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  • February24th

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    Cattlepress – Hordes to Abolish the Divine

    With one of the greatest album titles in history, Cattlepress delivered an unsung slab of riff-heavy metal/hardcore/sludge.  I bought this CD at a show in Tucson – Isis, Candiria and Dillinger Escape Plan were playing a small show (this was before Isis and DEP got “big” so it was a pretty intimate setting.)  Cattlepress’ masterpiece was released on the now defunct HydraHead records – thus the reason why I got it at the Isis show.

    Anyway, I got to shoot the shit with Jeff Wood (Get it?  Shoot the SHIT with Jeff Wood – pre accident) who was the touring bassists for DEP at the time.  But the real treat for me was hearing Isis on their Celestial tour. Wow.  This was when they were at the peak of their heaviness and they destroyed the venue. Unfortunately, the venue was filled with Jason Vorhees dressed fools that did their best Bruce Lee impression and didn’t receive the Wall of Sound in a favorable light. Isis actually got booed for a bit.  DEP got on stage, went ape shit for a couple songs and Dmitri went out in the audience, microphone wrapped in his hand and beat the crap out of some guy that was taunting him. Show stopped, lights went on and it was over.  Damn fine show.

    Anyway, that’s when I picked up Hordes and it remains one of the heaviest, out-of-center releases I’ve heard.  The guitar tone IS Cattlepress – it is unique and singular to them.  And they don’t follow any path or style – they are fast, slow and often times discordant. An uneasy mix of hardcore rage and bludgeoning sludge.

    As far as I know, this was their only proper LP, the rest of their stuff is on compilations and 7”.  This remains one of the many unheard of gems in the metal world and as far as I’m concerned, it’s a shame.  These guys deserve to be held in high regard.

     

  • July29th

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    New PR and Music Update

    Last week, I shit the bed, metaphorically speaking.  Training just decide to loosen my pucker and push out a huge pile of awful.  It happens and luckily I have a huge ego and some confidence and knew it would not last.  I regrouped, held my hand under an open flame (this is stupid), took ice cold showers and told myself to “man the fuck up”.  Completely over dramatic but that is why some people count calories while the rest of us choke wizards and fuck goblins; which makes absolutely no sense.  I just wanted to say “fuck goblins”  and I think counting calories might be the worst thing since “going in/coming out con flimser”.

    Anyway, on Saturday I wasn’t supposed to train but decided to see what I could do.  I reached my January goal of strict pressing 225 pounds. I did this with a straight bar (not the Electric Six’ Gay Bar!).  This is my first time using a standard power bar with my pressing since the surgery.  I finished off with two assistance movements of 100 reps each, some neck work and called it a day.  I am very happy with my progress so far and will continue on the path that I’m on; it is working and to alter it/deviate or change it at this point would equate to someone who thinks income tax is, at any point, a good thing.

    In other news, I have teamed up with drummer and friend Joey Waters to form an yet-unnamed band.  Our assaults will be short, fast as fuck/slow as molasses bits of grind/sludge.  We have a general blueprint of what we are going after and will record our first couple of songs in early September.  Joey can blast and groove and am honored to have him behind the kit for this aural hate brigade.  3 songs have been written with nods to Slayer, Eyehategod, Weekend Nachos, Rotten Sound, Votnut, Magrudergrind and whatever else is amazing.  Thank you to Joey for making this a reality.  Now go to his Facialbook page and ask him a ton of questions.

     

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