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STORMLAND-"Songs of Future Wars"

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Stormland - "Songs of Future Wars" 

War is the father of us all...
— Heraclitus of Ephesus

If Heraclitus were alive today, he would surely be headbanging to Songs of Future Wars, the first full-length release from Stormland.

Forged in the harsh, icy climes of British Columbia, this sonic sacrifice supplicates the god of war for chaos, mayhem and a swift victory! All in screeching speed-metal style!

The opening salvo Blitz Fatality (GAT-X207) straight brutalizes your earholes right out the gate with blast beats and breathless, staccato vocals à la Slayer in their 80's glory.

Instead of a four-piece band though, all this aggression and fury spews from just one man, bedroom-metal mastermind Justin Pierrot.

Pierrot turns the intensity all the way up to 11 and keeps it there for the entire album. It thrashes from start to finish with searing, shred-a-licious guitar solos, grooving breakdowns and gravelly vocals that growl at sub-bass lows and bark at demon-shrill highs.

At the very end, the release turns soft and introspective with the metal ballad Psychic Causality (MSZ-06). Here Pierrot contemplates the hollowness of victory when the victor loses his humanity in the process.

Although speed and thrash heavy, Songs of Future Wars mixes in elements of doom, grindcore and death metal for a sound that’s 100% Stormland.

It is the perfect soundtrack for conflicts of the past, present or future.

It speaks to the warrior spirit in all of us and gives it a safe outlet that doesn’t require storming a beach head or laying waste to a city.

I still wouldn’t recommend listening to it during rush hour though. It may amplify feelings of road rage and aggression.  

Theron Willis 

https://stormland.bandcamp.com/

ALOYSIUS SCRIMSHAW-"Kind Regards From Isaac"

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Aloysius Scrimshaw-"Kind Regards From Isaac" 

(Krooked Records)

Nowadays, many projects bearing the labels of “experimental” and “avant-garde” are nothing short of conventional and pedestrian.

Instead of breaking new ground or blazing new trails, these groups merely revisit the same old ground, falling back on the same tired, old stylistic cliches.

Not so with Aloysius Scrimshaw a.k.a. the Dead Musician!!!

In his latest full-length release Kind Regards From Isaac, he kidnaps these stylistic conventions, hog-ties them in his underground lair, and menaces them in his Hollywood Undead meets Slipknot mask; reading his bizarre yet enthralling manifesto while his truly strange and unusual music plays in the background.

  Don't struggle. Don't fight it. You are under the Dead Musician's power now. 

Don't struggle. Don't fight it. You are under the Dead Musician's power now. 

The track Scrimshaw launches this musical odyssey into the abnormal. Unsettling noises and an oddly folksy backbeat create the bewildering backdrop for Alysious’s raspy vocals that range from creepy whispers right in your ear to spoken-word screeches against our vile and broken system.

The weirdness in no way abates the deeper you go.

Blood From a Semitone transports you to a dark and dystopian version of the Wild West. A country-western band of the undead (complete with a harmonica and the clomping of horse hooves) provides the accompaniment for the dead musician’s signature vocal style and ramblings.

40 Nights of Rain Pt. Three sees our musical captor exchanging a call-and-response rap with a creepy little girl from a horror movie.

Dark, disturbing and genuinely one-of-a-kind. Kind Regards From Isaac holds no quarter for the faint of heart or those expecting a more "conventional" release from the experimental.

Aloysius Scrimshaw resides in a space all his own and those who take a wrong click on the information superhighway will find themselves under his sinister sway

 Theron Willis 

https://aloyscrimshaw.bandcamp.com/album/kind-regards-from-isaac

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