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  • November19th

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    Divider – The Center Cannot Hold The Weight

    The best way to describe this band is a pint-sized Neurosis and I mean that in the best way possible. Neurosis are the standard for creating monstrous songs – going from light to dark, crushing to embracing – taking the listener on a journey. Divider cut through all of this and shorten their songs for maximum effect. Punishing the listener and going home with his wife.

    This album is a bevy of good songs, not just a collection of riffs. There is no fluff. There is little foreplay. All Barren was recorded by Kurt Ballou and I think it’s one of his better recordings. Prepare yourself for this album. 2014 has been one of the best years ever for music, at least for those of us that like our music heavy and uncompromising. And Divider has put themselves on top of the list of some of the greats.

  • 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.