Wednesday, 15 July 2015

KILL ORDER (Feat. Your Editor)


KILL ORDER (L-R) Mike - Bass, Piggy - Vox, Dave (Me) - Drums, Petch - Guitar.

So almost exactly a year ago I posted about a band  formed with some friends featuring myself on drums we were originally a 5 piece with 2 vocalists called The OldGuard (see post HERE) our 2nd vocalist Agz was unable to attend for a couple of practices last year and during his absence we wrote some stuff in a more "metal" vein (see "Thick Skinned" on the demo) Agz did not like it one bit and decided he was spreading himself a bit thin between this band and his main band Skitvarld anyway so he decided to leave, around the same time we were also struggling to find a permanent bassist enter Mike (see band pic above). Now with Agz leaving, the newer stuff we were writing and Mike joining and being a mere 21 yrs old we felt that The OldGuard was no longer appropriate so we changed our name to Kill Order.

This has been a shitty year for our band due to some ill health, marriage, holidays and just general life shit we have been able to practice about 3 times this year and things were looking grim however we decided to press on and we enlisted the services of Matt Snedvrida of Auralskit (see more on them HERE ) to record us and we made a first attempt at a demo with us all recording separately then Matt mixing it down, this was an utter fucking disaster and doing my part playing drums with only quiet guide guitar in the headphones to follow was not only hard but also one damned unpleasant experience so after a bit of discussion we decided the only way forward was to do it live because we really are not well practiced enough to play our parts individually. Now I won't bore you with the details but we ended up doing the demo partially live and some guitar overdubs. Lo and behold here is the Kill Order debut demo.

So we don't restrict ourselves on what influences us but i would call us Hardcore with thrash metal influences however, pleased as i am with the end result it is a pretty much "live" to 8 track recording of a band with plenty of ideas but unable to practice as much as we'd like and the sound of the demo is a testament to Matt's skill as a mixer as much as it is to our songs! That being said this will still SLAY YOUR FUCKING FACE OFF!!!!!! WE are now moving forward and are about to commence writing a whole new batch of songs and drawing a line under the original band The OldGuard and see where we go from here.

So i shall say no more I would hope that you guys would download simply on the strength of what i put on the blog or at the very least curiosity so below you will find a link to the demo, have a listen and see what you think any feedback good or bad is appreciated so make some comments damn it!!!



As a bonus whilst we were getting the demo together i got each member of the band to pick 20 minutes - ish of music and i put together a Kill Order mixtape to give people an idea of what influences us as a band so I have given you a link to that below as well it's an 80 plus minute comp with some utterly GREAT music selected by us and arranged by me.

We are not a "professional" band we are 4 guys 3 of whom have a long history in hardcore/metal/underground music and a 4th who is a young, enthusiastic and talented newcomer. we just wanted to get together and make some noise which is exactly what we have done and here it is.. Enjoy.

KILL ORDER DEMOMediafire

KILL ORDER MIXTAPEMediafire

More Links....

Our Facebook PageHERE

The Kill Order Demo on SoundcloudHERE

(Note the soundcloud page may not be up forever as it's Matt's page but it'll be around for a while you can also check out some of Matt's projects such as Dishavoc (1 Man D-beat and fucking awesome) and Dislodge (Mad Max themed crust) there also)


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

LOOP (UPDATED)


*NOTE* once again I have updated and expanded a post for you awesome readers so if you have been to this post before scroll down to where it says "UPDATE JULY 2015" if you haven't been before as usual please... read on...


Some of the more discerning readers of this Blog will be aware of this Band but some of you younger pups may not. Loop were active originally in the mid 80's early 90's and play a style of Psychedelic/Garage rock that pre-dates the stuff that's coming out now by about 25 years!!! I guess you could say they were well ahead of their time but back when they first came along they were a truly original band. I was recently alerted to the fact that Loop are reforming and playing some gigs at the end of the year/beginning of next year so I decided that a Loop retrospective was highly appropriate.

So How to describe Loop??? shit! fuck knows if I can! Best way i can describe it to you is if The Stooges had hooked up with Suicide in the early 70's and decided to do a Velvet Underground influenced project band it may well have sounded like Loop! Now those 3 bands mentioned are certainly heavy names to live up to and whilst not sounding exactly like any of them I can tell you for sure whilst there's elements of all 3 in their sound this is more the feel of the music rather than just pure copyist tactics. So that's all I'm gonna say as far as describing their sound goes do some research look em up on that google thingy and you'll be sure to find plenty of info! However you may be interested to know if you didn't already Robert Hampson of Loop was 2nd Guitarist in Godflesh for a number of years in the 90's and has his own band the more experimental Main.

Right back in 2008 Loop had all 3 of their albums re-mastered, re-issued and expanded to double CD's and they are great packages however at around £13 - £16 pounds each I decided having bought them all once on vinyl i was entitled to a download! They weren't that hard to find but I couldn't get them all in one place and it took me a while to download them all as well so i decided due to so much "Link - Killing" going on I'd hook you them up all in one place so here's what you get.....

"Heavens End" 1st album from 1987 and probably my favourite The Stooges/Suicide/Velvets influence is definitely felt here especially on album opener "Soundhead" plus there's 2 appearances for their cover of Suicides "Rocket USA" so that's pretty much an In-Your-Face what the influences are anyway as i said I'm not gonna blab about their sound heres the details, Disc 1 contains the full album remastered Disc 2 contains 3 alternative versions of album tracks and the 3 tracks from 1st John Peel session from 1987, not much bonus material on this one but well worth the having what there is.

"Fade Out" 2nd album from 1988 The sound is still in the same vein however it is a little less "Heavy" than it's predecessor and more akin to the sound they are best known for. Disc 1 contains the album remastered Disc 2 contains 4 demos & alternate versions of album tracks and their 2nd Peel session from 1988 and is rounded out with 5 "Guitar Loops" that were used on the album.

"A Gilded Eternity" 3rd album  from 1990 by this time Loop had been building quite a buzz and their sort of crazy psychedelic sound was becoming more and more popular and this album was their most successful and  is the most revered of the 3 released does it live up to the hype? Hell yeah! They really nailed their sound on this one it's less swirly and psychedelic than the first 2 albums and is a much more aggressive album without going for the "Heavier louder faster" thing, it's a really driving album and the songwriting shows they have really progressed and matured as a band and with utter classic tracks like the stunning "Afterglow" the buzz around them at the time was well deserved. The edition here contains the album remastered on Disc 1, Disc 2 contains 2 alternative versions of album tracks their 3rd and final Peel session from 1990 and a batch of 5 demo tracks recorded at "The House In The Woods" which was their home studio.

UPDATE JULY 2015

So in my original post I mentioned that I had posted the original 10 track version of the EP's & Extras comp "The World In Your Eyes" as i had a copy of the massively expanded 3 x CD version but it was in my malfunctioned external hard drive I feel i should never have mentioned this because in the original posts comments i was certainly bombarded by readers asking "have you had your hard drive fixed yet?" and "When will you be posting the 3CD version" and as Loop is one of the most downloaded bands on this blog (the albums have been downloaded from 900 - 1500 times) and because it was pissing me off personally as i didn't even have it to listen to myself i tried downloading the tracks and EP's that make up this compilation separately it was a partial success i manged to get all of the EP's etc downloaded but the quality was pretty poor so i bit the damn bullet and I've gone and bought it for my own pleasure and because i felt i owed it to the readers of this blog who have continually commented and kept coming back to the blog so £13 ($21) later and here you have it the full 3 CD expanded remastered "World In Your Eyes" ripped direct from CD at 320KBPS as per usual UTS style! It's a fantastic comp containing the "16 Dreams" , "Spinning" , "Collision" , "Black Sun" and "Arc Lite" EP's as well as some comp tracks a few live tracks some unreleased bits and their cover of "Like Rats" from their Clawfist records split 7" with Godflesh and as stated all remastered So there you go readers you can now stop asking when my hard drive is gonna be fixed hahahahaha

However... it does not end there as some of you may be aware Loop reformed in 2013/14 to play some gigs and most famously an appearance at Roadburn Festival however there was no mention of recording so imagine my surprise when i found that they had released a new 4 track EP called "Array 1" I wondered what if anything Loop could pull out of the bag some 25 years since their last recorded output, would it be any good? The answer is yes it is absolutely great the first 2 tracks are Loop business as usual swirling guitars ethereal vocals and really it is just like the last 25 years never happened and that loop had been sealed in ice since the early 90's only to be thawed out in 2015 and now there's a new Loop record out!! However the next 2 tracks to me sound like Robert Hampson is trying to sneak some serious influence from his project Main in there. "Coma" is a pleasant enough 7 minute drone nothing exciting just ok not offensive or anything however the 17 minute "Radial" is a combination of Main style drone building to a great Loop style rock out!! All in all I am pretty impressed with this EP and I am hoping that being titled "Array 1" that there may well be more to come!

So below you will find this post is now finally complete with links to all 3 remastered and expanded Loop albums plus the 3CD "The World In Your Eyes" plus the brand new EP "Array 1" Hope that makes some of you mad for Loop people happy as it does me!

OK so there ya go if you don't know this band go check them out if you like the sound of my description, if you're already a fan but haven't got the remastered & expanded editions of the albums here you go...

.....Tune in, Turn On and LOOP OUT!!!!!

Heavens' End - Mediafire

Fade Out - Mediafire

A Gilded Eternity - Mediafire

The World In Your Eyes (3 Disc)Mediafire

Array 1 EP (2015)Mediafire