genre: Thrash Punk
notes: Drooling Slits were a short lived thrash punk/power-violence band from Kansas City, Missouri. They were just high school kids that used music as an outlet for hating school and social awkwardness. They’re really good friends of mine and this post is way overdue. When they broke up it was a sad day for me and our local punk scene. Get this no matter what kind of music you listen to.
Drooling Slits – Discography (2010)
Meat Truck Mix Tape – Suicide Is The Answer (2010)
bitrate: 320 kBit/s
genre: Death Metal/Grindcore
notes: Here’s something very different from what I usually post but it was kindly submitted. I don’t have a wide range to or experience with any types of metal or grindcore so I don’t have a lot to compare this with. But it’s pretty fucking cool. Meat Truck Mix Tape is a solo project by Vladimir Gutterslut (thanks for the links!) from Kenosha, WI. I’m impressed by the fact that this a solo project. It’s definitely an interesting release worth checking out if you’re into metal! Just look at that fucking album cover, come on.
The Number 12 Looks Like You – Worse Than Alone (2009)
With their fourth release Worse Than Alone (2009), The Number 12 Looks Like You has added a dynamic which most math core bands seem to lack; structure. Considering the commercial success of Mongrel (2007), it is no wonder the band have sought refinement in their sound. Opening track ‘Glory Kingdom’ noticeably departs from previous efforts and sets the focus of the entire album. Gone is the spasmodic call and response twin vocal assault; an integral element to earlier albums, now replaced by gang vocals and shouts rather than screams. Gone is the varied use of time signature within individual songs; now contained within tight individual structures, time changes complement the overall sound rather than act to disrupt and jar the listener.
This is not to say however that the album is in any means inferior to previous efforts. The bands new approach allows for some truly memorable moments that are as devastating, if not more so, as previous efforts. ‘To Catch a Tiger’s song structure revolves around repeated guitar patterns that start as powerful, hard rock breakdowns and which descend into heavy, hardcore breakdowns all the while punctuated by gang vocals. ‘Marvin’s Jungle’ on the other hand, allows the band to incorporate elements of punk- rock for a surprisingly joyous conclusion.
Despite this the band still retains their trademark sound on some tracks. ‘The Garden’s All Nighters’ is perhaps the best example of this. Shifting from layers of highly complex progressive metal to beautifully constructed jazz interludes; the song purposefully acts as an homage to Mongrel whilst remaining distinct enough to coordinate with the refined sound of the new album on the whole.
Highly energised and distinctly different in tone and direction, Worse Than Alone shows how even the most innovative bands can expand upon a sound they themselves created. The Number 12 Looks Like You have created a worthy follow up to 2007’s Mongrel that builds upon the complex math-core elements of previous albums and refines them into something wholly more powerful.
The Number 12 Looks Like You – Worse Than Alone
1. Glory Kingdom
2. Given Life
3. To Catch A Tiger
4. Marvin’ Jungle
5. The Garden’s All Nighters (Slothbear’s Top Track)
6. If They Holler, Don’t Let Go
7. Retort, Rebuild, Remind
8. The League of Endangered Oddities
10. I’ll Make My Own Hours
VA – Werewolves/Call Me Betty – Split (2008)
01 Werewolves – Fear The Wolf
02 Werewolves – Kephanie Stuckich
03 Werewolves – Until She Took My Legs, I Loved Her
04 Call Me Betty – Piranjas
05 Call Me Betty – Goodbye Homo Sapiens
06 Call Me Betty – Commandos & Pssccchhhh
bitrate: 176 kBit/s (VBR)
And Then The Dead Girl Screamed – Demo (xxxx)
01. Kiss Me With A Hammer
02. That ‘Ole September Mourning
03. And Then She Was Gone
04. Love the Way You Wear That Casket
bitrate: 96 kBit/s
notes: Bad quality but rare and strange shit.
Call Me Betty – Der Gini-Koeffizient (2007)
01 about kids, porn pants & as I lay dying
02 make my day oh skelleton warrior
03 alibabas fernbedienung
04 52 tequila
05 macgyvers vokuhila
bitrate: 128 kBit/s
notes: Thank you, Tom!
25 Dollar Massacre – The 2 Years Ago EP (2006)
01. Sometimes holes get deeper
03. Moby Dick
04. Unconditional meaning never
05. Letters never written can never be sent
bitrate: 320 kBit/s