Bill Crooks, Cryptic Slaughter
19 Dec 1986, Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR
Not sure if this was by design, but a lot of these bands played multiple shows together.
8 Nov 1986, Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, CA
SEAN: Dang dude, this East End Block Party line up is fucking bonkers!!! Tell PORK readers about how this came about & what we’ve got in store for us!
DENNIS: Hell yeah, the East End Block Party is gonna be a killer, man! I’m generally not a fun-in-the-sun guy, but this is a real special event. True ‘bangers can expect a historical day of classic heavy metal, thrash, speedcore, sunburns, vomiting and sore necks. Hirax and Black Death will be headlining the outdoor stage. Have you seen Katon from Hirax lately? It’s almost unnerving how good he looks. He’s been at it since 1982 and somehow his falsetto wails and infectious stage aggression haven’t mellowed a bit. This will be their first Portland gig since the now legendary sold out performance at Satyricon in 2008, so it’ll KILL WITH POWER for sure! And of course there’s BLACK fuckin’ DEATH!!!! Wehrmacht and Dead Conspiracy represent veteran Portland metal that is worth celebrating. Wehrmacht in particular is a local institution that should be regarded with the same reverence as Poison Idea and the Wipers, though for entirely different reasons. In addition to their full set, original Cryptic Slaughter drummer Scott Peterson will be joining the United Shoe Brothers for a short blast of Cryptic Slaughter classics like M.A.D., Lowlife and Money Talks! There was apparently a miscommunication between the club and the graphic designer which resulted in some misleading flyers circulating so let me be clear: this isn’t a Cryptic Slaughter set per se. But it’s definitely the closest anyone will ever come to seeing this legendary band on stage ever again. OG guitarist Les Evans might even be on hand for the occasion, but we’re not entirely sure if he can make it yet. Either way…beer will spill! Cemetery Lust and Spellcaster wave the banner of what I consider to be the new metal vanguard here in Portland. After several years of sluggish funeral doom bullshit and a general invasion of “cool people” on the scene, these young crusters are restoring my faith in the younger generations. They’re focused on what matters: music and crushing posers! There are some other killer bands as well and an after party inside. You get the idea.
SEAN: You got BLACK DEATH on the lineup - that’s nuts! How did these cult legends get on this?
DENNIS: I just wanted to bring something very special to town. Something true and honest. When I think of bands on my imaginary list that I’d love to see on stage, Black Death is at the top. I fuckin’ love the LP and the Cleveland Metal comp songs! So I made some calls and it all came together. Siki Spacek is truly one of a kind. He saw Judas Priest in concert before most of the audience was even born. This will be the band’s first performance outside of Cleveland, Ohio since they formed in 1979. Portland should be fucking proud and everyone should get their asses down to show their support ‘cause these dudes will never have a documentary on Netflix like that other black Death…and, hell, who knows if they’ll ever make it out this way again?
SEAN: Was there a Block Party last year?
DENNIS: Yeah, they’ve been doing these Block Parties for quite a few years now. I didn’t attend last year because my daughter and I took a road trip down to Santa Cruz to hang out on the Lost Boys bridge for the holiday weekend. But I DJ’d the two previous years and booked Midnight to headline in 2012. They’ve always been a real good time. And anyone who knows me knows that I don’t say kind of thing often.
SEAN: What are you going to be spinning?
DENNIS: I usually spin whatever the fuck I want, which is generally unpopular bargain bin metal and horror soundtracks. I guess you can expect that plus some heavy obscure jams. Only vinyl is real! I guarantee you’ll hear something you’ve never heard before. Bring me pills and booze. I’ll also have my book available at the Black Death merch table!
SEAN: What else is going on in Dennis Dread world?
DENNIS: Next week I’m throwing a birthday party for Abigail who people may remember from the brilliant King Diamond record. According to the story, Abigail was the bastard child of Count La Fey’s cheating wife who was born dead on July 7th, 1777. Her evil spirit returned many years later to possess the body of young newlywed Miriam Natias but the seven Black Horsemen thwarted her plans to be reborn. So on Monday July 7th me and my pal Greg of Danava will be playing horror soundtracks and King Diamond all night at The Lovecraft Bar. There will be cake. There will be absinthe. There will be blood. Everyone should come down and nurse their 4th of July bangovers in the dark embrace of the Lovecraft.
Come listen to records with me, friends! Please bring coffee! So sleep deprived…
That record will help you ‘Wake Up’. Sorry….
Cryptic Slaughter - Money Talks
July 15, 1988. Detroit, MI
My custom CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER deck, handpainted by Gobbles (‘On a Mission’ cover artist). This was from back when the ‘new school’ sized boards were just becoming a thing. I used it for a couple days and then decided to bench it to keep the artwork nice.
Napalm Death cover Cryptic Slaughter: AWESOME