December 28, 2012

MIXTAPE: You gotta have Integrity

Integrity is one of the big 4 of hardcore in my humble opinion (along with Strife, Snapcase and Earth Crisis), but the one with the darkest edge. Cleveland, OH based originally and now founding singer Dwid and his co-conspirator are pretty much based overseas. They are totally independent now (no more Victory Records bullshit) and pretty much just put music out on their own terms and however the fuck they want, whenever they want. The way it should be. Total art.

The flier below was from a show I went to in 2003. The one and only time I saw Integrity live. It was at Xtreme Wheels in Buffalo, which is a former public school building turned into an indoor skate and BMX park. While the band was playing in one third of the venue, little punk kids that didn’t even seem to know a legendary band was playing were skating and biking on vert ramps and grinding on rails in the other part – with the lights fully on. Most bizarre venue set up I’ve ever seen. I wondered – what the hell was wrong with these kids??? In my day skate kids were into Suicidal and DRI, and Misfits, and punk and early thrash – and, well, anything loud. These kids were just oblivious. Oh well. Me and the other 30 dudes saw one hell of great Integrity show. And me and AW hit this old man bar before the show that gave us one of my best ever bar stories. “Keep moving” the old bag barked at us.

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December 9, 2012

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.12

Time once again to get Bitchin’. Listen here and you will be too. Cheers mates.

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 Liner Notes:

  • Aff Natu – a little bit “balls to the wall” 80s sounding – in a good way; with some great riffing
  • Bad B – newish, with a killer drum sound
  • Bk Sab – one of my favorites that is off the beaten mainstream path
  • Brnx – great, great song. Thx Metal Bastard for reminding me their original heavy side is just as great as the mariachi
  • COC – I love this album. Only one with this killer singer. Saw them live on this tour at (RIP) Buffalo’s Continental bar
  • DeerT – Just a great rock song
  • Every Time – this is my all-time favorite song by these chaps from Buffalo. God damn this song is so awesome.
  • Greenry – great voice; great repeat chorus
  • Integty- man, if I ain’t winning you over/back on these guys, just leave now.
  • Leaders – crazy heavy in music and vocals. Back half of the song just rips you apart
  • Metllca- yeah I can see why they left this song off their last full length. What??? Fucking crazy! Best riff they’ve done in 15 years. Song was too long though. This is my edit. You’re welcome.
  • ND – early gem from these badasses
  • Pigsty – pure grind face ripper
  • RayM – I just can’t get over how smoothly awesome this mellow dude is. This song gives me that chills thing
  • Shin Shin – probably the best song on this god forsaken mix. Fuck!
  • Scase – I’ve said my piece here
  • Withdrwl – I like old school hardcore and new. This is the new standard

Bizarro Christmas

Sorry for being away. The Christmas season is here. Check out this from last year. 10 songs you probably don't have. Some that are quite bizarre. Maybe next year I'll actually post my full blown 140+ Christmas Mix monster. But this will tide you over.

Stay frosty.

October 27, 2012

MIXTAPE: Six Feet Underrated

My brother said they were “too basic”. Simple death metal songs with simple hooks and solos that are not complex. Well yeah! That’s what makes Six Feet Under great. Plus you’ve got Chris Barnes, one of the true pioneer death metal vocalists of all time. Dude was on the ground floor – no, make that the underground basement - of the very movement of death metal.

Gun to my head and I have to pick one guy as my all-time death metal singer – it’s Barnes. Sick as hell lyrics, hits the highs and the guttural lows, has the long, sustained yell when needed and has a sinister, hunched over mysterious stage presence.

Barnes and guitarist Steve Swanson are really the only mainstays currently in the band. The names and the band connections of the cast of personnel is extensive – from Cannibal Corpse and Obituary to Massacre, Death and Chimaira.

They are perhaps the most underrated, under appreciated death metal band with a history that is now approaching 20 years.
It may be simple, but I’ll just say,it’s simply good. Enjoy.

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Liner Notes:
  • Beneath: from the first album – which is my favorite of theirs. Allen West nails an evil tone.
  • Bring Bud: Barnes is very accessible as “rock star”. The guy replies to his fans on very regular basis on Twitter (@sixfeetofficial). Is this the real title of a song that was a hidden extra at the end of the CD? It sure as hell is because before Twitter I emailed the band asking the song name and Barnes replied, “that one’s called bringer of bud”.
  • D-Klaat: killer, absolutely killer Steve Swanson riff as the basis of this song.
  • Decomp: my little edit with a little repeat effect for a snippet song that I think rocks better than the real song.
  • Grinder: Judas Priest cover. I don’t think a band has laid down more cover songs in the studio than SFU. Love it.
  • Lycan: machine-gun slow riff. Nice job Allen. Understated bass laying down the foundation in this song is awesome.
  • Night V: Barnes shows off his entire vocal repertoire on this ditty. Love how he hits a trailing off, almost third gear when he sings “before I wake”
  • Non-exist: what a chorus. Best lyric of his career?
  • Tomo V: the epitome of the slow chug of the first album. The kind of song you can hear playing when after the family leaves and the grave diggers are slowly lowering the casket into the earth. Those guys might not be playing this at that moment, but it’s playing as the soundtrack in the movie.
  • War Coming: my favorite SFU song. A death metal masterpiece. What a powerfully delivered chorus. Then he hits the best drawn out “Warrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….” at the 1:35 mark – followed immediately by a sinister sounding guitar groove. Killer


September 27, 2012

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.11

Yeah? Yeah?? You know what???? This is bitchin’ – bitch. Enjoy.

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  • Prng: I was soooo into this band and this album. Sooooo reminds me of newly achieved post-highschool for me.
  • Bldlet: raw as hell voice; and interesting as fuck “artcore” that oozes heavy. I just made up that artcore shit.
  • BlkDah: I made this little splice. Been using it for years in my mixes cuz it gives you the killer hook from the intro track and blends beautifully into the best track on the debut slayer
  • Hlmet: this whole album is so damn great. I’d call the sound “punchy”
  • TA: get more here
  • Slyr: this is now 22 years old and it sounds fresh as hell. The video (love the beginning with the door shutting) is for me the standard in metal videos.
  • Austin: if you like this killer ditty – and you like my country-fried sensibility, then check this out.
  • ND: they always do this. The Jap bonus tracks left off the proper releases end up being some of my favs (probably cuz they’re not “grind” enough; whatever).
  • COC: perhaps my favorite of this album. Only album with Karl Agell, who is now doing more of a southern straight on rock thing. Great voice on this album.
  • MdCps: save the hipster labels. Good song.
  • Etts: again, I’m generally not into singers that are broads, but….
  • Katy: screw you JS – this band is great. You just don’t like death metal. And this here is serious death metal with one of the best drummers.
  • Hk numb3: awesome, awesome, awesome. Clearly this song is speaking of him, his poppa and grandpappy.

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August 30, 2012

MIXTAPE: The Patton Office

If you are a fan of this guy, like I obviously am, this here mixtape should be a real dandy for you. This list has pretty much taken me 12 years to compile. A lotta digging. A lotta buying. A lotta respect for this guy. Can hit really any note on the vocal register – from beautiful to death metal. Here’s to him (and you for checking in).

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August 1, 2012

MIXTAPE: Slayer!!!!!!!!!!

Not much I can say about this band. As they’ve said recently in an interview describing what you can expect with their upcoming album: “pretty much the same record we’ve put out the last 30 years.”

Sounds good.

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July 2, 2012

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.10

Here’s a beaut for ya. Quite a bit of Buffalo roots in this one. Enjoy.

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Liner Notes:
  • Minist – Senor: crazy heavy beginning with a great groove. About as straight ahead metal as it gets for this band.
  • Snapcase: one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands.
  • Malev – Slghterhse: From their latest. Death metal pioneers been at is since early 90s
  • Beach – John B: my friend J played this on his mix at a weekend gathering. At first I was like, “whatever” – but this song quickly grew on me. One of my favs by these Bums
  • Slugfest: more Buffalo, NY heroes. Heavy hardcore with the snappiest drums you’ll find.
  • Bad R – Believe: more newish music of pioneer bands. Killer.
  • MisIndx: It all ties together. I saw this band open for Malevolent and I was blown away, particularly by the drummer. This song is so damn catchy.
  • TA – SpringF: I already gave this band some major love and I would say for me, this song is top 5 of theirs.
  • MLIW - Stagger: The voice, the slow melody, the story. This song has it all. Another one introduced by J – and is since on every one of my party mixes.
  • Rapper guy who likes weed: This song is so awesome. Add it to every one of your party mixes – whether the audience likes metal, rap or Barry Manilow.
  • Studeny: Riff o rama. Nuff said.
  • Rhino: Buffalo hardcore. Great, great voice. Chugga-chugga heavy.
  • Vict – End: one of my all time favorites. That’s why it was in my one year best of.
  • Zombie – 65: forgot about this song? Well wake up and put it back on. So punchy.
  • Campfire Killers: Can’t tell you much about this band (other than they call themselves the Dukes of Scandinavian Hillbilly Trash). I found it on either Chunklet and/or Metal/Monkey Bastard about 5 years ago and EVERYBODY I play this song for digs it. It’s heavy AND cowboy. Try to do that. Ahh, fuck it. Just enjoy it.
  • Alexander: not heavy. Just awesome.

June 14, 2012

Island of Misfits-Danzig.

You’ve read the weird news reports on Danzig. The pile of bricks in front of his house. The setup knockout punch. The odd, macabre items in his house. His hatred for having his picture taken. His love of see-through mesh shirts.

But the guy rocks. If you forgot that, or have never really been exposed, here is a great primer. I avoided most of the songs that Metallica has covered. What’s here are mostly fast paced, punk-fueled gems and a few Elvis-influenced (dare I say) crooneresque numbers that dot the man’s catalog.

History crash course: original singer/founder of Misfits (1977-1983); Samhain (1984-1987); Danzig (1987-current)

So take your shirt off, get angry and listen to this you fucking Misfit…

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June 12, 2012

Seth Putnam - Anal Cunt - 1 year later

Okay, looks like Seth really DID die a year ago. Although I'm sure he's the next hologram performer they're pumping millions of dollars into (move over Elvis).

Read my tribute from last June...

June 7, 2012

Year One wonder.

One year ago today I started this. The stats say the hits are there and people are downloading the goods. A grand total of 33 comments from 7 people. Shout outs to what I consider my good cyber friend Metal Bastard and fellow appreciators chris_c and chris_dmt (who may be the same dude).

Regardless, I may not be prolific in my output but I hope you like the music. After all, that’s what it’s about – appreciating, gaining exposure to and sharing good music (mostly underground). I intend to keep after it as we start year two.

Today’s double mix is sort of a best of. Much comes from the past year of posts, but many aren’t. So grab it.

MIX A – are songs that really, really do it for me. My crazy-good best of.
MIX B – are songs that are A1 in their own right. But not everything makes MIX A.

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Not one song in either of these mixtapes are fluff.

Onward people. Cheers.


Twitter: @kielbasage

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May 5, 2012

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.9

Sorry for the delay in – well, anything.  I was on the toilet and fell in. Back to the music that is Bitchin’. Enjoy.

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Liner Notes:
  • Toxic – these (this guy) looks ridiculous, but this slays.
  • ND – from their last album (before the new one). Heaviest number on the record. 
  • Killing Insd – Love these Brothers. Such groove on this second album.
  • Bloodl – Slow heavy the way it should be.
  • Dy Fet – The song that opened my eyes to this band. Originally reminded me of Napalm “Harmony Corruption” era. Since, I know DF owns this style.
  • Krn – my all time fav song by this band – from their debut album.
  • Down – I’m listening to this and I’m once again 21, when it came out. Washing my car in my mom’s driveway. Smoking a cigarette. I’m a badass.
  • Rolling – not huge on this band, but this here is my fav by them.
  • Dicks – back when I was first on Napster (ground floor baby) – this band was the name I’d always use to see if someone had “the shit”. If this band came up – game on
  • 16 – not even sure how to qualify this one. Just solid rock.
  • Unbroke – thanks JS for this band. This song is so heavy. And, you’ve never heard it. Real hardcore.
  • Integ – riff-o-rama.
  • Misf – okay – get past Glenn and embrace the new version of this band. This song is BY FAR the best song this band has done with either singer. Give it a chance.  
  • Slay – I always liked this song but then a friend played it at a gathering where we were in “the zone”. I heard it again, and man, did I hear it. Fav song by this band now. That first 3 minutes rules.
  • D Angel – remember the video? No? Look it up. These guys from the far east know the deal, and so should you. 1990.  Yep.

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