Slaves BC – All is Dust and I am Nothing (2016)

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Slaves BCAll is Dust and I am Nothing (Veritas Vinyl, 16 February 2016)

 


 
Whoops, I guess I forgot to say “Spoiler Alert”…

Seriously, though, that was my initial reaction on hearing this full album for the first time. I know it’s still very early in the year, and there will be plenty of high-quality releases yet to come (and I’ve even heard a few good ones already), so it’s ridiculous to make such a proclamation at this point. But I can assure you this record will definitely end up in my Top 16 list, probably very close to the top of that list. Because it’s that good.

 

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Recreant – Still Burn (2014)

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RecreantStill Burn (Halo of Flies, 02 September 2014)

 

Until sometime last summer, there used to be a house out in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Well, actually I suppose the house is still there. But previously it had been the home of a couple friends, who (at the time) had been members of a few local bands including Cerebral Apophysis and Old Man of the Mountain. This little urban bungalow was referred to as the Gopher Hole, and it was here (specifically, in one small room which adjoined the kitchen) that a great many DIY shows were held, which featured a huge assortment of local and nationally touring bands.

At one such event, back in April 2013, my wife and I had dropped by to see local hardcore sensation Meth Quarry, and we also got to check out the grindy-screamy bass/drums duo Shiff. Later that evening a band from Florida, whom I’d never heard before, called Recreant was supposed to play, but unfortunately we had a prior engagement and had to leave the show early. While we were there, though, we briefly met some of the members of the touring band, who seemed like really nice people. Half based on that, half based the fact that it had some really sweet artwork, we decided to buy a copy of the record they had for sale. The idea was, it’s nice to help out bands on tour — especially when they’re playing a free DIY show — and if it wasn’t very good, well, we know enough people who collect vinyl and surely we could find a good home for it.

Well. The next day I took that LP with its Crass-inspired logo out of the sleeve (it turns out, it was housed in a recycled old album cover which had been turned outside-in, re-glued, and with the band’s artwork screenprinted on the new blank front), and decided to give it a spin. As I recall, it took less than twenty seconds to realize there would be no need to worry about finding someone else to adopt the record: this was some pretty incredible stuff. (You can check it out right here.)

So anyway, fast forward a bit, and now earlier this month, the band has just put out another record — this one through the Halo of Flies label. It’s awesome, too. They’re on the road again, in the middle of a huge cross-country tour. For months I’ve been looking forward to their return to Pittsburgh (which will be tomorrow night!), but I’ve got the full list of remaining dates here. I’ll share them with you after I talk a little bit more about the new album Still Burn.

 

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This Weekend!! Gem City Fest 2014

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Hey! For those of you who live anywhere near western Pennsylvania, western New York, or eastern Ohio (you know who you are) — if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, you won’t find anything better than this: the Gem City Fest which will feature a ton of hardcore/metal bands. It’s happening all day Saturday in Erie, PA — just a couple hours’ drive from anywhere in this region, and once you see the line-up they’ve put together, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s worth the trip.

Full details can be found below, or to learn more, head to the Facebook event page.

 

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The List of 2013 Year-End Lists

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Hey folks — a very Happy (Belated) New Year to all of you! 2013 definitely turned out to be an interesting year for me, with lots of big changes, new projects, new responsibilities, etc., but an unfortunate side-effect of some of that was (as you’ve surely noticed) that the amount of time I’d been spending writing really tapered off as the year went on, to the point where I didn’t post
anything here for the last few months! Well, as you may have seen, I’ve started writing reviews of some new 2014 releases — and as time allows I promise I will also be sharing plenty of older stuff I’ve missed writing about, because believe me there has been a TON worth sharing!

But more on that later. As I started doing last year, I’ve once again put together a collection of various people’s “best of” lists from 2013. Admittedly I sort of got a late start on this (I didn’t even put out the open invitation until after most websites had already finished with publishing all their year-end stuff), but several people have answered the call and contributed some really interesting lists that you’ll want to check out…

 

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VOS Videography 2013: A Mid-Year Retrospective (Part 19)

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Kopec’s (Lawrenceville / Pittsburgh, PA), 23 June 2013

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Storm King – “Aura of Failure”

Storm King – “Backfill”

Slaves BC – “The Four Horsemen: Wild Hunt”

Slaves BC – “Armageddon”

 

The Rock Room (Polish Hill / Pittsburgh, PA), 29 June 2013

DeathCrawl – “Kill or Be Killed”

DeathCrawl – “Dead is Dead”

The Osedax – “Time Unveiled”

Meth Quarry – “Afterlife Daggers”

Slaves BC featuring Meth Quarry vocalist Adam Bailey – “Armageddon”

 

Sluggers (Charleroi, PA), 30 June 2013

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Flesh Addict – “Sludge Surf” and “Brain Dead”

 
Stay tuned, because there will be lots more of these, as more shows take place throughout the second half of this year! Just keep checking back, or better yet, subscribe to the channel and you can get notifications whenever there’s something new for you to watch.

 
As an added bonus for making it ALL the way to the end of this lengthy retrospective, here is the full-sized version of the photo collage that was posted on Facebook. (Click to enlarge).
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NAVIGATION
 
Part 1 (28 December – 18 January)
Part 2 (01 – 09 February)
Part 3 (16 February)
Part 4 (22 February)
Part 5 (23 February)
Part 6 (02 – 09 March)
Part 7 (10 March)
Part 8 (14 March)
Part 9 (16 March)
Part 10 (22 – 24 March)
Part 11 (28 – 29 March)
Part 12 (02 – 11 April)
Part 13 (12 – 19 April)
Part 14 (20 – 26 April)
Part 15 (04 – 05 May)
Part 16 (11 – 17 May)
Part 17 (18 – 27 May)
Part 18 (31 May – 20 June)

VOS Videography 2013: A Mid-Year Retrospective (Part 13)

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Gopher Hole (Lawrenceville / Pittsburgh, PA), 12 April 2013

 
Shiff – “Biology of Fucking Kickin’ It” and “Anarchy Band”

 
Meth Quarry – “Selfish” (New Song) and “Crash Anthem”

 

The Shop (Bloomfield / Pittsburgh, PA), 19 April 2013

 
Biipiigwan – “Nishkaak”

 
Biipiigwan – “Shkweyaang”

 
Biipiigwan – “Nibaak”

 
Godstopper – “Death’s Clothes”

 
Godstopper – “Sick of Everything (Hollow Eyed Friends)” and “Clean House”

 
Solarburn – “C-Section” and “Choad”

 
Flesh Addict – “Socially Inactive”

 
Flesh Addict – “50 Cents”, “Sludge Surf”, and “Brain Dead”

 
Flesh Addict – “Brake a Deal” and “Choke”

 
NAVIGATION
 
Part 1 (28 December – 18 January)
Part 2 (01 – 09 February)
Part 3 (16 February)
Part 4 (22 February)
Part 5 (23 February)
Part 6 (02 – 09 March)
Part 7 (10 March)
Part 8 (14 March)
Part 9 (16 March)
Part 10 (22 – 24 March)
Part 11 (28 – 29 March)
Part 12 (02 – 11 April)
 
Part 14 (20 – 26 April)
Part 15 (04 – 05 May)
Part 16 (11 – 17 May)
Part 17 (18 – 27 May)
Part 18 (31 May – 20 June)
Part 19 (23 – 30 June)

VOS Videography 2013: A Mid-Year Retrospective (Part 6)

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Kopec’s (Lawrenceville / Pittsburgh, PA), 02 March 2013

 
Diamondbreaker – “Fish Chum”

 
Slaves BC – “Armageddon”

 
Originally there was a third band scheduled to play at this show, but it seems they forgot to show up, or to tell anybody that they weren’t going to show up. But there happened to be some members of Meth Quarry and Liquified Guts in the audience, so somebody grabbed a couple extra guitars and they threw together an impromptu jam session — which is captured here in its entirety (in two sections):

 

 

 

Howlers Coyote Cafe (Bloomfield / Pittsburgh, PA), 09 March 2013

 
VEGA – “Children of the Fright”

 
VEGA – “Fall Upon the Sword” (New Song)

 
World’s Scariest Police Chases – “Robocop”, “Cannabusted”, and “You’re Only Punk Once”

 
Asphyxian – “A Sophisticated Insult”

 
Asphyxian – “Black Coffee”

 
Asphyxian – “700 Miles til Graceland”

 
Invader – “BDR 529”

 
Invader – “Tools of God”

 
NAVIGATION
 
Part 1 (28 December – 18 January)
Part 2 (01 – 09 February)
Part 3 (16 February)
Part 4 (22 February)
Part 5 (23 February)
 
Part 7 (10 March)
Part 8 (14 March)
Part 9 (16 March)
Part 10 (22 – 24 March)
Part 11 (28 – 29 March)
Part 12 (02 – 11 April)
Part 13 (12 – 19 April)
Part 14 (20 – 26 April)
Part 15 (04 – 05 May)
Part 16 (11 – 17 May)
Part 17 (18 – 27 May)
Part 18 (31 May – 20 June)
Part 19 (23 – 30 June)