Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aeonic Impulse - A Night For The Troubled (2016)




Ever since people started to get into Rush, Tool, and Opeth, I've notice a lot of people forming a lot of Prog bands, and then bashing other bands for not being "Prog" or "being diverse".  If done right, Prog can totally be a musical journey where you can set your mind free.  But most Prog bands I hear try to be Rush or Opeth.  Or they throw a barrage of self-wankery.  With A Night For The Troubled by Aeonic Impulse, I do not get any of that.  You do hear a band with many influences trying to bring that all together, and make it as one.
On the first track, "View of the Sunset", you hear some Tool influence in the sound.  Seeing that we already have Socionic doing the whole Tool thing, wasn't sure if Aeonic Impulse was another Prog band doing the Tool thing.  But by "Part II: Regretful Insomnia", you start hearing some post-hardcore in the sound, which by then I started to get hook.  Of course my favorite will be the last track "Part VI: View of the Sunrise"  Mainly because you hear some Post-Rock/Post-Metal in that song.  The build-up was well done and executed.  And hearing Charlie Chaplin's speech from The Great Dictator was a nice touch as things were building up.
As the album goes from track-to-track, things start to change up without sounding like another band.  That's the one thing I can get behind Aeonic Impulse and still get into the album without losing interest.  Nothing feels force, which I also like because it makes the music flow nicely.  A Night For The Troubled is definitely a album that not only Prog fans can get into, but also fans of experimental music, and maybe your casual listeners.  You can totally rock out to this album and also let the sound just sink in.



A Night For The Troubled gets "5 Hitlers Punched In The Face" Approval.




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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Green Room (2015)





For anyone who is familiar with underground/DIY bands, you've heard the stories about the road.  The struggles of getting to the next town with little money or looking for a place to crash.  But the one I do hear a lot is the altercations a lot of bands have with the locals.  In Green Room, director Jeremy Saulnier brings this nightmare to the screens.
We are introduced to a punk band, trying to get from town to town, so they can play a gig, get paid, and then move on to the next.  The band made a stop at Portland (or some other Northwestern town) and met up with the promoter.  Sadly the venue that they were booked canceled the show, due to the previous band who played there.  But the promoter was able to book them at a diner.  Things didn't go that well and didn't make enough money at the door.  The promoter was able to help them get another gig so they can get some gas money to drive back home.  The only thing is that it's a neo-nazi skinhead bar.  The band agrees to play the show and make there way to the gig.  Once upon arrival, they meet the staff and are escorted to the green room until there set begins.  Once they hit the stage, they start off with a cover of Dead Kennedy's "Nazi Punks Fuck Off".  Of course the crowd wasn't having it, so they go to their originals, which the crowd enjoyed more.  After their set, they head back to the green room to get their stuff, but see that their stuff is out in the hallway.  They grab there stuff and head on out.  But one of the band members forgets his cell phone and runs back to the green room.  Once he enters, he see's a dead woman laying on the floor with a knife stuck in her head.  He then tries to run out and calls 911, but the staff catches him and brings back the whole band back to the green room.  Scared that the staff my try to hurt them for witnessing a murder, the band barricade themselves inside the green room while holding the bouncer hostage.  The situation would then bring the bar owner and ring leader played by the great Patrick Stewart.  The bar owner tries to talk the band to open the door, but the band doesn't trust him, thus frustrating the owner.  So later in the night, the bar owner ends the show and have his staff to gather some red lace skins.  From here, things start to get intense as the boneheads try to get inside the green room, as the band try to fight them off and look for a escape. Sadly, some will lose their lives as others will be changed by this event.
Green Room does bring out some intense scenes that make you hold on to your seat.  And as charming as Stewart's character can be, at the same time he can be frightening.  There may not be a lot of bloodshed, but whatever violence they show, it's pretty brutal.  Green Room is definitely a movie that fans of action and suspense will enjoy.  Especially with today's political environment, I'm sure there are some people who will enjoy some dead neo-nazi boneheads.



Excited For 2017

Well, we are in the end of January, and so far I've been enjoying what has come out.  Some kick arse movies will be coming out this spring.  New albums by Joy Shannon, Swartwoud, and King Women will be coming out.  And of course some killer shows.
This month I haven't done any reviews or a podcast, but I hope to be more active in February.  The one thing I want to do is record the Lock Your Doors podcast.  I'm also hoping to do some interviews very soon.  Right now I've been very busy with Diclonius.  Finally I've been getting some bookings and it's been really fun.  I do hope to record some new demos.  I'll still be promoting shows on the Code 415 fb page and I hope everyone is following it.  So please go out and support the arts.  Especially in a time where unity is very important.  Hope everyone enjoys the rest of 2017.  Peace out, girl scout.  

Mikey O)))
-Code 415 Blog-

Friday, December 9, 2016

Top 20 Albums of 2016



Well, folks, we are now in December.  Pretty soon, we'll be going into 2017.  To most people, 2016 is seen as a terrible year, with all our heroes leaving us.  As depressing as it is, the one thing these events have taught me is to appreciate my favorite bands and artist even more.  Because we don't know when we'll ever see them again.  But of course, I didn't spend most of the year wondering what famous person will die next.  I was wondering if the next album I buy will be just as kick arse as the last album I bought.
This year brought a lot of killer albums.  Some from bands that I've been in love with for many years.  And some that I just discovered this year.  There are still some new albums I need to get my hands on.  Anyhoo, after many hours of lstening to a lot of albums, I was able to bringing it down to 20.  So ladies and gents, I present to you, the TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2016.


#20. Faethom - Fury of the Scorned Witch



I like to think if King Diamond and Goblin would have a kid, it would be Faethom.  These terrorizors from Florida are a great combination of old-school metal, black metal, and horror soundtracks.  Their 3rd release (and 2nd full-length), Fury of the Scorned Witch, is a raw and killer audio horror story with some great musicianship, that you can headbang in the campfire.  Faethom are still young with a lot of potential, and I'm sure the next release will also make the Top 20.



#19. Misery Ritual - I Hurt Because I Must



This year, we've seen Kyle Ferguson put out two releases and some collaborations with other great artist.  The one that I keep putting on repeat, over and over, is I Hurt Because I Must.  A very brooding and punishing album, that it will make you scream your lungs out til it is shattered.  Misery Ritual have definitely left their mark.  And can only imagine things getting more misanthropic.



#18. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Arc



A while back, Pig Destroyer but out a Doom EP which was really crushing.  I guess it's only fair that Scott Hull also does one with ANb.  Of course they had Kat of Salome do the entire vocals on this release.  And oh boy, what a Doom ep.  Scott Hull like always, just busting out some killer riffs, as Kat does on hell of a vocal performance.  Supposedly, they're doing another ep, in which another vocalist will contribute to the whole ep.  Can't wait for that.



#17. Medicine Moon - Tales of a Umber Earth


One of the most powerful neo-folk albums I ever heard.  The vocals sound very grand.  The songwriting just sound wonderful.  Never have I heard anything like this Oakland duo.  Hearing Medicine Moon live is also something to be seen.  Everything about Tales of a Umber Earth just sounds perfect.  It's definitely a soundtrack to taking a walk in the country.



#16. Clarke and the Himselfs and Friends - Clarke and the Himselfs and Friends


I want to thank Joe Black of the Nighttime Asylum at Radio Boise for introducing me to this.  For the past few years, I've been really getting into a lot of indie music.  Never did I thought I would get into bands like Jay Retard, JC Satan, and Clarke and the Himselfs and Friends.  Every track is really catchy with some great sing-a-long parts.



#15. Gatecreeper - Sonoran Depravation



 I heard a lot of hype about Arizona's Gatecreeper.  And holy shit, did they live up to it.  This is the way I love my death metal.  It's death metal, for fuck sakes.  It's suppose to sound grimy and ugly.  Sonoran Depravation definitely brings me back to the good ol' days of death metal, before bands started using protools and trying to get a slick production.  If you grew up in the 90's, you'll dig this album.



#14. Glaare - Surrender/Control


Another band I found this year.  Saw this band open up for King Woman and Wax Idols at the Slidebar in Fullerton.  And I just feel in love with them.  Synth-pop and Post-Punk is also something that I didn't think I would get into.  Hearing Rachel's voice just takes you to a happy place and makes you feel that nothing can go wrong.  And the atmosphere is very dream-like.  This EP really makes me interested in post-punk and want to dig deeper.



#13. dalek - Asphalt For Eden


Who would have thought that Profound Lore would release a Hip-Hop album.  If anything, dalek would definitely fit in with their roster.  dalek always seem to evolve on every release.  On Asphalt For Eden, dalek address some problems going on in this current society.  And they do it very well.  This EP continues to make me a long time dalek fan.



#12. Jagged Mouth - Louring


It's always great finding new Doom Metal bands.  Especially in places where I wouldn't think there would be any.  Jagged Mouth are one of those bands.  Hailing from New Mexico, Louring in one hell of a crushing and punishing album.  The sound will definitely punch you in the guts really hard, and you'll ask for more.



#11. Kyng - Breathe in the Water


This is a band that never disappoint.  They really do a killer job at making hard rock sound so goddamn heavy.  And with Breath in the Water, I really don't see Kyng calling it a day.  For many years, their fanbase is just growing and growing.  And I can only imagine album #3 just bringing in more people.  The lyrics that Eddie pins up just really gets you.  And their sound just keeps getting tighter.  Seeing that they recorded this album in Austin, Tx, you can tell that it brought new life to Kyng.



#10. SubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of Ages 


I'm pretty sure by now, SubRosa are huge game changers in the Doom/Sludge scene.  On For This We Fought For The Battle of Ages, this Salt Lake crew continues to get more epic with their sound and songwriting.  There are also some elements that really helps their sound to grow.  And for this, I just love SubRosa even more.  Every praise they get is well deserving.



#9. Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us


In order to make a really pissed off record, you really have to be a pissed off human being.  Whatever it is that the dudes from Nails were channeling from, it really made You Will Never Be One Of Us a kick arse album. The riffs were just intense.  The drums were blasting like a motherfucker.  And Tom Jones vocals were more brutal than ever.  For sure, this album is the best one Nails has ever released.



#8. Muscle and Marrow - Love 


One of the albums that I've been looking forward, Muscle and Marrow's Love.  The Human Cry was such a awesome record, I was really looking forward to their 2nd album.  And Love did not disappoint.  "Black Hole" is definitely a favorite of mines, among other tracks from this album.  A bit of a pop-ish sound, but still has that dark undertone that made me a fan to begin with.  Of course seeing they're from Portland, you can always expect to hear a great record.



#7. Young Hunter - Young Hunter


Here's another awesome band from Portland, Young Hunter.  I have to thank Billy Goate for introducing me to this band.  They got a really sick Blue Oyster Cult sound with a Portland touch.  Hard to explain what that is, but I like to think you get what I'm saying.  If can get into the first track, then you're really gonna dig the rest of the release.  Great guitar work.  Some catchy riffs.  And of course a awesome chorus.  I'll definitely be keeping a eye out for Young Hunter, as I can only imagine that we'll be seeing some great thing from them.



#6. The Body - No One Deserves Happiness


According to the band, the dudes from The Body were getting a bit bored of the Doom scene, that they started listening to pop records, including Taylor Swift.  This would be the inspiration for their latest release, No One Deserves Happiness.  With the help of some female singers, The Body were able to create a very dark album with a Pop touch.  One of the things you got to admire about The Body is that they are willing to not challenge themselves, but also the listeners.  One of my favorite tracks is "The Fall and the Guilt"  The female vocals singing over a piano and white noise just warms my heart.



#5. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner


When I heard that the love of my life was doing a collaboration with one of my favorite Post-Metal bands during the 00's, I was super excited.  Mariner was everything I expected to sound.  Julie Christmas still sounds awesome as ever.  And the dudes in Cult of Luna did great work in creating a atmosphere that brought this album to life.  I like to think this is this generation's Jarboe & Neurosis.  When you got great minds working together, you can only expect something awesome to brew up.



#4. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Y Proftwyd Dwyll


Another band that I feel like are game changers in the Doom Metal scene, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard.  When they said they were gonna bring some kick arse riffs, oh, boy, they weren't joking.  On Y Proftwyd Dwyll, they really brought in some heavy riffs.  This is a huge step from their last release.  And their heavy use of the keyboard really made things a killer psychedelic journey.



#3. King Dude - Sex


 It seems that King Dude brings everything to the table.  From neo-folk to post-punk, and some high energy rock & roll.  On Sex, you'll hear what is King Dude's best effort to date.  This record will make you sad.  It will making you feel happy.  It will make you jump in a car and just step on the gas and ride like hell.  A very well written record by one talented bloke from Seattle.



#2. The Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend


I have Whores to thank for getting me into The Coathangers.  Just like Whores, The Coathangers come from Atlanta and they bring their own take on indie punk and the riot grrl sound.  Listening to Nosebleed Weekend does bring me back to some fun times.  Everyone on this record does a great job in bringing their best to make this record sound awesome.  Crook Kid brings a poppy side, while Rusty brings some attitude to the vocal duty.  I can now hear why the dudes from Whores are huge fans.



#1. Oathbreaker - Rheia


I so regret not getting into this band sooner.  I'm pretty sure they would have made my "Best of" list a few years ago.  I don't know what is it that I heard that made me give them a pass.  But listening to Rheia, it really made me fall in love with this band.  A lot of female fronted bands are doing the whole singing and screaming combo.  But most of the time, it sounds very generic and forced.  Which is why I don't give a fuck about The Butcher Babies or YOLO.  Oathbreaker, that's a band that does it really right.  Their take on blackened post-hardcore is something that I can really dig.  Rheia is a perfect blend of beauty and intensity.  This album really doesn't sound like other bands who try to do the same thing.  If anything, this album really feels genuine, and it really connects with me very well.  Hence why this album gets the top honors.
















Monday, September 19, 2016

RAPT (2016)

 

I remember hearing a story about someone from the New York Times gave a negative review to Ernest Hemingway's new book, at the time.  When Hemingway read it, he took the time from his busy schedule to visit the home of that New York Times critic and beat the fuck out of him. Which fuck'n rules.  Because it's Hemingway.  On RAPT, they take "handling criticism" to another whole level.  Written by first timer, Russell Hackett, with Jerry Janda (Painkiller) and direct by Tom Ryan, RAPT tells the story of a aspiring filmmaker trying to make a slasher film that will win the hearts of horror fans.  Sadly the reaction wasn't was what he was looking for.
The movie takes place at a film festival in the woods of New Jersey, where our filmmaker (played by Russell Hackett) is premiering his film, "16 Steps of Death".  Things didn't turn out well once people started walking out of the screening.  To make it worse, the Filmmaker would hear two festival attendees shitting on the film.  And of course a review by a blogger named The Horror Pro (Jerry Janda), in which he shreds "16 Steps of Death".  After hearing all the negative comments, the Filmmaker decides to do something about it.  He invites The Horror Pro over his house to get his opinion about a scene he just shot.  As The Horror Pro watches this new scene, we (the viewer) see that this isn't just any low-budget indie slasher.  The Horror Pro gives his opinion, which of course was negative.  But he did give props to the actress' "performance".  And the "special effects".  But then the Horror Pro would get his face smashed with a beer bottle by the Filmmaker.  Later, the Horror Pro wakes up in the woods, only to find out he's the next victim in the Filmmakers new film.  And since then, the filmmaker starts hacking off everyone who disliked his film, which would inspire his new direction..
In today's age, we've seen many people bitching and complaining about recent horror films.  Yes, not all of them are original.  But there are some that are fun to watch.  And of course there are filmmakers who don't seem to make the effort to tell a good story.  When it comes to taking criticism, it doesn't seem that many people can't handle it.  We've seen many filmmakers go on a online rant.  Saying how people are too stupid to understand their film.  But of course you have bloggers/critics who seem like they just want to hate everything because it makes them feel good about themselves.  Even though the Horror Pro's opinion are very harsh, he does give his honest opinion.  But it's the usual criticism I see every blogger says.  Now with the Filmmaker, he didn't took the criticism well.  He also seems to get upset when someone else gets some praise.  But it seemed that he made something out of all the negative comments.  Now it's not something I suggest people to do, but it's not like he started going online and talking shit.  Don't make snuff films.  So anyhoo, RAPT was a fun short to watch.  Everyone there seemed to be having a good time.  If you enjoy the films of Bill Zebub, then you should dig RAPT.  The location where it was shot looked really nice.  There really isn't any gore, but I don't think it really needed it.  The aftermath is just good enough.  This is a nice addition to the Slasher genre.  I can definitely see this being a full feature.  But RAPT was able to tell it's story in that half hour.  A nice writing debut by Hackett, and I'm looking forward to see what he pens up next.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Deathkings/Medicine Moon/Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks @ The Complex (6-28-16)




Back in late June, I was able to get Tuesday night off from work, so I decided to head down to the Complex in Glendale, CA.  Performing that night was Deathkings, Medicine Moon, and Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks (who I've been waiting to see again).  As much as I wanted to kick back and enjoy the show, I took some pics and videos of the show.  Please check out these bands and follow them on social media for updates on upcoming music and shows.






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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Flip The Goat Podcast - 003




Playlist:

1/2 Southern North - "Kokyto (River of Mourn)" - (album: Cantabile of Hades (Rivers of the Underworld)

Eight Bells - Landless (album: Landless)

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - "A Greater Call" (album: Mariner)

Lost Sounds - "Satan Bought Me" (album: Blac Static)

Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks - "Midsummer Witch Hunt" (album: Mo Anam Cara)

Suicide - "Frankie Teardrop" (album: Suicide)