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04 Sep 20:00

Watch the Late Joan Rivers Interview GWAR and Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

by Axl Rosenberg
Tertiarymatt today I learned Joan Rivers died from Metal Sucks.

Before she was late, natch.

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05 Sep 00:02

Trsst: a secure and distributed blog platform for the open web


More on that.

Trsst is a system of social communications that supports the open web, protects freedom of speech, affords proof of authorship, protects privacy and anonymity, and allows content creators to be compensated for their work.

Existing means of social communications, particularly popular services like Twitter and Facebook, are lacking on all of these counts. In that the content generated on these services is largely unreachable except to members of these services, and that these services no longer support open web standards like RSS, they do not support the open web. In that these services are controlled by corporations, the shareholders and directors could at any time overturn any commitment or promise of privacy or anonymity. In that these corporations operate with license from and under the jurisdiction of a government, these governments have many times legally compelled them to do so. Most if not all governments today actively engage in covertly tracking the communications of their citizenry. And most bloggers today will readily acknowledge the difficulty of making money writing for the web, especially the social web.

Trsst is social. It supports the common use cases of web logging software, the common use cases of microblogging software, and the common use cases and idioms of social networking applications.

Trsst supports the open web. It works with existing web browsers, desktop and mobile, and no external applications or native software is required. Users can follow existing content feeds without modification, and existing feed readers can follow users' feeds. Private content is kept private, while public posts are search-indexable and open to the world without forced membership or specialized software.

Trsst supports freedom of speech. Creating content with Trsst affords both anonymity and proof of authorship. A user's blogchain provides proof against censorship in the form of message tampering or individual message suppression or omission. The syndicated network protects against censorship by network server blacklisting or keyword filtering.

Trsst protects privacy. It affords encrypted private communications between individuals and encrypted private publishing to groups of individuals. It allows anonymous authorship. Servers host only encrypted content that they are unable to read because only the user holds the decryption keys.

Trsst fosters mainstream adoption of digital currencies and compensates content creators for their created content. In Trsst, every user account is a digital wallet. Authors and individual pieces of content can receive secure and anonymous micro-payments of digital crypto-currency, enabling long-envisioned content monetization schemes where authors receive small payments each time their content is consumed, shared, or "liked". Trsst allows these payments to be made anonymously to an author, to a site, and on each individual piece of content where-ever it is syndicated or appears on the web.

Because revolutions are started on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and dissidents, informants, confidential sources, journalists, and those they trust all rely on these services, our method will better preserve their causes, their freedom, their livelihood, and their lives.

Definitions and Concepts

A user is a person who reads or writes blog entries. Users create accounts to follow other users' accounts to read their entries, and some users create entries on their own accounts for other users to follow.

An account is a persona created by a user for the purpose of authoring blog entries. Entries belong to an account, and an account belongs to a user. A user can have multiple accounts, but a typical user will only need one. The relationship between an account and a user is hidden by default, preserving the user's anonymity.

A nickname is a optional human-readable text string used to describe an account. A nickname is required to be unique among all nicknames for all accounts managed by a server, such that an address of the form and/or is globally unique. The globally unique form of the nickname becomes an alias for the account public key.

A tag is a short text string usually comprised of a single word and used to categorize entries. Often they are preceded with a hash symbol; for example: #cats, #dogs, and #alpacas. In RSS parlance, this is a category.

A mention is a reference to an account or nickname that is embedded in an entry. A user mentions an account in a blog entry to bring that entry to the another user's attention.

To follow is to subscribe to a feed of a user's blog entries. Users follow one or more other users to receive a stream of entries from all of those users.

A feed is a document retrieved over a network connection, usually over a web protocol and usually in an xml-based format, that contains header information about an account and one or more entries or summaries of entries from a blog.

A client is the software running on the user's computing device to read and write and store entries. A client can be a native software application, or a software script downloaded to and running in a user's web browser or other execution environment.

A server is taken to mean a single physical server, a collection of servers residing on a cloud infrastructure, or a company providing servers in either of those two contexts.

A syndication network is a federation of servers that all agree to adhere to protocols of sharing feeds such that users' entries are propagated across the network for efficient retrieval, fault-tolerance, and resistance to censorship or suppression.

A keypair in terms of public-key cryptography is the pair of a private key and its corresponding public key. Each user's account corresponds to a keypair, and the public key is the account's unique identifier. The keypair is generated as a valid payment address in a crypto-currency system such as Bitcoin. The account's private key is held by a user in secret and kept in a keystore.

A keystore is an encrypted file that contains all of a user's keypairs: one for each account, and possibly more that are directly associated with individual entries or additional crypto-currency payment addresses.

A blogchain is a chain of entries linked together such that each digitally-signed entry contains the digital signature of the entry that directly precedes it. In this way, the integrity of the chain can be validated, and any missing or modified entries can be identified. Entries created on an account are added to the blogchain for that account.


The operation of the system is described through individual use cases from the perspectives of the user and the server.

User creates a keystore and accounts

To begin using the system, the user obtains a client which creates a keystore. The client encrypts the keystore with a user-specified password which is subsequently used to access or modify the keystore.

The user next creates one or more accounts. For each account, the client generates a keypair, and stores it in the keystore. Each account's public key is the globally unique identifier for that account.

The keypair generation uses the same scheme as a crypto-currency key generation scheme, such that the public key of the keypair is a valid payment address for a crypto-currency such as Bitcoin.

The user may optionally attach personally identifying information to the account, such as a personal name, nickname, and/or url to an icon or image; or, the user may choose for this account remain anonymous. In either case, the publicly unique identifier is the public key of the account.

User begins blogging

The user may create one or more entries on an account.

An entry consists of a globally unique identifier, a timestamp, and optional additional attributes including but not limited to:

  • the identifier of the account on which this entry was posted
  • a short text string (typically a title or summary or status update),
  • a message digest for this entry,
  • a message digest for the most previously created entry if any,
  • an account public key (the author, typically the user's account in question),
  • an optional syndication preference,
  • an optional list of one or more action verbs (typically "post" or "like" or "reply" or "rate" or "vote")
  • an optional list of values to be associated with the action verbs (e.g. a number of points or votes or a rating or score)
  • an optional url reference to a network resource (a pointer),
  • an optional url reference to another entry (a reply),
  • an optional list of one or more tags,
  • an optional list of one or more mentions,
  • and optional content attachments including but not limited to a text string (a message body), binary data (images, video, et. al), or url references to text or binary data stored on a network resource (external attachment).

In some cases, the globally unique identifier may be a valid payment address for a crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. In this manner, users can be compensated for specific pieces of content they generate, and the payment address will convey with the content where-ever it appears within the syndication network, or beyond.

In the common case, the user writes the short text summary, and optionally one or more mentions of other accounts to bring the entry to the attention of the users of those accounts, and optionally one or more tags to help categorize the content of the entry.

  • In some cases, the user adds a url pointer to a remote network resource of interest to call attention to it.
  • In some cases, the user adds a longer message body that can extend beyond the typical expected length of the summary.
  • In some cases, the user adds a photo or video or other binary attachment that is either stored as part of the entry, or specified as a url referring to the local or remote location where the binary data is stored.
  • The entry may reply to and/or refer to another entry, either on the same or different account. In this case, the specified url reference locates the originating entry.
  • The entry may be a copy of another entry, either or the same or different account. In this case, the author is the originating account, and some or all of the other fields are duplicated from the copied entry. This is commonly known as "re-posting" or "re-tweeting".
  • In some cases, the entry may annotate an entry with one or more attributes and values. Some clients and servers may use these values in conjunction with a pointer or reference to allow the entry to "like" or "up vote" or "down vote" the specified url or entry.
  • In some cases, the user specifies a syndication preference to express whether the post should be syndicated, or should not be syndicated, or should be syndicated with preconditions, such as a time window or payment requirement for display or redistribution. In this manner, users can exert their individual copyright and the intent will convey throughout the syndicate network.

The user decides whether to post an entry publicly or privately.

User creates a public entry.

In the default case, the user decides to post the entry publicly so it is visible to everyone. In this case, the client signs the entry using the account's private key and then adds the resulting message digest as an attribute on the entry. Other clients can use the account's public key to verify that the entry was created by that account, and that it was not modified since signing.

If an account has more than one entry, the message digest of the most recently created account is included as an attribute on the newly created entry before its message digest is generated. In this way, each entry forms part of a blogchain with all other entries, and each entry can be used to verify the existence of the immediately previous entry, and to verify that no entries were tampered, deleted, or otherwise suppressed.

User creates a private entry.

In some cases, the user decides to post an entry privately so that only the user of another account can read it. In this case, the entry is encrypted with the public key of the other user's account so that only the account owner can use their private key to decrypt it. The encrypted data is signed to generate another message digest in unencrypted form to be used with the next new entry.

If the content size exceeds a specified threshold, the entry is compressed with a known compression algorithm (such as gzip) before it is encrypted.

If the encrypted entry contains attachments, these attachments are compressed and encrypted using the same key and in the same manner but may be stored separately.

When the entry is encrypted, the intended recipient account will know about the entry only if it is following the authoring account. To bring an encrypted entry to the attention of the intended recipient account that is not a follower, the user may decide to add one or more mentions or tags to the entry in unencrypted form.

User follows an account

When a user wants their account to follow another account, it posts a public entry mentioning the target account with an attribute action verb such as "follow". The entry may contain multiple mentions to follow multiple accounts.

When a user wants their account to stop following an account, it posts a public entry mentioning the target account with an attribute action verb such as "unfollow". The entry may contain multiple mentions in order to stop following multiple accounts.

Some clients may allow users to follow accounts without posting public entries.

When a user's account is following one or more accounts, the client retains information about each account, including the account's home server if any, and periodically requests entries for all followed accounts from the user's home server if any, or the home server of each followed account if any, or from any server participating in the syndication network.

User views entries

The client displays entries from the user's own accounts and from any remote accounts that are followed by the user's accounts. Clients have complete freedom and latitude to render entries in whatever manner desired: some clients may resemble Facebook or Twitter or Google Reader and others may resemble conventional web pages, threaded discussion forums, or even email clients.

When the client encounters an encrypted entry, it attempts to decrypt the entry using: its own private key (in which case the entry was a private message intended for the user's account) and every group public key previously received in previous private messages from the originating account, until either the message is decrypted or all keys have failed to decrypt the message.

When an entry contains attachments, the client may fetch each attachment and render it inline with the entry or otherwise may provide means for the user to fetch the attachment. If the entry was encrypted, the attachments are decrypted with the same key used to decrypt the entry.

User creates a group

When a user wants to post private entries to an account to be read by more than one other user's account, the user creates a "group" in their account. To create a group, the client generates a new keypair associated with this group in the keystore, and the user can associate descriptive information with the group, such as "Friends" or "Family".

User adds an account to a group

When the user wants to add another user's account to a group, the client posts a private entry to their account encrypted for the target account and containing the public key of the group as the short text string or optionally as a separate specific attribute on the entry. In case the target account does not follow the user's account, the user may add a public mention of the target account as described above.

The client may also post a private entry to the group (see below) mentioning the newly added account with an attribute action verb such as "invite".

User posts to a group

A user posts a private entry to a group by encrypting an entry with the group's private key. The entry is otherwise created and treated as any other private entry. In this manner, all accounts that have the group's public key at the time the entry was posted can decrypt and view the entry.

User removes an account from a group

To remove accounts from a group, the client creates a new keypair for the group and stores it in keystore. Then, for each account that has not been removed, a private entry is posted, encrypted for the target account and containing the new public key of the group as the short text string.

The client may also post a private entry to the group using the new key and mentioning the removed accounts.

All future posts to the group are encrypted using the new private key for the group. In this manner, new content intended for the group is no longer visible to accounts that were removed from the group. Previously existing entries will remain visible to the removed user unless the entries are edited and/or deleted (see "User edits an entry") causing those entries to be re-encrypted with the new key.

User deletes an entry

When a user deletes an entry, the client posts a new entry referencing the target entry and including the message digest of the deleted entry and the message digest of the entry immediately preceding the deleted entry. In this manner, clients can maintain and verify the integrity of a blogchain that includes deleted messages.

All attributes of the target entry are deleted except for the unique identifier and timestamp and a syndication preference that tells other servers on the syndication network to cease and desist redistribution of the previous entry and to delete any stored copies.

User edits an entry

When a user edits an entry, the user may decide whether to preserve the the target entry, or delete it.

If the target entry is preserved, the client generates a new entry referencing the target entry and containing the attributes that are changed. In this manner, the change history of the particular entry is preserved and may be rendered appropriately in the client. The attributes themselves may contain a standard markup notation (such as diff notation) such that only the portions of the lengthy attribute values that are modified need be contained in the attribute values of the new entry.

If the target entry is deleted, the client modifies the target entry and posts another new entry referencing the deleted entry as described above (see "User deletes an entry").

User contracts with a server

Trsst encourages and supports standalone client nodes that publish entries to the syndication network. However, in practice, most users will contract with a server, subsequently known as their home server, to reliably store that user's keystore, entries, and attachments, as well as serve feeds, entries, and attachments, send notifications to the user and/or the user's client, and/or relay these items to and from other servers participating in the syndication network. The terms of the contract are negotiable between the user and the server, and servers should differentiate themselves based on cost, storage capacity, performance, and terms and conditions.

In the common case, the user downloads the client software from their home server and allows it to execute in a web browser on a computing device. The user may choose to use other kinds of client software including kinds that execute independently of a web browser. The user may choose to obtain the client software from a hosting provider other than their home server.

User posts entries for syndication

When a user has posted new entries to one or more of their accounts, the entries may be submitted to one or more servers. The client submits each entry to the user's home server, if any, and optionally to the home server of each account mentioned, and optionally to one or more other servers in the syndication network. See "Pushing a feed to a server" below.

Transmitting entries

When entries are transmitted between client and server or between server and server, the interchange format is called a feed. A feed contains a header with identifying information about the account and a body containing zero or more entries.

The header can contain attributes optionally including but not limited to:

  • a timestamp representing the last modification date for the feed contents
  • an optional unique identifier of the account associated with the feed
  • an optional url to the home server of the account associated with the feed
  • an optional url to an image to be associated with this feed's account
  • an optional url which produced this feed
  • an optional minimum time-to-live duration before refetching this feed
  • an optional short text string (typically the title or nickname of the account),
  • an optional long text string (typically a description or summary of the account),
  • an optional url reference to the account's home server,
  • an optional default syndication preference for the account,
  • an optional list of one or more default tags.
  • an optional message digest generated when the header content was signed by the specified account key if any

This interchange format conforms to an existing standardized format such as RSS or Atom with standardized extensions to the format as needed.

All client-to-server and server-to-server communications are conducted over HTTPS. In this manner, all entries, including public ones, are encrypted and the entries cannot be filtered or suppressed by third-parties based on content.

Feeds can be pulled from a server, or pushed to a server.

Pulling a feed from a server

A requestor -- either a client or a server -- requests a feed from a server by sending a network request containing the public key of an account and optional additional parameters to sort and/or filter the entries in the resulting feed. The server responds by generating and returning a feed containing entries for the specific account including header information for that account.

In some cases, requestors may request entries in a given time window; for example, all entries posted in the past two weeks, or all entries posted in July 2013. In the common case, requestors may request all entries for an account posted after the specific point in time when that client last fetched entries for that account. In this manner, requestors can efficiently request just the updates made to an account in order to keep their local copies of the account's metadata and entries synchronized with the rest of the syndicated network.

In some cases, requestors may request entries that match certain tags and/or mentions and/or verbs. In these cases, the resulting feed contains only the entries for that account that contain those tags and/or mentions and/or verbs. Some servers may allow the account identifier to be omitted in this cases, in which case the server returns all matching entries from all accounts who use that server as a home server, or more broadly, from all matching entries stored on that server regardless of home server.

In some cases, servers receiving requests may make requests to other servers to retrieve the entries needed to satisfy the original request. In this manner, entries from accounts whose home server has been blocked or otherwise deactivated or unreachable will continue to be distributed and accessible across the syndication network. The request will include the history of triggering requests such that a request does not create a cycle and search depth can be curtailed during high load conditions.

In all cases, requestors may combine request parameters such as account identifiers, time windows, tags, mentions, and/or verbs, with logical boolean operators, to achieve the desired outputs.

In all cases, servers may truncate or paginate responses as they see fit, and in such cases must communicate to the client that the results are incomplete.

Pushing a feed to a server

A submitter -- either a client or a server -- submits a feed containing zero or more entries to a server. In the common case, a client is pushing newly created entries to its home server, but clients may also push directed entries to the home servers of mentioned accounts, and servers may also push selected entries to other servers as part of their participation in the syndication network.

When a server receives a feed, it may validate the feed's header and individual entries against the public key of the associated account. Feeds and entries that do not validate may be rejected. Servers may also reject entries for other reasons, including for example rejecting entries from accounts not followed by accounts hosted by this server, or rejecting entries from accounts not hosted on this server.

When a server accepts an entry, it stores the entry and optionally any attachments, and optionally submits the entry to the home server of each mentioned account, and optionally to one or more other servers in the syndication network. As an optimization, the two parties may collaborate to determine which party can most efficiently relay these entries to the home servers of mentioned parties or other servers in the network.

A server may decide how long to store entries and attachments based on factors including but not limited to: the syndication preference specified by the account and/or the entry, the size of the data, how frequently it is requested, how many of its users' accounts follow the account, and whether the accounts related to the entry are in contract with the server. Users may enter into contract with one or more servers to store the user's keystore and all the entries and attachments for its accounts and/or provide expedited syndication for those entries.

05 Sep 00:00

Welcome to the Trsst Project


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04 Sep 18:00

Listen: Earth’s Primitive New Stunner

by Anso DF

New Earth!

Earth as it is in Heaven! U jam!!

The post Listen: Earth’s Primitive New Stunner appeared first on MetalSucks.

31 Aug 16:01


by Islander

Some interesting stuff in here. The opening Wolf Blood track is way psychedelic/bluesy. The Grey Heaven Fall video, meanwhile, makes me think of skinny young dudes in corpse paint running around the woods while Yakety Sax plays. Like, that's going on in my head simultaneously with the actual song.


Yes, I’m feeling much better today, thank you for asking. My day-long hangover yesterday was so catastrophic that I couldn’t bring myself to listen to any metal at all — so you know it was a really bad one.  Having finally recovered overnight, I decided to do some catching up on this Sunday morning. In thinking about what music to package in this post from what I heard, I decided to make it a globe-trotting musical tour of the underground. It’s all death metal until the final two songs.


Sullen are a fairly new band from beautiful Isla Margarita in Venezuela whom I discovered after the band’s guitarist e-mailed us yesterday. They’ve recorded a four-song EP released earlier this month named Parasite In Agony, which includes a creepy intro, two original songs, and a cover of Venom’s “Resurrection”.

It’s a strong offering of tyrannical death metal that’s both thoroughly malignant and quite memorable. The songs are loaded with big, sour, earth-moving riffs, fine (and surprisingly soulful) guitar solos, viciously pugilistic percussion, and pleasingly throaty, blood-gargling vocals. I thoroughly really enjoyed this stomping, jagged-edged, skull-fracturing EP. It’s well-written, well-performed, and well-produced. Listen below.









From Venezuela we move to Leander, Texas, home of Nokturnel. This band released their first album way back in 1993 and crawled back from the grave with a second album in 2001. Their most recent work is a new song named “Wormhole”, which I found out about when the band’s vocalist/guitarist Tom Stevens messaged us on Facebook. “Wormhole” is available for free download on ReverbNation, and I’m really digging it

It’s vicious and voracious, with an aura of incurable pestilence hanging around it, and it’s also a dynamic song that will get its hooks in you firmly. It drives like a tank brigade on the attack and is just as heavy and destructive. Within the barrage you’ll find some creative guitar work and a face-melting solo. Also,  Tom Stevens sounds like a wild animal.

I’m including two players below — one from ReverbNation and one from Bandcamp, where the song appeared on the Grinding For A Cure Vol. 4 compilation.











Now let’s leap the Atlantic and visit some dear old friends from Sweden.

Canopy’s last album Menhir (available on Bandcamp) was released in 2010. I named the title track to our list of 2010′s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs, but it only barely nosed out another song from the album for that accolade. That other song is “The Entire City”. It was one of my favorite songs of that year, and of every year since then. Yesterday Canopy released a music video for the song, which is really just a montage of photos, but it reminded me of how fucking much I love “The Entire City”.








Now we move east from Sweden and visit the music of a Russian band named Grey Heaven Fall, who also contacted us on Facebook recently.  They released a self-titled debut album in 2011 and then a split last year with Twilight Is Mine; the Grey Heaven Fall side of the split is entitled The Original Seed of Decadence. They are planning to release their second album by the end of this year.

In an effort to get a sense of the band’s music I found a stream of one of their two songs from that 2013 split release, and it’s very good. If you’re looking for a total blast of super-charged black/death devastation, look no further than “Abomination of Divine”. It brings a raging storm of flensing riffs and punishing rhythms, but the song becomes even more interesting when the band ease up on the gas in the mid-section and a warm bass presence surfaces briefly — before a phalanx of head-hammering riffs come down like pneumatic rain. Very cool guitar solo in here, too, along with imperialistic vocal might. I’ll be watching for that new album…

UPDATE: After writing this post I discovered that both of the Grey Heaven Fall songs from the split are available on Bandcamp, so I’ve added that link as well as the Bandcamp stream.









Moving south we next visit Bangalore, India, home of the death metal band Dhwesha. They’ve recorded a debut album named Sthoopa (the very cool cover art for it is above) that will be released by Dunkelheit Produktionen next month. I found an impressive song from the forthcoming album on Soundcloud named “Kapala Haara”. It opens with a mournful, doomed-sounding introduction but then opens the throttle and begins to race. It hits with militaristic force, grisly grinding riffs and high-speed drums combining to drive the threat level into the red zone. There’s a subtle Eastern flavor to the melody that enhances the appeal of this potent death assault. Fans of bands like Suffocation should eat this up.

UPDATE: After writing this post I found another song from the new album on Bandcamp. This one is the title track, and I’ve added it below.










To conclude this globe-trotting metal excursion we return to the U.S., and to Duluth, Minnesota in particular. That’s the home base of a band named Wolf Blood. They released their debut, self-titled album on tape, but now Burning World Records plans to release it on vinyl in October 2014. The vinyl release features the enticing cover art you see above.

I hunted around for music to hear and discovered that the album is streaming on the band’s Bandcamp page. At this writing I’ve only listened to the first two songs, but man are they good.

“Witch” is mainly slow-moving, sludgy, and narcotic, with a tremendously hooky lead riff and a vocalist who moves from a psychoactive wail to a jagged howl with aplomb. And when the song really starts to roll, heads will bang. The instrumental piece “Ochro Ologo” makes for a nice follow-on contrast, proving that Wolf Blood can bust up the joint, too. It’s got “mosh trigger” written all over it — and it’s catchy as hell. I’ll definitely be listening to the rest of this album later today; the vinyl pre-orders are available now at the Burning World site.




01 Sep 13:00


by Islander

Demo is very demo-y.
Drones for Queens is pretty good, though.


It’s rare for us to look back over our shoulders at releases from past years (or even past months). We have too damned much trouble trying to stay abreast of current releases. But I’ve recently discovered some short releases by three bands from Pennsylvania that I felt I had to write about, despite the fact that most of the music is from 2013 — if for no other reason than to introduce you to some names I suspect you’ll be hearing more about in the future.

The first one is a 2013 demo by a band named Outer Heaven, and the second is a 7″ split by Drones For Queens and Occult 45.


I discovered the existence of Philadelphia’s Outer Heaven as a result of some glowing Facebook remarks by Krieg’s Imperial about their performance at last weekend’s Detest Fest Vol. 1 in the band’s home town. I hadn’t heard the name before, but after some poking around I learned that they include guitarist Jon Kunz from Rivers of Nihil and that they released a 7-track demo last year. But having said that, I suggest you now put Rivers of Nihil right out of your head, because Outer Heaven is a very different beast.

On that 2013 demo they drop ropey sludge riffs down from the rafters, knot them around your neck, and then push an anvil-heavy counterweight over the edge — and up you go, while the band beat you like a piñata with crowbars.

This isn’t terribly flashy music, but it’s crushingly heavy and eminently headbang-worthy, a merciless horror of doom-drenched death metal fueled by ravaging riffs that alternately grind, romp in a d-beat rhythm, and chug like a freight train. The grisly melodies have a way of infiltrating themselves into your skull, and Austin Haines’ deep, tyrannical vocals are horrors all by themselves. I really dig it.

The band’s demo is available for “name your price” download at Bandcamp. I understand they’re working on a debut album, Diabolus Vobiscum, that will be released later this fall. Bring it!








This Philadelphia band sent me a copy of their 2013 vinyl split with fellow Philly fanatics Occult 45 not long ago, and I finally gave it a shot. Drones For Queens contributed two songs to the split — “Whitewashed Afterlife” and “Grievance Collectors”.

On those songs, the band flail and pummel the listener with a technically acrobatic and nearly unhinged display of flying guitar and bass notes and rambunctious skins work, while the vocals erupt in caustic brays and jagged snarls. The music has the speed and explosiveness of grind, the stomping energy of punk, and the instrumental athleticism of tech metal. It’s a head-spinning experience. Crazy shit — and crazy good.

Drones For Queens have been recording another EP — this time with four songs — and it should be released later this fall.

Both bands have their respective tracks available for “pay what you want” download on their Bandcamp pages. Have a listen to the Drones’ songs below.








Occult 45 also performed at that Detest Fest Vol. 1 on Sunday, a show that marked the beginning of a tour they’re doing with Ramlord; I’ll post the tour flyer below the final music stream so you can check out the schedule.

Occult 45 contributed three short songs to the split with Drones For Queens. It’s a buzzing hornet hive of grind and d-beat crust, and I mean really pissed-off hornets with an enraged, jugular-bursting vocalist right in the middle of the swarm. It’s highly energizing music that’s perfect for those times when you’d like to punch some motherfucker in the throat, though for music this intense the lo-fi production makes it sound a bit thin for my tastes. Still, I’m liking what I hear.

By the way, Occult 45 have two more recent songs streaming on a Bandcamp page set up by Radio Static Philly, and I’m including that stream down below as well. Like the music from the split, they’re available for “name your price” download.






04 Sep 23:02

Russian Recording, 08 JUN 2014, by E.P. Hall


This is some live eepee. She's great.

by E.P. Hall

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Water Tower 06:22
Flags 03:37
Tuesday 02:59
Churchyard 04:57
released 08 June 2014

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E.P. HALL - Russian Recording, 08 JUN 2014

1) Water Tower
2) Mechanical Hands
3) Carapace / Mommy Crow / The Countess Calls
4) Flags
5) Gone Are the Thoughts of Sparrows
6) Tuesday
7) Churchyard

recorded live, 06.08.2014 at Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN
at the third annual Red Frost Industries showcase

recorded by Max Mullen, live sound by Cole

(c)+(p) 2014


all rights reserved


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01 Sep 10:13

bluedogeyes: Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley , Alien (1979)


And now Rosalind understands why Ripley is important.


Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley , Alien (1979)

26 Mar 12:00

3. Feral Faun


I love this goddamn song. It starts out so pretty (and the interlude before it is similarly simple and quiet, just acoustic guitar), but steadily builds tension and complexity, and the amplified, distorted heaviness kick in which such a huge, slow, dramatic punch. It is so utterly satisfying. I think it would probably blow the top of my head off live, when it is properly loud enough, banging through the guts.

track art

Unbound, unrepressed, untamed, uncontrollable, unknown. No longer cowering beneath the roles hewn to our beings, we shall reclaim our vital energy, unique and unpredictable. Backs bent no more in the mad race of resource production and consumption. That web of domination, that web of mediation. Of limited experience and clearly defined boundaries. We rebuke this overgrown wasteland, teeming with the repulsiveness of pavement and cement. A concrete wilderness? No. An everlasting shrine to submission and death. A false wilderness prostrate and conforming to the will of man. Those vines and sh...

02 Sep 13:38

mayakern: sometimes i forget how gay i am


I know this feel. Except I'm just hella straight.


sometimes i forget how gay i am

02 Sep 13:40

artforadults: self portraits  more by T S Abe


Pretty crazy good.


self portraits 

more by T S Abe

04 Sep 01:48

The Points Between - Chapter 29

by Christopher Wright

Matthew woke from the sound of the rattling in his chest.

It was a long, drawn out rasp, the kind that old smokers have, and it ended in a fit of coughing so intense that his lungs burned as he drew breath. He instinctively covered his eyes with his arms, trying to keep out the sharp, piercing light of the sun. His eyes felt heavy and swollen. His eyelashes were crusty and felt glued shut.

He groaned softly, voice trailing off into a miserable croak as he quickly ran out of breath. It was too hot, too humid. The wind that blew across his face was stale and suffocating. He drew himself up into a ball, tightened his arms around his head, and lay there motionless until he could collect his thoughts.

04 Sep 03:46

The Autumn Nights Are Crisp

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic is about … HAUNTED TOAST

03 Sep 00:00



This is crazy, but I honestly find it frustrating.

03 Sep 18:23

Edison Nouveau Premiere Autumn Harvest Fall 2014 SE Fountain Pen

by Brian Goulet

This pen is super hot.

Here it is, the new seasonal Edison Nouveau Premiere in Autumn Harvest, for our Fall 2014 pen. This pen is very reminiscent of the Flecked Tortoise material we used for our 2012 Edison Nouveau Encore (now discontinued), one of our favorite materials we ever used. Autumn Harvest is slightly darker, with more of an orange tinge to it, the perfect match for the Fall season. 

So what is the Seasonal Premiere all about? Check out our other video here that explains what it is and why we do it. Long story short, we have collaborated with Edison Pens to make Autumn Harvest for the next three months, and after that they will be discontinued for good. This is the fourth pen we've done like this so far, check out our Winter 2014 Black Ice, our Spring 2014 Cherry Blossom and Summer 2014 Caribbean Sea. These pens are now discontinued and no longer in production. Normally we try to stock up a little bit to have some overlap of the previous season's pen, but we completely depleted all of Edison's material for this pen! 

There are several ink colors that we think would be a great match for this material:

The Premiere is available with a two-tone stainless steel nib in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm stub nibs. The nibs are smooth with a touch of feedback, much to the liking of many Edison fans! The Premiere is a standard international cartridge/converter pen (converter included) that is also convertible to an eyedropper (see how here). We offer it exclusively at for $149, starting today!

Write On,
Brian and Rachel Goulet
03 Sep 11:48

takealookatyourlife: This is hilarious in the darkest way...


This is hilarious in the darkest way because this tree is holding the dead corpse of one of the other trees

03 Sep 10:29

Surprise party

by Scandinavia and the World

Not even a little bit.

Surprise party

Surprise party

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21 Aug 09:22

arriving autumn 2014…..

by jjma

English Cut moving towards some made to measure is a go, it seems.


(The Connaught. Classic birdseye wool worsted from our new range)

To everyone who’s signed up for more information on our new service. We’re delighted to let you know that you’ll be able you’ll pre-order soon.

You’ll be able to order a beautiful English Cut suit online. It’s design and concept follows everything we think is important in a garment.

Our made to measure garments are made from fine English Cloth and manufactured to what we believe are the highest standards in the world

If you’d care to be updated as soon as our service is available then please register here.

To introduce our new customers, a short video to capture our bespoke tailoring heritage. The essence of English Cut.

29 Aug 04:41

We Must Risk Delight After a Summer Full of Monsters


An important little article.

Illustration by the author

It's been a summer of monsters.

Last week, the Islamic State released a video broadcasting the execution of James Foley in Syria.

Foley was a photojournalist. He was a brave, handsome man, who, according to people who knew him, was kind under stress. He was a member of a world I've only dipped into—that of freelancers reporting on war. It's a scene bonded over whiskeys in Gaziantep or Beirut. Because they have scant backup, freelancers look out for their own. This might mean sharing tips on fixers. Or it might mean something beyond the job, like raising money for the kids of a colleague killed in the field.

James Foley was kidnapped two years ago near Aleppo. A foreigner (or well-off Syrian) can net a fortune in ransom. Later, ISIS acquired him. They murdered him on the hills outside Raqqa. The voice on their propaganda tape was from London's East End.

I learned of Foley's death via a Skype message from a Syrian media activist. “Have you seen the video?? James :( May god bless his pure soul.” It was 4 AM. I googled, then doubled over in ugly sobs. Behind my eyelids, I saw the orange jumpsuit ISIS forced Foley to wear, echoing Gitmo. How many captives were still locked in their basements? How many Syrians had they murdered? Those names would never trend on Twitter.

I was in Sweden. The country's neat politeness made an obscene contrast to social media, where the stream showed police rampaging in Ferguson, Missouri. A cop had killed a black teenager named Mike Brown. Police would lay siege to the town to protect the man who shot him. Cops gassed an eight-year-old boy, or a woman fleeing in her wheelchair. Despite their sci-fi toys, the police's violence was as old as slavery. With raw courage, Ferguson kept protesting.

Weeks before, New York City police strangled to death a black grandfather named Eric Garner. A week before that, a California cop pummeled Marlene Pinnock, a black great grandmother. Back in New York, police stripped a black mom naked in the hallway outside her apartment, then arrested her entire family. They had knocked on the wrong door. Social media presented a parade of videos showcasing state violence that black people have endured since they were kidnapped to America. 

Weeks before officer Darren Wilson killed Mike Brown, Israel invaded Gaza under Operative Protective Edge. They bombed homes, hospitals, mosques, even UN schools where Palestinians were told to shelter. After six weeks, the IDF had killed over 2,000 Gazans, most of them civilians. Palestinians tweeted photos of the devastation. Israel claims to have the “world's most moral army.” Those photos showed this to be a lie.

During Gaza or Ferguson, I could not look away. These were events in which I, as a white-skinned woman or an American, was unwillingly complicit. But I wondered about the nature of looking. Was it voyeurism, to watch people attacked each night and do nothing but donate to bail funds? Or was it worse not to look, to retreat because one was able?

Journalism often feels like vampirism. Before Ferguson or Gaza, I'd been reporting from Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria. Before that, Guantanamo. Sources told me about repression and violence. A journalist on the disaster beat told me to be a funnel for this pain. “Let it go through you. Get it down truthfully. Move on.”

I could not.

Writing about others' trauma bears no relation to living it. Yet I was a ruin more and more. The word “burnout” is dead from overuse. Constant exposure to pain burns in.

Quinn Norton once advised me to write about what I loved. Rage came more easily. I'd make my lines bloody, my words damning. I didn't know how to write about happiness. What did it mean, the night I danced on the street in New Orleans? A brass band howled. I'd woven flowers into my hair, but they dissolved beneath the Halloween rain. My friends and I danced for hours.

It was one night, on one sliver of earth.

We need beauty. But what right did I have, I kept asking myself, in a world so full of hell? 

In his poem, “A Brief for the Defense,” Jack Gilbert attempted an answer. “We must risk delight,” he wrote. Life contains everything. Tear gas in Ferguson. Books read on the grass. Foley's murder. Dancing in New Orleans, till sunrise blots the stars. We're meat—fragile and finite. But joy is survival.

To remind myself, every summer I visit Coney Island. My mother used to visit, as did my grandmother. I love Coney's tattered glamor. I love the animatronic Grandma spitting fortunes, or the monsters Chico airbrushed at The Spook House. I love the dizzy minutes when the Wonder Wheel freezes. I'm above it all. Alone with the sky.

For a hundred years, Coney Island's been a symbol for working class pleasure. But New York lacks space for such darlings. In 1964, Fred Trump (Donald's father) bought Steeplechase, Coney's grandest park. He intended to raze it for apartments. Though he failed to push through the necessary rezoning, he destroyed Steeplechase anyway. On the night before the bulldozers, Trump threw a party.

At the party, bikini models presented bricks to Trump's friends. The moguls hurled the bricks through Steeplechase's stained-glass windows. They must have giggled as the glass broke.

Every year, Coney Island faded. In the early 2000s, Thor Equities bought up much of the boardwalk. They expelled a culture as sparkling as the glass crushed into Times Square's sidewalks.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged Coney Island. No one even repainted the signs.

When my friends and I visited Coney Island this summer, the old parts had shrunk to bones. As we watched the storm come off the water, Coney's lights seemed fainter than ever.

I thought of Fred Trump as he hurled bricks through Steeplechase's windows.

Spaces of joy are always threatened. Blink, and they've been destroyed.

I thought of the gunships blocking Gaza's sea from fishermen, or the Islamic State smashing ancient statues, or the New York cops who would choke a black man to death for little more than being outside in the sun.

I thought of the roses laid in the street where Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown. 

Power seeks to enclose beauty—to make it scarce, controlled. There is scant beauty in militarized zones or prisons. But beauty keeps breaking out anyway, like the roses on that Ferguson street.

The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. “We must risk delight” in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not distraction. Beauty is a way of fighting. Beauty is a reason to fight.

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01 Sep 03:48

William Rees - The Dangerous Disconnect Between Economics and Ecology


A bit long, but very important.

The world economy is depleting the earth's natural resources, and economists cling to models that make no reference whatsoever to the biophysical basis that ...
01 Sep 13:16

Rather Be Alive - Resiliència

by (Max Rotvel)

I am kind of required to like a metal band named "Resilience". Also lots of good genre smashy stuff happening in here. via multitasksuicide

Written by Justin C.

Way back in the late 90s or early 00s, when I was still living in NYC, I saw one of the strangest, avant garde guitar performances I've ever experienced. A relatively unassuming man came on stage with just an electric guitar and one amp, and he treated us to 90 minutes of squeals, feedback, pick scrapes, plinking the strings above the nut, and all manner of other tomfoolery. There was almost no melodic or harmonic structure to hang onto at all. After the show, I went to the men’s room and heard this brilliant summing up from some random drunk dude: "That's art. It's not music, but it's art."

That pretty well sums up how I feel about mathcore bands. Before hordes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge fans accost me, I don't mean that as an insult. When done well, I appreciate bands that play in that general territory, including Dillinger. But the unrelenting assault of dissonance, jagged rhythms, and general whatthefuckery engage a part of my brain that's adjacent to, but not directly connected, to the part that engages with music in general, so it's not a subgenre I revisit very often.

Enter the Barcelona-based band Rather Be Alive and their EP Resiliència. They self-identify as mathcore on their Bandcamp page, and I think that's a fair description. The vocals are hardcore bellows, the music is intricate, and there are plenty of quick-change shifts both melodically and rhythmically. But in spite of that, I find Rather Be Alive to be insanely catchy instead of mildly exhausting. The vocals are the perfect level of abrasiveness. When the vocals kick in the opening track, "Acaba amb Mi," I actually sing along with the line, "observa al teu voltan!" That's in Catalan, and I have no idea what it means, but the energy is so infectious that I still sing along. (A quick trip to Google translate gave laughably and obviously bad English translations of the lyrics provided on Bandcamp.)

The instrumental performances are all top grade as well. Check out the jazzy bass solo in "Acaba am Mi"--and when I say jazzy, I mean legitimate, high-quality jazz, not just a half-hearted attempt. The guitar solo that breaks out immediately afterward is a study in simplicity and catchiness. And that nuclear-powered-freight-train riff that opens up "Sense Fugir"! All of this is over drumming that's deceptive in its complexity, intricate without sounding like it's being done by dome futuristic drum-bot.

The EP is just a quick blast of three songs, offered for free download, but here's hoping we get a full length some time in the near future.

[Go to the post to view the Bandcamp player]

01 Sep 03:51

vortexanomaly: metal windmill construction…


This must have been very satisfying to make. via willowbl00.


metal windmill construction…

01 Sep 05:01


by Ian

More on playing games with Death, and what it means to be a 'gamer'.


01 Sep 01:33

Go Pac Yourself

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01 Sep 03:49

William Rees on Environmental Economics

Ecological footprint is an idea originated by William Rees, an environmental economist from the University of British Columbia. If you need a primer in envir...
31 Aug 06:53

Issue 17: Enemies Within

by Christopher Wright

New Curveball. If you haven't read it, you should start with Issue 1, but it's quite good.

Story: Christopher Wright
Cover: Pascalle Lepas
Logo: Garth Graham

25 Aug 08:56

worldofthecutestcuties: I took my cat on his first walk...


I have occasionally been on the end of the leash.


I took my cat on his first walk yesterday

My first girlfriend used to take her cat for a walk, and this is what would happen every time. She’d just be left there, holding a leash up a tree. Contending with smartarses driving past yelling ‘just talking your tree for a walk eh?’. I found it endlessly amusing, but was not game enough to laugh. 

28 Aug 00:24

Swans "Just a little Boy" @ Primavera Sound 2013


In case you need some Swans. (You do)

Swans "Just a little Boy" @ Primavera Sound 2013
25 Aug 14:22

Monday Matchup #11: Monteverde Jewelria in Brown with stub nib and Stipula Sepia

by Rachel Goulet
Fall is just around the corner (and, we’re really excited here!) and today’s Monday Matchup is the perfect combo to start you off of the right foot for a new season. We’ve paired the brown Monteverde Jewelria with stub nib and Stipula Sepia ink. The golden browns that these two pour out are sure to get you excited for leaves changing and cooler weather. The Jewelria feels nice and light in the hand, plus, with the stub nib, you’ll get a smooth and diverse writing experience. Put the Stipula Sepia ink in there and you’ll be oohing and ahhing for days at the shading and luscious tones.

Joe O. created some lettering and fonts to show you what the ink is capable of. Alex R. used the combo to create writing samples so you can see how the two really work together.

What’s your fall matchup? What do you think of this week’s match? Tell us about it! Hope y’all have a fabulous Monday.
25 Aug 05:01

User Engagement

by Ian


User Engagement