For Those About to Squawk: Waldo Pecks on Gaahl’s Wyrd, Lord Gore, St. Vitus and Full of Hell

What’s up, beak freaks! Your old boy Waldo comin’ atcha with all (OK, some) of the new reviews that are fit to print. As always, just remember that I’m a parrot and you are not!

So, ex-Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl is releasing his first LP as Gaahl’s Wyrd, GastiR-Ghosts Invited, on Season of Mist. Gahhl is known for being pretty extreme (do some research!) and the artistic driving force behind later Gorgorth. So, what’s this about? This is a basically a new band for the maniac and surprisingly, this is pretty good. This has some atmospheric type jams, and Gaahl’s voice kinda dominates the whole thing. The production here is crisp and clean and SO not trad black metal. Maybe that’s why I’m finding this a little interesting, this has elements of black metal and has one foot firmly planted in that genre but is NOT wholly a black metal record (one track’s opening riff wouldn’t sound out of place on a Mastodon record). What this is, is a pretty solid metal record. So, fans of traditional black metal will be disappointed, but this bird brain is not. 7 Fucking Pecks.

The utterly filthy Lord Gore is back at it (sorta) with the disgusting The Resickened Orgy on Horror Pain Gore Death. This is a recollection of their first two records (Resickened and The Autophagus Orgy).  For those of you NOT in the know, this is a VERY heavy band, I mean death metal in its purest form. There’s NO tech here, no fancy frills and NO CLEAN VOCALS.  This is punk rock mixed with death metal in one messed up package.  I LOVE the brazenness of this band. This is pure death metal. Mid paced rock beats and just overall disgust. Check it! 8 Fucking Pecks.

Eons ago, Saint Vitus hit the scene with some raw stoner doom that was a little unheard of at the time. This classic band has not really ever received their just desserts. This, being their 8th studio record, doesn’t really break the mold here, but that’s not a bad thing. Saint Vitus roars with the sound of a band that is old enough to be most bands daddies. Rock, doom, some sludge and uh… more rock pervade this release and for the most part this is pretty good. There is no drudgery here, just the sound of a band that has a 35-year history kicking some ass. 7 Fucking Pecks.

I don’t know HOW I missed Full of Hell’s new record Weeping Choir, but you SHOULD NOT miss it. It’s awesome! Check out one of the best bands in the grindcore world right now!

Peace out, Waldo.