Hepcat- Out of Nowhere (1993)

Hepcat is a rocksteady/ska band from southern California formed in 1989. This, their first album was on Moon records, which back then was the ska label with almost all the good two-tone bands of the time… And Hepcat.
They came out of L.A. playing what I would describe as traditional ska with a strong rocksteady influence. But they were a new band playing new songs using modern recording equipment. On this first album they sound like the lost band from 1960’s Jamaica, but encompassing the musical styles of the entire decade. A truly incredible album, another that can be left on repeat, undoubtedly a classic.
It was musically such a strong album that it was impossibe for the band to produce another work that was even equal to Out of Nowhere. Their subsequent albums are all good but they do stand in it’s shadow. Besides for that the rocksteady influence became a touch too strong. (Rocksteady differs from ska by being built around the “one drop” drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the second and fourth bars” (Wiki). )
Enjoy and next week I’ll review the brand new (came out this month) Skatalites album.

download Out of Nowhere

Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday- Asking Mom’s Advice and Nordic Metal- A Tribute to Euronymous (1995)

Recently a friend told me about some problems he had been having with his significant other and in the course of the conversation disclosed that he had asked his mom’s opinion, which is like the Genie asking the bottle for advice.
Besides for the wierd factor (there is just something off about asking the hole you came out of to try and help you get into another hole), there are a couple of subtle psychological points that my friend missed;
First, asking one’s mom for advice indicates a lack of confidence and women can sense that the same as a shark can sense blood in the water. Besides for that there is the other aspect that women naturally don’t get along and the wife and mother-in-law relationship is always toxic because they are both vying for control of the same male, so sooner or later it is going to be like a pair of pit-bulls fighting over a cat.
Like red enrages a bull, a husband talking excessively to his mother angers a wife and the reason is because mothers always want their son to be closest to themselves and want the wife’s influence kept to a minimum, and wives know this too. Wives want to be bent over and treated like the sluts that they are naturally, however, not by the guy who just asked his mommy for advice, it ruins the image the woman wants to have of the man that’s railing her.
Women and sharks are both primitive creatures. Sharks go a little crazy when there is blood in the water because their main purpose is to eat and their minds are geared towards eating. Women’s minds are designed for raising children, sex and controlling men, thus mother-in-laws influence undermines their entire existence. That is why wives go crazy around their mother-in-laws, the male has to keep the situation in perception though; If he has successfully house-broken a dog then he has obviously already has the skills manage the situation.

Nordic Metal- A Tribute to Euronomous (1995)
When Varg Vikerness (Burzum) killed Euronomous in Norway in 1994 this was the compilation that was in the works at the time. Darkthrone and Burzum withdrew their tracks when it became a tribute to Euronomous, very interesting story, but for another time (since I am already way late on posting this because of last nights Black Tusk and Municipal Waste show, which I will review later this week).

download Nordic Metal

Beaver- 13eaver (1996)

“Beaver is a stoner rock band from the Netherlands. Beaver gained some fame with a split EP with Queens of the Stone Age (Man’s Ruin), when it was still just a Josh Homme side-project, not a band. They also backed Josh on his stoner-hymn “18 A.D” on the “Burn One Up” album.” (Last Fm)

13eaver (or Beaver) is a classic stoner rock album, not my favorite, it has too much of a grunge sound for me, but most early stoner rock from northern Europe has that sound. A lesser known band that is most notable for the later bands that they influenced and groundwork they laid for the genre. They toured Europe with Fugazi, the Melvins, Kyuss and other notable bands (Wiki). For fans, it is a must have album for the collection.

download 13eaver

The Carpet Knights- According to Life (2009)

   Here, as promised, is one of the Space bands mentioned in the ØSC biography on Last FM;

   The Wiki article is in Swedish, which gives you an idea of how mainstream this band is, but the Last FM article is in English and gives this bio;
“The Carpet Knights from Malmö was formed in the autumn of ‘98. The band has gone through some member changes but are since 2002 a tight unit. In the creative process inpiration is gather from a wide variety of music which have given the band a broad and experimental sound, everything from rock, prog, psych and folk is part of the repertoire. The timeline of the influences spans over four decades. The Carpet Knights have been described “A band with a big variability and a musical ability that takes the listener beyond his own mind and into a world that reigned by The Carpet Knights.”
Granted this isn’t a group that really grabs me, the music is a bit too specialized for my tastes but it’s interesting and a good obscure album for the archives.



Wort- WORT’S N’ALL!- 2012

   I saw this the other day over at TheLivingDoorway and instantly loved it. Yes, at moments it is Sabbath worship, and at a couple other moments it is a little Sleep/Bongzilla/eyehategod worship, but still very good.
This four track album was released May 14th, so new and unknown that there is no Metallum or Last FM listings for these guys yet. This is their first work, but they might end up being mentioned in the same breath as Weedeater, Bongzilla, Sleep and Bongripper in a few years.

Øresund Space Collective- Entering into the Space Country (2010)

ØSC is a space-rock jam-band with American, Danish and Swedish musicians and bunches of other talented people from other bands sitting in on different sessions. They play unscripted spacey-jam-sessions, so songs aren’t repeated and I believe there are sound-checks that break the seven minute mark and sessions of more than two hundred minutes.
SpaceC pointed out that the name is derived from the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Last FM explains how the sessions alternate between cities on either side of the bridge, thus the name.
It is mellow mood music and very listenable. They have a significant amount of work and most of it is available streaming over bandcamp, which is OK because it really isn’t music for being on the move anyway.
Also I am going to check out and post about some of the other bands mentioned in the Last FM biography since there seems to be a whole space/jam scene in northern Europe that I am relatively uninformed about, and if ØSC is an indicator there is a lot more good music to be found.


Western Standard Time- A Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites (2009)

I found this over at SkaRevolution69 and while I don’t normally like tribute albums because the majority of the time it is just bands who are lacking in creativity rehashing old music. However there are exceptions, like Leadbelly made a career out of playing cover songs in his own unique style and tempo, and Western Standard Time is one of those exceptions.
While it isn’t the Skatalites and it isn’t recorded on a single track reel-to-reel, it is an album made by musician of the same caliber with modern recording methods.
Honestly, I would say that this is the best new Ska album I’ve heard in the past ten years. None of the cheese-factors from Two-Tone and Third Wave are present and as the name implies the sound is more big band oriented. There is another YouTube video below of a studio session for anyone who is intrested.

download Western Standard Time
official site

Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; how marriage is like house-breaking a cat and Emperor- Wrath of the Tyrant (1998)

Recently an older acquaintance’s wife left him, and my cat pissed in the fireplace. Judging by the expression on the cat’s face he believed he was making a profound and meaningful statement, just as what’s-his-name’s wife thought the same thing, I’m sure.
The cat was fed up with the fridge door bumping the chair he was sitting in and the wife was fed up with seeing Goofball all chink-eyed when she got home from work.
It didn’t matter to her that he paid for the massive house and her to go to medical school and still retired early himself, the same as it didn’t bothered the cat that I pay the rent.
The cat doesn’t have a brain that is developed enough to allow him to understand and state what is bothering him, just like women.
The real problem with the cat was that he has to feel in total control of his surrondings and the door bumping his chair eroded his sense of security and stability. So now the cat lives on the screened-in porch and has both a chair and a motorcycle-stand to lay on and is happy as a clam.
Homeboy’s wife is even easier to diagnose; he didn’t make her squirt. They hadn’t played the Moaning Monkey in like five years. It’s not a secret when a husband and wife aren’t having sex; everyone else knows because the woman is going around being a total bitch to everyone she encounters.
A man allowing his wife to walk around acting like that, besides for being incredibly rude to everyone around her, is essentially the same as leaving a flesh-lite at a bar and coming back the next weekend expecting to find it again.
There is even a scientific term for the condition; Female Hysteria. Goofball doesn’t know what it is and that’s why a woman who dresses like an adolescent rapper is sleeping with his wife and not him.
Money can buy a lot of things but it can’t buy a woman’s loyality… nor can it house-break a cat.

Wrath of the Tyrant was originally released in 1994 as a demo and sounded like it was recorded in a bear’s cave amid ancient animal bones and pagan blood-drawings on a tape recorder. It was an awesome demo and a product of of the Norwegian black metal scene at a time of church burnings, murders and satanic suicides.
By 1998 and after a series of notable arrests and trials Black Metal had expanded into a full-blown, world-wide genre and Emperor’s early demo, EP and split were remastered into an album with a cleaner sound more appealing to a global audience.
The remastering of this album marked Black Metal officially hitting the mainstream. It was the start of a new era where the creativity of thousands from across the globe propels the genre forward exploring new sounds and ideas. This is by no means a bad thing, just progress. It is like with the band Death and Death Metal.
Death was formed in 1984 in my home town of Altamonte Springs, Florida. I’ve worked on the same jobs as the drummer and a friend still has fliers from their original shows. Great a band as it was there is no way that a single group of people could have come up with the wide range of sounds that defines Death Metal today (for examples; Techinal Death, Brutal Death, Melodic Death, Progressive Death, Deathcore, death/doom, deathgrind, goregrind, Death’n’Roll and Blackened Death). Black Metal is a similar story only without an original band with a movement instead. Bands such as Emperor, Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem and Thorns (just to name a few) converged on similar musical points and started Black Metal as we know it today.
Time progressed and the rest of the world caught on and started listening and playing music like the Norwegian bands, and before long classic albums were being remastered and it went from a scene to adults making their livings…
So enjoy this bit of Black Metal history.

download Wrath of the Tyrant (1998)

First Band from Outer Space- The Guitar is Mightier Than The Gun

   This is a Randon-Tag-Review, meaning that I saw this band as a tag on last FM and decided to give it a shot, but I must admit their Bio is what really clinched it claiming they came to earth to play spaced-out rock-n-roll… God, these guys are really burnt.
HERE is a link with their whole silly space-rock story that I found over at AngryChairs which also has the complete discography.