Tagged: Noisem

2015 – My 10 Favorite Heavy Metal Albums


My favorite heavy albums of 2015. In order of the mix I made of one track per release:

Noisem – Blossoming Decay
Genocide Pact – Forged Through Domination
Cult Leader – Lightless Walk
Corrections House – How to Carry a Whip
Kowloon Walled City – Grievences
Fight Amp – Constantly Off
Kylesa – Exhausting Fire
The Body and Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Locrian – Infinite Dissolution
Liturgy – the Ark Work

Link to Mix on Mixcloud

Mix Tracklist:

Noisem – Graining Enamel
Genocide Pact – Experiments In Nihilsm
Cult Leader – Sympathetic
Corrections House – Hopeless Moronic
Kowloon Walled City – Your Best Years
Fight Amp – Happy Joyful Life
Kylesa – Lost and Confused
The Body and Thou – Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
Locrian – Arc of Extinction
Liturgy – Kel Valhaal

photo of Kowloon Walled City at Metro Gallery by me

Dragged to Hell 45 – A Metal Mix

For the 45th edition of Dragged to Hell, I decided to share a mix of some of the various metal that I have been rocking out to 2015.  Most tracks are new, but there are a few from the last couple years also sprinkled in.  The tracks run the metal spectrum from death to grind to thrash to doom.  One hour, 13 tracks.  Enjoy.



Kylesa – Crusher
The Body and Thou – Manifest Alchemy
Cult Leader – A Good Life
Noisem – Trail Of Perturbation
Genocide Pact – Desecration
Ilsa – Pandolpho
Neurosis – We All Rage In Gold
Empty Vessels – Lamplighter
Killing Joke – Big Buzz
Locrian – An Index of Air
Unearthly Trance – Sleeping While They Feast
Exodus – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
Full of Hell & Merzbow – Burst Synapse

Photo of Noisem at CCAS 2015 by me

4/11 – the Body, Noisem, babelfishh, Curse at Charm City Art Space

So here I am again, playing catchup with my blog posts.  I don’t know why I feel the urge to slack off and do nothing most nights, as I could be writing.  Or a lot of things.  The point is, here is another post.  The third in a day.  This gotta be a record for me.

Anyway, I had a great time at this show.  I actually a mission at the show, other than just seeing some good music.  My first mission was to deliver a box of cassettes to babelfishh.  He was supposed to be opening the show, but was nowhere to be found.  So I stood there with a box of tapes between my feet, and watched the first act of the night.  Curse are a band that I was slightly familiar with, but had not ever seen them or heard their music.  I was digging the sounds they were able to get as a two-piece.  It was a cool electronic set that also featured some enthusiastic vocals.


After Curse finished I overheard a person asking if anyone knew where the promoter was.  I put two and two together, figured this was babelfishh, and I brought him his tapes.  My mission was a success, and I Had an Accident records saved some shipping and handling.  He was the second set of the afternoon (oh yeah, it was a day show).  He skipped using the stage and instead setup his gear in the middle of the floor (a music box of some sort with pedals) and proceeded to give an inspiring set that left most of the crowd a bit bewildered.  They were there for metal and noise, and his blend of hip hop and noise and everything else was unexpected.  He did win the crowd over when he would do his death metal guy voice rapping, and I enjoyed the performance.


Next up was Noisem.  They are a local metal band. They rule.  Their set was loud and fast and heavy.  Shout out to the punker who tried to get a pit going.


The final band of the day was the Body.  I have only recently became a fan of them, and this was my first time seeing them live. I first found out about them when they teamed With the Haxan Cloak for the excellent album, I Shall Die Here.  I also listened to their collaborative work with Thou; You, Whom I Have Always Hated and Released From Love.  But this set was my first exposure to their music as a duo.  I loved it.  Their stack of amps crushed my soul and vibrated my being.  It was one of the loudest spectacles that I had ever experienced.  Thankfully I had on my earplugs.  There was a couple next to me and the woman had her fingers shoved in her ears the whole set.  I did not understand why she did not move towards the back, or tried to get some earplugs (I imagine someone was selling them).  I bought two shirts, as they had some great designs, one for me and one for my fiancee.  I cant wait to see them again (I regretfully had to skip them a couple nights ago).

the body

All images by me from my Instagram

Dragged to Hell Volume 35

Dragged to Hell 35 clocks in just under 70 minutes and was an attempt at creating a narrative through a 20 song mix. It has peaks, valleys, and hopefully some new artists for you to enjoy.



Joanna Gruesome – There Is No Function Stacy
Cherubs – Sandy On The Beach
Clean Girls – No New Friends
VEXX – Falling Down
Pianos Become the Teeth – The Queen
whenskiesaregray – Timelines
Superheaven – All the Pain
The Vaccines – Want You So Bad
Downtown Boys – Future Police
Sneaks – New Taste
elvis depressedly – thou shall not murder
93millionmilesfromthesun – New Day Comes
Malka – Diamond Girl
Faith No More – Matador
Noisem – Trail Of Perturbation
Holly Herndon – Locker Leak
Jamie xx – The Rest Is Noise
Container – Remover
SPC ECO – Playing Games
Blacksage – Casualty

Photo of Downtown Boys by me (from a 2015 Wind Up Space show)