Fascinating Things : Issue 35

More news bites from the side of the music industry which doesn’t get into the mainstream media……..

The launch event for the debut album by The Deadline Shakes has been announced.  If you’re in Glasgow, or nearby,  it is at St. Lukes, the “recently opened and beautifully restored Grade B listed building which showcases all the original features of what was originally St Luke’s Parish Church” on Sat 21st November.  If you can’t make it, how about a live version of new single Frozen Out, shot in the Shakes’ “Den” where the album was recorded?

The band release a double A side single ‘Frozen Out / Sweeten the Deal’   on 22nd November.  The debut album ‘Zealots’ is out Sunday 29th November on cd and digital via Scottish label Flowers In The Dustbin and has already been featured on the Aural Delights podcast.

Sydney’s kings of “power violence” Michael Crafter have just released a split live (with Frame 313) which you can download as pay what you want or grab a cassette for $(Aus)5. It is their 22nd release since their formation in 2009, and is stuffed full of the usual cocktail of metallic hardcore punk with a grindcore edge.

There are three new albums from the metal end of the Fascinating Things in-box this week:

  • “Intransigence” is the debut from San Antonio based death-metal band Abhorrent.   The band features current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Absurdist and The Faceless and was formed in 2007 by guitarist Marlon Friday and drummer Lyle Cooper. They released three-song demo in 2009 before a hiatus while members focused on other projects. In 2014, vocalist Nick Brown and bassist Erlend Caspersen joined and the band recorded the debut album.  It’s a full on death metal spectacular and fans of the genre should be impressed.
  • In the same musical area, another progressive death metal supergroup is Contrarion who release “Polemic” on Willowtop.  The band includes drummer George Kollias (Nile), guitarists Brian Mason (Sulaco) and Leon Macey (Mithras), vocalist Cody McConnell (Goemagot), and guitarist Jim Tasikas and bassist Ed Paulsen, both from the New York-based progressive metal fusion act Delirium Endeavor. It’s a 32 minute eight song blast of epic death metal.
  • The highlight of the trio is the excellent “One Foot In The Flesh Grave” by Wailin’ Storms  released on Magic Bullet which features a fascinating mixture of doom punk and swamp rock. Again rolling in at 32 minutes (is this a new industry standard?) this seven song release manages to create a fresh new sound by combining several differing genres.
Wailin Storms (photograph by Mark Maya)
Wailin Storms (photograph by Mark Maya)

Manchester UK two piece “turbo-proggers”  Cleft are going on tour next week with Vennart (ex-Oceansize) and Knifeworld.  All three will be at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on 25th November.  Go to their Bandcamp page and you can pick up digital versions all five of their releases to date for the ridiculous price of  74 pence!  The band are currently working on their second album.



Doom Punk and Swampy Rock

Wailin’ Storms
One Foot In The Flesh Grave
Magic Bullet Records
Release: 20 November 2015

The debut LP from  Wailin Storms, which follows on from the impressive “Shiver” EP from earlier in the year, is remarkably good.

Originally formed in Corpus Christi, Texas, the  band moved east and ended up in Durham, North Carolina. The band creatively merges doom punk and swampy rock, led by ominous, blues-driven vocals reminiscent of Danzig and Samhain, whilst musically carved from the Southern American East Coast with emotive nods to Destruction Unit, Clockleaner, Unsane and Pussy Galore.  For older listeners there are elements of early Sabbath, The Doors vocally, and delivery wise UK post punk/pre-goth walls of sound, sometimes dark and bleak, but always celebratory in volume and commitment.

Photo Credit : Mark Maya Photography

Recorded and mixed at Warrior Sound, by Al Jacob and mastered by Carl Saff, the bold production of the album pushes the bending, wayward guitars and thick rumbling of the percussive end out heavily alongside the non-stop dynamic lead and supplementary vocal performances. Completed with artwork by Bruno Guerreiro of Decibel magazine, One Foot In The Flesh Grave demands your attention.  Utterly wonderful and lacking any restraint this is one of the strongest albums I have heard this year.  The mix of punk paced rock with a the blues swamp sound is fascinating, the songs are great and the playing is very good indeed.

Magic Bullet Records issue One Foot In The Flesh Grave on all digital platforms as well as both red and clear vinyl pressings on November 20th.  Vinyl preorders are also still pending, but digital preorders are available early at Bandcamp .

Photo Credit - Thomas Hudson
Photo Credit – Thomas Hudson

And if you missed it, the bands Autumn tour trailer is below:

Wailin Storms are:
Mark Oates – drums
Todd Warner – lead guitar, backup vocals
Justin Storms – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Stanczyk – bass, backup vocals