Sunday, August 31, 2014

School Of Violence

School Of Violence - We The People...? 1988
01. School Of Violence - We The People...?, 1988 Vinyl LP Album
     Death Records, Restless Records - 72335, 7 72335-1
Here is another band that gave their singer to C.O.C. (this time for the magnificent Blind album). School Of Violence produce rough rocking thrash that could have come out in 1983 from Warfare and Wargasm. Not a major album but a very nice segment of basic and genuine headbanging. The zerosaur in your will love it.
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Let's depart from all this violence with Deepak, the universal friend :

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ugly Americans

Ugly Americans - The Dream Turns Sour 1984
Ugly Americans - Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed 1985
Ugly Americans - Philadelphia Freedom 1986
01. Ugly Americans - The Dream Turns Sour, 1984 Vinyl LP Album
     Discipline Records, Discipline Records - 001, DIS-001
02. Ugly Americans - Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed, 1985 CD Album
     Armageddon - SPV 60-3608
03. Ugly Americans - Philadelphia Freedom, 1986 Vinyl 7"
     Death Records - DEATH 006
Old request refill = joy & serenity. Ugly Americans play old school North American punk rock. It cannot be mistaken for Swedish crust or Italian thrash. This is comfortable North American punk rock. You're not going to fall down your horse, but it is a pleasurable listening interlude after an hour of C.C.M. and Mob47. Interestingly, the UA singer sang on the second version of CoC's masterpiece Technocracy.
!ZER Ugly Americans ZER!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Arson Project

Arson Project, The - Blood And Locusts 2008
01. Arson Project, The - Blood And Locusts, 2008 CD EP
     Power It Up - P.I.U. #98
Mega concussion of the CPU! This is extremely lovely grindcore for fans of Afgrund and Rotten Sound. Short sharp killer Swedish style sledgehammering needs no long discourse, just eat it and smile. Thrash til zer!!!
!ZER Arson Project, The ZER!
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And now for more Swedish fun:

If you enjoyed the book, watch the movie. If you did not read the book, watch the movie. If you hated the book, watch the Zero Theorem.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seitan

Seitan - D Beat Hippie Lovers 0
01. Seitan - D Beat Hippie Lovers, 2009 CD Album
     Inget Jävla Chafs Records - CHAFS 001
Request rezer in joy and grease. Modern day crust thrash sounds like classic days thrashing crust, namely Extreme Noise Terror for the speed and Crude SS for the throat gutturalizer. Fans of Warcollapse wake up and flex an eyebrow. Dislikers of crust abrasion will pursue their nap. Seitan eats your eardrums!
!ZER Seitan ZER!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Proboscis

Proboscis - Stalemate 1998
01. Proboscis - Stalemate, 1998 CD Album
     Diehard Music Worldwide - PCD-28
Overpower of world class maxizer! Obstinate digging into the truckloads of shit that polluted the 90s soundscape and some luck could help finding the kind of buried gems that Proboscis delivered (at least this album, I never heard the earlier stuff). I sold many, many albums bought in this period, but I will always hold on to this one because it is a real killer outburst of energetic and high class, ass-kicking metallic hardcore. Here I hear the almighty Scat Opera getting some Meshuggah inspiration between a couple of Rollins Band sections. The production is excellent and adds to the percussive value (a Dan Swano job). The non-stop supply of groove and thrash sculpted by these awesome musicians bangs your head against the floor, and you demand more of it. Urgently awesome!
!ZER Proboscis ZER!
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To follow up on the very philosophical discussion of a few weeks ago about the central planning of society and the evil of money, here is an interesting article with higher quality arguments.

90s humor!

Zer.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

B.A.R.F.

Blasting All Rotten Fuckers - Ignorance Chaos Suicide 1993
Blasting All Rotten Fuckers - Surprise... 1995
01. Blasting All Rotten Fuckers - Ignorance Chaos Suicide, 1993 CD Album
     Tir Groupé - TGCD-011
02. Blasting All Rotten Fuckers - Surprise..., 1995 CD Album
     Tir Groupé - TGCD 15
Old request, first zerring. B.A.R.F. were (are?) local heroes in the Quebec metal/hardcore division. It's straight forward and fast, the music is good, but after half a dozen songs the vocals turn me off completely. The lyrics are not too brilliant either. And I could never digest the horrible country songs. These CDs are for sale or trade.
!ZER Blasting All Rotten Fuckers ZER!
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Long live videos that feature Arnold!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Syphilitic Vaginas

Syphilitic Vaginas - 邪道夜 2007
Syphilitic Vaginas -  梅毒マンコ  2008
Syphilitic Vaginas - Complete Studio Collection 2008
Various Artists - Abigail / Syphilitic Vaginas 2009
Syphilitic Vaginas - Alpha Antichrist 2011
01. Syphilitic Vaginas - 邪道夜, 2007 Vinyl 12" Repress 45 RPM
     Rescued From Life Records - RFL 43
     Reissue from 2011
02. Syphilitic Vaginas - 梅毒マンコ , 2008 Vinyl LP Repress Limited Edition
     Rescued From Life Records - RFL 41
     Reissue from 2011
03. Syphilitic Vaginas - Complete Studio Collection, 2008 CD Compilation
     Rescued From Life Records - RFL 55
04. Various Artists - Abigail / Syphilitic Vaginas, 2009
     Rescued From Life Records - RFL57, Compilation
     Contains 9 songs by: Syphilitic Vaginas, Abigail
05. Syphilitic Vaginas - Alpha Antichrist, 2011 Vinyl LP
     Heavy Metal Super Star Records - HMSS-CD-106
Considerable deluge of black power! The Spinal Tap logo used with a G.I.S.M. song title could mean very awful pornogrind joke band or symmetrical explosion of insane aural ecstasy. It is indeed the latter. This is the most formidable thing of the decade for fans of 1984 evil black metal. And for all others too, just open your souls to Syphilitic Vaginas who reincarnates the whole G.I.S.M. experience, sometimes sounding more G.I.S.M. than G.I.S.M., with an exaggerated dose of Venom, Bulldozer, Warfare, Bathory, Tank, NME and Sodom (all 1984 & earlier), with riffs borrowed from Iron Maiden's Killers. I'm not sure if these dudes are Swedish or Japanese or both, but all that matters is this unbelievable onslaught of sleazy perfection. This is megamaximumizer top of zer! This is the ultimate catalog of 666 and the endless joy of the hardcore metal disciple! BOW DOWN TO SYPHILITIC VAGINAS!!! THRASH TIL ZER!!!! COMMAND US SATAN!!!
!ZER Syphilitic Vaginas ZER!
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This is very sad and the entire Church Of Zer propels waves of zerism to the survivors. Stephen Harper, you dirty little hypocritical slug, shut the fuck up forever and since I'm paying for your imperial lifestyle, come spend a week in my bathroom so that I can shit in your mouth everyday.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Prong

Prong - Force Fed 1987
Prong - Primitive Origins 1987
Prong - Beg To Differ 1990
Prong - The Peel Sessions 1990
Prong - Prove You Wrong 1991
Prong - Cleansing 1994
Prong - 100% Live 2002
Prong - Scorpio Rising 2003
Prong - Power Of The Damager 2007
01. Prong - Force Fed, 1987 CD Album
     Southern Studios - 26-07934
02. Prong - Primitive Origins, 1987 CD Album
     Spigot, EFA - SPT 1D, 26-07933
03. Prong - Beg To Differ, 1990 CD Album
     Epic - 466375 2
04. Prong - The Peel Sessions, 1990 CD EP
     Dutch East India Trading, Strange Fruit - DEI8303-2, DEI8303-2
05. Prong - Prove You Wrong, 1991 CD Album
     Epic, Epic - 468945 2, EPC 468945 2
06. Prong - Cleansing, 1994 CD Album
     Epic, Epic - 474796 2, EPC 474796 2
07. Prong - 100% Live, 2002 CD Album Promo
     Locomotive Music - LM119
08. Prong - Scorpio Rising, 2003 CD Album
     Locomotive Music - LM 128
09. Prong - Power Of The Damager, 2007 CD Album
     13th Planet Records - 02028610902
Request rezer and happiness flow. From classic thrash to groovy metal, Prong deliver. I would lie if I said I ever liked them as much as Coroner (to remain in the thrash metal vibe that turned to the sleazy/groovy stuff) but they are still an unmovable staple of the style. Primitive Origins is the juiciest meat of the lot. 3 or 4 albums are missing here, but it does not really matter since the 80s/early 90s stuff (including Cleansing) is the most enjoyable and head banging. I actually don't know, I did not hear the last two, but I have faith.
!ZER Prong ZER!
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The movie-industry intestine does not always distill bad shit. If you missed The Sunset Limited then, watch it now:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beyond Possession

Beyond Possession - Tell Tale Heart 1985
Beyond Possession - Is Beyond Possession 1986
01. Beyond Possession - Tell Tale Heart, 1985 Vinyl 7" 33 ⅓ RPM Reissue
     Fango Records - FR-001
     Reissue from 1991
02. Beyond Possession - Is Beyond Possession, 1986 Vinyl LP Album
     Death Records, Metal Blade Records - DRR 008, 72168-1
Don't sweat it, I am not starting a reload campaign: technically, this is not a repost since the previous Beyond Possession worship service only featured the Repossessed CD (which contains both these records). I might do that again with original vinyls for past CDs-only posts (Sacrilege BC! Crumbsuckers! Ludichrist!). Why? Because vinyl sounds better? No, because I am a nostalgia addict. I am fond of manipulating records from the warm years of my youth. I did not take many pictures, I do not have a photo album, everything is in the records which trigger long reels of memories. The Beyond Possession LP is particularly potent in that regard and I won't tell you why. But 1986 was such a hot year. And so are Beyond Possession, who still sound amazing today. The 7" is a great little piece of HC/punk, but the LP is one major ass kicking crossover masterpiece. It is like the side-project of Attitude Adjustment and Steve Harris, it really is the spirit of crossover - wild but tamed, brilliantly executed, catchy yet dark. Maybe it was too ahead of its time or something, but the non-explosion of this record on the worldwide metal and punk scenes remains a mystery to me. Still A-MA-ZING 30 years later!
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Wait... did I just emit some anti-vinyl blasphemy? What, vinyl does not sound better than CD? No I don't think vinyl sounds better than CD. Objectively, vinyl is an inferior medium with much less dynamic range, weaker stereo separation, poorer sound to noise ratio, much narrower frequency response and generally inferior precision than CD.
I too prefer the LP physical object: it is larger than a CD, and size matters. Also, it smells better and has no stupid jewel case that will break on the first occasion. And I love color, transparent vinyl (the new Goatwhore LP is a terrific semi-white/semi transparent marvel) - and picture discs. I love picture discs, they sound horrible but I love them anyway.
On the other hand, the case protects the CD, while the LP protects its sleeve. But more importantly, vinyl degrades much faster. After 35 years of vinyl and 25 years of CD consumption, I have lost 10 times more LPs than CDs and I own 5 times more CDs than LPs, which makes a 50 to 1 loss ratio. By "lost" I mean LPs or CDs that have major problems (LPs that skip or pop so hard that some songs cannot be played, CDs with unbearable clicks and unplayable songs). I've always been extra careful with my records. My daughters suffered merciless terror when they only crawled near the records. But vinyl is just too fragile, it does not age well. And another thing that bugs me endlessly is that horrible background noise, and all the pops and crackles that you can get even on a brand new record (just got the new Thou double LP - I think I will sell it and buy the CD instead, on the first play it already sounds worn out like a 1978 LP that was forgotten in a wet wasteland with sand storms). I do spend a lot of time cleaning up the vinyl rips I post here. So yes, you might very well prefer vinyl to CD, but it is for other reasons than audio quality. Or maybe you do like the noise and muddiness of vinyl (and factor this as "warmth", how many times did someone tell me that vinyl sounds "warmer" than CD).
Yes there are many CDs (and I often complain about them here) that sound horrible compared to the LPs. These are invariably remastered versions of old albums done by deaf people who think using an L2 or L3 Ultramaximizer to 11 is a great idea because it sounds louder. Try the disgusting reissues of the 1st Living Death, the Hallow's Eve box set, or many others. Horrible shit indeed, but not because of the CD medium. This is due to incompetency and laziness from the piece of meat between the chair and the keyboard.
The vinyl trend bugs me a bit. It has become stronger and stronger for 10 or 15 years, while CD is disappearing. This is strange, except if you factor in the hipster wave. But why do we prefer an inferior medium which costs 2 to 4 times the price of the CD version? Isn't it an IQ test? Are we on the orbit to 2505? I bought the double Thou LP for $25 + tx (almost $30) while the CD was available for $10. I am still scratching my head (yeah that LP looks very nice... but that's it!). When I can buy a digibook or other especially creative designed packages, it's always a winner, it beats an LP. I wouldn't trade the latest Autopsy, Triptykon, most Corrupted, several Gargoyle releases etc. for their LP versions.
What really makes me laugh is the fact that we release LPs... although the whole recording process was digital. Recording, mixing, mastering, it's all done on a computer, then it's put on a fragile analog medium with background noise. Isn't that absurd?
In the 80s, it was very hype to have an AAD or ADD label on the record sleeve, digital was a hot quality tag. DDD was totally hype. Today the production process is always DDD, 100% digital (anyway most current artists wouldn't be able to play their stuff right enough with analog technology because analog means NO EDITING!) and we crave to put it on analog support... Yo.
And then there are the economical and ecological factors. Making vinyl is more expensive and consume much more resources and energy than CDs, and they are sold for more money with more profits. Therefore anti-capitalist earth protectors should save their soul and never buy LPs. They should not buy CDs either, they should even not download any music because the computer industry and the internet are evil pits of consumerism and pollution. I don't care, I do not have a soul, but if you were a good mammal, you wouldn't go to Youtube, visit this blog or even use anything like a computer, you earth-sucking parasite. You should live in a tree and wait for the universe to dissolve. Oï!
OK, end of the rant, time to eat.

PS: Here is what Neil Kernon (producer, Judas Priest, Macabre, Nile...) has to say:
I always think that it's funny when people say that something "wasn't mastered for vinyl" or "was only mastered for CD" because mastering for vinyl is a process where the audio path has to be much more stringently controlled and restricted than for CD mastering.

Vinyl doesn't allow the presence of much out of phase content, for several reasons. OOP content occupies lateral space within the groove, and too much of that can make a stylus, or even a cutter head while mastering, jump out of the groove. Therefore, all OOP content, which can often be desirable from a creative point of view in mixing - as in making sounds fly around the room and sound and even feel awesome - has to either not be included in the mix at all, or the low end of the whole mix has to be "bass phased" - basically made into mono artificially.

On top of that, really low frequencies, partly for the same reason, cannot exist on vinyl, so low end has to be filtered out.

Similarly, high frequencies and sibilance can distort vinyl easily, so they also have to be tamed as well. Of course, a good mix probably shouldn't have too many nasty things in it in the first place, but I've seen phenomenal sounding mixes cause problems in vinyl mastering, simply due to the restrictions of what can actually be cut onto the lacquer. It's often a crapshoot.

I witnessed a situation that went on for days where Ray Staff, the chief mastering engineer at Trident, was having trouble cutting a Cat Stevens album. It sounded really excellent, but simply couldn't translate to lacquer without either skipping or distorting horribly. That meant having to go back and alter the mix substantially - which actually wasn't a wide or sibilant mix at all - so that it could even be cut. To this day, that particular case still remains a mystery, but there was just a weird combination of things that literally prevented several of the original mixes from making it to vinyl.

So, taking an album that was mixed without any consideration that it might even end up on vinyl at all - and trying to master it often results in using a lot of restrictive things like low end filtering, bass phasing and the like. Therefore the whole low end curve and spatiality of the vinyl version might well sound totally different to the CD version.

None of these unfortunate restrictions are actually present in the digital world. I spent the first decade of my career both discovering, and then trying to work around limitation after limitation of getting a nice, wide mix onto vinyl without causing problems for the cutter head, or frying it with too many high frequencies. Once digital came out, I was finally able to take home a full-frequency, unfiltered version of the mix, rather than one that had to be compromised for vinyl.

Combine that with the ever-present clicks and pops and bangs, and vinyl can go and jump in the lake for all I care.

Complete discussion here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

D.O.A.

D.O.A., Jello Biafra - Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbors 1989
D.O.A. - Murder. 1990
D.O.A. - 13 Flavours Of Doom 1992
D.O.A. - Loggerheads 1993
01. D.O.A., Jello Biafra - Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbors, 1989 CD Album
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 78CD
02. D.O.A. - Murder., 1990 CD Album
     Restless Records - LS 9413 2
03. D.O.A. - 13 Flavours Of Doom, 1992 CD
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 117CD
04. D.O.A. - Loggerheads, 1993 CD
     Alternative Tentacles - VIRUS 130CD
After 6 years of zer, this is the 1st DOA post. It may seem strange, since DOA are that classic punk band from 1980, therefore I should worship them as much as Bad Brains and co. But i just don't care about DOA. I worship the Freeze instead. Blasphemy! Yes, but it explains why I can only post these 4 albums: over the years I sold "Hardcore 1981", the Party album etc. These are the dust-collecting remains of my DOA collection, don't ask for the older or newer stuff. I actually never heard anything from them after 1993.
That's all I can do for the DOA request, sorry.
PS: I don't care about the Damned either.
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Joy and wonder! Yesterday I paid for a movie ticket and got 200% satisfaction! Incredible! Dead Snow 2 is a terrific experience - movie of the year! If you liked Iron Sky, do not miss Dead Snow 2.


And just in case, still in the zombie department, watch and re-watch La Horde. This complete classic from 2009 puts to shame any zombie thing since the Romero days. This is brutal and intense, not the tired Walking Dead.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Verbal Abuse + Scheisse Minnelli + The Shining - Speed Kills, But Who's Dying?

Various Artists - Speed Kills, But Who's Dying? 2011
01. Various Artists - Speed Kills, But Who's Dying?, 2011
     Just 4 Fun - FUN0000022, Compilation
     Contains 15 songs by: Shining, The, Verbal Abuse, Scheisse Minnelli
It is only a few months ago that I found out that Verbal Abuse returned from the dead in 2005 with the original singer. So I was very excited about this release, expecting something as virulent as the first album or as juicy and meaty as Red, White & Violent. Mild disappointment, their songs on this compilation are not bad at all, but far from being as essential as the rest of their output. It is slower and punker than I expected. The other two bands make me bang my head a lot harder with their amazing crossover thrash. They sound almost more VA than VA... So this VA return is OK, but as far as returning dinosaurs are concerned, I'd rather listen to the new English Dogs.
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Interesting GMO article.

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