Friday, September 21, 2007

Continuing in the same vein, a welcome, and some short blasts...

First of all, here's one of, get this, two Judas Priest references on everyone's favorite "chick flick" TV show, Sex And The City! Here's Charlotte York and Samantha Jones ducking a fly ball at Yankee Stadium in the opening episode of the second season. Take a note of the guy sitting behind them, though. He's wearing a Judas Priest shirt. Also on Sex And The City (sometime in the second or third season, I think), a flashback scene to the 80s involves Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones at a party and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is playing in the background. Maybe one of the writers is a "closet metalhead"...?



Next, a warm welcome to some new writers at Live 4 Metal. First, Derek Whorton has joined us and is also a chemistry graduate student in Washington (another science/metal geek, such as myself). Next up is our friend Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine! If you haven't checked out his blog, I urge you to do so!



Next, every now and then, I'll get a promo sent to me that's already been covered by another writer at Live 4 Metal. In the interest of fairness, here's a series of short reviews of those albums...

I've been listening to a lot of Gaahl's "other" band lately; that is, Trelldom with their latest full-length, "Til Minne". Trelldom is not a mere rip-off of the monstrous Gorgoroth, but rather tends towards a very dirty sound reminiscent of Darkthrone's latter material. In addition, Gaahl's vocal delivery is noticeably different with a disturbingly skewed quality. Also, I wonder if the cover shot is from the same mountaintop that has figured prominently in Peter Beste's documentary that everyone's been buzzing about. The blog Documents has a compilation of the film here...



Regain Records

Vreid has shaken all vestiges of Windir and now stands head and shoulders as their own entity, playing a dirty take on the "black n' roll" style. Generally producing short albums that are quick to digest, Vreid's latest, "I, Krig", continues the style laid out by their previous full-lengths. Always a good listen...



Candlelight Records USA

Long running "death n' roll" band Gorefest has just released their second album after a long hiatus, entitled "Rise To Ruin". I've never given Gorefest much notice, but "Rise To Ruin" is a pretty good take on the whole "death n' roll" sub-genre, but with the incorporation of considerably more melody than, say, Entombed or Phazm, as well as some blasts and groove.



Candlelight Records USA

Finally, how can you go wrong with a new double live CD, entitled "Better Motorhead Than Dead", from Motorhead celebrating their 30th Anniversary at the Hammersmith Odeon (now called the Apollo)?! The only thing missing here is a rendition of "Motorhead". Otherwise, go get it! Enough said!



SPV

All songs removed.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Metal t-shirts making movie appearances...

Yes, Skull, that's right! Look carefully in the "Dodgeball" picture on the right hand side and you'll see an extra wearing a Venom "Black Metal" t-shirt! What other examples in movies or TV shows do metal t-shirts make appearances (the more extreme, the better)?

Here's an easy one from "Bull Durham" (Tim Robbins as 'Nuke' Laloosh, a great baseball name if there ever was one, right up there with Razor Shines)...



What else can you think of?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Huh? And a recent rip...

Why is this my favorite scene in "Dodgeball"?



Here's a good one from the Ambient/ Black metal project from Oregon, Velvet Cacoon...



Sorry, song removed.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Glacial, Dripping...

I certainly didn't forget...



I published this review at L4M awhile back, but it bears repeating...

Catacombs- In The Depths Of R’Lyeh

(Moribund Cult)

“In his house at R’Lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” So sums up H.P. Lovecraft’s classic nightmare, “The Call Of Cthulhu”. Moribund Cult Records’ newest find, Catacombs, has probably found the perfect theme and lyrical inspiration for glacially slow, dripping funeral doom.

Catacombs is the newest project from Xathagorra, the founder of another glacial doom project Hierophant. If you’re familiar with Hierophant, Skepticism, Evoken, Khanate and other similar forays into musical dysfunction, you pretty much know what you’re in for with “In The Depths Of R’Lyeh”. My approach to funeral doom is a sort of love-hate relationship. Subtle differences between various bands sometimes can make all the difference in whether I’ll really like a release or find it unpalatable. Because of the nature of funeral doom; that is, being devoid of virtually any melody, played at a glacial pace, and almost consisting entirely of painfully slow and heavy riffs, a slight change in the notes played, a slight change in the beats per minute, or the ability of a band to sustain mood and atmosphere can affect whether I’ll love it or hate it. So, it’s usually with some trepidation that I put a new funeral doom album in the stereo.

“In The Depths Of R’Lyeh” is excellent. Crushing, droning doom with glacial riffs and deeply growled vocals are combined with, believe it or not, melodic guitar tones (both distorted and acoustic) similar to those found on the latest Earth album (“Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method”). The guitar tones add another atmospheric layer to funeral doom that’s missing on most other releases. In addition, there are just enough subtle changes in tempo (nothing that I would characterize as up tempo!) to add a much needed aspect of variation to the music. It is just these subtleties that prevent me from becoming bored after 20 minutes, as happens with many albums in this genre, and keeps me focused on the music throughout the release. In short, this is a standout of the genre and future releases may give Sunn O))) a run for their money (well, maybe).

Moribund Cult seems to be branching out from just being a label that focuses primarily upon straightforward, raw black metal and brutal death metal. Sometimes they miss, and sometimes they strike gold. This release, unlike Fear Of Eternity, is well worth the effort. Highly recommended. Great Cthulhu awakens.

Moribund Cult

Sorry, song removed after a week or so.

What part of "Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fthagn!" do you not understand?!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Uh oh, Los Angeles metalheads...

Check out this ridiculous nonsense being reported by Brave Words.

How well do you know the law? Is this "censorship" in the sense that this is a violation of the 1st Amendment?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Cthulhu Kick...

So, lately, I've been re-reading some H.P. Lovecraft classics and I just started to idly think about some Cthulhu references (or Lovecraft, in general) in metal. There's a few obvious ones, such as Metallica's "The Call Of Ktulu" and "The Thing That Should Not Be". In addition, Michael Whelan's glorious two paintings that were originally commissioned (at least, I think so) for Ballantine's series of Lovecraft reprints, beginning in the late 80s, have appeared on at least two album covers...

Lovecraft 1



Lovecraft 2



Demolition Hammer "Epidemic Of Violence" (an absolute CLASSIC thrash album)



and, of course, Obituary "Cause Of Death"



I can think of a bunch of other Lovecraft references in metal. Can you?

If you're so inclined, I'd also recommend a new DVD release of "The Call Of Cthulhu". This is a 45 minute long silent film done by HPLHS, which is basically a bunch of Lovecraft geeks building sets of R'Lyeh out of cardboard in their backyards in Pasadena. The silent film is done in the 1920s style and looks like it's straight out of F.W. Murnau's playbook. The plot follows Lovecraft's story exactly.

Here's the poster (just great)...



As for the film version of Cthulhu Himself...



Here's some more Cthulhu humor.

A Miskatonic graduate...



What kid wouldn't want this Lego set?!



Lastly, I'll be skipping the Nachtmystium show at the Knitting Factory on Sept. 10th. I'm back at work full time, now, and I have to get myself back into the groove, so to speak. My next show will be Obituary at the Knitting Factory on Sept. 30th (special thanks to Dave Brenner).



What other Lovecraft references in metal can you think of (no cheating)?



And...