The time had passed; where the forest stretched as far as many moons travel would take wandering paws. The pack ruled the territory they marked and took only what they needed, selecting the weak, the old and in times of need, the young. The lean season ran short and there was no need for gluttony.

Their small world grew only a little with each generation.

In these times, in the dark season, the Humans cowered in dark caves, huddled about small fires, clothed in the skins and fed with the meat of the animals they chanced upon, weak enough to be taken down with stones and clubs.

There was animosity between the wolves and humans. The wolves tolerated the competition, but took it as no serious threat.

In the dark winter nights, the humans developed greater cunning and honed their tools, not having teeth and claws with which to hunt. Hunting became a great craft of the humans.

A war over territory was waged and the wolves took many casualties and lost much of their territo…

Creature Feature Segment.

I wanted to do a piece on films I felt have a similar theme among them. I originally started working on this back in August, but burned out on it. This week, I figured I'd have another go.

Here is some totally subjective and potentially inaccurate speculation about a bunch of films that range from utter trash to hidden gems. Some of them seem to be pretty transparent 'Alien' rip-offs, others offer more original and interesting ideas and tackle more present issues, such as environmentalism, toxic waste and genetic engineering. Either way, I enjoyed watching and thinking about these films with a view to present them as collective.

Be warned, we're entering 1980's creature feature cinema purgatory.

1. Deep Space (1988)

I found out about this from checking out videos for sale on an ebay store. The cover got me!

This is a Fred Olen Ray film. I can't say I've put any time into checking out many of his other films, but from what I've read about him, Deep spac…

Parasite (1982) Review

This is my second Sci-Fi Creature Feature review for the Vetala Blog. I had this on video for a while, but it went along with all my others when I had to move and had to cut down on the stuff I was lugging with me. I can't say it had all too many watches to be fair. You can easily find this film on youtube.

I think Parasite's main nostalgic quality and claim to notoriety, is due to the fact it was one of Demi Moore's very first on-screen performances.

The reason I wanted to watch it initially, was because of the scene where the titular parasite gets a hold of Miss Daley, the lady who runs the hotel. The result is a fairly brave, but ultimately mediocre special effects sequence. If you watch it, you'll see...!

The plot revolves around a scientist, Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini - who was also in The Alchemist 1983 [Dear god, don't even think about watching that...])

The opening scenes are a nightmare sequence - Dean is working in his lab, in a simultaneous sequence, he…

The Kindred (Anthony) 1987 Sci-Fi / Horror / Monster Movie review.


Kindred, released in 1987 both theatrically and on video across different regions, is a films that for some reason, has never had a decent DVD release. Allegedly there was an Australian release in 2006, but it was from a VHS print, so didn't really offer any step up in picture quality.

I've toyed with the idea of trying to find out how to go about it as a project for Vetala, but to be honest, I can imagine the cost of doing so would be prohibitive at best and lets face it, as a DIY record label, it's hard enough to sell obscure music releases let alone figure out how to market and shift a bunch of DVDs.

That aside, this film is great! It's sits well with other 80's Sci-Fi / Horror from the likes of Roger Corman, or a Full Moon / Charles Band film on steroids, with better lighting, cinematography and a sense of maturity in the storyline. The film boasts a suitably warbley synth soundtrack (by David Newman), which ad…

Fluoride : S/T - Review


It's just after 7am on a Saturday morning, I'm feeling groggy and listening to grind, to block out the scraping noise of the guy from the council street cleaning department clearing the weeds out from the cracks in the pavement at the front of our flat...

New Brunswick Grind Violence trio 'Fluoride,' put out their Self Titled release in March of this year, with a cassette release on the mighty To Live A Lie - all band copies of the tape are now almost sold out and there is some talk of a vinyl release.

I'm pretty late to the party here and it reminds me I really should keep better tabs on TLAL's output, because they release absolute gems!

Cheers go to my mate Chris for putting me onto what appears to be a first offering from Fluoride.

There's a haunting aspect to this record, atmosphere interspersed with blackened skramz /grind and a sense of completion of a full cycle with similarly text…

Antre "Antre" - Review

Antre, Nottingham based four-piece released their Debut EP / Demo back in mid July on their bandcamp page. The record is two tracks of Atmospheric Black Metal, which have range, diversity, dynamics and a feel which has a uniqueness beyond my frame of reference for similarly purported 'Atmospheric' Black Metal. The result is refreshing and engaging.

There are the staple builds, open running blasts with minimalist chord changes, giving way to more melodically driven tremolo picked lines and half time sections. Antre however add other textures beyond these; D-Beat sections that flow together in forward driving insistence, midway through 'One." Elements of chugging and stompy breaks, which are solidly riff driven and distinctly proggy breakdowns which repeat with varying drum patterns throughout the second half of 'Four."

The two tracks are solidly composed and well executed. The driving double kick drums are a feat to be respected within themselves. Vocals are …

FILTHxCOLLINS 'Demo 2017' - Review



13 Songs in 5 minutes from Nottingham two-piece Grinders.

No one song makes it above the minute mark, in fact most of them don't even come close.

Recorded at Stuck on a Name with Ian Boult, the production is brutal and direct, leaning so close to the edge of being ear fatiguing, but remaining really listenable (considering the length of the record - although I've listened to it at least six times now as I write.)

The first thing that really struck me was how vicious guitar tone is.  There's not a ton of low end, but it's not missing it. The vocals, drums and guitar balance nicely and the pace and song structures change up so quickly even my awful attention span is kept fully engaged!

The contrast between guttural, screeched and barked vocals with the occasional power-violence styled vocal honking keeps things varied and interesting, adding to the textural variance of the tracks, with great phrasing which complements the …