Enslaved - Mardraum: Beyond the Within (Osmose, 2000)
by atanamar Tuesday, February 26, 2013 0 comments
Polluted Inheritance - Ecocide (Vic Records, 2013)
by atanamar Sunday, February 10, 2013 1 comments
Every once in a very blue moon I’ll throw on an album for the first time and approach that mythical mental vortex where my 17-year-old self and my 34-year-old self agree entirely about said album. I was led unknowingly to this metal singularity by a blind listen to Ecocide, by Polluted Inheritance. The album is redolent of Florida and all things recorded there circa 1992. Think Malevolent Creation’s Retribution circling the pit with Utopia Banished, The End Complete, and a dropkick of Assück’s Anticapital.
While parading around my house, moshing wildly and banging my head with abandon, it occurred to me that Polluted Inheritance might not be the best new death metal band in existence; a fact check was in order. Lo and behold, Ecocide WAS released in 1992 and has long been out of print. Vic records is re-issuing the album.
Ecocide is a masterful blast of addictive riffs, righteous rhythms, pitch perfect growls, and hilariously blunt lyrics. Polluted Inheritance are a long lost jewel of the Netherlands and Ecocide is Florida-style death metal mojo incarnate. The original album was evidently a hot commodity (supposedly fetching over $300 on eBay). I can assure you that had I known of Ecocide’s existence, I would be one of the schmucks queuing up to pay $300 for the CD.
Obviously, Polluted Inheritance never registered on my metal radar; had they done so, this album would be a well-worn highlight of my music collection. How has this band remained hidden? Why the fuck didn't anyone tell me about them?
Ecocide will be released on February 26th. Order it here. Check out a tune below:
On Swimming, Suffocation, and Cloud Rat
by atanamar Monday, February 04, 2013 8 comments
Yesterday my underwater mental playlist started with Cloud Rat’s grind-punk masterpiece, Moksha. This album is the finest piece of grind to come into my life since Wormrot’s Abuse. From top to bottom, the riffs, beats, and screams comprise a virulently addictive catharsis.
Moksha is only available on LP at the moment, with no legal digital downloads to be had (although a release on Grindcore Karaoke is rumored for the not so distant future). To get my hands on the digital download, I bought the LP. I don’t even own a turntable, but I wanted to own this album; it’s that good. But I diverge; Cloud Rat move me and make me move.
The needle on my swim session soon skipped to my latest obsession, Suffocation’s Pinnacle of Bedlam. I’ll be writing much more about this album shortly, but my ears say it’s their best work in 18 years. These tunes pack ridiculous mojo. The riffs have been consuming my consciousness and were easy enough to conjure in the pool; I whipped myself into a windmilling fury with these songs in mind. At one point I was convinced I could punch through the tiles at the end of the pool and swim through concrete.
I always come home from a swim with a deep desire to crank the stereo and actualize my metal reverie. Rather hilariously, though, the inevitable water in my ears taints all music with a warbly, weeble-wobbly perversion; the pitch shifts unpredictably. I’ve had some really good laughs at how weird music sounds with an earful of pool water. But it goes away, and I rock another day, and swim the next.
Dead Empires - Waiting in Waves (Self-Released, 2012)
by atanamar Saturday, February 02, 2013 0 comments
A little while back I wrote about Dead Empires' Waiting in Waves for Metal Bandcamp. The album's a rip-roaring and raucous instrumental adventure; definitely worth a listen or ten. Check it out over here.