Thursday, April 23, 2009

Giant Squid - 2006 - Metridium Fields

Ah, spring.  The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming.  What better time for some doom?  Giant Squid is awesome for three reasons: 1) Their name is "Giant Squid," 2) they sing about sharks, and 3) they sample the best movie ever (Ill leave it to you to figure out what movie it is).  Giant Squid dont play prototypical doom, however.  In fact, theyve got a lot in common with the post metal movement, with long songs that start off quietly, slowly build and tease, until it finally all comes down in a crushing crescendo of heaviness.  A dual female/male vocal approach, strings, and general shanty-town feel of this album makes for a truly unique listen.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Record Store Day

Okay, so I'm a failure. Today was Record Store Day, the one day EVERYONE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET WITH THE RESOURCES TO DO SO should go to a record store and FUCKING BUY SOMETHING. Seriously. If you did your part, well done. Muchos kudos to you. To all the rest of us who fucked up, try and buy something in the next few days. Or the next week. I know no one has money right now, but the way to fix things is to start invigorating the economy. Go fucking buy some shit, and it might as well be music. Especially since the music industry is hurting big time. And unless you absolutely have to, try NOT to buy something from Sony or Columbia or Universal or Warnes Bros. And buying from iTunes DOES NOT COUNT, dipshit, so none of that lip.

nat out

ps, check out the links:

Artist Quotes (really interesting)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Watchmaker Double Feature

Well, since a series of fairly asinine events has left me in a bit of a sour mood, I figured it was the perfect time to post this. Watchmaker play such caustic, misanthropic, hate-filled grind that even the coldest, grimmest black metal will sound like Duran Duran by comparison. CD titles like 2003's "Kill.Fucking.Everyone" and 2005's "Erased From the Memory of Man" should give you a clue to what's in store. This shit will melt your face faster than that acid blood from Alien. Get your shotgun ready, we're out for blood.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Boris- Pink 2005

'Pink' is undeniably...groovy. To be brutally fucking honest, I hate describing anything as groovy 'cause it brings back memories my hippie friends trying to convince me to put on 'Dark Side' while we're rollin' in my 6-4.

Anyway, 'Pink' is an albums of varied sounds- the title track lets you know that Boris is fucking with some groovy (damn it) riffage. 'Blackout' is a sort of throwback to the drone doom that Boris is so good with, and 'Electric' is just intense. This is the album that made Boris popular to the masses- and though it's not my favorite, nor is it even close to their heaviest, 'Pink' is still a more-than-worthy Boris album.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Insect Warfare - 2008 - Split


A great split. Both sides rock fucking hard. ANb kinda has a little story going on its side while Insect Warfare just goes crazy. I kinda prefer IW’s stuff a bit better. Not really sure why.

Boris- Heavy Rocks 2002

Unlike the more drone doom influences on earlier albums like 1998's Amplifier Worship or their 1996 debut Absolutego, Boris' 'Heavy Rocks' is more in the vein of punk-influenced stoner rock. There's definitely a sort of retro feeling on this album; I mean, check out the cover- it's orange, with some psychedelic-styled text (the orange sort of reminds me of Can's extremely fantastic 'Tago Mago'). The title track 'Heavy Rocks' is pretty much indicative of the more groove-based style that the rest of the albm follows. In any case, this is a more (traditionally) melodic album- but fast, loud, and distinctly Boris. This album is fucking good and comes highly recommended by me.

In other news, my new goal is to put up what I have of the Boris discography since I already put up Amplifier Worship and this album, so expect a bunch more Boris posts in the future.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Boris- Amplifier Worship 1998

One of my favorite Boris albums. Heavy-as-fuck, droning but wildly interesting 10+ minute creations from one of the best drone doom bands around. 'Hama' and 'Kuruimizu' flirt with the more abstract drone influences, whereas 'Huge' and 'Vomitself' are brutally sludge-y. I don't know what else to say- put this in your '1000 albums I must fucking am out to before I die' list you have in your drawer.