Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Oh, was she a great big fat person?

New show idea: "Serial Killer Friends". Buffalo Bill, Eddie Quist and the Scorpio Killer are all room mates. It's a sit com. They don't have to be shown doing serial killer stuff, just normal day to day room mate stuff. To me, that sounds like the most watchable show ever created. I could endlessly spend time with those 3 characters doing... well, anything. Hell, even mundane, Seinfeld style nothing even.

Now that Monk is over, Buffalo Bill won't be hard to get, and you know Robert Picardo and Andrew Robinson would be more than happy to get a break from the Star Trek/comic con circuit. Maybe it can even be tied into CSI or NCIS or one of those franchises? Do they have a show from the bad guys perspective yet... and a sit com to boot?

So yeah, if we can get Max Jenke/Brion James as the building super/wacky neighbor, we're fucking gold for 2012. Hollywood, call me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last Wed on the Left!

Got plans tomorrow night (Wed, May 25th)? Cancel 'em! Come on down to The East End, I'll be holding it down for Dennis Dread (while he's stage diving off Blacky's blower bass rig at MDF) and DJing thrash/death/speed metal and horror soundtracks in a musical salute to the 32nd anniversary of the release of the sci-fi horror classic "Alien"! Beer, booze, food, chest bursters, acid blood and metal 9pm-2am. Be there or be square, poser. (East End - 203 SE Grand, Portland, Oregon)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pessimist or Autopsi-mist?

So by now you have (or are trying to acquire) the totally awesome gatefold LP of the crushing new Autopsy LP "Macabre Eternal" to blow your turntable apart with... but, think back to the first time you saw the kick ass Wes Benscotter art. Did you think those zombies are building a huge shrine to the dead, or are they stealing the head of the statue to sell the copper for zombie speed?

It's the new Autopsy test, depending on your answer you can tell if you're a pessimist or an optimist. Shrinks are already using it across the country.

(only gripe - what's with cutting the artwork in half on the poster inside the LP? Yeeesh.)

Friday, May 06, 2011

Let's Hear Some New Metal!

I know, I haven't updated my blog in a long time... I'm supposed to be working on a new record though, so cut me some slack... it takes me 7 years to record one LP. I'm like the Brian Wilson of DIY death thrash.

Don’t you ever listen to any metal recorded in the last decade? What’s with the constant flow of old thrash records? We get it, you have two copies of the same Voivod LP! Who the fuck are you trying to impress? You think anyone cares?

These are comments I’m often heckled with while I’m DJing (for either an empty bar or my cats) and it is true that I may lean towards dusty old copies of Xentrix lps and moldy Tankard records in between slightly warped Holy Terror jams, but occasionally I do hear something both new and metal that gets me stoked. Here’s a trio of LPs that were actually released in the last few years that I enjoy, and think you might too. But, like the man with the visor down in engineering says, you don’t have to take my word for it…

STENCH – “In Putrescence”

Brought to you from (where else?) Sweden, Stench is a power trio that features members of the beyond-lethal Swedish death metal act Tribulation (if you missed out on that band’s amazing LP “The Horror” a few years back, correct that grave error ASAP!), and if you’re already a fan of that band (and you should be), you know you’re going to be getting some high caliber shit right here. That said, don’t think you’re getting Tribulation part 2. While some of Tribulation’s strong points are here, such as the top notch musicianship and bone crushing production, the riffing style Stench employs is entirely unique, especially considering that they hail from Sweden. Bizarre genre hopping riffs and stop start blast beat sections come at you in a surreal kaleidoscope of proggy-but-evil as fuck metal, and while Stench’s sound is definitely rooted in Swedish death metal and rougher Swedish black metal, the bizarre chording and harmonies have much more in common with early Voivod or D.B.C. than Marduk or Dismember. The off the wall riffing is so unique that it’s really hard for me to compare to another band, but if you are a fan of Disharmonic Orchestra, we’re talking that level of craziness. Don’t get me wrong though, the songs aren’t a random collection of junky riffs and beats thrown together, these guys write actual, well made songs that are as catchy as that are bizarre, and some of these riffs, like the frenzied, death thrash mosh part in “The Fire” or the Dissection by way of Opthalamia stomp of the fist pounding “Ghosts”, will get stuck in your head the first time you listen to this bad bitch. Great, original top shelf death metal that pushes the edge and comes up with a completely original sound, without sounding silly. This is some mean, hyped up and unique stuff. Super cool gatefold packaging, die-cut record sleeve and theater guide style lyric booklet. If you see it, pick it up or kick yourself in the ass later.


Maybe you’ve heard these guys before. When black metal bands first started incorporating thrash metal antics into their sound, and I was burning out my cd player with Aura Noir’s “Black Thrash Attack” I picked up Nocturnal Breed’s first album, “Aggresor”, on the strength of the awesome cover art and Kreator-esque logo, and the hopes that, since they were playing thrash, had members who came from a black metal background, and hailed from Norway just like Aura Noir, they would be of similar ass kicking quality. Wasn’t to be though. While it wasn’t bad, the sort of by the book black thrash never really grabbed me, and I lost track of the band over the years.

Well, I don’t know if they got new members, or just refined/jacked up their style, but this band has been overhauled into a motherfucking molten metal spitting DEMON. If you like top shelf fucking thrash metal, do not miss out on this. We’re talking some serious, highest caliber, destructive, forward thinking blackened thrash metal right here, with not a single moment of wimpy, retro-aping style either. This record deserves to be mentioned right along with Hypnosia and Aura Noir as one of the few bands that has played straight up thrash in recent years and actually moves the genre forward instead of resting on reliving/ripping off the glories of the genres days of yore.


The songs are a gatdam festival of razor sharp riffs, hook after hook, shredding, anthemic guitar solos and amazing musicianship. On this record, Nocturnal Breed is as tight and mean as the best German thrash, but injects some lightning fast shred guitar antics ala “Rust In Peace” as well as some tricks that almost sound like demons inspired by the crazed shred metal riffing of the faster material from bands like Racer X, Abbatoir or Wild Dogs. Cuts such as “Wicked, Vicious and Violent” and the title track, “Fields Of Rot” will have you ready to punch holes in the dry wall of your apartment, and they just get better with repeated listens. We are talking catchy-assed thrash riffs here, and not just a one trick pony either. The songs are all unique and memorable, with hooks all over the place, moving seamlessly from break neck, Kreator speed hyper picking to ass kicking “Orgasmatron” rock before leveling you with some of the most metal mosh parts around… did I mention the mosh parts? Holy shit. When the riffs and double bass lock up for these, it’s the hardest headbangers you’ll have heard in ages, and that’s a fact, jack. Just try not to bang your head when the double bass kicks in on the chorus to “Invasion Of The Body Thrashers”. Your spine will snap if you don’t just give in and rattle your goddamn head.

The drums and bass are no joke either, performed with jaw droppingly tight execution, constantly shifting beneath the shreddy thrash riffing and memorable leads to keep things relentlessly paced and never taking the boot off the listeners neck for even a second. Vocalist S.A. Destroyer sounds like a pissed off cross between Schmier and… well, maybe a Pteradactyl, but at times channels everyone from Tom Warrior, Dave Mustaine, and Lemmy with uncanny accuracy, especially on the sing along “Rattlehead” meets Motorhead cut, Iron Bitch.

Awesome to see bands picking up their game and moving forward. Tons of replay value, highest recommendation. Shit right here will be your jam for months to come, no joke.

Oh yeah, and dig that album cover! Well done… and a poster of it inside to boot. Thanks fellas, I’ll hang it up right now!

HELLISH CROSSFIRE – “Bloodrust Scythe”

OK, I know, you’re sick of retro thrash. I understand. A lot of those new thrash bands stink. Modern production sometimes makes the riffs sound lame. Those kids were all listening to Dying Fetus 2 years ago until they saw Destruction at some fest and decided to patch out their vest, and that can lead to some uninspired, phony sounding tunes. Fair enough. So yeah, I know that at first glance Hellish Crossfire look like they may be one of these bands. Yup, they do indeed stick to the thrash metal play book, they do not include modern touches like blast beats, black metal riffs, or any such shenanigans, and the lyrics/song titles stick to the normal thrash fare (Night Of The Possessed, Speed Hunter, On The Edge Of Total Chaos, etc) and again, I know you’re sick of retro thrash. I get it alright, shut up for a second and listen… if you seriously dig on real, genuine, honest-to-garsh thrash, and you write off this band, you are going to miss out on a great fucking metal album.

Like I said, Hellish Crossfire, with their obvious love of Iron Angel, denim vests, satan, and 80s thrashmetal are not re-inventing the wheel or trying to put a modern spin on their tunes, but instead, these guys focus all their considerable musicianship on just straight ripping shit up. You can just tell this is genuine, poser crushing, headbanging real-deal straight from the guts thrash/speed metal. The playing is fantastic. Tight, mean, and as straight forward as it is well played, it’s a real shame if this guys get lumped in with half assed freshcut thrash bands, because any real metal head will be able to instantly tell these guys are doing this shit not because it’s some trend or gimmick, but because they eat, sleep, breathe and bleed thrash metal. I guess the best way to put it is, this stuff is just well executed and classy, and it comes across in the quality of the songs here. While it doesn’t bang you over the head with a mallet on first listen like the Nocturnal Breed or Stench lps will, the obvious care, musicianship and understanding of how to make a real metal song will have you coming back for repeated plays, and this is one of those sleepers that gets better and better with more listens.

The obvious comparisons would be the first Sacrifice, German thrash classics, and early Slayer, but mixing it up with some speed metal and NWOBHM touches (there’s some total fist pumping Saxon style breakdowns on this) and really fun, interesting, well thought out song structures. Let me repeat though, this LP is filled with superior guitar playing, solid tunes and a real conviction and ear for what makes a metal song work and it gives the whole record a vibe not unlike Dissection or Watain… not that they sound like those bands (although there are some Dissection-esque moments here and there), but that this shit is authentic, get it? OK, let's move on for christs sake.

The production is right were it should be for these tunes as well, and serves the music perfectly. With this style, the production can easily break it, with a too big and digital sound or too clicky drums, thrash can loose it’s vibe very quickly. That never happens here, the sound on “Bloodrust Scythe” is clear, loud and professional without sounding overly produced for even a moment, from the gated reverb on the vocals to the sizzling, JCM900 guitar sound, it all cuts through perfectly over the rock solid, musical drumming, with just enough a of a modern touch to keep it from sounding like a re-hash, but not so much that it looses the real-deal vibe and sounds like it’s pandering to Ozzfest kids or false hipster mettalers.

What I’m trying to get across in case you haven’t gathered it yet, is that Hellish Crossfire play extremely well done straight up old school thrash with conviction, and it’s done so godamwell that it’s a crime to dump it in with the poser-y muckety muck of the mid 2000’s retro-thrash junk. If you have an honest to Satan love of ripping, well done thrash and speed metal, I’d grab this at your earliest convenience and dig in.

Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 Oscar Wrap Up!

Ah the glamor, the pageantry, the Hollywood tradition, the designer outfits... who doesn't love the Oscars? Luckily this year I saw more than a few of the winning flicks, so here are some of my takes and my personal ratings. Compare them to the end results and you'll see that the Academy and I see pretty eye to eye!

Raw Meat (aka Death Line) - Creepy 70s post Hammer "cannibals in the tube" flick starring Donald Pleasence as a "Gov" type jerk/tough guy cop and Christopher Lee as a spook/MI 5 agent on the track of a serial killer or possible cannibal killer in abandoned tube stations. Directed by Gary Sherman, the guy who did the insanely great "Vice Squad", reason enough for you to run out to your local cineplex and see this right now! Great movie. 9 out of 10 fucking Oscars (available through Netflix streaming)

Altered - sounds like it's going to suck (00's era sci fi/horror from one of the Blair Witch directors), but it's not a mock-umentary and it's really fucking good.
Kind of cool take on the "Dr." Jonathen Reed alien hoax. Probably compare it to "Slither" and "The Burrowers". No CG, and great FX ta boot... even has a midget/kid in a awesome rubber alien costume. Shades of "X-tro" with subtle notes of "Laserblast". Highly entertaining.
8 out of 10 fucking Oscars (Netflix streaming)

Mutant Hunt - infamous direct to VHS Terminator/Escape From NY rip off from the 80s (Too gory for the silver screen!) that is filled with awful fx, guido cyborgs, gay porn production values, gay porn actors as the villains/heroes and the best fight scene involving a guy in tighty whities you'll see this week. The part of the budget they didn't spend on the kick ass cover art and the "melting cyborg" muppet went to the extravagant shoulder pads for the reject from "V" female villain. The main chick is hot in an 80s porn star kind of way. 8 out of 10 fucking Oscars. (Netflix streaming)

Warrior Of The Lost World (MST3k) - "Mad Max... more like Sad Max". Awesome MST3k episode with talking motorcycles, horrible Road Warrior rip offs, and the guy from Paperchase! Serious yuks. "Look out for those squibs!". Mention it here because it (and tons of other great MST3k's) are now on Netflix streaming. How fucking great is that? Fuck owning dvds.
9 out of 10 fucking Oscars. (Netflix streaming (both regular AND MST3k versions!))

Offspring - 2009 Film version of the sequel to Jack Ketchum's uber-classic 80s proto-splatterpunk cannibal novel "Off Season" from Sam Raimi's new "Ghost House" production company. Wasn't thaaat great, but it was gory and better made than most direct to dvd horror flicks. I was drinking with friends when I watched it, so it might actual stink if you were sober and alone. If you're in the mood for a cannibal version of Straw Dogs (and who isn't?) go for it. Good double feature with Raw Meat.
6.5 out of 10 fucking Oscars

The Devil's Tomb - Cuba Gooding Jr slumming it and Bill Mosley saving it in a really fucking bad Doom meets Aliens rip off. Watchable if you are with friends, drinking Old German and cracking wise. I forgot to pay attention to the explanation at the ending, but I think the Umbrella Corporation was trying to send Sam Neill on a spaceship through a black hole into hell to team up with Hellboy and some wacky sled dogs.
2 out of 10 fucking Oscars (extra Oscar for Bill Mosley negated by a subtracted Oscar for CG bullet holes/blood splatter) (Netflix streaming).

now playing -
Welcome To Venice LP (thank you Jason!)
Demolition Hammer - "Epidemic Of Violence"
Metal Duck - "Auto Ducko Destructo Mondo" LP (yes I finally go it on LP! My life is complete... it's all downhill from here on out)
No Mercy - "Widespread Bloodshed" LP
Molly Hatchet - self title LP
Tribulation - "The Horror" LP
Ozzy Osbourne - "Speak Of The Devil"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wrath “Nothing To Fear” and Columbo 5x5 “Now You See Him!” - Tag team review !

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, and since I know the internet has been waiting with collective baited breath, I’m doing a two in one review of Z-list speed metalers Wrath’s sophmore LP “Nothing To Fear” and a season 5 episode of Columbo from 1976 entitled “Now You See Him”. I will be doing this review in an exciting new review format I’m pioneering called “tag team” in which each paragraph will “tag off” (if you will) to the previous topic of discussion. I know, it’s heady stuff, but I think it might catch on. I mean, people are busy these days, so if you can read two reviews at once on your iPhone, think of the time you'll have to play angrybirds! Let’s go!

You may remember Wrath from the infamously awesome “Leatherface” soundtrack (their pretty fucking badass contribution to that soundtrack, “When Worlds Collide” is taken from this LP), although I’m gonna’ bet while that record may have inspired you to pick up some Sacred Reich or Laaz Rockit, you probably never got to Wrath. So, while never reaching the lofty heights of similar speed metal brethren like the for-mentioned Laaz Rockit, Chicago’s Wrath can possibly blame it on a few obvious missteps, the main being their shitty album covers. All 3 lps have some seriously boring stuff going on (a smashed guitar? Wow, thrill me. A photo of a burnt up baby doll? Be still my heart.), but this one is the worst by far. I’m guessing the strange decision to not have something like a giant, slavering soldier with a minigun or a flying bodiless skull on the cover of your second LP (this being entitled “Nothing To Fear”), and instead opting for a record that looks to be a jacket covered in non-descript black skateboard grip tape and emblazoned with their rather boring, ectoplasm-y logo sitting on the record store shelf next to other 1987 speed metal releases deterred many a fellow headbanger from purchasing this LP. Why would you go for this with your hard earned lawnmowing money when you could have the hand/eye monster roaring in pain on the cover to “Release From Agony”, whatever 10 Ed Repka covers came out that year, or even the flipping you off Ghostbuster from the Xentrix EP that would have been sitting next to this Wrath record at your local Sam Goody? Blame the band? Blame Medusa Records? Either way, this album would definitely be a lot more well known if it had ANY art at all on the cover. Shit, even that poorly drawn muscle man-Skrull from that E-X-E LP had to move more units than just your bands crummy logo in green toothpaste.

So part of the fun of Columbo, besides the backwards mystery format (IE showing the murder commited and who-dun-it at the start, and then the show being HOW they end up getting nicked as Columbo figures it all out) is the slobs vs. snobs aspect. Every time, the murderer/murderess is some stuck up, rich, society jerk off who thinks they’re soooo much smarter and better than me... I mean Columbo and everyone else in the episode, and their sociopathic ego-mania leads them to commit murder most foul… then, we get to see them treat Columbo like he’s the dumb shlub he pretends to be, before he suckers them into over confidence and brings them crashing down. The rush you get from seeing these stuck up jerks brought down a few notches is the draw of the whole show… and that’s why this episode is a particular stand out. What better stuck up jerkoff to be come crashing down than an escaped Nazi Gestapo agent who went into hiding and was able to develop a successful career surrounded by riches and beautiful women as a famous magician! The career every single one of us slobs wishes we could have! Oh man! It makes my fists clench just thinking about it!

Another problem Wrath may have had was blowing the whole band budget on Ronnie Montrose to produce… Maybe they could have plunked down some cash for a big, dayglo toxic waste Repka piece (with song titles like “Hell Is Full” and “Ripped Into Pieces” I’m sure he could have done something bad as fuck… maybe even come up with a cool mascot… the Wrath Wraith perhaps? Feel free to use that for the re-union fellas, unless your hearts are set on bringing back the burnt up baby doll). There’s a giant hot pink sticker on the cover that says “SPEED TECH MASTERS produced BY RONNIE MONTROSE!”. Now, speed tech masters gets my attention… the wheels turnin’ wondering if it’s like Megadeth-y, or maybe along the lines of the first Racer X? Oh man I love that album. Either way, I’d probably be on the hook… but fucking Montrose? What thrasher ever bought a record because Ronnie Montrose’s name was on it? That might impress the guys at the pool hall my uncle bought weed at in 87, but my friends and I trading Suicidal and Exodus tapes with each other couldn’t have given less of a flying fuck. Sure the production is good, but no better or worse than any other “speed tech” releases of the time. Should have saved your money boys, think of the tour van you could have splurged on instead of having to take turns in the windowless back of the Wrath U-Haul.

By the fifth season the format of "Columbo" was pretty much set in stone, so the writers just had to come up with a comedy gimmick, and then the gimmick for the murder. This one’s pretty good, because to solve the crime, Columbo has to figure out how each of the magic tricks The Great Santini aka Nazi death camp guard/SS troop Stephan Mueller (played with icy 70s bad guy perfection by “hey it’s that guy!” character actor Jack Cassidy) performs in his act… which also happens to be his alibi! Genius! The murder (revealed in the first scene of course, so this really isn’t a spoiler) is pretty cool, as he runs off during his act to murder the blackmailing club owner played by Robert Loggia (man stars every fucking where!), and then re-appears on stage to seal his trains running on time air tight natzi alibi. Dirty natzi fucker.

At this point, I probably sound like I don’t like this record, but that’s not true. As fans of the "Leatherface" soundtrack already know, Wrath are pretty fucking killer as far as this style goes… just not THAT killer. They laydown some fairly headbanging, solid, workmanlike speed/thrash. Gary Goldwitzer does a commendable job of the “Starscream/Chris Latta” nasal speed metal vocal ala Blitz, Zetro and Michael Coons, although he never reaches just quite to the intensity/charisma of those dudes. He’s good, don’t get me wrong (the sad, speed metal wail he lets loose on the memorable chorus of “Mutants” being a vocal hi-light), but, much like the band itself, it just never really reaches the intensity/speed metal ripping your face-ness of other, more well known bands of the era. The musicianship is solid, the tunes are fairly catchy, but just sort of cruising at 55-60, instead of hitting the nitro boosters. There’s some shit that will stoke you out for sure, like the opening section of the title track, and of course “Worlds Collide”, but taking the whole record on in one listen gets to be a little bit luke warm by the end. Some what shreddy solos, somewhat knecksnapping riffs, somewhat thrashing doublebass… the whole thing is just kind of a "somewhat" operation.

The episode was written by Michael Sloan, who wrote for the original “Outer Limits” and reached awesome heights in the 70s and 80s as one of the creators of the original “Battlestar Gallactica” and “The Equalizer” before slumming it at the end of his career in the 90s on shows like “Baywatch Nights” and “Kung Fu The Legend Continues”, and his writing chops and tight pacing are fully in effect here. He came up with a pretty funny on going gag ta' boot that in which the oft-mentioned but never shown Mrs. Columbo got her husband a stylish/funny looking new jacket that he continually tries to misplace throughout the episode but then is returned to him by some well meaning lower officer every time before he finally ditches it and puts on his classic rumpled trench coat. The time that takes makes for a little less of him annoying the villain, who moves to actually trying to avoid/confront Columbo quicker than the murderer usually does, but considering that he’s a natzi, you don’t really want to see him chumming around with Peter Falk like he’s Robert Culp or something, so it works out alright despite the episode missing some of the usual beats.

So, despite my harsh-ings, Wrath "Nothing To Fear" is a good record, especially if you like this style (and of course I do!), and cuts like “Painless”, “When Worlds Collide” and my personal jam “Mutants” are definite wins for fans of nasal, teched out late 80s speedthrash, but, even if you dig on this stuff, you might want to wait ‘till you see it in a local blow out bin and just play “Alice In Hell” and “Nothing$ $acred” for the 100th time in until then… hold out and don’t be tempted to be a speed metal completest and pay Ebay shipping, it’ll make the chorus to “Mutants” all the sweeter when you only paid less than 10 clams for it like I did.
7.5 out of 10 fucking Oscars.

This episode also features the return of Bob Dishy as the by the book sychophant Sgt Wilson, who always is investigating the wrong lead, and can be a funny counter to Columbo but after several appearances the gag had kind of worn thin at this point for me, although I still got a few chuckles off of it. The end confrontation is a little surprising as I thought it might be one of the rare instances where the villain pulls a gun or tries to kill Columbo (I mean he is a fucking natzi bastard!), but, like most, once he knows the gig is up he admits defeat and goes quietly into the giant prison I like to imagine that houses all the Columbo rogues, sort of like a Peter Falk Arkham Asylum.

All in all "Now You See Him" is a pretty damn good episode, especially for a post season 3 one, which can often drag into the formula a bit. Don’t get me wrong, the worst Columbo episode is still 1000x better than most bullshit that’s on today, but I’m rating this on my Columbo rating scale, and it’s a pretty good one. 8.5 out of 10 fucking Oscars – it’s available as a “Watch It Now” episode on Netflix too, so you have no excuse to not check it out.

now playing -
Evil Dead - "Annihilation Of Civilization" LP
Voivod - "Spectrum" demo
Immortal Fate - "Beautiful" LP
Stench - "In Putrescence" LP
Onslaught - "Hatred Towards The System" demo (on LP!)
Eazy - E - "EZ Does It" anniversary double LP

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's 2011! (of Engorged, Last Wed On The Left and Vomit Parties...)

To the 4 people who read my blog I apologize for the lack of posts last month, I've been busy with a bunch of other stuff creative and non (work, ug...), but on a good note Lucas and I have been busting ass on the new Engorged LP finally, and it's coming out fucking great after a long hiatus in 2010. Hopefully we will have a mixtape of a couple songs ready for people to hear for MDF (and hopefully I will get to go to MDF... fucking Exhorder, how can I miss that?).

Anyways, besides playing guitar and working, I've also got the chance to DJ a little bit over the past few months thanks to Dennis Dread's awesome "Last Wed On The Left" nights at the East End pub in Portland, where Dennis spins awesome tunes and they have great micros on tap, and he is also kind enough to let me occasionally sit in and DJ with him. Also, the good folks at Heavy Metal Vomit Party (Amy,Kevin,Mike and Mike) on KBOO radio in Portland let me come down, drink some beer, hang out and play some thrash with them last night (1/13/11) which was a fucking blast. Hope to do more DJing in 2011, since that's what I seem to do with most of my downtime at home anyways, and as much as my cats love listening to Voivod LPs, it's always more fun to play records, drink beer and yell about metal with other people... if you're free on the last Wed night from 9pm to 2am each month, make sure you cruise down to the East End Saloon at 203 SE Grand in Portland and check out Dennis Dread spinning great tunes, guaranteed good time. Also, Heavy Metal Vomit Party is on KBOO 90.7 in Portland every other Wed night/Thursday morning, so check it out, it's a great show and they play some awesome shit. You can also listen on line or download it from their site here.

I've gotten a few new records lately that I dig, and Netflix has been putting up some crazy good movies on streaming (fucking "Mutant Hunt", "Terror Vision" and "The Keep"? Satan have mercy!), so I'll get back on the blog bandwagon sometime in the near future.

Cheers and don't forget to thrash till death.

UPDATE 1/16/2011 - you can download the newest episode of HMVP right here!