Well, I try to post this series up first thing in the morning but I just plain forgot. Today we’ll worship Satan a little with some Dimmu Borgir, Belphegor and Anaal Nathrakh. Cuz fuck it that’s why! The other two videos are after the jump. Enjoy.
One thing I want to improve on is paying attention to my inbox. Starting today, I’ll be posting up the shit I think is kick ass that bands and artists send to me. Sharing it all, cuz that’s the point of this blog. Right? Fuck yeah! So today I get this email from Pedro, a nice gentleman from this radical band known as GROG. I’ll say this: Within this short video the band has officially made me a fan. I went over to their Facebook and liked the page and everything! How awesome is that? Fucking killer. This song is fucking bad ass and I’m now on the prowl to get this album.
I love the camera angles on this video. Enjoy, Hanged By The Cojones.
Here is some more greatness of 2011. More personal opinions that hardly matter but I feel as though they should be shared. Here are some more “best of 2011″ mini-lists. An award ceremony if you will. Except there are no awards. The only award is us listening to them and their music.
1 – ††† (Crosses)- †
2 – Deadfall – New Light
3 – Immolation – Providence
1 – Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
2 – Crowbar – Sever The Wicked Hand
3 – Woods of Ypres – Woods IV
1 – Dominic “Forest” Lapointe ofBeyond Creation
2 – Chris Corey of Last Chance To Reason
3 – Alex Webster of Blotted Science
BEST LEAD GUITARIST
1 – David Davidson of Revocation
2 – Simon Girard and Kevin Chartre of Beyond Creation
3 – Johan Söderberg and Olavi Mikkonen of Amon Amarth
I don’t give one flying fuck about the religious aspect of the lyrical content provided by this band. I do care about the music and Mr. Moreno singing. He could sing about midgets fucking she-male rhino’s and I would be OK with that.
Example one: Let’s listen to Mitch from Suicide Silence butcher their song “OCD“, a song that is rather simple to remember.
I know accidents happen and being in the moment and getting ahead of yourself happens from time to time. Whether it’s a PA problem and you lose track of where you are in the song or you’ve had one too many beers before you hit the stage, these things happen. However, completely fucking up and ruining the song is unacceptable. Especially when it’s your only fucking job. You’re not playing a bass guitar, you’re not playing technical death metal riffs while belting out a verse…you’re just screaming/singing into a mic and headbanging. It’s not hard.
Also, you may want to watch the stage. Derp.
Who is to blame? What is to blame? Adrenaline? Nerves? Drugs? Poor sound/lighting? Who knows….it just seems to happen to the vocalists who have no other job to do than just belt out lyrics into a mic. I’ve seen front men like Nergal from Behemoth and Dallas Toler-Wade from Nile not miss one fucking note while playing guitar and not miss one word from a song. How come it’s easier for these men to do two duties and do them flawlessly and other people cannot handle one job?
Here is a moment where the vocalist is just drunk and ruining it for everybody.
The cool thing is…well after this train wreck moment…..Danny Warsnop cleaned up his act and is sober. Hopefully doing better now than he was just then.
All n all, vocalists who have no other job other to headbang and scream, fucking do it right. Get your fucking life together and get your shit done. Perform, execute, kick ass and give the audience the show they deserve and the show they paid for. You fucks.
First off, I want to say that this will be the last album review for 2011 and it’s late, I know this. I was swamped at work and it’s finally ceased this week. With that said, I can now continue on the review for Korn‘s latest dubsteppy album, The Path Of Totality. I need to say this right now, This should not be labeled a Korn album. It should be called “Jonathan Davis and Friends” because the presence of Fieldy and Munky are non existent. It’s just layers of electronic wubs and bumps with Jonathan Davis‘ voice over it. There are a couple of areas where you can hear a guitar riff but it’s so droned out and muffled that you could pass it off as something that a DJ inserted. While this sounds like the album would just fail miserably, it doesn’t. The drug induced tempos and beats are done well and and honestly, Jonathan singing over them sounds great. Davis‘ voice sounds really good on this album and he saves this album from being a total throw away.
The songs are catchy and each track has it’s own little special thing about it. Good or bad, it could be a chorus you can’t help but sing along to or an annoying part within the dance track. As a dubstep album, it’s alright. As a Korn album, it’s just Jonathan singing. There is hardly any guitar or bass guitar work (that I can hear and distinguish) so it’s mainly Davis doing what he does best. Blend these two together and the album is alright. I wouldn’t necessarily turn this off immediately but it’s not something I’d rush to play everyday. There are some good parts that make you headbang and sing along to. There are some parts that are just “meh” and nothing too special. However, I’d recommend giving this album at least one or two good spins. It is something different and shall I say, something special. It’s weird to hear an older rock band (late 90′s, so old bro) mesh their style with modern techno. Somehow in some way……it does work. Songs like “Way Too Far” are a prime example of this come together of sound working well.
Pros: Jonathan Davis’ voice sounds really good. Like, really fucking good. Some great parts on the techno side of things.
Cons: Hardly any Munky or Fieldy action going on at all. Dubstep music is alright. Production seems off a little on Jon’s mic on a couple of songs.
3 out of 5
Fav Tracks: Kill Mercy Within, My Wall, Burn The Obedient, Sanctuary, Let’s Go, Get Up! , Way Too Far
If you like your metal fucked with and twisted away from it’s original purpose, then Chimaira has exactly what you want! They have released a 4 song EP and it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD! Thanks guys!
While I enjoy free music, I must give a quick opinion on the EP. The only song worth more than one play is the remix of the song “Clockwork” which seems to be done by Mr. Mark Hunter himself. It’s worth checking out though, the EP is interesting to listen to.
Also, with this download you’ll get a little video of someone playing guitar. This someone may or may not be the new Chimairaguitarist and this guitarist may or may not be Matt Szlatcha ex-lead guitarist from Dirge Within. So that’s cool.
If you want to hear a new death metal track from Splattered Entrails then click here and enjoy. The drums are dialed in even better and the song is just slammin. Featuring some layered guitar work and an opening/closing riff that will make you stab the shit out of someone.
I just wanted to share this. This song and his last words with me. I was talking to him about this bullshit article that a blog had posted and he was very mature about the situation. Not one foul thing was spoken and he never blamed anyone or anything.
“Thanks Thomas, but that won’t be necessary. (So-n-so) never asked to have a discussion with me so I don’t think he wants one. It is incredibly hard to do what we do… Things happen. Yet, I don’t wish ill will on anyone. I say that time after time. Everyone’s life has to go on.”
I told him good luck with the new record and hopefully I could meet him in 2012.
“Thanks man! =) Fight the good fight!”
Anytime I talked to him…he just had nothing but positive things to say and was very supportive. Rest in peace David, you will definitely be missed.
If any of his friends or family needs anything, you let me know. I’ll help out as much as humanly possible.
I regret to inform you all that David Gold from the Canadian Blackened Doom band Woods of Ypres has been killed in a car accident last night. He was only 31 years old.
This hits me hard. Really hard. He is the first artist to support me and what I am doing. He was down with the beard contest and was even a judge for it. I spoke to David on a regular basis through emails and messages and he was always inspiring and uplifting. His music is responsible for the way I write my own music and for this very fucking blog. Woods of Ypres was one of the best things to happen to me this year (musically) and it’s fucking come and gone. Rest in piece David Gold. Shed a tear, listen to some Woods of Ypres, and Merry fucking Christmas…