Alternative Tentacles debut for intercontinental anarcho-crust band. Previous releases on Ruin Nation and Active.
Features ex-members of The Enemies, Zygote, The UK Subs, Subhumans, etc. LP also comes with CD of entire album.
Appeals to fans of Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, Killing Joke.
Were there a United Nations of Punk, the trilateral union of nationalities in Cross Stitched Eyes would make an excellent security council. Not only do they collaborate across American, German, and English boundaries, but they would probably scare rogue nations into submission. Rightly compared to Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, and Killing Joke, Cross Stitched Eyes, formed in 2005, breathe new life into the anarcho-crust genre.
Drummer and vocalist Jason Willer played in Lookout Records’ Enemies (with Dave Ed of Neurosis), The UK Subs, and Drain the Sky; guitarist Tim Crow was in Sworn Liars, Zygote, Bad Influence, and Smart Pils; and guitarist Chris Hutto played in Black Mass. Rounding out the rhythmic pedigree is bassist Mr. Stevie of Tourette Syndrome and Anger of Bacteria, plus Subhumans (UK) drummer Trotsky. All this name-dropping and reference-checking only matters insofar as the music kicks ass with a steel-toed boot.
After releasing a 7-inch on Ruin Nation and an album on Active, Cross Stitched Eyes pack fourteen short but perfectly compact songs together for their Alternative Tentacles debut.
Unafraid to let loose with noise damage on “Substance” or get melodic with “Breath of Lies,” the band shows a diversity of styles on Coranach. Dirgey and doom-y elements abound and the sound quality surpasses the muddy fidelity of the band’s predecessors.
2. Age of Consumption
4. Birth of Night
8. Breath of Lies
9. Cast Out
11. Mourn for Life
12. Become Earth
1. Message From Our Sponsor
2. Soundbite - Jaw One / The Prosecutor Speaks
3. Mild Kingdom
4. Soundbite - Jaw Two
5. Vietnam Never Happened
6. What Reagan Didn't Know
1. May All Your Dreams Be Wonderful
2. Soundbite - Jaw Three
3. Urinalysis Is Freedom
4. Names For Bands
1. Talk On Censorship / Letter To Tipper Gore
1. Why I'm Glad The Space Shuttle Blew Up
2. Fuck Facts!
3. Stars & Stripes Of Corruption
VOIVOD formed in 1983, with a weird hybrid of thrash metal and punk; a sound that made them stand out as a unique band from the beginning. Still together after almost 30 years, having made more than a dozen albums and toured the world, Voivod reach back to the beginning of their career to their 1984 demos for their first Alternative Tentacles release.
Voivod began as four friends who had met in high school and decided to get together to play some heavy music. Growing up in Northern Quebec in an aluminum factory area called Saguenay, which they named Morgoth Land, they shared a liking of Venom, Motörhead, Tank, Discharge and GBH; as well as obscure prog and krautrock bands like Van Der Graaf Generator, Faust and Can. They were scared of the threat of a nuclear war and Reagan-era concepts such as the Strategic Defense Initiative, and overall had a dystopian view of the future.
To The Death 84 is a double album/single CD, 70 minutes of loud, blistering metal/punk. Recorded live in the band's jam space in January 1984 with an old tape recorder and a couple of microphones, it nonetheless sounds great and still hits hard today. This demo tape was sent to all the fanzines the band knew of at the time, and has circulated among collectors for years. The lineup for these recordings was Snake (Denis Bélanger) on lead vocals, Piggy (Denis D'Amour) on guitar, Blacky (Jean-Yves Thériault) on bass, and Away (Michel Langevin) on drums.
The track listing includes songs from War and Pain, their debut album, and 6 others, including a Mercyful Fate cover and two Venom covers. This demo did its job: soon the underground world was aware of this strange vampire warlord from the cold, Voivod.
2. Condemned To The Gallows
4. Live For Violence
5. War And Pain
7. Buried Alive / Suck Your Bone
9. Slaughter In A Grave
10. Nuclear War
11. Black City
12. Iron Gang
14. Bursting Out
15. Warriors Of Ice