Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Here are The Ghoultones, a band that operated out of Bristol, TN/VA and played horror tinged ska-punk. I saw these guys and played with these guys a lot in the late 90's. They seemed to play all the time around this area in 97-99, but various line-up changes eventually killed them. Members of this band also turned up in another bristol band, the more street punk Blue Light Casualties. I really don't know if these songs constituted a demo or not, but I found them off of some guy in Spain on Soulseek one day and figured they needed to go on here as a document of the various styles of punk rock that was around this area at the time. If you remember these guys, you know what to expect. If horror punk mixed with ska sounds up your alley, then you might dig this.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Kreator are German thrash legends and should really need no introduction. These dudes have been ripping it up since the early 80's and still put out good albums, their newest, Hordes Of Chaos, actually rips pretty hard. But this album, to me, is the pinnacle of their discography. It is everything a great thrash album should be. I never care about album production, but this album is produced excellently I think. the drum sound is awesome, the guitars sound killer (and oh those riffs) and the bass is even noticeable. And did I mention the riffs?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Venom is a band that should need no introduction, and I can't believe I haven't posted any on here up until now. Venom are one of the best bands ever, dirty, raw, evil metal that just flat out damn rules. I would like to take this time to say that if you're remotely into metal and don't know of Venom, then you're really not that into metal. If you even make the claim that you're totally into black metal but don't like Venom, time to hang up the spiked wristbands and take off the corpse paint, because you're just living a lie. Anyways, here is their 1984 3 Song 12", "Manitou". I love this little EP. It's everything awesome about Venom in 3 songs. The tape version of this, if you can find it, has an extra interview with the band, but this is just the 3 songs. Lay down your souls to the gods Venom!!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Senseless Apocalypse was one of the first handful of Japanese hardcore punk bands I heard, and they friggin' blew me away. A long lost contact in Japan sent me some tapes and one of them was this seven inch on one side with the demo from Rise on the other side. I wore that tape out. So, the other day the great Terminal Escape posted a tape demo of theirs, and it made me dig out my copy of this 7". so here it is, for you all to enjoy. S.A. play extremely fast, a blurring wall of screamed vocals, blasting drums, and distorted guitar that just brings a smile to my face.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It's been a while since I've posted any local/regional music, so here is northeast Tennessee's very own Golden Arm with their 4 song, 2009 cassette, "Times Are Tight". It is pretty heavy hardcore.
Not really much to say today, just check this out. I hope you like it. It is still available from the band, so check out their myspace for more info.
Welcome to the Vicious Circle.
This is Indiana's own Zero Boys with their first full length, 1982's "Vicious Circle". It is by all accounts a timeless classic of pure punk rock energy. The production of this album is amazing, the song writing skills are excellent, and the musicianship is one-of-a-kind. This album rolls right along with 16 tracks of fast, catchy, sing along punk rock with one of the absolute best rhythm sections in punk rock history. Seriously, if you don't like this album, you're fucked up. It is amazing.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Here is some Heresy for you all. For the uninitiated, Heresy play ultra fast punk rock. They were from Nottingham, UK, released this weirdly produced (that's putting it lightly) album in 1988, a split with fellow UK punks Concrete Sox, and the ever so awesome "Never Healed" flexi, plus some more eps/full lengths. This is the album that does it for me though. Something about its tinny guitar/bass sound and electronic (?) drums just makes me wish i could jump as fucking high as they could. I would jump all over my house and probably break all sorts of shit accidentally.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thanks to the magnificent Manchester Morgue blog, i am going to share with you all issues 1,2,5,6, and 7 of the long gone, much lamented DEEP RED magazine. Deep Red, to me, is THE horror magazine of all times. Fangoria might be all color these days, but they've sold out to the idea of mainstream horror, Rue Morgue is hit or miss, and i haven't even seen this new revival of GoreZone, with its Maxim-ish covers that just don't seem like they're for the true red horror fans. Well, to paraphrase Deep Red's editor, the late Chas Balun, DEEP RED delivers the fuckin' groceries and then some. In these issues you'll see interviews with Dario Argento, Giovanni Lombardo Radice (italian horror king!), Clive Barker, horror writer Shaun Hutson, the infamous Gore Score, articles on Goblin, Fulci, Paul Naschy, and more more more!!! This is for true horror fans, not these wimpy remake loving pseudo-horror fans!
Deep Red: It looks you in the eye....AND SPITS!!
As with the comics, you're gonna need a .cbr reader with these too.
P.S. - I have issue 3 of this magazine, one day i might scan it all for inclusion......it does have an excellent Tom Savini interview in it.
Here is a one shot comic published by Fantaco Enterprises (publishers of such fine horror stuff like Deep Red, Gore Shriek, etc...), which, as it says, is a prelude to the events occurring in George Romero's 1968 classic "Night Of The Living Dead". Fantaco also did a 4 issue mini-series adapting N.O.T.L.D., which i have never been able to track down. Anyways, check this out.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is something new that I've also wanted to try for a while here on scummified. If you know me, you know that i love comic books. it's true. i LOVE comic books. it is a fantastic medium, much neglected and look down upon by people who think that these four color throwaway mags are strictly for kids and should never be read by anyone over the age of 10. I have been reading and collecting comics for as long as i can remember, and have a good sized collection with some books i never thought i would ever have (close to completing a run of EVERY Swamp Thing series, ever). Anyways, i digress. Comics are NOT just for kids, and to make a point, here is P. Craig Russell's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond" from a 1994 issue of that "premiere adult illustrated magazine" Heavy Metal, that is, well, downright beautiful stuff from a master comics illustrator. Russell has also adapted Wagner's "The Ring Of The Nibelung" and other musical works into comics form, the Robert E. Howard Conan story "The Jewels Of Gwalhur" (available in a very nice and inexpensive hardcover version), and is also a frequent collaborator/adapter of Neil Gaiman. He has a very fine style, and, well, its his fine line work and Lovecraft's story that makes this awesome.
This file is a .cbr file and you will need a Comic reader to view it with. I suggest Comical. It is a quick download, and very easy to use.
Here is something I've wanted to do with Scummified for a long time....post a movie. A few months ago, the Appalachian Media Institute made a short (9 min) documentary about Adam Brewer, the one man force of nature that is Globsters. He was recently kind enough to send me a copy, which I am now kind enough to share with you. This movie is 9 minutes long people, you have no excuse to not download it. It is Adam talking about all the things that make him a rad person, his love for his dogs, knives, punk rock, his like/dislike of the area he lives in, (I've lived in Hazard, KY too...and it sucks) and it is all interspersed with a little live footage (the hit "Pretty Women" is included).
I love Adam, and I love this documentary. I wish it could've been a little longer though, but that's alright. You must check this out, Globsters fan or not. It is nicely shot, short, and is a .avi file. Check it out.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Here is one of the coolest looking records ever, the buzz saw shaped Left For Dead & Acrid split. Both bands are from Canada, but sound very different. Left For Dead rage through 9 tracks of pissed hardcore with some of the best lyrics ever and awesome double bass in parts, and Acrid tend to veer a little more towards the metal/grind side of hardcore with their 4 tracks. I like both bands, but it should be obvious that Left For Dead take this record.
The picture above is my copy of this split. i have no clue which pressing it is. anyone know?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here is one of the all around best hardcore compilation's that saw release during the 90's, the fantastic Reality Part 2. If you have no idea what this comp is about, lemme break down the bands to you....
Asshole Parade.Excruciating Terror. Dystopia. Infest. Despise You. Lack Of Interest. Gasp.Suppression. Noothgrush. No Comply. Spazz. Purgatoria. Man Is The Bastard. Capitalist Casualties. Stapled Shut. Enemy Soil. Evolved To Obliteration. Bad Acid Trip. C-###.
19 killer bands, 20 killer songs. I mean, really, this is one of the times where you can have both quality and quantity. Standout tracks, to me, are the Dystopia, Infest, L.O.I., Gasp, Spazz, Noothgrush, and Capitalist Casualties tracks. But listen and decide for yourself. Again, this compilation KILLS.
I was going through my blog posts today and realized that I have never really made mention of my love for Judas Priest, who are my all time favorite metal band. Let me rectify this situation with the following post. Here is my favorite Priest album, "Sad Wings Of Destiny", from 1976. This album is their transitional album, I think, between the more bar rock-friendly "Rocka Rolla" and the excellently metal "Sin After Sin". And, this album has "Tyrant" AND "The Ripper" on it. So there.
Life sucks sometimes. You know it, I know it, Lack Of Interest knows it. Knowing this, they decided to write this album. It is 24 songs in under 15 minutes of pissed off, furious, high velocity punk rock with what sounds to be a pit-bull on vocals.
I've often heard the great argument...Infest vs. Lack Of Interest....you know who wins?
we do, because BOTH bands kill.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Here is Face Down In Shit's self titled 2001 LP. I heard this when it was released and it blew me away with its mixture of fierce hardcore and abrasive stoner metal. In 2003 my old band Hadaka Matsuri played a show with them in Detroit, at a place called The Trumbleplex, where they let us use their drums and amps to play a short set. needless to say, we probably sounded brutal as shit through their amps. This lp is 8 tracks that will bludgeon you. Fire one up for this one, folks.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
By request of Adam Brewer, of Globsters fame, (and if you haven't checked that out yet, you're missing serious greatness) here is The Early Years cd from Poison Idea. I shouldn't have to say anything about Poison Idea, but this cd is a compilation of demo and live tracks from, well, P.I.'s early years. So it goes without saying, pretty essential. Nice faux "Anarchy In The U.K." intro too.
Hey everybody, I'm back, and it seems that thanks to Aesop over at Cosmic Hearse that i have some new followers. so thanks Aesop, and thanks to you, new followers. i hope you like the stuff i post.
anyways, here is some Gasp for you all. To me, Gasp never got the recognition they deserved. For the uninitiated, they play hardcore with more than a touch of psychedelia and chaos. I love this record. There is a discography floating around somewhere, GET IT!!