Friday, May 15, 2009

Asphyx - Crush The Cenotaph EP

Asphyx is one of the best death metal bands ever.  Their debut album "The Rack" is an essential album for any death metal lover to own.  It is hateful, brutal, yet seething with vengeance and torture.  'The Rack" is a tribute to death metal as an art form.
The EP I am featuring here was released the year after "The Rack" in 1992.  It features three new tracks, and two live recordings of songs from "The Rack" recorded in Sweden in 1991.  
For Ashpyx fans, and newcomers, this is an essential EP.  More info on the EP HERE and download HERE.  

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Disgrace - Grey Misery

Yet another amazing Finnish band.  Disgrace, along with Xysma, Pakeni and a few others, really championed the Finnish Grind Rock scene, but they all started with Carcass worship, well, all but Disgrace.  Their first album, "Grey Misery" is super great and cool death metal.  Don't believe me?  Download and see...
Later on I will post their latter work which is super cool and great grinding rock n roll, Finnish Style!  Info on the band HERE and download the album HERE.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Waking Life OST

Today we have a guest blogger, Erez Lasman from Israel.  He wanted me to share this soundtrack with'll let him take over.

The wheels of creativity are oiled by the will of the people. The perception of one form of art and its transformation to another is one example. To be precise, a musician sees a film and writes a new song, capturing the visual essence into sounds. The true dreamers of the world set the fringes between-which mainstream culture can exist. 

Listening to the soundtrack of Waking Life outside the body of the film brings forth a different experience to mind. For example, I am reminded by the works of Schoenberg. It is an atonal experience, like being locked in a room of mirrors with only a sheet of acid to share your solitude with. The music itself is mostly atonal classical music, but sometimes the music moves to a more salsa-influenced direction, bringing with it a different set of colors and images. 

The thing I like most about this soundtrack is that it can truly function apart from the film, and instead of being caught with the stillness soundtrack music usually experiences outside the vehicle of the film, it shows a lesson in how different forms of art can help each other to birth new and different creations. In short, visual is sound is taste is touch is smell. 

Download HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Naervaer - Skiftninger

Naervaer is a little known dark folk, experimental strange band from Norway.  Featuring members of In The Woods, Green Carnation, Antarctica and a host of others.  This is their debut and only full length to date which was released in 2001.  
I do not have much to say about this, except that it truly is a must listen.  More info on the band HERE and download the damn thing HERE.  

Monday, May 11, 2009

Carcass - The Peel Sessions

John Peel is legendary, Carcass are legendary, so... a Carcass Peel Session is automactically an amazing thing.  The Carcass Peel Sessions were recorded in 1988 and released in 1989.  This disc is extremely rare and goes for tons of cash on Ebay.  I bought my copy shortly after it was released and upon bringing it home I realized that the disc itself glows in the dark! Amazing!
These recordings feature live in the studio performances of 4 tracks all from their genre defining "Symphonies Of Sickness" sophomore album.  This EP is a real treat because it is a true snap shot of a one-of-a-kind band at a very unique time in their career.  More info on the EP HERE and download the EP HERE.