STEEL BEARING HAND DANCE VIDEO

We’re nearing the midpoint of 2021, and I had to pay homage to my absolute favorite album so far, STEEL BEARING HAND‘s Slay In Hell. It’s forty minutes of blackened thrash death fun, and every song has a CHANGE at the “golden ratio” point that gets me riled every listen.

Their hocus-pocus song arrangements are especially prevalent on “‘Til Death & Beyond” where this incredible breakdown emerges from nowhere and leads to a full-on butt dance for 2 minutes. I captured 45 seconds of it above.

Listen for yourself! (Bandcamp)

Inspiration: Steel Bearing Hand, Lil Nas X “Montero” (a capella video), Andrew WK, summertime, and the Power Of The Peach™

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SAVAGE GARDEN KARAOKE

Dose #1 complete, celebrating with some Savage Garden karaoke! One main vocal track, two backing vocal tracks, all done in ONE (1) take because karaoke rules apply.

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MELANCHOLIA FANBOY PROMO

My favorite album of February 2021 is by Melancholia. All sorts of blackened fury along the likes of Churchburn, Yautja, and Graves At Sea. Listen at their Bandcamp!

background videos: courtesy of Pexels.com
Justin Ashon
Poolside Creative
Kelly Lacy
Typhoon Bro
Mike Sagma
熊大 旅遊趣

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MY INTERNAL SINGING VOICE #2

Part two of a new series!

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MY INTERNAL SINGING VOICE

Part one of a new series!

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MY “I NOW OWN A GREEN SCREEN” DANCE

music: “Pluie Fine” by Corine (Polo & Pan remix)
background videos: courtesy of Pexels.com
Engin Akyurt
Cottonbro
Caleb Oquendo
Pixabay

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MY VIDEOS OF 2020

I made some videos last year. I did not post them on jtextreme.com so here are my personal favorites of 2020. I plan to regularly post them here going forward, and not just my Twitter & Instagram, because why not?!

Void Rot is a phenomenal death doom band from Minneapolis, and they released one of my favorite albums of the year. I had to pay tribute. Listen and experience Descending Pillars here.


Celebrating my consistent af brews, this is my coffee pourover hype video set to Eternal Champion‘s “I Am The Hammer


Created in March, my isolation meltdown consisted of Tim Allen grunts over Live’s “Lakini’s Juice”


The first of my fanboy vids set to Temple Of Void‘s “Self-Schism” from their 2020 monster The World That Was


My friends and I usually get together and throw on records but haven’t been able to since Covid. I got my ideal home audio setup and wanted them to see it. Temple Of Void also makes a cameo.

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THE BEST BUTTHOLE ALBUM ART AWARDS OF 2020

Welcome to the Butthole Album Art Awards (BHAAAs)! 

Here are 50 albums that best represent this stinker of a year!


SHRIEKING wins best in show with their 2020 blowout smash hit!
[Bandcamp]

 


ATAVISMA, VOID ROT, and you all star in the worst circle pit that’s ever been produced!
[Bandcamp]

 


DIESPNEA serving up a black metal bullseye!
[Bandcamp]

 


TOMARUM: Make ’em say uhh!
[Bandcamp]

 


When you saw only one pair of footprints (in the cave),
It was then I carried you (to see the orb BH)
EXITIUM SUI
[Bandcamp]



GOD OF DAMNATION: Can I offer you a nice BH in this trying time?
[Bandcamp]



“All hail the endless BH void” by WILLS DISSOLVE
[Bandcamp]

 


HEXVOID sportin’ some nightmare splatter teeth
[Bandcamp]

 


GOREPHILIA: Red skies at night, BH delight!
[Bandcamp]



CEREMONIAL BLOODBATH: No gods, only BHs
[Bandcamp]

 


AFFLICTION VECTOR and their Dragon Jesus BH cordially invite you to their party!
[Bandcamp]

 


DYSYLUMN‘s magic 8-ball successfully predicted a monumental year for BH artwork
[Bandcamp]  

 


Inside the belly of the beast with SUPER SATAN
[Bandcamp]

 


Catch a monster BH wave with DRAGHKAR!
[Bandcamp]

 


SWARN: get. out. now.
[Bandcamp]

 


I have something on my face?
[Bandcamp]

 


DVNE getting extra piney on us with their new EP
[Bandcamp]

 


A fly-by-how-YOU-doin? from STARLESS DOMAIN and ARKHTINN!
[Bandcamp]



A real “choose-your-own-adventure” courtesy of this MORTIFERUM / HYPERDONTIA split!
[Bandcamp]

 


INVISIBLE HATE: Fanning the flames of the almighty BH
[Bandcamp]

 


GRAVEN CHALICE: The reason for the season BH!
[Bandcamp]

 


DAUGHTER CHAOS with their take on the melodic spiderweb BH
[Bandcamp]



And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom BH, and your mind is moving low
DECOHERENCE
[Bandcamp]



ELVENSCROLL with roughage at an absolute premium
[Bandcamp]



SONS OF OTIS showing some serious moon with bonus crater notes
[Bandcamp]




In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don’t ever shine
MESARTHIM
[Bandcamp]



Another glorious moon from IAGOL
[Bandcamp]



DEUS MORTEM showcasing several snake forest BHs (my fav kind)
[Bandcamp]



OZRIC TENTACLES fancy a game of BH footy
[Bandcamp]



VENEMOUS SKELETON flexing so hard that all the lightning bolts are like, “Hey we better follow this BH and find out what’s up”
[Bandcamp]



VOIDSPHERE diffusing haters with their nebulous BH
[Bandcamp]



PNEUMA HAGION really putting their back into it
[Bandcamp]



All in all is all we are,
An endless BH
WARLUST
[Bandcamp]




KaleidoBH by IRHAGAR
[Bandcamp]



DEATHSPAWN with that signature ivory BH touch
[Bandcamp]



Rorschach BH by DAME SILÚ de MORDOMOIRE
[Bandcamp]



But I’m on the outside
I’m looking in
I can see through you
See your true BH
KORPSESOTURI
[Bandcamp]



“Whoops tripped and fell into another BH!”
SELF HYPNOSIS
[Bandcamp]



Pit Of Despair BH by HIDDEN MOTHERS
[Bandcamp]



Scythe BH from MOTHMAN AND THE THUNDERRBIRDS
Watch where yer swinging that thing dude!
[Bandcamp]



Sacred night shiner BH courtesy of FRIGORIS
[Bandcamp]



Crescent Runny BH Face by SONS OF A WANTED MAN
[Bandcamp]



THE SPIRIT (in the sky that looks like a BH)
[Bandcamp]



Ring-A-Round The BH by UNDERDARK
[Bandcamp]



ORION – “Mysterivm Cosmographicvm (Observatory Relic BH)”
[Bandcamp]



“Only Time Will Tell (When You Enter The BH)” by CONTRARIAN
[Bandcamp]



The Old Man And The Looming BH by AARSLAND (yes that’s really their name!)
[Bandcamp]



“My eyes are down here”
ENDLESS REIGN
[Bandcamp]



Those who reach the BH peak will find
As mountain’s eyes become their own
SOULSTESS
[Bandcamp]



MOUNTAINEER
with their BH screamer “Bloodletting”
[Bandcamp]

Thanks for visiting! Happy 2021!

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YEARLY RIPPERS: JUSTIN’S FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Hello there! Should go without saying, but these are my FAVORITES. They are the ones that hold my highest replayability for now & years to come. Also I’m starting with #1 because this isn’t a goddamn christmas present that everyone is screaming and losing their shit about. But hey, thanks for visiting and riffling through my picks of 2020! Let’s GOOOOOO.


#1) Beltez – A Grey Chill And A Whisper (Avantgarde Music)
I’ve been anticipating this one a while as their 2017 release was my damn-near #1. Their USBM-style sound is dialed in FULL and THICK. And the quickest way to my loins are the mid-tempo double kick “rock” beats widely featured here. Second track alone is one of those jaw-dropping complete songs that makes everything else following feel like a bonus treat. Their arrangements are crafted to moody perfection, as the penultimate song flat wipes you out before the closing number calmly glazes over, reaching peak tingles. This is the complete package, front to back, and that’s why it’s my favorite album of 2020!
[Bandcamp]


#2) Funeral Leech – Death Meditation (Carbonized)
So many great debuts this year! This death doom monster from NYC bulldozed the loins and ran it up full mast for me. It’s an absolute stunner start to finish. The second track breakdowns are the stuff of legends, and I also so love all the creepy-crawly vocal whispers (wait till to hear this shit, it’s lit). If there is another record with as much stank as this one, I have yet to hear it.
[Bandcamp]


#3) Autonoesis – Autonoesis (unsigned)
Here’s a truly a perfect death metal album, performed flawlessly, where every riff is memorable and causes uncontrollable hand motions and air guitars galore. A blistering experience that I cannot recommend enough, and please just bury me to the closing track – the theatrical, delicate, and levitating song does it all in its 12-minutes. It’s a standout 2020 moment. A stunning debut that has me excited for everything about this talented band’s future!
[Bandcamp]


#4) Lykotonon – Only Our Eyes Are Alive (unsigned)
Such a brief introduction with a 21min debut, but a side project with Blood Incantation and Wayfarer members makes it easy to wanna sample. The overall dense atmosphere and psychedelic nuances is a perfect “USBM avantgarde Krallice / Ash Borer” mash. The tricks and stops within each song still get me even after repeated listens, and the blackened death intensity felt from every strained vocal cry is very palatable.
[Bandcamp]


#5) Void Rot – Descending Pillars (Sentient Ruin / Everlasting Spew)
I’ve got the death doom fever HARD, and with production like Void Rot’s, it’s easy to fall prey. I just love the way it SOUNDS. It’s big, thunderous, full, and rich with the vocals looming ever so passerby and dark. That guitar tone is clearly a product of hard research, chunky as hell but also sneaking those unnerving high-pitched digs. They may wear their influences on their sleeves, but they’ve perfected the formula. And what can I say, IT MOVES ME (it my fanboy video).
[Bandcamp]


#6) Black Curse – Endless Wound (Sepulchral Voice)
Give me all of the blackened fury, hellish blasts, and gasping-for-air screams, but also give me some mind-boggling outros (“Enraptured By Decay” just GOES for it), tense tribal interludes (“Lifeless Sanctum”), and repetitive, beat-it-till-it-stops-moving closing tracks. Featuring members of THAT Denver collective of bands, these ambitious, creative song arrangements should come as no surprise.
[Bandcamp]


#7) Heretical Sect – Rapturous Flesh Consumed (Gilead Media)
Their 2019 EP was sooo good, and the blackened death-doom full length really goes the distance too! When it hits the gas around 4min on 2nd track, I’m like YES ALLLL IN. As haunting as it is rockin’, it’s a hot 37 minutes for me. The chants are SCARY and give the heebies but probably not as much as their wacky ass video. Wooooo and that jarring guitar line opens the closing track? TAKE ME AWAY.
[Bandcamp]


#8) Temple Of Void – The World That Was (Shadow Kingdom)
DEVOUR THE HOURS pretty much sums up this year! Look, I’m a big ToV fanboy (another video of mine), and while metal usually doesn’t boil down to HOT SINGLES OF 2020, “Self-Schism” and “Casket Of Shame” are certified rippers! The rest of the album brings the crushing death doom heat like always. This is essential 2020 listening for ANY metal fan.
[Bandcamp]


#9) Solothus – Realm Of Ash And Blood (20 Buck Spin)
Monstrous death doom that does it all! Super slow head draggers, mid tempo grooves, and deathly somber waves. I especially love vocalist Kari Kankaanpää’s range (BOWWWWW growls to banshees) and hot damn that second track “The Watcher” got so many replays alone. Another solid 2BS release!
[Bandcamp]


#10) Undergang – Aldrig i livet (Dark Descent)
Filthy death metal wasting no time gritting teeth with a lovely “entrance music” opening track. From there, it’s one perfect gnarly riff after the next. And while I enjoyed many an EP in this style (seriously so many great Bandcamp finds), I’m happy UG put out a complete and proper full-length to envelop. Also, Tomb Mold can’t put out an album EVERY year! And bonus points for ending their album with an isolated UGHHH!
[Bandcamp]


HM) Siege Column – Darkside Legions (Nuclear War Now!)
Hot damn this a funnnnn album. Sleazy death metal that is so danceable! Opener “Devil’s Nights Of Hell” is METAL SONG OF THE YEAR with its teasing eerie synths before breaking into a full-on SHIMMY STRUT ATTACK. Featuring the muffled-fart vocalist of Death Fortress (love them too), SC brings the riff party and the lo-fi evil!
[Bandcamp]


HM) Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynski (Nuclear Blast)
Mystery Science Nadblasters Theatre 8000, what more can you really say? Completely out of this world good. ‘Back and forth in your rocking chair questioning reality and your existence’ good.
[Bandcamp]

 


HM) Atramentus – Stygian (20 Buck Spin)
Impressive debut really making the case for me liking funeral doom. It sounds SO large, and I’m feeling it deep in the plums (especially those gargle and bowel choir vocals). Instead of putting me to sleep like its genre contemporaries, I kept coming back for that thundering hum.
[Bandcamp]


HM) Noroth – It Dwells Amongst Us (unsigned)
Sinister death debut that can pummel nads and steamroll loins with the likes of Tomb Mold and Noose Rot. Served as the perfect soundtrack for angrily washing dishes during Covid.
[Bandcamp]


HM) Phthisis – Embodiment Of Decay (unsigned)
Yeah I’ll some more knuckle-dragging death doom please! ANOTHER debut, and Denver is a goldmine for the metals. Hooooweeee, that third track is uncomfortable AF, sign of promising things to come!
[Bandcamp]


FAVORITE NON-METAL THAT’S NOT DUA LIPA

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – K.G.
I’ve caught the band’s bug fairly recently but I’ve got it bad and this one is full of earworms that I couldn’t help but latch on immediately. Rats’ Nest was a 2019 personal yearender with their dirty thrash, and K.G. continues that high energy while tossing out an endless amount of psychedelic microtonal delights. “Some Of Us” –> “Ontology” –> “Intrasport” is TRACK TRANSITION PERFECTION with the latter being the middle eastern disco dub song I didn’t know I needed, SO GOOD!
[Bandcamp]


OH AND….

My group of friends held our annual listening party, affectionately called METAL MASS. We reveal our favorite albums, and then our coding-proficient friend then runs his script, calculating votes with weight, to determine the consensus #1. Oranssi Pazuzu took that prize this year!


2020 LOINS ABLAZE

SUPER SHIMMY TIME

Thank you so much for reading! Send any feedback below or at my Twitter and Facebook pages. But more importantly, follow me on Bandcamp (and buy the albums on it too!) so I can follow back and hear what you’re enjoying!

-Justin

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THE BEST BUTTHOLE ALBUM COVERS OF 2019

As the year pushes to a close, it gives me great relief to discharge these fine specimens of absolute brute BH power.

Once you have the eye, you can’t unsee them. They live.


No ifs, ands, or butts, RENDEZVOUS POINT is the runaway champion!
[Bandcamp]



Their swan song, CALL OF THE VOID really went out with a bang.
[Bandcamp]



SøRGELIG: We’ve all been there, my dude.
[Bandcamp]



PHARMAKEIA really feeling their phish vibes with this tie-dye BH.
[Bandcamp]



STORTREGN strutting some super smurf BH energy.
[Bandcamp]



SYNTELEIA: Teeth (2007) toilet nightmare.
[Bandcamp]



REMETE: The flow, it really all depends.
[Bandcamp]



FIELDS OF MILDEW wears the crown of BH shame.
[Bandcamp]



CULT OF EXTINCTION: By that sin fell the angels.
[Bandcamp]



FEN presents: Diarrhea Borealis.
[Bandcamp]



VOIDSPHERE invites you to swirl around their murky BH.
[Bandcamp]



TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED and STARLESS DOMAIN deliver their split BH soup.
[Bandcamp]



A band name like UNFURL is a little too on-the-nose.
[Bandcamp]



INANIMATE EXISTENCE having an out-of-body BH experience.
[Bandcamp]



MORTIFERUM invite you to their spaghetti cavern BH.
[Bandcamp]



BLACK GALAXY: It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday’s BH.
[Bandcamp]



STARLESS DOMAIN sloshing around Pollock BH inspiration.
[Bandcamp]



OPIUM WARLOCK: When tribal tats meet dat BH.
[Bandcamp]



GROUND: Good fucking luck.
[Bandcamp]



LAUDARE: Always look to the North Star.
[Bandcamp]



SALIGIA pushing themselves to the absolute limit.
[Bandcamp]



GUTVOID: Before & After.
[Bandcamp]



BÖLZER in desperate need of a stool softener.
[Bandcamp]



How many BHs can you spot in this PLAGUE PIT cover?
[Bandcamp]



TEETH need all hands on deck.
[Bandcamp]

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