Friday, 29 July 2016



Original review appearing in AEA Fanzine July 2016!

This is an odd one, not something I'd normally seek out but something I'm liking a lot. Straight Hate, hailing from Poland combine a number of influences from old school extreme punk like Discharge to Grind-core like Napalm Death / Terrorizer / Brutal Truth and even some dying fetus / agraphoric nosebleed for this, their very impressive debut album.

The songs seem to clock in at around a minute or so, but besides the old school punk sensibilites there's a lot involved … great riffage excellent song progressions and some really cool chorus …. and some hellish double kick and blast beats. The songs don't get boring and and are always entertaining. This is one angry band and you can hear it! I'm loving the vocals too... great projection and a seriously deathly voice that combines a lot of my favourate death metal vocalists. The guys aren't novices having formed in 2008 and 2106 being the year of their first release, these guys have obviously put in a lot of time and work to master the art of grinding and it shows.

Even if you're not a grind-core fan by definition, a lot fans of other death metal, heavier punk etc... will get something out of this, it is played with such conviction and precision that very few people would be able to deny the talent and sense of groove these guys have.

The recording is solid but still has that underground feel, it is hardly what you'd call a clean album but well recorded and the dynamics are great, all the instruments come across well in delivery which makes it much easier to listen to and enjoy!

I really can't think of anything that would make this better! It is great the way it is and I honestly think the lads are onto something great.... do yourself a favour and check them out! I see big things ahead of them if they stick to it.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

WINGS OF FUNERAL - Thrash of the Dead

Managed to score myself and unreleased song from Australian Black Metal band Wings of Funeral.... not sure what the plans for the guys releasing this gem are but if nothing else at least you can hear it here! 

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

CHUD - RUTHLESS (release forthcoming)

CHUD - RUTHLESS (Yet to be released)

I was lucky enough to be privvy to the pre-release tracks from the new CHUD album.... Chud have been treading the boards around town for a while now in Canberra (Australia) and have gained a pretty good name for themselves around the east coast of this country. This is their 3rd Release.

I'm going to be honest the style of production and the deep down-tuned guitars (I'm told by Chud main-man, Chris that they used 9 string guitars on the recording)  made this initially rather hard to wrap my head around the sound as the guitars occupy the space previously held by bass guitars and the bass? Well that occupies some low frequency subterranean hell which if played loud enough could probably involuntarily loosen ones lower sphincter .... The vocals are angry and hateful, sitting somewhere between black metal and Max Cavelera ... A very unique mix.  By the third song into the recording my ears attuned into it, and it got much easier to listen to and digest.

The sound is cold and harsh, it kinda reminds me a bit of another Australian band, The Amenta and maybe some Godflesh, and maybe some Nailbomb... but its really hard to pin down the influences or what might have created such a harsh and hostile sound... but by about the 6th song I had really started to dig the sound and started to realise what the band was trying to create, though I find it really hard to put into words. Chud is like a down-tuned nightmare, industrial styled sludge core if that makes any sense. The songs have more of a percussive feel to it rather than a melodic feel

While I'm hardly an expert on this genre of music, I do feel the lads have created something original. Material this "subsonic" for lack of a better word must have been pretty hard to record as well... I can only guess what frequencies the bass guitar work occupies.

One track does up the tempo a little right at the end and that is "Eat You Alive" with a more "rocking" feel.... if such a word can be used to describe it....

Overall I have to say once I gave this one a fair chance it really did grow on me and by the end of the album I was keen to give it another spin to see what else I could get out of it.

Again this album is NOT for everyone, but give it an open minded listen and you might be pleasantly surprised (as I was).... I'm looking forward to seeing them live again!

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