A Fucking Parrot Previewing New Releases

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

September 26, 2014

WOW, there’s FINALLY some releases trickling in. I’m going to start off with a much maligned genre. Get your slam on! INTERNAL BLEEDING release Imperium, and I gotta say, I’m pecking digging it.  This IS slam metal, something they’ve been known for for years, but there’s more to it than just  pure slamz. I mean, don’t…

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

September 12, 2014

Isn’t this supposed to be a good time of year for releases?  Hmmm… well, there are SOME things. Welcome, oh ye Wizards of Gore. CANNIBAL CORPSE are back at it with A Skeletal Domain.  And what’s to be said about the 12th release by a forerunner in the genre of death metal? Well, if you’re not familiar…

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

August 29, 2014

BURZUM has been described as “music to make mortals dream,” and  The Ways of Yore (Candlelight) will do just that, because it’ll put you to sleep. I guess living in France can’t be that cheap; it seems like Varg cranks records out once a year or so. I’m not going to delve into his politics, the…

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

August 15, 2014

Well, the editors of this told me “if you don’t have anything nice to squawk, don’t squawk anything at all.”So like you’re not going to be able to bear what I have to pecking say about this week’s major release, like can’t peck  it at all, Paul. What time is it? MIDNIGHT release No Mercy for…

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

August 1, 2014

Squawk it, I’m not into an intro today. Let’s just get into it, shall we? Now, this will be a difficult one for me to review. It’s a little hard to separate people from the music they create at times, but I’m going to give this one a fair peck… or attempt to anyhow. NACHTMYSTIUM’s swansong, The…

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

July 18, 2014

The dog days of August are almost upon us and, man, this parrot is wiltin’. Anyway, not too much for me to get excited about this time around, but you know, read for yourself and find out. “Consistent” is a good word to describe OVERKILL’s White Devil Armory. I mean, this band DOES change, and…

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

July 3, 2014

Ok, Happy Fourth of July. You know, like, it’s  that day and all. GOATWHORE release Constricting Rage of the Merciless. Let’s not really discuss the title, as I don’t know what it means. Produced by Erik Rutan, this definitely has a full sound, full of clarity and definition without losing any teeth (or beak, in this…

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

June 20, 2014

Sometimes it’s really hard to do this column here, you know? There’s just nothing I want to crap on, or it’s generic, or it’s a well-known band that everyone knows will be good. Looks like it’s a noise rock kind of week. GODFLESH release Decline and Fall on Avalanche, and I gotta say, I beaking…

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

June 6, 2014

Looks like there’s some stuff worth talking about. Could it be? Two columns in a row? So, you leave Carcass, start a successful band, your ex-members make a comeback and kill it, and your singer quits. Where to now? ARCH ENEMY answer that with War Eternal. There seemed to be a lot of hurdles to…

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…