabout that. Here: let me read to you from my play. Ahem.
[cockney] "`Kippers for breakfast, Aunt Helga? Is it St.
Swithin's Day already?'
`'Tis,' replied Aunt Helga" --
Lisa: I'm going, I'm going!
I’d always figured the writers just made up St. Swithin, but I googled it and it turns out that’s a real Catholic saint and today is actually his feast day. Also, folklore holds that if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day (which it did here), it will rain for 40 more days.
tl;dr Simpson’s related synchronicity from an episode 20 years ago…