Saturday, July 31, 2010
I first met Stephen, the singer of French hatecore band Kickback, at the last official Deathpile show back in 2004. I was already a fan of their release "Les 150 Passions Meurtrières" so it was great to talk a bit in person, and we've stayed in touch since.
Kickback are to modern hardcore what Peter Sotos is to modern literature - the most extreme there is, but crafted with quality and razor sharp focus.
A perfect way to experience Kickback for the first time is their video for "No Surrender" over here on their Facebook Page (epileptics beware).
Stephen and GSR Music were kind enough to send me their latest CD, "No Surrender," which is a major leap forward from their previous work. This album features the next step in Kickback's seriously controversial subject matter, along with a face ripping guitar tone, and some of the most pissed-off vocals I've heard since the early Brainbombs singles. All done with perfect studio production. The CD was released in two editions, the uncensored one (above) and a more elegant package, that avoids some of the extreme imagery, but is quite excellently designed as well.
You can pick up "No Surrender" and various other merch from GSR Distro here.
Stephen just informed me that "we have just finished writing a new CD and that we will record soon!" Great news.
I hope Kickback will be ruining the show for many years to come.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I got the chance to give back to good old Exhumed Films by helping them upload this ten part video document to YouTube (part 1 is above). It was an honor as they have allowed me to enjoy scores of great 35 mm cult film screenings.
Please go to exhumedfilms.com for more info on past and future events.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
A while back my friend Scott Candey was kind enough to send me a stack of discs from the underground Black Metal label Bindrune Recordings.
I enjoyed everything I heard but two bands in particular stood out:
Blood of the Black Owl (above is their cover for the album "A Feral Spirit") and Wodesnthone (below is the cover for their album "Loss").
Blood of the Black Owl has a new release called "A Banishing Ritual" - I will have to check that out for sure.
Make sure to explore all the Bindrune Recordings releases (they even have some "name your own price" digital releases). Everything you need is at bindrunerecordings.com
Friday, July 16, 2010
This is from the Anatomy of Habit show with Wolf Eyes from this last weekend. For more info on the show click here.
I don't know about you, but I am certainly eager to hear Anatomy of Habit's upcoming vinyl release.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Thanks to Code Red DVD the slasher classic "Nightmare" is finally getting a proper DVD release. You can read all about the trouble they've had to contend with to get this done over at the Code Red Blog.
I have loved this movie for years and even got to see a 35mm print a few years ago thanks to Exhumed Films. "Nightmare" was screened with no less than Bill Lustig's "Maniac." What a combo!
The beginning of the "Nightmare" screening was particularly memorable because the projectionist accidentally had the volume WAY too high. One of the very first sounds in the film is the lead actor screaming his brains out. It was like having my head ripped off it was so loud (ha ha). Good times.
Check out the trailer here.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I caught this on IFC recently and thought it was great. Although I think we've finally arrived at the point that zombies are becoming a bit too cliché. I think this Windows ad may have been the last straw (at least they used Fulci).
Please ignore the Vimeo credits above... "I Love Sarah Jane" was actually directed by Spencer Susser of Blue Tongue Films.
You can get more info here.