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Hilarious Videos: Baby Godzilla – The Great Hardcore Swindle


There’s a righteous feeling inside my bones
I’m not contented enduring these clones
Each in the same way fitting the mould
Keeping this business so painfully cold.

Give me 5 years and I’ll write it the same way.
Just more years like this.

I see a problem we must address,
And it’s not just to do with the way we dress,
Let’s break this to pieces brick for brick,
Throwing money at the problem just won’t stick.

Shame to put a price on this,
Where has your integrity gone,
I’ve got a feeling you’re all that’s wrong,
With this, it’s not a system,
This is a business,
And one that I’m slowly falling out of love with.

Under the weight of successes cold stare
We’ll find a new way of parting our hair
And a new breed of partners will come into view
Each of them posing a new hoop to leap through

All you say is self serving,
Your every revelation;
I can’t bear to hear it.

Shame to put a price on this,
Where has your integrity gone,
I’ve got a feeling you’re all that’s wrong,
With this, it’s not a system,
This is a business,
And one that I’m slowly falling out of love with.

There’s problem we must address,
And it’s not just to do with the way we dress,

Is this business systematically
Draining the fun from
A love we’re all invested in.

Can you put a price on this?
Can you put a price on my head?

Videos of the Week: Code Orange and Tomahawk


Well, I’m a bit late with this post, but better late than never 🙂

First up check out the new video from Code Orange (previously known as Code Orange Kids).  What really gets me about this video is besides the unsettling themes and even more disquieting grungy doom metal accompanying is the choice to use a washed out, Super 8 VHS aesthetic.  It really blends well with the music and makes the video much more freaky.  Going by the released singles and this video, Code Orange’s upcoming record, I am King (out Sept. 2nd, 2014 via Deathwish Records), is sounding to be a smashing and very unique record.  We’ll have more on that for you in the near future 🙂

 

And to counterbalance that bit of disturbing art, here’s Mike Patton as a Crank Yankers puppet.  Need I say more why this is awesome?  South Paw comes off Tomahawk’s 2013 record Oddfellows.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Song Of The Week: Nerve End – Thrive


I didn’t have to think twice about what song to pick for this week; Nerve End‘s two EP’s have been played almost obsessively every day in my house the past two weeks, and ‘Thrive’ is one of my favourite songs from them. After you press play, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. They are an unsigned four piece metal band from Finland and play energetic progressive/alternative metal with some of the catchiest, greatest melodies I’ve ever heard. Combined with excellent songwriting, interesting arrangements and a vocalist in possession of a very sexy voice, this is a band to look out for. I can’t wait to get my hands on a full length album from these guys!

Songs That Define My Taste In Music #2 & #1 (Mik)


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#2 Repetitive, industrial element

I have a weak spot for extremely bass-heavy, repetitive music and bands with a dark, industrial and dissonant atmosphere. The music is very hypnotic and easy to get lost in; it can be quite demanding and disturbing to listen to, but in the end it’s a very rewarding experience. My favourite bands for a disturbing and dark experience are Author & Punisher, The Amenta, Altar of Plagues, Wormed.

Author & Punisher – Fearce

#1 Contrast or balance

Ever since I discovered and started to love Opeth many years ago, I’ve always liked music with contrasts. Many opposing moods in one song , it creates a kind of balance that I find very satisfying. An “all in one” kind of feeling. It can be the contrast between clean and harsh vocals or cleans and heavy music, metal mixed with other music styles, slow/fast pace or heavy/ambient sound. This element is present in most of my favourite bands like Textures, Skyharbor, Borknagar, In Mourning, Twelve Foot Ninja and Benea Reach.

Uneven Structure – Frost

Mik’s Favourite Music Videos 2013


Some of the funniest, most beautiful, weirdest and best metal videos this year. These are a must-watch!

Protest The Hero – Underbite 

 

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Matt’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2013


tumblr_m4us9a0NRd1rxpxj7o1_500Simple enough, here are my picks for my favorite music videos of 2013.  Enjoy and share your picks!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#5: Intronaut – Harmonomicon

Trippy and great camera shots.  Simply beautiful cinematography.  Great song as well.

#4: Revocation – Fracked

Beyond how kick ass the song is I really enjoyed the collage of anti-fracking images, video clips, and animations which really worked well for creating an anti-establishment metal video.  Good on Revocation for bringing this travesty being done to our planet for oil to a wider audience.

#3: Maximum the Hormone – え・い・り・あ・ん (A.L.I.E.N.)

This video perfectly captures the sheer insanity of Maximum the Hormone.  I love how they start with the standard ‘band in a basement’ cliché’ and then turn it on its head.  I’m especially fond of the cool effects when the ‘funk’ part kicks in.  If you’ve never experienced MtH before, be prepared for a faceful of WTF.

#2: Haken – Cockroach King

I f’n love The Muppets.  So, when I caught wind of a video for a prog metal band heavily inspired by Jim Henson’s legacy I was quick to check it out.  Little did I know just how perfect the Muppets by way of Bohemian Rhapsody would make for such a perfect music video that fits the song better than a pair of tailored Levis.  Favorite scene, when the Muppet spits out the insects, made me lol so hard.

#1: Toxic Holocaust – Acid Fuzz

Perfection.  This is possibly the most metal music video ever.  The video for Acid Fuzz should be the blueprint on how to make metal videos.  Colors, animation, metal, decapitation, sharks ripping people in two, drugs, hallucinations, explosions, boobs, skulls, demonic conjuring, and the list goes on and on.  Just watch this masterpiece of a video.

Mik’s Musical Highlights of 2013


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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

I have barely read any books or played any games and I have watched maybe one full movie this year, due to spending almost all my time on starting up my own business, so I couldn’t create a top-entertainment list like my colleagues. However, I have spent pretty much all my free time listening to, experiencing and gathering knowledge about music in different ways. So here are my musical highlights of 2013, in no particular order:

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Video Of The Week: Wormed – Tautochrone


I found Wormed’s new album a while ago and the first time I listened to it I started to laugh because it sounded so (brilliantly) ridiculous. The music is very technical and brutal while also being fun as hell and the vocals are unlike anything I’ve heard before. It could be a frog singing, or maybe an ancient caveman. Or did Darth Vader join a metal band and suffered from a throat infection during the recording of the album? Whatever it is, it does not sound human, which just adds to the fun. I love these guys and their catchy brutality. Try this song and let me know what you think!

Album Review: Mental Killing Spree – Centrifuge Of Man


MENTAL KILLING SPREE - Centrifuge of Man cover art 425wRelease Date: September 27 2013, self-released

Tracks:  10

Length: 40 minutes

Genre: Brutal Death Metal

Recommended for fans of: Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Morbid Angel, Nile

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #20-16


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#20 Ihsahn – angL

I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.

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