Friday, March 30, 2007

Episode #10 - Is There Anybody Out There?

1. Song: Black Sabbath , Artist: Black Sabbath , Album: Black Sabbath (Warner Bros.)
2. Song: Like Herod , Artist: Mogwai , Album: Young Team (Jetset)
3. Song: Dust , Artist: Silver Apples , Album: Silver Apples (Kapp)
4. Song: Remember (Walking In the Sand) , Artist: The Shangri-Las , Album: The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 (Rhino)
  • Shangri-Las member Mary Weiss has recently released her debut solo album more than forty years after The Shangri-Las' run of hits came to an end.

5. Song: Lyre , Artist: Tussle , Album: Telescope Mind (Smalltown Supersound)
6. Song: Vendetta Assassin , Artist: Dødheimsgard , Album: Supervillain Assassin (Moonfog)

  • The name of Norwegian black/avant-garde/industrial/experimental metal group Dødheimsgard, or DHG, roughly translates to "Mansion of Death" or "Realm of the Dead".

7. Song: AOTKTPA , Artist: The Locust , Album: New Erections (Anti)
8. Song: Title Music From a Clockwork Orange , Artist: Wendy Carlos , Album: A Clockwork Orange (Warner Bros.)
9. Song: Echoes , Artist: Pink Floyd , Album: Meddle (Capitol)

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #10 2007-3-31

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Episode #9 - Jealousy

I would call this Part Three of the Episode #7 - #9 trifecta. The title and subject matter pretty much explains it all, although I'd also give this episode an alternate title in the vein of "Man Turns Against Himself" or "The Ugly Side of Human Nature".

1. Song: Ripper Territory , Artist: Whitehouse , Album: Dedicated To Peter Kürten: Sadist And Mass Slayer (Come Organisation)
  • Peter Kürten, also known as the Vampire of Düsseldorf, was a German serial killer known for committing a series of sex crimes, assaults, and murders against adults and children.
2. Song: Be My Baby , Artist: The Ronettes , Album: Best of the Ronettes (EMI)
3. Song: The Rat , Artist: Vampire Can't, Album: Key Cutter (Load)
4. Song: Very Friendly , Artist: Throbbing Gristle , Album: The First Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle (Thirsty Ear)
  • Of all the Report albums TG released, First Annual Report, was actually the last of the three (coming after Second Annual Report and Third and Final Report). "Very Friendly" details the events of the Moors Murders, with specific mention of Edward Evans, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley's fifth and final victim. What makes this track so effective (read: creepy) is not only the subject matter, but Genesis's somewhat cartoonish vocal delivery, which upon hearing you can't help but laugh nervously.

5. Song: 96 Tears , Artist: ? and the Mysterians , Album: 96 Tears (Cameo)

  • This band's only major hit. Also covered by Suicide, Aretha Franklin, The Modern Lovers, The Stranglers, Primal Scream, and a host of others.

6. Song: Military Road , Artist: Prurient , Album: Pleasure Ground (Load)

  • Actually the only Prurient album I can enjoy, let alone listen to from start to finish, probably due to the fact that Fernow does a great job of spacing and pacing, as opposed to the denseness of a lot of his other albums. It's not like he doesn't make an attempt to drive away any and all potential listeners on this album though: opener "Military Road" starts off with about a minute long squall of high-pitched feedback (think Whitehouse). Excellent lyrics for this track too: "Will you miss the abuse / The intimate violence / The parade of bruises / The badge of punishment?"

7. Song: I Only Have Eyes For You , Artist: The Flamingos , Album: American Graffiti (MCA)

  • I reckon people either see this as a love song, which was probably it's intention, or a creepy stalker song. I'm betting on the latter.

8. Song: No Remorse (I Wanna Die) , Artist: Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot , Album: Spawn: The Album (Sony)

  • Great comic book, excellent animated series (from what I hear), terrible, terrible movie. The soundtrack is decent though, with the best tracks being this one, plust the ones from Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps, Orbital & Kirk Hammett, and Filter & The Crystal Method.

9. Song: Bathed In Orange , Artist: Ed Gein , Album: Ed Gein (Hex)

10. Song: Got To Get You Into My Life , Artist: Daniel Johnston , Album: 1990 (Shimmy Disc)

  • Daniel Johnston turns this Beatles track into something that mirrors the moods of other tracks in this episode from The Flamingos and Throbbing Gristle. Really brilliant.

11. Song: How To Get Away With Murder In a P.C. Society , Artist: Sloth , Album: Songs of the Dead II: Idle Hands (And Here My Troubles Began)

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #9 2007-3-24

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Episode #8 - The Infected

This episode is a Part Two of sorts to Episode #7. It's a pretty claustrophobic mix as a whole, there's really no room to stop for air, which I think contrasts nicely with a lot of the drone and ambience present in the last episode.

1. Song: (Intro) Engineering a Pill Frenzy , Artist: Agoraphobic Nosebleed , Album: Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope (Relapse)
2. Song: Saddest , Artist: Drumcorps , Album: Cock Rock Disco 2006 (Cock Rock Disco)
  • Grindcore mash-up, for lack of a better term, of Converge's "The Saddest Day" condensed to about a minute-thirty (from around seven minutes), so you can imagine how insane this shit is. Apparently Drumcorps, also known as Aaron Spectre, does whole albums of this stuff, combining breakcore with grindcore and blast beats. His 2006 album Grist, also pulls material from Botch, Pig Destroyer, and Cave In, and this song is also on a free Cock Rock Disco sampler available for download at their website. I may have to pick this album up.

3. Song: Untitled , Artist: The Pervatrons , Album: Songs of the Dead II: Idle Hands (And Here My Troubles Began)
4. Song: A .45 Caliber Defibrillator, a Prototype of Sorts , Artist: Found Dead Hanging , Album: BMA Vs Metal Blade Vs Robotic Empire Sampler 2004 (Black Market Activities / Metal Blade / Robotic Empire)
5. Song: About a Plane Crash , Artist: Suicide Silence , Album: Suicide Silence (Third Degree)
6. Song: Imogen's Puzzle , Artist: Psyopus , Album: Ideas of Reference (Metal Blade)
7. Song: Horror Theme Song , Artist: Suicide Note , Album: Songs of the Dead II: Idle Hands (And Here My Troubles Began)
8. Song: - , Artist: Merzbow , Album: Merzbuta (Important)

  • Not to be confused with the album Merzbuddha, also on Important Records.

9. Song: You Can't Help Me , Artist: Pedestrian Deposit , Album: Fatale (Hanson)

  • Interesting album, this one. Four tracks that alternate between harsh noise ala John Wiese and ambient, melodic interludes.

10. Song: The White Mice , Artist: White Mice , Album: ASSPhiXXXEATATESHUN (Load)
11. Song: Descent to Mimas , Artist: Bastard Noise , Album: Descent to Mimas (Ground Fault)
12. Song: Untitled , Artist: Last Remaining Pinnacle , Album: Songs of the Dead II: Idle Hands (And Here My Troubles Began)
13. Song: Woe is the Contagion , Artist: Twilight , Album: Twilight (Southern Lord)
14. Song: Jones From Indiana , Artist: Daughters , Album: Canada Songs (Robotic Empire)
15. Song: Willie Loman , Artist: Ed Gein , Album: Ed Gein (Hex)

  • I actually pulled this from the long out-of-print self-titled three-song demo CD (self-released I'd imagine), although it's also available on the LP version (along with the other two demo tracks) of It's a Shame That a Family Can Be Torn Apart by Something as Simple as a Pack of Wild Dogs on Hex Records.

16. Song: On Top , Artist: Whitehouse , Album: Birthdeath Experience (Come Organisation)
17. Song: Born Different , Artist: Usurp Synapse , Album: Disinformation Fix (Alone)

  • From the double-CD discography. These guys reformed in July 2004 to record new material, and are currently in the process of mixing and finishing vocals for their next album, titled Vile Contamina.

18. Song: (The Pipes) , Artist: Excepter , Album: Alternation (5 Rue Christine)
19. Song: SGNL>02 , Artist: Isis , Album: Celestial (Escape Artist)
20. Song: Intro , Artist: Pig Destroyer , Album: Terrifyer (Relapse)

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #8 2007-3-17

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Episode #7 - A Black Wind Blows

1. Song: ...And the Gods Made Love , Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience , Album: Electric Ladyland (MCA)
2. Song: Stolen , Artist: Isis & Aereogramme , Album: In the Fishtank, Vol. 14: Isis & Aereogramme (In the Fishtank)
3. Song: Mauritian Giant Skink: Part I , Artist: Uton , Album: The Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box (Last Visible Dog)
  • Six-disc set with each track dedicated to a recently extinct species. Comes with an essay written by Jeff Knoch (Urdog).

4. Song: 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-Ethyl-Amphetamine:(DOET/Hecate) , Artist: Coil , Album: Time Machines (Eskaton)
5. Song: Roar of the Forest Rose to Thunder , Artist: Old Man Gloom , Album: Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism (Hydra Head)
6. Song: Forcefieldiamond , Artist: Forcefield, Album: Pick a Winner (Load)
7. Song: Great White Death , Artist: Whitehouse , Album: Great White Death (Come Organisation)
8. Song: A Golden Cow On the Bridge , Artist: Staalplaat Sound System , Album: Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused and Recycled (Important)
9. Song: Disharmonic Convergence , Artist: Xasthur , Album: Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head)
10. Song: Omit , Artist: Ink & Dagger , Album: Ink & Dagger (New American Dream)

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #7 2007-3-10

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Episode #6 - Burn

1. Song: The Wondrous Boat Ride , Artist: Unknown , Album: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (MCA)
2. Song: No Heroes , Artist: Converge , Album: No Heroes (Epitaph)
3. Song: O))) Bow 1 , Artist: Sunn O))) , Album: Flight of the Behemoth (Southern Lord)
  • Featuring Merzbow.

4. Song: Psychic Secession , Artist: Yellow Swans , Album: Psychic Secession (Load)
5. Song: Evil Wave Form , Artist: Boris , Album: Dronevil: Final (Inoxia)

  • Originally issued via Misanthropic Agenda, Dronevil: Final was re-released as an expanded (one additional track on each disc) double CD on Inoxia. The intended concept is that while each disc can stand by itself, you should play them simultaneously on two different stereo systems to achieve the intended results.

6. Song: In the Reflection , Artist: Flying Canyon , Album: Flying Canyon (Soft Abuse)

7. Song: Burn the Flames , Artist: Roky Erickson , Album: I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology (Shout Factory)
8. Song: Sound Holes , Artist: Double Leopards , Album: Halve Maen (Eclipse)
9. Song: - , Artist: Isis , Album: Oceanic (Ipecac)
10. Song: Hyperviolet , Artist: Pig Destroyer , Album: Prowler In the Yard (Relapse)
11. Song: Strangler In the Night , Artist: Albert DeSalvo , Album: Unknown (Astor)

  • Reference to the Boston Strangler.

LINK: Sounds of the Apocalypse Episode #6 2007-3-3

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