AMON AMARTH – The Pursuit of Vikings
I could write thousands of words on this documentary and double live album. However I can also easily let you know what is going on in a couple of sentences. It’s Amon Amarth doing what they do best at Summer Breeze and you get 2 full sets. Out of the 30 songs featured on the live discs, they only repeat one song, which is featured as the first song and last. The entire setlist is wicked good, covering everything you love from the band from old to new. I enjoyed the hell out of this recording and you will to. Hail Amon Amarth!
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
In the past decade, Thou has become a household name in the heavy music scene. Arguably Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s best artistic export, the band has churned out an unrelenting stream of releases year after year, with 2018 possibly proving to be their most prolific yet. Of the four (yeah…4) records issued by them in the space of the last few months, their upcoming full length Magus, which sees the light of day via Sacred Bones Records on 8/31, is the one most representative of the totality of the band’s oeuvre up to this point. This new offering feels as though it follows in the footsteps of their 2014 LP Heathen, but does not tread precisely the same ground. 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
This edition of quick reviews is some raunchy, dirty and damn good death metal from Faceless Burial based out of Australia and some nasty thrash from The Crown, based out of Sweden.
A nice blend of black metal, hard rock, doom/sludge and what appears to be a nu-metal/metalcore mashup is in store for you today with these albums. Continue Reading
Black Metal mixes with everything and anything these days, and mixed results will happen. It is like part of the color wheel, it can be add to anything, but the results vary depending on what it is mixed with. You have blackened crust punk (Young and In The Way), Post-Black Metal (or Black Shoegaze as I called it, with Deafheaven), traditional black metal (if I don’t love me some Emperor) and black metal meets arena rock ( the new Black Anvil I can NOT get enough of and is in my top 3 for record of the year).
Let me tell you young’ins something you will learn actually fairly quick, and Coalesce said it best with an album title: There is nothing new under the sun. Let me repeat that for those skimming through my shitty, ADHD, virally infected writing and say it louder, since reading may be too good for you: THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN! This has been true for a while, but goddamn, you can at least do a good job at making the music and kicking ass. Those bands I mentioned above do very well with what they have and their ideas and their mixture of genres.
Noise is quite an interesting “genre” as it is like black metal in my mind: it can encompass multiple other genres yet still be solely in the main genre. (Post-black metal, I’m looking at you kid, although you do carry a lot of fucking gold.) Now, when I think of noise, I think of bands from Amphetamine Reptiles (I am fucking old), KEN Mode, Today Is The Day (their early records and later records are so much tits that conventional lingerie has trouble holding that shit in), and Fashion Chic. You know, musicianship where there is a musical know how to break rules, a driving rhythm section of doom, and lyrics that hint at possible hilarity but lead to an idea that there is pain and anger. And then comes along CHRMR with their self titled EP. This album…let’s talk about this album’s bandcamp first shall we?
Prog-Metal and prog-rock tend to get thrown around a lot these days, with many of the new bands growing up with massive prog bands such as Dream Theater being their influence, flaunting and showing their chops with six string arpeggio sweep picking techniques, odd time signatures and a massive amount of chops in the riffage department. This can lead to great music but also to undeniable wankery and pretentiousness that can cause any amount of cohesiveness to be lost in translation.
There is the flip side to this coin, where there is a vast amount of musicianship, but song craft and layers are used, creating a sound that is vastly under rated and under appreciated. The band Zombi comes to mind, the duo who create prog-rock as a love letter to the 1980’s horror movies that we all love and cherish, where sounds come together to create an amazing sound wholly reminiscent while also being entirely their own.