Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Duobetic Homunkulus - Cásti a Mechanismy Stroju (2006)

Here's a demo from a totally strange Czech death metal outfit. This band is ex-!T.O.O.H!, an excellent death/grind band whose albums I used to own until I lent them to some thieving idiot friend of mine. Anyway, this band is really weird and they fucking destroy. I don't know what else to say. This will fuck with your head. Eat some drugs and download it.

By the way, these tracks were made available for free by the band because they're such nice guys, so buy their full length when it comes out soon!

Confessor - Condemned (1991)

Here's some doom metal... I guess. This album is pretty weird, especially in the vocal department. I cant think of any band I'd compare Confessor with, but the off beat nature of the drums sort of reminds me of a precursor to Meshuggah or something at times - not that I know what I'm talking about, I don't know shit about music theory. Anyway try this album out. Chances are you haven't heard anything quite like it.

Mörser - Two Hours to Doom (1997)

Here's some fucking insane German hardcore shit. This album is a shining example of what's come to be known as "bremen style" hardcore or the "per koro sound." It's sort of like a marriage between 90s metallic hardcore and aggressive, tremolo-picked European "screamo" riffs that seem to hum out of the speakers. Don't let the emo reference put you off- this is about as scathing and wimp-free as music gets. Two Hours to Doom is so blazing fast that its basically grindcore, and if memory serves this band has 4 vocalists and 2 bass players. Ridiculous, amazing album. Your head will be spinning. Get it now.

K-Rino - Triple Darkness Vol. 2 (The Lyrics)

Here's one of my favorite albums by my favorite rapper. This is available on a bunch of other blogs, but what the hell - most of the Burning Minds readership haven't heard this, and thats a crime. K-Rino sits easily among the nastiest lyricists of all time. He's been in the game for over 20 years, has about as many albums, and is the founder of H-town supergroup the South Park Coalition. Yet somehow he is still underrated as fuck. Triple Darkness Vol. 2 is his 2nd album (of 4 total) from 2008, released on his own label Black Book International (so-called after the black binders in which he scribbles his material). This album is full of extremely clever wordplay, complex multi- and meta-rhymes, unusual vocabulary, hilarious punchlines, and plenty of devil-hating Nation of Islam theology. Straight hard-hitting lyrical skillz the way hip hop ought to be - proof that the South can make conscious rap just as good or better than anything from Queensbridge or Brooklyn. If you enjoy lyrical rap you need to get this right now. You'll thank me.