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

OK, so, like, there’s some stuff coming out and, like, I’m going to talk about it here. So, like, I guess we should just talk about it.

So, self-described first all-feminist death metal band CASTRATOR is releasing the No Victim EP on Horror Pain Gore Death, and politics aside, this is brutal, brutal death metal. The four ladies are a who’s-who of extreme music, but that doesn’t really matter. I mean, one can’t talk about a feminist death metal band without talking about death metal, can they? So, this is death metal, no doubt, and heavy, like heavy as peck. This is an international effort, with the members from various places across the globe, but it’s firmly rooted in “brootal death metal” without owing to any one particular sort of subgenre. With songs about stabbing rapists and, like, well, castrating and stuff. The more I listen to this, this is actually growing on me; this is a great first effort and leaves me wanting more. Why just an EP? 8 Fucking Pecks.

HOGSLAYER. Uh, really? Well, obviously I started looking at this just because of the name, but it’s a little reminiscent of a certain other band with a swine reference, right? OK, I was just going to birdshit all over thus just because of the name, but wow, this is pummeling and actually really good. These Welshmen play sludge, unabashed sludge, like heavy-as-hell sludge without the stoner trappings a lot of these bands try to get into. The production here is thick and huge, and lends to the entire massiveness of the whole package. Along the lines of Rwake and Coliseum, Defacer is really good, and I’m pecking digging it. Also, check out this creepy video. 7 Fucking Pecks.

How can I NOT review a band called ASS? I have to, don’t I? Well ASS (from Texas, you know to avoid confusion with other ASSes) is releasing Work Sucks/Speed Krusher, and it’s pecking ripping. What has come over me? Three good reviews in a row? This is straight from the crusty/thrash/crossover that Iron Reagan is doing, and they’d be contemporaries of D.R.I. back in the day. This is high-energy, short bursts of speed. It’s catchy, fun and, like, their band’s name is ASS. Check this out. My one complaint is it’s way too short, but keep your eyes open… you know, open for ASS. 7 Fucking Pecks.