Music Review-KEEP OUR HEADS Compilation


“KEEP OUR HEADS: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon” is a 99-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground featuring 26 exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the local metal / sludge / doom / prog / punk / rock / thrash / hardcore / noise community, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River’s Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man. With but a few exceptions, all the tracks were recorded in Portland specifically for this compilation, a first (more to come?) from Portland’s Eolian Empire.

side X
Honduran, “No Man’s Land”
Diesto, “Arrows”
Fist Fite, “Bitches Leave”
Humours, “In the Court of the Corn-Eyed King”
Drunk Dad, “S.O.U.”
Palo Verde, “Swimming in the Royal Academy”
Big Black Cloud, “Reptile Brain”
Lord Dying, “The Value of Pity”
Norska, “Eostre”
Towers, “Hell”
Tiny Knives, “Winter”
Redneck, “Princess”

side Y
Sioux, “Ascension”
Ix, “Robocrastinatortron”
The Ax, “Luminaries”
Order of the Gash, “In the Library of Leng: Vol 1 – The Hangman’s Wine”
Sei Hexe, “Minutiae Obsession”
Prizehog, “Irrevelant”
Hot Victory, “The Cog”
Gaytheist, “Gimme Black My Blow”
Rabbits, “Drink, Drank, Drunk”
LKN, “Freedom Shot”
Nasalrod, “Suicidal Propaganda”
Crag Dweller, “The Animal”
Gone to Croatoan, “Poor, Poor Little Man”
Acre, “Heavy Day”

Like some compilations some songs work better than others, and the same can be said about bands. As a whole this is such a up and down affair, that I feel there is enough strong songs to recommend this to a fan, but there are some clunkers in here that made the experience at times not so fun. Honduran kick this cd off in a massive and hardcore way, their sound if you are not familiar is screaming onto of metal inspired crunch guitars, then to belt out death metal vocals and really create a sound that could inspire a riot. They sound like a very young and hungry Soilent Green. This band is major, and I mean that in a very good way, they are heavy as all fuck. Then Diesto goes next and they are heavy but also very atmospheric and at times they get a little too repetitive with their song for my taste. Then Fist Fite kick into this song that seems Mother Love Bone meets Tad inspired that I liked. Gaytheist is another band that stuck out to me as someone who really deliver on this compilation. The Rabbits as well stuck out to me, but there are a few of these bands that did not catch me with their contribution, but as a whole this is a good little sampler into some bands and sounds that fuse metal, grunge and punk. This could be a fun soundtrack to a road trip to a show.

7 out of 10