Sunday, January 14, 2018

INTO THE FIRE with James At 15

James At 15 is the singer, record breaker and fire breathing frontman for the punk/metal hybrid band KNOWLEDGE IS FOR FOOLS (aka: KIFF). James has previously shared some of his thoughts on ACDC's career, his favorite albums as well as his thoughts on Malcom Young's death last year. This time James shares some personal history involving his love of ACDC as well as 70s & 80s Hard Fuckin Rock. 

After re-reading the stuff I wrote about my favorite AC/DC albums a day or two after Malcom had died and Wolf had just posted on this blog on New Years Day.  Here We are 2018, the future of AC/DC as of now is uncertain. I got to thinking about the bands history and my history of what seems like a life long fan.  I guess it was late the 70s when I discovered them.  78?  I would have been 12 or 13.  Just a year or two into My rock fan super crazed lover of loud beginings.  Like most kids of that era. I started with KISS.  Became obsessed.  After I ran out of KISS albums to buy. I started looking into other hard rock.  Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith and a few others all came next. I guess besides KISS . Nugent was second on My list of the ultimate rockers ever.  Which led Me into tuning in on a very exciting episode of the Midnight Special. A episode advertised as being hosted by Ted Nugent !  I stayed up and watched Ted as He along with Wolfman Jack & Steven Tyler introduced great stuff like Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy & Aeromith. And right in the middle of it all. A band I had never heard of. AC/DC !   Boom I was instantly hooked. AC/DC plowed through a wild version of their classic Sin City !  

After that. It was a week or two before I could purchase a actual AC/DC album. If You Want Blood Live was a new album at the time. There it was that insane & brilliant album cover in the new release rack. I had to have it.  The only other LP available locally at the time. Was Powerage. It was a few months before I could get My hands on that one. And seems like by then. Or shortly after came Highway To Hell which I also tuned into big time.

AC/DC had truly became one of My favorite bands during this time.  Especially since also at this time My beloved KISS had put out Dynasty & those mostly crummy solo albums. Nugent was still still strong with Weekend Warriors but then came State Of Shock which for Him was weak. I was searching for harder heavier. Which also around this time led Me to Judas Priest & punk. But that's another story. But it is worth mentioning. That a lot of older rockers of the late 70s. Originally thought AC/DC was a punk band!  For the most part. The term heavy metal was not a common thing. I mean it was used by rock journalist in Cream & other rock magazines. But to a working class kid in a smaller Midwestern Indiana city.  Heavy metal? Punk ?  We didn't know. It was just Hard Rock to us.  I remember reading one AC/DC interview. Where some asshole journalist.  Eager to lump AC/DC in with the punk movement. Asked Angus & Malcom if they were punk. Malcom responded with what the fuck is a punk. And then when asked if He had any sympathy for punk. Angus simply responded .... None!


Anyway during this time period. I had become a huge AC/DC fan.  I was itching in the worst way to see a concert by them. But at that age I depended on the goodwill of older friends and relatives. And permissions from My Mom to see concerts. So I never got the chance.  Sadly Bon Scott died during the Highway To Hell tour.  Then came Back N Black a new singer. Same great band. I was pleasantly surprised AC/DC was still great !  Of course that's the album that took them beyond huge.  A year or two later I finally got to see them on For Those About To Rock tour.  Another great album. And a great concert. Next came Flick Of The Switch. Even better album & tour.  Then Fly On The Wall 1985. By then I was living in North Carolina.  We went to see them on that tour. Greensboro Colosseum. With then new guitar god Yngwie J Malmsteen opening.  A great concert for sure. It was one of the last of the great arena seating giant concerts I saw. Parking lot drug & booze insanity. Ultra violent redneck fights throughout the night inside the arena LOL.   The end of an era. 

After that came reserved seating. Metal detectors. DUI checkpoints. Other buzz killing aspects to concert going. My interest was waning anyway. I was still searching for harder heavier. which by then had led Me to the then fairly new thrash/speed metal scene. as well as hardcore punk & related insanity. AC/DC began a cycle of putting out album after album of same old same old. Beyond a couple songs. They just seemed like they had slowed down.  Got kinda boring. Going through the motions. I saw them a couple more times live. Well just because they came to town. Friends were going and it was the fun thing to do. Don't get Me wrong. Those concerts were still fun. But it was never the same again.  Still what a incredible run they had. 

Bon Scott was a brilliant lyrical badass with a unique voice. After He died. Malcom took over writing lyrics with the help of Brian Johnson.  Now Brian Johnson is gone. Malcom who wrote 90% of the songs to begin with is gone. Drummer Phil Rudd is doing solo albums on & off house arrests,  rehab & heart attacks.  Bassist Cliff Williams has anounced He's retired.  Angus piloted AC/DC through a tour with His nephew on second guitar, Chris Slade on drums & Axl Rose on vocals !!! WTF ???  But yeah I have to admit. As bad as I hate Guns & Roses. The footage I saw of Him with AC/DC was not that bad. Some friends that went to see that tour. All came back with good things to say. I guess they did a ton of Bon era songs.  I guess I would rather see Axl Rose with AC/DC then Guns & Posers. Still I personally would have voted for Rose Tattoo's Angry Anderson to take Johnson's place on the mic.  I mean He's short old & Australian just like Angus. Seems natural right?  I remember When Bon died. The rumors were all about Dan  McCafferty from Nazareth or Marc  Storace from Krokus.  I guess those were just rumors. But its fun to think. Of what AC/DC would have sounded like with those guys. 

Another AC/DC urban legend. Has always been that they had recorded a lot of the stuff from Back In Black with Bon Scott just before He died.  How cool would that be?  Sadly I don't think that one is true. The book AC/DC Maximum Rock N Roll. Is a great read filled with stories. Insight, rumors and theories about the band. All told from Roadies, Ex wives & girlfriends other bands etc.  The band members themselves. Especially the Young family. Have always preferred to let the music do the talking. Beyond general promotion of whatever latest album & tour they are pushing.  Notorious for being short with interviewers.  

Sadly earlier in 2017. We lost another important figure in the history of AC/DC. Older brother George Young.  George played a big role in producing and steering the band. Through the 70s & 80s especially.  George Himself was also a damn great guitar slinger. He led the Legendary Australian rock band the Easybeats. Who had a string of great hit songs in the late 60s/early 70s.  One of My favorite George Young stories. Is that while touring in Europe sometime around 69 or 70. Playing a show with the Yardbirds or Clapton etc. He was asked about how incredible a guitarist Eric Clapton was. George just shrugged. And said I got a couple of kid brothers back home could play circles around Him. So Now You Know the rest of the story LOL. 

I do realize. Knowing Wolf's readership and fan base of Scumfeast.  Probably 95%  of You are Extreme metal diehards.  Honestly while I have a basic understanding & appreciation for that world. I'm not a huge fan. Beyond some of the classics. And a few bands and albums I have tapped into over the years.  Mostly from My days as a booker promoter of underground shows & clubs.  I occasionally hear stuff I like.  Through Wolf & this blog. Or other bands My band ends up performing with.  But I'm mostly stuck in the 70s & 80s punk & metal hard rock world. Just being honest.  How does this relate to this blog & AC/DC?  More or less.  I guess cause I'm old & Wolf's old.  We can remember. A time when Yes. AC/DC was considered extreme to some. They really were one of the loudest. Most over the top acts at one time. Long before death & black metal. Late 70s eraly 80s  AC/DC was one of the bands scaring the hell  out of little old church ladies.  Listening to the dark ominous intro to any number of today's black metal songs. Its the direct decedent from 1970's intro the the first Black Sabbath song & intro onto 1980s intro to AC/DC classic Hells Bells.  While the current black metal band is certainly taking things to new extremes. And doing their own thing. Everything came from somewhere. And had AC/DC & many other dad rock dinosaurs not walked the earth first. Who knows what today's metal might sound like? 
All this from a couple of brothers. Who really only considered what they did as a supercharged version of the Rolling Stones?  But yeah even the Rolling Stones had they days of scaring the death out of church ladies. 
RIP George & Malcom Young , And Bon Scott !  Long Live ANGUS !!!  

Another interesting side note. A lot of people don't realize this. But Bon Scott was not AC/DC's original singer. They started out life as a Australian club act. With a singer named Dave Evans. Dave only sang for one year.  Only one 45 was released. Today its very rare & collectible. 

So through Youtube & My natural curiosity about this type of thing. I started checking this stuff out.  After Dave was replaced by Bon Scott.  The Young's later said He just did'nt fit in. He went on to have some mid 70s success. In Australia in a hard rock/glam rock act called Rabbit.  I checked some of this stuff out. I liked it ok.  Interesting anyway. Check it out. 

I have always wanted to check out Bon Scott's pre AC/DC stuff. Just have not yet done it.  Future read?   Thanks for reading this far.  




Black Bow Records

Here we have a five song split EP which features two doomy acts, one from England and the other from Ireland. Lets start with the obvious veterans, the SLOMATICS. This Irish trio has been around for over a decade delivering iron clad sludge rock via multiple releases (full lengths and short form). Their contribution here consists of three cuts, two long ones which bookend a short piano instrumental.

As far SLOMATICS sound goes to me they're like an Irish version of YOB. Think of that slow motion machine pushing out psych/sludge with plenty of sci-fi themes. Vocals are shouty in an echoing vein. All of this wants me to check out their most recent past release, Future Echo Returns, which also came out on Black Bow Records. Hey that's what short form releases are for. They're to give you a taste so that you'll want more and in this band's case I do.

Although I cannot say that's the same case for the other band sharing space on this EP. Now although I can't say what MAMMOTH WEED WIZARD BASTARDS' two songs bring here is bad. No it's decent but overwhelmingly cliche generic psych sludge with female vocals. The band started out in 2014 and after an opium bender which also consisted of listening to WINDHAND repeatedly, they sobered up and thought "hey we can do that." 

If I need to explain then MAMMOTH WEED WIZARD BASTARDS lay down two cuts of fuzzy droned out guitar, it's bass heavy and the vocals are of that haunting from a distance female variety. Add to that they're song lengths are overly drawn out. But hey if ya like that then you'll love em.

Sorry no Bandcamp link but here's some videos from both bands.

SCAPHISM - Unutterable Horrors review

SCAPHISM - Unutterable Horrors

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

SCAPHISM are a bunch of Massholes who think they can play death metal. Hey don't be offended, I'm originally from New Jersey and that's just the way we speak. It's not like I called Boston a shithole. I mean ya won a couple of World Series titles. Hey the Yankees can't win every year. But I digress....

SCAPHISM are a decent sounding USDM act who come across more like some Midwest acts from the past. First off they have a sickness to em, yeah those vocals, plus their tempos have combinations of thrash as well as grind. There's a low fi tech appeal going on as well be it the drum flourishing or the riff structures. 

I wasn't too thrilled with this release at first which by the way is the band's second full length. By the third time listening to this and allowing songs like "Vaults Of Pestilence" and of course "The Feaster From The Stars" to sink in I realized that their frantic pace reminds me of MACABRE to a degree. Maybe MASTER on speed. 

Either way it's punishing, enjoyable for the sheer fact that the drumming sounds like a crazed guy from a construction site wielding a nail-gun without the safety. sure they're still Massholes but damm they are good. Musically they've hit that sweet spot. You've got the basic death metal strides, the tech death aesthetics as well as the sickness whether it's in the vocals or the twisted riff patterns. The more you listen to this release the more you find cool things to like.

HUMAN SERPENT - For I, the Misanthropist review

HUMAN SERPENT - For I, the Misanthropist

Ogmios Underground

You know when I go to a band's website and am greeted with the words "The Perverted Level Of Motherfucking Nihilism" I know I'm going to like them. It's still early January and great black metal from all across the world is still coming into this blog like an ever flowing river of blood. Case in point here we have the latest release by Greek black metallers HUMAN SERPENT. The band are new to me but have been raising hell and misanthropy in the Hellenic black metal scene since 2013.

HUMAN SERPENT are a duo featuring X who is responsible for guitar, bass, vocals and lyrics. He's also in the blackened thrash act NECROWHORE who some strange reason I believe I'm familiar with. The drum work is supplied by I. Since 2013 they've been busy, putting out a demo, various split releases and two full lengths. On this their third full length the band mix good sounding old school style black metal with flourishes of melody and of course nihilistic fury.

On the whole For I, the Misanthropist is pure hateful black metal which is characteristic to the Hellenic style. But then again this isn't about style, instead it's ideology which fuels this duo. Yeah I read some things from their website. Musically the riffing is sharp and on certain cuts has a metallic chime that gives off a cool contrast to the fast paced drumming. On the first part of this album these guys let loose with amazing song structure twists. 

As much time that this band spends bludgeoning you there's always some undertone of melody seeping in that carries a song along. As far as X's vocals go, he's got this rough raspy tone and at certain times a bark that comes across as a I don't give a fuck about you vile attitude. It's very interesting to listen to this guy sing because I can't think of anyone similar at the moment. All in all this is a great release by a band that has brought Hellenic black metal back to a position of high standing.

VIOLENT OPPOSITION - Utopia/Dystopia review


Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Last February I reviewed this band's Courage And Conviction release which was also on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. So here we meet again almost a year to the date. I thought their last release was decent in a nostalgic way but I didn't care for their political axe to grind. 

Well it's 2018 and on this latest release VIOLENT OPPOSITION's brand of grindcore (plus a whole lot more) is less nostalgic and definitely matured. We're talking pure fuckin technical grind with enough tempo shifts to snap necks. Seriously I almost puked up my lunch during the song "False Scarcity". What was that, electronica? I can only say that this band took a few lessons from genre re-writers PIG DESTROYER. 

Utopia/Dystopia is certainly not an easy listen, then again try listening to it a dozen times in order to write about it. It's like being caught up in a intricate tornado of guitar riffs and punishing drum beats plus that bass work is phenomenal. You heard the term "death by a thousand cuts"? This is grind by a thousand tempo changes. 

Ya know I could care less of what they're singing (actually screaming, screeching, barking and growling) about. The technical proficiency (and remember I'm not into tech music) is so fuckin overwhelming, so tight and directed to target. When you reach the point of their final cut on here "Watch the End", you are thankful that it's slow dirgy death metal in execution. Yes you are breathing a sigh of relief. Anyone got some Tylenol?

Friday, January 12, 2018

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY - Misanthropical House review

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY - Misanthropical House

Fysisk Format

This is what I get for giving a punk band a good review last year. The floodgates open wide. You know I had a choice to check out some ambient doom act or this. I chose the latter. Ya know I told myself that I'd make better choices in 2018. I'm fuckin up. 

Be that as it may yes we're talking not metal here, this to me is punk fuckin rock. I'm sorta thankful for that. This is my first time listening to THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY. I'll give em props on the name. Also they've been around for a few years, at least part of this decade. I can honestly say these guys are truly Norwegian scum. They'll take that as a sign of pride.

Musically this is like TURBONEGRO meets the BEASTIE BOYS. It's sleaze with gang vocals, cool punk rock & roll with a sense of humor and plenty of soundbites from other media outlets. This band has been around so us in the states need a lift or at least an outlet into this nation because it seriously needs an injection. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY are that big beef dildo to shove up the asses of US anal retards. 

Ya know at first I didn't care for this, as many will, but then I got it. I've always said that TURBONEGRO brought the rock back into punk fuckin rock in the 90s. Here we go again with another Norwegian band teaching us what is cool. Now I need to check out their back catalog.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM / dusK Village Split review

ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM / dusK Village Split

Self Released

Hey it's 2018 and I'm still reviewing cassettes which is a throwback to 1998 when I was still doing a print zine. Go figure right but for those of you not in the know cassettes have made a comeback. Why I'll never understand. Be that as it may here we have a split from two bands laying down two tracks a piece. Look if we're gonna be nostalgic then you should've gone for a split 7"er, colored vinyl optional.

First off we have ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM who lay out two cuts. The first "Boiling Nails" sounds like David Yow, of JESUS LIZARD, fronting HELMET. Right now there's an old friend of mine, who use to publish a zine from Illinois (from Evansville?), who if he heard this his head would explode. Damm good song by the way. Their second cut is kinda a downer. It's starts out slow, sedate, then a woman starts clean singing in what I'd call a inspirational vocal display of 90's Indie pop metal via a distortion of shoegaze. 

The second band (?) dusK Village also supplies two cuts. The first, "Exolife Civilization Leak", sounds like a sludge band from Russia performing in a illegal Moscow underground disco. Where did I come up with that metaphor? Don't ask because I'm ex-military and I'd have to kill you after divulging such info. This band also likes their MY BLOODY VALENTINE influence which comes in at the end of the song. Their second cut "A Self Fan" is a sludgy punk number recalling the days of Touch & Go Records. Each band has a decent cut and an OK cut so I'm asking some label make this a vinyl release. 

By the way somebody pinch me because I think I'm in the 1990s again. The next thing you know is I'm going to hear the voice of an ex-girlfriend of mine call out from the bathroom asking for me to join her in the shower so she can blow me.