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

Wow! DARKTHRONE release The Underground Resistance on Peaceville, and holy hell, there’s actually singing-singing on it. This is going to be polarizing amongst their fans. It’s definitely a little bit of a left turn. This is standard fare for the former black metallers; you know, death rock riffs, proving that they are “troo” black metal. There are a lot of varying influences here as well, and that really shines through on this release without sounding passé. Nocturno Culto really proves his salt with his performance on this, showing his guitar skills are varied and creative at the same time. I dunno, can you beaking get over the vocals? That remains to be seen, really, and more than likely depends on the individual, but this is a good record, both sonically and musically; at least they aren’t treading the same ground like many of their peers seem to do. It actually SOUNDS like they had fun writing and recording this. 7 Fucking Pecks.

Keep on rotting. ROTTING CHRIST come at us with Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, whatever that means. This thing is kind of boring. Fans of the band will still like this. You know it’s their brand of black metal, but at times updating a sound isn’t that good for a band. There are chants, and some stuff like that mixed with parts that this bird brain can only describe as nu metal or just tacky. This has the production of a radio-friendly band, and the teeth of a newborn infant. This thing just pecking sucks. Season of Mist seems to excel in putting stuff like this out, and this fits right into their mold. Pass. 2 Fucking Pecks.

Well, the metal community mourns the loss of another great, and as this bird brain can’t sum it up, I’ll just repost the original release for this. There is a benefit comp for his family featuring Relapse artists, and it can be purchased here:

On Monday February 18, 2013 Relapse lost one of its own. Pat Egan, Relapse’s director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. If you were lucky enough to know Pat, you will remember him as a fun, funny, hardworking, passionate lifelong metal-head who left an impression on EVERYONE he came in contact with. If you never got a chance to meet him, but you’re familiar with Relapse Records or some of the bands on the label, Pat was instrumental in the success of almost all of the bands and records Relapse has released over the past decade.

Pat touched so many bands and had his hand in literally hundreds if not thousands of records over the years. This compilation is a collection of just a small handful of some of the bands that Pat was most passionate about both personally and musically. Some of these songs are ‘classic’ Relapse songs, and some of them are brand new/unreleased songs that the bands wanted to give to help Pat’s family out.

Pat leaves behind a wife and a beautiful daughter who were both the lights of his life. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.

The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give.

On behalf of everyone here at Relapse, thank you for your donations. It will go further than you can imagine in keeping Pat’s legacy alive.

Pat, you will be missed.