Even after the initial buzz surrounding the adorable father/daughter grindcore duo Sockweb, no one was really sure how far this unlikely project would go. Perhaps a few songs before the gimmick wore out or the limited attention span of a seven year old girl would put an end to the project, but no; Adam and Joanie Young are sticking with their band for the time being, and have been working on their debut album Werewolf. In fact, the release will see the light of day in the coming months under our friends Monolithic Records!
With the announcement comes a new song titled ‘Bullies Are Mean,’ and it’s a MONSTER. The epic-length (for grind standards) 4 minute track grooves as hard as any Pig Destroyer song with a solo ridiculous enough to come from Buckethead. As always, Jo nails her vocal performance, inspired by her fierce hatred of bullies. Dat catharsis. Go stream it right this second.
Details on Werewolf will be coming down the pipeline soon enough. Like Sockweb on Facebook if you haven’t already, lest you too be considered a big meanie.
Amputation Spree is a rare creature. It is thinking man’s slam. A transcendence of the typical lack of intelligence and innovation such a genre can muster. Not only does Slam typically sound lethargic to me from band to band, but it is also dry and boring from the beginning. I never got into that whole ‘bree’ thing. Amputation Spree, on the other hand, breaks the mold. It basically shits on my opinion that there is no value in slam. Go ahead and listen to his track ‘Messiah‘.
The dissonant guitar line leading into some basic chugging. The drums come in and then you are hit by a clear and guttural voice more advanced then your average pig squeal. The words are more enunciated and structured. Then the song takes a sharp turn and goes into some blast beats and heavy riffing. On paper it doesn’t sound like slam, but it works. It just has the right atmosphere and the right voice.
Amputation Spree has released 3 EPs, 2 of which are available at no charge on Bandcamp. They all have their own feel, but Amputation Spree mastermind Spencer Van Dyk really finds his niche in his 3 pronged attack on religion Three/Inferno. There is a whole bunch of experimentation going on in these three tracks. On ‘The Age of Reason‘ we hear heavily processed vocals with some strange synth interludes all while maintaining a sinister slam attitude. On ‘The Whore of Babylon‘ you hear some clean vocals. It’s not a spectacular innovation, but damn; if cleans started moving into this genre, I think he nailed the execution and sound. It’s all very well done even if it is a tad too far from the tree.
His other EPs Addicted to Beheading Children and Terminal Velocity are very cool too. Compared to Three/Inferno, they lack all of the little gems of experimentation but rather, are more of typical slam approach but again, it isn’t typical slam. There are strange guitar solos akin to Buckethead, doom like drone passages, and even some straight death metal. For 7 tracks, that is an ambitious resume. This one comes highly recommended for fans of brutal death metal and slam.
Keep up with Spencer’s project on Facebook and download his EPs at Bandcamp.
As many of you will know, masters of all that is metal (or a stoner’s approximation of, at least) Metalsucks have been counting down a list of who they (the staff) consider to be the top 25 modern metal guitarists. Of those I know, I’ve agreed with the vast majority of inclusions, and by the time this goes to press, there should only be the number one slot left to be announced – on Monday I would presume, thanks to Labor Day this Monday just gone.
So with this weekend break in mind, we want you to don your deerstalkers and tell us, based on who has already been mentioned, who you think will be – or who you think deserves – the number one slot from Axl, Vince and co.
For your convenience, I’ve listed the entries so far below, but I’d highly recommend reading the series – they make some damn good points regarding their choices.
Sound off in the comments!