The Amenta’s excellent album ‘Flesh Is Heir’ has been my must-listen-to-when-exhausted-after-work-album for a couple of months now. Their music is impossible to use as only background music; it’s demanding, intense and chaotic. This song works particularly well on me and never fails to succeed in waking up all of my sleepy brain cells.
“I am a single signal, tear me from the ground, and drown me in sound.
I am a crest of a wave, tear me from the ground, and drown me”
Kartikeya is one of the bands I’m really looking forward to see live this weekend at the small, but very exciting, Euroblast Festival in Cologne, Germany. They are a Russian/Serbian/Canadian ethnic extreme metal band and are heavily influenced by hinduism, Indian culture and mythology as well as classical and folk music. I just recently found out about this band, but they have been around since 2004, and have two full-length albums and a couple of EP’s in their discography. Kartikeya’s technical style of metal with the unique eastern touch is very unusual; it’s heavy and bombastic, filled with riffs and unpredictable twists. This can easily become one of those songs you want to put on repeat for the rest of the day.
‘Tunnels Of Naraka‘ features the multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer David Maxim Micic (Destiny Potato) performing the kick ass guitar solo at the end.
Fun fact: Kartikeya is the name of the second son of Lord Shiva, he’s the embodiment of perfection, the leader of forces and a war god who was created to destroy the demons in the world (meaning the negative sides in human beings).
I know I should really categorize this under Video of the Week because it’s an official video, and a really neat one nonetheless. However more than the video itself, I am completely loving the song. As compared to Sahg’s previous output this tune has a more psychedelic/progressive rock approach to it instead of the usual stoner metal mayhem that has graced their previous 3 records. There are many ways you could compare “Slip Off the Edge of the Universe” to Mastodon, but whatever, a great tune is a great tune. They have their 4th album due to hit Oct. 28th and I’m curious to hear what kind of risks the band is taking. Either which way, I’m sure it will end up kicking my stoner metal ass all over the place. Enjoy the tune and let us know what you though! Peace Love and Metal!!!
I got something a little different for you today. Twelve Foot Ninja is genre-bending band from Australia, and they have crafted some very fine songs by mixing bossa nova, funk, jazz and Mike Patton-influenced vocals with dynamic and heavy music. It’s eclectic and extremely groovy and infectious music that never fails to get me out of my chair and up on the dance floor. Their hilarious videos are a nice bonus and they already have a reputation of being a fantastic live band. In a couple of weeks I’ll be at Euroblast festival in Germany and Twelve Foot Ninja is one of the bands I’m looking forward to seeing the most. Turn the volume up, press play and if you can stop yourself from dancing, post a comment and let me know what you think!
“Every time that you try to do something right
You seem to get it oh so wrong
It’s almost like a joke
But no one’s laughing now “
“More disappointing than a box of rats on Christmas
More worthless than a dumpster filled with pogs (POGS!)
More disgusting than the time I took a bath with lots of slugs
More revolting than a barrel full of ears”
Our favourite green man is back with a tune that is catchy as hell, lyrics that the whole family can sing along to and a live video where he’s showing off those gorgeous, irresistible goblin moves. Nekrogoblikon’s EP ‘ power’ was released yesterday and after hearing this song I immediately went to Bandcamp to buy it. The silly lyrics together with that goblin singing voice puts a big smile on my face and while listening there are moments when I feel like painting myself green and wear huge goblin ears so I can get a more authentic experience while rocking out to Nekrogoblikon’s infectious style of symphonic death metal. Goblins forever!
Stream their EP here:
The UK-based band The Sun Explodes just released their second full length album ‘We Build Mountains’ showing off their high quality musicianship. It’s one of the most unique sounding albums I’ve heard this year, and as always with these types of albums, it’s very difficult to describe the music. The Sun Explodes mixes proggy instrumental delicacy with a creative use of fast-paced metal and dramatic melodies. ‘SevenThreeOne’ is a good example of what they sound like; it has fantastic powerful, passionate singing mixed with growling and crazy falsettos as well as innovative and technical guitar parts together with extremely catchy grooves. The first time I heard it, I almost turned it off after the first few seconds, thinking it was something I wouldn’t like. But I continued to listen and it quickly grew on me until I was completely addicted to their captivating sound.
I’ll be quite honest with you. Besides just having an outlet to run my mouth about metal and make lists about stuff, one really big perk about having a music blog is getting a good amount of promo albums sent directly to my email for me to listen to and hopefully write about. Truth be told, a lot of the stuff sent really isn’t my cup of tea or just flat-out sucks and I tend to just let those ones fade away, but quite often something lands in the inbox that really impresses me or at least shows me a good time. Actively seeking out new stuff can be a pain, even when using stuff like the suggest a band based on my listening habits feature on Spotify or the like (which most of the time just suggests something else I have in my library or sends me to some other band I don’t care for, over and over again). And if you ever took a business class you know about the theory that ‘the customer doesn’t know what they want’. Which is true. If I’m on a thrash metal binge, I am not going to be seeking out doom metal band, but maybe doom metal is really just what I want at the moment and I just don’t know it yet.
Such is the case with this weeks song of the week. If you haven’t noticed, I have been on a major doom/stoner kick the past good chunk of months and my ears have been being filled with nonstop heady grooves. Yesterday I was sampling promos and clicked on the band Mumakil, which is more or less a giant war elephant (think that awesome battle scene in Lord of the Rings), and started listening to their upcoming record Flies Will Starve (out June 25 through Relapse Records) and realized I have been missing that brutally extreme metal end in my life recently. Which led me to upping the heaviness of my current listening habits to pull myself into that nice varied median that I usually like to keep myself in.
Anywho, since I really can’t talk about the record until next week, I’ll just leave their new single “Wrong Turn” here for you to listen to at your leisure. I must warn you though, even if the song is only a minute and a half long, it packs quite a punch and you may want to be in some form of wide open space because this shit will make you want to annihilate anything and everything in close proximity (in a good way ). So, check it out, tell us what you thought, and remember Metal State does not hold any responsibility for what you destroy while listening. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Orphaned Land from Israel just released their new album “All Is One” yesterday and “Brother” is the first single from it. As always, their music comes with an important message of peace and understanding that applies to everyone, even though they speak it mainly for the part of the world they live in. This is what the singer Kobi Farhi has to say about the song:
“Brother is a love song for a forgotten beloved brother who turned into a blood enemy. And before people go and start off with politic comments, this has nothing to do with politics, or being left or right wing, Jew, Muslim or anything else. We are not taking any sides as musicians, we just tell a story, and we decided to be the first grown-up brother in this story and ask: ‘Forgive me, brother’. Mainly because being mature and grown-up sometimes means that you have to say you’re sorry, even if it’s not only your fault.
I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day, so I feel it’s a sign that I need to pass the bi-polar insanity that is “Rikki Tikki Tavi” by Fair to Midland onto you fellow readers. The brutal metal passages will sate your hard metal exterior and the soft, lullaby sections will soothe your inner child, and then frighten him by reminding you of one of Rudyard Kipling’s more disturbing stories.
For those that don’t know, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a character from one of the stories out of The Jungle Book. He’s a mongoose, that kills snakes, eats their young, and at one point kills a mommy snake grieving for the loss of her husband, who died by the hands of Rikki-Tikki, by first taunting her with the last egg of her nest, the rest of which Rikki-Tikki ate. All in the name of protecting his human family. The snakes may have been poisonous or something, but that’s beside the point, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one no bullshit, hard-core, mofo. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!!
Introduced to me by a friend a while ago, this band surprised me greatly. How did they elude me for so long? This is doom mixed with symphonic power metal, with lots of keyboards and a fantastic singer. It’s gorgeous music that isn’t your typical slow and droning doomy doom; While Heaven Wept makes very diverse, melodic and epic music. The song ‘Soulsadness’ is just beautiful.