Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wreck and Reference - No Youth

Various depictions of the future in fictional mediums emphasize the irrelevance of boundaries. Whether the separations be geographically, ethnically, or linguistically, they become moot as cultures develop and merge together. In that same way, Wreck and Reference embody a logical amalgamation of numerous emotions, styles, moods, and structures throughout their latest release No Youth.

The California based band encompasses a distinct electronic sound that's grounded in organic drums and a slew of different vocal attacks that make those that are unfamiliar to the electronic effects/instrumentation comfortable yet curious. The droning "Spectrum" introduces the listener  perfectly as its slow and narrow beginning opens up to a vista like display of exploding drums and subtle developments in melody. "Nausea" might be my favorite track on the album as the soothing ambiance breaks way to a comprehensible blast beat and ethereal crooning vocals that carry a blissful feeling. The coin is flipped once again as "The Solstitial" becomes a noisy outburst of vicious vocals and searing effects. I feared the band would endlessly rotate styles and sounds, becoming unrecognizable by the end, but this was fortunately untrue as the band retains a distinct sound that only takes a few songs to fully recognize. I don't surprise myself by saying "Nausea" and "Obedience" are my favorite tracks, mostly because of their tangible melodies that fight through the weave of harsh elements and contrasting effects.

Reminiscent of the line Swans have drawn throughout their career between painful and blissful, Wreck and Reference provoke numerous comparisons, all of which befitting and flattering, but none of which are substantial enough to explain the simply enjoyable yet complex sound they possess.

Available for pay what you want on their Bandcamp, as well as a full stream below.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Springtime/Sunshine Grill Tunes

The weather's getting nicer, I'm slowly adding ice to my coffees and my pants are getting shorter by the day: Spring's here. While the weather's been a bit bipolar here in NYC (get it!?) I sense it's only a matter of time before I'm up to my knees in cans and hotdog bun wrappers. While I'm not shelving my black metal entirely, I feel it's time to show off some essential Spring to Summer listening.

Without further adieu, here are some albums to get spinnin' while you grill.

Anthrax - Among the Living
Maybe my favorite thrash album of all time. There's tons to sing along to and it's just plain fun.

 Danzig- I 


Perfect party music, "She Rides" and "Twist of Cain" are my jukebox favorites, they'll fit in outside too.

 Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky

I know you're saying "black metal on a sunny day, HUH!?" but ABITNS has the awesome backbeat and groove of "Dethroned Emperor" Celtic Frost with some seriously great riffs.

 Graf Orlock - Destination Time: Yesterday

Summer actionflicks mixed with rhythmically diverse grindcore is exactly what that kilbasa needs.

Insect Warfare - World Extermination

Energetic, perfectly constructed and devastatingly heavy, World Extermination makes for a good time.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
DBTO is full of headbangability and is a bit thrashier than the immaculate Melissa; "Welcome Princess of Hell" and "Nightmare" emphasize this perfectly.

Motorhead- No Sleep 'til Hammersmith

Only thing better then this would be Lemmy and co. 
sharing a brew with you and playing a gig
 for all your dumb friends. 
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith is Motorhead at their best.


Repulsion - Horrified

              Nothing happy about this, but  Scott's delivery and the simplistic headbanging riffs make this perfect grill side music.

Wehrmacht - Biermacht

Upbeat, fun, and energetic, this was Wehrmacht's crowning achievement. The best crossover album around.

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