Friday, 27 February 2009


Rising from the ashes of Deep Purple comes Warhorse. A doom band that is simply and utterly amazing. Using keyboards, heavy guitars, and female vocals Warhorse creates this atmosphere. Check these guys out if you're into progressive rock, early heavy metal, and doom reminiscent of Saint Vitus.



Here is a Buzzov*en album. You might already be a fan, or have heard of Buzzov*en. I offer up the album …At a Loss which was their ninth album, cut in 1998. Buzzov*en is considered one of the founders of the genre of sludge metal, behind EyeHateGod. This was Dixie Dave’s first band; he went on to join up into Bongzilla, Weedeater, and Sourvein, all big names on the scene. I can’t really tell you much about this album, as I only just got it myself, I’ve managed to give a couple of songs a listen, and it’s got a lot of feedback, the vocals remind me of Dax Riggs when he’s singing, he’s got that painful wailing going on, and it reminds me of Electric Wizard when he’s screaming. It’s very, very doomy.

I'll probably be upping some more albums soon.

...At a Loss

Mouth of the Architect

Continuing on with my Sludge collection, here is Mouth of the Architect. Here is Quietly, released July 22, 2008 this is a great addition to any sludge collection. MOTA is a atmospheric/progressive sludge act that reminds me of Neurosis, Isis, and Pelican (which by the way, if anyone can put up an Isis and Pelican album I would be grateful). It's basically like Neurosis, only with better vocals. Anyway, Mouth of the Architect bring on a wonderful album here, the music often begins smooth and escalates into a sludgy monster. It's really great what these guys do. These guys hail from Ohio, they sing about despair, relationships, depression, and love. Which might not sound too appealing to the average sludge fan, but trust me, this shit is just as destructive and heavy.

I also offer up a live recording of MOTA, and the Mouth of the Architect/Kenoma split, and finally The Ties That Blind. Enjoy.

Mouth of the Architect- Quietly
Live Album
Kenoma/Mouth of the Architect Split
The Ties That Blind

Arson Anthem

Here is Arson Anthem's self titled debut, it was founded by vocalist Mike Williams (EyeHateGod), guitarist Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down), drummer Hank Williams III (Superjoint Ritual), and bassist Collin Yeo. Phil and Mike started jamming after listening to early hardcore punk albums, and then recruited III to start up a crust punk band. They wanted to make a hardcore sound like they used to listen to when they were kids. This is a really good album, Mike's vocals for some reason sound even higher and more abrasive than they do on with his EHG work.

Arson Anthem- Self Titled


Here is a split LP of crust band Skaven with sludge band Dystopia. It was put out in 1996, and I found this, oddly enough, when I was searching for some fucking Amebix (which I still haven't found). So yeah, it's actually a really good album. Sadly, this is also the only Skaven I've found that isn't in fucking Quicktime format. So until I find some other albums, this is all you get, sorry. Being a HUGE fan of Hellraiser film series, I was happy to find out that many of the Skaven songs use samplings from the films.

Skaven/Dystopia Split


This band is called Jesu, it was formed by Justin Broadrick following the break up of Godflesh. I picked Jesu for a couple of reasons, 1) because when I heard the Heartache EP my eyes did water and 2) Jesu should be heard by everyone, it doesn’t matter what your musical preference is.

Jesu can be described as an experimental rock/sludge band; their music is highly textured, and avant-garde. The Heartache EP was their first release, and it’s a very touching album, there are 2 songs which are 19 and 20 minutes in length. The vocals are stunning, smooth and serene. The instrumentals range from abrasive sludgy doom, to electronic and watery clean shit. This is very touching music, I was hooked as soon as the song Transfigure hit my ears.

Heartache EP


Here is the EHG discography I promised.
EHG is the founder of the genre of Sludge Metal which I am in love with. Mike William's has this voice, it's an unintelligible scream, a miserable wail. The music can be very bleak at times, and energetic at others. EHG is a must have for any fan of Sludge, to truly appreciate the genre you have to be able to appreciate its humble NOLA origins.

On another note, the members of EHG, along with other NOLA musician Phil Anselmo have been a huge factor in reviving the New Orleans music scene, in the aftermath of Katrina. Many people lost everything, Mike Williams was no different, after going homeless and getting clean after Phillip bailed him out of a drug charge, he became a leader on the revival scene. If you can't respect that, you can't respect much.

In The Name of Suffering
Take As Needed For Pain
Southern Discomfort
Confederacy of Ruined Lives
I Am Gestapo w/ Cripple Bastards
99 Miles of Bad Road
Preaching The "End-Time" Message


I just noticed there is a criminal lack of sludge on this blog.

Okay, upon request, I offer up the discography of sludge giants Rwake.
Rwake is a sludge/doom band from Little Rock, Arkansas. They have found a fan base with their unique brand of sludge metal. The vocals are the effort of two, fronted with C.T.'s sandpaper laden vocal chords, and backed up by the harsh and unintelligible high pitched shrieks and screams of the only female in the group, B. Rwake is really, really, abrasive. If you're a fan of shit like EyeHateGod, Soilent Green, and Leechmilk you’ll be a quick fan of Rwake. Not only is Rwake incredibly abrasive, they are also incredibly bleak. But don’t make the mistake in thinking that "abrasive" is synonymous with "bad", in many of their songs (most counting in at over 6 minutes), the band members constantly show their talent, a chief example is in the songs Leviticus and Intro off of Voices of Omens, Gravy shows a mastery of his instrument. If you're looking for a rec, then I definitely would say go for Voices of Omens, and If You Walk Before You Crawl... You Crawl Before You Die. Both great albums, I'm not too hot on Absence Due To Projection, but I've only managed to spin it once, so I'll let you decide on that one.

Things move a little slower in the south, Rwake is no different.
Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage Of Awareness
Absence Due To Projection
Hell Is A Door To The Sun
If You Walk Before You Crawl... You Crawl Before You Die
Voices of Omens

Thursday, 26 February 2009


Kyuss was an influential stoner rock/desert rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. After forming in the late 1980s and releasing an EP under the name Sons of Kyuss in 1990, the band shortened its name to Kyuss. Over the next five years the band released four full-length albums before splitting up in 1995. Since then, members of Kyuss went on to form or feature in several notable bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Unida, Brant Bjork, Mondo Generator, Hermano and Slo Burn.

Friday, 20 February 2009

The Tallest Man on Earth

Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth
Album: Shallow Graves
Genre: Folk, Indie

"Over the last half-century, the tag "Dylanesque" has been slapped on so many mediocre folksingers clutching battered Moleskines that it's become a meaningless joke, a critical hiccup, a silly, lazy way of invoking an age-old raspy voice/acoustic guitar combo. Still: It's exceptionally hard to talk about Scandinavian folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (also known as Kristian Matsson) without mentioning Bob Dylan's early years, mostly because Matsson manages to embody Dylan's effortlessness so well, infusing his songs with a detachment that, miraculously, is neither cold nor alienating. Like Dylan, Matsson is so natural a songwriter that these tracks feel predetermined, tumbling out of his mouth with an ease and grace that's increasingly uncommon.

Shallow Grave is his full-length debut. The production is appropriately scrappy, and it seems relatively safe to assume that the album was recorded live with one microphone-- accordingly, we hear the scratch of fingernails on string (and, on occasion, the chirping of birds in the background), made privy to each tiny exhalation and sigh. Matsson is an adept fingerpicker, and his guitar is easily as central as his voice, which is high, crackling, and rich. Much like Dylan himself, Matsson has mined the American south for inspiration, and his frantic strumming and front-porch poetry recall everyone from the Carter Family to Lead Belly to, most noticeably, country bluesman Mississippi John Hurt."
-Pitchfork Media, Amanda Petrusich, May 6, 2008

1. I Won't Be Found (2:47)
2. Pistol Dreams (3:34)
3. Honey Won't You Let Me In (2:56)
4. Shallow Grave (2:37)
5. Where Do My Bluebirds Fly (3:17)
6. The Gardner (3:56)
7. The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands (2:01)
8. The Sparrow and the Medicine (3:06)
9. Into the Stream (2:47)
10. This Win (3:24)


Thursday, 19 February 2009

Queens of the Stone Age

Formed after the Break-up of Kyuss, QotSA is an amazing Stoner Rock act with hits such as "No One Knows" and "3's and 7's" as well as other great songs. Josh Homme has stated that "We want sex to bleed into the music. " It sure does. Songs range from fast and heavy to light and meaningful. An amazing band all around.

Songs for the Deaf

Era Vulgaris

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (w's are pronounced v's in Hawaiian Ca-Mah-Cah-Vi-Voh-Oh-Le) commonly called Bradah Iz to the residents of my islands was a great man, he did a lot to unite the peoples of Hawaii, and his death was a great loss to us all. He was a marvelous musician from the island of Oahu. I offer up his 1993 album Facing Future. I really think Chris will be into this due to his widely varied tastes, and I think Steven will dig it because of the song Hawaiian Sup'pa Man, and others. He was a ukulele player and had a beautiful voice, I find it sad that the style of beautiful song and writing in Hawaiian music has fallen out of disuse these days.

Iz spent the last part of his life battling weight problems, he finally died due to respiratory illness caused by his 736 pounds on his 6' 3" frame. The Hawaiian flag flew at half mast, and his koa wood coffin was displayed in the capital, the third person to be awarded this honor. His funeral was massive, hundreds of people from all of the islands came in to attend, his ashes were spread in the pacific.


Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Beardtapes - Covers

Made up of my favourite covers. Enjoy!


Monday, 16 February 2009

Flogging Molly

Upon request by Hollow Point. I am uploading some Flogging Molly. An Irish-American band formed in 1997, their songs revolve around drinking, politics, Ireland, and just about anything Irish. Their songs range from boisterous songs about drinking, pirates and defiance to more somber songs such as Faraway boys. A great band not sticking to the usual rock instruments, they incorporate Fiddles, Mandolins, Accordians and the banjo in to five an authentic Celtic feeling. I highly recommend getting this compilation of three of their CDs, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies and Within a Mile of Home.

Download Now.

Beard Tapes 5

Hitting you hard with Candlemass, Alice in Chains, Agalloch, Megadeth, Church of Misery, Electric Wizard, Reverend Bizarre and Saint Vitus. Prepare for the end of the world with this despair inducing Mixtape.

Beard Tapes Vol. 4

Beard Tapes vol. 4, a mix tape with some southern flame (TURBOPUNS OMG) added to it. A great compilation of southern rock and sludge, a lot of soft shit on it like Southern Isolation, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top, alongside such bands as Southern Flame, Down, Rwake, Pantera (albeit, an acoustic song), Weedeater, and eyeHATEgod.

Give it a good long listen. You won't be disappointed.

Sure is hot out...

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Beard Tapes Vol. 1

There's no real theme to this mixtape, just a few of my favourite songs that fit well together. Hopefully iy encourages you to delve deeper into the artist's respective discographies.


Saxon - Into The Labyrinth

I had a proper review all typed up here, but Firefox crashed while I was uploading the album cover and I lost it. Fuck. Now you only get one short paragraph because I'm all pissed off now.
This is Saxon's new album. It's pretty decent, but not as good as Wheel Of Steel or Denim & Leather. If you like Saxon, you will probably like it. If you don't like Saxon we can't be friends. Now either download it or leave.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009


Sorry, instead of posting this earlyer tonight, I went out and got really drunk. Isis is seen by many as the head of the post rock sludge world, I got into them a while ago when I thought I was seeing Jesu live (but they had visa problems and could not make it) and Isis so happen to be headlining. I bring forth three releases of there's. First, The Red Sea, a Ep released in there early days, much more raw and sludgy, very heavy. The other two, Oceanic and Panopticon are your more standard post rock sluge stuff. This one goes out to my nigga hollow point, who needs some Isis.

Drunk HKM OUT!

Monday, 9 February 2009

Guns N' Roses

For anyone who still gives a shit about Guns N Roses. I have to admit, I stopped listening to the gunners for a long fucking time. Why? Because Axl Rose is the biggest asshole in existence. Then I realized it's hypocritical to not listen to GNR for that reason yet still listen to KISS. So here we are.

So classic rock band, a very skilled guitarist by the name of Slash, a decent bassist (and sometimes vocalist) named Duff, a drummer who I don't know the name of, and of course their singer (who is actually very good) Axl. So I have here Greatest Hits, Appetite for Destruction and 'The Spaghetti Incident?' all zipped up into a convenient package.


Acid Witch

Acid Witch is a Death/Doom/Psychedelic band that plays shit that reminds me of Ahab, if Ahab were using LSD. It's this fuzzed out psychedelic brand of doom that is fucking mega. Witchantic Hellucinations is a set of 13 terrible tales as dark and doomy as the brew in the Witch's cauldron. Don't go into this album expecting something like Reverend Bizarre, that kind of clean doom that you can listen to for several hours straight without any adverse effects. This shit is Doom metal in the vein of Black Sabbath's famous self titled song. It's gory horrid music in the vein of some of our favorite death metal bands, it's doom in the vein of Sabbath's early work, and it's psychedelia in the vein of Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. The guitars are masterful, catchy riffs, they use the keyboard well, without over doing it.

Witchantic Hellucinations

Friday, 6 February 2009

Jimi Hendrix

Known as one of the greatest guitarists of our age. Here is Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced?

Russian Circles - Enter

Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Enter
Genre: Post-Rock

"Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Similar to fellow Chicago residents Pelican, Russian Circles play instrumental, sprawling music which runs the gamut of heavy discordant metal, to soft delicate passages. They are also known for their energetic live shows, which include tours with Minus the Bear, Chin Up Chin Up, Coheed & Cambria, Mono, and Pelican as well as an appearance at the 2006 SXSW. They were also the opening band for Tool while playing in the United Kingdom for their 2007 tour." - Wikipedia

1. Carpe (9:01)
2. Micah (8:03)
3. Death Rides a Horse (5:46)
4. Enter (7:54)
5. You Already Did (8:14)
6. New Macabre (5:18)


Saxon Shore - Four Months of Darkness

Artist: Saxon Shore
Album: Four Months of Darkness
Genre: Post-Rock, Ambient

"Saxon Shore is an American post-rock band consisting of members from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York. The group has thus far released four albums on Burnt Toast Vinyl: one packaged as an EP (Luck Will Not Save Us...) and three as full-lengths, although all (with the exception of The Exquisite Death of...) have only featured anywhere from five to seven songs.

According to the website, the band is in the process of writing and recording the follow-up to The Exquisite Death.

Saxon Shore's overall sound has been compared to Caspian, Explosions in the Sky, Boards of Canada, and God is an Astronaut."
- Wikipedia

1. Four Months of Darkness (6:48)
2. Amber, Ember, Glow (2:29)
3. Our Mountain Pass, A Winding Trench (8:32)
4. Secret Fire, Binding Light (5:36)
5. Side By Side in This Gentle Descent (7:34)


Thursday, 5 February 2009


I've been meaning to post my AC/DC albums for a long fucking time. If you don't know who AC/DC is you need to get out of your box. I have 6 albums, with Bon Scott, and with Brian Johnson on vocals. Even got their new one, Black Ice, goddamn are they getting old.

Highway To Hell
Back in Black
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
If You Want Blood, You Got It!
Black Ice

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Do Make Say Think - You, You're A History In Rust

Artist: Do Make Say Think
Album: You, You're A History In Rust
Genre: Post-Rock

"Do Make Say Think is a Canadian instrumental post-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Their music combines jazz style drums and space style electronic effects, distorted guitars and wind instruments as well as a prominent use of the bass guitar.

The band formed in 1995 as a recording project for a Canadian youth dramatic production. They rehearsed for the production in an empty elementary school room. The four simple verbs 'Do', 'Make', 'Say' and 'Think' were painted on walls of the room, and the band adopted them as their name. In 1996, the band progressed as they practiced in the rehearsal room in the basement of the University of Toronto radio station CIUT."

1. Bound To Be That Way
2. A With Living
3. The Universe!
4. A Tender History In Rust
5. Herstory of Glory
6. You, You're Awesome
7. Executioner Blues
8. In Mind


StellarDrive - ERS-2

Artist: StellarDrive
Album: ERS-2
Genre: Post-Rock/Instrumental

StellarDrive are a four-piece post-rock band from Detroit Michigan. That's really all I know about them since they don't have a Wiki page. They play music that almost tells a story when you listen to it. They sound similar to If These Trees Could Talk.

1. Departure
2. Sagittarius A
3. Turbulences (A Nice Day To See All The Damages Done)


If These Trees Could Talk - s/t

Artist: If These Trees Could Talk
Album: If These Trees Could Talk (EP)
Genre: Post-Rock/Instrumental

"Like the Six Parts Seven, another area group known for its rock soundscapes, Akron's If These Trees Could Talk proves in its self-titled six-song debut that you don't need vocals to ooze emotion. In fact, lyrics would only get in the way of the Trees' dense, flowing sound. This album emotes like Explosions in the Sky, rocks like Tool, and breaks and builds like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The crystal-clear production and flawless musical performances make this a local instrumental album that stands high above the mire."
-Cleveland Scene Magazine

1. Malabar Front
2. Smoke Stacks
3. The Friscalating Dusklight
4. Signal Tree
5. The Death of Paradigm
6. 41°4'23n, -81°31'4w


Tuesday, 3 February 2009


Uploaded for Dan over at Black Circle.
Swedish stoner rock/sludge band. They've got a high energy style reminiscent of rock bands from the 80s, and a smooth chill sludgy style reminiscent of bands such as Down, and doom bands in the vein of Church of Misery. They've got a grinding style accented with heavy riffs. This is their debut album Triple Six Blues.

Triple Six Blues

Monday, 2 February 2009

Southern Isolation

Okay, here is Southern Isolation's one and only album. Southern Isolation is a southern rock/folk band from Louisiana. The duo comprises Phil Anselmo and (then) wife Stephanie Opal. The band is made up of guitar and vocals, provided by Phil and Stephanie, respectively. Stephanie shows that she has a truly beautiful voice, singing lead in all the songs. Philip provides backing vocals on a couple of the tracks, and lead in the last song Southern Man I Am.

This album is executed beautifully. It's truly a shame that they only released the self titled. Just like with crust punk band Arson Anthem we're shown that Philip has mastery over the guitar as he does over singing. I honestly think all of you will get into this really easily, particularly I think Chris will dig it because he's got a penchant for female singers.

Southern Isolation

Sunday, 1 February 2009


"Bleeding works of art
Seething work so dark

Seering words from the heart"

Artist: Carcass
Album: Heartwork (1993)
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Official Site:

Carcass are a British band formed by Napalm Death guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in 1985. They are based in Liverpool. In 1987, bassist and vocalist Jeff Walker, formerly of the Electro Hippies, joined them, who grew up in the North East of England. Carcass have been a very influential band within the grindcore and death metal scenes. They disbanded in 1995, but will reunite in 2008.[1]

1.Buried Dreams03:59
2.Carnal Forge03:55
3.No Love Lost03:23
6.This Mortal Coil03:50
7.Arbeit Macht Fleisch04:22
8.Blind Bleeding The Blind04:57
9.Doctrinal Expletives03:39
10.Death Certificate03:41


Sex Machineguns (Jap)

TEKKEN! Fists! Look out!
My one-hit-kill Hammer Punch!
TEKKEN! Fists! Be ready!
This time for sure I'll get 'em, this time for sure I'll get 'em, Ahh
Ohh shaa!

Artist: Sex Machineguns
Album: Made in Japan (1999)
Genre: Speed Metal
Official Site:

The Sex Machineguns are a Japanese Speed Metal band. Their music is characterized by a heavy focus on bass as well as extremely fast guitar and bass solos. The band rides an image of being "Shock Rockers" by wearing crazy, exotic outfits like Visual Kei bands (although this image has been toned down recently), singing about blowing up restaurants (as shown in the song "FamiResuBombaa") and naming one of their live DVDs "SM Show" in a very intentional allusion to BDSM. Casting themselves as shock rockers is not the prime selling point of their music though, as they also exhibit their technical skill on their instruments.

1. Progressive Ojii-Chan - (3:17)
2. Tekken II - (5:19)
3. Illusion City - (3:44)
4. Estheticien - (4:17)
5. Magnum Fire - (6:01)
6. Secret Killer - (5:16)
7. Iron Cross - (6:05)
8. American Z - (4:19)
9. Operation Tiger - (6:01)
10. Onigunsow - (3:13)
11. Yellow Card - (5:19)


Pain (Swe)

Pain is an industrial metal band from Sweden. The band started out as a hobby project for front man Peter Tägtgren, whose idea was to fuse metal with electronic influences. Tägtgren, who is also the vocalist/guitarist of Hypocrisy and producer of his own The Abyss studios, is the only current member. Pain's self titled debut was released in 1997, and since then Pain has released four more albums, and a DVD. In early February of 2006, reported that Pain had signed with Roadrunner Records.

(1997) Pain

(1999) Rebirth

(2002) Nothing Remains the Same

(2005) Dancing with Dead

(2007) Psalms of Extinction

**I may upload the last two later**

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club

Although revisionist journalism has seen the Beatles stance in musical history slightly reduced, one cannot deny the influence of Sgt. Pepper, even if it doesn't retain its hallowed place as the album that started music. Forget the hype though; this is just a half-decent album. Like all of the Beatles' records, there are some real stinkers, but there are some wonderful songs here as well. I, for one, believe that the Beatles never made a consistent record, but this is probably as close as they came. Worth a listen, if only for the educational factor.


Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet

Public Enemy's third album is arguably their greatest, although it received less attention at the time of release due to allegedly anti-Semetic comments made by band member Professor Griff. Although Chuck D made an apology at the time, he has since taken it back, stating that Griff's comment was anti-Zionist and not anti-Semetic. Fittingly, this album and the previous record both reference the plight of the Palestinians
Time has proven this to be the superior record, with Chuck D's lyricism at its career high, and the rest of the band sounding tighter, tougher and better produced. Sadly, the Bomb Squad would leave after this record, leaving Public Enemy to pursue a different musical direction that lacked the crunch to match Chuck's rhymes. Listening to this, though, one wonders how it all went so wrong and the gangstas moved in.


Beck - Odelay

Beck's second major-label album, generally regarded as one of his best, Odelay moves further from his anti-folk beginnings and deeper into Alternative Rock. There's a lot less experimentation on this album than subsequent albums too, and both of these things have put me off the album personally. However, the songs are all good, and Beck's lyrics are witty and inspired. Worth a listen, and probably a good album to get into his work with.
Also, the album cover is some rare breed of dog. Not, in fact, a mop as it is often misdescribed as.


Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom

Acrimony were Welsh. If you're still reading, I suggest you go see a shrink, but other than that, they were also a Stoner Metal band, who have received no small amount of critical attention after splitting up a few years back. Since then, renewed interest in the genre has seen this, their second album re-issued, and Acrimony have garnered praise both from critics and fans of the genre. Personally, this isn't what I'd call wonderful music, but then again, I'm no real judge of this sort of music. I dig the song titles though, Motherslug (The Mother of all Slugs) has to be the best title for any song, ever. If I remember rightly, this is supposed to be a concept album, but the concept is so obtuse that only a truly fried brain could have imagined it. Something about giant space whales floating in the pools of eternity and life.