Friday, February 29, 2008

Heavy Rotation: Fellas of the Belly (Feb. 29)

The Hellion: (bustin' out old records edition)
01. Shikari - Shikari 7"
02. 31 Knots - It Was High Time to Escape
03. Afrika Bambaataa - Looking for the Perfect Beat
04. M.D.C. - Millions of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops
05. Russian Circles - Upper Ninety b/w Re-Enter 7"
06. Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Kill the Client - Split 7"
07. Apocalypse Hoboken/Oblivion - Split 7"
08. Misfits - Collection II
09. Burnt By the Sun/Car Bomb - Split 7"
10. Placebo - Sleeping with Ghosts

Psycho Killa:
01. Acacia Strain – The Dead Walk
02. Lock and key – Pull Up The Floorboards
03. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb
04. Saetia – A Retrospective
05. Early Morning, Paris – Static Heart (single)
06. Arsonists Get All The Girls – The Game of Life
07. Bracken – We Know About the Need
08. Hot Cross – Fair Trades and Farewells
09. Doomriders – Black Thunder
10. Dying Fetus – War of Attrition

Spleen Latifa:
01. An Albatross - Eat Lightning, Shit Thunder
02. Defiance, Ohio - The Great Depression
03. Various Artists - Twin Cities Hardcore
04. The Bronx - Bats! EP
05. Coachwhips - Peanut Butter & Jelly
06. Whitechapel - The Somatic Defilement
07. Cephalic Carnage - Lucid Interval
08. A Band of Bees - Free the Bees
09. The Ruts - Something That I Said
10. Arson Anthem - Arson Anthem

Thursday, February 28, 2008

So Sick It Hurts: Burnt By the Sun/Car Bomb - "Split 7""


I picked up this limited pressing a few days ago, and I have to say, it rocks something powerful. Car Bomb is represented by two tracks on the split, but both are on their debut LP, so that kind of sucks. Of course, both songs (Pieces of You" and "M^6") are technical beauty though, and that is just special. Burnt By the Sun only has one jam on this thing, but it instantly became one of my favorites by them. It's called "Goliath," and it will shred your face off. The only thing that kind of sucks is the recording quality on the BBTS side. The Car Bomb side is crisp and clear, but the flip is not so much. It's cool though. The artwork is killer, and it's on red or orange vinyl. Whoa!

Check it.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Spleen has a Quarter-Life Crisis with Against Me!

'Tis true... I am well on my way to becoming that creepy old man I have always dreamed about. And now today, a quarter in, with twenty five long ones under my belt, I shed one tear for the fact that I am no longer eligible for MTV reality shows, leaving my 18-24 demographic behind in a blaze of glory.

Against Me! was one of my crisis gifts... Check out this widget thing below to watch rad realtime footage and photos taken by the band and uploaded to their site instantly and wirelessly while they are currently on tour. If you do some descent slueth work, you can find me making an ass of myself at their photoshoot.

Also, if even more gnarspecial news... The American Black Lung descends on NYC tonight. We love them. Tonight there shall be true raging. Rage with us, or forever hold your peace.

Be excellent to each other... Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.

Keep it wolf.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Heavy Rotation: Fellas of the Belly (Feb. 22)

Many apologies from the crew of this mastship known as the Belly! I know this week was kind of sparse on the juiciness you have come to know and love from us, and again, we are sorry. I for one had my place turned into a revolving door hotel for vagrants, transients, and NYC wayfarers, keeping me from expelling the awesomeness on the pages of the Belly. Expect us to be back in full metal jackets momentarily.

But even though we can sometimes get sidetracked and pulled away from the greater good, the Rotation must keep on rotating! So here it is, chokerazors:

Spleen Latifa:
01. Minutemen - Post-Mersh Vol. 3
02. Heads Will Roll - Heads Will Roll EP
03. Kid Dynamite - Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems
04. Superjoint Ritual - A Lethal Dose of American Hatred
05. Botch - Unifying Themes Redux
06. Alkaline Trio - Remains (don't ask)
07. The Nation of Ulysses - Plays Pretty for Baby
08. Caustic Christ - Can't Relate
09. The Detachment Kit - They Raging. Quiet Army
10. GG Allin & Antiseen - Murder Junkies

Rabble Arouser:
01. Against All Authority - 24 Hour Roadside Resistance
02. The Vibrators - Pure Mania
03. The Vandals - Do as the Vandals Do
04. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Twice Upon a Time
05. The Dropkick Murphys - Do or Die
06. Leftover Crack - Mediocre Generica
07. Bad Religion - Recipe for Hate
08. Social Distortion - Social Distortion
09. The Casualties - Die Hards
10. NIN - Pretty Hate Machine

The Hellion:
01. Cephalic Carnage - Xenosapien
02. Sweet Cobra - Forever
03. Themselves - The No Music.
04. Dying Fetus - War of Attrition
05. Architect - All Is Not Lost
06. Anal Vomit - Deprivation
07. Racebannon - In the Grips of the Light
08. Mikkel Metal - Victimizer
09. Suicide Silence - The Cleansing
10. Hot Cross - Fair Trades and Farewells

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Keep Stopping By, Ragers!

Over the past few months, there has been quite a surge in the amount of visits Belly Full of Hell has gotten. While a few thousand visits over a couple of months might not seem that big of a deal compared to some other pages, I would like to point out that the Belly is still fairly new and not sponsored in any way. Any visits we get are through our own hard work and all our readers' efforts, and to us, watching the numbers steadily climb each month as more and more people stop by is pretty rad. So keep it up, Bellions, and get some of your lazy rock and roll friends to check us out as well. The Belly makes everyone's life a little more worth living.

Thanks again, everyone.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Keep Commenting!

I noticed we are starting to get a few comments on the past couple of posts. Keep it up, guys. We want to hear from the people that read this site. The point of it is to create musical discussion, and the only way that you can get involved is by leaving your mark. Say whatever you want: piss us off, agree with us, piss off others that have left comments, agree with others that have left comments. Put up your own heavy rotations under ours. Let us know what you think is kicking ass out there. Seriously, if we weren't interested in what anyone else thought, we could just sit around and argue with each other about music instead of taking the time to post our opinions. It would be ideal to one day approach some sort of community feel, but that won't happen without everyone's contributions. We know that our readers are probably just as gnar as we are and obviously listen to the same shit, or you all wouldn't bother to check the blog, so let it out. Say all that stuff that's been sitting in your mind. Do it to it!

Okay, well I'm going to go get drunk now, so have a bitchin' Saturday.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Heavy Rotation: Fellas of the Belly (Feb. 14)

Here you go, Bellions!

The Hellion:
01. Mice Parade - Mice Parade
02. Disfear - Live the Storm
03. Propagandhi - How to Clean Everything
04. Suicide Silence - The Cleansing
05. Ghosts and Vodka - Precious Blood
06. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
07. The New Bomb Turks - Scared Straight
08. Ratatat - Classics
09. Discharge - Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
10. The National Acrobat - For All Practical Purposes, Is Dead

Spleen Latifa:
01. Paint It Black - New Lexicon
02. The Chariot - Unsung EP
03. Banner Pilot - Pass the Poison
04. Blues - Death and Taxes EP
05. Witches with Dicks - Manual
06. Heavy Heavy Low Low - Courtside Seats...
07. The Arrivals - Goodbye New World
08. The American Black Lung - And They Rode Their Weapons to War
09. Tuesday - Freewheelin'
10. My America is Watching Tigers Die - Narratives

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Review Your Face Off: Horrorpops - "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill"

This review started out as cheerful work banter via email. But as suggested by the Hellion, I have relocated it here for you all to see.

Summary of the new Horrorpops for your reading pleasure:

Song 1 – Thelma And Louise: You hear the title of the track said maybe about 5,000 times.

Funny Point Of Song: Just painful to hear the words ‘Thelma and Louise’ about 8 million times.

Song 2 – Missfit: Sounds like a 15 year old girl wrote it screaming about how she’s a ‘Missfit’ by someone else’s standards cause she wants to dye her hair and she’s from the wrong side of town.

Funny point of song: A breakdown of the music to ‘Our House’ but replace lyrics with “my fist, in the middle of your face.”

Song 3 – Boot To Boot: Just boring

Funny Point Of Song: None, just boring

Song 4 – Disco: Not that bad but not really that good either.

Funny Point Of Song: 80’s toms being used and her singing “I don’t know why anyone would want to dress up like an 80’s whore” after she goes on to sing in second song about tired of people oppressing her and not understanding her.

Song 5 – Kiss Kiss Kill Kill: This title track sounds like they were trying to make it epic for their sound. It’s not that bad again but I think we’ve found two more words she likes more than Thelma and Louise.

Funny Point Of Song: Wasn’t paying too much attention to the songs at this point, actually reading an article summary on how bear’s guard Roberto Garza met the Mexican president or some jazz.

Song 6 – Everythings Everything: Another love song in their arsenal of horror rock love songs.

Funny Point Of Song: At several points in the song it sounds like a track from an 80’s movie like 16 candles, breakfast club, etc. Funny after taking the time to make fun of 80’s music in “disco”

Song 7 – Hitchcock Starlet: Kudos for the title and thunder & lightning in intro (we can assume there’s lightning, although all audio, because thunder and the ol’ boltz go hand in hand). Here is where I notice that they really have an indescript sound except for at a couple key points where they strum a chord and you go oh there’s what they’re going for.

Funny Point Of Song: ‘She’s Like A Curry. I Want To Tell Her How Hot She Is, But She’ll Think I’m Being Sexist. She’s So Hot She’s Making Me Sexist. Bitch.’ Flight Of The Conchords is better.

Song 8 – Highway: I’ve given up 6 songs ago at finding a decent song on this album. So I turn my attention to something else after the first 15 seconds of a song. I’ve got nothing.

Funny Point Of Song: Thelma and Louise have gained a new partner, Lucille. Cool…

Song 9 – Horrorbeach Part 2: Is an instrumental surf rock-esque jam that I spent more time thinking about sea creatures during. It would be easy to write something about being glad about not hearing part 1 but it’s not even worth it.

Funny Point Of Song: I noticed on a previous funny point of song I wrote Poiny instead of Point. What? I don’t have much left I’m being bored by this album and the song. I’ve started this now I feel I must finish. Feel has the word eel in it. They’re in the deep cavernous areas of the water.

Song 10 – Refugee: I wonder if she consulted Wyclef (spell check yields Wycliffe which is much better) Jean on the lyrics of this one? No, I don’t think Wyclef has an interest in Copenhagen nor their refugees.

Funny Point Of Song: Writing Poiny instead of Point again. Also, hearing the words ‘Copenhagen Refugee’ and it being earnest attempt at being patriotic.

Song 11 – My Picture: Was on the covers of some magazines so now I will decide to suck it up. That’s what she was thinking. She’s also thinking ‘why did I get involved with a guy who likes to fuck dead chicks? I’m alive and sexually frustrated cause of my decision.”

Funny Point Of Song: Thinking about huffing on the dust off that’s sitting next to my CPU and hoping the song passes by the time the buzz ends. It’s funny how when I don’t like a song of theirs it’s really grating to me.

Song 12 – Private Hall Of Shame: Thank goodness it’s the last one and I don’t have to really do anything at work right now.

Funny Point Of Song: I skipped through it and 4 of the 5 spots I stopped at were ‘la la lada da’. Also noticed that section of my amazing review of this album was originally intended to be a positive section for the album but turned out to just be more goof juice* on their faces.

And just so you all know, the this album is available via Amazon for 2 terds, a kite, and some ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins). But my advice to you is flush the waste, fly the kite while enjoying a fun lunch time snack possibly reminiscent of your childhood.

*Thanks to Bernat, Kenny for the use of the words ‘goof juice’ together to form a funny way to say ejaculate.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Featured DVD: Flight of the Conchords - The Complete First Season


If you haven't seen this show, I feel sorry for you. It is, in my opinion, the funniest show ever besides Arrested Development. That's saying a lot, I know, but I stand by the statement. The show is about Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords trying to make it big in New York after moving from New Zealand. For the uninformed, Flight of the Conchords is a folk-comedy duo that writes some of the greatest songs known to man.

The show is set up so we see the two trying to go through daily life, but it is interjected with faux music videos. These can be seen as actual videos the band is making for a particular reason in the episode, as daydreams, or even hallucinations. Either way they come in, they are hilarious. The show itself is really fucking funny, too. The humor is kind of dry and subtle, and that shit is my favorite, so I'm down till I'm underground on this one.

This comes with two DVDs and a total of 12 episodes. I was a little disappointed to see that there weren't any extra features, but it's totally worth it anyway. Go buy this shit.

Here is one of the musical interludes. It comes up as Jemaine and Bret are about to be mugged.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Exclusive Paint It Black Show... With a Twist

And this bit of news is for the NYC kids on this homefront... So as we all should know, Dr. Yemin and his pummelers in Paint It Black are unleashing their third full-length in just a tiny bit, but the band has decided to pull a little suprise parlor trick for their big apple fans who are chomping at the bit for it. This trick in question is the releasing of their album, New Lexicon, a week early, but only at Generation Records, a block or so below Washington Sq. Park... And shitdamn, fellas, that ain't it! The week-early album will hit Generation on Tues, Feb 12th, and the first 50 people to pic up a copy of it will be "put onto a guest list for an exclusive in-store performance with the band on the afternoon of March 1st".

But don't fret, if you don't pick up one of those first 50 golden-ticket copies of New Lexicon, the PiB dudes will be at the Knitting Factory with Strike Anywhere, a little further downtown, in the evening after the in-store, March 1st... However, I seriously push jumping through the hoops to get the early album and the private show tix, cuz the reviews pouring in about the new LP are fuckin' sick and you know Yemin will be cutting off a piece of the ferocious for ya at Generation... Fuckin' bearfight.

Oh, also, a word to the wise from Generation Records: "You MUST bring a driver’s license or some form of ID with you when you purchase the CD. The guest list spot is NON-TRANSFERABLE. No excuses will be accepted. There will be further details on the show (start time, etc.) next week. Generation Records is located at 210 Thompson St. (between W.3rd and Bleecker St.) in Manhattan."

And check back on the Generation myspace page for any more news and info, jackfucks.

Paint It Black - "Cannibal" (live @ ABC No Rio, NYC)

Dispatches from Powerviolence: You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk, 1977-1984

This one goes out to all my Chi-town homefront bruisers, with many apologies for being two months late on breaking this news... I recently stumbled across info that a documentary was put together on the crucial (yet fuckin' vastly overlooked) Chicago punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Though I'm currently and vehemently trying to scour the web on how to see this potential masterpiece, I'm having a little trouble. But that's not gonna stop me from twelve-gauging the news of its existence straight into your frontal lobe.

So anywho, do yourself a favor, dial into the interweb of dreams and do some research as well to find out how you can get a glimpse of this one. With the new trend of docs delving into glanced-over parts of the annals of music history (like American Hardcore, Punk:Attitude, Kill Your Idols, The Future Is Unwritten, Four Years in One Gulp, etc etc) it makes me wanna wet myself to hear that one is being put out about a topic that is usually thrust waaay off the radar. And maybe I’m a little biased at the same time, judging my place of birth, but fuck it. Shits’ll be rad.

It appears the premiere of the film was on Nov. 24th 2007, but I haven’t figured out yet what’s happening with it currently. Is it going on the festival circuit? Straight to DVD? Limited engagements? Are all copies of said film going to be burned in a pile in Grant Park? Haven’t figured all that shit out yet… But if you know anything more, and you’re holding out on us, then comment that shit so we can get the damn word! Also, here is the film’s myspace page if you wanted to keep checking back there for updates…

You Weren't There trailer:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Heavy Rotation: Fellas of the Belly (Feb. 9)


The Hellion:
01. Disfear - Live the Storm
02. Mice Parade - Mice Parade
03. God Dethroned - The Toxic Touch
04. Car Bomb - Centralia
05. Regurgitate - Sickening Bliss
06. The Faceless - Akeldama
07. Russian Circles - Enter
08. Hatesphere - Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes
09. Trash Talk - Plagues
10. Beirut - The Flying Cup Club

Spleen Latifa (mega into fanning flames this week):
01. hewhocorrupts - The Discographer
02. Refused - Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
03. DRI - Dirty Rotten LP
04. Jawbreaker - Unfun
05. Corn on Macabre - I & II
06. Circle Jerks - Group Sex/Wild in the Streets
07. 7000 Dying Rats - Fanning the Flames of Fire
08. The Broadways - Broken Star
09. Poison the Well - Tear from Red
10. Millions of Dead Cops - Millions of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops

Thursday, February 7, 2008

GnarVideo of the Week: The Chariot - "They Faced Each Other"

All hail the concept video that actually fuckin works!

I just imagine when a band sits down with a director for a chatterboxing about how they are going to accomplish cookin' the rad with their new video, a lot of bullfuck ideas get thrown into the mix. That's why videos with horrendous CGI green-screen work, asinine car chases, and goofy theatrics that sully the original song exist in the music world today. But every once in a while a concept comes around that is executed in such an airtight manner that you can't help but wonder why the damn nobody has tried to land it before... This video is one of these said cases... Fuckin' tenfold.

As you can gather from the preview-still on the video player below, the gist of what lays ahead is sprawled out on the kitchen counter for ya. By all accounts, a simple premise, but as youtube has shown us time and time again, the sequential ordering of still images is an unforgiving bitch. However! In this video, The Chariot scamps bring the snazz and blur the brutal like we all knew they would. Having a photographer snap away 10 grand o' shots of the guys sledging away at their chosen track while sprinkling in the always necessary melee as well, and then assembling half of these pics into a flipbook of destruction(!) ... Not sure if that warranted an exclamation or not, so you get a subliminal one that you can utilize if you see fit... Oh, and also, this vid is honor of The Chariot show next week with Poison the Well... Be there cuz we're squares, jerkcity.

The Chariot - "They Faced Each Other"

Monday, February 4, 2008

Important Moments in Powerviolence: Oh Shit, The Mark Shows Itself.

....... The end is nigh.

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Bad Brains Named Artist of the Week on MTV

What the fuck just happened?

Seriously... What the fuck.

I feel like I was sucker-punched in neck with a Master lock... Or started eating what I thought was cotton candy and turned out to really be pink wall insulation... Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? I'll leave that up to you nasty Bellions to decide... We just deliver the news here in the Dispatches. BUT I will go ahead and say I'm pleased with this tidbit of insanity, and really think we are heading towards imminent destruction. Bad Brains, without a fuckin doubt, started out as one of the sickest purveyors of the American Hardcore movement, and then as time went on, divided fans with the increasing introduction of reggae into their blitzkrieg arsenal. Which, in my opinion, is also why I am still personally divided on the new album they put out this past year... Basically cuz i consider myself an early-80's hardcore purist of sorts. I want the intensity, the fervor, the viciousness, the bark and the bite, the nihilism, the anger, the speed... I want it all. But I really found their new cuts lacking in that department (and no, I am not going to discuss the always present ranting on what HR's spiritual and mental positions are and how they effected the sound), but I just am still on the fence with it...

Anyway, about that imminent demise on the horizon... Bad Brains featured on MTV? DEP on Charlie Rose? ETID on Kimmel? Lamb of God on Conan? I feel like someone is teasing me... But regardless, more power to the Brains. Hopefully this brings in a whole new crop of attention and fans to what most of us already knew was fuckin brutally beautiful... I've got that fuckin P.M.A. indeed.

Here's what MTV had to say about the matter: "Bad Brains are, in short, legendary. Epic, even. They’re incontestably, verifiably, indisputably and irrefutably one of the most iconic American hardcore bands of all time. Formed in the early 1980s, they blew apart the Washington, D.C., scene with a unique fusion of punk aggression and reggae grooves. Oh yeah, and they’re old. (How old? Their first album was issued in 1982 on the cassette-only indie label ROIR). They came up at a time when speed was king, bands raging about politics was de rigeur, and the underground music scene of which they were a part created the aggressive sounds that would influence mainstream music for the next decade and beyond. In short, they were at the forefront of a genuine musical movement... Maybe you’ll like them. Maybe you won’t. Either way, you’ve got to respect who they are, where they came from and why they’re important — then and now." ....... Cute, I guess... I'm down.

Bad Brains - "Pay to Cum" (live @ CBGB's, 1982)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Found You, Asshole: Car Bomb


A lot of bands come from the East Coast, but not all the bands from that area are actually good. Car Bomb is. In fact, Car Bomb is damn good. Using the theory that tempo changes, stop/go antics, and overall technical destruction is the best way to approach song writing, these fellas create some insanely chaotic sounding, yet obviously carefully crafted, tech-grind. Seriously, this shit is some of the heaviest and most techy music I have heard in a long time.

I think that's what makes it so fucking rad. This stuff is all over the place and definitely shows off their ability to play and write, yet it remains ridiculously brutal. All the time. It's not heavy and then all space-jazz-deconstructivist-interludy. It's fucking destructive constantly. It's mind-bending how powerful these guys sound. Unfortunately, they only have one guitarist, so the guitar work has to be overlaid on their recordings which might kind of kill the vibe in a live show, but whatever. I'm not talking about their live shows, so I guess it doesn't really matter at this point. On the record the guitars are awesome.

Everything about these guys is pretty gnar. The drum-work is great. The guitars are heavy and crazy. The vocals are good. The guy's pretty good with his range and utilizes a bunch of different squeals and yelps throughout the jams. That's pretty much all you need for a good band, as long as they can manage to come up with interesting songs, which Car Bomb totally does. Check them out as soon as you can. They have an LP out called Centralia and a split 7" with Burnt by the Sun, who are pretty fucking tight in their own right.

Here's the video for "M^6" which is a killer song off of Centralia:

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Featured Live Show: Hot Water Music


2.01.2008 - Metro (Chicago, IL)

As some of you may remember, I did a "Get the Fuck Back Together, Idiots" on Hot Water Music a little while back. Well, they listened. Backing up the release of Till the Wheels Fall Off, a collection of rarities, songs from splits, etc, HWM went on tour. I also mentioned this on the site when I first caught wind of it. Turns out I kinda really think Hot Water rocks the fuck out of the world.

So I obviously went to this reunion show, and it was, of course, fucking amazing. Hot Water are one of the greatest bands to see live. Each show is chock-full of raw energy and crazy fist-pumping. On top of that, every time I see them they get a little better. This time around they played as tight as can be, even though there was a good amount of liquor in them. Surprising, isn't it? Chris was looking pretty wasted by the end of the show, actually. Chuck was drinking whiskey and Guinness. He's probably the coolest guy alive at this point. Not because he drinks whiskey, but because he just knows how to bring the rock like no other. Anyway, they played hella great. The crowd was going nuts for everything, but songs from Caution and Never Ender were the biggest, which is pretty much to be expected. When they unleashed "Alachua" during the encore, the place exploded. Beer was flying everywhere and I somehow ended up on my back. I think some homeboy tried to grab onto me on his way down for support but just dragged me with him. It's cool though, that's the price to pay for being front and center. I do have to say, however, that there was a high turnout of fuckwads at this show, which always sucks. We got tickets to the show that was NOT all ages for obvious reasons (they are playing another tonight in the Chi that is all ages), but that doesn't mean you don't have immature cuntrags showing up. The one I attended was 18 and over, so we still got stuck with some high school-esque fuckers that were trying to emulate what they saw on MTV in the pit. At one point I literally had to grab some kid by the neck and tell him if he hit me in the head again I was going to beat the shit out of him. That seemed to remedy the problem.

I heard in the pisser that Small Brown Bike was supposed to open but canceled. I don't know how true that is. That would have been a double reunion show of two fantastic bands, but whatever. The bands that did play with HWM were pretty uneventful, and I spent the time during their sets downing liquid courage, so I am not going to bother mentioning who they were or how they played.

I just hope Hot Water takes all the shouting of "Get back together!" to heart and decides to do just that. I miss those guys. They even managed to tug at the heartstrings by mentioning how much they loved playing the Fireside Bowl. Damn.

Here's about 20 seconds of them playing last night:

Here they are playing live somewhere before they broke up (watch Chris rock out pretty hard in the background):

Friday, February 1, 2008

Heavy Rotation: Fellas of the Belly (Feb. 1)


Spleen Latifa:
01. Duck Duck Goose - Noise, Noise, & More Noise EP
02. Fifteen - The Choice of a New Generation
03. The Ergs - Upstairs/Downstairs
04. Clutch - Clutch
05. From Ashes Rise - Nightmares
06. J Church - The Horror of Life
07. Wolfbrigade - Progression/Regression
08. Fake Problems - How Far Our Bodies Go
09. Fury - Resurrection EP
10. Skitsystem - Grå Värld / Svarta Tankar

The Hellion:
01. Dying Fetus - War of Attrition
02. Flight of the Conchords - Season One Music
03. Slayer - Reign in Blood
04. Eyehategod - Take as Needed for Pain
05. The Sawtooth Grin - Cuddle Monster
06. Exhumed - Gore Metal
07. Corn on Macabre - Chapters I and II
08. Kreator - Endless Pain
09. Suicide Silence - The Cleansing
10. As Blood Runs Black - Allegiance

Dispatches from Powerviolence: Bobby Steele's '12 Hits from Hell' Sans Misfits

Alright, hellraisers, this will be a quick bite of news cuz i don't know how huge of news this really is... But it seemed pretty damn important to me. SO, if you loyal readers are as big of fiends for the 'Fits as we fellas of the Belly are, then you know all about the spaghetti western of drama that their past entails... Double crosses, shady moves, broken friendships and alliances, and evolutions into cartoony letdowns have all run rampant. But this one story in particular was always one that piqued my interest and wet my intrigue.... The one about Bobby Steele and his 12 Hits from Hell tracks.

Well, the paraphrased version of the yarn goes like this: Bobby was the guitarist for the Misfits from '78 - '80, and when Danzig and the gang went in to record their 12 Hits from Hell, he laid down his guitar tracks for it. However, ever the unpredictable band, he was booted and replaced with Jerry Only's brother Doyle, who then re-recorded the guitar tracks. But interestingly enough, both guitarist's work went into the mix and thus made the only 'Fits album with dual guitars. Even stranger, the album was released in stores for like a fuckin' minute, and then pulled back off the shelves again (for reasons shady and unknown)...

But! If you were unable to get a pre-ordered album, or can't find it on a downloading program, or aren't willing to pay the $219.95 that I see it listed as on Amazon, there is quite an interesting new tangle to this story (brace yourself, here comes the news flash).... Bobby Steele took it upon himself to take his guitar tracks he previously laid down, and re-record the whole album himself the way he saw it being back in the day... And he even did us a giant gnarfavor by posting all 12 of his Hits from Hell up on his website, and streamed it for your listening pleasure... They're a little more garage poppy than normal, and lacking in the "Evil Elvis" department being without Danzig's vocals, but the songs still come through airtight and as beautiful and whence they were made....

Have your own damn looksee and judge for yourself: Bobby Steele's 12 Hits from Hell

GnarVideo of the Week: Lamb of God - "Redneck"

Who doesn't like a fuckin' balls-to-the-wall gnarparty, slammin' around til your ribs hurt, and rockin' out with your girl's hens out? .... Nobody.... Especially when it's ALSO at a children's backyard bday party!

And that's exactly what the fellas in Lamb of God served up to us in their video for 'Redneck'... You know, I really have to give Randy and the guys a lot of credit for this video. Not only was he taking a bold move in going for the stormtrooper skinhead look with his hairdo choice (a move that I haven't decided what my feelings are towards it yet), but also by taking their brand of 'pure american metal' and pushing it in a different direction away from the cliche metal music video. Meaning, they decided to tread into territory that only the Every Time I Die boys could tame: inserting comedy into brutality... And shitterfuck, did they do a good job... Seriously, do we really need another video of a singer puffing out his chest, yelling his head off while his band rocks out like mad in a decrepit, wasteland of a warehouse? ...Ok, fine, sure we do... But regardless! Check out this video and see if LoG's own backwards fuckified take on 80's houseparty videos lives up to the credit I'm giving it.... Enjoy!

Lamb of God - "Redneck"