0008 – The Swill – Thirst For Misery

Artist: The Swill
Album: Thirst For Misery
Label: Self Released 
Release Date: Nov 7th, 2013
Format: Cassette

This is the first pressing, limited edition cassette from Lansing, Michigan’s The Swill. The bands self released debut album, titled Thirst For Misery. Cover art is done by Brad Moore and features a gargoyle before a moonscape. The tape was released 3 times, this is the first version that came on black, all releases are sold out on Bandcamp.

This recording, is super well done, the drums carry the songs well, while Matt Preston and Dan McCormick lay down thick riffage with super intricate and melodic passages throughout.

The last song, “The Void and the Vision” has a great galloping beat, the drums really lead you into the song. Then the guitars build in, swelling to a huge solo. Rael Andrews drums really highlight the awesome guitar-work on this track, pushing the driving feeling all the way to the end. ¬†

It was fun to pull this tape out, these guys rule. Part of this project is digging out old gems or finding new ones to appreciate. This tape was definitely lost in the shuffle of my collection, mostly forgotten, but not anymore.

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Photos by Nibiinabekwe. Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Lake Superior.

0005 – Earth – Live At Third Man Records

Artist: Earth
Album: Live At Third Man Records
Label: Third Man Records
Release Date: Nov 24th 2017
Format: Vinyl LP

Earth – Live at Third Man Records is the second part of a 2 part experience. The first being Boris – Live at Third Man, both recorded on the 2016 tour the bands endeavored together. I had the privilege of checking the show out in Grand Rapids, which stands as one of my all time favorites. I had yet to catch them live, and the chance to do it with not only with Boris, but with a stripped down traditional setup of drums bass and guitar from Earth. Dylan Carlson even came out for the encore at the end of the Boris set, playing an old Earth song with Boris! Continue reading “0005 – Earth – Live At Third Man Records”