New Music Roundup: Slugdge, Buckshot Facelift, Scar Symmetry, Machinehead

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The digital era of music distribution presents us with a glut of options. No more are we confined to experimenting with sweaty used headphones at the local record dealer to find out if we might like a release. Bands release new tracks constantly to build excitement for upcoming releases or to engage with fans during a particularly dry spell. As fans, though, we can sometimes suffer from option paralysis. What do we choose? Which albums should we buy?

Lucky for you, we here at the Toilet love you little, tiny goofballs. Therefore, we’ve collected four songs here for bands that you may be keen to check out. No more deliberation! So open your mouths, baby birdies, because I’m going to vomit a whole bunch of awesomeness down your gullets.


Slugdge are the absolute best band that sings about slugs. Moreover, they’re one of the most exciting death/black bands to come out of the UK in quite some time. For those uninitiated, I’ve previously discussed our slimy overlords and mentioned that they’re hard at work on album number 3. Riding the steam of the two previous releases, this new song demonstrates the fact that this band is a monster when it comes to song-writing. The riffs crush, but it’s the drumming here that I find most enthralling. I don’t even care if this band has a gimmick. Slugdge are three-for-three in my book. Check them out on bandcamp.


This next band is likely one with which you are unfamiliar. The other night Papa Joe got to meet the totally awesome dudes in Artificial Brain (a fact about which I am totes jelly), and he got a little secret news from frontman Will Smith. Turns out the mouth of madness has been sneakily working on a side project called Buckshot Facelift, and the group has an album slated for a November release. You can check out the first track from Living Ghosts of the North Shore on bandcamp. I definitely hear the Artificial Brain influence, but it seems that the spaced-out brutality has been filtered through an insane hardcore cheese grater, producing a brutal and chaotic zinger. I’m seriously excited for this album. Keep your ojos peeled for a review.


This next selection may be a bit polarizing. Personally, I used to really, really like Scar Symmetry, but their more recent output has been hit-or-miss for me. That said, I owe it to the band that wrote Holographic Universe to at least give this little ditty a chance. In preparation for their upcoming and ambitious concept album, Scar Symmetry are conducting a “Cryonic Harvest.” After giving it a listen, I think I will at least give the full length a chance. The solos here are fun, and the growls are bone-shaking. What say you?


I’m going to cap my blurbs with another divisive track. Let me be real here. I love Machine Head. I’m one of those guys who thinks The Blackening is one of the best albums of the Aughts. I even loved Unto the Locust. Therefore, I’ve been cautiously anticipating the third album since Empire. Will it be a hat-trick, or will it fall flat? “Now We Die” certainly sounds like Machine Head. The chugs, pinch harmonics, and battering rhythms are all present. The orchestral flourishes are nice too. I don’t think this song quite matches up to “Clenching the Fists of Dissent,” but I dig. I’m eager to hear it in the context of the whole album.

So, are your little bellies full? Want more? Well, here are a few more tracks to hold you over. No blurbs from me because I’m about to leave town to visit my main man Stockhausen (and sit through a conference). Listen to these tracks by Sick of It All, Encoffination, and Aversions Crown and tell me what you think.

(Photo VIA)

  • Deathcore or not, that Aversions Crown is ridiculous. Also, I too love the last 2 Machine Head albums.

      • How was the sequel to that movie?

        • One of the best movies of the year, in my opinion.

          • I’ve been wanting to see it for a while now.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          It was so good. Any movie that can do such a good sequel to a great movie is good in my book.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          stick with the 70’s originals with charleton heston. Plus linda harrison is in 2 of them. Just look at that face. She could’t speak and did what ever heston wanted, the perfect woman. Heston even had the balls to say i guess you are the best i am going to get. What an asshole.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            ………

  • Tyree

    Could you do me a favor? Could you have a great day? Could you do that for me? Thanks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNVOnqCoPs4

    • Stockhausen

      I hate it when anyone besides Murderface does that.

  • Tyree

    Buckshot Facelift is great! I had no idea they were putting out a new album. Thanks Dubya!

  • I really loved Scar Symmetry’s first 3 albums. Once the vocalist left, I stopped listening to them, but I like this new song. That ending spoken-word though…

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      I’ve never really liked Scar Symmetry apart from a few songs. Christian has also been doing very uninteresting stuff ever since. So far the new singles have both been quite good, so two outta two, that’s their best ratio so far.

  • There was also a new Rings of Saturn song. Begin hatred here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=988i6D_jDPk

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      The image on the screen before you play the song says it all.

      • The Black Dahlia Burger

        No actually it says “FUCK”

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          It does, which it what this song makes me say when I realize how bad this song and this band are.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So, you don’t like the song?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I said I didn’t like the song in the above comment.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So, what didn’t you like about it, per se?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It just wasn’t good. The guitar work was trying to be fast and technical for the sake of being fast and technical, the attempts at vocals are laughable, the keyboards have no need being in the song and the drums are being played in a manner that sounds like a drum machine is playing them.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So, it’s fair to say, you’re not a fan of their work?

          • Death

            That’s pretty far-fetched, mate. ,

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        You can’t read.

    • or was that last week? idk. Time is flying, I don’t like it.

    • I am not even going to listen to it and pretend that I did and that it was one of the worst things I’ve heard this year

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      There are actually a few nice guitar thingies in this.

      • Yea what’shisface is actually a pretty good guitarist but he picked the wrong band.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          He’s not the first and I fear not the last

    • i bet Metaphysical Anus loves this

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I bet he does. He probably likes how technical it is compared to ELP and other amazing bands he does not like.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          I think ELP is becoming one of the most contentious bands of 2014 ! It’s too bad this ugliness has found its way into the toilet bowl. Now lets all agree that ELP are some of the best musicians of the 70’s and leave it at that.
          In the meantime we can all agree RUSH is the most consistent band of the last 40 years. It’s a proven fact !

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            They’re such good musicians! Why can’t they reunite again?

      • We all know he loves those weedilies and gets stoked for deedilies.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          He doesn’t like the weedilies and deedilies of ELP but I’m sure he likes these seventh rate, Z grade weedilies and deedilies. That is just wrong in my opinion.

          • Death

            ELP is “seventh rate, Z grade weedilies and deedilies.”

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            No, ELP are the forefathers of weedilies and deedilies. They invented the greatness of weedlies and deedlies. Can any other band claim that?

          • Death

            ELP didn’t invent anything.

        • Death

          Jack, I’ll fucking give Chloe back.

          • It’s too late for that, I said no takebacks

          • Death

            Don’t fucking spread lies about me like they are butter on a toast!

          • Lol. Hmmmm toast…..

      • Death

        Wot thi fuk mate? Can’t stand this shit. You don’t even know me!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      This song violated me with its badness. I’m going to go listen to Breaking Benjamin and hope that somehow makes me feel less violated.

    • Tyree
    • Howard Dean

      I actually gave this an honest, full listen. It’s really, really not good. That this can even tangentially be referred to as death metal or a death metal derivative is insulting. Video game guitars shredding randomly and not sounding at all like a real guitar, weird cartoon breakdowns that fall out of nowhere and go on way too long, asinine and irritating shouts/shrieks/highs at rapid fire over the top of random runs of notes, twinkling “spacey” keyboard sounds before a customary bass drop near the end (so that they can call themselves “progressive”), mechanical and lifeless drumming, etc. Every part of this sucks. The only redeeming qualities about this are that it ends and that you can choose not to listen to it. What the fuck.

    • Stockhausen

      I have a big load of hate to drop off here, I’ll pull around to the loading dock.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    That Machine Head’s okay. I digged Unto The Locust as well. Also Slugdge is great

  • Cock ov Steele

    I can’t imagine anything else that would warm the cockles of my slightly darkened heart more than a band of guys who got together and decided to write songs about slugs.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      That is a great idea for a band to do. I will give them a listen.

  • ah! the magic salt shaker in the sky…

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Poor slugs. They probably had families and people salt them anyway. What if a slug killed you with toxic salt? That’s what you’re doing to that poor slug.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    I’ll always love Scar Symmetry because “squiggly wigglys” Per you are adorbz

    • i laugh every time i see diesel Ford trucks now. thank you all!

      • Deputy Dipshit

        I make it a point to take pictures of any/all forms of coal rollers on the road!

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          byaaaaahhh!!

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        Don’t forget about Chevy/GMC DuraMax, and Cummins Rams!

  • Howard Dean

    Enslaved is in the studio recording their new album. That is all. And it’s everything.

    http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/keep-calm-and-dont-shit-yourself-16.png

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Whatcha think of this song? From this years’ album. Personally I love the shit out of this band

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzxQtV9jSE

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      fusk forgot the actual link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzxQtV9jSE

    • Death

      “Absojen kitaravallin läpi tunkee nyt vaikka kielettömällä ukulelella.”

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        An agreeable statement. A quote? if so, from who

        • Death

          From the CMX Q&A section.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve not visited THAT place in a long time…

          • Death

            It’s an old quote (2006) by the mighty Yrjänä.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Didn’t recall it, I hope Aawe can forgive me for not memorizing each of his holy words

          • Death

            I don’t know mate. Have you read what he said about Vain Elämää when someone said that he should join it.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve read some comments he’s given regarding it.

          • Death

            My favourite was “Pääsis itkemään kun Lea Laven vetäsee Lapsen!”

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A good one. But don’t you think it would be quite amusing if she did?

          • Death

            That would make me watch the show.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Definitely

          • Death

            Just the mental picture of Lea Laven singing:

            Lapsi lattialla
            se on oma poikani
            musta potkupuku
            niittihelistin

            Raiskaan sen
            Lapsi pöydällä
            se oli oma poikani
            revitty potkupuku
            verinen perse
            raiskasin sen

            Raiskaan sen

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Oh god, just the thought makes me go all Ernest Scribbler

          • get a room you two

  • Also, for all you gamers. Shadow of Mordor is amazing, buy it.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I keep on hearing about it and I might buy it if it’s so good.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        You won’t buy it. Pussy.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          You are wrong. I will buy it and I will enjoy it just to prove you wrong.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Hey man, I don’t want to start any trouble. I’m willing to let this go if you are willing to stop swearing at me and criticizing me.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Get bent.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m trying to be nice here. Why don’t you do the same?

          • Death

            Like the new iPhone?

          • crazytaco_12

            Think you need to calm down dude; if you don’t like what JJD says, just scroll on. Only making yourself look like a dick when you harass a dude who’s just bs-ing about videogames and music.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow.

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      I had zero interest in it until the reviews started coming out, now I’m tempted…

      • Yea it wasn’t even on my radar until the reviews, but it is sooooo much fun.

        • The Black Dahlia Burger

          There are so many games I want coming up though 🙁

          • October is just a relentless onslaught of games and music. I think it might be a good thing that several games that were supposed to come out this month got delayed.

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            Like fucking Batman getting delayed EIGHT MONTHS, that’s some shit.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            They delayed the new Battlefield game until March. I wanted it as it seemed like a good idea for a game instead of doing another game of a futuristic war.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            How about a past war, that’s already happened? So that you way you know the outcome and you know what to expect. Nothing worse than the unexpected I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..I always say……..

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            If you have such a problem with me why don’t you just come out and say that you have a problem with me?

          • Just ignore it,he hates everyone.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I see. Why is he here if he hates everyone? Also, why did you just show up here and not where he said this and I quote: “What standards is that? Rope and candy?”

          • Who knows, cause that’s is the comment I chose to reply to.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That comment is still very offensive and nobody reacted to it in any way, shape or form.

          • because it’s not worth reacting to so we ignore it, you should ignore it too, don’t let random strangers on the internet ruin your mood dude.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That is a good way of thinking. I’m still having a good day regardless of his comments. The newly reunited Breaking Benjamin is coming to my area and that makes the part of me that loved them in 2009 very happy.

          • Nice, I’m looking forward to new music from them. Hopefully they don’t settle for generic radio bs and still have that breaking benjamin sound.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’ve heard they’re making something new. I’m sure they’ll still sound like Breaking Benjamin because they don’t seem like the kind of band who would change their style. Even if they do, I’m sure the sound will always be there no matter what music they write. I’m still amazed that a band as big as them is going to a venue as small as The Chance. That venue can’t even hold 1000 people.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Just tech Thursday.

          • Death

            Always?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Not really

          • Death

            But he said always! Are you saying that people would LIE on the internet?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That’s pretty much what I was saying, also how can you not like this even a little

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

          • Death

            DOn’t you fucking take Jim’s side on this!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’m not, I already took his side regarding the new IF album, I only like this one particular song.

          • Death

            I like Lucky Man because it doesn’t feature too much Emerson.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89g1P_J40JA

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It bores me, But I like Lake and I like Palmer (and Emerson), why can’t I really love them when they come together

          • Death

            I like Lake the most when he was in King Crimson. He was their best singer imo. I can’t really stand Emerson.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I really like Wetton

          • Death

            Wetton is second for me. He and Levin have a battle for their best bass player spot.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I always go hard for Levin, so he wins that. Love his work with Gabriel as well

          • Death

            Elephant Talk is just so good. Levin really shines on that song.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Elephant Talk maybe?

          • Death

            I meant to type that and I fixed it. I was kind of distracted while typing it.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It is very good, the man knows how to handle a Stick

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            EMERSON is like the malmsteen, vai, van halen of the keyboard. Plus he did the soundtrack for Argento’s inferno so keith is just all right with me.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i hate all the ELP ballads with a fiery passion.

    • DO NOT BUY HYRULE WARRIORS. All your free time will magically evaporate and you’ll find yourself up at 3 am even though you have a paid choir gig at 9am the next morning

      • lol that’s exactly what happened to me with mordor last night. All of a sudden it was 3 am.

        • I don’t even want to think of what I’d do if I had both games right now

      • Spear

        Too late. =C

        • Dude, Impa and Midna are terrifying forces of destruction

          • Spear

            Impa is ridiculous. I’ve only played through the first couple stages in Legend mode, but I think I’m going to be using her a lot.

          • Midna is a lot more unwieldy than Impa, but some of her combos are just absurd. 50-80 kills in one combo

          • Spear

            Damn. I’m starting to consider skipping class to play Hyrule Warriors. Help.

          • I’m hiding my controller when I get home on the other side of the house so I can’t play

          • W.

            Dangit, Randall and Spear! Why must y’all taunt me?

          • If it makes you feel better, I failed

      • Gobshite

        It ain’t a real Warriors game till somebody yells “That’s Lu Bu!” or “Challenge!”.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Rape.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      13th Hour!

  • Rob M

    Havent listened to Scar Symmetry for a long time, but Ive got a soft spot for the bands early stuff. I’ll have to take a listen to the new one, just for curiosity’s sake

  • Stockhausen

    Slugdge is flippin’ awesome. I would hang out with those guys so hard.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Anyone else waiting for the new Soen

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TknvKdgt5Tc

    • Simon Phoenix

      You mean Tool?

      I kid. Would be interested in a new album.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        It’s soon upon us

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    lots of hatred and negative energy on the internet today—like everyone chomping at the bit—ready to fucking let rip on the fuckin sheep dipshit libtard /pc slave douchetards—

    a good time to be an american——>its good that theres a place like this-showcasing actual heartfelt music–that isnt some kind of secret 5 finger death punch mind control computer fucking shit site/black op/clinton promoting fucking slave fest—fuck those motherfuckers

    also fuk “rocka fella records”—who try to turn hip hop into pro rockefeller “black control”–with their rhianna songs about how they love to get beat on –and shit

    • Howard Dean
      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        fuck you—-howard dean was on the cover of rolling stone

        rollingstone=propaganda rag of u.n/911 inside job motherfuckers

        you fuk yer own mom everyday

        • “lots of hatred and negative energy on the internet today”

          <3

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        This pic looks too much like a haggard neil peart for comfort.

    • I don’t know who you are, but I feel compelled to tell you that you need this and to call you a poser a couple times

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkR5PPbA1f8

      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        i like the messzge—but i’m listening to that i’m listening to that elp tarkus album posted below—pretty good

        but i’ve heard that link–and i can dig it

        except for one thing

        the rage is not “blind” anymore—–not for me—or everyone else on the internet—

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          @metaphysicalanus:disqus Conversion works

        • Herr Schmitty

          (American) Democrats are the only competent politicians in the entire world.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        with heavy heart i say this :
        Mark Tornillo > UDO
        The 3 Tornillo Accept albums just as good if not better than metal heart.

        • Dude, yes. I wouldn’t necesarily say one is better than the other, I like them both, but the last three Accept albums have been KILLER.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      we are lucky to have you here man. Don’t be discouraged, new ideas always take time to come to frutition.

    • PoopinAtTheCoolSpot

      Is dis mo’fucka for real or the silliest troll man out dare? If trolling, subversiveness is not your strong suit.

  • NefariousDude

    Goddamnit Slugdge, I havent even commited gastronomicon to memory yet.

  • Norfair Legend

    All hail the great Mollusca !

  • Spear

    I like Machine Head’s music, but they can seriously go suck a fatty for screwing those bands out of their tour.