Tuesday, 20 June 2017

RAILHAZER - the Null and the Void




Railhazer hails from Saint Louis, Missouri and is;

Derek Bonn - Drums
Dave Kreher - Guitar
Jordan Ross - Guitar
Steve Sesti - Bass
Matt Mathias - Vox

Opening with a short burst of feedback (New God) before dropping a dissonant sludge riff, one could be forgiven for thinking that The Null And The Void a first full release by Railhazer is going to turn out to be just another Grief / Eyehategod clone, but the more you pick the scabrous crust of sludge apart, you find small pockets of other genres you wouldn't normally find on a 'sludge' album. Gasp, shock, horror, there are even guitar solo's loitering with intent here and there, and not just bluesy , New Orleans based solo's either, but some have a Gothic tinge that you would expect to hear from a melodic doom death band. In fact, I would go as far as to say that there are more hooks on here than a porno grind band's album cover.

At the moment, I am listening to the track 'The Mountain.' It could, just about, be confused with an early Metallica ballad. Now, the leaden doom riffs of 'Mass of a Thousand Suns' darkens the room with clouds of ominous intent. 

With The Null And The Void, Railhazer has created an album diverse enough to make it an absorbing listen, whilst remaining within the constraints an extremely heavy album requires, so as not to alienate those of us who feed off the intensity that bands such as Railhazer, create.


Monday, 12 June 2017

APORYA - Dead Men Do Not Suffer




With the baroque, mournful opener, 'Blood Rain' 'Dead Men Do Not Suffer' an album by Brazilian melodic doom death band Aporya  begins exactly as expected, until the first surprise kicks in, the second track 'Cry Of The Butterfly.' There's nothing 'Gothic' about this track, the black laced veil is ripped away in a Strapping Young lad blend of rampant riffery.

However, Aporya is essentially a band burdened with angst and melancholy, and the weight on its shoulders soon drags the tempo down again to just above snail's pace.The many guitar solo's cry crystalline tears of sorrow, enhanced by an excellent mix that draws the pain into your marrow. The clever use of keyboards, used sparingly so not to distract from the crunch of the riffs, creates an atmosphere that has you brushing imaginary cobwebs from your face and helps elevate the band just beyond the gloom of funeral doom.

The closing tracks, the gloriously haunting 'Pain and Loneliness' which sounds like  the funeral doom band Worship dipped in honey, and the title track 'Dead Men Do Not Suffer' are the lamentations of the recently bereaved before the coffin lid finally shuts.

You can find this album on the Narcoleptica Productions Bandcamp page.It shows two tracks for $2, but pay it and you receive all seven.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW PODCAST SHOW - Core of Destruction Radio - 10/6/2017



The Shrieks From Below, played on Core of Destruction Radio every Saturday @ 3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK

Thank you for supporting the show :

Quabar - Extreme Music PR~https://qabarpr.wordpress.com/

This weeks angst ridden, riff packed show features:

Kolossor  ~ 'Scourge' ( Gnarly, sludge tinged thrash)


Stone Cadaver ~ 'Removal of the Eye' (Stoner Rock)

Moribundo ~ 'Luz (Melodic doom/death)

Dirt Forge ~ 'Rust & Copper (Sludge)

Do ~ 'Astral Death' (doom sludge)

Superchiadeira ~ 'Coyote' (stoner Fuzz)

Field ~ 'Onyx' (Crushing doom)
Bad Boat ~ ' Uphill Struggle' (doom)
Causticgod ~ ' Precelestial Sojourn' ( experimental doom)
Aporya ~ 'Pain and Loneliness' (Gothic doom death)

Adrift For Days ~ 'A Sleepless Grey' (Psych tinged doom)

Friday, 2 June 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW SHOW VOL 56 - Core Of Destruction Radio 3/6/2017



The Shrieks From Below, as played on Core Of Destruction Radio each Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET and 8pm UK

As always there are thank you's to attend to

Firstly the band Almost Honest https://almosthonestpa.bandcamp.com/
GraveHuffer https://gravehuffer.bandcamp.com/album/your-fault
Shadow Horse https://shadowhorse.bandcamp.com/releases
Container  https://containert.bandcamp.com/

A pretty varied show this Saturday. A mixture of old and new bands, and darkness and light. Doom, stoner, death and good ol' hard rock.

Band Order

Almost Honest -'Thunder Mouth'



Excruciation - 'Dignitas'

Sasquatch -'Roller'

Shadow Horse - 'Spear'



Container - 'Damage Control'


Slave Hands - 'Collapse'

Gravehuffer -'Gravehuffer'


Incantation - 'The Ibex Moon'


Radio Moscow - 'Deep Blue Sea'


Ataraxy - 'Hear The Ghouls'


Sunneater ((o)) -'Legion'




Monday, 29 May 2017

SAPATA - Satanibator




Sapata - 'Satanibator'


What the band says: Sapata, known before as Satanibator, is a Finnish doom rock band from Tempere and formed in 2014. Their debut album'Satanibator' was recorded in Suomenlinnan Studio with Producer Mauri Syrjälä and it will be released on June 2nd via Inverse Records https://www.inverse.fi/.

Sapata, the dancing dead from old temples. It's a word from mouths of ancient kings. Sapata is stories and soundwaves of joy and death, life and pain, and depression. It is a mystic and beautiful ceremony to love and death.

Members - Saara Samane, TT Sousalo, Felix Voltti, Anttu Puutio


What The Shrieks From Below says - Sapata's 'Satanibator', a sarcophagus of beguiling laments for a lost love, maybe a Princess yearning for the hand of a commoner, someone she cannot have, wanting to be someone she cannot be. Somewhat fanciful maybe, particularly for a blog which usually treads a darker path, but nonetheless an image that can't be avoided once the vocals of Saara Samane bewitches you with her tales of anguish. To say her voice is powerful is something of an understatement and reminds me of the style of Suzanne Sledge of the band 68-75.

The bear pit that stoner doom bands frequently fall into, is one where a (female) front person overly dominates the sound of the rest of the band, and for those of us who crave the slow, granite riffs of that particular genre, that's a particular no, no, right kids? Fortunately, Sapata manages  to harness this particular powerhouse, the rest of the band creating mythical threads of ancient jams, sometimes bringing the hammer down hard, sometimes creating crystalline, emotive, sacrificial chimes to the Egyptian God, Horus.


'Satanibator' is an album I have been listening to continuously for a couple of weeks , and it still lifts me every time I play it. An album fit for the old kingdom, and the crowning of a Pharoah.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

THE SHRIEKS FROM BELOW VOL 55 - Core of Destruction Radio - 27/5/2017



The Shrieks From Below Podcast Show - Core of Destruction Radio each Saturday @3pm EST, 9pm CET, 8pm UK.


Thank you's for this week go out to :

Roberto Mura of Third I Rex who, as usual, looks to take over the show with his label's awesome brand of post - black metal. This weekI 'll be playing tracks from three bands from the Third I Rex Label https://3rdirex.bandcamp.com/, Lodo, Postvorta, and Mudbath.

Joni of Inverse Records https://www.inverse.fi/ for the opportunity to play something from the new Sapata album

BØG -  https://bog-mire.bandcamp.com/ for allowing me to play an unreleased track from their blackened sludge drenched EP 'Jim'

Band Order:

Way Of The Buffalo - "Sacred Sands"

Idlegod - "Infinite Waste"


Sapata - "MDD"


Lodo - "Lodo"


BØG - "Warm Smell Of The Dredge"


Postvorta - "Patau"


Mudbath - "Fire"

Sunday, 21 May 2017

BØG - Jim




BØG - Jim

Like the putrefying, bloated carcass of a humongous sea creature lolling around in the surf, so BØG are rolling in on a purulent tide of blackened ooze.

Don't expect joy, or hope, only suffering, from five tracks of low end oppressive torment, made all the more painful by a surprisingly crisp and effective sound. All of the instruments have been tuned to deliver the final Coup de Grace, while the vocals perform an exorcism on our very souls.

With 'Jim' BØG has produced an album of quality, blackened  horror, riffs allowed to skitter about like a hellish horde, driving you into the corral of doom, before ripping you apart.

Released June 10th