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We put an exclusive stream of this womans excellent new EP on Louder Than War yesterday. Top stuff. After giving the video above a good listen you must head over there and check the whole thing out. It’s mind glowingly good stuff. She marries classical sounds with DIY noise in her own, unique way. And goes by the name Lee Relvas, aka Rind. 

"Lee Relvas has a background both in opera / fine art and no-wave / noise. She marries both these two seemingly disparate elements to great effect to produce something that sounds at once both comfortable and familiar but also unsettling and even disturbing. "

Go here to check out the EP.

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Posted at 9:55 AM 04 February 2014
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Big Ups - ace band reminiscent of jesus lizard

These guys are sick! Billed as a band who’ve been likened to The Descendents (but at their sludgiest) they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard. And do they! 

They have an album due out in a week or so - you should get it.

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Posted at 8:18 AM 09 January 2014
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More Bristol music - I have a tingling sense thing telling me this is gonna be a brilliant year for Bristol music. Yeah, I know, as usual.

Nasty Little Lonely - Son Of The Flies

There’s an EP due out in Feb too by NLL, this is the lead track off it. They make a sort of gothy, grungey, noisey type noise.

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Posted at 8:06 AM 07 January 2014
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Big Crux Albums of the Year

Oh yeah, it’s time I posted a list of some of my albums of last year. Wouldn’t do this normally as these things are fucking ridiculous (for obvious reasons) but I had to do my top 50 (ish) albums for Louder Than War (on account of it being good SEO) so thought I may as well bung them on here.

My main personal incentive for doing this def aint SEO related, it’s to try to make every other website / blog who does similar to think about their policy of only really selecting white guitar band / electronic artists in their lists of top albums of the year. Coz that fucking sucks. Anyone who can’t think of one great reggae album of the last year doesn’t deserve to call themselves a music fan imo. Same with metal, African music, folk etc. etc. etc. (Yeah, I know that’s a bit harsh and will probably alienate EVERYONE reading this coz you probably none of you have listened to a reggae album since that lame Nirvana covers album a couple of years ago, but fuckit). That accusation rings double true to those of you who ever listened to Peel.

As I have my natural proclivities regarding music giving the below a meaningful order isn’t something that I’d be able to do, so lets just leave them clumped into their general categories … segregated as it were, the irony of which aint escaping me! Knock down those barriers yo! Or just stay confined in your sorry little niches.

Of course if you’re desperate to listify the below I recommend you cross reference with the 3 sections of the Louder Than War #aoty list:

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 -101

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 100 - 51

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 50 - 1

BOOM! And we’re off…

Reggae:

1. Gorgon Sound vs Dubkasm - The Versions E.P.
2. Alborosie - Sound The System
3. Black Roots - On The Ground In Dub
4. Cornell Campbell - New Scroll

Metal:

5. Full Of Hell - Rudiments of Mutilation
6. Malevolence - Reign Of Suffering
7. Watain - The wild Hunt
8. Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury

Roots:

9. Tamikrest - Chatma
10. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko
11. Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village
12. The Full English - The Full English
13. Southern Tenant Folk Union - Hello Cold Goodbye Sun

Electronic

14. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
15. Prurient - Through The Window
16. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
17. Young Echo - Nexus
18. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
19. Dan Friel - total folklore
20. Hacker Farm - The Outer Church

Hip Hip:

21. Kanye West - Yeezus
22. Death Grips - Government Plates
23. clipping - midcity
24. MIA - Matangi
25. Buggsy - The Great Escape Season 2

Noise / Rock

26. Melt Banana - Fetch
27. The Pirate Ship Quintet - Rope for No-Hopers
28. Thought Forms - Ghost Mountain
29. Pissed Jeans - Honeys
30. Black Pus - All My Relations
31. Foot Village - Make Memories
32. The Body - Christs, Redeemers
33. Gnod - Chaudelande
34. Pharmakon - Abandon

Hardcore:

35. Touche Amore - Is Survived By
36. RVIVR - The Beauty Between
37. Rival Mob - Mob Justice
38. Paramore - Paramore
39. Wolf x Down - Stray From The Path
40. Self Defense Family - Try Me
41. Nails - Abandon All Life
42. Weekend Nachos - Still
43. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation

Indie:

44. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
45. Talulah Gosh - Was It Just A Dream?
46. Oliver Wilde - A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears
47. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister

Blues:

48. Blind Lemon Jefferson - The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Lemon Jefferson

Jazz:

49. Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down
50. The Ex And Brass Unbound - Enormous Door

There were many near misses, a few of the more notable are below:

War Wolf - Riding With Demons


Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat


DJ Rashad - Double Cup


Satelliti - Transister


Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

Annette Berlin - The Playground 2013


A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP


Wolf Down - Stray From The Path


Cult Of Luna – Vertikal


Incendiary - Cost of Living


Terror - Live By the Code

The END.

An thoughts gratefully received, esp if those thoughts include stuff I missed / haven’t  heard yet.

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Posted at 7:45 AM 05 January 2014
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More Bandcampus magic - the fab Girlfight. More punk / noise from Pittsburgh this time. 

Grab here: http://girlfight.bandcamp.com/album/real-spite

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Posted at 8:28 AM 04 January 2014
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This band are fucking incredible. Once every 10 years or so a new band comes out of the “world music” scene and blows peoples minds. I’m thinking of the likes of Tinariwen, Shangaan Electro and Omar Souleyman of course. And now we have a band who I’m sure are going to follow in those bands wakes, Jambinai.

Jambinai are from Korea. They play screechy violins, huge saxophones and zithers. Except they aren’t them, they’re traditional Korean instruments that make sounds like them. 

Brought up listening to heavy metal but playing acoustic Korean music, one day they decided to try melding the two - the result is some kind of mad blend of Melt Banana and Mogwai. And it rips. Check out the above and prepare to see the future today.

Meditative loops and apocalyptic, angsty breakdowns. This is Jambinai.

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Posted at 8:02 AM 03 December 2013
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These kids have been causing a bit of a storm at the present. And for good reason. They play fast. And distorted. You can feel them hitting things as they’re playing. Random things. Like each other. Or like you. Yeah, you, with the power of their fucking shitstorming music.

God I bet the pit’s a wonderful but exhausting place to be at one of their shows. God I want to be at one of their shows. Real, real soon. Maybe even in the pit. If I suitably forget about those 8 (or is it 9?) spinal fractures I’ve already had.

The band’s led by Meredith Graves and her bandmates “moonlight in grindcore, powerviolence, noise, and indie rock bands”. You can tell, it’s like early Wavves pushed to as many extremes as you can push it too. Way out. 

God I hope they never go limp on us like so many bands of this ilk do. They won’t will they? Nah.

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Posted at 1:35 PM 31 October 2013
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These guys, Baxter Stockman, have just released a brilliant album called Punter. Truly founded in the “post-no wave early to mid ’80s era” of big black, buttonhole surfers et al it kicks like you’ve never been kicked before and grips you by the throat like a motherfucker too.

A strong Finnish three piece who play harsh, dissonant and noisy rock music I was hooked from the get go. The press release name checks Rapeman too - and you’ll know why when you check it out. 

"While Baxter Stockman respects its predecessors, it takes a thorny path of its own."

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Posted at 6:47 AM 31 October 2013
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Like all right thinking people I was devastated to hear that Divorce have called it a day. Possibly the band I’ve included on here more than any other it’s not a good thing. Sure, new bands will no doubt arise from their ashes but for now lets just be a bit sad.

But not too sad as they decided to chuck their latest offering up on their bandcamp to downlaoded for whatever amount you chose. I chose to give them quite a bit and recomend you do too. Adios Divorce, as gammy wee bands go you were the gammiest.

http://divorce.bandcamp.com/album/seance-fiction

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Posted at 7:53 AM 29 October 2013
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The new (and pretty great) album from Mutation came out yesterday. The band features members of The Wildhearts and Napalm Death, along with a slew of guest musicians including Merzbow & Mark E Smith. Melodic AND brutal the album’s billed as “the next step in the evolution of extreme music”. 

This video was made on the day Mark E Smith visited the studios and, in true Mark E Smith style, was fucking class, scaring the bejusus out of everyone. Dude’s a dude.

There’s a review of the album up on ltw: http://louderthanwar.com/mutation-error-500-album-review/

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Posted at 7:44 AM 29 October 2013
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Strikes me catching these guys live is a thing that must be done in the next year. Stark industrial electronica in a similar vein to Haxan Cloak but not quite so spare or intense.

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Posted at 5:26 AM 26 October 2013
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Went all the way to Cardiff on Saturday ostensibly for Sŵn Festival but also, y’know, coz clipping. were playing. Had a decent time all round and saw some great bands (This Is Wreckage probably being the highlight although Summer Ghost were pretty rad too as was Nadine Shah) but frankly clipping. wiped the floor with them all. Still can’t believe the buggers got me waving my hand in the air. I never wave my hands in the air. They were everything I was expecting from them x ten. Sadly they clashed with about 8 other shows I wanted to see (and therefore I guess a lot of other people) but they still played to a packed room (which must’ve had a 300-400 capacity) and I’ll warrant they totally made some new fans while there. 
Incredible job - introduced myself afterwards and am pretty fucking convinced they had no idea who the feck I was but that’s par for the course. I guess I must have some enunciating prollems when it comes to shouting “Louder Than War” in peoples faces”
There’s a review of the whole day up at Louder Than War which includes pertinent bits a good paragraph about clipping. Fuck off HERE (and scroll 2/3rds of the way down to find the pertinent bit) if you wanna read.

Went all the way to Cardiff on Saturday ostensibly for Sŵn Festival but also, y’know, coz clipping. were playing. Had a decent time all round and saw some great bands (This Is Wreckage probably being the highlight although Summer Ghost were pretty rad too as was Nadine Shah) but frankly clipping. wiped the floor with them all. Still can’t believe the buggers got me waving my hand in the air. I never wave my hands in the air. They were everything I was expecting from them x ten. Sadly they clashed with about 8 other shows I wanted to see (and therefore I guess a lot of other people) but they still played to a packed room (which must’ve had a 300-400 capacity) and I’ll warrant they totally made some new fans while there. 

Incredible job - introduced myself afterwards and am pretty fucking convinced they had no idea who the feck I was but that’s par for the course. I guess I must have some enunciating prollems when it comes to shouting “Louder Than War” in peoples faces”

There’s a review of the whole day up at Louder Than War which includes pertinent bits a good paragraph about clipping. Fuck off HERE (and scroll 2/3rds of the way down to find the pertinent bit) if you wanna read.

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Posted at 8:19 AM 21 October 2013
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Black Pus. Live. The Exchange. Punishing.

Saw this dude last night. Black Pus, aka Brian Chippendale, aka him from Lightning Bolt.

Expectations were high. Expectations were duly met. For most of his set doing anything but jump about like a thing possessed was out of the question, but there were a few mins in the middle when he took to conversing with us & it was followed by the above bit of drum noodling.

I know, it probably doesn’t seem very “noodly” to you but believe you me, if you’d seen the rest of what he got up to you’d know what I mean!

So, imagine if you can the above but maxed out on the volume, speed & sheer intensity of it all & you may be a bit closer to getting a grip on just how physically & mentally demanding being within a few a feet of him on full tilt can be.

After about five minutes I was shattered, resolving to get myself a bit fitter cuz the only way to enjoy a Black Pus show is to fucking freak the fuck out. I must have spent more than 50% of his set with two feet off the ground. Def need to hone my two step moshing skills for such occasions as these - it woulda been the perfect scenario for it & lets face it, two step moshing doesn’t have to be for hardcore shows alone right?

How can I follow that up you’re wondering? With a CxMxA gig tonight is the answer. If anyone’s going to come close to matching the brutality of Black Pus it’s the combined might of Corrupt Moral Altar.

The whole night did make me think again tho, in the event of bands not playing to a sell out why the fuck don’t they put their drum kit on the floor? There’s nothing like getting up close ‘n’ personal to a man bashing shit to buggery with all the primordial power of yer best drummer. 

Oh, and interesting fact that I found out when tweeting about Black Pus afterwards: Elton John’s 62! I know!

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Posted at 9:56 AM 21 September 2013
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The Melvins - “American Cow,” from the forthcoming album Tres Cabrones.


“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly.”

Gotta love Melvins yeah? Gotta love Melvins!

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Posted at 9:28 AM 21 September 2013
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These chaps have an eagerly awaited debut album ‘Reign Of Suffering’ sat waiting to drop on Siege Of Amida Records / Century Media Records on 11th Nov in the UK.

The album was recorded with Stu Mckay (Ingested, Brutality Will Prevail) before being mastered by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan). 

Tight, heavy & straight up explosive I’m properly looking forward to their date at The Hatchet on 2nd October 2013 w/ Second Chance.

They’re playing a load more dates in Nov to support the release:

11.11.13 | Birmingham Asylum 2
12.11.13 | Southampton Joiners
13.11.13 | Cardiff Full Moon
14.11.13 | London Barfly
16.11.13 | Sheffield Corporation
17.11.13 | Manchester Alter Ego
18.11.13 | Glasgow Classic Grand
19.11.13 | Leeds Cockpit 3
20.11.13 | Nottingham Rock City
21.11.13 | Norwich Waterfront

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Posted at 10:02 AM 20 September 2013
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