Monday, January 30, 2012


We’ve posted another demo song. The two that are up will be out on a cassette demo in the next few months on Swim Harder Cassettes. We’ve also added Tim Gault on drums making this band the exact same lineup as Lot Lizard up through Ornament era Moutheater. We should be playing shows by springtime.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Colonial" review on Halifax Collect

"Moutheater's Colonial comes into my life with a little bit of everything. And that's good for a change. They sound to me as a well established band who are into differnt things and pretty good at mixing these influences into a coherent whole.

Colonial is similar in style to Moutheater's previous material in my opinion; heavy yet accessible, angry and I'd even say catchy at times. Opener "Keeping Secrets" is a strange combination of Queens of the Stone Age and heavier metal which switches up at the end of the song, like two songs tied into one. It starts of with a thundering Nick Oliveri-escue bass line and ends with screams of bloody murder, quite the opposite to where it started. An experiment that works.

"The Benefits of Self Mutilation" sounds like Kylesa, minus the blasting stoner type riffs. Like they stole Kylesa's rythm section and just sprayted some very simple and effective, brutal riffage on top. Also, again, the same bloody Neurosian screaming! Scott Kelly would be proud!

"Enslaved does sounds similar to Neurosis (before going all ambient) and also a bit slow and drony. It's a simple song, with a simple riff just repeated over and over again but somehow doesn't tire. Sort of like "Floyd the Barber" by Nirvana, which is an idiotically simple thing but somehow makes sense. I guess it's the delivery which counts at the end of the day. Simple verse chorus verse metal song, with a twist of lemon, as the man said.

Then to tie it all up the album ends with "Nauseous" which has these dreamy vocals layered on top of heavy rythms, leading to the hard rocking chorus. I can imagine this is what it feels like drifting in and out of a coma. Great way to end the (way too short) album.

Colonial clocks in at under 20 minutes so while listening on repeat it all somehow comes together as a consistent whole. I found myself leaving it on for long stretches of time, which incidentally also made it feel like a single long song. Next time I'd love to get a full LP out of Moutheater. It's one of those bands I really like when I listen to them but there isn't enough material to keep me hanging around for too long, although I always enjoy the time spent listening. Let's hope that changes soon."

- Theodór Helgason

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DA/PGSB split cassette

Debris Amour/Pan Galactic Straw Boss split cassette is out today.  c30.  Very small edition of 25.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


This is the new band that I'm working on.  It’s Aaron (the original bass player from Moutheater) and myself doing goth/post-punk with our usual “early 90’s alternative” twist. Possibly a third member joining us. There’s a free download/stream of a demo song at the bandcamp page. More demo tracks coming soon online, I’ll be releasing a limited cassette demo of the songs this spring/summer on Swim Harder Cassettes, shows and more info coming soon. Get in touch if you’re interested in doing a 7inch/LP/split/whatever later on down the road.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Favorites of 2011

In no particular order...

Favorite Releases:

Cold Cave-Cherish The Light Years
(Gothy synth pop FFO: The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode)

Raspberry Bulbs-Nature Tries Again
(Blackened punk with post-punk influences FFO: Bone Awl, Akitsa, Circle Of Ourobrus)

Column Of Heaven-Ecstatically Embracing all that we Habitually Suppress
(Orthodox powerviolence FFO: The Endless Blockade, Iron Lung, Man Is The Bastard)

Fleshtemple-Secret Chiefs
(Evil, fast, pissed, hardcore FFO: Gehenna, Darkthrone, Pulling Teeth)

Prurient-Bermuda Drain
(Synth driven ambient power electronics FFO: Navicon Torture Technologies, Burning Star Core, Genocide Organ)

(Synthy industrial/power electronics FFO: Genocide Organ, Navicon Torture Tehnologies, The Bastard Noise)

Dead Language-s/t
(Blazing fast, tight as fuck powerviolence FFO: Iron Lung, No Comment, The Endless Blockade)

Brutal Supremacy (Iron Lung, Mind Eraser, Hatred Surge, Scapegoat-split)
(Some of the best in today's powerviolence on one record FFO: The Endless Blockade, Soul Swallower, Insect Warfare)

Soul Swallower-Devoured
(Unreal sounding weird, nasty, pv influenced hardcore FFO: Mind Eraser, Iron Lung, Double Negative)

(Stoner/doom with what sounds like late 80's/early 90's northwest influences FFO: Electric Wizard, The Melvins, Tad)

Alberich-Psychology Of Love
(Synthy industrial FFO: Prurient, Genocide Organ, Ramleh)

Genocide Organ-:Under-Kontrakt:
(Death industrial FFO: Throbbing Gristle, MB, Navicon Torture Technologies)

Departure Chandelier-The Black Crest of Death, The Gold Wreath of War
(Droning ethereal black metal FFO: Akitsa, Ash Pool, Bone Awl)

Pig Heart Transplant/The Endless Blockade-split
(Excellent split of heavy, throbbing noise riffage and powerviolence FFO: early Swans, Iron Lung, The Bastard Noise)

Soft Kill-An Open Door
(Old school style goth/post-punk FFO: The Cure, Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen)

Joshua Norton Cabal/Disgust-split
(Noise/power electronics split FFO: The Bastard Noise, Deathpile, Macronympha)

Favorite re-issues:

(90's metallic hardcore FFO: Converge, early Cave In, and being sodomized by Brett Mathews)

Circle Of Ouroborus-Unituli
(Blackened post-punk FFO: Raspberry Bulbs, Joy Division, Akitsa)

Favorite sets:

Neurosis @ MDF
Iron Lung @ BFD
Jucifer @ Strange Matter
Jucifer @ Symphonic

Upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on in 2012:

New Pig Heart Transplant
New Walls
New Godflesh
New Swans
New Iron Lung
New Pharaoh