Monday, 30 October 2017


Episode 2 of The Wastelands airs later this week, either on Friday or Saturday. It may air in 2 parts for 2hrs on each day, or one whole show. If you would like to be featured, contact me asap. 


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Here is an overview of the genres that I feature, but if something catches my ear or its helping someone I know, then it will be flowed into the show. 

Punk/HC Genres: HC, HC Punk, Crust, D-Beat, Grindcore, Celtic Punk, Straight Edge HC, Crust Grind, Metallic Crust, Fastcore/PV, Anarcho Punk, Beatdown, Metallic HC, NYHC, Stench, Crossover, Underground Punk Rock.

Metal Punk: Punk based metal is also fine to featured such as Metal Punk, Punk Based Old School DM, Death Punk, and Death Crust.

Metal: Death Metal, Brutal DM, Slam, Death Grind, Old School DM, Thrash, Doom, Desert Rock, Sludge, Stoner Rock, Traditional Heavy Metal, Underground Hard Rock, Metal, Modern Metal, and Blues.

Underground Hip Hop: Real Hip Hop only such as boom bap, conscious hip hop, hc hip hop.  


Writing out of character for a moment. I'm unsure whether the narrated story parts flowed on the show. I wanted to add something different, so I may focus on comedy and promotional parts like I've always done, and concentrate on the regular radio show format. With that being said, the theme and character of The Waste Wanderer remain, so I'd still be pretending to be live from the far and distant future.

The problem in my opinion is that DIY can only go so far, and I'd need a huge budget akin to a TV series to do it the way I really want to. One thing for sure though, I really did enjoy bringing The Wastelands back.

The plan is to release the episodes either weekly, or fortnightly/monthly if I'm overloaded with Ancient Visionz Chat Radio interviews and studies from school. The Wastelands Show runs for about 4hrs on each episode is a live show made available as podcast. I'll either air each episode in one full edition or as say part 1, then part 2 follows up on the next day.

 The Wastelands-29-10-17, Episode 1, Relaunch Play List (Punk, Metal, Underground Hip Hop)

 The play list includes the text version of the narrated story sections that were included in episode 1.

 Genres featured in this episode: Death Metal, Punk, Metal, HC Punk, Crossover, Underground Hip Hop, Thrash, Crust Punk, D-Beat, Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Grindcore, Stench, Folk/Celtic Punk, Doom, Desert Rock, Metal Punk, Brutal DM, Old School DM, Death Punk, HC, Metallic HC, Crust Grind, Fastcore, & more!


 THE WASTELANDS-29-10-17-Ep 1, PART 2


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  Wastelands Ep 1 Opening Scene-Will Van Golf (2:43)

The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 1 (0:47)
The ground shook beneath my feet, the black sands shift. It was time to move. Soon, the skies would be filled with the sounds of infernal poisonous noise. They are coming…

If I linger to long, my ears and head shall explode. The civilised section of the planet had grown accustomed to auto tuned high pitched cloned vocalists, and devilish mumble rap, which has masqueraded as hip hop since the 21st century.

Reaching down, I turn on my portable audio device, I crank up Grand Surgeon featuring Ruste Juxx. Looking around me, dusk is falling, the gangs are retreating, even they know who brings the terror. Yes Yes Y'all, welcome to my existence. But, I choose this mission, someone had to. 

    Grand Surgeon feat Ruste Juxx - Bring The Terror (beat & scratches by LG Roc) (2:32)

 The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 2 (0:33)
The ground shakes again, they are close. Climbing on my bike, I glance back, I can see them, the lights hitting the sand. Always the lights. Strapping myself in, I ride off into the distance, focused. I turn up Germ Bomb’s ‘Dogs from The Wastelands’, and concentrate on the open free road before me. Riding faster and faster, leaving the neon lights behind me.

    Germ Bomb - Dogs From The Wasteland (2:29)

    Driller Killer - Futureless (2:37)

The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 3 (0:18)
 Who am I? Some call me The Waste Wanderer, but I seek others who want to listen to real music. I invite you to join me on my journey, as I share the rhythms and sounds of The Wastelands….
    Dr. Creep - I'm Destructive (2:35)

   The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 4 (0:38)
 Alone I explore what once was, the terrible nightmare is now a reality, I’m one man, with one mission, to help the sounds of The Wastelands be heard again. To heal the great mother. To help the tribes resurrect long forgotten musical genres from hc punk, real hip hop, and metal. To nourish the earth against pop filler, the music of the Ancient Enemy. I invite you to spread my message, The Waste Wanderer has returned to The Wastelands.

    Pisser - Nightcrawler (4:07)

    Pokerface - Human Control (3:07)

    Comaniac - Suborned (2:58)

    Toxic Ruin - Lord Of Pandemonium (5:03)

    Guerrilla Alliance - Sacrificial Chamber Ft Killah Priest (Cuts By Tone Spliff) (4:18)

    Sanctum - And We Press On (4:00)

    Nuclear Death Terror - Collapse (3:17)

    SKAVEN - Plague Wind (4:12)

    Guerrilla Alliance - Star Metal Ft Chino Xl (Cuts By Tone Spliff) (5:38)

    PAGANDOM - Bridges Burn (3:08)

    Pure Disgust - Agents of the Machine (1:53)

    sub space - Roto (1:51)

    Illusion - The Smoking Point (2:02)

    Selective Aggression - Your Choice, Not Mine (1:45)

    MC Therapist - Brutal For Your Ears (3:47)

    Combat Wombat - Let Them Know feat. Mantra (5:25)

    Black Anemone - Requiem of the patriot (3:50)

    Jolly Jackers - Star of a County Down (2:42)

    The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 5 (1:13)
 The night sky is quiet and peaceful, the lights are now far behind in the distance. The desert watches me, it always does. I wonder what is out there at this time, and if anyone is hearing the returning song to the wastelands. I need to find somewhere to rest, away from the FCC’s grasp. I crank up the volume on my audio player, Jolly Jackers ‘The House’ starts to play. I increase the acceleration on my bike, immersing myself in the sounds. I hope you all can do the same, as I share this set and tale from my journal.

I think back to better times, dancing with friends and my girl to the sounds of Celtic Punk. It has always been a source of music that has lifted me. Man, Celtic Punk, just speaks to my soul, something I take solace with out here in The Wastelands. I was starting to forget this world for a moment, lost in my memories with The Jolly Jackers and The Clan’s ‘Folk n Roll’, and Auld Corn Brigade’s 1605, then the smoke ahead soon brought myself back to reality.

    Jolly Jackers - The House (2:29)

    The Clan - Folk'n Roll (2:59)

    Auld Corn Brigade - 1605 (4:27)

    The Waste Wanderer, Chapter 1, Part 6 (1:14)
The road was filled with the carcasses of bikes, trucks, cars, and rocket boards displaying the earlier exchanges between the gangs. The burning stench fills the air as I ride past and the smoke continues to rise high. My mood turns sombre and grey like the very smoke before me escaping the carnage.

 I lean down and race on, the wind pummels my face helm, and blows my cape backwards. I looked like a badly dressed post apoc Batman. I’d always been a fan of Batman and Fallout back in the day. Little did I know that one day I’d be running around The Wastelands and evading some megalomaniac that enjoys golf. Feels like an issue of Deadpool, although as comedic as it sounds, The First Culture Corporation are no joke. Well ok, to me they are, I mean how can pop clones, auto tune mumblers, and golf be considered culture? Wth happened man? Damn fillers.

The road is silent again, listening to Drowning Dog and Malatesta, the scene remains in my mind, a reminder of the brutal existence here in The Wastelands.

    DDM (Drowning Dog & Malatesta) - Power (3:00)

    Clearview - Upside Down World (1:28)

    UGLY - Powerless (2:24)

    Repressione - I Giorni Dell'Ira (1:50)

    Jackal - Dead End (1:00)

    Impact - No Excuse (1:52)

    KIDNAPPED - Cold Steel Versus My Temporal Lobe (0:55)

    Mordatorium - The Gallows (3:34)

    Bloodstrike - Hell's Wasteland (4:49)

    Defeated Sanity - Expectoration of Fear (3:45)

    Khazaddum - Lord of Isengard (5:40)

    Reckless Manslaughter - Unleash The Spirits Of The Fallen (3:20)

    Kal-El - Code of the Ancient (5:24)

    Hellshock - Stray (4:32)

    Extinction Of Mankind - Existance Declines (5:02)

    PAGANDOM - Monochrome Vision (4:06)


    DISTILLATOR - Mechanized Existence (4:39)

    Disarmageddon - Zero Hour (6:16)

    WAR ENGINE - Ambush (5:14)

    Bullet-Proof - Abandon (6:19)

    Chernodeath - Destroying The Reactor (1:57)

    Ephemeral Foetus - Relentless Contempt For Man (4:45)

    Repression Attack - Religion (3:21)

    Temple of Dagon - The Kraken (3:26)

    Askevault - Nothing Ever Changes (4:15)

    Wastelander - Desert Law (2:42)

    Plague Dogs - Swarm of Flies (3:25)

  Filth Tribe - Good Night (2:31)

     Extinct Exist - Nightmare Strain (3:52)

    Death Dealers - Starvation sells (1:57)

Sunday, 29 October 2017


The first episode from my travels as The Waste Wanderer in The Wastelands will be posted tomorrow on the site with the play list. Thank you to the friends, PR companies, and bands that submitted music and content for The Wastelands Radio.

For airplay on The Wastelands Radio and further info please visit the links below:

The Wastelands Radio Show



Writing out of character for a moment. I'm unsure whether the narrated story parts flow on the show, so I may remove those portions from the show in the future and concentrate on the regular radio format sections and skits. The Wastelands theme and character of The Waste Wanderer remain.

Tune in now and see what you think. Today's episode is a 4hr show.

Today's genres: Death Metal, Punk, Metal, HC Punk, Crossover, Underground Hip Hop, Thrash, Crust Punk, D-Beat, Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Grindcore, Stench, Folk/Celtic Punk, Doom, Desert Rock, Metal Punk, Brutal DM, Old School DM, Death Punk, HC, Metallic HC, Crust Grind, Fastcore, & more!

Listen live here @ this link:

Yo, what's good y'all? I've returned from my wandering to share this episode's sacred rhythms & sounds of The Wastelands.  I've heard her song, heard her sing, I wander, searching, seeking, and unearthing long forgotten sounds. Will you join me on my mission?
The Waste Wanderer.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War — "Fires of War" (Official Music Video)

Shadow of War has been one of the few games I've been able to play in down times from school. It is an awesome game with a great story and soundtrack flowing with the story and protagonist.

Here is 'Fires of War', one of the songs taken from the soundtrack, which is a very beautiful song. Enjoy!


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Crypts Of  Despair--The Stench Of The Earth cd  {Testimony  Rec.}
Crypts Of  Despair are a new death metal band  coming out of Lithuania.Their debut cd  The Stench Of The Earth  is great release featuring  ten  tracks of heavy old-school death metal madness.The  guitars are played with  both crazed assult of  riffs  and a more controlled  mid paced heavier sound.The guitarist can write and play some well performed patterns and even mixes in some solo's.The vocals  are a mix of raw,gruff growls and some deeper  death growls.If you  are a  fan of  slid death metal  then be sure to  pick up a  copy  of  The Stench Of The Earth  today.
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Kremlin--Decimation  Of The Elites cd {Godz Ov War  Prod.}
Coming out  of  Canada's aggressive and vicious  death,thrash metal scene is Kremlin.Decimation  Of The Elites is the  bands newest release which  has  nine songs of barbaric blasting death metal.The vocals are raw brutal  death metal growls and some raspy screams and old school type of vocals that really  fit the  bands vicious death metal style.The drums are played at a hyperspeed blasting pace.The drummer  does slow it down to a mid paced tempo in a few of the  songs before  going back to the hyperspeed blasting drums.The guitars are played in the  same vein as the drums with fast,raging  guitar  chords that are played with alot of talent and  writing  ability.If you  are  looking for a  new  band that  plays  barbaric oldschool death metal with  some  thrash elements  mixed in  then be sure to  check  out  Kremlin's  debut release  today.
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Limbsplitter--Chloroform Cocktail   cd  {Unmatched  Brutality Rec.}
Coming out  of  Cleveland Ohio  is Limbsplitter  with  their debut  full length Chloroform Cocktail.Featuring eight tracks of  brutal and gore  filled  death metal.The vocals  are deep death metal growls and some raw thrashy screams are used in  a few tracks.The guitars  are played  with  alot  alot of  skills that go from an all out assult of  fast  riffs and patterns  but  do slow to a more  calmer and mid paced  guitar  parts.If you  are  a  fan of brutal death metal then  be sure to check  out  the  new  release   Chloroform Cocktail  today.
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Rites Of  Daath--Hexing  Graves Mcd  {Godz Ov War Prod.}
Rites Of  Daath  are a  death,doom metal band coming out  of the Polish  scene.Hexing  Graves is the  bands  debut Mcd  featuring five songs of   doomish death metal.The  band does  a  great job of  playing  both  mid paced and  some faster sections.The drums  range from  heavy mid paced to a  faster  drum pace.The vocals  are heavy death growls  that  fit  Rites Of  Daath style perfectly.If you  are a fan of  solid death metal mixed with  some doomish  elements  then be sure to pick up  the debut Mcd of  Rites Of  Daath  today


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Whilst I'm slowly working my way back to updating the site and radio shows, I thought I'd write about a few random things. Usually the radio shows take up the majority of my time, which leaves little opportunity to write.

First up, I want to share my early thoughts surrounding Star Trek Discovery. I've been reading and watching many reviews on the show, and it seems to have split opinion. 

I'll try and break down the good and bad in true simple word on the streets style, and answer some FAQs that keep popping up. 

Star Trek Discovery isn't the best Star Trek show, but its not terrible. I'd say it is an average show that may improve in the latter part of the season or in future seasons. But, it is better than the recent Star Trek movies. Discovery does share some of the same aesthetics as those movies and it does look really well in parts. Kinda like Star Trek Enterprise with a makeover. If you haven't seen that show, it is a worth a watch, but skip the first season. 

The Klingons have a new design and many people aren't to crazy on the new appearance. I'm not sure, I appreciate they are trying to maybe make an alien species appear more alien. I don't hate it, but I'm just not convinced if it flows with their warrior culture. Maybe something else or an updated version of the previous incarnation would of matched more closely. It isn't a major bug bear or an issue that has me revulsing in disgust. I think the problem is, they do not appear menacing or threatening, which is strange given the history of the Klingons. The Federation are actually the ones that come across as more devious, cunning, and ruthless. There is a theory I read relating to this point, which I'll come to later.

One aspect that does work is the Klingons speaking in their own language. Some reviewers don't enjoy it, but I've watched foreign language movies for a long time, so it doesn't bother me, and after all, this is another species with an entirely different dialect.

The other areas I like with Discovery are:

Jason Isaacs plays a solid captain, who is a bit of a warmonger and ties in with a theory I want to respond to in a moment. 

The First Officer, the orange ish alien guy is played well and stands out. 

Michelle Yeoh played a great captain, and it sucked she was killed off very early. I do feel she could of been an awesome lead and it would of made Discovery more interesting. I've seen her in both English and non English movies, she is a solid actress and underrated. For those interested in her career, go check out some of her Hong Kong action movies before she became known to Hollywood. A missed opportunity with Michelle, and I'd like to see her in another sci-fi show where she can play a leading role, and showcase her notable action skills alongside her acting. 

What I don't like:

Sadly, those are the only stand out personalities in Discovery so far. The Klingon actors are pretty bland and forgettable. Hopefully, in later episodes we can see the Klingon perspective in finer detail to give Discovery a needed balance. 

Michael Burnham. I'm aware of the heat the character has had from fans and reviewers. She is a very difficult character to like and not a good lead due to her personality (I'm talking about the character, not the actress). Arrogant and disregards the rules when it suits her. Yes this dynamic does parallel Jason Issaac's Captain, but Michael is a turn off, which isn't good for the main protagonist. The acting is fine, just a terrible character.  I do hope Michael evolves and changes just to make the character more likeable and grounded to be the lead on the show.

The remainder of the cast on Discovery, do utter some cringe worthy dialogue at times and do not seem like Star Fleet officers. They can become an irritating factor, which detracts from the show. It is like the Lord of The Rings movies, awesome movies, but not when Frodo is on screen. You are wanting to get back to Aragorn and co. 

The Klingons were dispatched a little to easy in some of the combat exchanges, which negates the warrior culture they embody. 

A theory has circulated surrounding Discovery, which suggests they are the fore runners to Section 31 (black ops Star Fleet Intelligence, look up Star Trek Deep Space Nine, the episode featuring Dr Bashir and Section 31 to learn more). It could possibly explain the questionable lack of morals and Star Trek principles displayed by the Captain. There are other notable Easter Eggs whether intended or not, which are in the show if you look hard enough.

Star Trek Discovery isn't awful, but just an average sci-fi show, which doesn't stand up to earlier Trek shows such as Voyager, Enterprise, and DS9. I hope it can improve in future episodes, and the introduction of the guy rescued from the Klingon prison in episode 5 is shaping up to be a solid character.

I do sincerely hope the show improves, but there are other sci-fi shows, which are far superior. I highly recommend The Expanse, which has interesting and dynamic characters, a deep story, and good acting.

Discovery has enough qualities to keep me watching for now, but there are a few flaws, which are dragging it down.

I score it 5/10 so far. 

Friday, 27 October 2017


Comic fandom part number whatever. Posted Power Rangers pics and other stuff a few months back. Just picked up giant Ironman and Spiderman figures. Pics coming soon. 

Top row left to right: Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman.

Top 2nd row left to right: Batman, Scarlet Spider, Miles Morales Spiderman, Armored Spiderman, Spiderman Home Coming, Classic Spiderman, Agent Venom, Spiderknight, Big Time Spiderman.

2nd from bottom row left to right: Iron Patriot, Iron Man, Warmachine, Wolverine, Ironman, Batman, Green Arrow, Ironman Hulk Buster Armor.

Bottom row left to right: Vision, Antman, Falcon, Captain America, Thor, Ironman, The Incredible Hulk. 


Who am I?
A shade from the past, alone and lost,
I hold deep sorrow for this world I know,
What has it become?

Placing my hand upon her face,
I hear her sing, faintly sing, 
But no one hears anymore.

I hear her song, hear the pain,
The crying, the anguish,
Her fears and tears.

She has been in pain for so long,
Sad at a world gone mad,
Yearning for what we had.

Division and elitism rule these lands,
Holding up my hands, 
Asking if there will be an end,
 To the cultural graveyards I walk.

She sings about hip hop and hc punk,
Before they became defunct,
She helps me remember.

As I inscribe this message, I ask you to pause,
Reach down, place your hands upon her face,
Listen, like we once did.

Feel her words, her song,
Then open your eyes,
Look at the sands.

Feel the passion, her love,
Take these words far and wide,
Out into The Wastelands.

Write the long forgotten songs,
The sacred genres, share them as reminders,

So the rhythms can return, and help others learn,
The spirits of hip hop and hc punk, her song,
I hear her song, I hear her sing.

I am The Waste Wanderer,
I have returned.


Warriors of The Wastelands! The Waste Wanderer wants YOU! Join me on my mission and help the sounds from The Wastelands be heard again!

If you would like to submit music, Radio IDs, or spoken word pieces that I may share during my adventures, then contact me at

The sounds that I discover and share from The Wastelands are:

Punk/HC Genres: HC, HC Punk, Crust, D-Beat, Grindcore, Celtic Punk, Straight Edge HC, Crust Grind, Metallic Crust, Fastcore/PV, Anarcho Punk, Beatdown, Metallic HC, NYHC, Stench, Crossover, Punk, Underground Punk Rock.

Metal: Punk based metal is also fine to featured such as Metal Punk, Punk Based Old School DM, Death Punk, and Death Crust.

No pop punk, I say this with no elitism, but it doesn't flow with the world of The Wastelands.

Underground Hip Hop: Real Hip Hop only such as boom bap, conscious hip hop, hc hip hop.  

Sometimes The Waste Wanderer features underground hip hop mixed into the story if it has a good hc flow or goes with atmosphere.

No mainstream hip hop, trap, or anything of that nature. It does not co-ordinate with my story.

Thursday, 26 October 2017


A few weeks ago I launched a separate site for The Wastelands radio show, but it has become extremely difficult to oversee and update the site alongside Ancient Visionz. The initial aim was to give The Wastelands a separate character and identity apart from Ancient Visionz. Sadly I'm finding it to much to manage and am spread very thin.

Therefore, The Wastelands will once again be promoted and updated through Ancient Visionz. I'm in the process of redesigning banners and transferring all content to Ancient Visionz. 

The Wastelands returns soon, but Ancient Visionz is once again a site for everything, which is much easier to update. 


Hey all, I'm slowly working back to writing on the site again, and soon I shall return to radio shows. I've been suffering a stomach bug, which isn't 100% cleared yet, but during this period I did some thinking surrounding the site. 

For a long time with Ancient Visionz has attempted to make the site diverse and open to many forms and genres of music. It is difficult at times to focus on all areas with running my own radio shows and studying at school. There is only so much I do as one guy. Patrick helps with what we he can and when he can, but he also oversees his own sites. 

I plan to continue forward with the openness of the site and try to keep it more inclusive. All metal, punk, and underground hip hop is welcome to be featured alongside movie news, comic book stuff, and anything of interest to us here at Ancient Visionz whether it is something random or whatever. 

So expect the unexpected at times, such as random gaming news or anything of interest. If I'm quiet during certain periods it is either because: I'm busy with studies or working on radio shows. 


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Reviews done by Anders posted up on 10-21-17

Darkfall - "At The End Of Times" - 2017 (Review by Anders Trim The Fat With A Blow-Torch)

Lame. Bit rate at 160 kbps? For review or not - lame. Anything below 320 kbps and the production is very noticeably depreciated. Even at 320 kbps, there's a difference. Far less but still diminished. Afraid of your music being stolen or don't want to pay for a better form of storage/retrieval? You'd think you'd want to present yourselves or your "clients" in the highest fashion possible. Whatever. On to the music. So, far...boring. Kind of basic "Swedish" sounding mild Old School Death Metal laden Thrash. I'm only on track three out of ten tracks (a total of - almost - fifty-four and a half minutes, to this release?). Oh, the potential agony, therein. I like the "symphonic" intros to the first and fourth song, thus far. That said fourth track - titled "Deathcult Debauchery" has a decent "classical" element to it, that I kind of like (guitars). It's not a "flawless" track, however. It has various meandering spots in it that detracts from the "interesting" portions. Can't really salvage this one for my benefit. I like the beginning to the next track ("Ashes Of Dead Gods") but once the vocals come in...nah. If this music was faster and the vocals were replaced by someone like Chuck Billy (of TestAmenT), Glen Benton (of Deicide), or Erik Rutan (of Hate Eternal), I might find it worthwhile. Ugh...puke...the next song, here, to comment on is titled "Blutgott"...that's what it feels like I have, too! I'm starting to get a bad case of "Blutgott" (guts are it gonna come out my mouth or anus? Or both?). Goddamn, this is boring. "At The End Of Times"? What does that even mean? Hopefully, it means "total obliteration" and that there will be no memory of sitting here slowly growing older - exponentially - as this music thuds and flops around in my headphones, like a fresh fish out of water trapped in an hourglass destined to rot and stink up the vicinity. Run-on sentences? Run-on "music". This release has the personality of a wet blanket draped on the shoulders of an Episcopalian. I can't delete this fast enough.

Forged In Black - "Sinner Sanctorum" - 2017 (Review by Anders Ain't Got Time To Breed)

I'm surprised I'm liking this thus far. When I sampled it a few seconds here and there to see if it was gonna be an instant "no thanks", I was "on the fence", to use a cliche phrase. I'm giving it a chance and am pleasantly glad I did. The first song is sort of a slow/mid-paced broodingly powerful track. It reminds me of elements of bands such as Metal Church, Savatage, Flotsam and Jetsam, Trouble, and - maybe - later mid-career Black Sabbath. The second song continues in that way. Really heavy rock stylings. Yeah, this is pretty enjoyable, actually. The tuning of the guitars seems "odd". Like they are down-tuned, slightly, but not in whole and half steps, only. They have a bit of a "sick" and "off kilter" way about them. Though, not in a garbage way. Not like sour milk or anything. Kind of like how Immolation has that "atmospheric" tone/tuning that no one else has, if that makes sense? Maybe, it's subtle overdubs doing it? It, actually, helps to add a unique touch to what could be kind of "basic/standard" structures/presentation overall. Track three has a little bit of Judas Priest type leanings in it. Track four rounds out the consistency of this e.p. I'm not "super stoked" about this offering but I can't say anything negative about it, either. It's a little better than "middle of the road" to me...but, I'll - probably - not listen to it again. I still appreciate it for what it's worth!

Glass Mind - "Dodecaedro" - 2017 (Review by Anders Plagued By Taxidermy)

This is an instrumental album - if you despise instrumental albums, read no further! Or continue reading. I don't care. The first track off this release has heavy elements of Dream Theater, to me. Could be 'cuz that's the most prevalent "Progressive Rock/Metal" band I've enjoyed listening to for decades and I'm familiar with their stylings. The second track is kind of a short piece. Already forgot it. The third track has that Dream Theater element, once again. Not that they have ripped them off...or have they? Either way, this is some fine quality musicianship and presentation. Another short track, next. Track four. Kind of has a Van Halen like drum beat to it. On to the next long track. Over eight minutes on this one. Yeah, anyone who likes Dream Theater should dig this album. Unless they find that it's a little TOO similar? I'm not a complete "fanboy", as it's said, so I don't mind - I guess. One thing that separates these guys from D.T. is these guys don't have any incredible guitar solos (unlike Petrucci). Or ANY guitar solos, for that matter. Just noticed that. Duh! But this is really nice stuff. Oops! Spoke too soon. Guitar solo, here. "Inside the Whale". It's not "incredible"...but it's a solo! Reminds me of someone holding intestines and pretending to play an accordion! Another short "interlude". "Detritus", also has a guitar solo. Nothing special but has a mild flair, to it. Wow...this is total Dream Theater worship, here. 24/7 Dream Theater absorption? Could happen... Second to final track is another short piece. Long, short, long, short... Yep, last track is another longer song. Interesting. Another couple of guitar solos intermingled in there. Did I miss them in the first half of the album? Well. To finish out, here...these muchachos are fantastic musicians! It might be worth finding/exploring/crafting their own "true" style - but I'm not complaining. Good on them.

Gutslit - "Amputheatre" - 2017 (Review by Anders Tugs 'Til Minus The Apostrophe)

This mother of a baboon fucker clocks in at about fifteen seconds shorter than Slayer's - "Reign in Blood" (just as a conversation starter - not that it matters). This is a fast/brutal/creative/fun breath of fresh (fetid?) air, so far! I'm not a "fan" of "pig squeal" vocals but these guys pulled off a short round of those in the middle of "Brazen Bull" that segued into a tasty little guitar solo (in the same octave range!), seamlessly and enjoyably. Let's see if they can keep the momentum of the first real song (track two) throughout. Yep! Some interesting slinky riffs within the hyper-blasts of song three! I'm really liking this so far! Killer solo in "Necktie Party"! They used some interesting panning/mixing choices, on this album. Dynamic! Man, this is unrelenting! Fantastic! Top form...inspired! I should've known these guys would be "sophisticated" musicians when they spell "theatre" like that and not "theater". High quality bludgeoning, fellows! Two thumbs up from me (just don't hack them off before, OR after, I can put them back in my pockets!). This is a fine piece of artistic brutality! I'll listen to this again! Highly recommended if you like fast and frantic music! I give you my approval in your arena with a mallet to the mullet of anyone who disagrees!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Reviews done by Anders posted on 10-18-17

Annihilation - "The Undivided Wholeness of All Things" (Review By Anders Like Tears In Rain)
So, this album starts off with an over four minute instrumental? That seems pretty bold on their part. It sounds good, for sure. Has sort of a slow Suffocation meets Immolation vibe to it...but not a rip-off of either band. The second song starts off with a slightly peculiar speedy opening, then - transitions into the more mid-paced mesmerizing churning of ghostly vapors and mist - that expounds throughout this release's entirety. A thick swirling fog in a rocky and desolate (yet, paradoxically, alive and vibrant) forest of unknown lands exudes forth. Vocals, now. Deep and somewhat guttural. They rise up, a bit, in pitch - throughout the song - matching, nicely, with the flowing purple darkness of undulating guitars. There's sort of an opaquely ethereal atmosphere overall - with the drums offering varied combinations to keep the concoction alluring and interesting. They, sort of, have a "jazz" type signature to them. It seems like percussion that could've/would've been in/on those great Death albums...and Control Denied if it would've continued (sans Chuck Schuldiner's "premature" passing). Track four ("The Illusion of Space and Time") has some guitar riffing that reminds me of some of the presentation on Hate Eternal's "Conquering the Throne" (though, played at half speed). There's some Morbid Angel "Gateways to Annihilation" reminiscence going on in "Emptiness Defiled". All the songs are rather "slow", really. Almost pensive. Contemplative. But not - at all - boring. They are powerfully demonstrative with many things going on with each instrument - even if just subtly woven. Again, there's a strong Suffocation type presence interlaced in these songs, primarily. "Omniverse", also, has a tinge of Mithras thrown it to add some cosmically eerie spice. I recommend this album to anyone who likes the other bands mentioned and/or to those who want to listen to something intricately heavy in-between sessions of pure blasting - to "take a breather" or "cleanse the palette", so to speak.

Come Back From The Dead - "Caro Data Vermibus" - 2017 (Review by Anders Smelly Whores The Banishment Dew)

So, according to an internet translation device - the title of this e.p. is Latin for "was given to worms". Interesting. Funny! The latter, also, being for the music and concept of this band! Welcome back to 1991! Or 1992! Or 1993! Maybe, 1989, you say? When Death Metal was in its infancy and heralding its point of interest and creativity. Not to mean anything beyond that was and isn't significant, of course. Leaps and bounds, creeps and hounds! "Jinkies and zoinks!" There's just a certain "nostalgia" related to those early years that a lot of "old timers", today, look back at with fondness and irreplaceable certainty of being. This release holds up well as an homage and slightly absurd tongue-in-cheek reverence to those yesterdays of youthful abandonment. It's reminiscent of Entombed and Necrophagia, for the most part, I'd say. Maybe, Unleashed. Maybe, Asphyx. Maybe, early Morgoth. That ilk. The songs, here, are "okay" on their own...nothing "special". Only "endearing" in the sense that the sound/images is/are "retro" without much effort. These guys aren't the Steel Panther of Death Metal. No overt "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" going on here. This e.p. seems like it's for those who were there at the beginning. The days of tape trading. Even the cover art is very much representative of that hey-day (much like the "hey-day of hair spray" in the glam vein). It makes me chuckle in a good way. Though, it seems if these guys are "serious" about what they are doing - it will be intriguing to know where they might go with this. Conceptually? Will it be more about selling t-shirts than music? Novelty? I guess we'll see in another 20 years, if these guys survive and thrive. Though, a lot of us will be literally dead by, how will we know? Enjoy it while you can, I guess. Get a few laughs in, 'cuz you won't get the last laugh - that you can count on!

Jupiterian - "Terraforming" - 2017 (Review by Anders Thought Expansion Is The Key In The Doorway of Transcendence While The Mind Is The Foot In That Said Doorway That Was Unlocked The Whole Time But Imagined Not To Be)
It's really starting to amaze me that the musical flavors I've been tasting, lately - with regard to "old preferences" and "solidified unsubstantiated biases" have no particular hold on "reality" and "truth". For instance, I "never" liked "Doom Metal" and would furl my brow, sneer, and cringe with disgust when that sub-genre was spoken of. Even "Sabbath" was gag worthy, most of the time. Yes, yes...I know. Blasphemy and treachery! How dare I speak in such ways! I've had a couple of "friends" who gravitated toward that side of the spectrum (one of whom also gravitated toward "BBW's" - a.k.a. Fat Fuckin' Barely Human Females). Planetary destruction in double and triple X entendre proportions? Where am I going with this? The weight? The heaviness? The Doooooooooom! Rhymes with woooooooooomb! And tooooooooomb! But not comb. Why? I don't know. And I don't know why I like what I'm hearing right now. This is classified as "Atmospheric Sludge Doom" and I'm fully ensnared and captivated by it. "Stockholm Syndrome"? I think not... I really have no idea. This is some powerful undulating hypnotic soundscapes. Cleverly crafted. I will recommend this to the second "old friend" that I'm still in contact with - if I remember to, that is. I think there would be a rejoicing upon the mountain of fathomless foundations rising above the sea of mediocrity! The cover art says it all.