Weeping Ulcer – Dwelling In Filth

Posted in New Music on June 7, 2011 by Thorun band

What the band say: Weeping Ulcer are a sludge/experimental/doom band from Dublin. They have been writing and rehearsing original material since the trio formed in June 2010. Inspired by all that’s wrong in the world and a keen sense of ethereal exploration, they blend a multitude of musical influences into their own particular brand of down-tuned, sludgy filth.

16Tonne low down: This is the bands first demo so I wont dwell too much on the production. What I will say is that they sound like a band who need more time to work on existing material. The potential is there but the riffs are somewhat unimaginative;  it all sounds a bit “Doom by numbers”. I do like the fact that each of the three tracks uses a different member for lead vocal duties but this doesn’t really add enough for the songs to impress. It’s not terrible, and we need to remember this is an early version of what Weeping Ulcer could become. With a touch more variation, a better quality recording and a less fizzy (more fuzzy) guitar sound they could come up with something beastly.

You can download the demo for free > HERE <

Facebook page > HERE <


Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel – Soundtrack From A Motion Picture

Posted in New Music on June 5, 2011 by Thorun band

Yes it’s a bloody long band name and the album art looks like it could be the front cover of the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series but these guys don’t seem to be taking themselves too seriously (in a good way). The Album itself is a lot of fun. Great sounding guitars attack the listener with some pumping stoner cross punk riffs. Little break downs with hand claps and blues inspired lead licks keep a smile on your face until the money shot is delivered and these guys hand you your ass on a plate. One let down; some of these songs sound so much like QOTSA that during track 4 “Chapter II: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold” I actually had to check my playlist to make sure I was still listening to the same album.

If I have to be honest, I would say that during the later tracks the album starts to sound like it’s repeating itself. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy listening to it, I did! Disidentes Los Del Sucio Motel can write and deliver a decent tune with classy riffs and enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. They just need to add a touch more variation to the sound to keep the attention throughout.

Check out their website > HERE < (it is in French)

Myspace page > HERE <

3 of the best (No.3) – YouTube videos

Posted in Video on May 30, 2011 by Thorun band

Another collection of 3 great tunes posted up on YouTube


Red Fang: Prehistoric Dog

An entertaining video featuring riff-ridden heavy rock. You can always rely on Red Fang.


Knut: Neon Guide

A lesson in post-hardcore inspired sludge metal. I’ve seen Knut live and it was bloody breath taking!


Buried at Sea: Ghosts

A rare live video of one of the heaviest bands in the universe. This is the soundtrack to the end of the world.

Triggerman – Brand New Day

Posted in New Music on May 30, 2011 by Thorun band

Triggerman have been busy boys indeed; playing live shows with the likes of Firebird, Orange Goblin, Mastodon and Dragonforce. They also appeared at the 2010 Glasgowbury festival where their set was recorded for a documentary charting the progress made by the band over the past 12 months. The band formed back in 2002 so they ain’t no rookies, thats for sure.

Bringing you some seriously heavy riffs with their new album “Brand New Day” it seems that Triggerman are intent on joining the more commercial side of groove inspired rock/metal. If you enjoy the sounds of bands like Clutch, Mastodon and Down then Brand New Day won’t go amiss among your CD collection.

Listen to the entire album > HERE <

Join them on facebook > HERE <



June Deville – Swan Songs Of The Coyote

Posted in New Music on May 29, 2011 by Thorun band

The blerb: “We’re thrilled to finally release our new baby “Swan songs of the Coyote”. After months of recording and mastering, it’s out. It is available online exclusively, for free download or in exchange of a symbolic donation if you want us to keep on rocking your flat world. Enjoy its sour, vinegary odour referred to as volatile acidity, its subtle aromas. Stay tuned for a whole bunch of gigs.”

These guys are a three piece rock outfit with some interesting twists. The latest offering combines melodic pop-rock with stoner and some tripped out classic rock. There’s nothing that stands out as particularly “brand new” but these days it’s almost impossible to write anything that doesn’t sound like a bunch of other bands thrown together, it just depends on how good you are at getting the mix right. SSOTC is a well crafted, solid record with excellent riffs, clever melodies and an obvious attention to detail. Production is slick but not overdone and all 13 songs can be downloaded for free (always nice).  June Deville are an eclectic lot so this record should please most rock, stoner and (less hardcore) metal fans across the board. I’ll most certainly be spinning this groovy number for a while. Now, where’s my beer?

Download this album plus more > HERE <

Wreck and Reference – Black Cassette

Posted in New Music on May 28, 2011 by Thorun band

In their own words: “We are a lo-fi electronic Doom-Metal band from Davies, California. Eschewing guitars, we use samples and synthesizers to craft wastelands of sonic chaos and despair”.

This release is mesmerizing! Dark, nasty, hate spitting electronic dirge at it’s finest. The lo-fi production just adds to the effect. The great thing about W&R is that they don’t just throw the same old idea at you with every track, for example; the vocals change throughout from wailing chants and spoken word to angry “No-Wave” style crooning. Black Cassette is not just electronic doom! It brings you to you’re knees with some beautifully chaotic noise played at a snails pace. This is not easy listening so it may not be to everyones taste but I think it’s damn good and pretty clever to boot.

You can buy the album for $5 from the Bandcamp page > HERE <


GURT – Redwin

Posted in New Music on May 17, 2011 by Thorun band

Gurt contacted me with some info on the latest release titled “Redwin”. They are basically a mix of blues, sludge and screaming. Not too sure about the vocals though. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good guttural growl as much as the next idiot but there seems to be a little too much of it going on. Let the music breath guys!

Nice heavy riff-age though! It’s easily worth a listen. The guitars are tuned down to X and the drummer hits the skins like an Iron Sloth…sweet. Turn it up nice and loud to scare the neighbors.

Website: HERE

They have some music up on YouTube: HERE