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My review of the PT/Anathema concert ... [10 Dec 2007|01:03am]

of December 5, 2007, in the Heineken Music Hall, over here.

sorry for X-posting, folks! :-D
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But they're so rad... [11 Jul 2007|12:58pm]

Cross-posted to my own journal you fucking cunts.

I suppose it’s pretty redundant to talk about bands that you don’t like, but I really must point you to http://www.thirtysecondstomars.com/ to represent the fact that yes – the radio still sucks.

I have no idea what label you’d tack onto this dross because if it’d been released fifteen years ago, it would have been called ‘Power Pop’ and yet this is obviously what passes as heavy music these days. In that respect they remind me of The Rasmus, who’s appearances in Kerrang must surely have been based solely on the fact that they wear black clothing in their music videos. In any event, the horrible wank that is Thirty Seconds To Mars represents everything that I find loathsome. That is post-Nickleback epic soft rock that is squarely aimed at 9 year-olds and housewives and another example of the horrid inversion of the universal axiom that modern music delights the youth and shocks their parents.

Not so much the band that your mother warned you about, but the band that your mother would trust to feed the cat while she’s out.

Their new music video for ‘The Twattage’ (or whatever it’s called) manages to both look like it cost $10 million and be quite shit at the same time. Oh and Jared Leto shags kids. And wasn’t he PETA’s vegetarian of the year or something?

Load of wank anyway.
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[27 Mar 2007|11:25am]

as you may or may not know, Dave Mustaine has gone completely batshit and decided to re-record A Tout Le Monde. with Cristina Scabbia. don't get me wrong...i like Lacuna Coil sometimes. they're by no stretch of the imagination a great band, but they can be fun to listen to. Megadeth, on the other hand was one of my favorites. and i have very low expectations for the upcoming album. two reasons: the aforementioned reworking and the new songs on the myspace page. specifically Sleepwalker.

see what happens when you turn too christian to play with Rotting Christ?
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Pedanto-tron No.1 [26 Mar 2007|01:42pm]

I think that bad records should be judged on a Redemption Value; a points system based on how many good records that a band will need to release in order to completely blot out the shame of that one bad album. The points should also be cumulative and so would only increase with the release of further poor records and should not be diminished by merely average releases. The quality (or lack of) should be judged by previous efforts, so bands which have been rubbish from day one should not be penalised. After all, if your dog has left a pile of shit in your shoe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, only a fool would expect him to leave a gold nugget on Thursday.

As such, The Stone Temple Pilots’ Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gist Shop earn Scott Weiland’s former band one redemption point on account of it being a load of old trouser. Their follow-up No.4 was solid enough and so the band is redeemed and the shame of their shitty third album can be erased.
I’ll take any amount of stick for claiming that The Offspring used to a good band but I’d award Ixnay On The Hombre one R-point and their follow-up Americana a further two. This means that at that point in their career, ver ‘Spring would have had to release three stormers in a row to rub out the dark stains in their history. My guess would be that they’re probably moving ever further from that goal.

If Suspiria are the dog which keeps shitting in your shoe, then Metallica must be the delectable young lady who served you a champagne breakfast every day of the week before inexplicably pissing in your face on Saturday morning and then followed that up by setting fire to your bed on Sunday while reading your diary out aloud to a select group of your friends and family.

Personally I’d assign one R-point to Metallica’s Reload album and a generous three to the laughable tosh that was St Anger meaning that, at least in my mind, I might be persuaded to forgive them if their next four records are pant-moisteningly good. Good luck with that then.
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Back At The Beginning [20 Mar 2007|06:53pm]

I've been on a self-imposed metal-famine for over a month now which is good a reason as ever to sick up this month's playlist for your delectation.

1. 2 Many DJs - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2
2. NoFX - The Longest Line
3. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
4. The Commodores - The Commodores
5. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
6. Buckcherry - Buckcherry
7. Astro-Zombies - Mutants At Mose Trajectum
8. Everlast - Whitey Ford Sings The Blues
9. Cosmic Rough Riders - Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine
10. The Time - Ice Cream Castles

I'd recommend a metal-famine to all metallers out there. Good opportunity to blow out your preconceptions and remind yourself why you like music in the first place.
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"World Music" [12 Jan 2007|12:24pm]

[ mood | cynical ]

The following is an extract from my blog.

The most popular music in the world is not actually pop music. It is, in fact, world music.
--Sifl and Olly

This generally refers to any music that is non-western, or any contemporary music whose style did not originate in the English-speaking west. This is either arrogant or maliciously lazy. The assumption here is that, for all the subdivisions that can be made of American popular music, all the hundreds of subgenres of metal and punk and jazz and electronic music, all those things that end with -core, there are two words that encompass all the other music from every other society. Are you from Lapland? Perhaps Siberia? Perhaps you hail from Jakarta, or Sao Paolo, or Lagos. It doesn't matter, though, because you are just the rest of the world, so you just play "World Music." All this being said, some bands are in fact eclectic in their style, having elements of music from many different parts of the world, and thus could arguably be described as "World Music," as it is music that attempts to be simply of the world rather than its particular culture of origin.

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Confess! [05 Jan 2007|09:51pm]

Following on from the recent musings on everyone's musical roots. How did you get to where you are now? Did you manage it while avoiding ever buying a record by Reef? Sure these days you're listening to Hardcore Tibetan Trancepunk but were you always so hip?

So what have you largely been listening to since the year . ?

I went:

Cock Rock & Hard Rock (approx 1989 - 1992) ---> Grunge/indie & mainstream Metal (1992 - 1995) ---> Indie, Punk & mainstream Metal (1995 - 2001) ---> Goth Metal (the strange and gothy year of 2001) ---> Black Metal and Doooom (2001 - 2006) ---> Cock Rock (2007 so far).

I guess this shows that I'm returning to my roots.
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[28 Dec 2006|10:12pm]

in getting back to the very root of my love for non-mainstream metal, i am currently listening to Wildhoney by Tiamat (though it's not the first Tiamat album i owned). i forgot how much i loved/still love these guys.

so let's discuss our roots. feel free to make it a separate post.
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[06 Dec 2006|12:19pm]

and this is totally amusing...

i was going through old posts here and found this topic. scroll down vikingmetal's comments. read the part about Dragonforce. then have yourself a good irony-inspired laugh.
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[06 Dec 2006|12:11pm]

oh dear...Dr David Thorpe has gone too far this time:
Your Band Sucks: METAL

and while i'm finally making a new post around here, the following are rocking me silly-

  • still ANYTHING by Mark Lanegan. including things by The Twilight Singers.

  • still The Hours That Remain by Mercenary

  • CANDLEBOX. yeah, i'm reliving junior high.

  • also on a bit of a Devin kick this week.

at the behest of a few friends i'm giving Katatonia and Anathema (the same band if you ask me) a few non-judgemental spins. i'm trying to see the merit, i really am. and so far A Fine Day To Exit hasn't made me vomit up my insides.

in electronics news, i'll be getting this sexy little number for christmas: The Cowon iAudio X5 (it plays FLAC!!!)
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Rare Old-School Metal Demos For Sale [14 Oct 2006|07:33pm]

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[24 Sep 2006|09:04pm]

currently rocking my world...

  • various Mark Lanegan projects. his voice is SEX.

  • the new MERCENARY album, The Hours The Remain. i love those crazy Danes.

currently making me sad...

now, i acknowledge that Stabbing Westward was never an amazing band. but dammit, i liked them. and to see what some of the former members have degraded to makes me long for 1997.

witness the horror of The Dreaming
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[07 Aug 2006|12:25pm]

am i the only Opeth fan in the world who doesn't like Katatonia? basing this mostly on the newest album by these guys...but it's second-rate goth rock with brief and limp-wristed forays into metal.

but hey, i like Charon. go figure.

currently rocking me silly:
Pure Reason Revolution-The Dark Third (like PT? you'll like these guys)
Yyrkoon-Unhealthy Opera
SYL-The New Black
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[17 Jul 2006|06:16pm]

Flyleaf; possibly the worst band EVER.

similar to Linkin Park fronted by Avril Lavigne.
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[17 Jul 2006|12:05am]

i haven't laughed this hard in a LONG TIME.
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Hooray For Selfless Promotion! [08 Jul 2006|01:09pm]
[ mood | excited as hell ]

As you all may or may not know, I have been plugging/promoting a band by the name of To-Mera like crazy for the past half a year or more now, ever since hearing their 2005 demo with the songs "Dreadful Angel" and "Born Of Ashes." They're pretty much a progressive metal band, lightly dusted with thrash and power metal tendencies. >] It's fairly batshit technical stuff [meaning lots of crazy time signatures and polyrhythms and some virtuostic stuff here and there, just really well written songs overall I'd say], with female vocals that honestly remind me of a much more skilled, less synthetic Amy Lee. Some of their biggest influences include Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, Dream Theater, and Symphony X; their singer is also a huge Tori Amos fan.

Well, their 2006 debut album "Transcendental" is due out in the U.K. on September 11th, with a U.S. release date yet to be announced, but they have posted a song from the album, entitled "Blood" on their MySpace, and its absolutely amazing. Their sound warmed my heart back when I heard them a little under a year ago, and I'm pretty sure over the years they're going to become one of my absolute favorite bands.

So check this song out, and let me know what you think. Don't worry I'm not a part of some annoying street team or anything, I'm just genuinely interested in what you guys think. Julie sings sections of this song in Hungarian, her native language.

To-Mera - Blood

Enjoy. :D
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[30 Jun 2006|12:31am]

boys and girls...it's been very dead of late. and i don't blame you entirely. frankly, the music world has been a little lacking in fabulosity. regardless, the following is still rocking me:

pretty much every album by NIN except Downward Spiral (because i saw them last friday)
Mark Lanegan-Whiskey For The Holy Ghost
Yyrkoon-various tracks i've downloaded (will be buying an album soon)

and random bands on myspace. watch my journal for the daily Bands You Should Get To Know.
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[17 May 2006|09:47pm]

[ mood | content ]

Now playing:

Lots of Pogues
Lots of Björk
Waterclime - The Astral Factor -- Being the newest solo project of Andreas Vintersorg Hedlund, and being incredible and masterful and unparalleled by mankind.

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[29 Apr 2006|08:43pm]

because they're at the top of my list of "bands that suck more than a dock whore":
Dr David Thorpe takes on Avenged Sevenfold
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[12 Apr 2006|05:28pm]

[ mood | drained ]

Lately playing:

They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Satyricon - Volcano
Children of Bodom - Hatebreeder
R E M - Automatic for the People
Värttinä - Ilmatar
Parliament - Live, PFunk Earth Tour
Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Porcupine Tree, Gamma Ray, Pet Shop Boys, Megadeth, Kyuss, Schoenberg, and Megaman soundtracks - lots and fucking lots.

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