Holy shit. These guys are much much better than I remembered.
"Goblin Island" is the only album I had heard before tonight. That was probably around ‘06-‘07, so quite a while ago. Anyway, I listened to "Goblin Island" just a bit ago, and it lived up-to and soared well beyond my memory of it. I’m listening to their followup album, "Stench", as I type this, and it is pretty sick thus far.
Say yes to Nekrogoblikon!
Happy Birthday to me!
I am non-celebrating by just doing what I always do; I am listening to music! Yay for music! Right now I am on my initial listen-through of heavy metal band Stallion’s full-length debut, “Rise and Ride”. So far I am really impressed. The riffs are interesting and whiplash-y. The solos are scorchers. Good stuff here.
Later I think I will listen to some Nekrogoblikon, because my friend reminded me that they existed. Yay for music!
The only reason I listened to this band was because of the album art, which I super love. The band is МИША!, a Russian Federation grindcore/powerviolence band. The material was okay, I guess (the release is only nine and a half minutes, so a proper opinion after one listen is probably null).
PS: Speaking of powerviolence, I finally got my hands on a physical copy of Fuck on the Beach’s “Power Violence Forever” a month or so back. Sick record.
PPS: I am going double-image on this one!
The Seattle Mariners can still make the playoffs. Every game matters. King Felix will be on the mound. Go Mariners!
Incidentally, I am currently listening to a band from the state of Washington, Ceremonial castings. Specifically, I am listening to their most recent album, “Cthulhu”. Good stuff. It is probably my least favorite of their albums. That bar is pretty high though, so it’s hard for me to totally-accurately gauge. Still good stuff anyway.
Early AM Music!
I love waking up in the middle of the night (or really early), getting up, and enjoying the silence of the rest of the general area sleeping. When I say enjoy the silence, I mean blast music in headphones.
Doing some re-listens of a few Running Wild albums. Currently listening to “Blazon Stone”. It’s a really good album. I really like the solo in “Straight to Hell”. Other favorite tracks include “Billy the Kid”, “Rolling Wheels”, and the title track. They also do a sick cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Genocide”. I love Thin Lizzy, so this is amazing.
Running Wild was such a good choice to check-out; they consistently have good material.
I am a few tracks into the new K-Rino album, “Deprogrammed”. Much like with Cannibal Corpse in the last few posts, it is business as usual here. K never disappoints.
As a Seattle Mariners fan, I enjoyed the lyric in the song, “F.S.R.”:
"…like a batter facing Randy Johnson, fool, I’m looking at the big picture…"
Also, since Randy Johnson is my all-time favorite player, this is extra-special. Thanks, K!
PS: Mariners, WHY!!?!?!?!? **Crying and drinking**
Conclusion for “A Skeletal Domain”
I have listened to “A Skeletal Domain” a few times now. Like I read, and really, like I assumed, “A Skeletal Domain” is business as usual, so really really good. My top 5 tracks (in chronological order) are:
“High Velocity Impact Spatter”, “Sadistic Embodiment”, “Headlong into Carnage”, “Icepick Lobotomy”, and “Bloodstained Cement”.
Cannibal Corpse are so good; it will be a shame, when the day comes that Cannibal Corpse no longer release albums. Cannibal Corpse is not respected enough (even if you say that they are highly respected). We all take them for granted. Tsk Tsk, us.
"A Skeletal Domain"
I just realized that death metal stalwarts, Cannibal Corpse released a new album, “A Skeletal Domain”. Cursory research of public opinion is, “same ol’ Cannibal Corpse”, which I think is fantastic.I just now started listening to the album. Based on the first two tracks, “High Velocity Impact Spatter” ans “Sadistic Embodiment” this seems very likely to be true.
New Cannibal Corpse is always a treat. And on we go……!
Ca-razy Aside: I am watching the the Movie “Bad Taste”, a Peter Jackson endeavor (well, I am visually, not audibly). I just finished the song “Kill or Become”. The lyric of the chorus is, “Fire up the chainsaw….”. Throughout the song, a character from the movie, Derek (played by Peter Jackson) is violently wielding a chainsaw. It as rather fitting, in an accidentally literal way.
“Treasure Island”/Running Wild, 2 More, and Folk Metal!
Oh man, so I finally got around to listening to the German heavy metal band Running Wild in the last week or so. Holy shit, I totally missed the boat on these guys. Anyway, so I decided to get on-board with Running Wild, and then reaped many-a-rewards.
Aside: Wow, I just realized of the German foursome, or whatever their collective name is (they being Helloween, Running Wild, Grave Digger, and Gamma Ray), before my recent Running Wild listening that is, I had really only listened to Helloween. This is significant because there is a potential goldmine here. Wowza!
Here is a narrative(?):The first couple of Running Wild albums were okay. “Branded and Exiled” was definitely the first album that made my ears perk up. Then the door was blasted off with “Under Jolly Roger”. Running Wild was really speaking to me now. The followup, “Port Royal”, sledgehammered just as hard. I was sold. Rolf Kasparek is my dude.
On a semi-tangent, while listening to the epic Running Wild track, “Treasure Island”, I was reminded of the Russian folk metal band Pagan Reign for some reason. So now I am listening to a bunch of folk metal.
I like the recorder
PS: On a totally unrelated followup, I totally dig Opeth’s new album “Pale Communion” a ton. I like it better than “Heritage” probably-definitely. Super good.
"Goblin" is also an instant classic for me. What a song!
I think I like this album more than “Heritage” already. We shall see…..
PS: Is “Goblin” a reference to the Italian band Goblin? Probably.
I’m enjoying my first listen-through of Opeth’s new record, “Pale Communion”. I just finished track 2, “Cusp of Eternity” - probably an instant classic for me.
With this release, it appears they’ve gone full-on progressive metal/rock. This is based on what I have already heard (from people) and what I have already heard (from personally listening to the album - currently on track 3, “Moon Above, Sun Below”, the only song that is 10 minutes+). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I really enjoyed “Heritage”. Sure, I adore the death metal aspect of the other Opeth albums, but this stuff is cool too!
Anyway….. I really like “Pale Communion” so far!
Onward and upward.
I’m intoxicated, so I’ll randomly post!
Right now, I am listening to a bunch of W.A.S.P., which has been pretty enjoyable. Blackie Lawless is good stuff.
Also lately, I have been listening to a ton of Ghoul. Specifically, the album, “Splatterthrash”, has received the majority of the plays. 1:31-2:39 in “As your Casket Closes”, wowza! Gurgling/Aweome-riff, cool surf rock lead, neato solo. I love it.
Recently, I also decided to check out Stryper. They play a heavily Christian bent version of heavy metal/hair metal. Cool material. Sometimes I’ll chuckle to myself as I realize the lyrics that are being sung, but overall the riffs and solos are pretty damn solid. Michael Sweet, folks.
Yay for music!
Whoa! I’m a homeowner!
So holy shit, I bought a house. Craaaazy!! To be honest, I feel very privileged to be able to do such a thing, even if it is ultra fucking terrifying. So far, it has been a ton of work (once the annoying, buying the house part was over), but totally worth it.
Musicwise, I have been listening to a lot of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Ceremonial Castings also released a new album (“Cthulhu”), and I listened to that a bunch. Iron Maiden too, as always.
Currently, I am listening to Ghoul’s first album, “We Came for the Dead!!!”. Pretty sick stuff.
I’m hoping to get this blog back fully swingin’ soon here; we’ll see if I can get that accomplished or not. Wish me luck!
Everyone be well!!
PS: The Mariners Splatterhouse’d the Blue Jays tonight. King Felix is ridiculously good. Go Mariners!!
PPS: There’s a super intense lightning storm happening right now. My dogs are not fans. :o(
Riff Raff and 16 Days!
Tonight was my first foray into the rapper Riff Raff. I listened to his new record, “Neon Icon”. I wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. His flow seemed solid. The beats were solid. I will check out “The Golden Alien” soon.
Otherwise, things are getting close.
Other things I have been enjoying lately:
Yngwie Malmsteen, Warbringer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Municipal Waste, Lana Del Rey, Cannabis Corpse, Vektor, Blood Freak, Cattle Decapitation.
Anyway, I hope everyone is well!
"Total Fucking Darkness"
"Total Fucking Darkness" is the title of an early Cradle of Filth demo. It is also the title of the demo’s re-release (along with some other tracks). That re-release was released today. Hells Yeahs.
Cradle of Filth was one of the first extreme metal bands that I got into, and was certainly one of the most important in my musical journey. I have yet to listen to this re-release, but I am quite excited to do so. I’m not sure what to expect really, as the tracks are early material (plus some re-mastering/etc.), but the album should be an fascinating listen nonetheless.
Wish me luck!
That is all for now. Life is getting more and more interesting. Yeah, interesting, that’s it.