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Box Set Review – Various Artists “Grind Madness at the BBC” 2009

Posted in Album Reviews, Deals & Steals, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2011 by Lightning Slim

What: Subtitled “The Earache Peel Sessions”, it’s a three disc set of just that.

Selection: 118 tracks from a pile of influential grindcore artists recorded in the 80s and 90s for the John Peel Show. Take a look (click and the res will clear up):

Is it enough? Some might miss the inclusion of Peaceville bands like Prophecy of Doom, but this is Earache’s party, the product of a deal with the BBC to identify and catalogue a bewildering pile of master tapes. It’s plenty! 8 out of 10

Packaging: Bare bones. Two jewel cases in a slip cover. The cover art is identical on the two disc cases – don’t you just hate that? Ah well, I suppose the grind aesthetic was never lavish. The initial pressing was in a gatefold digipack with a bigger booklet; go for that if you see it. In summary, nothing to put on display, but it will slot into a regular storage scheme. 6 out of 10 

Sonic Manipulation: These are Peel Sessions – in many cases the recording is superior to released product by the bands! 9 out of 10

Rarities/Extras: Again, nothing fancy. The booklet is an interview with Napalm Death’s Mick Harris, who shares some old war stories and pays respect to the memory of John Peel. 4 out of 10

Overall: Not a lot of fluff to be had, but if you’re all about the music this compilation is definitely value for money. My copy was $11 CDN from Encore Records, a deal that can’t be beat. A great snapshot of a wild chapter in the history of these artists, the legacy of John Peel and the development of extreme music in general.  8 out of 10

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Album Review – Jeff Walker und Die Flüffers “Welcome to Carcass Cuntry” 2006

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  Anyone expecting the other shoe to drop or the punchline to reveal itself is in for a surprise on this buried treasure. This collection of ostensibly straight-faced country tracks performed by Carcass’ main man (and bandmates ranging from his usual suspects to most members of Amorphis) turns out to be just that. Walker does drop the odd death growl or momentary blast beat into the proceedings, but it’s always in the interest of atmosphere and expression rather than sending up the source material. He’s chosen his backers well, as the Finns seem to naturally get the potential for despair and black comedy that American country music provides.

It doesn’t always work – “The Man Comes Around” is a bit longer and more ponderous than it needs to be, but Walker deserves full marks for doing anything Cash and coming out alive on the other side. Other tracks fare better, as “I Just Dropped In (to See what Condition My Condition was In)” takes on an air of psychedelic menace and “Once a Day” maintains its heart-rending simplicity. The real party and money shot is saved for album closer “Keep On Rocking in the Free World”, where the Flüffers really let their guitar mastery wail. The axe work on this track alone gives this record legitimacy in any rock genre and lets it stand pretty damn close to the original version.

Solid material, and far better than the novelty-packaged premise. 8 out of 10

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