Cradle Of Filfth - Eleven Burial Massess. CD + DVD. (Label: Peaceville, Cat.No: CDVILEF180X)
Thirteen track live performance from 2001 recorded at the legendary Rock City in Nottingham. One of the most provocative live metal bands the world has seen, this is them in their element with a stunning light show, freaks and stilt-walkers from the notorious Circus Of Horrors and fire-breathing (not forgetting their own glorious brand of black metal.) This CD and DVD release features the same gig and is presented in a digi pack.
Cradle Of Filth - Heavy Left Handed And Candid. DVD. (Label: Snapper, Cat.No: DVDVILE8)
Live DVD performance recorded at Nottingham Rock City. One of the most provocative live metal band the world has seen: a stunning light show, freaks and stilt-walkers from the notorious Circus Of Horrors, fire-breathing and, of course, The Filth’s distinctive brand of black metal noise. This eleven track performance was the one that was originally streamed on the internet, receiving 600,000 hits. DVD extras include "Scorched Earth Erotica" (clena and dark versions) and "Born In A Burial Gown" promo videos, fly on the wal footage, photo gallery and more.
Crime In Choir - Trumpery Metier. LP. (Label: Gold Standard Labs, Cat.No: GSL128LP)
Vinyl version of this instrumental progressive rock gem made up of members of At The Drive In and The Fucking Champs that specialise in instrumentals. This is their third album, following on from the intense math-rock attacks and near spiritual melodies of their past albums. Formed in San Fransisco 2000, Crime In Choir features Kenny Hopper, Jesse Reiner, Jarrett Wrenn, Tim Soete and Matt Waters.
Crime In Choir - Trumpety Metier. CD. (Label: Gold Standard Labs, Cat.No: GSL128CD)
An instrumental progressive rock made up of members of At The Drive In and The Fucking Champs that specialise in instrumentals. This is their third album, following on from the intense math-rock attacks and near spiritual melodies of their past albums. Formed in San Fransisco 2000, Crime In Choir features Kenny Hopper, Jesse Reiner, Jarrett Wrenn, Tim Soete and Matt Waters.
Laddio Bolocko - The Life & Times Of. Dble CD. (Label: No Quarter, Cat.No: NOQ002)
The complete recordings of this short lived group that seemed to dabble in most genres (Kraut/Prog/Noise/Drone/Heavy Rock/even a bit of jazz) and combine them to dazzling effect. Their back catalogue was threatening to become a bit of an obscurity until this release. Post rock, explosive rhythms, extremely precise playing and crushing drones brought together in this double CD. Includes the never see short biographical film "As If By Remote"
Yo La Tengo - May I Sing With Me. CD. (Label: Alias, Cat.No: ALS021CD)
A fine mixture of simple repetitive chord sequences and explosions of feedback and white noise make up this release from the alternative rock/pop adventurous experimenters. Equally reckless and damn good fun, this really doesn't belong in the domain of the massess, but will appeal to some. Eleven tracks including: "Some Kinda Fatigue", "Detouring America With Horns" and "Sleeping Pill."
Twelve track second volley from the new breed in metal, only six months after their debut. Furthering on from their atmospheric bleakness, Village is filled with the same noise drenched attack, referencing Isis, Electric Wizard and Godflesh. At times it feels hard to breathe in this thick soup of unrepentent noise. They could be unstoppable. Featuring: "Objection", "Pigeons", "Blind Albino" and "Laghter In Hell."
Cradle Of Filth - Bitter Suites To Succubi. CD. (Label: Snapper, Cat.No: SDPCD143)
Eight track album from 2001, presented in a digi pack. Thunderous drums, gloriously cutting guitars and howled vocals. Amongst their best work, a band still pushing themselves this far into their career with such an uncompromising attack. Spot on black metal. Includes: "NoTime To Cry", "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh" and "Suicide Aand Other Comforts."
Bolt Thrower - In Battle There Is No Law. CD. (Label: Cacophonous, Cat.No: SOL11CD)
1988 debut album from Birmingham metal outfit, making it's first appearance on CD. Finding themselves with a record deal after releasing a few demos and appearing on a Radio One Peel session, Bolt Thrower attacked the airwaves with their war obsessed metal. You'll find songs of revolution and empowerment, never threatening to wander into commercial territory. Nine track album features "Challenge For Power", "Nuclear Annihilation" and "Concession Of Pain." This album has the classic Bolt Thrower lineup after many early personal changes.
Those Sepultura chaps just keep on rocking- in ever more inventive and uncompromising ways than before. After all, who else but a band that clearly don't give a shit for commercial considerations would release, on their 20th anniversary as a recording act, a concept album based on Dante's Divine Comedy? Generally, thrash metal and great literature haven't always been bedfellows- but then again, when did the Seps ever adhere to any rules? If they hadn't broken most of 'em, half of what we know as metal in the last fifteen years would never have happened!! Even more accomplished than 2004's superb 'Roorback' , this is the sound of a band who move ever forward.
Out of print for over 10 years, this is a cult metal album that helped define the more extreme end of the genre in the early-mid 90s, pretty much in the same way as Carcass' "Necroticism", Darkthrone's "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" or At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul" Yes, as good as all of them, only with an added twist- jazz influences!! Aye, 'tis true. Often costing over £70 (or $100) on Ebay for an original, the album is now available in this deluxe reissue which has been remastered and repackaged with expanded artwork including band and journalist liner notes and unseen piccies. Bonus tracks are taken from a v. rare radio broadcast of the time- although what radio station would have allowed bands of this extremity onto their airwaves is anyone's guess. . .
Atheist - Elements (Deluxe Edition). CD. (Label: Relapse, Cat.No: RR66722)
Reissue of long out of print second album from avant garde jazz-grind-death metallers Atheist, (one of those 'legendary' metal acts of the early 90s, like Dearly Beheaded, Burning Witch or Winter, that nobody seemed to buy at the time but managed to influence EVERYONE), which often commands high prices on Ebay. Now available in this deluxe package, remastered with expanded artwork and liner notes, and bonus tracks from a radio broadcast. Essential for metal collectors and anyone with an open mind.
Third full length album from Denver, Colorado-based mental metal merchants. This album leans even closer to 'jazz metal' than before, and expands on their already rich seam of innovation in the way we all expected, but pulls several extra irons out of the fire too, diversifying into stoner rock, post-rock and even flamenco. Sometimes the experience of listening to this album can be described as akin to having your head fed through a mincer by Jeff Boyardee, only to find Reeves and Mortimer grinning at you and hitting each other in the face with kitchen appliances on the other side. Not quite their masterpiece, but just one of many steps along the way.
The definition of intense- and yet as psychedelic and unconventional as the best prog or kraut sounds. Extreme violence on record personified, Steve Austin's Texas- based lunatics were a potent force by the time of this, their fifth album, originally released in 1999- and you just know that the 'God' they were referring to in the title sure ain't the one Stryper sing about!!! Clanging, discordant guitars, rolling Beefheartian percussion lines, distorted minced vocals and the best tape loop and sample collection since the first three Therapy? albums all make for compelling listening. It's a 'lovely ugly brutal world' to quote the similarly deranged Diasy Chainsaw, and with songtitles like 'The Russian Child Porn Ballet' 'Bionic Cock' 'Daddy' and 'The Cold Harshness Of Being Wrong Throughout Your Entire Life' (JEESUS!!) it couldn't be anything else- but it's a world that, like the scene of a particularly unpleasant car crash, you won't want to leave. This band want your soul and what's more, children, they're going to have it.