February 17, 2012

THE BLACK NASTY - Self Titled CD (1995)

Short-lived Seattle punk band made up of members of Midnight Idols, Big Top, Beat Senseless and fronted by Blaine Cook (The Fartz, Acc├╝sed, Toe Tag, Denial Fiend). This self-released disc was their only recorded output. Musically (and vocally) it's a bit of a departure from Blaine's other work but still definitely worth a listen.
1. Made In Ballard
2. Rat City
3. Giant Mutant Bugs
4. Stranded
5. Whatever You Want
6. C'Mon C'Mon (Cheap Trick)
7. 1-2 Many Times
8. Still Remember
9. 3AM
10. The Mad One


February 9, 2012

WITCHES HAMMER - Death Of No Reprieve EP (2004)

As I mentioned in the last post, 'Death Of No Reprieve' was left off the Canadian Speed Metal LP due to space. According to the liner notes of that record, the song was to be included in an upcoming Witches Hammer boxset. I guess that was scrapped, which must have been why it was released as a 7" single instead. The B-side 'Mortalas/Alien Jesus' was taken from an unreleased album recorded in 1988. The rest of that session was finally released in 2005 on the 'Stretching Into Infinity' LP, which also includes their 1987 12" EP.

1. Death Of No Reprieve
2. Mortalas / Alien Jesus

February 1, 2012

WITCHES HAMMER - Canadian Speed Metal LP (2003)

Another E-bay score, from Italy of all places. Formed in 1984, Witches Hammer were Vancouver's first thrash metal band. What I like about them is that they don't really sound like anyone else. If I was to describe their sound, I'd say it's almost like thrash being played by a hardcore band but without coming off as 'crossover' or 'metalcore'. If that makes any sense.
This LP compiles their two demo tapes, except for one song (Death Of No Reprieve) because they couldn't fit it on the record. It was mastered directly off the original cassette dubs, but personally I think that's how they were meant to be heard.

Side Witches: Demo I 1996
1. Thulsa Doom
2. Rabid Captor
3. Frozen God/Witches Hammer
4. Gorgon
5. Mantle Of Death
Side Hammer: "Fuckin' Rights" Demo II 1987
6. I.N.R.I./Gorgon
7. Legions Of The Undead
8. Deadly Mantis
9. National Front
10. Final Storm