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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spoonful of Vicodin: Local Legends

One of the true Rotcore bands. If you don't know what Rotcore is, its hardcore/grindcore from Rochester from around 2003-2009.  The phrase was coined by the band 17th Class and since then all the punks in Rochester have been using it to describe basically anything from Rochester (even if it isn't hardcore/grindcore).

Guitarist Sarah and drummer Tim
Spoonful of Vicodin is a two-piece powerviolence/grindcore band that reminds me of Fear of God, Crossed Out and a bit of Larm due to how noisy they are. This band doesn't have a single song that is more then a minute long, and every song is comprised of furious blasts, crazy riffs and insane vocals. They released a demo, two splits and a self titled seven inch. They toured with Chainsaw to the Face and toured in Europe with Insect Warfare. They helped put Rochester on the map but they broke up around 2009.

Here is their Self-titled seven inch. More to come.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fearless Iranians from Hell- Discography

Fearless Iranians from Hell are a favorite of mine. First a hardcore punk band, and then a crossover act they are unique for their image and lyrical content. The lyrics/image are from an Islamic extremists point of view but done so in a way that is tongue-in-cheek. Every album is great in its own way and you can hear the band change and get better.

This band has everything a good crossover/thrash band should have; speed, solos, and sick breakdowns that make you want to mosh all over everybody. Check it out.

Die For Allah1987
Holy War 1988
Foolish Americans 1990
Peace Through Power EP 2008

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Black Sabbath- Born Again

Black Sabbath is considered the quintessential metal band. They are in fact the first "true" metal band and the pioneers of what we call doom metal. However Black Sabbath's history is one of ups and downs. After Ozzy's departure in 1979 Black Sabbath went through several stylistic changes. The first was with Dio (RIP) in 1980 with more of a traditional heavy metal style.
 After Dio left in 1982, Former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan joined in and Black Sabbath took another turn.

1983's Born Again is an interesting album. Being a big Deep Purple fan I adore Ian Gillan's vocals, and the songs on here are classics.  Iommi's riffs are straight up heavy metal with a sort of hard rock edge, similar to Deep Purple. Songs like Zero the Hero and Disturbing the Priest are slower, groovier and almost frightening. Songs like Digital Bitch and Trashed are faster and have more of a rock edge to them. Their are also two instrumentals and the title track Born Again which is more softer and ballad-like yet it doesn't detract from the album at all. The diversity on this album is one of its strengths. A song like Zero the Hero is something I can hear Ozzy singing on.

What this album suffers from is production. The bass is apparent in some songs but buried in others. The snare sound is very bland and the cymbals seem detached from everything. The guitars have a nice tone but they are soaked in a lot of reverb and lack a heaviness to them. Other then that, this is a solid album. While not a master piece like Heaven and Hell, Paranoid or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, it is a Black Sabbath album and a good one at that.

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The first step...

Welcome to my blog. I have a lot to say and nowhere to say it so I've created this to document myself in a way. I also have a desire to spread my taste in music, movies, art, etc as well as shamelessly promote myself (that's what its all about isn't it?) 

In doing so I bring you the Controlled by Fear/Carpet Bomb shit demo. This band is a culmination of two years of failure, starting in 2010. My friends and I have tried numerous times to create bands and none have gone anywhere until this one. Metallic hardcore, sludge, and crust all wrapped into one. I play guitar in this band. More material in the coming weeks.