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"Seven Heads" appears on Cloud Rat's upcoming, fourth full-length album Pollinatordue out September 13th on Artoffact Records.

Order or listen to this album at:

https://orcd.co/cloudratpollinator


"Seven Heads" rips through speakers with a mix of death metal and grindcore, while haunting synths swell deep underneath. Cloud Rat guitarist Rorik Brooks describes the song as "somewhere between Coffins, Morbid Angel, Discordance Axis, and Deftones," also acknowledging sci-fi masters Ray Bradbury and David Cronenberg as lyrical inspirations. Like many of Pollinator's songs, "Seven Heads" addresses the potential lethality of the internet. Brooks says, "[Vocalist] Madison Marshall was thinking of the Cronenberg film, The Brood, and took that kind of surreal body-horror vibe and married it to modern delusional terror, i.e. social media, where every day our brains are pollinated constantly by different emotions, ideologies and identity delusions."

Over the past ten years, Cloud Rat has established itself as one of the most compelling bands in the underground – releasing four full-length albums, eleven EPs and splits, a live album, and various other comps, the prolific Michigan trio has made a name for itself via sheer emotion and musical freedom. Emerging from the space where hardcore punk spirals into grindcore, Cloud Rat incorporates musical influences from across the map – black metal, death metal, noise, folk, and beyond – all while retaining its realness and urgency.

Brooks states, "Pollinator is our most complete and accomplished work yet. It is the quintessence of everything we've tried to say and do before, and it's kind of fitting that we are coming up on a decade of being a band together."

 

Punk in Drublic responses from KJ/Chixdiggit!

Thursday, 20 June 2019 17:02 Published in Underground News

By Ira Hunter

Greetings from Canada, eh! Who are we talking to and what are you most famous of infamous for? 


This is KJ from Chixdiggit. I'm famous for being in the not-famous band Chixdiggit.

What first got you into Punk Rock? 

My big sister went to Europe in 1978 and my punk cousin gave her all her old punk records. My cousin was getting into reggae so she didn't want them anymore. They came home with my sister and they blew my mind when I heard them.

Brief origin of your band?

1990 Wanted to be in a band. Made up a name and corresponding t-shirts and pretended we were a band. Friends pressured us to show them this band we were in. Played first show, got another show, got a booking agent shortly after and signed to Sub Pop in 1995. Signed with Honest Don's/Fat in 1997 and have been there since.

Describe your sound for people who have been living in igloos.

People living in all kinds of homes listen to our music, which is three-to-four chord poppy, distorted, punk-style rock 'n roll.

Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl is available to order on Amazon USA

A look back at nearly all the music from the greatest horror cinema classics will be released on May 13th, 2019! No, we are not talking about a rerelease of all these tunes, but instead, we will get an opening of a time capsule which looks at the unique history and artwork of these works. Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl will get multiple releases too. The core product, a hardbound, full-color, 240-page book spotlights the intricate (and often rare) artwork on the LP sleeves, as well as album reviews, release details, and wild backstories.

Jeff Szpirglas is the guy with the long last name who reviews albums and old movies for Rue Morgue Magazine, and the list does not end there. He's written many books for young readers and is a second-grade full-time teacher. This vocation puts him in an interesting position should he decide to demonstrate his love for horror to impressionable minds. Aaron Lupton os the music editor for the said magazine and is a passionate and nerdy collector of horror soundtrack LPs. He also is the co-host of From My Parents Basement podcast with Eric Gaudet and Gary Pullin.

In what prompted the decision to create this book was when Szpirglas approached Aaron about putting together a special edition digest issue of the magazine focusing specifically on horror soundtracks. At the time, Rue Morgue had been releasing special editions on subjects ranging from horror collectables to Canadian horror, and he felt that a soundtrack book was a no-brainer. In his own words, "So much of what makes these films effective often comes from sound and music working in conjunction with the images and the rhythms of editing."

Digging into What Works and Failed in Pet Sematary (2019)

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:58 Published in Movie Reviews

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This year has two Stephen King films gracing the big screen.
Pet Sematary is a remake of the classic with a few changes done to the plot and It: Chapter Two will pick up where the last film left off. After seeing the former, I feel the latter will be the one to appreciate.

The problem with trying to update a familiar product is that not every director and writing team involved has the intention to add something new. There's a few changes in the direction of, and I did not find them as enjoyable. The movie is faithful to the source material in teasing at what's to come, but the connections to the past need to be more pronounced before viewers can notice.

The Victoria Film Festival (Feb 1 to 10, 2019) is celebrating 25 years! Independent cinema can be fickle, and this year's selection of shows is all about being forever young.

This year's opening gala film, Sink or Swim (Le Grain Bain) on Feb 1st kicks off the ten-day long event. This French comedy is about how a group of 40 somethings deal with life. They are having mid-life crises and hope to beat that down by becoming a synchronized swimming team. While this film is not necessarily a play on White Men Can't Jump, the Olympic theme is notable.

Installation art works include a continuing look into virtual reality at The Atrium (800 Yates Street) and experiments with other ocular equipment to provide visual treats. These filmmakers are taking cinema to a different level by taking a DIY approach which does not conform to the mainstream. Cinema art is being taken to a new level.

Topping the list of films to see, are:

Anthem of a Teenage Prophet
Sat | Feb 2 | 9:00 PM | SilverCity #3

Adapted from Joanne Proulx’s eponymous award-winning novel, director Robin Hayes delves into the 1990s with a spot-on soundtrack, Nirvana-inspired hairstyles and tongue-in-cheek jabs at small-town malaise. Between the burden of his prophecies and an attraction to his deceased friend’s girlfriend, Luke is doing his best to navigate the complexities of adolescence, which is hard enough without psychic abilities. Featuring Juliette Lewis (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Basketball Diaries) as Luke’s yoga-practising mother who’s always in her son’s corner, Hayes’ debut coming-of-age tale is a stylish and authentic exploration of the youthful struggle to find your place in the world.

Desolation Center, The Documentary

Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:00 Published in Movie Reviews

Update:Plays next at San Francisco Indie Fest, Feb 9th.

Way before open air concerts like Burning Man became a thing, nobody knew how to organize it. Shows like Coachella and Lollapalooza owe a debt to the people who organized impromptu gatherings in the Californian desert back in the early 80's that combined punk rock, crazy pyrotechnics and performance art. All that happened gets nicely chronicled in Desolation Center, a documentary by Stuart Swezey. He serves as both the director, organizer of these shows and is one of the protagonists who bore witness to this movement.

This work is set to debut on January 25-31, at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It will no doubt see screenings at other events as words spreads, much like how those impromptu concerts from long ago started. It will no doubt hit other film festivals, and keeping an eye on https://www.desolationcenter.com/festivals for other dates will be important.

In the 80's, Los Angeles was a time for new bands to experiment. Other historians may argue the decade prior more influential, but as for when the punk movement was born, its subject to debate. At least this period of time was hailed as the Silver Age. No matter what the decade, youths and new musical talents always had hard time to find venues express themselves. They can gather at the Whisky a Go Go but when a movie documentary needs to cast a villain, the foe chosen disliked everything that did not meet up to his standards.

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* Revised & Updated from the print edition.

To recall everything I loved from the Dario Argento’s Suspiria ruined my expectations when I saw the remake by writer David Kajganich and director Luca Guadagnino. They tried very hard to condense key points from Argento's trilogy into one product, and the result is a very bloated film. The update of the mythology was good, but to toss in the extra subplots to make it relevant in a historical context made the runtime longer than it should have been. The fact the screenplay divides the movie into five parts is the first failing. Traditionally, cinematic narratives are fashioned into three to stay simple. With the home video release coming in January (digital release on the 15th and a physical release on the 29th), hitting the pause button will be very welcomed!

The First Purge on Home Video!

Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:52 Published in Movie Reviews

Bonus features can make or break a home video release of a film. I love the depth that can be explored, and the best set to own is with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. With The First Purge (the fourth film in the series), some might expect a compendium of reports and found footage to detail first hand experiences of this event. This title released October 2nd.

Instead, the bonus material offered is short and sweet. It gets to the point and certainly satisfies introducing me to the world and explaining who the New Founding Fathers of America are, the allusions to the current "state of affairs" in this country, and what those masks mean.

For anyone coming into this franchise new, like me, the contents work. More could have been said, but I feel a series bible is not needed in this case. Die-hard fans created a Purge Wikipedia to provide the rest of the answers and back history needed to get up to speed. I feel prepared to watch the television series which is (at time of writing than publication) now four episodes in. They are saved on my PVR to binge watch as I am going to view in chronological order than in where the story takes place in Purge Time.

Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, A Movie Review

Monday, 01 October 2018 19:34 Published in Movie Reviews

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It's not too late to go see Panos Cosmatos' Mandy. This film should stay in theatres till at least mid-October, and will keep most horror film enthusiasts looking for a visceral experience sated. When Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) is critical to the plot, the sequence of events that happen will no doubt leave one particular lumberjack (not Paul Bunyan) to a brink of madness. He's a nobody about to become a somebody (more on this later). This woman is a very forlorn soul. Riseborough is the perfect choice in the role, offering pathos to a very troubled character. Because of events that occurred in the past, she prefers to live a life in isolation; her feelings for Red (Nicolas Cage) runs deep. The two are soul mates. One day, on her walk home, a priest of sorts takes a liking to her and orders his minions to her kidnap her.

Norwegian EBM pioneers Apoptygma Berzerk have announced a reissue campaign for their debut album, Soli Deo Gloria, with Toronto-based Artoffact Records. The album, which launched Apoptygma Berzerk into the spotlight and kicked off a career that would see them release with Warner, ColumbiaGun Music, and The End, turns 25 this Fall.

Soli Deo Gloria will be reissued on LP and CD, with the original 13 tracks remastered for vinyl from the original tapes. The CD version will include seven bonus tracks, four of which are previously unreleased. Artoffact Records has designed special splatter vinyl editions in collaboration with Apoptygma Berzerk's front-man, Stephan Groth, available on Bandcamp.

In a statement on the band's website, Apoptygma Berzerk also announced a Soli Deo Gloria remix album entitled SDGXXV, which will be released on 2LP vinyl and CD through Artoffact in early 2019.

Apoptygma Berzerk was formed in 1989 and has released six studio albums, several live albums and best of collections, and a series of experimental EPs. The band has played live on every continent in the world save Antarctica. Artoffact Records has previously designed deluxe vinyl and cassette reissues of some of Apoptygma's best-loved releases.

 

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