I’m sitting there, sweat dripping off my nose, vision blurry, with no groove, no noise besides the unfiltered masses of people and their hideous voices, screeching like nails on a chalk board. Knuckles drag, mouth breathing loudly, lost in their own little self-indulgent world of narcissism, looking at themselves in the mirror when I realize that I have work to do eventually and need something to drown out the shitty ass Journey playing overhead (Trust me, “Lights” is fucking terrible and Steve Perry is god awful). Continue Reading
Comparisons of bands to other, more famous, more trend-setting bands are a dime-a-dozen, with Coalesce naming an album about this and that ideas are currently recycled and have been thought of before. It is a problem for many subjects today as it perpetuates a stagnation that is not there, and also name drops bands to which the subject has nothing to do with.
I agreed to review the newest album “Deads” by Danish band LLNN, due to the comparison to phenomenal band Botch in the email. Judging by my opening statement, this was far from the truth. LLNN are nothing like Botch other than having parts that are syncopated and off-time. While this name dropping is problematic, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a great band underneath, which is what happened with this album. Continue Reading
ZEKE is one of those bands that has a reputation, proud and loud and boisterous, with a no-nonsense attitude and style. They are a band that is meat and potatoes as they come: Punk attitude, brash playing, loud as fuck with balls to spare. They are what happens when a coke addict takes a shit ton of methamphetamine, down a bottle of whiskey, learned to play via Motorhead and Ramones, and continued cranking shit to a volume of 11 and moving at 6th gear. Continue Reading
Like the fashionable male that I am, I have come late to the party. I am posting some music I planned to review on time, but due to extenuating circumstances (life, money), I am posting them late, because hey, better late than never. Continue Reading
Well this is the highlight of my day doing paperwork!
Andrew W.K. is coming out with a new album in March, and has released a new teaser for it! The song is called “Music Is Worth Living For,” and it is classic Andrew W.K.
If you don’t know who Andrew is, well, I feel sorry for you. His seminal album “I Get Wet” is a classic and the most upbeat album ever. He followed that up with ” The Wolf,” and this album follows in those two album’s mighty big shoes.
Check it out, realize that Andrew W.K. loves you, and that life is amazing. His new album is available March 2 through SONY. I pre-ordered it because fuck yeah.
Oh, 2017…a year of shit. Like someone punching you in the dick, that is how this year can be described, both personally (fuck strokes and fuck the medical profession for not being open) and professionally (don’t start, as I have a bootheel and a rock to through that certain group back under.). But music, while not totally free and innocent, is still kicking ass and trying something. Here are my top albums, in no order, but totally worth any listen if you got a chance. Continue Reading
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Blake Judd is a fucking dick.
The dude has a long standing history of fucking over friends and fans alike with fake promises of albums and merchandise to coax money out of them, all for the sake of his heroin habit. Krieg has spoke about this at length, and entire fan pages, websites, and various other methods were used to vent about his illicit and illegal activities. They are too much to discuss in a simple article about an album, but needless to say he did get arrested for theft, became clean and sober (allegedly) and went back to making music with a new set of musicians. But that stuff was slowly coming to light when he and his band of miscreants worked together in 2008 to drop an awesome album: “ASSASSINS: BLACK MEDDLE PART 1. “
Black metal has always been an extreme music genre I didn’t mind, but have never really delved in to. I am an old man: 34 years old, misanthropic, had a stroke, and stuck in my ways, but with time comes some openness and experimenting. I started to look for random bands, keeping an ear to the ground, finding a few that I liked. In 2013, an album was dropped that helped put black metal back on the map and seemed to be controversial in its own way: “Sunbather” by Deafheaven. Continue Reading
Doom music is known to be the music that was either fueled by drugs (Sleep) or pain with drugs as a form of coping (Neurosis). It was the music of the long haired, jean jacket and battle vest wearing stoners who had an outlet that allowed them to see the music, feel the music and its intricate message, or both. Slowly but surely, as every genre of music does, it started to encompass other genres, becoming a bastardized version of what was considered pure and old school doom (Black Sabbath in my opinion) to something completely different (first band that comes to mind is Torche with pop, followed by later Neurosis and their inclusion of country), taking what it could, creating something new and exciting, much like black metal nowadays. Doom is a genre with many sub genres, and each one is different, with a hit-or-miss, trial-and-error catalog.
All Pigs Must Die is a veritable super group of musicians from underground bands, consisting of Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods and Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse). The band has put out two full lengths (2011’s God Is War and 2013’s Nothing Violates This Nature) that were rip roaring and rage-filled, filled with crust metallic hardcore that was a pure ideal of what angry music should be when one looks at the parts that make the whole. They have since added Brian Izzi of Trap Them to their band, and have a new release titled Hostage Animal. Continue Reading