A Fucking Parrot Previewing New Releases

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

May 23, 2014

Wow, my beak is stuffed up. Who knew a parrot could get seasonal allergies? Finally we’re getting some traction here… MISERY INDEX are releasing The Killing Gods, their first for Season of Mist, and I gotta say: it’s pecking great.  In their amalgam of punk, grind, death, crust and doom lies, well, more of the…

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

May 9, 2014

AGALLOCH, who seem to be getting more and more press with every release, are putting out the full-length The Serpent and the Sphere on Profound Lore. The most immediately striking thing here is the mood. This is dark and takes the listener on a journey. Not one track alone can really sum this up: it’s…

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

April 25, 2014

You know, the hardest part of this column here is looking for clever things to write in my intro (ignore the fact that it’s pretty squawking hard to type with your beak). Dust the crust, the oh-so-filthy AUTOPSY are back at it again with Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves on Peaceville.  If you’re a fan, prepare…

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

April 11, 2014

I’m not really sure what to make of this week. Just seems like it’s pretty dry out there lately. Hopefully that new Autopsy or Misery Index will be out soon. THE OATH S/T is released on Rise Above. They basically pump the fact that this is a female-fronted band; not that it matters to me,…

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

March 28, 2014

OK, I know, its GOT to get better. There’s not too much I found this week, so I guess I’ll get into it. Nux Vomica releases the oh-so-crusty Nux Vomica (self-titled, for those of you that aren’t that quick on the uptake) on Relapse.  Calling this just crust would be a little unfair, sure there…

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

March 14, 2014

Well, I’ve been reading some of my past reviews, and it seems that some of you want me to review some particular releases. I’m open to this idea; just leave your ideas in the comments. Obviously, I can’t review everything — Decibel pays me by the word, and the budget for this column is $4.35…

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

February 28, 2014

What up, beak freakz?  Notice the “z”? Yeah, I’m going nu-metal; a-parrot-ly it’s making a comeback. Nah, juzt kidding. Did you know there were two bandz named Portal? I did, and I’m going to review one of them. Oof. What time is it? Huh? PORTAL — no not that one, the one from Sweden — release…

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

February 14, 2014

What’s up, you loveless fucks? As the year rolls along, so do the new releases — finally, it seems. Here’s my anti-Valentine’s Day rant. Gridlink release Longhena, and this thing is a pecking barn-burner.  Their longest effort to date, this record moves, kicks, and boy does it grind. There is a lot of non-traditional grind…

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

January 17, 2014

Still a little slow around here, if you know what I’m pecking about. But let’s just dive into it, shall we? Culted release Oblique to All Paths on Relapse.  Culted are a file-sharing kind of group that never really all get into the same room. Amazingly, though, they’ve crafted an angry, nasty ambient drone/black metal/sludge…

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

January 3, 2014

Happy New Year, you pecking geeks. There’s not much going on at the end of the year, and not much going on in the beginning of the year either. I know I’ll sound like a mimic over the next few columns stating that again and again, and you know, parrots don’t like to mimic. EXHUMED/IRON…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Best Pecks of 2013

December 20, 2013

Well, we all know that the year is winding down, so it’s that pesky time for end of the year lists. These are in no PECKticular order, so, you know, these are just some of the releases that are a better than fit to line my cage with. Noisem, Agony Defined:  This is thrash played the…

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

December 6, 2013

Well, we all know that as the year winds down, so do the releases. This is the time of year when most labels put out compilations or package DVDs to try to grab that last dollar from the consumer.  So, without further ado, here we go. Slams, slams and more slams. Disfiguring the Goddess release Deprive…

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

November 1, 2013

Well, as the year comes closer to ending, the releases are slowing down. Maybe not so much right now, but soon enough, so don’t be surprised if your old boy Waldo starts “pecking”a bunch of stuff he doesn’t really like . So, here’s all of the hate that’s fit to beak. Ten years of TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Say…

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

October 18, 2013

Sorry I’ve been away for a little bit, but your old boy Waldo took a little trip to his roots and hit the Amazon. I’m back now. Let’s dive right into it, shall we? The term “supergroup”: well, what else would you call a band comprised of Scott Kelly, Mike Williams, Sanford Parker and Bruce…

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

September 20, 2013

Okay, I’m back for a bit. Let’s just get into it, shall we? CARCASS released Surgical Steel this week after a decade or so of relative inactivity. I’m really digging this. The front end of the record is loaded with more of the heavier songs, so some fans may find the latter half tedious, as…

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

September 6, 2013

It’s been awhile, so let’s get into it, shall we? GORGUTS are back at it with Colored Sands, and lemme tell ya, it’s REALLY good. All the elements are there: death metal, tech metal, and there are some downright pretty moments. I mean, one can’t really touch some of the older chapters of this legendary…

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

July 29, 2013

The dog days of August are certainly here, and boy howdy, there’s at least ONE release that I’m super-stoked on. Let’s get into it, shall we? The masters of Gore Metal are back at it. EXHUMED release Necrocracy, and this thing rips. This gore-soaked platter has grooves, blasts, hooks and, well, plenty of gore. At…

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

July 12, 2013

OK, seems like this one will be a little lean, but lemme scratch a bit and give you some stuff that I love (or pecking want to line the birdcage with). PHILIP H. ANSELMO is releasing Walk Through Exits Only on his own Housecore Records. What we have here is Phil really trying to get…

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

June 28, 2013

The masters of the macabre are back, and finally getting their due. AUTOPSY are dropping the utterly filthy The Headless Ritual. To be honest, they aren’t breaking any new ground here, but this is a pecking cool record. If you’re a fan of these guys, you will not be disappointed. If you’re not a fan,…

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

June 14, 2013

Well, we’re in the start of the summer, so that means some new stuff is finally coming out. Here we go. MEGADETH‘s Supercollider. This thing sucks butt. You really have to check out Mustaine’s review of his own record. It’ll make you want to punch yourself in the dick, or laugh. This is the audio…

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

May 31, 2013

Holy hell! I’m FIRED the peck up about this band from Baltimore. NOISEM release Agony Defined on A389, and man, is this a ripper! Part old-school Kreator, part old Pestilence at times, these kids — and I do mean kids — get this deathy thrash thing down pat. This thing moves and breathes, and has…

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

May 17, 2013

What’s up, beaks and geeks? Your old boy Waldo is gearing up for the U.S.’s biggest metal party of the year. And while I’d LOVE to do a Maryland Deathfest-centric blog, there just aren’t enough new releases by those artists this time around; but, you know, fuck it, right? ZOMBIEKRIG release Den Vanstra Stigens Ljus,…

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

May 3, 2013

Hey there, beak geeks; it’s been a while. Your boy Waldo has been suffering from a seed allergy.The theme for this week is old-school, so let’s just dig right into it, shall we? The most overlooked “tion,” IMMOLATION hit us with a new record called Kingdom of Conspiracy on Nuclear Blast. Right in time for…

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

April 5, 2013

Spring has sprung, and so have the new metal releases. GHOST BC release Infestissumam, their second full-length. And while this band maybe loved by some, hated by some, this is pretty blasé and mediocre, really. Calling this metal is a bit of a stretch, as the previously released singles — the “Secular Haze” and “Year…

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

March 22, 2013

What’s up? Getting spring fever? I know I am. Your boy Waldo here pecking out all the new metal releases, so let’s fly right into it, shall we? WARBEAST‘s Destroy: wow, this thing is old-school brutal thrash. I mean, that’s all I can say about it. Featuring Bruce Corbitt from Rigor Mortis, one can easily…

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

March 8, 2013

ANTHRAX are back at it and because Worship Music wasn’t that bad, this bird brain had high hopes for the EP Anthems. Then I saw it was a covers EP. Oof. This thing stinks more than a pile of homeless people fighting over a bag of buttholes. You really want to hear a bunch of…

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

February 22, 2013

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….

Throw Me a Frickin’ Bone: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

February 8, 2013

Well, it looks like we’re still in the doldrums of the slow part of the year. The releases SHOULD be picking up in a week or so, so stay tuned. What time is it? Well, Australian black/death metallers PORTAL are releasing their latest and perhaps best, Vexovoid on Profound Lore. Before I start here, let…

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

January 11, 2013

Well, it’s a new year, and that means not much is coming out. There’s a ton of reissues that typically are released this time of year, but really there’s just nothing. I’ll scrape some shit off of the floor of my birdcage. The mysterious NINE COVENS are releasing On the Dawning of Light, which is…

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

December 28, 2012

Well boys and girls, we’ve survived the apocalypse, and there’s not much coming out soon, so I’ll review my best of this year. In case you missed my expertly honed reviews, you should check these out. I will put a caveat that these are in no particular order. Napalm Death, Utilitarian Grind, grind and more…