Sunday, April 14, 2013

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology comes in. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Magic Trash
This is what I like in a rock n' roll band. No way these are good guys. If they come to your town, don't let 'em in your house, they're gonna ruin your couch and steal your liquor and break your TV. But their gig will be fuckin' awesome. (K)

12. Sonic Scream 
You guys all know Billy Joel tried to commit suicide a few times way back when, right? If you want to push Billy over the edge again play him Sonic Scream. A band that prefers paint fumes to oxygen. Who needs brain cells? (S)

11. Death Rides a Horse
There's a lot of femme-fronted doom rock bands these days, which I'm totally into. I mean, who wants to stare at chubby dudes in corduroys, right? But straight-ahead metal, with a couple notable exceptions (Huntress!) remains mostly a sausage party. Enter Death Rides a Horse, a (fittingly) galloping NWOBHM-inspired band from Denmark with a powerful female screamer up front. Heavy shit done right. They've got a killer EP out called "Tree of Woe". That's what they make couches-of-woe out of, you know. (K)

10. Owiny Sigoma Band
Kenyan Afro chants mixed with British electro grooves. What's not to love? Righteously mellow. (S)

9. Haunts of the Very Rich
Trippy, doomy 1972 TV movie of the week about a bunch of rich assholes who are either at a luxury hotel or in hell. They're trying to figure it out. Starring Lou Grant, Phyllis, Honey West, and Donna Mills! A total downer, would go great with an Electric Wizard soundtrack (K)

8. The Heavy Eyes
A new album from the Heavy Eyes. Memphis, buffalos, bell bottoms, bong hits….all that shit rules. (S)

7. Biters - Hallucination Generation
It's been a while since I've heard a sleaze-rock band that really got me going, but these shaggy-haired MFs get it right. Not only is Hallucination Generation a rocking, hook-heavy, Dead Boys-y jam, but the video is a spot-on homage to They Live. Plus, it's got tits. Can't ask for much more of out three minutes, can you? (K)

6. Tom Cat
Look at these crazy kids! Raised on rock in the outer regions of Slovenia. A land that still releases things only on CD. That's how crazy they are!! (S)

5. Lydia Lunch - Trust the Witch
If, like many, you thought that Lydia Lunch angried herself to death somewhere in the 90's, I have good news for you. The no-wave destruction queen actually moved to N'awlins, formed a crazy-hot stoner/demonblooze band, and released a smoking album, Trust the Witch. Of course, it would probably horrify 80's Lydia to find out that modern-day Lydia is now penning sub-Junkyard lyrics like "Playing a game called ballin' the jack, got my money in pocket and my aces stacked", but what the hell, the 80' s me would be horrified to find out all my fuckin' hair fell out, too. Anyway, bad-ass album! (K)

4. BB Estas Muerto
What is it about purple and black? The new rock gestapo colors? First The Bloody Hammers and now BB Estas Muerto, I think it translates to BB Is Dead. I can't tell if I actually like this but I'm drawn in by the colors, man. Hailing from Argentina, you can skip the slower songs but the fast ones sizzle like the very delicious steak that they are famous for down there.  (S)

3. White Hell
If you're looking to while away an afternoon immersed in demonology, I suggest you check out this great and thorough list of first wave black metal bands compiled by a fastidious metal warrior who calls himself SkunkSpritz. Although I'm sure there's a few that were overlooked, it's still pretty impressive. I mean, he's even got the fuckin' Antichrist demo on here. Some of the bands/titles were completely unknown to me, and my favorite new discovery from the list is the 1985 "Lucifer" single by White Hell. White Hell are listed as a Japanese band, but they don't sound remotely Japanese. They sound like a long-lost NWOBHM band that aims to be more obnoxious (and more Satanic, if that's possible) than Venom. Who the fuck knows exactly what's happening here, but I fuckin' love it, regardless of where it came from. Just totally and irredeemably disgusting. (K)

2. The Fume
The jam of the weekend! This Weekend! Every Weekend!!  (S)

1. RIP Annette
Advanced Demonology loves Annette. Always. We miss her, she died. (K)

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