A podcast that interviews musicians and provides in-depth, and at times zany, reviews regarding the latest albums from the obscurer corners of extreme metal, dark ambient, and noise.
#202 | Album Review | Miasmatic Necrosis – Apex Profane
Download this episode by clicking the arrow button to the right of this player: DownloadHey there, yah bubonic blistering bile warts! This week Ryan and preform some auditory surgery on a rather gruesome goregrind album. Just take a glance at the grotesque, yet medically verbose track titles of Miasmatic Necrosis’ debut album Apex Profane and you will know exactly what I am talking about. We both bolstered our vocabulary only for it to already leave my mucosanguineous mess of a brain. Talking about brutal ways to die has become quite the staple on this podcast so of course, there’s plenty of that to be had. I also get pretty worked up about the mass-produced “healthy” garbage buffet-style eateries of the past (I’m looking at your Fresh Choice). You will also encounter the tale of Salhalla, the planetary zit cleaner, within the episode. However, if you do happen to be repulsed by the album cover, maybe you should sit this one out (it’s a nasty one-hundred-ish minutes).Like the album’s track titles suggest, Miasmatic Necrosis delivers a barbarous, scalpel-sharp album. Many tracks are brief, but man do they obliterate you like a white head (let’s call it a Melvin) growing on the tip of your nose. Destructive noise whip lashes you like an old wooden rollercoaster that should’ve been retired a decade ago. Despite the grinding noise, you will notice some slick riffs and bodacious bass grooves throughout the duration of this ride. If you ever wanted to participate as a human whack a mole, well then this is the album for you too! The drums will mallet you into a red-hued puddle of beef pudding all while the vocalist annihilates you with gnashing pandemonium. I’ll take two tickets to Apex Profane, pack my bags, and leave tonight!Miasmatic Necrosis is a goregrind/deathgrind quartet from somewhere in the eastern reaches of the United States. There is not much information to be found about the band as of yet (I can’t even find a cute band photo). Apex Profane dropped on October 31st, 2020 (a fitting Halloween release).
* * * * * *Like what you hear? Head over to the Miasmatic Necrosis Bandcamp page and grab a digital copy of the album. At the time of this publication, vinyl copies from P2 are sold out, but there are talks for a second repress. You can also follow the composers of gory grind on Facebook.If you’d like to support us beyond listening to our podcast, you can do so by becoming a patron on our Patreon page. There you can read all of our notes for each album review episode we publish and gain early access to every episode before its official release.Also, if you’re keen on chatting music, shooting us some recommendations, or talking about other forms of media (videogames, films, etc.), please feel free to join us on our a style="background-color: #ffffff; font-s...
#201 | Album Review | Zeit – Self-Titled
Download this episode by clicking the arrow button to the right of this player: DownloadHow goes it confidants of the void? I know there’s a quality Golden Girls rock cover, but my god a Golden Girls–themed hardcore band would be that golden turd of my dreams. Anyway, this week Ryan and I engage in conversation about the Italian chaotic hardcore monsters known as Zeit (every time I read that name my dumbass wants to say ZEET). We talk about their latest ripper of a Self-Titled release as well as the usual random maddening tangents, such as mayo cube urine, lice, razor-filled pool noodle beatdowns (fictional), and childhood soda can hailing dodgeball games. I also get a little too excited about a track named “The Piss”. I bet there’s a Bilbo Baggins reference needlessly injected into the episode too! Hobbit hardcore would be a stellar subgenre. Betty White could fill in for both bands.We once again struggle to describe the instrumentals in this project with our musician-less brains, but man does this quartet deliver something exhilarating. The vocalist has been compared to Jacob Bannon of Converge due to his non-stop high-pitched yelps as he doesn’t relent for the majority of the album’s brief runtime—just kick you in the keister and spit on your face pissed. I must say the lyrics are pretty neat to dissect too. The guitar tone is something else entirely. It has this sharpened, off-kilter mathcore twinge to it, yet it’s rife with maleficent zaniness. You’ll have to listen to the episode or album to comprehend it as words fail to articulate it succinctly. The bass and drums also protrude with hefty-hefty-hefty frequencies (a Glad trash bag sponsor would be pretty fitting for this episode). They will brain-blast your noggin off in perfect unison with every other chaotic element seeping from Zeit’s instruments. Lastly, this was a totally random Spotify find on my part that I will happily continue to listen to as we trudge forward toward our demise.Zeit originates from Venice, Italy and they formed in 2014. Since then, they have dropped several releases, including ZOE BIOS (2014 EP), The World is Nothing (2015 LP), and Monument (2016 LP). After a brief hiatus, the Self–Titled album came out September 24th, 2020. I hope you all enjoy what you hear!
* * * * * *You can check out Zeit’s Self-Titled LP release via their Bandcamp page. Go ahead and purchase the album digitally or try to obtain s...
#200 | Year-End Top Album Pick Ramblings – Afterbirth, Fuck the Facts, IDES, Gaytheist, Liturgy, and REZN
Download this episode by clicking the arrow button to the right of this player: DownloadI hope your year ended on a bright note void dwellers! We recently released our top album picks list of 2020, which of course led to Ryan, Derek, and I blabbing on about a handful of them. We listened to each other’s top album a few times (including those from other FCU contributors) and then jumped right into the fold of our thoughts. From upbeat hardcore punk to boisterous noise rock and aggressive bastardized grindcore to experimental orchestral craziness, this smorgasbord of genres lent itself to a wonderful year-end reflection. We don’t go as in-depth into the albums this time around and instead, we opt for a general, no notes, off-the-dome approach. As per usual, there’s plenty of out there conversational tangents and dorky oddities lurking within the episode.First up in our rambles is the ripper of an album, Four Dimensional Flesh from the brutal death quartet Afterbirth. This one dropped back in mid-March, and Duncan and Ryan covered the record in detail a couple of months after its official release. One thing of note about this album is how it surprisingly displays remnants of less abrasive genres while still maintaining the death metal brutality. You get moments of space-faring atmospheres while getting slammed into the steel floor of a piston filled chamber. Bring on the human space jam as this band slays with impressive skill.Fuck the Facts was a top album pick by none other than Derek himself. The Canadian grindcore outfit delivers an aggressive, emotion-teeming release known as Pleine Noirceur (we also covered a single from this album back in a track reviews episode). The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this album is the nonstop fried snarls that the vocalist Mel lets loose (HOLY SHIT). They describe themselves as bastardized grindcore, and I would have to agree because we found it challenging to describe their music in many ways beyond this. I’m just gonna quote Derek for this one: “This is either the most melodic emo grind record I’ve ever heard or the most caveman take on blackgaze. I don’t know how to describe or classify it and I don’t think that matters, it’s just real fucking good.”IDES was another awesome release this year that ascended to the top of Ryan W.’s list. Of all the days this year, their album Hikikomori came out on March 15, 2020 (lockdown liiife). The band masterfully combines punk, post-hardcore, and metallic elements together to make an album worthy of repeat listens. The female-fronted vocals one-two punch you in the face while having moments of fun punk flair, all while the lyrics surprisingly line-up with what was to come in this dumpster fire of a year. This one makes me want to mosh, thrash, and just have a good fucking time with my friends again.Gaytheist released How Long Have I Been On Fire? back in April.
#199 | Album Review Holiday Special | Corey Taylor – CMFT
Download this episode by clicking the button to the right of this player: DownloadHowdy-ho little rotting sugar plums of the void! This week is a bit of a special episode for the holidays. We have established that if Ryan and I post a bad cover, single, or 90’s post-grunge track within our group chat three times, Derek will Beetlejuice us into actually reviewing them! Let’s just say Corey Taylor’s debut solo album CMFT got posted in our chat numerous times. Like a golden nugget from Scott Stapp himself, we then found ourselves day drinking while conversing about this album (it becomes more evident as the episode persists). In the episode, you will find us going on long manic tirades that you may find pretty damn humorous. The content is not holiday-themed whatsoever, but you’re more than welcome to perceive it as a plop of coal in your stocking, or that candy cane that has decorated your tree for several years and you decide… fuck it, why not nom this stale and chewy mint treat.Now before we get all metal elitist and crap all over Mr. Taylor, understand that we mostly came to the conclusion that CMFT was just flat out boring. With each single released I was hoping for a meme filled banger or cheesy ballad. Yet good old, “looking at you through the glass” Taylor did not really deliver. Instead, we get a hard rock album inspired by rock ‘n roll greats with no life of its own. I won’t lie, there were some fun moments in this album but it did not rest well in the music memory banks. CMFT MUST BE STOPPED! Bah humbug, at least the tangents Derek goes on are quite fantastical! CMFT came out on October 2nd, 2020 via RoadRunner Records.
* * * * * *A warm thank you to Chopping Mall for allowing us to use the intro to their track “Shove Christmas Up You Ass” for this episode.If you’d like to support us beyond listening to our podcast, you can do so by becoming a patron on our Patreon page. There you can read all of our notes for each album review episode we publish and gain early access to every episode before its official release.Also, if you’re keen on chatting music, shooting us some recommendations, or talking about other forms of media (videogames, films, etc.), please feel free to join us on our Discord server. We’re going to take a one-week breather to collect ourselves before the new year commences, so expect our next episode to drop on January 4, 2021. In it, the three of us will be doing a year-end recap where we chat about the top album pick each FCU contributor made for their 2020 list. After that, we’ll get back into the traditional album reviews.
#198 | Album Review | Obsidian Kingdom – Meat Machine
Download this episode by clicking the arrow button to the right of this player: DownloadHowdy super meat critters of the void! This week Ryan and I continue our beef lad ways by conversing about Obsidian Kingdom’s new album MEAT MACHINE. Ryan brings in his knowledge having had listened to this band for quite some time while I frolic about as a newbie. This album is a trip with a platter of strange vocals, moments of synth, and drastic tempo/genre changes. Logically this means I bring in random tangents that have very little to do with the actual music, such as Arnie’s love for the muscle pump! Prepare yourself to hear a decent amount of meat talk as well (sorry vegans and veggies). Remember that stupid Sausage Party movie? Well, we (mostly Connor) come up with a pretty badass Gerard Butler steak hunk action version.Despite our typical immature ramblings, this album displays some high caliber musicianship. MEAT MACHINE is a genre-bending ride of oddities that mostly adventure in a progressive metal/rock realm. Moments of electronic pop surprisingly fork their way in seamlessly. The sudden changes in vocal delivery fit the experimental craftwork in well-thought-out ways. Some tracks are downright fun with upbeat melodies, while others lay down the meat with some peculiarly tinged heft. Lyrics display bizarre scenarios or interesting modern-day societal comparisons. Fuck there are even human-dog barks. This is one to get weird and funky to, I tell you what.Obsidian Kingdom is a band from Barcelona, Spain that formed in 2005. Over the years they have released three full-length albums (four, if you include their electronic remix record, Torn & Burnt). Each one explores a diverse sound in terms of experimental progressive rock and metal. Since we recorded this podcast episode I have delved into their discography and have truly discovered how much they branch out with sound. The energy, passion, and risk the band puts into their art shows. MEAT MACHINE was released on September 25th, 2020.
* * * * * *Support Obsidian Kingdom by heading over to their Bandcamp or website. There you will find some awesome vinyl and merchandise. Keep up to date with them on Facebook and Instagram. You know how it works!If you’d like to support us beyond listening to our podcast, you can do so by becoming a patron on our Patreon page. There you can read all of our notes for each album review episode we publish and gain early access to every episode before its official release.Also, if you’re keen on chatting music, shooting us some recommendations, or talking about other forms of media (videogames, films, etc.), please feel free to join us on our Discord server. Up next week is our holiday review special where we attempt to talk about CMFT,
#197 | Album Review | Next Life – Guru Meditation
Download this episode by clicking the arrow button to the right of this player: DownloadHello my fried circuit void friends! This week Ryan and I digitalize to you Next Life’s, Guru Meditation. Fair warning, we nerd out hard in this episode (not that we aren’t total dorks in the others). It’s another one where we bring up a multitude of video games, cartoons, and old technology that this music mentally inspired. The experimental electro violence metal brings us to realms within my old crappy Windows 98 or my virus filled XP. Just imagine Wreck-It Ralph but inside the virtual equivalent of a crack house. The synths and unusual instruments in the album’s brain emailed us nostalgia that we didn’t even know we had. Ryan even delves into worlds with sentient insectoid creatures (nukem Rico). It’s a whacked out album full of interesting textures that I’m sure will bring up strange thoughts within every listener.The first thing I would like to note about the overall sound of this project: They somehow made a xylophone and kalimba sound incredibly stellar mixed in with slick thrashy riffs and drum thunder. Combine those aspects with the electronic 8-bit oddities and you got yourself something unique as fuck. There are moments of upbeat violent insanity and others of down-tempo retro hazed mysteries. Hell, you may even notice samples similar to a jammed floppy drive, a damaged VHS tape, or just the inside workings of a Commodore 64. Each track will spawn you right in the middle of a new bizarre level of electronics and heavy instruments, some of which you might even be able to dance to! I’ve failed to mention that there are no vocals in this album, so that could be a lead factor in why it dusted off our old brain files—unless maybe you were born in 2010 and your tech nostalgia is an original iPhone turning on.Next Life is primarily comprised of the duo Hai Nguyen Dinh (Guitar, xylophone, kalimba, tracking) and Ander Hangård (Drums). They are based in Olso, Norway, and have existed in the airways since 1999. They have released four full-length LPs in that time span. Guru Meditation being the fourth was released August 21st, 2020. Now go ahead and listen to Ryan and I spew words about the album!
* * * * * *So, do you enjoy the music of Next Life? Well head over to their Bandcamp and pick up a 12″ or digital copy of Guru Meditation. You can also find copies of past work and some nice t-shirts. Support the band by following them on Facebook.If you’d like to support us beyond listening to our podcast, you can do so by becoming a patron on our Patreon page. There you can read all of our notes for each album review episode we publish and gain early access to every episode before its official release.Also, if you’re keen on chatting music, shooting us some recommendations, or talking about other forms of media (videogames, films, etc.), please feel free to join us on our a href="https://discord.