The Black Zombie Procession “Vol. III The Joys of Being Black at Heart”

BZPartworkMy friend Nasty Samy always has something cooking, a tour, a band, a fanzine, a book, etc. His band The BLACK ZOMBIE PROCESSION already has released two albums and one split EP, but since having different band members on each release is part of the concept, so you’ll notice quite a few difeferences on each release.
On this new album, Elie (HELLBATS) joined forces on vocals to celebrate the power of gore and the spirit of thrash core. More metal, less punk rock, but played with a raw enegy sometimes reminding hardcore bands like STRIFE (“Zoonotic Infection”, “Botch”), this album is also a tribute to horror movie culture.
The mood is sometimes close to SLAYER‘s “South Of Heaven” (“Under The Red Sea”) or even KING DIAMOND (“Mother Tenebrae” and its NIN kind of piano outro), and at times, songs can get in other territories too, “Not On The Same Team” for instance has a more punk rockin’ vibe with a dark electro part in it.
The CD version (there’s also a vinyl one available) of this album comes out in a DVD box, and while ED Repka (DEATH, MEGADETH, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, etc.) was chosen for the cover art of the band’s second album, this time you’ll get a killer cover by Justin Osbourne (MUNICIPAL WASTE, DEMENTED ARE GO…) You’ll also get some special feature videos, but unfortunately, my computer can’t read them for some reason.
Check this album out if you’re not afraid of a little metal thrashin’ mad action wrapped in blood, and if you can read French, try and get Nasty Samy’s horror split ‘zine Every Day Is Like Sunday with Delivrance, the perfect companion to this album!/Laurent C.

The Hip Priests “Black Denim Blitz”

HipPriestsI think the last time I’ve heard a band using sirens as an intro was on the first TOWERS OF LONDON album! Well, The HIP PRIESTS hail from the UK too and also seem to have decided to carry the torch of sex, drinks and rock’n’roll come hell or high water. Musicwise, they are more into high-energy rock’n’roll/Scandinavian punk’n’roll, sometimes evoking early HELLACOPTERS/TURBONEGRO (“Motherfucker Superior”, “Flat Out ‘N’ Fucked Up”) ; names like ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN or GLUECIFER also logically come to mind while listening to these 13 amphetamine injected songs. A song like “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” makes me think of Australian punk rock’n’roller SIMON CHAINSAW or American/German action rock warriors DUMBELL, and “20,000 Watts Of Lust” sounds like it was written for a jam with NASHVILLE PUSSY.
These guys seem to be quite active since they released a total of five 7″s last year (including a split with The DWARVES), and “Black Denim Blitz” is actually their third album!
This kind of rock’n’roll has always been more of a “live” one to me, but songs like “Instant Delinquent” or “Treat Me Like Dirt” show that it can sound as good on record.
Praying to the Saints of Excess, these Black Denim Demons probably have full support from Turbojugend worldwide already, and will probably rock your town sooner or later, get ready!… /Laurent C.

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Las Furias “Sudor De Hembra” 10″

lasFurias4 songs on a 10″ vinyl, released by Dirty Witch Records/GPS Productions/Urgence Disk Records. LAS FURIAS is an all girl trio from Barcelona, Spain, and it seems like they already rocked quite a few stages around Europe, opening for MC5, NINA HAGEN or The CYNICS. The band’s music definitely fits into the Spanish rock’n’roll scene, mixing garage sounds to the raw energy of punk rock. You’ll even get some AC/DC/NASHVILLE PUSSY speed-up kind of guitars and a surf rock song to make you dance. Unfortunately, I can’t really get into details since I got a promo CD that doesn’t include the song titles…
Anyway, let the music do the talking, LAS FURIAS are definitely worth checking out!/Laurent C.

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