Valerie LittleJohn

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Dec 10

Valerie’s Top 15 of 2013

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Sep 06

Bl’ast! – Blood! (2013)

The members of Santa Cruz old school hardcore punk band BL’AST have exhumed their old master tapes and what was found is undiscovered material that makes up the meat of the contents of this new release, Blood! BL’AST! were formed in 1982 but released their debut album, The Power of Expression in 1985. Use Facebook …

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Jul 27

Hell – III (2013)

In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Stephen Dedalus listens to his school preacher describe hell or  “the abode of the damned,” as said in the novel. “Imagine some foul and putrid corpse that has lain rotten and decomposing in the grave, a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption. Imagine …

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Jul 09

Coffins – The Fleshland (2013)

Filthy and disdainful, those are two words that come to mind when The Fleshland LP opens itself up and begins to lay waste before you even know what hit you. Coffins, who have been together for over a decade, are putting out consistently punishing albums that are reminiscent of Hellhammer meets Autopsy with a dash …

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Jun 17

Ramming Speed – Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die (2013)

Sometimes a band’s name and album title are so fitting to their sound that it’s almost too perfect. Ramming Speed’s latest release Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die is just that. With a sound that’s punishing and fast, the name is certainly able to write checks that it can cash. Ramming Speed pull from all …

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Jun 11

The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars (2013)

Tabula Rasa: meaning blank slate in Latin is the epistemological theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that the knowledge of a human comes from experience and observation. Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

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Jun 06

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control (2013)

It was Pablo Picasso that said, “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes”. In the case of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats latest release, Mind Control, it would be ideal to pull out our brains and use only our ears. This album has a funny way of getting inside …

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Jun 03

Demon Lung – The Hundredth Name (2013)

If one were to dissect a Demon Lung they would come across many different elements during the autopsy process. Sludgy primordial ooze would be dripping through the expanse of the bronchial tree. The right and left inferior lobes would be filled with reverberation, once chugging and plugging back when they were breathing life. The intercostal …

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May 30

Dio – ‘Finding The Sacred Heart – Live in Philly’ (2013)

A dark cloud flooded the sky on May 16th, 2010 when we lost one of the mightiest metal front men that ever was or ever will be. Just a few short weeks ago marked three years we’ve lived and breathed without Dio.. Undoubtedly, the release of Dio’s ‘Finding The Sacred Heart – Live in Philly’ …

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May 23

POWER TRIP – Manifest Decimation (2013)

You know that feeling you get when you’re waiting for a band to start playing? You know the one…the apprehension felt while idling in the front of a packed show in a small, run down, poorly air-conditioned venue?  Standing sandwiched and wedged in between bodies with a sweat coming off of you so thick that …

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May 20

Blood Ceremony – The Eldritch Dark (2013)

When a brain is dying, DMT (one of the most powerful psychedelics) is released in the brain. This allows perception of time to be altered. This experience allows you to live inside your own mind for hours, or even days. It allows you to hallucinate, both auditory and visual. The Eldritch Dark almost acts like …

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