Monday, December 28, 2009

Late additions to the top whatever of 2009...

Portal - Swarth (this re-established my faith in death metal. glad someone managed to do something sonically with it that moved the genre forward after so many years of static....)

Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough (just got hip to these guys)

Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation of the Black Widow (how could i go without mentioning this?????????)

Slayer - World Painted Blood (FINALLY, Slayer put out something good!!!!!!! No joke!!!!!!!)

Shrinebuilder should probably go on here, but I've slept on them for some reason...

And Struck by Lightning is not going onto my list until I hear the vinyl, which comes out next year.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top Whatever of 2009

I don't care enough about this year's releases to actually do any work on this beyond listing some that I still listen to after poking around for a few minutes.  Anyhow, the only major bands whose releases from this year that I'm still pumped on are Washed Out, Owl City, Christmas Island, C.Aarmé, Radiohead, and of course, The Beatles.

Locally:

Sabre - Demo II
White Walls - Demo
Fucked for Life - Distortion and Death Demo
Wise Blood - Second Demo

And I'm sure I"m forgetting someone who'll inevitably get mad at me, but whatever, go to hell if you have a problem.  My head hurts.  Let this be a pre-emptive "fuck you".


International:

Washed Out - High Times
Washed Out - Life of Leisure
C.Aarmé - World Music
The Beatles - (all the mono remasters )
Owl City - Ocean Eyes
Lady Gaga - The Fame
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Taylor Swift - Fearless
Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution
Christmas Island - Blackout Summer
Coalesce - Ox
Death (Detroit proto-punk band from the 70's; finally had their album put out) - ...For the Whole World to See
Wilco - Wilco
Napalm Death - Time Waits for No Slave
The Last Hope (Christian anarchist oi punk) - Manifesto
Fight Amp - Manners and Praise
Kylesa - Static Tensions
Why? - Eskimo Snow

And while it's not an album, i really liked this single release:

Radiohead - "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cult Ritual made their music downloadable for free

The amazing noisy hardcore punk band, Cult Ritual, made their music available for free here:

http://cultmaternal.blogspot.com

About a year and a half too late on my part, but...

This is a musical collection by artists of the Power Electronics, Dark Ambient and Neofolk Genre to set a sign against holding Olympic Games in Countries that doesn't respect the human rights.

Tracklist:
1 Die Rote Form - Students Make Nice Bloody Puddles (6:15)
2 TSIDMZ - Chinese Capitalism (4:09)
3 Vomiting Puppy Assault - Firedrake Venom (4:48)
4 Nezumi - The Red Storm Over China (9:21)
5 Grauhund - 三民主義 (Instrumental) (0:46)


Download it here:
http://www.archive.org/details/MaolympicGames

Neo-Folk Against Racism Group, Radio, Discussion on Last.fm



http://www.last.fm/group/Neofolk+Against+Racism

For those who feel that (Neo)folk music should be free of racism and neo-nazism, both in terms of tendencies within the scene and stigmas from outside.

Neofolk music, traditional symbols, alternative pagan religions, and so forth, all have, in principle, nothing to do with racism and neo-nazism. But sadly, many neo-nazis choose to associate themselves with these things. At the same time, symbols used in neofolk and heathen music are interpreted wrongly by outsiders and anti-fascist groups. This gives members of the neofolk scene and heathens an unwanted and unnecessary political stigma.

It's time to spread the word and take things back to where they belong. We want to be able to enjoy neofolk without accepting unwanted political elements in our scene, and without wrongfully being stigmatised by uninformed outsiders.


We encourage cultural pride and love of heritage, but do not condone blind hatred of other groups.

We feel that awareness and open discussion is the best way to relate ourselves to the image of the genre, and to change it, if necessary.

Of course, this group is also for just discussing neofolk music and culture! Be welcome!

[Note: this group, or the artist list, is not meant as a guide to whether a person or an artist is 'wrong' or 'OK'. In other words, we are neither a blacklist, nor a whitelist, where people could determine the political affiliation of a person or artist.]

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Somebody make me a patch of this...

It won't let me bring up the image... losers... anyhow, it's the cover of Wolves in the Throne Room's 2004 demo.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wSOk4F0WqsI/SvVcLjlta_I/AAAAAAAAAJk/mAxemfy6dBY/s1600-h/77197.jpg

Live Footage of Gaelic Psalms from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland!!!!!!!!!!!

5 Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like A Pussy

Here's my favorite of them...



Yogendra Singh Yadav was a member of an Indian grenadier battalion during a conflict with Pakistan in 1999. Their mission was to climb "Tiger Hill" (actually a big-ass mountain), and neutralize the three enemy bunkers at the top. Unfortunately, this meant climbing up a sheer hundred-foot cliff-face of solid ice. Since they didn't want to all climb up one at a time with ice-axes, they decided they'd send one guy up, and he'd fasten the ropes to the cliff as he went, so everyone else could climb up the sissy way. Yadav, being awesome, volunteered.


Half way up the icy cliff-o'-doom, enemies stationed on an adjacent mountain opened fire, shooting them with an RPG, then spraying assault-rifle fire all over the cliff. Half his squad was killed, including the commander, and the rest were scattered and disorganized. Yadav, in spite of being shot three times, kept climbing.


When he reached the top, one of the target bunkers opened fire on him with machine guns. Yadav ran toward the hail of bullets, pitched a grenade in the window and killed everyone inside. By this point the second bunker had a clear shot and opened fire, so he ran at them, taking bullets while he did, and killed the four heavily-armed men inside with his bare hands.


Meanwhile, the remainder of his squad was standing at the top of the cliff staring at him saying, "dude, holy shit!" They then all went and took the third bunker with little trouble.


For his gallantry and sheer ballsiness, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military award. Unlike the Medal of Honor, the Param Vir Chakra is only given for "rarest of the rare gallantry which is beyond the call of duty and which in normal life is considered impossible to do." That's right, you actually have to break the laws of reality just to be eligible.


It has only been awarded 21 times, and two thirds of the people who earned it died in the process. It was initially reported that Yadav had as well, but it turns out that they just mistook him for someone less badass. Or they just figured no real human being could survive a broken leg, shattered arm and 10-15 fresh bullet holes in one sitting.


(For more, click below...)

http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-pussy.html

"Radio Disney" Version of Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face"...

Unashamed Reunion FAQ Up On Their Myspace Now

 Also, they will be writing new music and have two shows coming up at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA next year...

http://www.myspace.com/unashamedgo

Red & Anarchist Black Metal Blog and Last.fm Group




Check this shit out, it's more cold, grimm, and frostbitten than the plains of Siberia!!!

http://r-a-b-m.blogspot.com
http://www.last.fm/group/RABM