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Review: False Confession

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2019 by Magadh

False Confession, Out of the Basement Demo CD Queer Pills

Sometime in the Spring of 1985 I was in Seattle. This was always a big thing. Seattle was six hours away from my home town, Walla Walla, at the opposite corner of the state, and I wasn’t likely to get there more than once or twice a year.

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Review: Enewetak

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on September 30, 2012 by Magadh

Enewetak The Easy Rider Sessions, Volume III

King of the Monsters

Enewetak, like its namesake atoll, were an explosive force in 90’s hardcore. Their style ran the gamut from grindcore to grooved out sludge. It was with great pleasure I noticed King of the Monsters was releasing the final installment of the Easy Rider Sessions as a 3 song 7″.

Side A begins with “the party song” which opens with a sleepy Black Sabbath riff that gradually builds until Pat’s raspy vocals, coupled with a punishing groove, push the track into overdrive. The boogie of the Sabbath riff persists throughout the track and melds well with the rest of the instrumentation.

The last track on Side A, “death lies in ashes” is classic Enewetak. The tracks starts slowly enough but builds in intensity as raspy vocals give way to cookie monster grind. The whole nasty affair ends with a sparse keyboard outro.

Side B is wholly comprised of the discs standout track, “rulers of the world”. The track effortlessly melds the darker aspects of Blue Oyster Cult with Black Sabbath while adding a mix of hardcore and grind. “rulers” builds to a soaring intensity as the underling stoner riff is coupled with some devastating licks before eventually dropping down into the Sabbath/Cult sludge.

From start to finish this is a solid release. If this is to be the last we hear of the mighty Enewetak it will serve as a fitting epitaph.

– Captain of Games

Demo Haven

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , on June 27, 2012 by Magadh

People who follow this blog will know that we are committed to the d.i.y. ethic and the acquisition of free stuff. I’ve recently been turned on to this site calling itself Crust-Demos. They are not kidding. The people who do this (I really can’t imagine that it’s just one person) have compiled and incredible amount of listings for demos and records from over 40 countries. For those of you who used to love spending time perusing the demo listings in the back of MRR, this site will really be a treat.

I’ve already pounced on the few things from this site. You’ll be seeing some reviews of stuff soon, for instance of the Slovenian band Hellcrawler (imagine Slovenia’s answer to Moment Maniacs). But I just thought I’d provide a little flavor of what’s on offer.

On the front page just now is a demo from the Finnish crust band Squalor. Six cuts of crusty, ripping thrash that sound like they were recorded on a boombox, but hey, the price is certainly right. This is the kind of thing that really epitomizes the punk ethos of the 1980s. You have to really love this kind of music, but if you do this site is absolutely overflowing with cool stuff.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to head back there now. I may never leave the bunker again.