Split Personalities

Pagan Fire/Cumsock Split CD SkullFucking Metal Records, 2006 Review by Kent Manthie This split CD by The Philippines’ Pagan Fire and Canada’s Cumsock is a whirligig of SPEED/death metal (they say there’s a difference but there really isn’t) – the first four cuts, which are by Pagan Fire, which are all about 5 minutes long […]


M-Pex & DJ Makrox Volukta Enough Records, 2012 Review by Kent Manthie   This new release by M-Pex & Makrox, Volukta is a really special treat.  Not only is it available for free via http://www.archive.org, but it’s a great listen.  It’s billed as “Electronic” but there’s more to it than that:  there’s some primo acoustic […]

Skulls…he muttered…

Audible War #2 Gruuthaagy/Bone Machine (Split CD) Skull Fucking Metal, 2012 Review by Kent Manthie   This is an interesting disc.  Audible War #2 is a split CD by two similar bands that have transcended the speed/death metal genre as well as metal machine noise and have dove into experimental, esoteric “anti-music”. I really dig […]

Reality Sucks

Jared C. Balogh Detaching Realities (Vols.1&2) Altered State Reflections Review by Kent Manthie   Where to begin?  These two albums are so hard to pin down, so hard to “put in a box” – uh, that’s a good thing, by the way.  The easiest way to describe it is with one word:  “Jazz”.  But it’s […]

Cut-Up #1

How Many Slaves Work for You? “We’ve long advocated for a Permanent Fix!” Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood Republicans demanded Senate leaders go before volatile wealthy people saying “It looks awful”.  But that progress was overshadowed by gamesmanship:  Students were invited to Human Trafficking […]