True story: I tried to roller skate once. It didn’t end well. I kind of careened all over the place, totally out of control, veering in one direction and then another. Eventually I came to rest — on my ass, with a severely sprained ankle. It was a hell of an adrenaline rush, followed by a fuckton of pain.
The point of this post is to throw some music your way to help you skid into the weekend ahead, to get some adrenaline pumping, and to bring the pain.
We know Joel Grind can thrash. He’s the driving force behind Portland’s one-man wrecking machine, Toxic Holocaust, a “band” that quite effectively churns out a holocaust of punk/thrash mayhem. Now we can hear a slightly different side of Mr. Grind.
He has a one-man side project called Yellowgoat and has finished recording a 9-track album under that name. Yesterday he put up on the Tube of You an 8-minute preview of the album, with excerpts from the songs. Based on those previews, I’d describe the music as a nasty, fuzzed-out fusion of black thrash, d-beat, and punk — a throwback to the early days of black metal. It makes sense that he picked a name that pretty obviously came from the cover of Bathory’s first album.
The music is vicious, raw, and thoroughly energizing. So get this skate show on the road by rockin’ out to the Yellowgoat album preview right after the jump, and after that you’ll see some of Joel’s comments about this project.
Comments from Joel Grind about the Yellowgoat project:
“The new project I’m working on is called YELLOWGOAT.
I dedicate that one to you know who.
Everything is mixed and now it just needs to be sequenced and mastered. Just got insanely evil art work from Chris Moyen too.
Expect raw and filthy metal just like my favorite records and demo’s. Names like Von, Beherit, Voor, Bathory, and Sodom come to mind. Reverb, Fuzz and Acid.”
Let’s see now, what next? How about this:
WINDS OF GENOCIDE
Last December, we did a mini-series about bands fronted by female growlers. One of them was an English outfit named Winds of Genocide. At the time, the word was that they had signed a record deal with the Pulverised label (home of sweet bands such as Desultory, Interment, Impiety, Bastard Priest, and Morbus Chron). I’ve now got a few Winds of Genocide updates.
First, they’re making progress on the recording of their first album for Pulverised, Usurping the Throne of Disease. Second, they’ve recently received work-in-progress artwork for the album cover from one of my favorite metal artists, Mark Riddick. Check this out:
Nice and grisly, huh?
And third, they’ve uploaded for streaming a track from their last release — a split entitled Satanik Apokalyptic Kamikaze Kommandos with Abigail (a Japanese band), which is out now on Witchhammer Productions.
The song is called “Murderous Bloodthirst”, and it makes a nice companion for that Yellowgoat track. It’s a distorted piece of crust-punk d-beat death metal illness. Short and savage, it features vocals that I guarantee you wouldn’t guess were being delivered by a woman (in this case, Kat Shevil). Here you go:
Winds of Genocide is on Facebook. Next . . .
ONE INCH GIANT
I told you this would be like erratic skating. Here, I’m veering over into doomy stoner-metal material. Last September I reviewed Malva — the debut album by a Swedish band named One Inch Giant (here). Since then, One Inch Giant have been up to all sorts of mischief, including recording a medley of 10 different Black Sabbath songs as a tribute to Tony Iommi in his fight against cancer.
The Black Sabbath medley will appear on an Ozzy tribute album being released by Versailles Records on June 5. The album title is No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne – 1971-2012. It’s got an eye-catching line-up of participants. You can visit Versailles at this location for more info about that. And if you’re new to One Inch Giant, more info about them is available on their Facebook page.
Now, here’s OIG’s Black Sabbath covers medley, which is really well done:
Continuing to veer around, we run into this, which is what put me on my figurative ass . . .
I don’t think I knew anything about this Icelandic band until a couple of hours ago. Their name came up in a comment by Kazz on one of today’s earlier posts (here) about metal band names. You can probably guess why their name might have been mentioned in that post.
Anyway, with a name like that, I couldn’t resist hunting for some of their music. The first thing I found was an official video for a single called “Spawn of Disgust” that was released in 2007. By watching the video, I learned that when people in Iceland smoke weed, it produces homicidal behavior.
I also learned that Severed Crotch can play some mean tech-death, and I’m talking about tech-death on the brutal end of the scale. Chunky, acidic, impressively executed, this is a very nice song. There’s more about Severed Crotch on Facebook here. It appears they released their debut album, The Nature of Entropy, in 2010. If you’ve heard that album, please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Here’s the vid: