Posts Tagged ‘Censored’

This week and next on the Killchain Hour at Live Funeral Radio is a bit strange because they’ve been built in tandem. Normally I build the playlists in a single session, usually on the Monday night while listening to my iTunes, getting ideas. We’ve been discussing some theme nights between the hosts, such as the German thrash night I did, or the Swedish night that Steve did on Friday there. There’s talks about having a Lemmy tribute night sometime soon which would be excellent, and also some covers shows. I’m doing covers next week, and have already assembled the list in advance. It’s got some killer tunes, but I won’t spoil it yet.

This week’s (ie tomorrow night) is basically the usual rifftastic hour, full of great songs from all genres. I’ve included a new local favourite in Censored that I reviewed the other day. I stuck in probably my favourite Nile song, even though it takes up a full 6th of the hour. There’s also some excellent old school power and thrash, along with a bit of new brutality from something I’m reviewing for Sleeping Shaman. I’ll post the playlist on my Facebook tonight. Enjoy, 10pm GMT

You normally find a new band through a friend recommendation, finding it in a magazine or hearing about them on Facebook. Censored I found out about by being in my local chip shop one night and the owner spotted my Entombed shirt and started talking to me about one of his staff’s husbands being in the band. So whoever in Censored has a wife who works in Lucky Chop Suey in Carlisle, thank her for this!

Censored play unpretentious, traditional heavy metal, and you can download some of their demo tracks via their Facebook page. I’d recommend you do that, as they have got some pretty good riffs and solos, and its refreshing to find a band these days that just plays heavy metal the way it used to be. Not that I’ve ever been much of a traditional metal fan for the past few years, but the stomp of ‘All in My Name’ is thoroughly satisfying, and the propulsive ‘Carbine Thunder’ is another head nodder.

The slow burn of ‘No F-ing Voice’ has some cool, bluesy moments, with a fine emotive mid point solo before some up tempo thrash riffs appear and the solo squeals wildly behind it. Censored go for the heavier end of trad metal, bringing to mind Venom and Angel Witch rather than Maiden and Priest. There’s less melody but more heaviness. Less galloping riffage and a ton more groove. It’s something that I can really appreciate, and the roar of vocalist Big Al brings together the package nicely. ‘Demon Bones’ closes with some nice melodies and some deep bass and drum rhythms. All in all, a solid if slightly rough and ready demo that whets the appetite for more Northern groove.