Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD, 2014)

ed43c3a1Confession time: I had no idea who Scott Walker was prior to the announcement of Soused.  As those of you who read this here blog on the regular might have guessed, I’m not particularly hip to the avant-garde scene.  Furthermore, I was a tad apprehensive about another Sunn O))) collab being released this year after experiencing Terrestrials, their underwhelming team-up with Norway’s terminally overrated Ulver.  If you’re in the same boat as I, fear not; one doesn’t have to be familiar with Herr Walker’s work to enjoy Soused, and it blows Terrestrials out of the goddamn water.

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Cuff – Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere (Gore House Productions, 2014)

GHP024 - Cuff - Transient SufferingJust when I think I have Gore House Productions all figured out, they start throwing wicked curve balls late in the year.  First came the oddly progressive debut full length from Swine Overlord, then the “party slam” of Party Cannon; now we’ve got Canada’s Cuff, who’ve unleashed what might be the be-all-end-all of goregrind whatthefuckery in the form of Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere.  I don’t typically expect a goregrind album to make me stop and ask myself what the hell I just listened to when its run-time is up, but that’s exactly what’s happened with my first exposure to Cuff.

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RIP Wayne Static (1965 – 2014)

QXoK8WEsWayne Static died on November 1st, 2014.  I can’t claim to have followed Static-X past their first few albums, but I’ve always considered their debut Wisconsin Death Trip to be one of the very few classic albums to emerge from the nu metal explosion of the late ’90s.  That’s because the album had more to do with the industrialized grooves and cruel precision of earlier bands such as Ministry and Prong than it did with the Adidas-addled two-chord junk Korn and Limp Bizkit were peddling.  In my History of Groove Metal feature, I wrote of the album:

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Bunker 66 – Inferno Interceptors + split tracks and Out of the Bunker / Alive & Melting (Caligari Records, 2014)

a2614767694_10Caligari Records strikes again!  This time around the cassette label has unleashed a metric fuck-ton of black thrash from Sicilian sensation Bunker 66.  These two tapes encompass the bulk of the band’s discography (with the exception of their 2014 full length, Screaming Rock Believers) and they’re likely the most fun you’ll have all year, giving recent releases from the likes of Children of Technology and Midnight a run for their money with some gnarly-as-all-get-out Motorhead/Venom/Celtic Frost worship.

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Out now: Sterilizer

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I’m typically not one to post news, but when one of my talented friends releases a new project, that’s pretty big fucking news and more than worthy of a post.  After a few years of silence on the musical front, my friend, collaborator and co-conspirator Brandon Duncan has finally unleashed Sterilizer.  It’s twenty-five minutes of technological terror that spot-welds industrial and electronic music onto a stainless steel skeleton of razor-sharp thrash; think mid-nineties Die Krupps getting sodomized by late-eighties/early-nineties Ministry and you’re halfway there.

The album is available for streaming and paid download via Bandcamp, or as a limited edition cassette with two different cover art options (male or female).  The tape is already going like gangbusters, so if you want it get on it, and pick up some of Herr Duncan’s incredible artwork while you’re at it.  And be sure to tell ‘em THKD sent ya (insert maniacal Large Marge style laughter)!

http://sterilizer.bandcamp.com/

Khold – Til Endes (Peaceville Records, 2014)

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Since releasing debut album Masterpiss of Pain back in 2001, Norway’s Khold have been constantly refining their patented brand of groove-laden, willfully primitive black metal.  While some have criticized the band for their simplicity, I’ve long been a fan of their stripped down approach; their sound is not only instantly recognizable but also infectious as all get out, the riffs slowly boring their way into your brain and taking up residence therein for days or weeks on end.  Til Endes is Khold’s sixth full-length release and it’s quite possibly the purest distillation of the band’s aesthetic to date.

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