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5ive: Self Titled LP


5ive: Self Titled LP
Released: 2001 (Tortuga Recordings)

I first saw 5ive in New Jersey about eight years ago. Manowar was headlining a metal festival and the night before the festivities began they played a small bar with Rune and a few other bands. They blew me away. Consisting of only a guitarist and a drummer their sound filled the whole place and watching them was mesmerizing. This album, I believe their first, is still my favorite of theirs and is recommended for anybody who likes heavy instrumental music.

Here is the track Burning Season:

5ive: Self Titled LP

Jesu: Self Titled LP


Jesu: Self Titled LP
Released: 2004 (Hydra Head Records)

Justin Broadrick is quite prolific. He was in Napalm Death and has helmed bands like Godflesh and Final. Within the last decade or so he’s been doing Jesu which is still extremely heavy but melodic and pretty. Their first full length (released in 2004 and following up the Heartache ep) is by far my favorite Jesu release and I find myself still listening to it at least once or twice a month. Also, supposedly Hydra Head is reissuing the LP soon.
Here is Jesu playing Friends are Evil live:

Jesu: Self Titled LP

Cattle Decapitation: Homovore


Cattle Decapitation: Homovore
Relapsed: 2000 (Threeoneg)

Following their first release, Human Jerky, San Diego based Cattle Decapitation released this second LP on Threeoneg (home to Locust, Quintron, Swing Kids, and more). This album, aside from having grotesque album art, features a bunch of quick, fast, and brutal death metal/grind songs. Unlike the later Cattle Decapitation stuff this LP features fewer bells and whistles and is more to my liking.

Here is Cattle Decapitation live in 2000:

Cattle Decapitation: Homovore

Leslie West: Mountain


Leslie West: Mountain
Released: 1969 (Bell Records)

Shortly before Mountain’s beginnings guitarist Leslie West recorded a solo album with producer, and future Mountain bassist, Felix Pappalardi. Pappalardi, who was unfortunately killed by his wife in 1983, was responsible for producing records by Cream, Hot Tuna, The Youngbloods, and more and his recordings have a distinctive sound (which can be heard on this record and the subsequent Mountain records). While I don’t really enjoy Mountain’s later stuff I do enjoy their earlier material and this record is a great prequel to Mountain’s later music.

Here is the track Blood on the Sun from Mountain:

Here is West covering This Wheel’s on Fire:

Leslie West: Mountain

Floor: Self Titled LP


Floor: Self Titled LP
Released: 2002 (No Idea Records)

Even though this, and everything else by Floor, is available on the Below and Beyond box set but a great LP and stands on its own. Personally, I think it’s the best thing Floor did but there are others who disagree.

Here is Floor playing Iron Girl and Night Full of Kicks live in 2010 during their first reunion:

Click here to purchase Floor’s box set Below and Beyond from Robotic Empire

Floor: Self Titled LP

Bird of Ill Omen: Self, Dare You Still Breathe


Bird of Ill Omen: Self, Dare You Still Breathe
Released: 1997 (Eulogy Records)

Coming out of South Florida, Bird of Ill Omen were a quite brutal hardcore band. The vocals are harsh, the changes are interesting, and unlike much of South Florida hardcore in the later ‘90s it’s not all simple open-e chugga nonsense. Aside from Self, Dare You Still Breathe, Bird of Ill Omen only released one more thing: a 7” which is pretty awesome. Also, the album starts with a clip from Trainspotting, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

 

 
Bird of Ill Omen: Self, Dare You Still Breathe

Swamp Ruins: Demo Tracks


Swamp Ruins: Demo tracks
Released: 2011 (Self Released)

Swamp Ruins features members of Dolphin Splatter and Maruta (Ashiq Ricker and Ghimel Alvarado) and is a new doom band from Central Florida. I haven’t seen them play live yet but I really enjoy the two tracks they’ve put up on Bandcamp. It’s a little lo-fi but there’s something interesting going on here and I hope they keep writing more music and play out more frequently.

 

 
Click here for Swamp Ruins’ Bandcamp page