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If you know me, then you know I am a nit-picker for appropriate band names. If it were not for the hype around the World Wide Web concerning a highly aggressive hardcore band called Weekend Nachos, I never would have thought to look into them. It’s not like judging a book by its cover because I don’t judge the name Weekend Nachos; it just doesn‘t sound like a metal band. Therefore, they might slip by me undetected unless pointed out to me. Well, they were pointed out to me…thankfully. Actually, Weekend Nachos really is a great band name. When I think of (literally) weekend nachos I think of being drunk after a night out and eating nachos at whatever is the only open-for-business at 3am restaurant in town…usually Denny’s. Perhaps their moniker has something to do with the fact they declare on their facebook page their affection for Taco Bell and White Castle. Setting aside a cool non-metal band name, Weekend Nachos certainly has something to offer…a kick in whatever body region might hurt you!
My level of excitement concerning all things Ghost elevated when I heard they were releasing an EP of covers. That’s all I needed to know to make the day-of-release purchase. Though I am overall pretty happy with the output, if there is one thing wrong about the If You Have Ghost EP; it’s unfortunately short. Yes, it meets the criteria of an EP, but to me that just means “a few songs” to feast on. The problem is that two of the five songs are ones we heard already. First, as much as I enjoyed Infestissumam, I thought Secular Haze was one of, if not, the weakest songs on the album. So, throwing a live version of it on an EP was nothing but filler even though it was a decent recording. Then, to add salt to the wound they including I Am A Marionette…another one already included on the Infestissumam deluxe edition.
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is the lengthy title of Sepultura’s 13th studio album. They have added yet, another new band member to the mix – drummer Eloy Casagrande who was able to add to the actual writing and recording process. The album was also produced by Ross Robinson who previously produced the very tribal-sounding Roots album; one that I am very fond of. So, before I even had a chance to listen to the album I had a couple of reasons to be optimistic that Sepultura would be fresh and brutal as they continue to churn out albums.