For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

Every other Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases.
Happy Fourth. Get with it, America rules.

The wizards of gore are back. EXHUMED release the comeback record All Guts, No Glory. This thing beaking rips. Mostly, comeback records are kind of a disappointment, but if one can get over the goofy cover, what’s inside rules. Odes to gore, death and just general disgustingness abound, typical fare for Exhumed. Great production, and the new lineup rips these tracks. There are some dual guitar harmonies that smoke. Every track is a bloody punch in the face, which will leave a gore-soaked fist print on your fractured cranium. Check the opening blast on “Necrotized”; drummer Danny Walker brings the meat. So Let It Be Rotten… So Let It Be Done… In Fucking Deed. 9 Fucking Pecks.


UNEARTH are going to release the utterly bland Darkness in the Light. I know Metal Blade has knocked a few out of the park with this band, but your old boy Waldo finds this birdshit pretty mind-numbing. I know a lot of people like this crap, but I don’t get it. I suppose they are okay as far as sterile metal goes, and this is no different. If you’ve heard Unearth, you know what to expect, and this won’t let you down. It’s kind of hard to hate on this particular release because it’s not that it’s bad; it’s just the whole scene that surrounds this band is so birdbrained. The CD comes with a beer bong, although that may be pre-order only, and I believe there was a shirt/CD combo. Fans should get stoked for that; I mean, it is kind of cool. I dunno, I think someone should cover them up. 6 Fucking Pecks.

You like MEGADETH? You like Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying? The reissue is pretty slick: liner notes by Lars Ulrich (which should deter anyone from buying it), various mixes of the songs, live tracks, and 3D lenticular art. If this is your thing, it’s kind of cool, although I have NO idea of why someone would need all of this material.

Not to be on Relapse’s nuts this week, but MORTA SKULD will double as an awesome release AND my old-school pick that should be checked out. Through the Eyes of Death is early American death metal at it’s finest, and this collection has both of the band’s 1990 demos. Death metal in it’s most primitive form that is both thoughtful and punishing. This band has been ignored for a little too long. 8 Fucking Pecks.