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Chinatown which is like two blocks identical for some reason, on “Psychotic Rock” especially. I keep
away from that area we are talking thinking every time it comes on that my iPod has gone to shuffle and
about right now. that I’m listening to an Alice Donut song.
Kyle: So, its a kind of gnarly scene? Kyle: That’s awesome. Yeah that’s probably one of my favourite songs
on the album.

with ...
Grimm: It’s an extremely gnarly scene,
very sad actually. It’s tragic to see the Grimm: You’ve got South by Southwest coming up in the next couple
sort of human waste of potential that’s of weeks. Then it looks like your hitting the road after that.
going on there. Anyway … Witch, let’s Kyle: Yeah we are doing a couple of shows after that with Graveyard,
talk about Witch. I was just listening to from Sweden. Just like shows out here in New York then Western
by Grimm Culhane your new album “Paralyzed” and I was remembering back to when I first Massachusetts. And then we are going to go to Europe for three weeks.
Grimm Culhane: Hi Kyle, this is Grimm Culhane from ABORT Magazine. (for SXSW) got your first album. I loved it. It doesn’t sound too derivative or similar Yeah, we haven’t done much touring so it’s going to be good to get out
How are you doing? Kyle: Yeah things are starting to get going again. We took kind of a to anyone else. Now you’re the song writer, is that correct? there.
Kyle Thomas: Pretty good, how are you? long hiatus. Well… not really a hiatus, but we just didn’t play for like a Kyle: Me and Ace, the other guitar player.
Grimm: I’m excellent. You sound like you’re just across the street year, so its nice to be playing again. Grimm: It’s the place to be. When are you going to get to Canada?
(laughs) Grimm: How long has Witch been together? Kyle: In my dreams (laughs).
Kyle: I am.... Grimm: Were you busy in the studio at that time? Kyle: Let’s see... I think our first album came out in 2006. So, probably Grimm: In your dreams, oh come on...
Grimm: (Laughs) Sounds like. Kyle: No, not really. I actually didn’t know if we were going to be play- like 3 years. Kyle: You know Dave is from Newfoundland. We always talk about
Kyle: Umm... well I’m in Vermont. ing or not. It was kind of just like... we were having trouble finding wanting to play out there. I love Canada, and I’ve never been to
somebody who wanted to play live, like second guitar live, because Grimm: How did you get involved? Vancouver either.
Grimm: Oh cool. We are in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Ace our other guitar player doesn’t really like going on tour or Kyle: Well Dave (Sweetapple), the bass player, and Jay (Mascis) were
Kyle: Awesome. I was just hanging out with those Black anything. We had some trouble with that. We started recording again friends and they had just been joking about starting a band. So I had Grimm: Could it have something to do with the border? Have you ever
Mountain dudes. in the fall though, but once we started recording we weren’t in the known Dave for a long time and I was just kind of a kid from town. He had problems getting over the boarder?
studio for very long. We played for some kind of weird party for this was just like, “you want to start a band?” I mean I had another band, Kyle: No, surprisingly. When we did “Feathers” tours up there, we had a
Grimm: Were you really? website called “The Virtual Lower Eastside.” Heard of it? “Feather,” which is pretty much the opposite of what Witch is, so I van full of eight really weird looking people and a bunch of weird shit
Kyle: Yeah, we played a show with them. jumped at the chance to do something different. in the van. We didn’t have any problems, ever.
Grimm: With Steve McBean and them? Oh that’s right, I saw a poster Grimm: The Virtual Lower Eastside, no.
for that show on your website. Kyle: Yeah, its a virtual replica of the lower eastside of New York City. Grimm: Would you call yourselves a “psychedelic” band? Grimm: Marijuana: menace or marvel?
Kyle: Yeah, they were awesome. You can like walk around and go to shows with your little video gig Kyle: I mean that’s such a broad term. You can really call a lot of things Kyle: To me? Personally? Umm, I think it’s a marvelous menace.
character. that. A lot of stuff gets called psychedelic these days which I don’t think Grimm: A marvelous menace, good answer.
Grimm: Probably one of the better Vancouver bands right now. Grimm: The Eastside of Vancouver is … I don’t know if you’re familiar is psychedelic. There are aspects of that to it, like the solos and stuff are Kyle: I’ve had my days of smoking tons of weed, but I haven’t really
Kyle: Yeah, I hadn’t really heard of them before that, but it was really with that area, it’s got some press from Dan Rather recently because fairly psychedelic. been doing it much recently. It kinda makes me crazy. I imagine once I
good. it’s where all the junkies and dealers hang out. Grimm: Absolutely, the fuzz. get over to Amsterdam it’s gonna be pretty hard to avoid.
Kyle: In Vancouver? Kyle: I would say it’s more psychedelic then it is straight.
Grimm: Good to hear. How are things with Witch? Grimm: That’s right. Grimm: Yes indeed, it certainly will. I tell you, there’s nothing in the
Kyle: They’re great. Grimm: And would you say you’re metal in any regard? world like smoking a joint inside a McDonalds.
Grimm: You guys are heading to Austin pretty quick, I understand? Kyle: I hear you guys have a pretty big Chinatown? Kyle: I mean there’s definitely a lot of metal influence, there’s also punk Kyle: (Laughs) Just has to be done I guess.
influence. I usually just say we are a rock band. It’s usually the easiest Grimm: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s trippy man, you really go through the fries
way out, maybe kind of boring, but whatever. after that.
Grimm: All encompassing. Kyle: (Laughs) Yeah.
Kyle: Yeah. Grimm: What else do you do?

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Kyle: I do a lot of art, artwork. I do a lot of painting, I do album covers
Grimm: Now with “Paralyzed” it seems to me that you’ve taken ev- and t-shirt designs sometimes. I do all kinds of stuff.
erything from your first album and blew it up. Everything is faster, it’s
fuller, it’s still got that Witch sound, but it seems like everything’s been Grimm: And your day job?
pumped up. Kyle: It’s pretty much that (laughs).
Kyle: I think that a few of the songs are a lot faster then they were Grimm: (Laughs) Excellent, good to hear.
written. I just really wanted to take it a step further and in a different Kyle: You know, I live in my parents’ house, I rent an art studio
direction. This album has a lot more variety to it were as the first album and just kinda hang out. I sell records on eBay sometimes
had kind of the same kind of tone to it the whole way. This one is all too.
over the place really. Grimm: I see, diverse, a man of many talents.

Grimm: Yes it is... you go from songs like “Gone” which is heavy and Kyle: Pretty deep. (laughs)
fast. Then you’ve got “Sweet Sue,” which is more laid back… and then Grimm: (Laughs) Well I certainly appreciate you taking the
“Psychotic Rock.” Now, I’ve been listening to that song and I have to tell time to chat today Kyle.
you, its reminds me of Alice Donut. Kyle: Yeah, it was fun.
Kyle: Awesome. I’ve never really listen to Alice Donut, but I have always Grimm: So we’ll watch for you in Vancouver soon?
thought they sounded like a cool band. Kyle: Yeah, I hope so.

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to the point:
LOUD Records CEO Steve Rifkind
O
n the brink of brand name destruction, LOUD/SRC With the Wu-Tang Clan release - 8 Diagrams, his new line of
Founder and CEO Steve Rifkind has found a way to energy drinks and his infamous guerrilla street marketing
dodge the haters, embrace the critics and bounce tactics, Steve Rifkind will prevail and maybe help other
back with a rejuvenated (not that he needed it) corporate industry cats lead instead of follow.
umbrella that keeps his world dry from a rainstorm of medi-
ocrity that overshadows today’s music industry.

“These records are making me thirsty” Steve Rifkind: Caffeine and a lot of Vitamin E.S. Day: What I meant is that you’re not gonna
B. go into HMV, buy the new Wu-Tang, and get a
E.S. Day: We’re just going to jump into the free can of Loud Energy Drink. It’s not going to
Loud Beverages thing. With Loud Beverages, E.S. Day: Is this product ever going to come to go to that extent, is it?
is it safe to say that an energy drink targeted Canada, and if not, why? Steve Rifkind: Honestly, I wish it would!
at the hip-hop culture is merely just a safer Steve Rifkind: I think it is coming into Canada. [laughs]
alternative to alcohol, and does that cut the Right now we’re in negotiations with a dis- loudbev.com
competition factor in half? tributor. Plus Ron Urban is who we’re talking loud.com
Steve Rifkind: I don’t know if it cuts the to right now.
competition in half. I mean, there’s still a lot E.S. Day: How’s music going to play a role in By E.S. Day
of competition out there It’s almost a health the marketing of this?
drink. I have what’s called a chronic migraine. Steve Rifkind: Everything that we do is always
You don’t get a lot of oxygen in the brain driven by music.
and you just get incredible headaches. Some- E.S. Day: Right, and so it should be.
body said that you should try to drink as much Steve Rifkind: We sell it in record stores,
caffeine as possible, so I took some Advil with and it’s going to be music driven. We have
it and to make a long story short, this Loud marketing plans for the world-wide market,
Energy Drink got rid of my headaches. and I promise you this: music will be a key
I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist, but I’m ingredient.
trying to figure out what we can do now with
a pharmaceutical
company with this
drink.
E.S. Day: On that
note, what are we
looking at ingre-
dients wise? I’m
assuming caffeine
plays a major role!
[laughs]
Steve Rifkind: It defi-
nitely plays a role,
but unfortunately
I don’t have the
ingredients on me.
E.S. Day: No, but I
was assuming the
major player in the
drink was caffeine,
am I wrong?

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21 and under with ...
E.S. Day: Yeah okay. We haven’t heard anything yet. We are dying to hear it, can’t wait to get a copy and get that going.
Everlast: Yeah, we are getting it out this week hopefully.

E.S. Day: A quick break down for our listeners, viewers and readers for your connection with La Coka Nostra, and are you going to be doing a lot
more with that once you tour and work this album? Oh and speaking of that any tour(s) coming up for the new album?
E.S. Day: I’ll try and make this quick. First of all, how are you doing? Everlast: Dates yet, no, we are just finished the record.
Everlast: I’m doing well.
E.S. Day: Okay, fair enough. But yeah La Coka Nostra is that going to be a permanent side thing for you?
E.S. Day: Good, good. Getting ready for the new album coming out, is there a tentative date for this yet? Everlast: Yeah I mean, me and they guys...I mean that’s kind of like... for years people have been asking me like “what’s up with House of Pain?”
Everlast: September 23rd, I believe. And you know I’ve just never been the type to go backwards.

E.S. Day: September 23rd. Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford, Correct? E.S. Day: Of course not, that’s why I haven’t really been asking about House of Pain, I was more asking about the La Coka Nostra thing.
Everlast: Yeah. Everlast: Exactly, the way that came about was, Danny Boy, my old partner, had put that together with Ill Bill.
E.S. Day: Yeah all that, wicked.
E.S. Day: Okay. I’m going to ask some typical questions, the first of which first being: The Ghost of Whitey Ford, did Whitey Ford Die? What’s Everlast: And like, when I came on-board it was like natural, and it is all the guys from House of Pain—and we are having a blast. It gives me an
going on here and is this a new incarnation of Everlast again? or what are we going to expect this time round? outlet to just do that straight hardcore Hip-Hops tuff that doesn’t always fit in with the album.
Everlast: Um, the sound is pretty different. I used a lot of different instrumentation. As far as the Ghost of Whitey Ford it’s just kind of like, I like E.S. Day: Sure okay.
playing with people. Everlast: But yeah I plan on being apart of it for awhile.

E.S. Day: Good and so you should (ha-ha). There’s nothing wrong with that. When you say more instrumentation, are we talking about literally E.S. Day: Cool, alright. guest appearances on this album, musician-wise, not vocally?
more instruments? I mean are you going to bring more beats back, is what I’m asking. Everlast: Yeah there are no vocal guests really. The only couple of musical guests are like I dunno if your familiar with Jimmy Kiltiner is. He’s
Everlast: Well, there’s beats on the record, but it’s not exactly a Hip-Hop album. But yeah, everything I feel has to have some kind of beat under it. famous for (can’t hear) played with a lot of the beats. Then, Billy Gibbons, played...
E.S. Day: Of course.
Everlast: Mostly live drumming. A lot of different keyboards. I didn’t rely so heavily on the acoustic sound. E.S. Day: No way, from Z Z Top?
Everlast: Yeah, we are good friends.
E.S. Day: Yeah, I was going to kind of ask, have you strayed away a bit from that or is that still your vibe. I mean, as opposed to giving people
what they expect. Give them something that’s coming from your inside as opposed to trying to please a record label, let’s say. E.S. Day: Get the fuck outta here... Oh my god, those guys are great, I met ZZ Top at the Zanzibar Tavern (Strip Club in Toronto) and they stole a
Everlast: The good news is I already started my own label. “Do Not Wear Harley Davidson Attire” sign, right off the wall. Walked right out with it. Great guys, really good guys. That’s incredible, how did that
come about? You just said you were friends right?
E.S. Day: That’s true, it’s Martyr Inc, that’s correct? Everlast: Yeah, me and Billy are friends right. And I might be collaborating on his, he’s got a solo record coming out right now.
Everlast: Yes, yes. As far as like why I would not use the acoustic
sounds as much. I just felt like I did my last three records with a heavy E.S. Day: Anyone else?
acoustic sound. Everlast: No, not really. Just some local guys that are friends of mine. That have played with me over the years.

E.S. Day: True, fair enough. Your going to have to forgive me for a E.S. Day: Okay. Speaking of local, anybody we should be looking out for. Everlast recommendation up and coming unsigned,
couple of questions. I am forty years old and I grew up with the from your hometown. Anyone you want to show some love too?
original Everlast (ha-ha). So, I’m going to ask a few things. Everlast: I don’t know about my hometown.
First off, any old collabo’s coming up? on the side, and I mean old E.S. Day: Well not from your hometown, but from where you’re based now. You’re in L.A. right?
collabo’s like when you did that thing with, “ Rhyme Syndicate, with Everlast: I don’t know if they’re undiscovered or not , but I just recently just kind of go put on to a group called the “ Dead String
Ice-T? “ I mean, I still listen to that stuff believe it or not. Can we see Brother.” And they are out of Detroit. They are pretty wicked.
you going back in to the crates and pulling out some of the old stuff E.S. Day: Okay, interesting. And there’s Myspace for that right?
or maybe doing some collabo’s with some of the cats back in the day, Everlast: I believe so.
just for fun or touring wise?
Everlast: That’s all relative on who wants to do it. I mean, Ice gave E.S. Day: Okay enough about that. Getting back to the album (production wise). What are we looking at, was it mostly you?
my first break back in the day. If he asked me to do anything, I would Everlast: And my partner, Keith Ciancia playing keyboards with my band for quite a few years. We started co-writing some stuff
more likely do it. and I guess he’s had a reject with his wife for a few years and there was like this sound quality about it that I just loved. And I’m
thrilled with the outcome.
E.S. Day: How about for a couple of our... We feature a lot... We are
not entirely all music, but when it does come to music, we have a E.S. Day: Great. Do you think possibly the state of music today, everything that’s going on. There is a lot of ignorant people out
huge older reader and listenership. And a lot of them still really like there when it comes to trying to adapt to an artist, a Hip-hop artist, in their minds. Crossing over in to lock and vice-versa and
a lot of old hardcore Hip-hop and old Metal fused together. I dunno back and forth. Putting the two together. I mean, I thrive on that but for some reason I still get a lot of turned-up noses. Are you
whatever, “ Public Enemy/Anthrax, Onyx/Biohazard,” But when you finding you still run into that, when you have your ear to the streets, so to speak.
guys did all that shit... Butch Vig did a remix. When you were doing Everlast: Occasionally you know, you get that, But what I do musically... I’ve never been the dude that chased the money.
House of Pain of, “ Shamrocks and Shenanigans.” That was
fucking heavy as hell that blew people away. Would you be up to E.S. Day: No, you didn’t. You never pick and choose. You just do what you do. I noticed that and props to you for sure.
doing maybe a hardcore remixes off your current repertoire? Everlast: Don’t get me wrong, money’s money.
Everlast: Yeah, that would all just be on how good the remixes are.
E.S. Day: Of course right, you’ve got to eat.
E.S. Day: Exactly, yeah, yeah. You’d be open to that? Everlast: But yeah, when I make the records, I’m trying to please myself, impress myself and walk away from the project saying
Everlast: If they make the remixes, I don’t tell them what to do. I challenged myself.

E.S. Day: No. of course not. But I mean the fusion of heavy guitar on E.S. Day: That’s so great to hear. You don’t hear a lot of artists say that.
top of beats and stuff again. That wouldn’t be a thumbs down idea. E.S. Day: Thanks.
Everlast: No, it sounds good. Everlast: Thank you.

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a world according
Aceyalone: to aceyalone
BY AMALIA NICKEL | PHOTO BY CHRIS WEBBER

Aceyalone shrugs, and credits the use of binary the themes to light through about, why box it in when all the world are
images in his lyrics to being a Libra. His sheepish introspective lyricism. “We tools to use?” He finds subject matter in the
response seems odd given that his music has been all have to deal,” he says, cool, the funny, and the serious: “death, life,
pushing the boundaries of hip-hop for nearly 2 “to balance out both love politics, girlfriends, fun…” he writes what he
decades – breaking convention doesn’t happen and hate, good and evil, sees and experiences.
by accident and it seems to me that his creative high and low.” These are
process is divided between mind and man. The Mind his binaries, his way to “re- As introverted as he is, he does not like
creates rhymes about burning the “vanity affair” that flect a worldly balance.” to deconstruct his own creative process,
is L.A. while the Man supports capitalism so long as “the writing is the editing,” he claims, “it is
people aren’t dogmatic about it. He raps, “I do it all These days, the unrefined and instantaneous.” While he does
for you” but when the issue of CD pirating is brought 37-year-old rapper is not feel that his role is to make people com-
up he gets irritated; “do you think I do this all for still pushing the genre’s fortable he rejects the negative lyricism that
you?” He has a water bottle filled with rum, a beer limitations with a series of “does nothing for your soul, and contributes
stain on his lightning-bolt shirt from the night before musically-themed hip- to stunting our growth.” It’s not a matter of
and some of the most transcendent rhymes to enter hop albums. The first of being preachy but instead putting himself
the literary canon. several, “Lightning Strikes” into the lyrics as a way of “understand[ing]
offers layer upon layer of how people are…we’re all the same, all shal-
Breaking convention, pushing boundaries, embrac- reggae styles pulled from low, we all have self-esteem issues.”
ing binaries: Aceyalone is a poet in the most the archives of musical his-
classical sense. tory. Aceyalone feels that Aceyalone likes to be admired. He has
“dancehall has a rhythmic little patience for critics and reacts sensi-
Formerly known as Eddie Hayes, Aceyalone was form not often applied to tively to negative responses to his music.
instrumental in the creative and intellectual progres- hip-hop” and he respects When challenged about some of the inevi-
sion of hip-hop in the 90s. At a time when gangsta it. But as a lyricist, the table misses of his long career, he becomes
rap was promoting controversy and gaining popu- beats are a backdrop to his defensive. Although he is not yet bored with
larity Ace One was spearheading the West Coast poetry and he can inter- the fans and the tours he sees two scenes
freestyle and jazz movement with The Freestyle pret other musical genres happening: “the positive or neutral fans who
Fellowship. equally well. “Rhythms In pushing his own musical boundaries he also are there to enjoy the shows,” and “the crit-
belong to one source of nature from god,” he claims, He is, however, quite conscious of the meta- encourages others to not settle for comfort although ics,” which he spits out like a dirty word. His music
To this day the conscious underground follows so he can also respectfully delve into classical, blues phorical ideas of taking flight and soaring to higher “it’s easier now to accept cookie cutter music… may push for change but the man himself enjoys the
their lead in musical experimentation and intro- or jazz. “Hip-hop takes samples … this just takes it heights which is another recurring pattern in his anyone can buy a cookie cutter and make a hundred comfort he condemns, the dichotomy of the artist is
spective poetry. Ace recalls being part of hip-hop’s a step further.” Through recovering “lost techniques” 17-year discography. He likes to explore the margins heart-shaped cookies.” Aceyalone places himself evident in the discrepancy between his music and
growth in those days, a time when “hip-hop was instead of simply using samples the art remains con- and reach outer limits, a risky human instinct. I in a greater artistic context where he is responsible his lifestyle.
a young form of music and was still maturing.” nected to its original source, the tensions of life. reminded him of the classical Icarus myth, in which to give society “something that future generations
He feels that he helped bring hip-hop through its Powerful and socially conscious, few could live
adolescent years by offering his artistic style and Lightning is a symbolic representation of divine up to Aceyalone’s prophetic statements and the art-
bringing it closer to poetry. “The art form is not just imagination. It strikes from the heavens and manifests ist recognizes this discord: “We’re all works in prog-
rhymes, not just technical. We challenged the tech- itself through the artist in order to challenge the norms ress,” he admits. In writing lyrics Aceyalone channels
niques, like rhyming in different time signatures, 6/8 of thought and produce change. “Lightning Strikes” is what he calls his “higher self” and recognizes that
or 5/7, different dynamic rhythms.” saturated with the imagery of natural tensions: “first the next step is to “live up to the lyrics” which is a
the thunder, then the lightning,” of “Shango,” or the difficult process. Perhaps this is where the man and
He confronted the very essence of hip-hop, burning fires cast upon shallow lifestyles in “Jungle the mind come together. The experiences of the man
stoking the fire to help it grow: without contraries, Muzik.” However, Ace claims that the light imagery in the curious hero soars too high and the sun causes can respect, can be proud of as wise and conscious and the mind’s imagination form a tension, which in
there is no progression. According to Aceyalone, the his lyrics is not a conscious attempt on his part; the his wax wings to melt and he falls from the sky. adults.” It seems that the key to tapping into human turn creates a flash of illuminated artistry. Lightning
polarities of life already exist in the conscious and very action of bringing his ideas to light organically When asked about the parallel Aceyalone reflects, “I emotion is to take influences from every aspect of strikes.
subconscious minds of all people—he simply brings integrates the natural symbols of knowledge. haven’t soared that high yet.” life: “Anyone can find cool beats but you’ve got to
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Wall Street Journal Washington Times Owl Magazine The Canadian Sportsman Thomson/Nelson Today’s
Parent US Banker Golf Canada Draft Toronto Designer’s Collective Pearson Education Harbinger Com-
munications Inc. Response Innovations Revolver Film Company / The Partners’ Film Company BlackWalk
Productions Theatre by the Bay Game Developer Magazine Fuel Magazine Verve Magazine

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Alxs: In regards to your upcoming been our aim since the end of 1992. Perhaps hiring performers to engage
tour schedule, any chance for some We all have exercised a lot on our in BDSM while you perform?
West Coast Canadian dates dur- instruments the last years, to improve
ing your USA/Canada run this time our playing and compositional Helmuth: Yeah, we had some brain-
around? abilities, raise intensity and dynam- storming sessions about it, but we all

under
ics, to just get better in all musical came to the decision that its better to
Helmuth: Hails to thee! There is aspects. With each album we bring concentrate on the music. We aren’t
nothing confirmed yet. I only know our sound onto the next level, the a show band you know. Let the music
that there will be about 33 dates feeling, the production, the songs… do the talking, its all about the music
throughout USA and Canada. We it was amazing to create and record man.
are still waiting to get specifics on Bondage Goat Zombie. Our sound

with ...
the first dates. For me, it’s the best to has never been so vital, dark and full Alxs: What’s your reaction to the
play live, you know? We are always of demonic passion. Anyways, the book (True Norwegian Black Metal)
exited; each show is very special for most important thing is, that when that seems to chastise Norwegian
us and a huge challenge. We did so you play a Belphegor album/ song, Black Metal bands and fans, and
many brutal concerts the last decade. you immediately recognize that it is could there possibly be some sort of
I think that we are a band that live Belphegor. backlash stemming from the atten-
we definitely destroy and leave dust tion the book and genre are receiving
and ashes. We give the crowd the Alxs: What inspired you to record through mainstream media (i.e. CNN
absolute musical massacre and a woman actually being flogged and discussing church-burners etc..)
we’ll shoot our hits into their heads. to use this recording as a sample on
Preaching the blast-beat in a live situ- “Der Rutenmarsch”? Helmuth: I never heard about it and I
ation is our mission man, we always don’t give a shit...
concentrate on the high-speed tracks Helmuth: Its all about SEX, SATAN
(laughs). We cannot wait to play new and ART! I really dig that kinda stuff Alxs: Are there any musicians
tracks of the Bondage Goat Zombie man. First you have to realize the or artists with whom you could see
album over there; it was killer to tour word “sadism” comes from Marquis yourselves doing future collabora-
Canada last year. de Sade’s name. I’m more than im- tions with? Or at least tour with?
pressed since 1995/ 96 by De Sade
Alxs: With the recent success of as I get my hands on 120 Days of Helmuth: Ed Gein, Marquis De Sade,
Bondage Goat Zombie in respect to Sodom, Justine or Juliette etc. I really Sylvia Saint, Alister Crowley, Taylor
its position on German and Austrian recommend these scripts, his work Rain, Leatherface, Mozart, Klaus
music charts as well as the positive was a battlefield full of perverted sex, Kinski, Chuck Schuldiner....
reception with metal magazines and violence and humiliation, but on the
critics, do you feel that this album has other hand his writing is pure poetry. Alxs: Current endorsements?
achieved something musically that Also his life was very impressive. I
perhaps your previous albums have used many of his original verses for Helmuth: Jackson Guitars USA.
not? the new album. He was a rebel and
was in jail about 25 years for his art Alxs: Next big thing? (Unsigned -
Helmuth: Things are going infer- and ideals and he always refused Your recommendation)
nally man, but hey, I don’t compare to kneel down. Yeah, the flagella-
albums. We talk about music, each tion at the end of Der Rutenmarsch Helmuth: You’re asking the wrong
time and album we give our best. I is not fake and we used original person about that stuff. I don’t care
combine every album with a certain verses from Donatien Marquis De about trends or the next big thing.
period of life. Hell yeah, Bond- Sade (1740-1814) and as always, You know, it seems like everyday
age Goat Zombie just crushed the one very important sentence from there’s a new subgenre of metal. But
German and Austrian top charts. I F.W. Nietzsche (1844-1900). Hecate, while trends come and go, Death and
mean its not important to me, I don’t a break-core artist from the USA, Black metal are forever, real classic
give a shit you know, cuz charts are recorded and enjoyed the flagellation metal in general. I’ve seen so many
for fashion... trendy assholes. But by a whipper. She said that she is still trendy bands come and go the last 16
it definitely is a breakthrough for in pain after a week and has bruises years, especially the overnight-hype-
extreme metal in general. A triumph on her whole back. She totally liked it sensations (laughs). I dig metal, I
for the devil and a stigma for moral- and wants to repeat it (laughs). It was mean - guitar music in general. I see
izers… an extra punch in their faces, a privilege to work with her again. the extreme metal scene is growing
especially in Germany were we had The last spoken words “...drown me again worldwide, so its a good time.
so many troubles with censorship the in your fukk, drown me in your fukk, Music = Religion!
last decade. drown me” are amazing and blackest
poetry to me. Its supremely authentic Alxs: Any last words for the
Alxs: How important is it for Bel- and fits to the whole atmosphere of ABORT readership?
phegor to experiment with different the album and the concept of the
dynamics in your songs; be it musi- infamous De Sade. Helmuth: Thanks for the space Alxs,
cal, lyrical or sample ideas? regards to your readership and all
Alxs: Are there any possibilities metal demons worldwide. Check
Helmuth: To become mightier, more for incorporating aspects of the S&M out our new album Bondage Goat
intense with every opus has always scene into your live performance? Zombie.

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BOOK REVIEW by Grimm Culhane

Judas Priest – Heavy Metal Painkillers


An Illustrated History
By Martin Popoff
ECW Press

Martin Popoff, Canada’s (if not “The World’s”) premier


heavy metal chronicler returns with yet another tome of
doom, his twentieth in fact. Fuck me! When does this
guy have time to sleep? This time around Judas Priest
goes under the microscope with absolutely brilliant
results.

“Judas Priest – Heavy Metal Painkillers – An Illustrated History” is an unprecedented 380


pages of the history, the challenges, the grit and the grandeur of one of the most important
metal bands of our time. Martin has definitely covered all bases with this beauty because
even those of you who can’t read are gonna get something out of this sucker! Loaded with
page after page of photos, ancient ticket stubs, magazine covers, newspaper clippings,
gig shirts, posters and countless other sorts of memorabilia, this is THE definitive history
of Judas Priest.

Since their rudimentary beginnings in 1969 and right up to today, Judas Priest has been a
going concern. From their earliest days in Birmingham, England, Martin brings to life what
it took to make one of heavy metal’s most enduring bands last as long as they have. The
millions of sold albums, the international legions of screaming fans, the studded leather
fashion… ah the fashion. Perhaps that’s it! Perhaps all the metal studded, leather apparel
Judas Priest made into a “fuck you if you don’t like it” fashion statement is actually a way
of prolonging life?

Trend setters, controversial figures (remember the two suicidal boneheads who’s families
blamed their deaths on “supposed” subliminal messages found on Judas Priest albums?)
and the bearers of truths some are unable to handle; now in 2007 its safe to say Judas
Priest remains hell bent not only for leather, but for the annuls of heavy metal Godhood.

“Judas Priest – Heavy Metal Painkillers – An Illustrated History” is easily amongst Martin’s
best work and I could go on and on about it, but I won’t. I’ll let you discover it for yourself.
In the mean time I’m gonna put on my studded wrist protectors, my motorcycle boots, my
black leather jacket and my black leather officers cap and I’m gonna live forever!

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to the point with ...

Bay Area Thrash Legends Exodus have bounced back to sit upon the throne they so richly deserve
since their ground breaking debut album – Bonded By Blood.

Fresh off a world tour to support the latest Nuclear Blast release, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, ABORT’s
Toronto correspondent Jimmy Lynch, checks in with Exodus Co –founder , Gary Holt.
1. Gary, first of all congrats on the smokin’ new that, it’s what I live to see. And some of the fans miss those days?
album- You’ve always played by your own rules, in a couple of cities in South America apparently
refusing to follow trends, and ignoring the like to rip each others hair out, judging from the I am possessed! By who, I don’t know. But while
Commercialization of metal...unlike others. How hundreds of chunks littering the floor in Chile those days were a blast, the most fun is to be
are you able to maintain such a staunch non- and Columbia. had now.
conformist attitude despite overwhelming odds
against you? 4. .How do you feel about rappers like Necro, 8. Rob Dukes was featured in our latest issue
writing about Exodus, Venom, and bands like how’s he differ from prior Exodus vocalists
Why fight the odds anyway? You are much bet- that, for his Rap tribute to the infamous Com-
ter off staying true to yourself because it’s you bat Tour Back in the 80’s? He manages to capture the best of our sound
who you have to answer to, no one else. If we on the old stuff, and also bring us into a whole
tried to jump on some bandwagon we’d be cru- It’s cool with me for sure. I haven’t heard it new level of brutality with the new. And on
cified for it. I have to be able to look at myself in myself, but if he wants to rap about it, go for it. stage, there is no one like him in metal, in my
the mirror and not feel like I’ve let myself down. At least he was there, where as some people opinion.
might talk shit about him but weren’t around
2. You just completed an exhausting tour, themselves.
with your current line up, was it 9. The Bay Area has been a breeding ground of
just as much fun this time around, or more of a great music for some time
pay the bills type thing? .5. You guys have always been a killer live act, now. What is up with that? Is there something in
it’s obviously something the water, air, the weather?
Well, that was actually last December, so we’ve that you take pride in. How do you still have the Have you ever had to throw a crazed fan back
been home and off the road for a while. But energy to get it done? in the mosh pit? and I don’t mean this in a
we would never do this shit if it wasn’t fun, and funny way, but where it became a serious stage
sometimes it barely pays the bills anyway. And The crowd. The more insane they get, the hazard?
our level of fun is pretty much off the charts. more we get. But I do have to take better care
of myself now. I work out every day to get my Hahaha! I have thrown MANY people back in
cardio going. the crowd, and still do quite often! And yes, it’s
3. Do you have any remorse something in the water.
for all the chaotic violence 6. Can we cross our fingers for a “Nuclear Bay
you’ve created from Area Blast:” Tour with you guys and Testament .10. Any chance of Exodus playing in Vancouver
doing live shows? Speaking and Death Angel – That kind of thing? or Toronto any time soon?
of which, any problems dur-
ing your recent stop in South You never know! I don’t know about this next tour, but I’m sure in
America ? Were they “Too the future we will make it back.
Receptive”? .7. . I caught your gig in Toronto in ‘93 with DRI
and Body Count, outstanding Thanks for your time Gary
Remorse? Don’t know the set! On your solos, you looked like you were
meaning of the word! Fuck possessed. Are you still? In addition, do you By Jimmy Lynch

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the cutting edge
Some spend count- that were acceptable 20 years ago.
less hours hanging These points show that serious
around in studios, caution should be taken when looking
soaking up as much for a studio to work in OR an artist to
information as they do your work.
possibly can and
wait patiently for Many less reputable shops that use
someone to throw cheap equipment and cut corners in
them a bone. Some order to keep prices extremely low
score counter jobs will come and go, but should always
for no pay. Some be watched. These shops hurt the
push retail prod- industry in a big way by supporting
ucts in-shop to sweat shops and outsourcing low
bring in money. quality studio supplies. Not to mention
W ith the ever-growing popularity
and acceptance of body art in all
of its forms, today we’re seeing more
Some seek out artists or studios that
will take cash for “training”, to give
doing inexperienced and sometimes
even dangerous work. This also draws
and more individuals grasping for a them a quick start in the industry and uneducated clients away from repu-
chance to get into the piercing & tat- a piece of paper to put on the wall. table shops with cheap prices and
tooing industry. This industry has been Some travel and put out cash to take then leaves a terrible impression of
receiving an ever-growing amount of seminars with one of an assortment how the industry works. A solid artist
media attention as of late, with reality of larger organizations to again, give with strong ethics will always strive to
television shows featuring various tat- them a piece of paper to put on the have you leave their studio educated
tooing studios glamorizing the creative wall. Some even order piercing and/or enough to protect yourself from un-
eAxpression their art entails. We’re tattoo kits from tattoo magazines and ethical and dangerous artists.
finding now that visible body art is hack away at their friends at home.
not only found on rock stars and our So, let’s get back to brass tax, shall
favourite bands, but even mainstream There are many reasons why these we? “What’s the best way to get into
celebrities and movie stars are proudly people are looking the wrong direction this industry”, you ask? First off, go
sporting their tattoos and piercings for their entry into tattooing or piercing take your first-aid and CPR training
before the public eye. These days fields. I’m going to take this opportu- at a level 2. You’ll be ahead of a lot of
we’re closer than ever to everyone and nity to first explain how this industry already employed artists out there in
their mother having a tattoo or a pierc- has changed in the last decade or so that regard. Next, take some infectious
ing without criticism. Even white collar and how an aspiring artist can follow diseases and bloodborne pathogens
jobs are becoming more open to body the optimal path forward if they have training. This can be done through a
art. Really, what’s not to love about the drive to do so. hospital or health department. Next,
this industry? It’s got loads of sex ap- show some initiative and attend a
peal, and tattoo artists are becoming Let me touch base on a few aspects seminar with the Association of Pro-
celebrities on TV. of the industry that need to be rec- fessional Piercers (www.safepiercing.
ognized. In the last 10-15 years this org) or the Alliance of Professional Tat-
What many people don’t realize is that industry has become over-saturated tooists (www.safe-tattoos.com). These
the majority of artists in the industry with shops opening with minimal stan- organizations have been put in place
live financially comfortable at best. dards, minimal experience and minimal to stay up-to-date on all aspects of
Most do it for the love of the art, not ethics in practice. Being the art-orient- the industry from everything involving
to get rich. It seems that many people ed industry that this is, governments the arts themselves right up to anthro-
don’t take this into consideration when don’t tend to carry much involvement pology and
attempting to get their foot in the in it’s regulations or educating new art- legislature.
door. This should be considered by ists. There’s also a lack of knowledge
all future-body-artists-to-be. It should in the general public about the indus- Get a slice of Russ at www.russfoxx.com
also be realized that if the right ap- try, which makes it difficult for people
proach isn’t taken when entering the to know where to go and where not
industry, a new artist can be a very to go. When you find a studio that
detrimental force on the industry as will offer tattoos for $20 per hour
a whole. One can take the right path and piercings with jewelry included
and set a good example or one can for the same price, there is more
take the wrong path and lead many than likely to be corners cut in qual-
more behind them. ity and safety. Lastly, the federal and
provincial health authorities’ mini-
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Death Angel
Killing Season
Nuclear Blast Records
I had to step out of my regular role as Hip Hop editor when I
saw this one come in. This takes me way back to ‘89, playing
covers of “I’m Bored” and “Mistress of Pain” in a basement in
Northern Ontario.
Almost all-original line-up too, with Mark Osegueda’s still pierc-
ing shriek nailing the high notes. Genius drummer Andy Galeon
Emotionz

w s (who was 14 when The Ultra-Violence was released) kicking


a more groove oriented “thrash n roll” (their word) style with

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Dennis Pepa’s still funky and even fatter bass tone rumbling
steadily along.
East Van Mixtape
FreshCoast

r e v Del the Funky


Their newest “thrasterpiece” (again, their word), Killing Season
is about “truth and freedom…pain and suffering” - yeah, yeah,
as long as there’s no power ballads like “Room With a View”
from Act III. Judging from the accompanying promo shot, Death
Angel are now (if they haven’t always been) seriously blunted.
The latest mixtape CD from Freshcoast veteran Emotionz
displays his wide range of styles and skills over beats by Moves
and other solid EastVan producers like Obese Chief, Sichuan,
This has resulted in a more stoner rock/thrash hybrid sound, and others. The years of repping East Van here and worldwide
Homosapien like a stripped down Ultra Violence with less riffs per song and have honed his flow into a versatile voice for the hustling under-
belly of a city that too often tries to conceal its criminal origins.
more serious subject matter.
“Lord of Hate” kicks it off with some classic 80’s era thrash The opener “Skytrain” nails the setting right off - everyone
Eleventh Hour and Osegueda’s voice slicing through the mix. Things get all knows the sound of those bells, and I’ve constructed this beat
in my head before as the doors open on Granville - “If you livin’
Definitive Jux Cro-Mag style hardcore on “Sonic Beatdown.” “Dethroned”
in my city then I know that you heard…” This flows right into
starts off with the eerie chorus guitars and kicks into socially
righteous thrash. Closing track “Resurrection Machine” is the the line - “EastVan motherfucker it stays hard” on “So many
While most Rap these days is based on fabrication,
only instrumental and it seems Death Angel’s introspective mo- Battles In Life,” where Emotionz spits on the ever present
Desaster Del’s new disc Eleventh Hour emphasizes on truth and
honesty. Laid back with his classic Oakland twang, he ments are now more about dark atmosphere than the sensitive conflicts of life, on and off the mic, and his eager willingness to
face them head on.
kills it over his own futuristic funk sounding beats. Most acoustic ballads on Act III, or the soul baring testimonies of
Walk in the Park. Guest MC Clockwork hits some soulful uplifting shit on “Hard
of the album is spent bouncing back and forth effort-
I’m fucking stoked knowing these guys are still at it and have Times,” and Emotionz follows with his own reflective, soul
lessly between dissing bimbo’s and ripping wack mc’s
honed their sound through years of experimentation into some- sample based tracks. Chance, ft. DeeOne kicks some double
666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate to shreds.
What makes this album particularly different from his thing uniquely Old School, yet progressive and ever changing. I time crunk type shit to get the party bumpin again, and Onesix
drops the stellar “Keep It Street” - a reflective rap on hard times
Metal Blade Records others might be the aggression or resentment in his haven’t even kept up with metal since the 90’s, mainly because
and struggle with a killer hook. “Struggle and Rain” follows - a
voice. You can tell he’s been going through some shit, nothing has really caught my ear since then. Death Angel’s lat-
est re-establishes their importance in the Metal hierarchy, from heavy anthem for wet winter days.
Gnarled grandfathers of black metal Desaster are back on the maybe a bad break up?
back when it was Metallica, Slayer and a bunch of skinny teen- “E+J” features Manik and Zes on some alcoholic party pimpin
throne with their latest release on Metal Blade. Whatever it was, it fueled the lyrics and beats to one of
age cousins from the Bay Area who created Thrash Metal. rap, and Manik drops the street hustler flow on Y’all Don’t
This sixth album marks the band’s 19th anniversary of classic the best discs he’s released. He’s got a certain way of
By Dave “Corvid” McCallum Know. Emotionz ends it with “The Realest Shit That I could
destruction and over the years their style hasn’t diverged much calling people out or talking on a deep issue, while still
Rap” over a cinematic King Geedorah beat with the parting
from the sound that made them famous. The current line up making your head nod. Who else performs songs diss-
message that “Violence Kills” and a flow reminiscent of Talib
is the result of numerous changes over the years and now ing club chicks while making the whole club dance?
Kweli in cadence and content.
includes Sataniac, Tormentor, Odin, and the last remaining Using rhyme patterns and flows nobody’s thought
Overall, a solid effort with a good mix of party bangers and
original member, Infernal. Regardless of the newer members, of using before, Del once again has proved he’s still
introspective flows over a range of styles and beats, the East-
their style is the same– driven, intense, classic BM. evolving and always has something new to bring to the
Van Mixtape is a forceful statement of this place and time - the
The feel of the album is a little bit slower than some of their table. I think most people other than his ex-girlfriends
realness of the street life and the rewards of steady hustling, all
earlier work and Sataniac’s vocals are distinctly understand- will be feeling this one.
saturated with the sounds and flavours of Rain City. FreshCoast
able. These may be nods to the bands roots, meant to assert By Dave Nelson
has always had the uniquely Vancouver sound, and it’s good
their place in the traditions of metal and help them stand out
to hear that it’s steadily evolving, grinding, and sharpening the
from the speed metal and death metal that came after them.
skills.
Nonetheless, they still rip it up in alliteration-loving tunes like
By Dave “Corvid” McCallum
Razor Ritual and Fate Forever Flesh and bring the slow grinds
in songs like Tyrannizer.

When music moves as fast as metal sometimes a particular


style doesn’t get the full attention it deserves; with this album,
Desaster shows that their particular brand of BM is not only
relevant, but can compete with contemporary trends and still
has a lot of new ground to cover.
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DeVotchKa
Eternal Lord
Blessed be this
A Mad & Faithful Telling
ANTI Records Nightmare Various Artists
Golf Records / Ferret Music
With the surge in popularity of Gypsy Punk and its conquer-
ing of dance floors across the globe, its not surprising to find Kicking off strong, songs like “Hot To Trot” and “Get To Fuck”
Fallin’ off the Reel II
represent deathcore at its finest. They play on all sorts of Truth & Soul
ANTI- Records picking up the bouzouki and running with it. By
signing Denver based band DeVotchKa, ANTI- Records has Red Ants contrast in the opening numbers, juxtaposing blastbeats with
now given almost every genre a go, filling out its roster nicely heavy breakdowns, high pitched screaming with growling Truth & Soul Records presents this righteous collection of NYC
in the process. Alongside label mates such as Neko Case, and straightforward one-note rhythmic patterns with complex funk, chronicling every T&S 45 single released since 2006 in
Man Man and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (not to mention guitar harmonies. chronological order. This is material so classic that it’s hard to
Just in case the listener is getting too comfortable though, tell it’s so recent, hearkening back as it does to an age when
Tom Waits, Bob Mould and fucking Merle Haggard even!),
DeVotchKa has found a home for their cultured cabaret and
Omega Point there are ominous shadows of the lameness lurking around “people like Otis Redding… left microphones rusting with
are moving in. Urbnet every corner. Every now and then a breakdown will settle into sweat and tears.”
cymbal ripples and soft guitar melodies before cranking back Bronx River Parkway begin the disc with “La Valla,” a Hip Hop
Previously nominated for a Grammy along with composer My- I knew from the cover that I was gonna love this one, and I into the good stuff. flavoured Latin style tune (or vice versa), which flows right into
chael Danna for their work on the Little Miss Sunshine score, took it along with me to Toronto just to help me pre-adjust As the album moves along, the songs slow down and all but Nora Se Va, some sweet and sultry salsa for the ladies. Funky
DeVotchKa returns with their new album, A Mad and Faithful mentally - I mean it has a picture of the CN tower snapped in leave the death metal influences behind. Blastbeats disappear Music Machine follows up with some 70’s freak funk that
Telling. Sporting more instruments than one person can pro- fucking half on the cover! early in the album and beats on the faster side become less just smells of polyester suits, afros and sweat, while the lead
nounce, including theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, trumpet, Very dusty, dirty, Def Jux influenced production by Vincent and less frequent. Growling all but dries up in favour of vocal vocalist tears himself to shreds over his angelic backup girls.
violin, accordion, sousaphone, double bass, drums and piano, Price (best name ever!) with that extra grit that comes from styles reminiscent of screamo, they take the genre-mixing way Black Velvet brings it right down with some sweet sentimental
A Mad & Faithful Telling is some of the sweetest sorrow yet put winters spent in the Great Frozen North all paranoid on Jamai- too far with (what seems to be inspired by James Taylor) Amity, soul on “Is it Me You Really Love?” and funks it up for “An
to music. can ‘Cess. As one half of the original duo of Modulok and the forsaking vox and decent drum work entirely in favour of a Earthquake’s Coming.”
now incarcerated Predaking, Modulok holds it down with a slow, self-indulgent guitar duet. El Michels Affair brings us back to the present with some mel-
As diverse as the label they call home, not all of A Mad & tortured, blunted flow full of the visceral nihilistic imagery of a That is the low point of the album, though, and things get low urban vibes and a dope collab with Raekwon the Chef on
Faithful Telling is strictly Gypsy Punk. The tracks Basso Pro- pre-apocalyptic wasteland. mildly, if only mildly, better for the last three tunes. The style “P.J.’s,” a hypnotic narrative of hustler living, over live Hip Hop
fundo and Comrade Z are, to the degree of say Gogol Bordello A little slow in the intro, but that just gives one time to twist never quite picks up to where it was though. reminiscent of DJ Premier or The Roots. Lee Fields is fucking
or Zydepunks, but most of these songs are just as much at one, as VP’s scratchy digital soundscapes scrape the ear- In short, pick up this album if you don’t mind a little harmonic sublime on “My World” and “Love Comes and Goes,” proof
home in a sun lit café as they would be in a dark smoky club. drums into a cold trance. When Modulok drops his first lines in your deathcore; even if you do mind, the first couple of that real Soul music is alive in it’s original form in an unbroken
over the ghostly beat of “Amplification,” it’s MC devouring, songs still kill and are worth checking out on their own. tradition passed down from the masters.
For a band like DeVotchKa though, that’s just getting started. tortured soul time all over again. By Justin K. Hughes Timothy McNealy drops the conscious vibes on a funked out
“Head Honcho” plays out like a Mexican cantina anthem while “A Kind of Grim” is a polished anthem for self-loathing angst “What’s Going On”? and The Fabulous Three take us out on
“Along the Way” conjures up the ghost of Marty Robbins and the best candidate on the album for an anti-radio hit. the unreleased bonus track “Odyssey Revised,” a tight drum
himself. Then there’s the French café flavour of “Strizzalo,” Best of all is “Versus,” a profound meditation on the great- and bass groove with some dope horn arrangements over top.
(although what a French café actually tastes like I can’t say) ness of pleasure, pain, love and… well, nothing, that is worth Very cool, soulful and fulfilling, Fallin’ Off the Reels II is the
and the mournful strains of “Undone,” this album has it all in listening to twice in quick succession just to really catch the perfect comedown album after a night of hard partying, good
its own darkly brilliant way. meaning. “Psychic Dictatorship” and “Keep Your Satellites out for company and a sweet organic antidote to an overdose of
of my Brain” rail at the all pervading mind control pollution of modern electronic stress. It’s nice to know that these styles are
Distinct, diverse, divine, with A Mad and Faithful Telling our electronic masters (and we aren’t talking science fiction intact in an honest form, and don’t sound derivative or played,
DeVotchKa’s not only moving in, they’re gonna conquer the bullshit either)! just Truth & Soul for a cold world, full of love and longing and
world. Decidedly uncharacteristic of Canadian styles or trends, Red pain and beauty. This will definitely be on my playslist for
Ants are a harbinger of new sounds on the horizon, produced weeks to come.
By Grimm Culhane by artists whose eyes and ears seem to be focused on the By Dave “Corvid” McCallum
realities of our great and fucked up nation, not on an appropri-
ated image of Hip Hop. The skyline of a bombed out T-dot with
vegetation overgrowing the bones and ruins is a fairly succinct
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and time, here and now, end and beginning… and the weak
are definitely eaten!

By Dave “Corvid” McCallum

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Meshuggah Witch
Paralyzed
Tee Pee Records
ObZen
Nuclear Blast In 2006 Witch’s self titled debut album found its way into my
MP3 player, nestling itself nicely between Wild Cherry and
Wizards of Ooze. Day after day I listened with contented ears
The March of the year of eight and two thousand has birthed
a rarity in modern aural craft. For those who seek enlighten- Nasum as Witch laid out a thick throwback of 70’s style musical may-
ment through music, close your eyes, soften your breath, and hem. From the opening fuzzed out drone of ‘Seer’ to the last
encounter obZen. Calculate not this work of mesmerism! For sustained note of ‘Isadora,’ here was an album of psychedelic
few sages of great merit can translate its complexity. Rather, Threat from gratification that defied comparison and returned my faith in a
much maligned genre.
one should take this piece in like they would a breath, without
Doombringer
conscious reasoning, like it is a complex but unnoticed func-
tion of one’s own body, and absorb it without focal stress.
Outer Space Relapse
Now in 2008 the boys in Witch are at it again with their sopho-
more release ‘Paralyzed.’ Singer/guitarist Kyle Thomas, bassist
Dave Sweetapple, guitarist Kurt Weisman and drummer J
Meshuggah have taken technicality and severity and used Hellbent on destruction, Sweden’s Nasum have brought forth Mascis (yes, that J Mascis) have taken what made their debut
them to scrape a multitude of scattered frequencies together Bleed the Dying Elephant the demons from hell (and all that other cliche shite) into a album so exceptional and expanded upon it in every conceiv-
able way. This is an album both hard rock and psychedelic
into abstract beauty. The lungs of this work often collapse Konseptikon Records spectacular live album. Problem is, it’s spectacular due to the
puritans can really sink their ears into. From the heavier than
into peaceful melodic lulls. As the need for oxygen inevitably simple fact that the tracks clock in at under one minute each.
returns, panic inducing diatribes proclaim with dueling whips I mean it. fuck rhythm section and nitro charged guitar solos to the soar-
Threat from Outer Space has drawn from a long musical ing vocals and flashback inducing lyrics; ‘Paralyzed’ manages
of eight tails that the lungs will most certainly fill again. As the tradition in creating ‘Bleeding the Dying Elephant,’ balancing “We’re gonna take you back,” boasts the lead vocalist for the
violent breath rushes in and the molecules absorb into the lung classic track “Mass Hypnosis.” Unfortunately the ‘Doom’ is to leave an even larger dent in my primary auditory cortex like
the album somewhere between classic and cliché. The ideas a crowbar caressing a Porsche’s front quarter panel. Not an
tissue, we witness the reclamation of life through the strength presented are a little generic, but also universal. This makes brought and clocks in at under 48 seconds. Riddle me this:
and evolution intrinsic to the music that is Meshuggah. how the fuck is one supposed to get hypnotized in just over a easy feat considering how many brain cells I have left… or is
the album a comfortable and catchy collection of watered- that how few?
down social criticisms: “9/11 was an inside job”? Fucking half minute? Impressive! They must be the “Karnacks of Grind-
A fluctuation of rage and recluse, obZen is a score for an epic core.” These guys have to get on Leno pronto! To the point, Heavier, faster and far more expansive than their first album (if
groundbreaking. that’s possible!), ‘Paralyzed’ rises from the tar pits of today’s
journey to enlightenment. It offers us pieces of music that The members of Threat From Outer Space are individually and short and sweet and completely indecipherable.
break down the human psyche, breakdowns that rush like the Recorded live in Japan, the whole album transpires in under 25 homogeneous goo called ‘modern music’ and makes its pres-
collectively talented, their music is fun, creative and mean- ence known with a mighty, reverberating roar. The infectious
ocean. Water is a vast vessel of life that adapts to its surround- ingful. ‘Bleed the Dying Elephant’ is a solid album, good for minutes – I’ll assume the Super Terrific Happy Nasum Limited
ings just as one must adapt and evolve to life, and to the com- Edition Extra Special Box set (8 CD’s) should round out at a groove of ‘Gone,’ the guitar laden psych-out of ‘Disappear,’
both dancing and headphones alike. Classic rock and roll the slamming beats of ‘Sweet Sue’ and the molten madness of
plex biotic entity that is obZen. With reference to the album riffs, malleable horns and drawling vocals are individually very full hour.
concept, as explained by vocalist Jens Kidman, that mankind I’d rather listen to the soundtrack from ‘Meatballs 4’ while ‘Psychotic Rock,’ (with vocals eerily reminiscent of Alice Donut
familiar, but the layered combinations of the sounds keep them frontman Tomas Antona); for a band that doesn’t practice and
seeks enlightenment in the obscure and the obscene, I have from being boring. The inventive instrumentation brings a rich shopping at Ikea. I’ll stick with the studio tracks if I need
found that one can likewise find enlightenment in obZen, garbled Swede Metal. rarely plays live I’m thinking I should be smoking what these
sound through classic hand clap beats, dub-style horns and guys are smoking!
should one possess the ability to dissociate oneself from one’s understated bongos. At the same time, the musical busyness By E.S. Day
conscious process. Channel this record into your morning ch’i By Grimm Culhane
makes the album a little unfocused and draws away from its
for euphoric results. social themes.
By .ninjoelspy. The songs are emotive but again there is tension between ex-
istential thought and the egocentric ponderings of an indulgent
emcee. The album’s narrative is delivered in choppy but con-
trolled phrases against subtly powerful instrumentals. Songs
like “We Like to Fight” and “Fix You” are catchy and upbeat,
while “5:40 AM” is slow, ethereal and reflective. There is a kind
of bewildered innocence in the way the vocals are solemnly
presented; shards of images reflect a mind still searching. On
first listen the lyrics are a little simplistic, but now and then
some gems come out: “Don’t be so callous like the bass
player’s fingers” is one particularly enjoyable pun.
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made them their own. While theirs is not a revolutionary new
sound, it is novel nonetheless.
By Amalia Nickel

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Nick Cave and the
Without Mercy
Bad Seeds

Left Spine Down All Else Fails


Unsigned DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!
ANTI- Records
There’s so much new music being made in Vancouver these days
(metal and otherwise) that its almost impossible to check out a Long time fantasy boyfriends of women who cut themselves shav-
Fighting For Voltage local gig without coming across some new act you haven’t heard ing… on purpose; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds return with their Man Man
Synthetic Sounds of before. The sheer number of new bands in the local area is ever fourteenth studio album entitled DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!! True musical
Vancouver’s Left Spine Down turn the right songs up on “Fighting increasing and, like shit piled on a loonie, you really gotta dig to innovators and one of the few groups to successfully span genres
for Voltage” their latest release through their own imprint - Syn- find the good stuff hidden beneath the surface. AND generations (my grandma digs them), Nick and the boys come
thetic Sounds. Right off the bat this 6 piece unit featuring former Why bother getting shit all over your hands when you need dig no from a decidedly less melancholy and more Grinderman garage
members of the legendary Front line Assembly and The Black Halos further than All Else Fails, the four song EP released by local purvey- like angle in their compositions here, while the vocals and lyrical Rabbit Habits
ors of metal Without Mercy. Alxs, DJ, Dallas and Matt have inserted content remain pure Nick Cave.
have disemboweled the current industrial/electro/goth state of
a strong entry into the local metal landscape with this release. Far be it for me to criticize one of the most upbeat albums Nick
ANTI- Records
mind and taken the entrails from its carcass to boil a pot of Mash-
Up stew that puts the latest MSI album to shame. Reminiscent of Pantera, old Metallica and even Cannibal Corpse in Cave and the Bad Seeds have ever assembled, so I simply won’t.
Third times a charm for experimental rock artists Man Man as
No to mention they have captured the old school vibe of what their delivery and compositions, its hard not to pay attention to this Instead I’ll mention the diverse and, in some instances, downright
their latest release Rabbit Habits will attest to. With their inaugural
Ministry wishes they had on their current tour instead of flog- release and its nods to the past. bizarre musical styles they employ here. This may not come as a
releases The Man In a Blue Turban With a Face and Six Demon Bag,
ging a dead horse. Produced by Chris Peterson who has knobbed “Misery” kicks things off with plenty of energy and tasty riffs. Alxs’ shock and surprise to long time fans, but they use almost as many
Man Man set out to impress audiences with their junkyard-rock
tracks for Front Line Assembly, Decree and Noise Unit – Peterson vocals go to the extremes here, from deep growls to high pitch pot and pan sounding percussions, off key (but not off putting)
style compositions. Songs that make you laugh, make you dance
has painstakingly honed his craft on this opus and should have his wails and back seamlessly. I mean fuck, this woman can really belt string arrangements and poetic/preaching vocals than their label
and make you think all at the same time. Scooped up by ANTI- Re-
phone ringing off the hook from the major labels. Kudos to CP. them out! “Isolation,” with it’s Korn (not a compliment) sounding mate Tom Waits, and that’s saying a lot!
cords in late 2007, Man Man are back for more manic-gypsy-jazz
Without a doubt, these gents have put in enough hard work in the intro, intricate strings and lung busting vocals, reaches out and The beauty of this album comes from the imagery you see inside
with a darker, moodier and much more cohesive album. While the
studio and churned out a timeless classic. Intense and aurally cor- grabs you like a vice grip grabs your nipple on the elevator ride to your head as Nick sings about normal, everyday occurrence such
humour and song writing styles remain intact, its the depths they
ruptive – it’s borderline power metal persona gives way to straight Hell. (Having been to Hell, I know of what I write). as living in the branches of trees (title track “DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!”),
go both musically and thematically that sets Rabbit Habits apart
hardcore industrial and a fresher, more vibrant kick, that oozes a The only objection you may find yourself having listening to this having the jaw bone of an ass (“Today’s Lesson”), and psychotic
from its predecessors.
much needed danceable form of aggression. disc is (like most great EPs) the damn thing is too short. Hopefully episodes on dude ranches (“Albert Goes West”). All in an existential-
By E.S. Day Without Mercy will release a full length disc soon, making it a bit ist’s day’s work for Nick and the boys.
Avant-garde artists like Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa and Tom
easier to find that elusive loonie in the shit pile of local music. Like some strange cross pollination between William S. Burroughs
Waits show their influences on this latest disc, but Man Man stands
By Grimm “Shit-Sifter” Culhane and P.J. Harvey, DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!! contains the most low-fi, yet
apart from contemporary acts such as DeVotchKa and Gogol
upbeat oratories on god and death and murder and sex (the usual),
Bordello with their tongue in cheek lyrics, stilted beats and pure
set to industrial noises and the sweetest string sounds and stick
experimentation.
swats you’re likely to hear coming out of Australia.
I could go on and on about this album and the latest, greatest
Accompanying lead singer and pianist Honus Honus are band
direction the band is taking, but I can hear it playing in the back-
members Pow Pow, Critter Crat, Sergei Sogay and Chang Wang,
ground so I’d better go make sure my grandma doesn’t cut herself
who sing and play a wide variety of instruments. When I say wide
Belphegor shaving… again.
By Grimm Culhane
variety I mean W-I-D-E variety. Squeak toys, chop sticks, cap guns,
pots and pans and fruit all make musical appearances alongside the
usual guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. You name the instrument
and this band probably plays it. I defy you to find an album this year
with a better xylophone solo.
Bondage Goat Zombie
Nuclear Blast The music on Rabbit Habits is hard to define in terms of genres,
for its crossover music almost to the extreme. “El Azteca” has a
Austria’s own Blackened Death Metal slaughterhouse Belphegor definite Glitch quality to it, with tasty synthesizer melodies woven
has set the bar high with their seventh studio album Bondage Goat in over tech head beats and samples. “Mister Jung Stuffed” takes the
Zombie. The opening/title track begins with a brief intro followed listener on a carnival ride through some subconscious Hell while
by a relentless fury of hypnotizing guitar riffs and endless blast “Big Trouble” is a New Orleans style funeral march complete with
beats. The chorus, both hilarious and intriguing, is almost impos- zombie wails, a horn section and pleads for death.
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the mesmerizing driving rhythms, epic head-bangable riffs and Never too somber, never too trite, Man Man have looked deep
demon-invoking sing-alongs that form the framework of Bondage inside themselves and struck a fitting balance with Rabbit Habits.
Goat Zombie. An obvious choice for the ANTI- Records label, I expect Man Man
There are also a few surprises along the way including the melodic will enjoy a lengthy and productive relationship there. In the long
vocals found on “The Sukkubus Lustrate” and the tortured screams run the real winners will continue to be the listeners.
that close the album. Not to mention the brief bass and drum solo
on “Chronicles of Crime.” This stand out track also offers some killer By Grimm “Squeak Toy” Culhane
solos by guitarist Sigurd.
Once again, Belphegor have created the perfect soundtrack by
which to burn churches and engage in dismembered ass fuck-
ings… and how!
By Alxs Ness

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Various
Led Zeppelin
In the Shadow of an Icon:
Joose a Tribute To Tupac
Mothership Thug Life Army Records
Rhino/WMC I must admit, I was not expecting much from this tribute album.

Given the ambiguity surrounding an apparent reunion tour and 2nd Round Mixtape Between the picture of Tupac on the CD cover and the disclaimer

false festival promises, no true Zeppelin fanatic should be waiting Killawatt Records Fat Ray and Black Milk that “this CD contains no music by Tupac Amaru Shakur” things did
not look promising. I was pleasantly surprised.
with bated breath. In the meantime, do what everyone else does, The vein of truth which saturated Tupac’s short but prolific career
throw on a Zep record and relax. “Between us and Babylon it’s going down….” From T-Dot to VanCity, has been carried through in the artists who “grew out of his
Not to condone labels pumping out “McCompilations” at drive-thru Joose represents one half of the Plazma Crew (along with Talksick), shadow.” The album is comprised of 2 discs and nearly thirty artists
speed, Rhino has managed to put out a classy little package that and their diverse sound bears the unmistakable stamp of the Dot
almost brings back the comforting feeling that accompanies open- and it’s heavy Caribbean influence. Joose bobs and weaves with an The Set Up who convey raw emotion and lived experience. There is ample
variety; from Ebony Burks’ poignant call to maternity in “Choices”
ing up a gatefold record and reading liner notes whilst the minstrels engaging sing-song flow and catchy hooks over Old School funk, Fat Beats Records to Jasiri X and Franchise’s catchy and charming “2 Pacs More,” this
strum in the background. gangsta and dancehall beats, managing to connect jabs to the album showcases myriad styles of singing, rhyming, beats and
Produced by Jimmy Page (of course), we have a remastered collec- Beast’s belly with sharply conscious lyrics delivered in his distinc- Dirty Detroit sounds like it looks on this incredible inaugural release instrumentation.
tion of the standard fare massaged into an adequate track listing tively hype, gravelly tone. for Black Milk’s own label Music House. With Milk on the decks and Although the production is not fantastic and the quality of the
that pries into the latter part of the Zep catalogue. Since I been Lov- Talksick’s thick Jamaican slang flavours “The Don’t Like” with hus- trading sparkling gutter gems with fellow Motown MC Fat Ray, The music is somewhat mediocre, there is an authenticity to the songs.
ing You and When The Levee Breaks fit snuggly into the mix. Lest tling intensity, over a beat characteristic of the new hybrid sounds Set Up is a sonic wasteland of blunted hustler flows from the land Tupac’s ability to reflect the experience of the oppressed and
we forget, disc 2 also has its its highlights including Trampled Under of the Screwface Capital. “Fashion” is a great display of the chemis- of strip bars and weed spots. The integrity of self and soul shines marginalized is part of the reason he was all but canonized as a
Foot, but the real gem has to be the DVD. try of Plazma - tight rhymes with a purpose with Talksick’s Jamaican through the lyrically visceral rhymes and sets the duo apart from street saint; these artists speak from their own realities and moral
Kicking off with We’re Gonna Groove from the underrated Coda al- slang flow complementing Joose’s EastCoast flavoured rhyme style. other similarly street focused artists. dilemmas in a similar way. Violence is not glamorized but dis-
bum, it features Bonzo at his best. The footage is clear and crisp. The “Education” is a revolutionary ABC that lays out the foundations of Opening track “Flawless” is based on a slamming ’70’s guitar and cussed, casually juxtaposed alongside religious allusions. The beats
band eventually burst into flames as did the fated blimp that they struggle one letter at a time. “VanCity” is an appropriately paranoid organ riff with Milk and Ray spitting hardcore hustler truths in vivid themselves are catchy although by no means original; the walking
named themselves after and we see the gents in fine form from sounding introduction to our fair city, where natural beauty is turns of phrase. “Bad Man” features Guilty Simpson and Scorpion baselines and synthetic melodies are easy to listen to but are not
beginning to end. You couldn’t have them any one way. The foot- eclipsed by human insanity. Fellow Killawat souljah Lamar Ashe with a Jamaican Patois “Shotta” style chorus. Epic and stuttery, inspirational.
age supersedes the definition of Supergroup. Detailed liners and drops the soulful hook on “Testify,” smoothly blending Joose’s politi- the beat recalls D-town virtuoso Jay-Dilla at his gangsta best. I would recommend this album as headphone music to listen to
the DVD alone, make this one worth having in the collection aside cal economic breakdown with a club friendly beat. “Take Control” is “that banger that’ll cause more anger,” a hardcore while taking the bus or walking to work. It is saturated with mean-
the rest of the Atlantic-issued compilations that are still available at Weighing in at over 20 tracks, with a great sample of the “Dread anthem with a surprising soul vocal on the chorus that leads from ing and emotion and is not necessarily appropriate for dancing or
thriving fine retailers…. vs. Babylon” boxing match providing unity between tracks, Joose’s head nodding to head’s up upliftment. partying.
Remember them? 2nd Round Mixtape is a diverse and entertaining disc, full of unique “When it Goes Down” moves into TrueSchool, Stone’s Throw type By Amalia Nickel
By E.S. Day and engaging flows ranging from hardcore to dancehall to club production, based on a jazzy Rhodes piano sample that bring the
bangers, with intelligent street level lyricism steadily dissect- mood down to indigo. “Get Focus” flows over a digitized video
ing the edifice of evil. Samples of commentary provide a serious game sound loop so lush it almost overwhelms the vocal, leaving
discussion of global capitalism and genetic engineering, subjects me staring hypnotized at neon tracers that weren’t even there. The
usually too elevated for most rappers to deal with. Joose’s political closer “Ugly,” built over a ponderous piano loop recalling vintage
dialectic is not didactic - he doesn’t preach or even vent his anger Mobb Deep is thick with hard won knowledge and pugilistic rhyme
through ranting and raging, he lays out his principles in fluid rhyme, flow. The “Outro” just leaves one feeling even more ill, like stagger-
planting the seeds of mind evolution in heads that might not even ing hungover through early morning fog.
realize it. To rap about the madness of the street life is nothing new, Like stars that shine through a sky thick with pollution and a vista
and Joose drops the hustler flows as good as any, but he takes it to of urban decay, Black Milk and Fat Ray are like enlightened hustlers
the next level when he elevates the discussion to speaking on the staying true to knowledge of self, spinning tales of awareness,
real causes of the chaos and oppression - the bankers, politicians ambition and authenticity, thick with the experience of humanity’s
and overseers who profit from suffering. brutal side. Street Hip Hop as it should be, rising from the wreckage
A welcome addition to our local Hip Hop community, Joose brings and not dragging one’s mind down further into the abyss.
that much needed Toronto flavour to a city still searching for it’s By Dave “Corvid” McCallum
own sound (and soul). Joose can be seen onstage rocking it with
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conscious Hip Hop education at a community center near you!
By Dave “Corvid” McCallum

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Blackstrap Testament

The Birthday Massacre


Steal My Horses and Run The Formation of
Tee Pee Records Damnation
Blonde porno actresses (with short names and large… assets?) Nuclear Blast Looking Glass EP
and more cell phones per person than any other country in the
world are not the only things Sweden can brag about these days. It’s nice to stumble across an album that simply brings back the Metropolis Records
Shooting porn using said cell phones and receiving funds to do so days when old school metal (the Bay Area scene in particular)
from Swedish cultural subsidies may deserve bragging rights and Erykah Badu was exciting enough to stand in the rain outside a record store at
midnight waiting to get a copy of the latest act to have street cred
Looking Glass, the latest EP from Canadian retro electro-goths The
Birthday Massacre, is a throwback to the darker side of 80’s synth-
mention somewhere, but maybe not here. The release of Grave-
yard’s self titled debut on Tee Pee Record’s is one example of the without the influence of blogs and zines all claiming the throne of pop with a modern edge. The EP contains the titular single “Looking
excellent work coming out of the Swedish “music“ scene, and now knowing what’s hot. Back then, the release date was the adrenaline Glass” from the band’s third album, Walking With Strangers, four
Blackstrap’s sophomore disc Steal My Horses and Run (also on Tee rush, then the cover… then the music. remixes off the same LP, two brand new tracks and a seemingly
Pee Records) proves to be yet another. The Formation of Of course - those days are ruined. Salvation however, can be found un-ironic cover of former mall-queen Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone
once in awhile. The latest Testament is a dedicated old school nos- Now.”
Just as their name suggests, Blackstrap are thick, raw and devoid of
too much sugar. This five piece band hailing from Stockholm man-
Damnation talgic mind fuck to say the least. With the recent “Nuclear Bay Area Though this release is clearly a gift to current fans, it probably isn’t
ages to cull together all the collective love, heart ache, pain and joy New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War Blast” from the past ( label mates Exodus and Death Angel both the best starting point for the uninitiated. Its awkward flow makes
one band could possible muster and conveys it through their music touring to support new releases), it seems Testament’s latest has the disc feel like a glorified single, which, to be fair, it pretty much
without being heavy handed or preachy. The pairing of Jonatan “More action, more excitement, more everything…” as Erykah’s fro arrived in time to signal the re-birth of thrash metal in 2008 is. This is especially apparent in an awkward section where two
Westh (vocals and guitar) and Maria Linden (vocals and organ) pro- has grown in circumference so has her perspective, and thus begins An all original line up featuring the “Chuck Billy Club” (no pun) as- remixes of the same song (“Red Stars”) are broken up by an ambi-
duces some of the sweetest harmonies you’re likely to hear on an the freak funk that inaugurates New Amerykah, a sprawling, spiritu- sures the listeners will get their money’s worth, provided they actu- ent instrumental placed in between them. It isn’t that the remixes
album this year, while Patrick Alvarsson (guitars), Filiph Antonsson ally minded overview of the American soul from the inside out. ally kick it old school by buying the fucking CD for once. If anything themselves are bad, but those new to the band might be better off
(bass) and David Karlsson (drums) give this album a distinct, moody “Amerykahn Promise” lays out the premise of the American dream - for the act of tearing off the cellophane and sniffing the fresh ink picking up a copy of Walking With Strangers instead.
and eclectic sound. - everything you want is promised, just keep on the grind. The off the liner notes. That is what metal was all about. With that in mind, however, TBM’s Depeche Mode meets Jakalope
Songs like “The Bitter, The Sweet” with it’s hooks, atmospheric Madlib produced “The Healer” lays out the manifesto of Hip Hop - Standout tracks like “More Than Meets The Eye” and “Killing Season” sound still shines through in spite of the EP’s stilted pacing. And
keyboards and reflective vocals bring back visions of The Jesus and dedicated to Dilla, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Dios, Maat, and Jah Ras will have you donning patch-encrusted denim vests all over again while it’s slightly creepy that a faithful Tiffany cover fits the band’s
Mary Chain, while “City Beat” will beseech one to pull out their Brian Tafari - so you know she ain’t frontin on some gangsta bullshit! This and tossing lawn furniture through the drywall of Mom’s basement style so well, their hooky retro-gothpop sound should keep them
Jonestown Massacre albums to try and figure out which one this is the voice of the high, high priestess invoking the sacred elements in Anytown USA. from having to perform mall tours for the foreseeable future.
song is actually on. Of course you won’t find it there, but it certainly of a mystical culture, for those who forgot the real African roots. Welcome home. By Calder Fertig
fits the mold of psychedelic sweetness just as easily as B.J.M. ever “The Soldier” is a passionate wake up call to the youth for vigilance By E.S. Day
did, if not better. and intelligence in the face of modern chaos.
Steal My Horses and Run is timeless, haunting and very personal, “The Cell” is an amazing analogy of the relationship between cells,
the perfect distraction for in between takes of that ménage à trois both DNA and prison, over a bizarre abstract funk beat. “Twinkle”
scene you are diligently trying to shoot on your cell phone, (airfare continues the abstract musings on knowledge of self - “they don’t
to Sweden to accept your grant money not included). know their language, they don’t know their God”. “Master Teacher”
By Grimm “Large Asset” Culhane asks the potent question - “what if there were no niggas, only mas-
ter teachers?” with vocals freestyled by Georgia Ann Muldrow. “That
Hump” is vintage Badu, a beautiful sexy slow jam, but this time
about a love affair with drugs. “Telephone” is dedicated (livicated)
to Dilla’s “transitioning” to the next level, imagining Ol’ Dirty calling
him up with directions to heaven. Closing track “Honey” brings back
the freak funk that opened New Amerykah to let us know that we
are “on our own,” but to look out for Part II.
Erykah Badu has alway combined the best elements of Hip Hop,
funk, soul and R+B into something beautiful and original, and
on New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War the styles are used as the
platform for a deep and meaningful discussion of social ills and
personal struggles, transformed into hypnotic and uplifting sounds.

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This is soul music for 2008, more about feeling things deeply and
moving through a journey of self-realization than about concrete
thoughts and concepts. Like a modern Nina Simone, Badu takes on
difficult topics from a nurturing female perspective that feels the
slings and arrows of life but is in no way vulnerable to them. Heal-
ing music for damaged times, New Amerykah proves that Badu is
still cutting edge and relevant well into her eleven year career.
By Dave “Corvid” McCallum

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F ILM R EVIEWS Planet B-Boy
Directed by Benson Lee
Elephant Eye Films

An entertaining and visually engaging look into the lives and aspirations of some of the finalists in the
“Battle of the Year” - an international breakdancing competition held annually in Braunschweig Ger-
Global Metal many, Planet B-Boy delves into the personalities and distinctively regional styles that continue to push
the envelope on an art form thirty years in the making.
Directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn
Seville Pictures
The film begins by outlining the origins and development of breaking in 1980’s New York, and features
interviews with Ken Swift and Mr. Freeze, among other luminaries. A little too slick and cheesy in the
Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, purveyors of all things long-haired, black and presentation and graffiti arrow backgrounds, but informative none the less and short enough not to
Metal, return to familiar territory first explored in their 2005 documentary Metal, A Head- intrude on the main material.
banger’s Journey. With their latest effort, Global Metal, the boys take a deeper and much
more refined look at the Metal phenomenon and how it has impacted world culture outside Lee follows five of the crews - two from Korea, one from Japan, one from France and one from the US
European and North American borders. - from their homes, practice spaces and communities all the way to Braunschweig and through this
up close and personal footage we see the intensity of each b-boys desire to win and the circumstanc-
es that fuel it. From France’s Lil’ Kev, whose mother admits to having been initially racist towards his
By traveling the globe and seeking out Metalhead’s in unusual places like Mumbai (in India),
black crew members, to the Korean teams, who face two years of compulsory military service in the
Jakarta (in Indonesia) and Iraq (insane!), Global Metal takes the anthropological microscope near future, all of the breakers are charged with the need to succeed beyond their surroundings. With
a bit closer to the subject and focuses on how Metal has impacted individuals and cultures prize money totaling just $3000 for all of the winners, the motivation is clearly not money, but global
worldwide. Scot and Sam seem to have a natural gift for sniffing out tattoos, loud music recognition and the chance for a career in performing.
and black clothing regardless if they are in Tokyo, Jerusalem or even fucking Beijing!
Clearly “B-Boying” is still a very male-dominated art form, with just one female breaker in the whole
Starting in Rio de Janeiro, the boys discover (with the help and insight of Max Cavalera of movie. While Hip Hop has become a global culture that transcends race, perhaps it doesn’t yet tran-
Sepultura), that with Metal comes freedom. This was no better demonstrated than by The scend or even balance gender, as there are definitely female crews able to compete on a world scale.
Scorpions and their first Rock in Rio concert in 1985, shortly after the fall of Brazil’s then
Despite some omissions, and an “American Idol”-esque preoccupation with the b-boys emotional
dominant dictatorship. breakdowns, Planet B-Boy is worth seeing for the thrilling performances and the sense that, in the
end, it wasn’t really about the competition but the meeting of minds and the sharing of styles.
In Tokyo, where conformity and conservatism breed oppression and dissatisfaction, Metal
gives people the chance to shed the masks of conformity and release their inner demons. PlanetBBoy.com
The make-up and stage antics of KISS and their similarity to traditional Kabuki Theatre
couldn’t have hurt Metal’s inundation of Japanese culture either. Its strange to think of By Dave “Corvid” McCallum
Gene and the boys as harbingers of culture… so lets not.

In Jakarta, where people’s names are almost as hard to spell as they are to pronounce,
Metal is a form of protest. Similar to Brazil and eastern European countries, Metal fans
there can relate to songs with lyrics of oppression from a third world understanding of what
real oppression is.

The gist of this well made and fascinating film is very simple; Metal
crosses all boundaries and borders, is a voice to express discontent
amongst oppression and allows artistic freedom regardless of the
place or situation. Global Metal is not only an entertaining and well
constructed film, but an important one in a world rushing forward,
hell bent on Globalization.
Global Metal opens in Vancouver Friday, June 20th, 2008.

GlobalMetalFilm.com

By Grimm “Metalhead” Culhane

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Take Action Tour 2008
The Phoenix Concert Theater - Toronto, ON

This all-ages show came at the tail end of a


Aceyalone, w/Arabesque and Moka long, brutal winter, so the fans were defi-
Only, plus IP and Deezuz nitely looking forward to a night of mosh-
Richards on Richards, Vancouver BC ing and running amok. That they did.

The show got off to a slow start; IP and Deezuz The Take Action Tour 2008 is all about do-
are both talented MCs but the crowd seemed to ing something to help others, to give back.
be anticipating the headliners and the energy didn’t start to build until Arabesque got Great cause, great tour. Too bad this was
on stage and rocked some smooth and lively rhymes. His raspy voice and dance-friendly the only stop in Canada. Every Time I Die al-
beats were an easy combination for a receptive audience and were an enjoyable transi- most made up for that by proclaiming that
tion to the hometown hero Moka Only. Toronto was their home show. Although hailing from nearby Buffalo N.Y. (a 2 hour drive to Toronto, 1.5 if
you haul ass), they figured it was close enough.
Moka Only’s act was much more pleasant than it had been in Victoria the night before,
at which he’d fondled and talked about his balls to a sickening extent. Moka Only sings The place was packed from the get-go so the bands had no trouble energizing the people. The Human
well, rhymes well, and probably at one time had a charismatic stage presence but now Abstract did a good, compact opening set. August Burns Red were tight as hell, their machine-gun
he seems to be relying on former glories to maintain his fan base. With an ego far ex- staccato blasts were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well polished and well received. The Bled took the stage
ceeding his talent, he flounced around stage proudly displaying his ability to produce next, slaughtering the crowd on their first song and wasting no time getting into the swing of things.
cheesy sci-fi sounds with his Theremin. The Theremin is one the earliest electronic musi- They paused for shout-outs to Every Time I Die on several occasions throughout their abbreviated set.
cal instruments and probably sounds really cool when it’s played well. Organized chaos, hardcore style.

Although Moka Only was officially co-headlining the show with Aceyalone, it was obvi- Next up, From First to Last took the stage with a slightly different sound and look compared to the
ous whom the crowd had come for and they were not disappointed. Heavy dancehall others. Their new track Two as One won over the skeptical crowd with the requisite heaviness that they
beats, a few classic tracks and one of the smoothest flows ever to come out of Los Ange- craved. The new bass player fit right in with the boys, losing his mind on the final song, exchanging
les made for a winding and grinding dance floor. As he rhymed about “bubble kush, cat instruments with the others, thrashing all around, going crazy.
piss and purple rain” a cloud of smoke overtook the stage and the tone: everybody felt
pretty good. Now for the main event. Every Time I Die made their presence known immediately. The lead-off track
Werewolf was followed quickly by Romeo a Go-Go and Apocalypse. Ass-kicking, finger-licking, raping
It seemed unusual that there were not more tracks performed from the dancehall and and pillaging… this is good. Every Time I Die is one of those bands you can’t help but like. Honest, down
reggae-inspired “Lightning Strikes.” Considering that its Aceyalone’s most recent project to earth, rip your face off bands like them are far and few between. They even dedicated a song to their
and the first in a series of musical theme albums, it would have been appropriate to per- beloved “Trailer Park Boys!” How cool is that?
form more than three new songs. Nonetheless, there can be little doubt that when that
damn one o clock curfew hit, the crowd left satisfied. By the end of the sixth song the Toronto crowd turned lame. After some vocal inspiration (and intimida-
tion), they did a killer version of No Son Of Mine which really lifted everyone’s spirits. By the time they
played Bored Stiff, lead Singer Keith was screaming at everyone to “keep moshing”!! Good advice. The
By Amalia Nickel standout track was I Been Gone. Super polished, super heavy, chunky riffs galore!
photo by Chris Webber
For the last two songs of the night, Keith and Jordan (guitarist) asked everyone to to join them on stage,
before blasting into Ebolarama. A sea of crazed fans took over and flooded the stage, and then… it was
done.

By Jimmy Lynch
photo by Jeffrey Chan Tin

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Steve Earle w/ Allison Moorer
Vancouver Centre for the Performing Arts New York Dolls
The Plaza Club Vancouver
There’s something very special about a wide open stage with
only a single performer and a guitar. For examples of this you I went out last night and now I’m in love.
need look no further than performances by Allison Moorer and No, I don’t mean some filthy, perverted
her husband, the incomparable ‘hardcore troubadour’ Steve love, the kind of back-alley love you get
Earle, last night at the Vancouver Centre for the Performing Arts. for one night and regret for a lifetime.
Thanks to an amazing set from the one
Allison Moorer looked great as she greeted the audience and and only New York Dolls last night at the
launched into her own brand of ‘alternative country’ songs. Plaza Club, when I say I’m in love you
Lauded by critics, its no surprise she’s been nominated for both best believe I’m in love, L-U-V.
Grammy and Academy awards. What is a surprise however is the
fact she has won neither nor received more wide spread recogni- David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and the
tion. Judging by the crowd’s reaction to her performance, this rest of the newly resurrected New York
may soon change, and deservedly so. Dolls brought their pioneering glam/
punk sound to Vancouver for a long
After a short interlude the man himself wandered out on stage awaited sold out show and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who fell in love. Dusting off 35 years of musi-
with his harmonica and guitar like it was open mic night at Gab- cal memories with tracks like ‘Trash,’ ‘Pills,’ ‘Looking for a Kiss,’ a cover of the Janis Joplin classic ‘Piece of
by’s Country Cabaret in Langley. He launched into song like a Friday night busker late for work outside my Heart,’ plus newer material such as ‘Dance Like a Monkey,’ ‘Fishnets and Cigarettes’ and ‘Rainbow
the liquor store. This was Saturday though so it could only have been Steve Earle. Store,’ the New York Dolls successfully reminded the crowd why they started playing music in the first
place, for the love.
No stranger to accolades himself, his tales of loss, regret and salvation through song. He’s even a TV
star from his recurrent role as Waylon in the now ended series ‘The Wire.’ Johansen was all smiles and hair as the band took the stage. Joined by the other surviving member
Sylvain Sylvain (and his hat… of course), as well as guitarist Steve Conte (taking Johnny Thunders
Pounding the stage with his foot to the beat, Steve played a vast selection of songs from across his place), bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks) and drummer Brian Delaney, they ripped into their set like
entire career. Songs like My Old Friend the Blues, The Rain Came Down, Billy Austin, Transcendental a fat boy rips into a bag of Oreos. ‘Babylon’ never sounded so good.
Blues and The Galway Girl as well as more recent favourites City of Immigrants, Sparkle and Shine and
Oxycontin Blues from his latest release ‘Washington Square Serenade.’ When he played The Devil’s The crowd ate it up, and what a feast it was. Everything one would expect from a New York Dolls’ show
Right Hand the place went nuts, people hooted and cheered through almost every song. was here. The Johansen swagger, Sylvain’s pick flinging prowess and audience participation antics
(holding out his guitar and letting the audience play it), everyone in attendance singing along to
A beat dropping DJ joined in half way through his set, providing beats and effects to some of the damn near every song, the clothes, the attitude and yes, the love, love, love, L-U-V. They even covered
songs while Steve played a revolving assortment of instruments including a six-string guitar, banjo, Johnny Thunders’ signature song ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’ in a fitting tribute to
mandolin and steel guitar. With some of the sweetest finger picking playing I’ve ever seen, Steve one of their own.
doled out his own Southern Fried Blues in top form.
For the encore (and to no one’s surprise) they played the chart topping hit (well, MY chart anyway)
As the evening progressed Allison joined Steve on stage for a couple of duets, most notably the track ‘Personality Crisis,’ during which David flung flowers into the audience as they danced and sang along.
Days Aren’t Long Enough which they wrote together. Theirs is one of those musical pairings of unde- Love is definitely a two way street and we sure go ours.
niable strength, for the harmony of their voices worked together perfectly.
The second encore was a track from their latest release “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even
As the evening came to a close it was impressive to note that you don’t need a lot of glitz and flash to This” called ‘Gotta Get Away From Tommy.’ It was impressive how their new material fit so well with
make a show memorable. Just ask anyone in attendance. In the words of Steve Earle himself, “the days their classic songs, proving that its best not to fuck with a good thing.
are never long enough” and the same holds true for nights such as this.
LiveNation.com As the evening wound down Johansen declared, “this is the best Saturday night I’ve had all week” and
you ’d be hard pressed to find anyone in attendance who didn’t agree.
By Grimm Culhane
photo by Paul Michalowski
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Saul Williams
The Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC Mad Professor
Commodore Ballroom -
Perhaps nobody knew what to expect on entering The Plaza that Vancouver BC
night. It was an eclectic mix of head scarves and steel toes, some
people drunk on beer, others on poetry. It happened quickly; all Legendary sound system
of a sudden there were flashing lights, feathers, rumbles of bass selector and dub wizard
and electric slides into the collective consciousness. Saul Williams Mad Professor graced the
is an aggressive performer; he mesmerized the audience and stage (and speakers) of
forced them to listen. His latest album The Inevitable Rise and Lib- the Commodore in fine
eration of Niggy Tardust, has once again recategorized the prog- style last night, with his
rockin’, hip-hoppin’ spoken word poet. Trent Reznor’s production mad Cockney accented
of this album is immediately obvious and Saul’s raw performance Hype Man, Carl Melody
against a drum machine, keyboard and guitar certainly places this on the mic.
album in the realm of Industrial.
“Straight Outta Guy-
Not that the performance was anything but glamorous. Between the bejewelled drum and sample ana” by way of London UK, the Professor, born Neil Fraser, brought the one-drop, lovers rock,
machine, the endless guitar pedals and Saul’s glistening bare body writhing across the stage it dancehall and roots reggae flavors to an entranced audience. The deeper messages of Ras-
was a performance to be enjoyed by all. At times the words gently eased themselves from Saul’s tafarian reasoning and lyricism were foremost in the track selection, with lines like “Zion is
mouth, like his spoken word performance of Coded Language. Other times he spit an aggressive Africa…and Ethiopia is mount Zion!!!“ soaring over the bass heavy mix. When Carl shouted
flow as he sneered at the crowd, a perfect caricature of Bowie’s Stardust creation. His melodic and out “are there any Rastaman in the house tonight?”, there were more than a few voices calling
off-key cover of Sunday Bloody Sunday classified him as a bonafide rock star; never before has a out in response.
mic stand been thrown with more style.
Sporting a fresh fade and teacher glasses, Mad Prof presided over the decks and mic in a
Although Saul’s material, old and new alike, is poetically legendary and musically defiant, Industri- manner befitting his name, all serious and intent. Tweaking knobs and faders, spacing out on
al music is not conducive to internalizing lyrics. It was difficult to hear a lot of the words which Saul echoplex effects, and dubbing out his own voice on hooks, the Prof created a vast ocean of
is so loved for. The mix of ground-shaking beats with alchemical language does not work well in a sound that smothered, transformed, buttered up and warmed the well lubricated crowd of
lively venue. This did not deter any of the fans with whom Williams freely interacted as he crowd- dancing humans, who began to remind me of a school of krill. Seriously, the undersea effect
surfed to Sci-Fi sounds, smiled at the stupid drunk girls and thrashed to guitar solos. of it all on me was pronounced, as the vocalists on record expounded the teachings of Zion
over waves of infinite bass.
One of the things which is so attractive about Saul’s latest album is the charisma with which he
delivers a new combination. He mixes musical and lyrical elements which are almost baffling: to The shout-outs and space echo effects were a little monotonous after the fifth track or so, but
see a hip-hop/rock artist channelling David Bowie while combining any number of lyrical styles to that’s Old School - the hypnotic effect is more important than variety or virtuosity. Mad Profes-
Trent Reznor’s beats is a sight to be had. He pranced about stage with raw sexual power. He called sor’s lion growl keeping everyone in line, the kick drum keeping time, and everything feeling
for an awakening of the subconscious amid laser lights and smoke machines then recited “We are fine. For a minute anyway. I headed off to the Dollhouse after for some paranoid dubstep, in
not afraid of darkness/ We trust that the moon shall guide us” a capella with equal intensity. keeping with my nature. Still, it was the nourishment of Mad Professor’s righteous and revital-
izing dub that carried me through on my walk home.
The call for an encore was resounding. He played four or five more songs, including the very
catchy List of Demands, and then as quickly as he’d entered the stage he exited. The audience was
left with a series of subjective and powerful impressions to sort through, it was truly a show that
needed to be absorbed. By Dave”Corvid” McCallum
photo by Jordana Meilleur
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photo by Amalia Nickel

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