Thursday, January 29, 2009

Relapse roundup winter 09

I think I posted this before, but I'm too lazy to look through 400+ posts to find it. But when I was like 14, I got the "Corporate Death" compilation that Relapse put out and pretty much loved every song. That's how starved for metal I was back then, I was thrilled to listen to fucking Exit-13 and Convulse! Oh and I thought the pictures of their "headquarters" and boardroom were real (seriously, I did).

Of course, now I'm far too jaded to get excited about anything new (unless it's
Forever The Sickest Kids or Gut doing rap songs). I'd rather just sit in my room and listen to Life of Agony and think about how bitter I am at the world. In any case, Relapse has always been kind to me since my zine days back in the mid 90s, so I thought we would give you the lowdown on some of their new releases. More to come in a future post, I can only review so much crap at once!


Mumakil - Behold the Failure
I don't like grind, so I didn't listen to this album for more than about 45 seconds. If you are into grind I'm sure you will like this, it sounds like Nasum with pretty sick drumming that reminds me of the first Origin record. But since I really couldn't care less about the music, I'll base my judgment on how the members of the band look.

He's even playing an ESP! Page Hamilton should sue him for exploiting his likeness. He's trying to rock back and forth like in the video for "Unsung."

The guitarist looks like Page Hamilton circa 1992. I love Helmet, and I always thought it was cool that they dressed like dorks while everybody else was rocking either grunge gear or JNCOs and chain wallets. That said, this guy needs to get with the program and ditch the Dockers shorts (and the braided leather belt that comes free with them).

Look at his stubby, sausage-like fingers, ick.

Unfortunately the Page Hamilton clone is paired with a gross beardo on vocals. Whenever I see guys like this I always assume the band sounds like Isis, Drowningman, or Hara Kiri-style "beardeath" (thanks for that term, Mo). In any of those cases, DO NOT WANT. I imagine this guy going on tour, gorging himself at Arby's and just destroying the bathroom at the house they stay at after the show. Look, you can't help it if you're born thick, but do you have to make matters worse by growing a disgusting neck beard??

Mumakil MySpace
Verdict: 6/10 bloody axes



Inevitable End - The Severed Inception
The cover made me think this band would sound like Damageplan, with some goatteed, shaven-headed fat guy singing with a terminal case of Robb Flynn's Disease. Or, since they're on Relapse, perhaps Tommy Victor's Disease.

I don't know the name for the terrible disease the singer suffers from, but he needs a doctor pronto!

Anyhow, I also only listened to this one for literally 10 seconds, but I think I got a pretty good idea of what to expect. Basically this is the sort of thing that would have given me a giant boner in 1999 or 2000 when I was super into Atheist, Cynic, (later) Broken Hope, Oppressor, Origin, Dillinger Escape Plan, and pretty much any other over-the-top-guitar-masturbation shredding technical death metal. Back then there weren't a ton of these bands around, so when they did come along it was pretty awesome. The exact opposite is true now, of course. Every 16 year old can shred his balls off, with the YouTube videos to prove it (it took me seriously like 4 seconds to find that, there are zillions more just like it).

Much like the athletes of today would wipe the floor with the guys from even 20 years ago, it's hilarious how amateurish and shitty the bands I grew up on sound today. I mean we thought Morbid Angel were amazing virtuosos, and even a B-level band that I've never heard of like Inevitable End can play rings around those guys without even trying. Of course, that doesn't mean I want to listen to them, but you know what I mean. Try listening to, say, Rottrevore these days. They seriously sound like something from a 10th grade talent show.

Anyhow, if you're into non-stop, balls-out shredding deathcore, you'll jizz over this for sure. I'll be jamming some Obituary if you need me.

Inevitable End MySpace
Verdict: 7/10 bloody axes


16 - Bridges to Burn
Now this is more like it!! There are few bands that I love more than 16 (along with their sister bands Despise You and Crom). I could write a review of it, but instead I'll just copy and paste an email I got from Gene Hoglan's Balls in which he mentioned it:
most porn stars don't make much, especially if you're a dude, but a top billing star like riley mason had to be making at least 5-10K a film. granted, that's still not that much money for sucking off and fucking random strangers, but i'm sure it's a lot more than she would have made had she stayed in north carolina, gone to community college, and worked at forever 21 in the local mall.

i have not seen adrenna lynn's butthole, but i would like to. the idea of tattooing your butthole is kind of brilliant. i don't even understand how it's possible, but i want to see it and i applaud her for going all out and making a real statement of individuality instead of just getting a shamrock on her pelvis.

i wasn't too into the new 16 album when i first heard it, but the more i listen to it the more i'm feeling it. there are few bands that can make the phrase "life sucks" sound so meaningful. i've also been listening to a lot of crowbar. there's nothing like overweight dirtbags telling you they've given you all they have to give over heavy as fuck riffs to help get you through those cold winter days.

you should definitely try to come out to REDACTED whenever you can. you're more than welcomed to crash at my place (i have a couch that folds out into a full-sized bed). we'll bro down like it's nobody's biz. we can watch the danzig home video, pound brews, chug some red bulls, blast some push-ups, and oogle hot babes. also, if you're not doing anything super bowl weekend REDACTED and i are driving out to REDACTED to watch the game. i think REDACTED might even be coming out. even if you don't care about football, it's worth it just for the spectacle. i was there when the steelers won the super bowl in '06 and it was fucking pandemonium.
Anyway, that's about all there is to say about 16. This record fucking rules. It's out now, and if you don't buy it you're a poser that's too happy. If you liked their old shit, this is just like it only with better production. There's nothing better to listen to when you're feeling old, bitter, broken-down and spiteful, which for me is pretty much 100% of the time!


Verdict: 9/10 bloody axes

32 comments:

  1. I think more record reviews should be done on the band shots alone. Or at least more phrases like this should be used:

    'I didn't listen to this album for more than about 45 seconds.'

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  2. First death metal CD I ever bought was "Death is just the beginning 3" and Corporate Death came not much longer. I thought Relapse was the best thing going till they ended their partnership with Nuclear Blast and started their long campaign of denying that they're a metal label.

    yeah i'm buying all these Mortician and Incantation CDs because i was looking for "grind", thanks relapse!

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  3. That 16 record is the best thing from relapse in ages, im totally burned out on tech-death wankery by muso shut-ins.

    I wanna hear records that sound like dudes can barely play cos they spend all thier time strung out to escape their horrible, horrible lives. Where is Pessimer or buzzov*en when you need them! Seriously we need more dirt bag bands, relapse should call excruciating terror and offer them enough drugs to make a new record, it would sell literally tens of copies!!!

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  4. With that 16 review I will definitely give it a try. Nothing says better when you go from porno biz to metal in a conversation

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  5. When an album "review" makes you Google "Adrenna Lynn butthole tattoo", you know you're at the right place.

    Knock yourself out, you cockrubbers:

    1, 2, 3.

    I can't make out what it says, but to me it looks like Billy Milano's ass with dingleberries.

    On an unrelated note: Sarge, you turned me onto 16 in one of the previous posts, I'm 'a check this new shit out.

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  6. not only can i not listen to any of that music, i can't even read about the music. for reals.
    having said that...the minute i saw the one picture of the guitar player with shorts, i thougth "wow, page hamilton?"

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  7. While most of these players can run circles around the Trey Azagthoths and Chuck Schuldiners of yesteryear, at least those songs were memorable.

    And Sarge, the fact that you actually dug the Convulse tunes, even back then, makes baby jesus cry. WTF were you thinking? I loved the Corporate Death comp too (bought it right after getting the Traces of Death III soundtrack, my first Relapse experience), but for fuck's sake!

    Then again, I liked Deceased back then. Guess I can't say much.

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  8. wait wait, don't bring Death into this. after Human, death were not only catchy but fairly technical...while not going for all out Fusion douchebaggery. as i see it, morbid angel has not aged well..while most Death has. am i nuts?

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  9. No, no Lucho, I agree (this is the anonymous guy from before)... Death is leaps and bounds ahead of Morbid Angel, in my opinion. I would go so far as to say that Chuck Schuldiner has to be in my top three guitar influences.

    I'm thinking more in terms, though, of the guitar heroes of that time period, and you have to admit, Trey Azagthoth was one. Death was the better band, with every album from Human being an absolute classic, but I can still listen to "Covenant" with as much joy and glee as I did when I was 13 years old. Perhaps that's just me :)

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  10. And to follow up, I think I see what you're saying a little better now. Yes, Death was quite technical, but the kids today are just nuts with their instruments, and from a very young age. But I think we do both agree that bands like Death were MUCH more tasteful about it.

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  11. I thought that 16 cover was fucking wicked so I had to check out this band, alas, it brought great pain and abysmal sadness. Why do you do this to yourself Sergeant? I demand you detox long time.

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  12. And Sarge, the fact that you actually dug the Convulse tunes, even back then, makes baby jesus cry. WTF were you thinking?

    lolz. like i said, i took what i could get back then!! i was starved for metal!

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  13. dude seriously 16 is CRUSHING. listen to the lyrics too!! soooo burned out and negative, it's amazing.

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  14. they make Eyehategod sound like blink 182

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  15. Love the Page Hamilton line, ha, ha... always classic.

    Also, the above comment made me Google that tattoo, and apparently it says "Jarrod's Little Fuck Doll", officially making that chick one of the dumbest people on the face of the planet. Ouch.

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  16. lolz. like i said, i took what i could get back then!! i was starved for metal!

    Understandable, I made those decisions too. Convulse was the happiest death metal band I ever heard, though.

    Based on your recommendation, I'll check out 16 when I get home. And Adrenna Lynn's asshole.

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  17. My favorite Relapse record is either the Human Remains discography or the General Surgery 7".

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  18. I love seeing the beard-critical comments in the article. As far as "Beardo" culture and "beard metal" go, Relapse is at the forefront of both. Most beardo bands I've learned about (mostly through this page) are on Relapse. Please, please write an in-depth expose on beard metal and beardo culture.

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  19. I wanna hear records that sound like dudes can barely play cos they spend all thier time strung out to escape their horrible, horrible lives. Where is Pessimer or buzzov*en when you need them! Seriously we need more dirt bag bands, relapse should call excruciating terror and offer them enough drugs to make a new record, it would sell literally tens of copies!!!


    also, i wholeheartedly endorse this statement!

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  20. I'd like to give this 16 a try, but considering you slag all the metal in this post, and praise all the hardcore, my instinct says hardcore crap. Maybe you should change the URL to www.hardcoreinquisition.blogspot.com?

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  21. No love for Mumakil? I've been into them long before Relapse was on their jock strap. I just love short songs. I don't have an attention span beyond 3 minutes so if you are writing songs longer than that these days, ya better bring ya A game!

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  22. i just never really liked crusty grind, i like death metally grind. for example i love last days of humanity and purgatoria, not so much nasum or whatever. i don't know what bucket insect warfare fits into but i like them too!

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  23. I don't know the name for the terrible disease the singer suffers from, but he needs a doctor pronto!

    How about WRZ Disorder? Wannabe Rob Zombie? Douche even has the glare down.

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  24. i think we have name the affliction!

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  25. Mumakil: behold band nr. 1000 with a name derived from Lord of the Rings!!

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  26. rob zombie and zack wilde suffer from the same disease....

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  27. I think Rob Zombie disease would also have to imply that the afflicted would be a hack director of crappy, derivative movies.

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  28. Even with the censored email I could discern that gene hoglans balls will be in Pittsburgh today for the Super Bowl.

    Tonight will indeed be pandemonium.

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  29. Inevitable End's singer suffers from Zakk Wylde syndrome.

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