August 10, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Nephren-ka: The Fall of Omnius'

Nephren-Ka – The Fall of Omnius (2013)

Kaotoxin Records

Review by Jude Felton

The last death metal album that I reviewed from Kaotoxin Records was the quite excellent opus from Ad Patres. Well, now they have another monster on their hands, with The Fall of Omnius, from French band Nephren-ka. This release has more than patched up the space left by Darkall Slaves’ departure from the French label. Quite simply put; this is a damned monster.

Filthy Music Review - 'Haiduk: Spellbound'

Haiduk – Spellbound (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Whether it be music or movies, there are always comments out there, in the ether, that there is nothing good coming out any more. I beg to differ. There is so much exciting new music, in particular, that I rarely find time to get to all of it. This makes it a lot tougher, for me, when it comes to choosing what to review, and what not to, as I rarely waste my time, or yours, on covering material that I don’t like. Spellbound is no exception.

August 9, 2013

Filthy Music Review - Necrotic Disgorgement: Documentaries of Dementia'

Necrotic Disgorgement - Documentaries of Dementia (2013)

Comatose Music

Review by Wayne Simmons

When it comes to death metal, there’s brutality and then there’s NECROTIC DISGORGEMENT. These boys knock the goreometer up to 11, and then some.

Take their second release, Documentaries of Dementia, for instance: it’s an album about serial killers. We’re not talking Michael Myers here, either, we’re talking the real deal: Fred and Rosemary West (Conceived for Incest), Joe Clark (Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction), Lawrence Bittaker (Icepick Ear Sodomy) etc. And just in case the cover (basically, a ‘spot the song title’ collage of grimness) isn’t warning enough, there’s always the intro to the album, a sample taken from the tape David Parker Ray played for his victims before torturing them.

And no, it’s not a reconstruction…

Musically, the album’s every bit as punishing. Each track is drilled into your brain by way of Jason Trecazzi and Phil Good’s rhythm section, blast beats unrelenting during the 40 odd minutes running time. Deskins and Tipton’s guitar rides perfectly over the top, dark and brooding yet never stagnant; there are plenty of riffs and grooves to unearth (even a little wah-wah courtesy of track 2, Pincushion Pussy!).  And then there’s Jimmy Javins’ vocals which manage to stride that difficult line between being aggressive enough and concise enough to bleed some melody out.

This is top shelf stuff.

Highlights for me include Icepick Ear Sodomy, a catchy behemoth of a track spanning several kick ass tempo changes and more hooks than an abattoir, and Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction, a tight-as-fuck punky number that slams your ass all the way to hell and back. But every track’s a winner; there are no fillers here or moments where you know someone’s half-assing it. No trace of duffness at all.

With almost a decade between this and their previous release, debut album Suffocated in Shrinkwrap, you would hope that it was time well spent at Castle Necrotic and you’d be right: DOD delivers the goods and shows a band totally in command of its sound and direction.

Track listing:

1. Intronitiation
2. Pincushion Pussy
3. Conceived for Incest
4. Postmortem Fluid Evacuation
5. Crack Whore Compost
6. Anal Trauma
7. Icepick Ear Sodomy
8. Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction
9. Defecation Delicacy
10. He Wears the Flesh

Documentaries of Dementia is released by Comatose Records and can be purchased here.

August 7, 2013

Filthy Giveaway - 'The Initiation' DVD - Closed

On Monday Arrowdrome released the rather fun slasher flick The Initiation onto DVD, through their Arrowdrome imprint. Now you cheepy chaps, and chappettes, can get your grubby mitts on a copy for free! Yes, Arrow have kindly supplied 3 copies of the Region 2 DVD, for me to give away. You can check out my review here, if you so desire, and read on for details of how to win.

August 6, 2013

Get ready for a 'Reality Check'!

Some news just in on an upcoming time travel flick from Producer Todd E. Freeman, entitled Reality Check. Written, and soon to be directed, by Chris Buchal, the film is soon to go into production, and I'll have more news as I get it. In the meantime, check out the press release below, which also has a link to the film's website.

Who's up for some 'Drinking Games'?

Coming to DVD on August 20th, from Believe Limited, is the new psychological thriller, Drinking Games. The sex, booze and drugs will flow, as college students find themselves isolated after a blizzard hits. I'll be reviewing the film, which is directed by Ryan Gielen, this weekend, but in the meantime you can check out full details, as well as the trailer, after the break.

August 5, 2013

Filthy Review - 'The Initiation'

The Initiation (1984)

Review by Jude Felton

Step into the cult arena, once more my friends. Yes indeed, this is the latest release from Arrowdrome, and it’s a welcome one for me. If you know me, or even if you don’t, you’ll know that I’m a huge slasher fan. Maybe I should reword that; I’m a huge fan of old school slasher flicks from the late 70s and early 80s. There’s something about the naivety of the characters, the ridiculous situations and of course the gratuitous gore and nudity. They were simple and damned good fun. And this one stars Daphne Zuniga, damn it!

Filthy Review - 'Do Not Disturb'

Do Not Disturb (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

There were two reasons that Do Not Disturb jumped out at me, and in turn made me want to review it, and both starred in two classics from the 80s’. First off, there’s Corey Haim, who we all know and love from The Lost Boys, and then, more interestingly, is Stephen Geoffreys, who lit up the screen in Fright Night, before going off to do his thing (quite literally). Sure, there was also 976-Evil, which was fun, but it is his turn as Evil Ed that we all remember.

August 4, 2013

Filthy Review - 'The King of the Streets'

The King of the Streets (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

If you take a wee gander at the accompanying artwork for Well Go’s release of Yue Song and Zhong Lei’s The King of the Streets, you might be forgiven for thinking you’ll be getting some sort of Tekken-style movie. Well rest assured, you are not. You’re actually getting something far better than that; this is a visual fight feast extravaganza, with a little depth to it.

Filthy Review - 'West of Memphis'

West of Memphis (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

The three Paradise Lost documentaries took a long hard look at the case of the West Memphis 3, of the three young men who were imprisoned for the Robin Hood murders back in 1993. They brought to light, more so than anywhere else, the fact that the three imprisoned did not commit the crimes of which they were convicted. They were fascinating and heartbreaking viewing, and highly recommended.

Filthy Review - 'Aftershock'

Aftershock (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Love him, hate him, or be completely indifferent, there’s no denying Eli Roth’s impact on the horror genre. Sure, he had a little help along the way, but he’s dragged it kicking and screaming into the more mainstream consciousness; especially with the Hostel franchise. Often credited, or discredited, with being one of those that brought torture porn horror into the world (did everyone else miss the cinema of the 70s’?), he’s one busy bee, and Aftershock is his latest foray into horror.