Icons of Filth

Icons of Filth


Go Kart

Another of the crusty punk veterans from the dead-gone-back again-gimme-more-bullets generation of rabble rousers in tattered trousers with no dollars but plenty o’ dreams. I’ve listened to this about three or four times, and keep coming back to “Fast And Loose” and “Just Won’t Go” for the simple pleasures of shout alongs and self-inflicted bodily injury. These two tracks represent Icons of Filth’s cavity crashing collisions with vindictive verbiage delivered with an ol’ school bottle to the head charm from one-track minds that never waver from an original intent to live free, make a statement and make blatant asses of themselves and anyone in a three piece. “Henry Ford” is a catchy little number that pays homage to the late great inventor, yet seems suspiciously caught in the crossfire of convenience and collision. “Orators Of Mumbo Jumbo” is self-explanatory by name, and noteworthy for a memorably catchy tone that’s equal parts Henry Rollins and heavy metal riffing (see also “Grind”). “Nostradamnedus” is pure anarchism the way it was meant to be deployed — at high volume on cheap equipment with no mix and a garbled wail of vocal inducing whiplash that does nothing to dispel the notion that bourbon whisky is not permitted on the premises of the production studio!

Among those handful of the extreme hardcore follow up to the late ’70s British punk invasion that reared the likes of The Varukers, Conflict, Discharge and GBH, the granddads of dirt have resoundingly extended their underground appeal with another fine example of technically imprecise, mad as hell muscle-flexing. Put another way, I have heard the future, and we’re all fucked.

Go Kart Records: http://www.gokartrecords.com/ • Icons of Filth: www.iconsoffilth.info

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

From the Archives