v/a "MMIX: Deathwish/Malfunction/Six Feet Under" samplerPosted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 @ 7:49am » permalink
Call me stubborn, but I typically hate samplers and almost never listen to 'em. But I don't get as much mail as I used to and I'm really growing increasingly disinterested in the vast majority of new music that's hitting the streets these days, so I don't spend nearly as much money on music as I used to either. That being said, I've been running out of current releases to write about lately, and Deathwish/Malfunction is one of the few labels that still holds my interest on a regular basis, so when they recently started promoting their new free digital sampler (for which they also teamed up with Six Feet Under Records), the contents had me hooked right off the fuckin' bat. Including 19 tracks (15 of which are previously unreleased, and only two of which had I heard before) plus two videos for over an hour's worth of music, the fact that there are new tunes from Integrity and Rot in Hell alone had me extremely curious. Toss in additional new songs from Pulling Teeth, J. Bannon, Reign Supreme, and 108, to name but a few, and you've got a surefire winner. Integrity's contribution is a perfect follow-up to the "Walpurgisnacht" 7" and would've fit in perfectly alongside said material; J. Bannon's "Heavy Blood (Empty version)" pulses along with a hypnotically repetitious throb that really hits the spot (in a Jesu-leaning manner, no less, which rules); Rot in Hell and Pulling Teeth both crank out the fury with plenty of their "Melnick-ian leads" (the latter also branching out into a much darker, more somberly melodic direction, however); Reign Supreme delivers the goods as expected; I was impressed by a couple of bands that I hadn't heard before (Lewd Acts and Mother of Mercy); Coliseum reminded me that I really need to stop forgetting that they're a damn good band; and Ressurection (yes, that's how this particular band spells it) sounds better than I remember in the past (I've owned and sold the "I Refuse." CD twice. Go figure.), so I think I'm looking forward to that discography CD after all! I'm not even gonna bother posting any sample mp3's to hook you in here, 'cause the whole thing's free and there's no reason you shouldn't download this immediately, if you haven't already:
Depending on how things go over the next few weeks, I might just start doing more posts about whatever albums I happen to be listening to on any given day/lately, rather than focusing mostly on "new" material, so… we'll see!