Monday, 24 September 2012
Saturday, 15 September 2012
If Goatwhore sounded like sprinting through a sewer, Electric Wizard are the aural equivalent of wading incredibly slowly through a never ending torrent of neck-high bodily waste. Dorset doom metal masters Electric Wizard have a number of great albums, and 2000's Dopethrone is one of the best. Funeralopolis is a great example of the band's sound - a groovy riff played at super slow speed with crushing levels of feedback and bass over the top, and barely-discernible vocals drifting somewhere in the background. It doesn't get much heavier than this, ladies and gentlemen.
Electric Wizard are headlining Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 3rd, and with a number of other great bands on the bill, it is well worth going. Take a look, embrace the bass and enjoy the song!
Posted by Sam at 02:50
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Goatwhore is a fantastic band name worthy of a fantastic band, and luckily these guys live up to their chosen moniker. Thrashy blackened death metal that chugs along like a badass freight train, I liken the sound of Goatwhore to sprinting through a dark dungeon full of waist-high sewage. And if that doesn't sound awesome to you, you are reading the wrong blog. Go away.
"Apocalyptic Havoc" is the first song from the band's fourth album, 2009's "Carving out the Eyes of God." Another great name. The track also contains the absolutely classic line, "Who needs a God when you've got Satan?" Nice. I like a band with subtlety. Enjoy!
Posted by Sam at 08:25
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
To clarify, this is Shining the Swedish black metal band, not Shining the Norwegian avant-garde jazz/metal band.
Niklas Kvarfoth, the man behind Shining, might be a little bit insane, but he makes great music. "FFF" is the last song from the band's latest album, "Född förlorare", and it's bloody good. Dirty, nasty, bleak - it's a fun time! The song takes a little while to kick in, but when it does, it kicks in with gusto. The solo towards the end is awesome too. Enjoy!
Posted by Sam at 14:45
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Failed States is the followup to 2009's Supporting Caste, one of my favourite records of the year. The album seemed like the culmination of the band's growing change in style, full of melodic punky hooks and awesome metal riffs. With Failed States, the band continues to change things up, whilst also looking back and taking some influences from their roots.
Posted by Sam at 16:07
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Symphony X are a member of prog-power royalty, and their latest album "Iconoclast" helped further secure that position. Vocalist Russell Allen has only gotten better with age and there are few guitarists more talented than founding member Michael Romeo. "When All Is Lost", one of my favourites from the record, is a good example of everything great about the band. A soft ballad section to start, slowly building up into epic prog-metal guitar madness - what's not to like? I sure am a sucker for an epic build-up. Enjoy!
Posted by Sam at 16:18
Sunday, 2 September 2012
If you can get past the weeaboo fans who only like them because they are Japanese, Dir En Grey are a great band. Vocalist Kyo has one of the best ranges of any singer out there, and they put on a hell of a live show, as you can see here. This is "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami" (which translates as "The violence and the darkness of the burning heat entwines in my heart") from the band's most recent album, "Dum Spiro Spero" Enjoy.
Posted by Sam at 15:54