Visions: Napalm Death – The Wolf I Feed

In case you haven’t heard, Napalm Death’s latest album ‘Utilitarian’ kicks ass. All kinds of it. Not even that tatty chromakey video for ‘Analysis Paralysis’ could dampen my enthusiasm for it. Now, Birmingham’s finest grinders have put out a vid for what is, in my opinion, one of the best tracks on the album; ‘The Wolf I Feed’.

Giving guitarist Mitch Harris to showcase his vocals talents, he steps up over a pounding beat from Danny Herrera, providing a nice but no less and equally harsh vocal delivery to that of Barney Greenway’s gruff roar, which is present in the chorus of ‘The wolf! The wolf I feed!’ Cue an awesome darkly clean vocal section too and all the ingredients are there for classic post-millennia ND.

The video might cause a slight stir in Germany, if only for the presence of Adolf Hitler’s image in the video amidst other military sights interspersed in the footage. And will Napalm Death care? Probably not. Their political rhetoric is seemingly boundless and unshackled, even after all these years.

Peter Clegg

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Weekend Nachos/Lack of Interest – Split

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Weekend Nachos/Lack of Interest
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With Weekend Nachos now hitting the UK to slam countless bodies into submission, it’s only fair we get on with reviewing their latest item, a split with returning powerviolence heroes Lack of Interest, who on here are providing their first new material since the 90’s. 

There are no surprises here, just pure mosh. Each band gets five songs, lasting very little over five minutes each. By now you should know exactly what to expect from Weekend Nachos – in this case, five more tracks of raging powerviolence with the occasional sludge dirge. They continue pretty much where they left off with ‘Worthless’, that being bang on form and as pissed off as ever. On the flipside, Lack of Interest have been around long enough to potentially influence WN, but still sound vital as ever in their first new material since the 90s, with pinpoint, no-frills, barked fastcore 

No need to cover this record in sugar any further, just that it’s very much worth your time, and that isn’t asking for much at all. 

Peter Clegg

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***Weekend Nachos do have a link to download their side of the split here, but I’m not seeing one for Lack of Interest

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The Campaign to Stop the Kingsgate Expansion: Palace Theatre approved!

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Resounding 11-0 in favour of redevelopment

Very recently, we promoted planned action against Huddersfield’s Kingsgate Shopping Centre by issuing direct support for a plan to redevelop the Palace Theatre, the historic venue that once hosted Harry Houdini, into twenty three student flats to accommodate 87 students, with an additional bar and restaurant. The owners of the Palace Theatre, Kirkgate Residence, argued that this would boost the local economy, the university and college, and indeed the surrounding area for years to come. We Must Obey, backing the Campaign to Stop the Kingsgate Expansion, wholly backed this, ourselves seeing it as a chance to additionally protect Huddersfield’s burgeoning alternative music and arts scene (with top music venue The Parish directly under threat from Kingsgate), and to retain vital aspects of its history and architecture.

After months of deliberations in an application that was vigorously opposed by W D Huddersfield and Kingsgate; that was yesterday recommended for approval for a THIRD time, we have some exciting news.

The plans were approved!

That’s right – Kirklees Council’s planning committee finally got decisive, not bowing to some emotive language used by W D Huddersfield MD Peter Everest when, among other things, he attempted to implicate that scaffolding work outside Kingsgate would endanger jobs inside, and efforts to state the flats would cause untold traffic problems in the area were described at one point as ‘clutching at straws(indeed, it overlooks the traffic issues that Kingsgate Phase 2 itself would cause). But the main devil in the detail is the decisiveness of the vote. 11-0. That’s right. All eleven sub-committee members voted in favour, with only the chair, Cllr Cliff Priest, and his Labour colleague, Cllr Ken Smith, abstaining. The decision was widely applauded in the council chamber and Everest was left to skulk off like the proverbial bulldog chewing a wasp. Face it Everest, you snoozed…you lost.

Mr. Simmy Sekhon, owner of Kirkgate Residence, says he has the funding and contracts in place to begin work in three months. The Palace certainly needs it – I pass it on the bus nearly every morning travelling to work and for such a historic building, it is in such a decaying state. I applaud any efforts to make it useful and proud again and more so for the overall good it will do for the town.

It’s just a shame that not everyone sees it that way, with local paper The Examiner skewing firmly in favour of Kingsgate by echoing Everest’s sentiments, from the off about disruption and loss of jobs inside Kingsgate. They’re still reporting that Kingsgate 2 offers 23 new stores and 900 new jobs, when a later report have suggested only 10 new stores, six of those large ones – therefore presumably less new jobs. Sure, I might be skewed the other way, but I’m a supporter of the Palace and against Kingsgate 2 and my views are purely those. Views. News outlets should be completely unbiased. Besides, if there are to be jobs lost at Kingsgate in the meantime – and believe me, I don’t want anyone to lose their job – the impact of Kingsgate 2 would surely have a detrimental effect across the whole town, as it already has. The loss of jobs in existing town centre stores, whether high street or independent, in the much greater cause for concern. So Everest, give me the proof of which jobs are at risk. And then maybe, just maybe, I’ll believe you.

With media like this and the spectre of Everest hovering about, I personally don’t think the Campaign ends there, certainly if we’re looking at protecting businesses along Cross Church Street which are possibly still endangered by Kingsgate’s Phase 2 proposals – certainly the word is businesses along that street haven’t been consulted, and that even then the various owners are unwilling to sell. It certainly won’t stop W D aiming to swallow up whatever existing land they can get. I would like to think that the Campaign to Stop the Kingsgate Expansion doesn’t end just because of victory for a neighbouring building that potentially acts as a safeguard to the Parish. If we’re truly about something, I’d love to see us carry on our work and at least fight for an independent local economy. Therefore, if you’re reading this and you’re already a part of the campaign, and even if you’re not; this is one victory in a wider campaign. Kingsgate 2 might well be on its knees, but I personally suspect Everest won’t take this lying down, even if it means every dirty trick in the book. It isn’t over until it’s truly over.

For now though, we celebrate. Congratulations to Kirkgate Residence, and a big pat on the back for Ian French for organising the supporting action for the Palace to help get it over the line. In fact, thank you to everyone who has been a part of this campaign thus far. Its a pleasure to be associated with you all.

This is hopefully the beginning of the regeneration that Huddersfield really needs – with its place as up and coming hotbed of live music hopefully now assured, we should now look to encouraging boosting its high street in a way not really considered by the likes of Everest. Through diversity and innovation, without blinkers and a view to changing where and how people shop.

And if Kingsgate 2 rears its ugly ahead again – we will be ready.

Peter Clegg

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Brendon Small – Brendon Small’s Galaktikon

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Brendon Small
Brendon Small’s Galaktikon

I did. I really did. I really did want the album to be excellent. After all, Brendon Small hasn’t just created perhaps the best parody of metal bands and fans of our time in Metalocalypse, creating ‘the world’s 11th biggest economy’ and a shredding, now semi-fictional death metal band in Dethklok, but he’s turned out to provide that band with some cracking songs, which he’s brought to life on stage and turned into successful real-life album sales. Hence, Dethklok fans and metal fans inside and outside of the franchise certainly had their heads turned by Small announcing a solo album under the name ‘Brendon Small’s Galaktikon’, a space-metal opera in which to hero of the story, Triton (the subject of the opening track), going through a messy and very public intergalactic divorce with his wife, eventually realising he needs to save her from the clutches of Beastblade.

Brendon Small – On My Way

This all sounds well and good, but the trouble is, ‘Galaktikon’, for me at least, really ends up sounding like Dethklok-lite, largely a collection of riffs perhaps not brutal enough for Metalocalypse and instead used on this album. There’s no doubting Small’s talents as a shredder, but there’s nothing that particularly sticks out on this album, bar the technicality that arises during the closing ‘On My Way’. The story doesn’t really hold up either – the closest compare I can find musically in this sense is Devin Townsend’s ‘Ziltoid the Omniscient’, except Townsend’s sheer insanity really does convey his story much better. ‘Galaktikon’s story is conveyed through each song’s lyrics but just feels lost amongst the swathes of riffs – there’s nothing to set it apart from the music. 

All in all, ‘Galaktikon’ can be considered a relative disappointment. Guitar aficionados are sure to appreciate Small’s ability but otherwise this is a slightly lacklustre effort, considering the promise shown by Small through his primary work.

Peter Clegg

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The Campaign to Stop the Kingsgate Expansion – protests Thursday 12th July, 2012

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Action taking place Thursday 12th July

A while back, when I was still basing We Must Obey on Blogger, I wrote a lengthy article asking for support for a campaign based in Huddersfield to prevent what, if it is allowed to go ahead, the potential damage to Huddersfield’s vibrant alternative music and arts scene, as well as more of its proud architecture, history, and indeed its local economy. The ‘it’ in question, is the proposed development of Kingsgate 2, an extension to the already existing Kingsgate Shopping Centre that will see it expand outwards by 50%, swallowing up the historic Palace Theatre, the Parish pub (Huddersfield’s premier music venue and oldest pub at 292 years old) and Oldgate House, all listed buildings, as well as numerous smaller businesses and reputable establishments in the nearby vicinity. Such a development, we argue, will lead to further cannibilisation to a town centre already struggling with numerous empty shops following the UK’s recession, stuttering recovery and indeed the aforementioned local effect of Kingsgate.

A ray of light has emerged in recent months that I have personally kept silent on the blog until now. The Palace Theatre, which sits over the road from the Parish, was bought by Kirkgate Residence who have submitted plans to turn the Palace, a former theatre that once hosted Harry Houdini, into 23 flats to house 87 students, as well as a bar and restaurant. A decision was due to be taken on this proposal back in March – however, the local planning sub-committee arm of the council have deferred the decision numerous times based on traffic flow concerns, despite concerns appearing to have been allayed by traffic officers and the developers. The latest decision, due just over five weeks ago, was again deferred after a corrupted disc, purportedly containing data showing the negative impact of increased traffic in the Kirkgate area in light of the development going ahead, was submitted at the 11th hour.

W D Huddersfield Ltd, the owners of Kingsgate Shopping Centre, are strongly opposing these plans and have made their case in person and in writing several times. They already have outline planning permission to develop Kingsgate 2, but failed to seize the Palace Theatre when it was available on the market. The Campaign to Stop the Kingsgate Expansion, therefore, is moving to support the application to renovate the long derelict Palace into student accomodation for the long-term benefit of Huddersfield.

A demonstration is to be held on Thursday 12th July, setting off from The Parish at 12pm and marching towards the Town Hall for 1pm. It’s recommended you meet at The Parish. The protest is expected to last until 2pm, making our voice heard when the Palace plans are again put to crucial vote by the planning sub-committee. We aim to rid them of indecision and convince them instead to make a decisive decision on the plans for the Palace Theatre, one we hope will see the plans approved and Kingsgate 2 thrown into disarray and possibly KO’d altogether.

If there is anyone out there not already a part of our group but behind our campaign, your support is vital.

More information is available directly from the campaign’s Facebook page, where you can have your say prior to the day and be up to date with all information about the day of action.

Our voice will be heard. High street retailing as we know it is dead. Innovation is required. Through this action, not only will Huddersfield’s music scene be protected, so will its architecture, its history, and its local economy will begin to thrive – which is what is needed for Huddersfield to ultimately innovate – which itself is another battle for the future.

Thank you for reading. We hope to see you on Thursday.

Peter Clegg

Limb – Demo

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Limb
Demo

Limb are a newly formed stoner/sludge metal band hailing from London. Their debut demo was unleashed unto the world very recently, along with a video for the song ‘Daemoness’.

While I’m no expert on the matter, one thing to gather about the production of this record is that its sounds closer to how demos traditionally used to sound – that is, with that slightly scuzzy, lo-fi quality that fizzes across the records. The production is still above that but has that fizz running across it when at volume. This could be attributed to the noise coming out of the guitar or bass amps, but whatever it is, its a nice contrast to the relatively slick demos you get nowadays, and it aids this sort of music very well.

Nonetheless, slick production or scuzzy, it means nothing if you can’t deliver. Thankfully, Limb  show here they have more than just potential across the three tracks on offer, with a real Weedeater swerve mixed with the grooved aspects of Acid King, Goatsnake, etc. There’s plenty of steady riffs and crushing beats brewing from this quartet that certainly earmarks them as ones to watch.

Peter Clegg

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