November 9, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Pestilence: Obsideo'

Pestilence - Obsideo (2013) 

Candlelight Records

Review by Trevor Proctor

Since entering the studio in 2009 after a 16 year break Dutch tech death metallers Pestilence have failed to impress as much as they did earlier in their career with genre busting albums such as Testimony of the Ancients & even Spheres, though in fairness Spheres & it’s jazz fusion caused a bit of a stir on its release. Produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli Obsideo is the 3rd studio album since ’09 & features a new bass player, George Maier & also a new drummer, David Haley from Australian technical death band Psycroptic.

Filthy Review - 'Night of the Comet'

Night of the Comet (1984)

Review by Jude Felton

Once again Scream Factory step up to the plate and deliver a shiny new edition of a cult classic. This time it is the turn of Night of the Comet, a film with quite the following, not to mention one that is firmly stuck in the 80s. Hell, I doubt it could be more 80s if it tried. But then again, it is a product of its era, and one that was due for an updated release.

Filthy Review - 'Ip Man: The Final Fight'

Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

Let’s just preface this review by stating that I doubt very much that The Final Fight will actually be the final fight. The Ip Man franchise, through the good and bad, has been quite successful and more often than not delivered some fine films. Due to this I fully expect to see another Ip Man in the not so distant future, as let’s face it no one mines a franchise more so than in Asian cinema; just look at the Ringu series of films.

November 8, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Vastum: Patricidal Lust'

Vastum – Patricidal Lust (2013)

20 Buck Spin

Review by Jude Felton

Death metal, by its very nature, tends to deal with, well, death basically. Whether it is a splattery gore-soaked affair, or something a little more cerebral, there is a heavy focus on the end of life. Sure, many bands have expanded the lyrical, and visual, output over the years, but the reaper is never too far away. San Francisco’s Vastum, on their second album, Patricidal Lust, have approached their lyrical content away from what might be expected, yet have still gone to a very dark and disturbing place.

Filthy Music Review - 'Sperm Donor: Accidental Incest'

Sperm Donor – Accidental Incest (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

New Haven’s Sperm Donor has a wicked sense of humor, in case you hadn’t guessed. However, they don’t let this get in the way of penning some damned fine tunes. Humor in music is just fine and dandy, just as long as it isn’t the focus of the band’s output. It’s a fine line to tread and Sperm Donor stomp all over this line, and laugh at the mess they make.

Filthy Music Review - 'Napalm Christ: Demo 2013'

Napalm Christ – Demo 2013

Goatprayer Records

Review by Jude Felton

Limited to 100 copies, Napalm Christ’s demo cassette is 6 songs of aggressive swagger. The band, who hail from Little Rock, Arkansas, have delivered a demo that could quite frankly have been released as a full-on album. I will tell you this; it bodes well for the future, as when they do finally unleash a full length, it will kick your ass.

November 7, 2013

Filthy Review - 'The Horror Show'

The Horror Show (1989)

Review by Jude Felton

Way back before a certain, now defunct, video store chain stole the very soul out of renting movies, I spent many hours inside the local video shops. I was always eager to rent whatever horror movie I could find, good or bad, or just a groovy cover. One movie I rented several times was the 1986 Steve Miner flick, House. That was seriously one fun movie, which blended laughs and scares perfectly.

Filthy Music Review - 'Exmortus: Immortality Made Flesh'

Exmortus – Immortality Made Flesh (Single) (2013)

Prosthetic Records

Review by Jude Felton

Hailing from Whittier, CA, Exmortus are set to release their debut album for Prosthetic Records in the near future. In the meantime they have unleashed a limited edition single, which also happens to feature a cover of Judas Priest’s Freewheel Burning on the B side.

November 6, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Harm: Cadaver Christi'

Harm – Cadaver Christi (2013)

FDA Rekotz

Review by Jude Felton

Even if I wanted to, and physically could, keep up with the current onslaught of death metal, I know it would be a task in utter futility; there’s just so much of it right now. Due to this I find myself being incredibly selective in what I listen to. As a result of this, if I find myself writing a review of an album, it’s because it’s either terrible (which I truthfully try to avoid wasting my time on), or it has kicked my ass. Germany’s Harm fall firmly into the latter.