The Porridgeface | Canon of Ugliness

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Canon of Ugliness

by The Porridgeface

From the dark woods of Värmland, Sweden comes the Porridgeface, a one-man army of blistering Swedish Thrash Metal with his debut album "Canon of Ugliness", which mixes a modern sound with the influences of the greatest in classic Speed/Thrash.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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1. Darker Than Before
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2. Black Flags of Armageddon
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3. Alcohol and Gasoline
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4. Believe
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5. Motto for the Human Race
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6. Darkest of Souls
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7. Chosen One
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8. World Hater
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9. a Killer by Trade
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10. Armies of the Sun
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11. Six Days on the Road
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12. This is My Life
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13. Poor Blind Candidate (featuring KBT) [feat. Killers By Trade]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Porridgeface is a 1-Man Metal Army from the Dark Woods of Värmland, Sweden. Influenced by the mightiest names in European Thrash, such as Sodom and Kreator, the Big 4 of American Metal and even Hardcore ala' GBH, it is no surprise that when this Army rolled up to my front door, it had already begun to leave behind a trail of devastation.

The madness behind the method is Anders Lindberg, a metal powerhouse who marched under the banner, "I'm only in it for the drugs", when I met him in 2005. The moniker had much less to do with drugs but was held up as a symbol of reproach for anyone who wanted to force their expectations on this thrash metal machine. He was happy lobbing shells from his small village of Grums into the face of the world and had no need to sacrifice any of his musical integrity to please anyone else.

He wasn't trying to "make it" and he didn't give two shits about "taking it on the road". Hell, when I met him, his other motto was "Fuck Double Bass". His sound was TOTALLY pre-double kick proto-thrash and boy, that pissed off some people. Needless to say, I knew we would get along fine. I can tell you this: When he finally DID come over to the Double-Kick Dark Side...HOLY SHIT! The result was a skull-hammering no one ever expected.

To wrap the Porridgeface enigma in another mystery, you can add in the fact that Lindberg is totally unafraid to cover any song...and I do mean ANY SONG...thrash it up and post it on the net for the public to hear. He literally doesn't give a shit what you think. I do, though. Well, a little bit. Nah, fuck it. I really don't care, but I did want to preserve the tradition of bashing away, making bad ass metal, covering whatever the fuck he wants and not giving a shit what you think for posterity.

So, I signed the bastard and made an album of 10 killer Porridgeface tunes and 2 killer Porridgeface covers for everyone to enjoy. This collection, true to the self-depricating Porridgeface style is called "Canon of Ugliness". Enjoy, Assholes.

-Clint "KBT" Love



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Daxx

Speed Metal Is Back Baby!!!!
What a puzzling record. Not only it is labeled as Speed Metal but it’s also a one-man-band project led by Anders Lindberg from Sweden whose lyrics have been taken care of over the pond in the US. Now when you read Speed Metal nowadays, it does seem a bit anachronistic as the short-lived genre which gave birth to both Thrash Metal and Power Metal does not even ring a bell among the newest Metalheads.

Nonetheless, aspiration to perform something close in essence to the sound of the early 80’s can’t be a bad thing. It’ll remind some of comps like “Speed Kills, But Who’s Dying?” and how frontiers between genres were at the time not as finite as they are today. And what a blend of various genres and influences this record offers. Comprised of 13 songs, the record explores various grounds with more or less success.

From Punk-Rock ridden with Metal riffing anthems to outright Thrash aggressions, from Rock ballads to Crossover stuff, it’s a unique mixture of everything that sounds 80’s. Pell-mell, you’ll find things that belong more to some UK MeloPunk a la Active Minds, some early sounding Suicidal Tendencies from “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…” (World Hater) to stuff that would belong more on Helloween’s first “Keeper” or even a “And Justice For All…” kind-of track. Gang Green, Laaz Rockit, Acid Reign, bla, bla, bla. There’s just too much to mention everything. If you’re then looking for something that would hold the record together, do not look for a specific genre but rather for a specific sound as throughout the record Lindberg shows us how much he likes nice and catchy tunes be it in riffing or in melodic solo parts.

Past the initial “what the heck” moment that’s bound to hit you when you’ll first play the record, 13 songs of varied intensity and genius do remain. I am personally not fond of Lindberg’s singing which at times I find too candid and not aggressive enough (if you’re looking for a “violent” record, please stop reading) and some songs are just too off the wall like Darkest of Souls which looks like the filler ballad bands like Overkill, Death Angel or Testament would put in in their records at the times only to get some MTV airing…

It’s only a first record so there are good chances that the little flaws found here and there can be worked on. Still as much as I enjoyed most of it, it’s going to be tough to touch that many people that can take this mixed bag of Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Punkish Metal and what not. In this regard, it is a bold album and an even bolder thing to release something like that in times where the underground looks only for the most bestial Black Metal or technical Death Metal. If you’re feeling melancholy for old times or are just fed up with each and every band claiming to be the most brutal stuff out there, please feel free to contact both label/band directly. It sure will be a breath of fresh air amid the present bands…