Monday, May 31, 2010

Video: Mastadon "Cut you up with a Linoleum Knife"

 Not really sure if "Cut you up with a Linoleum Knife" is the proper title for this, but it makes sense.
This is part of the intro to the movie 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters', as a metal spoof of the normal movie jingle "Let's go out to the lobby". The only reason I put it up is because it is awesome, and it is Mastodon playing it (as I just found out).
Now you all know I'm not a huge fan of Mastodon, in fact the only other mention of them I have on this blog is another video, but this piece is short, funny, and the music isn't bad.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Current Trend: NWOBHM

So because I am trying to begin again with the Current Trends, I have been attempting to segment my listening styles into one or two set genres, with varying levels of success. And because of my lack of wanting to sit and write, this Trend is not so Current. But oh well, here we go.

This time my focus was on music from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (or NWOBHM), the direct precursor to power metal, and indirect host of hair/glam metal and thereby (as an anti-theses) thrash. These bands were among the first to introduce the dueling guitar style, and often had early operatic-style vocals and fantasy stories with the songs. Many of these bands had large live shows as well, and were claimed to be the silver age of metal (the golden age being the founders of metal, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc, from the decades before). The majority of these bands took hold in the late 70's/early 80's and were lead by such greats as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motorhead. These bands dominated the airways and charts for the better part of a decade, until the likes of glam became popular and more straight-forward rock acts like Guns 'N Roses and Van Halen began to flourish.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ronnie James Dio Is Dead

I'm joining the masses of bloggers and mourners; Ronnie James Dio, leader of such amazing bands as Elf, Black Sabbath (for a time), Dio (solo), and Heaven and Hell, has passed away from stomach cancer. His wife, Wendy, released this message a few short minutes ago:
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Band: End of Level Boss

Yet another band that tempted me because of a catchy name (hint hint to you new bands out there), End of Level Boss is another stoner rock/metal band (it's so hard to make the distinction nowadays), also with a hint of doom, to come out within the past decade. So far they've released two albums, Prologue and Inside The Difference Engine, but honestly both releases are pretty dull.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Awesome Website: StonerRock.comp

So I was looking for some bands info (bands I had hear on, and wanted to see their release history) and I came upon (once of many times) Well if you haven't heard, this website is a great resource to anyone who loves stoner/doom/sludge metal. Something for any true fan to frequent.

Well because doesn't have a search function (at least one that I can find), I googled some more, coming upon StonerRock.comp (officially at This .comp version of StonerRock is a website dedicated to the hosting of a compilation of unsigned stoner bands that frequent the site's forum. There are 9 volumes (so far), some are one disc some are two, but it is all stoner. I assume that at the time of the various compilations, the bands debuted were unsigned, but as I downloaded it all I recognized some names. Whether this means the band has gotten more exposed, or that my knowledge is far-reaching, I don't know. What I do know is that I now have over 100 tracks from a wide array of artists to enjoy.

Anyone who wants to hear some truly underground metal, check out StonerRock.comp for 9 volumes of stoney-goodness.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Albums Listened To In April (92)

April is over....finally. A new month means a new position at work and the ever closer date of me moving across town. Looking forward to all that (which is sad that's all I have to look forward to in life).

Anyway onto the music.

Started the month with a lot of older music re-listened. Moving towards classic rock/NWOBHM by the end. A nice variety throughout. But with that heavy influence of music I've already heard, this comparison of the good, bad and the dull will be pretty short. I'm sure there are some people who view that very positively, and for all those people... eat me.