Time to catch up on some listens. Tonight King Diamond swoops down into New England. Let's get wicked creepy.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Grownman - This song based on the Salem Witch Trials. Gotta love that very ominous intro. Sounds like a funeral march. I'll probably say this throughout this review but it definitely would make for a great score to an old school horror movie. Love the galloping guitars and the first generation Death metal feel to this. This is the song that originally got me hooked on the band.
Grownman - The production on this album is incredible. Eternal Khan definitely have their own signature sound. A great song about a Spectral Horde riding across the sky. I absolutely love how the vocalist phrases the lyrics "No refuge in the dark wood". Something about it every time I hear it triggers this response in my brain and I just wanna head bang.The combination of the speedy picking and those crashing symbols really give this song that cold wintry atmosphere. You can almost feel a cold breath riding down your spine.
Prof. Fork Tongue - Love the middle eastern style drums that run through this song. There's a couple great sounding transitions in here which seems to be a strength of the band. I prefer when these guys slow it down which they do a bit in spots on the song. Again. the lyrics are fantastic throughout the album and so are the drums which were both done by D.Murphy. I love the guitar and vocals too don't get me wrong but drums are something I never really notice but I'm noticing them so that's somewhat new for me.
Undermined and Abandoned
Grownman - A tune based on the existential quandary of why we're here and what the hell to do with that realization. This band has amazing timing and rhythm. Love that each song takes you on a journey and the songs have these crazy twists and turns.
The Black Stork
Grownman - Thanks to Professor Fork Tongue for filling me on what this song is about. This song is fast and brooding. The acidic vocal delivery of each line along with the grand scale of the song structure makes you feel like your walking down the long corridor of an abandoned hospital. The chords during the last 30 seconds of the song are really beautiful and somber like a sad lullaby.
Prof. Fork Tongue - I've done deep, deep research into eugenics so when I saw the title of the song I pretty much knew where this was going. To make it short and sweet I'll quote a little something I wrote about the movie "The Black Stork" of which the song is based on. "In 1917, Hollywood produced The Black Stork, a story about a mismatched couple who are counseled by a doctor against having children. However, the couple become pregnant anyway and the woman gives birth to a defective child that she allows to die. The deceased baby’s spirit then ascends into the arms of Jesus Christ. Hailing it as a "eugenic love story" in publicity ads, the eugenic movement had its own propaganda film at last, and it promoted The Black Stork throughout the nation.It’s catch-phrase: “Kill Defectives, Save the Nation and See ‘The Black Stork.” Not quite “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World,” but close. Dr. Haiselden, then famous in eugenics circles for his baby-killing ways in Chicago, played himself as the doctor in the film." Anyway onto the song. Once again really great lyrics seemingly through pro eugenics glasses. I don't mean that as a knock either, that's what you do when you write songs. People take stuff too literal sometimes. Really great somber ending as Grownman said, almost like a "sad lullaby".
Void of Light and Reconciliation
Grownman - Hearing this makes me want to unsheathe a sword and storm a castle. Something really medieval about the tone and rhythm. This is another amazing tune. I wanna hear this as a score over a movie about an evil king. This song perfectly captures the transformation of the mind and it's descent into evil. The rage in the delivery of the vocals and the overall composition of the song really illustrate the story. I absolutely love how much range the band has and the tools they have at their disposal. To think this is only three musicians and how immense of a sound they can get out of all the transitions they come up with. There is not one song on this album that just stays the course. Eternal Khan strive on each track to outdo themselves.
Prof. Fork Tongue - I read the lyrics before reading the synopsis and what I came up with was "a darkness is creeping up ever so slowly and when it takes hold it obliterates all". After reading the synopsis that's pretty much what it was. I thought about it in a literal sense but it's more of "a negative and repressed aspect of one's personality reemerging on its own terms to the detriment and shock of the unsuspecting subject" which is essentially the same as what I was thinking just from a different angle. That's a sign of great writing right there.
Into the Twilight Abysses
Grownman - Based on a HP Lovecraft "The Dreams in the Witch House". Take my money. One of my favorite Gothic horror writers, H.P. Lovecraft hailed from Providence, RI, home base of Eternal Khan. This makes me very happy. The song captures all the drama of the story and I really wish someone would adapt it to a movie so this could be it's lead score. Love how the chords are like the angles in the character Gilman's room. They draw you in while the bass, percussion and vocals hint at the void that waits behind it all. There is drama and adventure at every turn.
Prof. Fork Tongue - Take away my metal card, I don't know shit about Lovecraft. Could never get into fiction, shoot me. This may be my second favorite track of the album and the one that most reminds me of their EP "A Primitive History", which I also loved.
|D.Murphy - drums, lyrics T.Phrathep - guitar |
N.Wood - guitar, vocals
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
"Louder Than Words" is a new single off the upcoming Pink Floyd Album Endless River. The first since the passing of Keyboardist Rick Wright. This is the followup to Division Bell released in 1994. This track is reportedly the only track on the new album to feature lead vocals and the band's final album.
Catching up with our LOTD!'s and carrying on with our Horror-riff-ic selections for this month of ghosts and groovy ghoulies.......This is a double shot off the Cubo De Sangre label, Bitch Witch sing about "Running away from nightmares" while Swordwielder deal with the world's demise. Don't listen alone.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
We go dark this week. Morose, heavy and into the unknown. There are no google maps for where we are going.
A Poisoned Psalm
These three gentleman from Providence, Rhode Island know their blackened doom metal. Powerful opening track that begins like a soundtrack to a Hammer Film and turns into a pummeling Venom-like journey into the unknown. I really enjoy the slight middle eastern plucking riffs that show up in places along this track. (Review coming soon)
The Flame of Life...burns no more
Depressingly beautiful music with an inspirational speech laid over the track.
There is also a version without the speech for those who want to hear a slightly more morose version.
The Walls Conclave
The Walls Conclave are a healthy amount of Death and Hardcore with a slice of Grind for good measure coming out of Germany. Chunky riffs and hoarse vocals make for a pretty compelling record. I enjoy that the band doesn't follow the path that a lot of bands trying to be the next Chelsea Grin are doing these days. The variation in vocal styles are subtle and brutal.The musicianship of the band is beastly.
Check out the track "Slaughter" for an entertaining romp and stomp.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Overall this is an inconsistent album. The majority of tracks lack a balance between where they've been and where they are now as a band. Yes, this is the most aggressive they've sounded in years but it comes at a price more times than not. I thoroughly enjoyed 4 tracks out of 14.