AERO HORRORTHON 14 (2019)

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So this is a couple weeks past due. and whatever. But the Aero Horrorthon really lasts for more than just one night. It becomes a way of life. It creeps into your mind and soul. Movies you may have seen many times before become more than a movie, they become this sort of experience. Yes, you may have seen The Thing, or Halloween III a few hundred times, but those viewings were never as great as they are on the big screen in at the Aero. Even bad movies like Ruby are somehow not so bad at 1 in the morning in a crowded room and your mind is starting to disintegrate. Months later you find yourself singing the song to the 1980s Census commercial, or looking up Dennis Parker on YouTube and thinking everyone should be in agreement that “Like an Eagle” is a great song. People who have shared the experience all have inside jokes, and “I’ll give you a ride” becomes a signifier that you are in the know. To not know who Corn Gorn is, or Wizard Cop, or Candy from Randy is is a life half lived. (MA)

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This year’s line up was Critters (1986), Halloween II (1981), Ruby (1977), Lisa and the Devil (1972), Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981), Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1980), The Crazies (1973) 

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Candy from Randy loose on the streets of Santa Monica.

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Telly Savalas, the mayor of Duluth, and Grant Moninger.
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The Living God: Corn Gorn!
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Telly Savalas in action!
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Corn Gorn!
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Mr. Savalas and Mr. Horrorthon
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The most photogenic marquee in Santa Monica.

ENFORCED • At the Walls LP (2019)

ENFORCED • At The Walls LP (2019)

War Records     

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I wasn’t really going to buy into the hype of this Richmond, VA band. My buddy Telf has been going on to me about how awesome they are for the last year, and how the guitarist Zack is one of the best writers of extreme music in Richmond. Well, after listening to this LP only once I was sold.  I immediately flipped the record over and listed to side one again….I’ve spun it many many times since then.  

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This is a total top notch recording for this no nonsense metal/hardcore band.  People always seem to compare them a lot to Powertrip…I don’t hear it.  What I do hear is a lot of Slayer.  Yup… Slayer, Slayer, and more Slayer. Seriously, some of these riffs could be sold to Slayer to finally make a decent new record (donate those riffs Zack).  The dive bomb solos and wanks are perfectly positioned in these songs, and are not overdone.  What I do hear beside Slayer would be Sepultura, LeeWay, Ringworm, Integrity, Excel, Madball, and a little bit of the Cro-mags.  But honestly, I think this stuff just stands on its own… totally tough sounding music to pound one another as your pals are running around the pit being wacky.  I love this record and am very excited to hear what else these guys are capable of.  (NW)

Enforced: https://enforced.bandcamp.com/album/at-the-walls

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Justin Dratson: JD   Nate Wilson: NW   Matt Average: MA

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BAD DAY FOR THE CUT (2017)

BAD DAY FOR THE CUT (2017)

Director: Chris Baugh

Starring: Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski

Streaming on Netflix- Great Transfer!

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This is a sick revenge film about a middle aged Irish farmer who’s mother is murdered on the farm where they both live together. Mother’s head is bashed in by her own clock.  Within the next couple days some Polish stooges are sent to murder our star, Donal the farmer, by trying to make his death look like a suicide. It gets botched up by these stooges and the farmer comes out swinging.  

The rest of the film is him stumbling into a sex trafficking ring with some cool vindictive torture that the scumbags involved deserve 100%. Donal loves his double barreled shotgun, but a hot iron, a pot of beans, also do the trick.  Much of the film is the farmer finding out a ton of shit that he had no idea about in this simple life he led.  Him trying to find out why his mother was murdered is what keeps him fighting on.  I loved this dark thriller.  The main character “the farmer” is a super simple, strong and likable. 

The director is also involved in a Prime series called Tin Star.  I’ll be watching that next.  Unfortunately most of his other works are shorts.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

HELL BENT • Apocalyptic Lamentations LP (2019)

HELL BENT • Apocalyptic Lamentations LP (2019)

Armageddon Label

Atomic Action

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This is some raw as fuck hardcore punk disguised as metal.  It rarely slows down and has elements of crust, D beat, traditional metal, thrash, black metal (at times)… I think it’s safe to just call this poor man’s metal or some type of crossover.  It’s like a lot of the stuff that I heard in the 80s and didn’t really get right away due to rawness and production. Well, I get it now.  This will resinate well with fans of extreme metal music for sure.  My favorite song on this was the slower one called “Ichthyosis” (track three).  It reminded me of Destructor.  Dudes cover a Znowhite tune as well.  

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I hope these Rhode Island freaks keep at it putting out more records and playing some shows in NJ near me.  The band features members of Dropdead, and Ulcer.   I’m pretty glad I got this one on wax.  Great cover art as well.  (NW)

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Justin Dratson: JD   Nate Wilson: NW   Matt Average: MA

TOTALED • Lament CD

TOTALED-Lament CD (2019)

Profound Lore

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I’ve been driving around listening to this on repeat in my work van for two weeks and I must say that I’m pretty surprised at how long I’ve been digging on this without becoming totally burned out on it.  It has actually made me want to hunt down the vinyl (but we all know how much we must shell out for a new metal record these days).  

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This album starts off with some really cool and mellow acoustic guitar playing. These parts come back a few times throughout the listen.  Straight after the mellow intro things immediately rip into a blasting frenzied black metal style that I’d say reminds me of really early Watain, Mayhem, Dark Throne, etc.  Personally, I’d have lost interest in this album if it just continued down that road but it doesn’t.  There is a very cool epic crust style that is also happening with some obvious Swedish and Japanese Hardcore influences.  Along with all of that, Tragedy immediately comes to mind with some of this bands riffs and parts.  I really like how Totaled have been able to successfully merge crust with BM.  It works for them and sounds catchy and melodic, yet still retains its heaviness and speed. The record has major balls.  The production is pretty killer too.  Profound Lore put this out and have been at it forever churning out some super listenable metal.  (NW)

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Justin Dratson: JD   Nate Wilson: NW   Matt Average: MA

THE BOOGENS (1981); SLITHIS (1978) ; THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983)

 

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The Boogens, Slithis, and The Deadly Spawn at the New Beverly, October 29, 2019.                   Photo: Matt Average

THE BOOGENS (1981)

Director: James L. Conway

Starring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

SLITHIS (1978)

Director: Stephen Traxler

Starring: Alan Blanchard, Judy Motulsky, J.C. Claire, Hy Pyke, Win Condict, Rocky Fumarelli, John Hatfield, 

THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983)

Director: Douglas McKeown

Starring: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Jean Tafler, Karen Tighe, James L. Brewster

DEAD PIT (1989)

DEAD PIT (1989)

Director: Brett Leonard

Written By Brett Leonard & Gimel Everett

Starring: Cheryl “underwear” Lawson, Jeremy “the drunk” Slate, Stephen “the creep” Foster

Viewed On Prime: Great transfer

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This film is a complete masterpiece.  I can not wait until my daughter is old enough to be able to sit through films like this with her old man.  Pizza and snuggles!   

I don’t even know where to begin with this.  The film is Brett Leonards first film as a director and he hits it out of the park.  The story is actually great, and has everything in it…a demented maniac dead doctor, zombies, sexy nurses, crazy people in a mental asylum, explosions, a flood, great music, cool effects, holy water, religion, boobs, blood, and lots of gore.  

The story is that of a demented doctor who is doing experiments on mental patients.  One of the other doctors catches him in the act, kills him, and basically seals him in a tomb.  Twenty years later and all hell breaks loose.  The Demented Doc comes back to life and brings all kinds of wrath and revenge with him.  There are so many twists in this story that it blows my mind that everything actually gets resolved or makes some sort of sense. 

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The most noticeable thing about this film to me is how cool the lighting is.  Its super obvious, but looks so cool and works great along with the cool music.  I’d give this one 9 stars out of 10.  This is a real beauty if you’ve never seen it before.  Throw it on… for Christ’s sake, it’s almost Halloween! (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA