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ZZ Top - Eliminator
28.07.2021 | Blues Rock Meets The 80s

Eliminator was the first tape I ever bought back when I was BitterCYoung. Perfect for it's time and place, mixed classic blues rock and shuffle with the technological and stylistic shifts music was making at the time. These Tres Hombres were THE coolest dudes on eMpTy-Vee. I even sported the ZZ key chain for a good 20+ years thanks to the vid for "Gimme All Your Loving"... never did score the bad ass hot rod, though. So adios to Dusty Hill, thanks for some great bass lines and anchoring the Top. All you beer drinkers and hell raisers out there know what to do.

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ScreamingSteelUS, Dream Taster, RaduP, Deadsoulman, Starvynth, Daniell, nikarg, corrupt, Abattoir
Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
21.05.2021 | Sludge
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Wow. Some 25 years ago this slab of sludge so heavy that merely playing it aloud causes such rumbling deep below the Earth's surface that the tectonic plates themselves move. Raw, visceral power. Literature cites three forms of conflict - man vs man, man vs self, man and man vs nature. Time to add another to the list... Man vs music.

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Deadsoulman, musclassia, Mr. Doctor, Daniell, RaduP, Darkside Momo

If you've ever wondered what would have happened if Chuck had a Tangerine Dream or what Death might sound like in the Upside Down, turn your 1000 Eyes on Nitelight, While some will have Zero Tolerance for such experimentation, those that listen Without Judgement might enjoy this tribute and find this approach mighty interesting. Stranger Things have happened.

Inside Bandcamp Mountain
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Deadsoulman, nikarg, Mr. Doctor, ScreamingSteelUS
Warning - Watching From A Distance
18.12.2020 | Marcel Doom

The album that got me into Doom. Still love each and every track a decade and change later. Thanks, Marcel.

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nikarg, RaduP, Daniell, ScreamingSteelUS, Troy Killjoy, Dream Taster, Mr. Doctor, Starvynth, wormdrink414
Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
28.10.2020 | Lemmy

So this turned 40 years old this week... so pour yourself a pint of Jack & Coke and crank it up. (Didn't feel any additional text to pimp or promote the album was needed. Either you have it and love it or may the Ghost of Lemmy stalk you forever.)

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RaduP, Apothecary, nikarg, Daniell, ScreamingSteelUS, Darkside Momo, Mr. Doctor
Van Halen - 1984
13.10.2020 | Classic Rock

Not my fave Van Halen, but my first. BMG Tape of the Month club, 2nd album I ever owned after ZZ Top Eliminator... So many great memories tied to this album, ranging from my one of my first beers while on a motorboat trip down the Colorado River to being my somewhat obvious sound track when Mrs COld and I visited Colombia's neighbor to the north two years ago. Thanks for the shred, the tapping and the tone, Eddie.
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Starvynth, nikarg, ScreamingSteelUS, RaduP, Daniell, Apothecary, Dream Taster
Dukatalon - Involuntary Action
06.10.2020 | Sludge
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I'd like to thank Dukatalon for giving me 10 years to recover from the beating I suffered at the hands of Saved By Fear. Cheers. Only took me 10 months this go around from the pummeling to recover enough strength to type a staff pick for Involuntary Action. Good, fun pounding music, just like Bob's Sludge Bunker, they play both kinds, fast and slow. Should be a voluntary action on your part to run to bandcamp and check this out.

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musclassia, Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor
Lucifer's Children - Devil Worship
25.08.2020 | Retro Doom - Paraguay Style
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So a couple years after I pack up and leave Asuncion, boom, DOOM! iJapiro! In any case, underproduced, female fronted 70's doom estilio Paraguayo. If you really want the BitterCOld-PY experience, put yer stereo in your bathroom, crank the shower as hot as it goes, leave for 20 minutes, shutting the door behind you. Grab a six of watery lager, re-enter the bathroom when it's nothing but a steamy fog. Crank the music, bang along, drink your cervezas. When done, go out and find yourself a lomito. Anecdotes and humor aside, check out the tunes. Good to see PY on the metal map. Lucifer's Bandcamp
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Starvynth, RaduP, Dream Taster
Faal - Abhorrence - Salvation
06.01.2020 | Doom, Marcel Metal

The First "From Dutchland with Doom" package Marcel sent me a dozen years ago contained several tasty treats - Officium Triste, Ortega - and this spicy Blackened-Doom. Immediately caught my ear and along with fellow 2008 release, Esoteric's The Maniacal Vale really opened me up and piqued my interest in the harsher styles of Doom. Basically, half of what I listen to now. A bit raw, as initially a demo, is defo worth a listen.

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Troy Killjoy, nikarg, Daniell, Nefarious, Mr. Doctor
Black Galaxy - Wrath Of The Void
29.07.2019 | Sludgy Hard Rock
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These Canadians mix upbeat Hard Rock with some Doom and StonerSludge riffs and vocals very reminiscent of Alice In Chains to smash out a seven track, sub 30 minute party for your earhole. Hunt the Spacequeen on BandCamp.
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Mr Plow - Maintain Radio Silence
09.09.2018 | Stoner Rock

Hankering for a hunk of stoner rawk? Cravings a dose of riffs? Call Mr Plow, that's their name. That name again is Mr Plow.
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Apothecary
Process Of Guilt - Black Earth
22.09.2017 | Post

Black Earth is a great opening salvo for what promises to be an awesome last 100 days of 2017 for \m/. An unrelentingly heavy assault that is a fine tuning of their approach which sounds like an organic Streetcleaner. Process Of Godflesh anyone?
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Daniell, Paz, BloodTears, Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor
Loss - Horizonless
07.08.2017 | Funeral Doom
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Those who know me know I have had a perfectly wretched July. This was the perfect soundtrack for it. Check it out when you have a miserable day/week/month going on and spread the feel bads.

This One Time, At FuneralCamp
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Mr. Doctor
Time Lurker - Time Lurker
16.06.2017 | post-black
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Time waits for no man, but Time Lurker have waited a long timing waiting on this man to mash out a review. Désolé. Their s/t debut is 7 tracks of post-infused black metal with some great tremolo riffing, harmonies offset against posty-moments, tikatikatika drums and howling into the vortex vocals buried a bit in the mix to make everything sound even better.

BANDCAMP, Muthatruckas!
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Altar Of Betelgeuze - Among The Ruins
22.02.2017 | Grungy Stoner Doom
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I rather enjoyed Darkness Sustains The Silence's excellent mixing of doom, trad, death and stoner riffs to create an album that I continue to enjoy years later. Now they're back, tossing a fistful of grunge into the mix. Among The Ruins has a lot of the swell things I enjoyed so much topped off with an Alice In Chains vibe. Maybe a little less harsh, but (insert Alice In Betelgeuze joke here)'s Among The Ruins is a very enjoyable album.

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