Saturday, 26 May 2012

Mansonic Parasites!

Helta Skelta have been kicking around for several years, but only seem to have become more organised and active this year with the release of their self titled LP. I did catch one of their early shows but haven't had a chance to catch the rejuvenated band live yet. They play a mix of fast, loose, punk influenced hardcore. There is such a great fun vibe to this band, the riffs are so catchy and some could easily have slipped onto one of those garage punk records that were so popular 2 years ago. I have a complete (to my knowledge) cassette collection of theirs:

From left to right: Alternate Cover of Parasite, Parasite Demo and the Cassette version of the LP (available in limited numbers when you ordered the LP). Purchase the LP over at Helta Skelta Bigcartel & download the Parasite demo here.

Aquatic Equine

Drowning Horse are quite simply one of the best bands in Australia at the moment. Absolutely punishing live, they play a mix of drone/doom. Think Grief, Corrupted or Ocean. I picked up their live tape a while ago and I continue to listen to it on a semi regular basis. Perfect cacophonous and epic doom. Comes on a very cool pro-dubbed purple cassette (pic below).

Musicially this release reminds me heavily of Buried at Sea (whose 2007 Ep 'Ghost' is highly recommended). You can download pretty much their entire discography (including this tape) over at Drowning Horse. While you are there make sure you download "Live at Seizan". For a taste of the live experience there are a few performance clips on youtube, but it loses some of it's power without the experience of a live setting. I urge you to check them out if you get the opportunity. I also urge you to bring earplugs.   

Friday, 4 May 2012

All In Deep Shit

Picked this up on Ebay along with a couple of other cassettes:
I had been hoping to add this to my collection for a while, but it kept blowing up out of my price range. Highly recommended raging fastcore bordering on grindcore featuring future and ex-members of a whole bunch of great bands (inc. Extortion, Jaws). Read more (and download) over at Dullsville.

Inside the J-card is an amusing handscrawled note to Dan: