Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Way Too Fucking Long...

It's a busy life, the life of a rockstar. Sitting at home, watching entire seasons of TV shows while gorging on Skittles and drinking tea like a chump. Realizing that I have been rather lax in my updating of this, I've decided to make an enormous post chock full of mediocre content. Where to begin?

Perhaps I can spotlight some new bands I've been jamming out first.



Mechina. Fast, technical, brutally groovy. I've been really wearing out my eardrums with these guys. Can you tell why? It sounds like the spawn of Fear Factory and Mnemic. And that is a fantastically awesome thing. These guys need the exposure, being as talented as they are.



Breach The Void! Mechanically charged mathematical metal that brings the groove. So much alliteration. Alliteration erection. It took me a few times to get into these guys, the singer threw me off at first but I gave them a few chances and they grew on me pretty quickly.


Threat Signals new album really blew my fucking mind. I did not expect to hear the intensity that I heard from this album. I now get a Job For A Cowboy feeling coming from these guys. It's a fresh new look on these guys, not that I didn't like them before, but I like this direction that the music is taking.




So in my absence, Machine Heads newest album made its way to the masses. I was, and still am, reeling over the absolute bomb that Morbid Angels new album was, so I had to work up some courage to listen to another enormously popular band who I respect too much to see become pure hacks and garbage. I mustered up the strength to listen and I was more than thrilled to hear everything I love in Machine Head. This album is a 9.5 out of 10, without question. The songs have decreased in length slightly, and the songs have become more condensed and less droning, I think it's the perfect mix. This is my favorite track off of the album right now. There's this version, and then there's an equally stunning and beautiful acoustic version of the song that I'm also really loving. I love every song on the album, "Who We Are", "This is The End", and "I Am Hell" are my favorites besides this song. Do yourself a favor and check this album out. It's amazing.


Hackneyed. Traditional death metal, fantastically executed. I would call this "Vanilla Death Metal", because it's not progressive or especially unique, but it's just quality. I love this album. Oh also everyone in the band is really young.



Fuckin' hell, people. If you like Cloudkicker, Chimp Spanner, Tyrant of Death, or the Levi/Werstler combination, then you'll love this. Instrumental progressive guitar mastery executed perfectly. This is some great metal, mathy and melodic. This track especially just hits me hard. Enjoy.


Devolved - great technical death metal. As simple as I can get. Brutal, groovy, angry. The guy could use some variation in his voice but that small con aside, this is a good album.


Detonation - Technical death metal that brings the pain. Pretty obscure for some reason, these guys should be pretty popular with this kind of music.


Exeloume. When I saw the cover I expected a cheesy 80's thrash garbage album and was pleasantly surprised at the ferocity and anger that came through my speakers.

So now I have some new stuff from the AMR Corner:


Untitled Track by Visceral Creations

Redneck - Vocal Cover by Visceral Creations

Shrine of The Ancient Ones by Visceral Creations

Empty Inside by Visceral Creations




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Long Time No Seethe

Well it's been entirely too long since I've updated this. Lots of things going on with the band and stupid graphic design. To some degree, I forgot about blogging about metal because, quite frankly, nothing's happened in metal news to merit me blogging about it. Well, nothing significant. That changed last week when I...mysteriously happened upon a copy of Morbid Angel's newest release. I heard it once all the way through, and one of the only thoughts in my head was "I can't wait to ream the shit out of this on Blogger."


Well here we go. 




Morbid Angel.

Anyone who knows even the most minuscule fraction about metal, has at least heard of Morbid Angel, if not, have heard one of their tracks. Needless to say, they've cemented their position in the metal world forever, and ushered in a new generation of brutal technicality, grim, H.P. Lovecraft inspired lyrics amid trippy guitar solos over crushing drums. 'Altars of Madness' changed the game, 'Blessed are The Sick' further improved upon the volatile formula, finally 'Covenant' made it into a sickening black entity. Then 'Domination' reared its head. The magical concoction had been altered, not negatively, mind you. Generally, people liked and or loved Domination (myself being one of the people who genuinely loved it).


Domination. Morbid Angel had decided to tinker with the critically acclaimed sound that Altars, Blessed, and Covenant had so eloquently solidified a sound that many future generations of bands tried (and failed) to replicate. It was industrialized just enough to keep it fresh, but not enough to drive dedicated fans away. The songs were brutal, sludgy, and dark. Included among these smashing tracks were quirky instrumental pieces that added an odd aura to the album. It is here that David Vincent decides to leave the band, in order to pursue what I can only assume what was a miscalculated assumption of the wealth of profits of his wife's techno-garbage Genitorturers failed to yield. 


Time goes on. Steve Tucker gets behind the vocal wheel and everything seems to work out swimmingly. 






Formulas Fatal To The Flesh, Gateways To Annihilation and Heretic all see their way to the public, and are all almost universally praised by critics. All of these albums offer up distinct sounds and styles. Each one accentuates a different Morbid Angel style, and all of them being memorable and easily discernible from the others. 


Well the Morbid Angel trains seems to slow down after Heretic. Nothing is heard from them, it's quiet in the camp. And after a reasonable amount of time, people begin to anticipate a new Morbid album 'any day now'. I remember I myself had fallen victim to one of the rumors in 2006. About an hour before leaving to go see Iron Maiden, I was informed that Morbid Angel were hard at work, crafting a sickening, evil new album that I  anticipated would be even more skull dust-ifying than the others. For about two weeks I churned and prepared for the day when I would hear new Morbid Angel. Sadly, that day passed. Needless to say, seven years later, they've finally put out an album of new material. 


So what do we have? The return of David Vincent. Also, the unfortunate departure (he's not dead, just recovering from back surgery) of Pete "The Feet" Sandoval, and a new album to reawaken all of the fans from their seemingly endless slumber. Christ almighty, this is a rude awakening. 



Illud Divinum Insanus. What can I say? Close to an entire hour of shit-club horseshit. Half of the album would be pretty good if it weren't horribly outweighed by the atrocious counterpart. The opening track reeks of teenage computer angst, and a failed attempt to create a pounding dance masterpiece that falls flat on it's face and small genitals. Seriously, I could have made that first track in 15 minutes in FL Studios and Audacity. My first listen was not a pretty one. I recall during this track, frantically re-assuring myself that the album could NOT be like this to the end. I was right, of course. The album was not like that. "Existo Vulgore" was a song I had heard before the albums release. I kind of liked it, knew what it was about, so I skipped it and moved on to "Blades for Baal". A showcase for Tim Yeung (who I think is an extremely competent drummer). The song is okay. It sounds like Morbid Angel but not quite as... Morbidly Angelic? I like it but at the time, I'm still reeling from "Too Extreme!" to even initially appreciate the goodness that "Blades for Baal" has to offer. 


I move on to "I Am Morbid" which opens up with an audience chanting what I think is 'morbid' before some good drumming and heavy guitar follow. The song kind of dies out on me and I move on to "10 More Dead". The song is Morbid Angel how I remember them. Good. Then I'm treated with "Destructos Vs. The Earth/Attack". The most aggravating song on the album, to be honest. It goes on much too long for how boring and cheesy it is. The lyrics fire off a salvo of douche chill artillery from my brain stem all the way down to my asshole for a whole 7 minutes and fifteen seconds of almost unbearable rubbish. I sit through all of it to really soak it in. "Nevemore" is next, a song I've also heard prior to the release. It's good song, but nothing special. "Beauty Meets Beast" is also another song that just falls to the wayside as far as memorability goes. Then my personal 'favorite-song-that's-not-my-favorite-but-I-say-it-is-so-I-can-play-it-and-annoy-my-friends" song. "Radikult". At this point I'm laughing. There is no other explanation for this. This album has got to be a practical joke of some form. I'm too far gone to care about the last track to write about it. I've probably heard half of it once. 


Point? I've been double crossed. Backstabbed. The victim of treachery of the highest capacity. The gods of death metal have turned their shoulder towards their fans in favor of club metal hits. I've not given up on them though. Many bands have put out a shit album and come back ten times stronger than before. Fear Factory, Testament, Machine Head, all have made triumphant resurrections, and I hope to Cthulhu that Morbid Angel does likewise. Who could forget "Where The Slime Live", or "Chambers of Dis", or "Maze of Torment", or "Blessed Are The Sick/Leading The Rats"? I didn't. Sure, this is a mountain in the road of Morbid Angel, but I'll survive. I just hope that they come back stronger than this. 


In the meantime, check this out:
http://morbidfails.tumblr.com/

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Illud Divinum Insanus

Illud Divinum Insanus - The LP, out June 7th
"Nevermore" EP album cover, out May 16th


I am speechless. I'm so ready for this, you don't even understand. I hear that there's a Combichrist remix in the works too. To give you a hint as to how the album might sound and the possible influences, Try had this to say:

"I listen to a lot of hardcore [techno] music now — the fuckin' serious, artistic stuff, not that crap you hear at the clubs. That stuff has impact and it's really extreme. Even if there's no guitar in it or no real drums, the energy coming out of the speakers is amazing."

Hence Combichrist. 


I am so ready...

Sweet.



The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, and Grave? I dunno...
What do all of these bands have in common?

I love The Haunted...? Yeah I do. As long as it's before they switched off singers. I'll be honest, I like a few of the tracks off of their albums afterwards but nothing compares to the first self titled album. Ahh damn is that a great album...

So anyway, everyone knows In Flames lost what amounts to the In Flames portion of the band. Jesper Stromblad. Alcoholic and such yadda yadda...

What happens when you combine all of these elements together? Well you would have an awesome sounding supergroup. I'm eagerly awaiting this debut..."The Resistance"

Marco Aro from The Haunted is singing, Jesper from Dimension Zero/In Flames is on the guitar, Glenn Ljungstrom from Dimension Zero is also on guitar, Alex Holstad from Cardinal Sin/Despite/Decameron is playing bass, and Chris Barkensjo from Godsic/ /Grave/Carnal Forge fame is playing the drums. This could lead up to be an exceptionally melodic band. I anticipate awesomeness. Let's hope it doesn't fall flat on it's goddamned face.

aaaAAAAARRREEE YOU READY???



Ahhh Korn. Come on guys, would you stop being assholes and go back to 1994 when you were relevant, not to mention, awesome. I'll admit. In between bouts of Dying Fetus and Carcass, I love to throw on Korn and jam out with Tripp pants and painted fingernails. Okay, maybe not that far, but Korn for me represents one of the gateways into harder metal. I was a big fan all the way up to "Take a Look In The Mirror" (Which is extremely underrated. That album is heavy as shit). But now they've posted a short clip of their dubstep skills, which leave something to be desired. A lot.

Get Up by kornofficial

Bummer.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Sideblast -- Cocoon

Right on the heels of yesterdays A.S. post featuring Kalter, I discover the band "Sideblast". Their unique blend of groove, death, black, symphonic, and industrial metal have put this directly at the top of my playlist for the next few days. They've got a distinct sound, especially with a few of the tracks being EXTREMELY reminiscent of Strapping Young Lad, with the 'wall of sound' mentality that made them a force to be reckoned with. Plenty of oddball background noises to keep you entertained.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I saw this on EFukt some time ago with a bunch of my idiot friends. I was beyond high when I laid eyes on it. At first I couldn't quite comprehend what I was seeing, as I was in a haze so thick, Cheech and Chong would have been fearful for their lives. On my second view, I geeked the fuck out so hard, I was unable to breathe for close to 5 minutes. I then ate a whole lasagna and tried to explain to my dope buddies why there should be dildos made of sponge material so that women can insert them into their meat wallets so that they can have standing urinals like dudes, and get a little more enjoyment from their urination experience. Another failed business endeavor that becomes abandoned upon exiting the house of a drug dealer. Anyway, enjoy.

video

Artist Spotlight: Kalter - Spiritual Angel

Real-talk, faggot. Melodic death metal is becoming a dead end as far as originality goes. Since the early 90's, every Swede, Norwegian, and Dane has been pumping out ridiculous amounts of melodeath. A decade of nonstop releases that herald to the glory days of In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and At The Gates. It's tough to find bands now that keep your interest, as you've probably seen and heard most of it by now, thanks to the wave of idiot kids who formed gimmick bands instead of musical bands. It's a sad scene, but every once in a while, you come across a band like Canada's own Kalter. These guys get it right. Check out the opening track from their new album "Spiritual Angel" and rejoice for now, as there is still at least one or two good Melodeath bands around.



Also for good measure, here's a picture of a gigantic abdominal puss.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Exit Through The Gift Shop



Any of you seen this movie? It's...interesting, to say the least. It's a very quirky movie about some french guy who suffers some psychological trauma as a child and begins video taping every portion of his life. It's a great movie, I will say. I was fully enthralled the whole time.

There are SPOILERS ahead. Stop reading if you don't want to know. Even though there's not much to spoil. He was dead the whole time.

The plot of Exit Through The Gift Shop :

So this French gentleman stumbles upon the world of street art, and through a barely believable chain of events, winds up developing a gallery that pulls in millions of dollars in profit.

There is of course, some controversy that surrounds the film. At one point, the 'filmer' (who I will refer to as "Ronsieur Jeremy") (A play on the name Ron Jeremy, because he looks like him, with big muttonchops and a french accent.) (Only because I forgot his real name.) (How many more sentences can I add that are in parenthesis?) (Plenty.) encounters a very famous artist named "Banksy" who's identity is not revealed. He's pretty much 'the guy' in the street art world. Anyway, Banksy and Ronsieur Jeremy team up and start kind of...filming street art. So, through another bizzare chain of events, Ronsieur ends up starting his own art gallery and making all of this money. The controversy here is that people think Banksy and Ronsieur are the same person. I don't. Why?

Because no one as bumbling, fumbling, and downright oddball as Ronsieur could be as cool as Banksy. Not to mention that their styles are very different. Banksy is thought out, thought provoking, and well executed. Ronsieur Jeremy is...well. Like ghetto street art. It's very sloppy (purposefully, of course) and generic as far as street art goes.

So I don't know what to tell you. Go see it for yourself instead of torturing yourself with the latest "Rom-Com".

Over-and-out, precious tits.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mashuggah

Youtube is one of those hit or miss things for me. Either what I see on there is very funny or very dumb. Sometimes a combination of both, but sometimes it brings to light the fact that some people are so awesome when it comes to perception, especially with metal. The fact that he was able to discern the rhythms and syncopate them with the song, godlike. This video is a perfect example of such events where Youtube is neither funny, nor dumb, but instead, awe inspiring.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Album Out Now



Hey guys, I figured I'd let you know about my bands debut album: "Fun In The Morgue". You can buy the album here.

Ten tracks of thrashy death brutality. Go for it. Support local underground metal.

Here are our homes on the internet:

Facebook
Bandcamp
iLike

Monday, January 17, 2011

Parrghate Metal.

Niche metal is one of the new things to check out. Pirate Metal is no different. And I actually like it. There some sort of realistic relationship between pirates and metal. Though I think Pirate metal is just Power Metal with a recurring theme beyond trolls and wizardry. But I would even go as far to say that Pirates were the original metalheads. Ugly, hairy, violent drunks.

Anyway, check out some Swashbuckle.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

17 Gigapixels of Lesbians.

Fuck. Imagine porno filmed with this shit.


17 Gigapixel Photo of Glacier Point - Watch more Funny Videos

Black Metal Beer

Boy, that whole folk-black-barefoot-woodsman style of music is taking off. You can thank Korpiklaani, Ensiferum and Finntroll for things like this:

Note that this Imperial Stout was serenaded
during formation with Black Metal as well. Awesome.
I like the idea. Metal has achieved some great things under the influence of beer. I'm anticipating the release of the "Death Metal Rum", "Industrial Metal Absinthe" and "Pornogrind Daiquiris". 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I Stink

There are some good things and bad things about being an artist whose primary focus is on things of...darker ilk. For example, people who lack such skills can easily be swooned with a very cheap piece of work you may have thrown together in a matter of minutes. Art that exists in this fantasy world is, in a sense, easier to do because you do not have to follow a direct guideline, as it is 'fantasy'. A tree can be very oddball looking, and still be considered art. (Though I do not defend the people who splash paint on a canvas, spear it around and call it a masterpiece. That is not art).

But there are cons to this as well. Especially being a fan of death metal, you notice that many album covers are starting to become more and more intense, dark and just cool. As of now there is a new artist who I look up to and admire very much. So much so that it makes me rather discouraged in my own endeavors.

The guy is Justin Bartlett. Just a beast. He seems to be centered in the black metal scene. And for good reason. Every piece of his evokes some sort of evil thoughts in my head. This picture, for example, pretty much embodies black metal in its entirety (except for the previously mentioned Christian Black Metal, or better referenced as "White Metal")


That is just ultrasick. How do you handle that? You don't. It's going to be rape-faced until you turn away, and then you're going to keep thinking about it.

Here is his website. Where he shows that he is in fact just to awesome. I should stop now.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

There's an Invadjent.

All right so most people who keep up with metal have noticed the influx of 'djent'. Atmospheric, mathematical, and very low tuned guitars. The term 'djent' is actually derived from the sound that the guitar makes when playing the lower notes. The more you know, right?

Well I can see that it's becoming a phenomenon in the metal community, so much so, that it's taking the same route that pig squeals and breakdowns did. Now everybody is going to dive for djent, crack their heads against each other and beat it into the ground until it's unlistenable. You'll inevitably come across 'djent offshoots'. Country Djent. J-Djent, and Djent-abilly.

I'm sad to admit that I like this music, as I am mostly against 'flavor of the month' bands. But I've come to enjoy such bands as "Vildhjarta", "TesseracT" (Their early demo/EP, mostly. Before the gay ass singer they have now), The Interbeing. The list can go on. (Click here for a djent-oriented website. Fijnd your own bands.)

I've even gone as far as to post some djent metal on this very blog. Cloudkicker has made multiple appearances, so has Synthetic Breed (although they're not so much djent as they are just mathy).

One of my favorite djent bands right now is 'Chimp Spanner'. More instrumental music that comes loaded with atmosphere and synths. 'Chimp Spanner' have an odd happiness that accompanies the music, certain upbeat qualities that sort of uplift. I can tell that soon, metal is going to become uptempo and chock full of happy lyrics proclaiming of their love of life. You laugh now, but 10 years ago, would you think that there would be CHRISTIAN BLACK METAL????



Yeah. Shit, I remember when I was stunned that religious death metal existed. God damn it, are these assholes FUCKING with me?

So back to djent.

Periphery is an example of djent that is already tipping the scales and making me dislike it. In metal, there are two things to pay attention to. Technicality, and talent. Most of the bands out there that the kids like are bands that exemplify overwhelming ability, but it's only in their capacity to do sweeps and hammer on-pull offs. There's no music, it's essentially a soliloquy, showcasing 'how good our guitarist is'.

Talent means making music. Being able to write enjoyable pieces that go beyond sweeps and scales. A good example of this kind of combination is Eyal and Emil from Daath. They are both amazingly talented musicians and guitar players. What they play is difficult, but it's also extremely enjoyable to listen to as music. I read an article back when Daath released "The Hinderers", explaining the complexity of metal and classical music, and, though not very well understood by most people, the fundamental similarities shared between the two.

"Within such musical families, it may be common to find members pursuing different genres and styles, especially if they've been separated by a generation of musical and cultural influence. However, it's hardly commonplace for a house to hold both a world-class maestro and a guitar-slinging metal warrior. After all, even though extreme metal – which often boasts virtuosic musicians, linear song structures and atypical rhythms – is the rock subgenre that Eyal finds "the most similar to classical music," the two genres couldn't sound further apart to the untrained ear." 

To get a grasp on this, check out the rest of the article written about Eyal and his father Voel here.

Continuing.

Another band that flawlessly performs this intermingling of factors are the legendary "Cynic".
If you want to see how musically inclined he is, read this this article concerning birds. Amazing.

So in closing, I see djent becoming a huge thing in metal in the next three or four years, but then killing itself shortly after. Who didn't learn how to do pig squeals when they heard Job For A Cowboy? Now there's bands where that's ALL the singer does. I was still in high school at the time, and every 20 seconds, you'd hear a gurgle here...gurgle there. I could tell that it was already, in it's infancy, a dying trend. Because all the scene/emo kids were doing it.

I'm a prophet, I tell you. True metal is left at the bottom to seethe and loathe everything that modern music has to offer to the world, which is very little to begin with. It is time to change metal world, to forever redefine what it means to be metal, and I can't do that unless I assemble the best possible team at my disposal to forge the sonic landscapes and convey the truth of metal. The people must realize that there is more to music than crouching and wearing girl pants while you play wretched guitar. There is more to metal than terrible singing and uncreative, cliche lyrics. The very foundations of metal music will be shaken, and all genres of music that amount to nothing will look up and see the monster that I will birth. A grand exordium, and into this universe I shall spawn a musical style that is unparalleled, unequaled, and unstoppable. The emo empire will topple before me, the indie influx shall be shattered in my wake, all 'cores' will fall. I will scour through the music world, and what will be left is nothing but the scorched, charred carcasses of the old, unlistenable garbage that modern society eats up. I will cleanse mankind of this terrible inundation of sonic feces and in it's place, I will build a grand monolith, the symbolic representation of metal in it's purest form. My reign will pulse through the earth, the echoic flood of metal that will twist and distort, reform and re-imagine. All that comes in contact with it shall mutate and re-assemble itself. Unbiased and unwavering. Blackened and heavy, a matter so heavy, it shall never be moved. It's foundations buried firmly in the skeletal remains of what I shall exterminate in my crusade, and nothing shall stand in my way.

I leave you with sounds of 'Chimp Spanner'.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I saw...I came...I saw...I Came Again...

I didn't realize that this had been out for a while. Even if it is from August...it's fucking bad goddamned ass.



I have ALWAYS been a fan of the Ace Combat series. When they did an XBOX360 restricted release, I was pissed. But this looks like it will make up for it.