(mp3) Latitudes - A falling mute
Available on Bleak Epiphanies In Slow Motion (2007)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I bought this back in 1997 for one reason, and one reason only: It had an infamous Nirvana track called I Hate Myself And Want To Die on it. Remember kids, this was before filesharing, before mp3s, before you could just get online and download whatever you liked. If you wanted something you had to pay for it. Sometimes through mail order and you had to wait weeks for it to arrive. No, I'm not joking. That's how we did things before the turn of the millennium. And you know what else? We didn't sit in front of a computer all day - we used to play outside! The horror!
The song of course turned out to be not that good, but after the initial disappointment I started to appreciate the rest of this compilation. You could say it's an obvious cash-in attempt by MTV to throw some outtakes by various bands onto a cd and sell it to the kids by just putting Beavis & Butt-Head on the cover.
I prefer to see it as a collection of rare, hard to find songs with original B&B material inbetween. Some of this stuff, especially the part were B&B hang out with Anthrax on their tour bus or Beavis impersonating Dave Mustaine (I never realised how much they sound alike!), used to make me howl with laughter. Most of the songs are damn good too, with White Zombie's I Am Hell and Primus' Poetry And Prose being my two favorites. Other highlights include Jackyl's Mental Masturbation and Run DMC's Bounce. I'm not crazy about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stooges cover Search And Destroy, or Sir Mix-A-Lot's Monsta Mack, but that's okay.
(mp3) White Zombie - I am hell
(mp3) Primus - Poetry and prose (highly recommended!)
Buy The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience @ Amazon.com.
Friday, January 25, 2008
This "rarities" collection has been released a number of times. The first time was in 1997 and included most of Refused's non-album tracks up to that point. After the band called it a day in 1998, they became bigger than they ever were with everybody and their uncle citing them as influences.
So, in 2002 it was re-released with a completely different tracklisting - a whoppin 12 tracks that Epitaph couldn't secure the rights for were removed, and replaced with the four tracks on the New Noise Theology E.P. (1998) and the title track from the Rather Be Dead E.P. (1996).
Which version you prefer is a matter of taste. The 1997 version is obviously more exhaustive and gives you a better picture of the band's history, while the 2002 version may be more interesting for fans of their swan song The Shape Of Punk To Come (1998), as the New Noise Theology tracks were recorded at the same time as The Shape..., giving you a fuller view of what was going on at those sessions.
I got no less than four tracks for you. That's what a nice guy I am. Circle Pit and Lick It Clean are from the Rather Be Dead E.P., and Blind Date and Poetry Written In Gasoline are from the New Noise Theology E.P.
(mp3) Refused - Circle pit
(mp3) Refused - Lick it clean (highly recommended!)
(mp3) Refused - Blind date
(mp3) Refused - Poetry written in gasoline (highly recommended!)
Circle pit live in Umeå 1997:
Buy The E.P. Compilation @ Amazon.com.
Damn, there sure is a lot of stuff from the 90's around here... Well it was an amazing decade, what can I say?
This is Paradise Lost's fourth album, and by 1993 most of their death metal roots were long gone, focusing more on a gothic sound. Not much else to say about it except it's fantastic and you need to hear it. There are those who claim 1995's Draconian Times is Paradise Lost's magnum opus.
Don't believe them.
(mp3) Paradise Lost - Remembrance (highly recommended!)
Buy Icon @ Amazon.com.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It's hard sometimes when you're anxious to share some of your favorite music and hopefully turn more people on to it, but once you finally get around to it you find you have no idea what to say about it.
Maybe because music is such a personal, subjective thing that it's hard to explain exactly why something is so good or why it's worth looking into. Which is I why I often succumb to just rushing through the artist's history a little bit, for lack of anything else to write. That's the impression I often get from my own blogging though, perhaps that's not really the case.
The reason I mention it is because I'm (once again) about to just rush through the band's history and then let the mp3s do the work. Maybe no one reads this anyway? Maybe most of you just go straight the orange links with "(mp3)" in front of them.
For those who do read this: Misery Loves Co. was an industrial metal duo consisting of vocalist Patrik Wirén (formerly of Midas Touch) and programmer/producer/multiinstrumentalist Örjan Örnkloo. They formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 1993 and released three albums between 1994 (Wikipedia says 1995, which is incorrect) and 2000. They mellowed out considerably with each album and broadened their sound, which might be why they never got much of a buzz after this their first album. Their debut album Misery Loves Co. got a lot of attention, particularly in the English metal press that kept hyping it as much as they possibly could. The follow-up, 1997's Not Like Them, also got its due attention but hardly as much as its predecessor. Their swan song Your Vision Was Never Mine To Share (2000) hardly registered on the radars and Misery Loves Co. disbanded shortly thereafter.
Örjan then focused on producing (working with, among others, In Flames) and Patrick became a journalist for Scandinavia's leading metal magazine Close-Up and recorded an album with a new band, Alpha Safari.
(mp3) Misery Loves Co. - My mind still speaks (highly recommended!)
The video for My Mind Still Speaks:
Buy Misery Loves Co. @ Amazon.com.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Now here's an album I put as #2 on my Top 10 of 2007 list.
There's really not much I can add to what's already there, so I'll just copy and paste:
"Their second album, somehow even better than the first. I didn't think it was possible, since their "gimmick" of being a bass & drums playing duo could get old pretty quickly. Big Business solved this by simply putting guitars all over it. Jared Warren's soaring voice and mighty bass grooves mix perfectly with Coady Willis' Keith Moon-esque mayhem from behind the kit (he's easily the best rock drummer since Dave Grohl). Since 2006 Warren & Willis are members of The Melvins, with whom they released last year's brilliant (A) Senile Animal, but Here Come The Waterworks somehow manages to be even more impressive than that one. Essential listening."
Pretty much sums it up. All in all, Big Business is the best thing rock has to offer at the moment. I've been hearing rumours that Mastodon wants Jared to appear on their next album. Oh please please please let that be true. It would be ever so awesome.
All three songs are extremly highly recommended.
Grounds For Divorce live in Paris, 2007
Buy Here Come The Waterworks @ Amazon.com.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
(mp3) Raging Speedhorn - Too drunk to give a fuck
Available on Before The Sea Was Built (2007)
Friday, January 11, 2008
There's really not much I can add that I haven't already said in the Thåström entry below. Read that for more info on this seminal, disgustingly overlooked and underrated album.
This is truly one of the best heavy albums of all time, one that deserves to be heard by as many people at possible. Fourteen years after its release it's still as mind boggling, heavy, extreme, brutal and amazing as it was the day it was released. And keep in mind that industrial metal albums never age very well - they date and grow old faster than an open carton of milk on a hot day. But ask the risk of sounding repetative, Red Sonic Underwear is as fresh and crushing as it ever was.
Do yourself a favor, citizen. Download these three tracks from the album (and a super rare b-side from the Animals single) and revel in their amazingness. Crank it way up - this is music meant to play loudly.
(mp3) PLP - Warzaw (highly recommended!)
(mp3) PLP - Animals (highly recommended!)
(mp3) PLP - Pig machine (highly recommended!)
(mp3) PLP - On/Off (highly recommended!)
The video for Animals:
Buy Red Sonic Underwear @ Amazon.com.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Where to begin when presenting Joakim Thåström? If there are any Swedish readers out there, you already know all of this. For the rest of the world, let's start at the beginning:
Born in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden in 1957. Singer and guitarist in legendary punk band Ebba Grön in the late 70's and early 80's. He then fronted the highly successful political punk/pop/rock band Imperiet until they disbanded in 1988. His first solo album, simply titled Thåström was released in 1989, which was a smash hit.
Now here's where it gets interesting. By now Thåström had become a celebrity and a national icon, and he couldn't have hated it more. As a way of alienating himself from he made Xplodera Mig 2000 in 1991, a noisy industrial rock album that still remains one of my all time favorite albums. The album sold quite well despite its abrasive nature, but it was nothing compared to what was coming next.
Thåström relocated to Amsterdam and got nerdy with a sampler. His new project, which he had named Peace, Love & Pitbulls, released their first album in 1992. Basically it was Xplodera Mig 2000 taken one step further. Heavy, angry, experimental industrial rock/metal in English that left everyone confused. This marked the beginning of the low point in Thåström's carrier critically. Mainly because the critics didn't understand what the hell he was doing or why he was doing it. They wanted him to be the same old guy making the same old kind of music they grew up with in the 70's and 80's.
With PLP's second album Red Sonic Underwear in 1994 (Thåström's ultimate masterpiece, by the way) he scared away most of the last few fans, and Red Sonic Underwear remains one of the true unsung masterpieces of the 90's. PLP released their third and last album (imaginatively titled 3) in 1997, and it was considered by the critics and know-it-alls to be Thåström's return to form, since it was less industrial, a little more accessible and he sang for the first time in years, as opposed to screaming his balls off like he did on the last two albums. 3 is by far PLP's worst album, but still far ahead of anything most bands will ever record.
In 1999 he released his first solo album in eight years, Det Är Ni Som E Dom Konstiga, Det Är Jag Som E Normal. It was a slight return to his rock 'n' roll roots, and with more accessible songs and once again singing in Swedish, the album was a solid hit with everyone. Rightfully so, it's a very good album.
But the follow up, Mannen Som Blev En Gris from 2002, is where it's at. Much darker and dirtier than its predecessor, and some of the industrial elements were back. Roughly half of the album's ten songs are heavy, throbbing rock songs (sometimes pure old school punk), the other half is more sombre and weird, more industrial and experimental. Höghus-sång being an example of the former and Kaospassageraren and Sån examples of the latter.
(mp3) Thåström - Höghus-sång
(mp3) Thåström - Kaospassageraren (highly recommended!)
(mp3) Thåström - Sån
The video for Höghus-sång:
Buy Mannen Som Blev En Gris @ Amazon.com.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Happy new year, assholes! May 2008 be as rockin' as 2007.
Too much festivities this time of year. Too much glitz. I feel an urge to bring the mood down with some good ol' doom and gloom. Cathedral's second album The Ethereal Mirror may not be as a heavy and bleak and crushing as its predecessor Forest Of Equilibrium, but it definitely has its moments.
On a few songs, like Midnight Mountain, we hear traces of the groovier, catchier route Cathedral would take on their next few albums. My favorite tracks though tend to be the slow-ass grinding doom monsters I offer you to download here today: Enter The Worms and Phantasmagoria (which, apparently, has lyrics completely improvised by singer Lee Dorrian).
Doom or be doomed!
(mp3) Cathedral - Phantasmagoria (highly recommended!)
Buy The Ethereal Mirror @ Amazon.com.