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Shattered Platter’s take: Rising Beast Records

Posted in Shattered Platter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/07/2013 by Shattered Platter

The city of Los Angeles is home to the largest record labels in the world but even more so to a plethora of independent labels created that cater to a specific audience.

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Rising Beast records is an underground label based out of LA that caters to black metal enthusiasts and specifically fans of the genre that prefer their artists work on the analog formats (i.e. vinyl, magnetic tape etc).

They were looking for some press to help them push their releases out, so being the nice guy I am I volunteered to help these guys out and they sent me a well tailored (and very well packed) care package consisting of four releases. One of these releases they sent me is the 7″ split of Moonknight/Moloch.

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Side A consists of Los Angeles based one man project Moonknight performing “Night Creature.”  Very lo fi agony-ridden melodies followed by anguish filled harmonies that reinforces the fact that Burzum is one of the most influential acts in all of underground metal and Varg’s work is still felt to this day.

Side B consists of Ukrainian based one man project Moloch performing “Die letzten Strahlen der Sonne verblassen in der Kalte der Apathie.”   Even Moloch’s visionary himself (real name Sergiy Fjordsson) recognizes, acknowledges in the credits that this track is the very true definition of “dissonance” and depressive black metal.   Every instrument is pretty much of time/key here and the vocals seemed forced, definitely blood curdling but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is what he was aiming for.

Artwork for Moloch was designed and illustrated by Sergiy himself while Moonknight’s illustration was designed by Johnny Ryan.

All and all it’s different from what I listen to but it works well and I believe that any fan of extreme black metal will appreciate this.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/moloch-moonknight-split-7

 

Up next is the cassette  reissue (and original debut album) of Los Angeles based Lightning Swords of Death entitled “The Golden Plague.”

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These guys shred, without a doubt.   Initially signed to Metal Blade records back in 09, Rising Beast did a solid job  re-releasing this on the cassette format.  Seven tracks with a total running time of 32 minutes of blistering thrash infused black metal.    Recording quality of the album tells the DIY ethic of the band during its early days when they were starting out (very lo-fi, sounds like it was recorded directly into a recorder).

Best tracks include the punishing “Plunder & Lightning”, “Loathsome” and “Ghost of a Thousand Broken Blades.”

If you’re looking for a good reason to check these dudes out, Nick Oliveri called me a few weeks back telling me about this band and he wants me to see them with him.

Good call on his part, they fucking ruled The Joint that night.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/lightning-swords-of-death-the-golden-plague-re-issue-cassette

 

Krayl, an Indian black metal project founded by Svartblod (Lobotomical, Abstract Torture) whose release with Rising Beast is entitled “von dusteren Welten. “

Krayl

 

I would say this album was the most interesting of the care package that was sent to me.  I say this because it’s not just a straight metal album (nor is there any super musical elements in it as well) but because it is an album that I feel one doesn’t listen to but one experiences.

Four tracks consisting of metal infused shoe gaze that can produce some rather interesting visuals when taken in the right environment and with the right amount of psychedelics, I might say!

The stand out track of this release would have to be the final “Shadows of Mutilated Elves” track, very heavy and very droning.   To best summarize, think of Quorthon’s vocal mix from the first Bathory release mixed in with a SunnO))) album and you’ll somewhat get the scope of this.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/krayl-von-dusteren-welten-cassette

 

Final review goes to Moonknight, who happens to also be the founder of Rising Beast Records as well.

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His album, entitled “Toplov” is his one man project while he has not busy playing for his other band, Harassor.   The album consists of 14 tracks of melancholic blackened thrash with piercing guitar work, prevalent blast beasts and vocals so harsh that it rivals Dead’s vocal mix in Mayhem’s legendary release “Live in Leipzig” with production elements that heavily remind of Darkthrone’s release “Transylvanian Hunger.”

I throughly enjoyed this release, it’s hard, angry and pretty much capitalizes on why I started Shattered Platter in the first place, to get these types of artists and releases more exposure.    The tracks Zelator and S-TA sounds reminds me a lot of earlier Xasthur recordings and production techniques.  The minor scaling riff provides extra dark harmony with the tortured vocals being shrieked in the background through 5:12 of just raw, angry recording.

 

For more information about Rising Beast Records, check out the following links below.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/

http://risingbeast.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Millan (Battery Man for The Generators/It’s Casual) talks top 10!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2013 by Shattered Platter

Ok bro its tough to only have ten but here we go…..

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1. Suicidal Tendencies……Suicidal Tendencies (Frontier)

This was my first peek at punk rock it changed my life!!!
Thanks to my older brother Art who was at The olympic Auditorium every other weekend in 83′. I was a lil too young to hit those early shows, but i got the music!!!

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2. Little Richard…………….The Very Best of (?)

My favorite Vocalist of all time!!!!!
Not to mention Insane feel on the drums!! As well as being a MADMAN off stage, openly gay/Bi in the 50’s??? Wow that took balls!!!! Kudos to lil Richard!

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3. The Who…………………..Live @ Leeds (MCA/Decca/Polydor)

A study in what playing LIVE is to me!!! When i play shows with
It’s Casual we actually have a Séance to channel Kieth Moon!!!!
And unlike houdini IT WORKS!!!!!

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4. The Rolling Stones……..Exile on Main St. (Rolling Stones Records)

I can listen to this album for ever!!!!!!!

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5. Missing Persons…………Spring Session M (Capitol)

I spent a couple years of my life learning this album “Note for note”
Yes i said it, “YEARS”!!!! LOL I was 15 but i did it!!!!
Still love it!

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6. AC/DC……………………..Highway to Hell (Atlantic)

I have a Tattoo on my hand, It says WWBD.
What would Bon do?!!!!!!! THats how i live my life!!!!!
Malcome/Angus/phill/cliff =POWER!!!!!

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7. Riot…………………………Fire Down Under (Elektra)

I was lucky enough to see the”Classic” RIOT line up at the troubadour. Me & My brother stole my pops truck to go to the see this show!!! He was awake when we got home. I had a prostitute with me. LOL!!! He hit me one time! Needless to say i never did that again!!

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8. The Dwarves……………. Are Young and Good Looking (Epitaph)

Although my favorite Dwarves drummer Greg (Gregory Pecker) Seanz isn’t on this record it marked the transformation of this phenomenal band!!!! For sure one of my all time favorite live bands relentless!!!!!!!

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9. Redd Kross……………….Nuerotica (Big Time Records)

In 1987 i thought playing the sunset strip was a great goal to have. So i started going to The Whiskey, Roxy etc….The first band i saw was REDD KROSS. I went home and realized the i sucked!!!! I practiced for another year or two before i played my first show, Via fake I.D.!!!!

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10.Kiss…………………………ALIVE II (Casablanca)

Opening up Kiss ALIVE II Was CRAZY in 78′!!!!!! I was 9 years old
Between this album and Evel Knievel i knew i could do ANYTHING i wanted to do!!!!!!

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It’s Casual/Fatso Jetson/The Generators/Chuck Dukowski Sextet

Posted in Shattered Platter with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/27/2012 by Shattered Platter

11.25.12

It was a perennial landmark moment for LA hardcore duo It’s Casual on 11/23, they got to celebrate the release of their new album “The New Los Angeles Part II: Less Violence and More Violins” by performing the new album in it’s entirety along with the precursor “The New Los Angeles.”

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To kick off the night was the Westside’s own Chuck Dukowski Sextet, led by hardcore punk’s most recognizable bass player Chuck Dukowski.   The band blew through their past catalog of songs and performed new material such as “Alchemists of Poison” and “All is One” and ended the set with the classic “My War” that Dukowski penned himself

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Chuck 1

Ashton

 

Up next came LA’s own OG punk rockers, The Generators (fea. Greg Milan of It’s Casual).

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Set List includes

1. Sound off the alarms
2. Here i go
3. You against you
4. Stand in doubt
5. Smoke and mirrors
6. Angels looking down
7. Red Carpet
8. Tryanny
9. My Curse
10. Fallen world
11. Dead at 16

 

After The Generators came Palm Desert’s very own Fatso Jetson.  The Lali Brother (Mario and Larry) have kept this beast moving since 94 and just recently included another Lalli member: Dino (Mario’s son) on guitar.   Doing what they do best, they blasted such Fatso classics as “Railjob” and “Golden Age of Cellblock Slang.”

Mario

Larry

Sax

 

After what I thought was sonic punishment enough, It’s Casual came on next.   For those who don’t know or understand It’s Casual, it’s Eddie Solis’s alter ego…loud, abrasive, brutally raw and very stoked!

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Eddie and WCE punished the audience with monster riffs coming from his wall of SVT’s and Marshall stacks being played through is Explorer body ESP.

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Eddie 3

 

For the first part of the set, the band blasted all the way through their HC biography “The New Los Angeles” and then continued on with their sonic assault by debuting their newest album and follow up “The New Los Angeles II” in it’s entirety live before the audience.

Beast Mode Solis!!!

Beast Mode Solis!!!

Track list:

1) The new Los Angeles
2) LAPD
3) Skate or die
4) Too many kids
5) Impound
6) We accept EBT
7) The pantry
8) The Red Line
9) EZ pass
10) The Gold Line
11) Less violence more violins
12) Keep the children occupied
13) California is not an atm machine
14) Wic
15) Live food
16) Sharing is not caring
17) Their own cash
18) Tap card
19) The gap is widening
20) Kids having Kids

All photos copyrighted by Bureau of Industrial Imaging and Ish Fauxtography

http://bureauofii.com/

http://www.facebook.com/IshFauxto

 

“The Red Line”

Geza X (Producer, Engineer, Icon of the Los Angeles Punk Rock scene) Interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 11/13/2012 by Shattered Platter

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You have been involved in one of the most prolific music scenes in the Western World.  You have recorded and produced some of the most iconic Punk Rock/Rock n’ Roll songs in history and have gone on to have a well respected engineering career (hey, you did Meredith Brooks!).  If you had to choose a sentence to reflect back upon all of this, how would you describe all that you have witnessed, been through and heard?

 I am astounded that one of the most prolific music scenes in history was blackballed by the music industry and, like delta blues, very few of those bands or songs survived.

 

How exactly did you find your self in the middle of all of this and did you ever expect the LA scene to blow up like it did?

Well it was kind of by design. I came back to LA in 1975 all depressed at the state of the music scene. You see, I like loud music and weird music too. And the 60’s was over. So I tried starting a band with Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go’s), Joe Nanini (Wall Of Voodoo) and Tito Larriva (Plugz). This was about a year before punk broke. Shit, it turned out we couldn’t even find a place to play, all there were on the street were these singer-songwriter ‘showcases’ meaning free gigs where you couldn’t turn an amp past 1. So we got kicked out and got unplugged a lot. We circulated around the general neighborhood of Hollywood Boulevard and kept looking for the loudest music we could find. NADA. Well, one day Joe came home all excited and played us the Ramones and shortly after that one of us found the Sex Pistols. After that it was ON. Yes, I expected LA to blow up way further than it did, it was an incredibly creative scene and there were many talented bands. But the record companies ignored all this, right under their noses. I was a little older and realized that WE had to record it ourselves and that was why people like me started DIY recording.

 

Each single that you have produced seems to have a unique texture added into the mix?  How do you approach and gauge what would be the most ideal sound for a band to be captured during a session?

I come from the old Robert Fripp King Crimson school of recording—push it into the RED. Back when people recorded on tape, this was an art of its own. You could decide how hot (loud) to record on tape and it would make the sound rubberier, like a basketball hitting the pavement. There were about 5 or 6 different ways of overloading it and each had a sound. So, since I was working with small home tape machines sometimes or very few channels—8 or 16—I had to do whatever I could to impart balls to these ferocious bands. You can’t just put up a mike, it would sound like its in a trash can and some of my recordings do sound pretty bad in retrospect. But I always tried to hide some production tricks in there to fatten them up. We actually QUADRUPLED Jello’s vocal on the chorus of ‘Holiday In Cambodia’ but it doesn’t sound that way, just terrifying and loud and manic and hilarious.

 

What do you like the most about doing what you do and how do you still keep yourself in the production game these days?

I like being the first person to hear an amazing song recorded. I don’t know why but that’s always been the motivation. It sure isn’t MONEY, if I add up all the hours I’ve worked with unknown bands and average them out, it’s like 15 cents an hour I actually did the math once. As far as working, I’ve always been there for the underground art scene and so It’s always been there for me. I still work cheap if I like the band, and now I do videos too, same Indie philosophy.  I’ve built my new studio, CityLab in downtown LA, on mostly donations and volunteer work. I actually BEGGED for drywall on Facebook and got all sorts of friendly help. So its part trade and part cash and part me hustlin’ same as always.

 

Can you tell me a little bit about your activism regarding The Vortex and what the goals are of the organization are about and how people can get involved?

Yeah, thanks for bringing that up. I am a volunteer at a community center in Downtown LA, that’s where the new studio is going to open Jan 1. They offer event space to community groups or activist groups for next to nothing. I’m setting up the new studio so I can record and film events that happen there and sponsor meaningful art projects through my nonprofit foundation called Hyperactivists™. The best way for people to help out is to donate money or do volunteer work. They can do so by contacting me on Facebook, Just look up Geza X Gedeon and send a message. I also have an open community page as Geza X.

Neil Schield (Origami Vinyl owner) talks shop and Music Halls.

Posted in Shattered Platter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/01/2012 by Shattered Platter
I’m a big Music Hall fan and have been rocking my mmf2.1 for 5 years now.
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It plays every day in the shop and hasn’t missed a beat! Not only does it sound great it is such a work horse! I highly recommend getting the newer version: the mmf2.2 for anyone looking to get into vinyl.
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It retails for $450 and is the best entry level turntable around. in my opinion.
Over the last couple of months these newish releases have been receiving frequent rotation:
 – Allah-Las – Allah-Las
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– Yeasayer – Fragrant World
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– Cat Power – Sun
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– Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
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 – Crooked Cowboy and The Freshwater Indians – Annalog and Her Hopeful Diaries

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http://origamiorigami.com/

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