Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Sianspheric are a lesser known Canadian shoegaze/space rock/dreampop band from the Sonic Unyon roster. These dudes cover quite a bit of musical ground; sleepy and sprawling to determined and energetic, and always with plenty of fuzz, delay, and reverb. ESSENTIAL for any fans of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver... Great memories of DXM-land to these records, which means I urge you to get a little squirrely while your jammin' it. Here's the 3 full lengths. I recommend The Sound of the Colour of the Sun the most, but all three records are amazing.
Somnium - 1995
There's Always Someplace You'd Rather Be - 1998
The Sound of the Colour of the Sun - 2001

This song is from Somnium:

Grief - Come to Grief

Founded in 1991 by Disrupt's guitarist, Grief seem to be among the first to slow things to a snails pace and play loud, tune low, and play slow. This is their second full length release I believe, from 1994. Doom so heavy, you need a forklift to listen. BlackNoise and BastardSounds's description fits pretty well:

"This is good old fashioned sludge, its brutally slow, narcotic induced and heavy. This is the paranoia one feels after mass consumption of Marijuana, and the feeling one gets after years of drug use has isolate them from their friends, family, and all the people that once cared for them."


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fuck... I'm Dead - Bring on the Dead

Australia's Fuck... I'm Dead, aside from having one of the greatest band names of all time, plays gnarly flesh-searing, face-raping, bone-shattering grind. I first heard this record when I used to go see shows at the Old Hickory Collective here in Jackson, TN. It was there that I cut my teeth on real music and what a true scene was about. So here is a bitchin record in honor of good times, and as a thank you to my buddy JD for making the OHC happen, and taking a select few of us young metal kids under his blackened wing.

Fuck... I'm Dead - Bring on the Dead

Warhorse - As Heaven Turns to Ash

Epic fucking doom from Massachusetts. Formed in 1996, put out this full length in 2001 on Southern Lord, then disbanded in 2005. Super sludgy doom with some hypnotic ambient parts. I did the shit out of it, and I know Jared and Ol' JD got some memories of this record. Chugga-lug and doom-uh-doom.

Warhorse - As Heaven Turns to Ash

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Neanderthal - Fighting Music

A true hardcore masterpiece from 1990. Featuring future members of the almighty MAN IS THE BASTARD and a member of INFEST, "Fighting Music" is the genesis of the power violence sound. Taking the groundwork laid by the aforementioned Infest, bands like Neanderthal, No Comment and Crossed Out carved out a sound never heard in extreme music that has been aped to death ever since.

If you are into modern "PV" bands like Mind Eraser (who take their name from this record!), Weekend Nachos or Iron Lung then do yourself a favor and snag this for a little history lesson on where the sound originated.

Some other great early bands to play this type of hardcore are the previously mentioned Infest, Crossed Out and No Comment as well as early Crom, early Capitalist Casualties, adn Despise You.

Neanderthal - Fighting Music

*download link and cover image "borrowed" from icoulddietomorrow be sure to check them out, they have a great blog with a wide variety of music!