Agoraphobic Nosebleed Continue to Reduce Honkies

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The world was bestowed a gift this past Friday that seems to have largely flown under the radar. Decibel Magazine, as a part of their long running flexi series, began streaming the new old Agoraphobic Nosebleed EP, The Honkey Reduxion. I say “new old” because rather than an EP of all new music, this very brief EP features re-recordings of 5 songs from their first two full lengths, Honky Reduction and Frozen Corpse Stuffed with Dope.

If you’re like me, then you did not read the details when this was first announced and were totally expecting new songs like an idiot. Well idiot, the good news is that these versions are so good they’re well worth checking out (plus it’s only like 3 minutes of music, and if you can’t spare 3 minutes for grind, just die). The songs include “House of Feasting,” “Vexed,” “Withering of Skin,” and the two headed monster of  “Organ Donor/Someone’s Daughter.” While the sound quality is light-years ahead of the originals, the most interesting aspect is without a doubt the addition of the vocals of Katherine Katz. She has easily been my favorite part of the band since joining, so it’s very cool to revisit these tunes with her voice.

As for actual NEW music, the band hasn’t released anything terribly specific about their ambitious 4 sort of solo record project featuring music written entirely by Scott Hull. The latest Facebook update from early March said that Kat’s record was being mixed and that Scott was writing the music for frontman Jay Randall’s album next. Unfortunately, there isn’t even any idea as to when they might be released. Until then, show Decibel some love and jam the Honkey Reduxion EP below, and if you’re lucky, go catch their first ever live appearance at Maryland Deathfest later this month.

Go listen to this thing over on Soundcloud. Then compare/contrast the originals back here.

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  • Scrimm

    Yes!! I agree, Kat really made the band even better.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      I’ve been stoked to hear the 4-LP since it was announced, though I’m not surprised it hasn’t been finished yet.

      • Scrimm

        It’s a pretty huge undertaking, niether am I.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I get the appeal of having raw, muddy production, but DAMN those redone versions sound tight. I wish the drums were a little more natural sounding, but that’s a personal preference.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      INB4 Scott Hull’s drum machine huehuehue

      • Guacamole Jim

        Wat, it’s a drum machine?? Egg on my face.

        http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md66xlikTL1rs349j.gif

        • That’s why he’s the best drummer in metal and you’re just under a rock.

          • Dagon

            The best vocalist in extreme metal is…

            Plot twist! SCOTT HULL PROGRAMMED DRUMMING IS THE BEST PERSON ON THE MILKY WAY

          • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

            The best vocalist in industrial is…………*opens envelope*…. that one guy that sounds like Cobra Commander (take your pic)!

            Speaking of programmed and fucked up vocals, ever heard Simbolo? One of the old school Brazilian greats, and some of the weirdest vocals ever.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTHXdwbof7s

          • Dagon

            Never heard of them. Will do when I get home.

        • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

          It’s Mortician part 2.

      • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

        Andrew Eldritch and Doctor Avalanche approve! Yes, he actually named his drum machine and made if an official member of the band, which is sorta creepy. I think he snuggles with that thing too.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    This is actually the first grind band I ever listened to, that was way back when I tought fucking Pantera was heavy so it just destroyed my ears and I never revisited them, but this actually sounds really good now.

  • I don’t really have any excuse to miss that show, except I have no tickets to the soundstage. Oh well

    • Don’t be a poser. Slay the security guards. With steel, I guess.

      • If i do that, then I won’t be able to see Winter, Skepticism, Neurosis, Primordial, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, or Amorphis the next day!

        • Scrimm

          But if you slay all the security, who will stop you the next day?

          • Some of the security are really nice 🙁

          • Scrimm

            I believe you but you gotta think what’s more important. In all seriousness though, I’d travel to that fest just to see Demilich, even if it is with only two guitarists.

          • Dagon

            No shit I once dreamed I was in a Demilich/Timeghoul concert. I woke up when they were transforming into those zombie dudes from the cover of Nespithe.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            You might wanna cut back on the ganj, brah.

          • Dagon

            I was just sleeping, I promise.

            For some weird reason I’m having all sorts of strange dreams/nightmares lately, even though I used to not remember my dreams at all for a couple years.

          • Lacertilian

            Dr Karl Kruszelnicki was saying the other day that if you wake up soon after or during the dream, there’s a greater chance you’ll remember it, while on the contrary, if you come out of REM/Deep-sleep and have a normal amount of time in between that and waking up properly, you’re less likely to remember the dream(s).

            I was interested in this because I rarely remember my dreams but I’ll go through short periods where I can remember them vividly. Must be something to do with sleep patterns making it more noticeable.

          • Dagon

            Definitely. I have studied a little sleep myself. And Sleep too.

            I wonder why the change in patterns if my sleeping habits are similar to what they’ve always been, though. There are some events before I go to bed that seem to increase the likelihood of me having nightmares, like overeating.

          • Lacertilian

            I have noticed I have terrible nightmares if I’m too hot while sleeping.

          • Scrimm

            They were so good live. Way better than I expected.

    • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

      Slay the security guards with your wiener (of steel).

  • Not my style but… THOSE VOCALS DISTROI EVERIZING! O_O)

  • Dean the P.I. Staker

    I know some among y’all are fans of Nuclear War Now! Productions either as a label/distro or forum resource, so you might be interested in this. Yosuke (i.e. the dude that runs NWN) is raising money via donation to help buy a warehouse (he’s actually leasing a space with two other people). Since he’s located in the Bay Area, real estate costs are astronomical. He currently runs the label/distro out of his house, but it’s extremely cramped (he posted pictures of his house and garage–it’s crazy. It looks like a metalhead’s version of Hoarders). He has a contribution fund going in the NWN! web store. Stop over, buy some great music (his prices are ridiculously cheap), and contribute to a great label.

    #DeanTheExtremeMetalShill

    • There are a lot of people here that like that label. Hope they can find a new location 🙂

      Also, this tweet made me laugh:

      “I had no idea that Steve Buscemi’s son was into harsh black metal. He ordered the split mlp recently! pic.twitter.com/LcEaT1bEAR”

      • Dean the P.I. Staker

        Haha, that’s awesome that he’s a fan of Revenge and Black Witchery. I’ll take Steve Buscemi’s son over Nic Cage’s weirdo son any day!

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          Hey HD, have you heard the new Drudkh album? I’m listening to it now, but I’m not quite feeling the magic.

          • Scrimm

            Aww man, not so good? I was looking forward to that.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I’m only a few tracks in, but at the moment I’m not blown away.

          • Scrimm

            bummer.

          • The Beargod

            It was quite boring. Like I said on my TTT blurb, a few good tracks but mostly a very same-y and tiresome effort.

          • Scrimm

            Shame. I prefer Blood of Kingu though, so not a huge loss.

          • Dean the P.I. Staker

            I haven’t yet. I was going to preorder it a few weeks ago when it went up for sale, and just didn’t do it. And I’ve been in no rush to pick it up since. I think that must speak to my actual interest and excitement in newer Drudkh–on the surface, I was excited about the new album. I wanted to be excited about it. But being that it’s been available for awhile now and I’ve felt no urge to get it is probably a bad sign. I haven’t been thrilled by any of their stuff since Blood In Our Wells.

            I will probably get it at some point just out of sheer curiosity and devotion to the band (fueled by my past adoration of them), but for now, I’m stocking up on other stuff.

          • The Beargod

            It was the most tiresome Drudkh yet. A very uninteresting album.

          • I didn’t enjoy the new Drudkh album. It overstayed its welcome and wasn’t very interesting.

          • Tyree

            Same feelings here. I was excited at first, but now I’m just like… Eh.

        • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

          Nic Cage’s kid is supreme lolbuttz! And his music is even worse than Season Of The Witch. Which is saying ALOT.

          http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2011/news/110620/weston-cage-240.jpg

      • Dagon

        I like finding out about other freaks.

        One day the queen will rule by my side wearing her Steve Buscemi dress. Remember that?

      • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

        *hurting my eyes while trying to figure out the bands’ names*

    • a perfect time to get some StarGazer merch!

    • You weren’t kidding when you said ‘cheap.’

      • Dean the P.I. Staker

        Yeah, not many labels sell CDs for $5.00-7.00. I just bought four CDs, donated an additional $5.00, and the total with shipping included was about $34. Crazy cheap.

        They are definitely a label that focuses on bestial/war metal and underground black/death classics, but they stock a decent variety in the distro–from Necroholocaust (war metal) to Kristallnacht (nsbm) to Pharaoh (power metal).

        • I’m totally down with the caverncore aesthetic, but most of those guys seem to be distributed elsewhere. The only Antediluvian release they had was a cassette.

          • Dean the P.I. Staker

            Yeah, NWN! is more focused on bestial/war metal and old school black metal than cavern core, though there is some crossover.

  • Kat Katz on the old stuff? Brilliant Idea!

  • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

    Not bad. Sorta reminds me of Godflesh.

  • Dagon

    Don’t kill me, but I’m yet to get into Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Pig Destroyer. I only jammed Prowler in the Yard a couple times.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      BURN HIM!

      • ño! 🙁 he’s not a monster, he’s my friend!

      • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom
      • Dagon

        You can’t burn me bro. It’s not very effective.

        • Sir Tapir the Based™

          Nerd time: burn is a status condition and can’t be super effective or not very effective.

          • Dagon

            But that fire damage won’tbdo much against me.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            Status condition damage is constant, last I remembered.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Water type? Doesn’t matter, burn will not do less damage to you each turn because you’re a water type.

          • Dagon

            I might be wrong because it’s been a while, but doesn’t burn cause initial damage regardless of the effect? Or is it effect-only?

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            When you are burned, you lose about 1/8 (I may be wrong) of your HP at the end of each turn. Your physical attack stat also gets halved. Fire pokemon and pokemon with certain abilities (some make you immune and some lower the ammount of damage you take from burn) don’t take burn damage.

          • Dagon

            But there isn’t a move named Burn. Gotcha.

            Last Pokemon I played was Gold.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            No, but there are several moves that are able to burn you (Will-O-Wisp being one that only burns you).

    • Terrifyer.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    That’s an odd promo pic to say the least