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Dethklok and Mastodon

Четверг, 12 Ноября 2009 г. 07:46 (ссылка)

Towards the end of October I had the pleasure to go see Dethklok perform in Detroit (of course, where else?) at the Fillmore. It was a terrific show! Opening first was High on Fire whose music I've briefly heard before: Not bad. Then was Converge, and it was just awful. It's just the wrong genre... some sort of metalcore stuff. Regardless of that, the vocals were terribly, totally indistinguishable screeches, the guitar sounded awful, the bass--well, who really cares, you can't hear it--and the drums, while they sounded good and the drummer was very capable I did not care for the beats he played. I'm not the only one with this sentiment either. A great deal of the crowd seemed to think it was awful too, if not by outright saying it then by looking around and at each other with a very displeased expression.

Then came on Mastodon, a band well known and good enough to have headlined the show. While overall I'd heard very little of their stuff, I found them to be very good. Very technical and a very unique sound... Both Mastodon and Dethklok had a large screen behind their set which played videos as the bands played. After seeing a few shows like this I must say that all bands should strive to have some sort of varying visuals projected behind them as they play. It adds SO MUCH atmosphere and greatly increases the value of the entertainment. More about Mastodon later...

Copied from wikipedia: Dethklok is both a fictional death metal band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, and a virtual band[3] created to perform the band's music in live shows.[4] The band is sometimes cited as an example of "comedy rock" on par with bands such as GWAR and Spinal Tap. The first Dethklok album was released on September 25 2007, entitled The Dethalbum. The music heard on Metalocalypse is performed by Brendon Small, with others as needed. Small and drummer Gene Hoglan performed on the album.[5] The album debuted at number 21 on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 list.[6] The band released The Dethalbum II on September 29, 2009, and is currently on tour with Mastodon.

Basically, Brendon Small (who is in fact a pretty small guy) is a comedian and musician (guitarist) who put his two interests together and made an extremely successful show and line of music. The show Metalocalypse, started in 2006, in 10-minute-long episodes, is a sort of dark humor comedy shown late at night on Cartoon Network's adult swim. The music that is featured in small sections on the show was fully fleshed out and released as an album. The first Dethalbum, within weeks, became the highest charting death metal album of all time. Of course if you think about it, that's not so hard to do, right? Copied from wikipedia: "The album was the highest charting death metal album in the history of the Billboard 200, before Dethalbum II overtook it." This is not just because of the immense marketing and exposure of the show, but because it is easily among the most genuinely LISTENABLE death metal albums. The music has structure and is quite melodic, especially considering the genre. Brendon Small wrote and recorded everything himself (except the drums were recorded by a well known drummer). He also voices at least half of the characters on the show. For the live tour he took that drummer, found a bassist (who had attended the same music school), and had Tommy Blacha (the other writer) pick up the second guitar's parts. The music really is terrific. When he can be technically brilliant AND funny at the same time it's no wonder that Dethklok has been such a success. I will at some point try to post a little bit of their music if I'm able, but in this post I want to showcase Mastodon.

Mastodon played what must have been their entire fourth album, titled Crack the Skye, and had a corresponding music video that went along with each song. The whole album is tied together in that it tells one story-(a concept album)--a very strange and surreal story. Copied from wikipedia: "In a MusicRadar interview, guitarist Bill Kelliher confirmed the album is about an "out of body experience," and looks at the concepts of astral travel, wormholes, Stephen Hawking's theories and the spiritual realm. The album follows a quadriplegic who learns astral projection. On his journey he flies too close to the sun, burning his umbilical cord which connects him to his body, and flies into oblivion. At the same time in Czarist Russia, Rasputin and his cult were channeling spirits and brought the quadriplegic to their time. He explains his situation and foretells the assassination of Rasputin. Inevitably Rasputin is assassinated and Rasputin guides him back to his body."

Mastodon's music is everything from super heavy and loud to very progressive and always technical. The new album particularly has a progressive vibe to it as even the musicians themselves described it. I've compared Mastodon's sound to a mix of Mudvayne and Tool.

Here's the video for their song "Oblivion" from their new album. It has an interesting video--I suppose one draws his own conslusions as to the meaning of it. I didn't care much for this song at first but it has definitely grown on me. One of my friends described it as being "like 6 different songs in one" and it's not hard to hear why that is.

This second song I've definitely heard before and it is probably Mastodon's most famous, called Blood and Thunder. It's played pretty regularly after 11pm on the 104.7 WIOT radio station's High Voltage metal hour so its good and heavy. Interestingly enough they never played it that night (to the crowd's dismay as they shouted for it). Everyone anticipated it to be their last song. It's off their second album called Leviathan, which, also being a concept album, is built loosely around the story of Moby Dick. Yes, the whale. The video doesn't really make any sense and has nothing to do with the lyrics--it's just a giant freakshow. It's fun nevertheless.

The album cover for Leviathan


I think that someone is trying to kill me
Infecting my blood and destroying my mind
No man of the flesh could ever stop me
The fight for this fish is a fight to the death

White whale - holy grail

What remorseless emperor commands me
I no longer govern my soul
I am completely immersed in darkness
As I turn my body away from the sun

White whale - holy grail

Split your lungs with blood and thunder
When you see the white whale
Break your backs and crack your oars men
If you wish to prevail

This ivory leg is what propels me
Harpoons thrust in the sky
Aim directly for his crooked brow
And look him straight in the eye

White whale - holy grail
The lyrics can be viewed in different ways, as always, but it seems like it is perhaps part from the whale's perspective and part from Captain Ahab's.

I have even more concert goodness to talk about! I will do that sometime soon in another post...

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Motorhead in Detroit

Вторник, 29 Сентября 2009 г. 05:48 (ссылка)

Several weeks ago I went to Detroit with a friend to see Motorhead at the Motorcity Casino Hotel. Motorhead (no relation to Detroit) has been rocking from Great Britain since 1975 (and its members even before then) and the guys are good and old. These guys are considered important influenced for all rock and metal that came after them (for example, they were a huge influence on Metallica). It's pretty impressive to see guys in their mid 60's put on a rock show.

At first it seemed odd that there would be a rock concert in the building, but it made sense once you got further in. The venue was very cool, and very grand. You had to walk through some real decadent halls to make it to a concert hall. We figured it's part of a casino, so money is no issue when it comes to grand decoration.

The show itself, however, was... okay. I guess it's just not quite really my music. There were two bands that opened for Motorhead: Nashville Pussy played straight Rock'n'Roll (and the guitarist and bassist were girls) and The Reverand Horton Heat played Rockabilly. Motorhead plays a sort of hard rock/rock'n'roll/heavy metal type of music, but I was never a huge fan of theirs, and I mostly went to accompany my friend who's been a fan of theirs for longer than I've been alive I'm pretty sure. All the music was well played and all but it just wasn't really my style. It sounds pompous of me to say it but it's too old. It isn't heavy enough for me, nor is it interesting enough. The worst part is that it all sounds the same to me. Of course you could say that about any band or any genre, but it seemed particularly outstanding to me here in this case. Influential it though it may be, to the line of music that I like, but that doesn't mean I really have to like it.

I have no regrets, though. It was a fun evening with good company and it was basically free for me.

Here's a more recent Motorhead song called "Rock Out". It's short, and it sums up quite well what Motorhead sounds like.

Also, cats do battle on stools.

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Добро пожаловать в Детройт

Пятница, 17 Июля 2009 г. 12:08 (ссылка)
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Знакомьтесь - мой супер рок-проект - Detroit. Прошу любить и жаловать!

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Stanley Cup Final 2009

Суббота, 13 Июня 2009 г. 22:10 (ссылка)

Финал Кубка стенли. Час ночи. Еще 120 минут до начала трансляции а сердце уже бьется во всю. Ожидаю самого важного матча в году. Не знаю чем себя занять, спать не хочется. Приготовил хавчика на вермя игры, почитал Фрейда, поиграл на гитаре. Еще час. Контакт. Кто-то предложил поиграть в приложение "какой я зверек". То я пингвин тусовщик, то муравей миллиардер, то акула модница, блин. Десять минут до начала игры! Отрываю сайт nhl.ru , достаю приготовленную хавку, усаживаю поудобнее!

Начала трансляции меня убивает. Показывают раскатку Пингвинов, а в рамке стоит Гарон. Черт возьми, где Флери. ((

Матч. Красножопые осьминоги выходят на лед. Вот они .. главная цель убийства. Больше всего мечтаю через 60 играовых минут увидеть слезы Хоссы и Зеттерберга.

1-й период. Ни шатко ни валко команды присматриваются друг к другу. Середина первого и отличный момент чтобы открыть счет. Старый осьминог Озгут на месте. Черт, думаю я, ну должне же дрогнуть этот красножопый старикан! Кронвал на скорости вьезжает в Талбо, а Стюарт выбивает клюшку у Малкина. Удаление и ПП у нас! Должны забить! Но адекватных бросков все нет и нет ... Настрой немного подпорчивается... Еще большее нерадостным делаем меня момент когда за три минуты до конца Детройт имеет шанс открыть счет. Счастливай Задница МАФа спасает! Еще один красивейший сейв за две минуты до конца периода. Блин, с такой игрой можно и упустить кастрюлю.. Первая двадцатиминутка - 0:0.

2-й период. Не успеваю вновь подключиться к он-лайн трасляции, как Талбо обыгрывает Стюарта и закатывает шайбу в домик красному осьминогу! Гооооооооооооооооооооол! Не выдерживаю и кричу! Соседи просыпаются, и наверняка проклинают весь хоккей и меня в том числе! Проходит еще три минуты и я готов вновь разбудить соседей - Кук выходит один на один, на этот раз старик Оззи парирует бросок. Шестая минута периода и красные уроды травмируют капитана. Сид с поникшей головой едет на скамейку и уходит в раздевалку. чтобы недоставлаять неприятностей соседям открываю форум Детройта и высказываю все нелестности которые знаю в адрес краснохопых. БАН!! Ахахах, теперь дорога на их форум мне закрыта. Но не проходит и двух минут, как Талбо мстит за меня и за Кросби - выходит с Кеннеди два на одного Оззи и гол в девятку. Плевать на соседей! Гоооооооооооооооооол! Моей радости нету предела! Гоооооооооооооооол! Кубок совсем близко. Даже тут я чувствую как он пахнет уже!!! Концовка периода за Детройтом, но Флери красавец стоит насухо и на перерыв мы уходим ведя в две шайбы!

3-й период. Ох, по-моему я седею. Такой накал страстей. За 6 минут до конца Эриксон дальним ударов сокращает отставание.. СТОЯТЬ!!!! Сердце выбивает 240 ударов в минуту, но Пингвины стоят, Фледи на кураже... 10 секунд до конца.. 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. ПОБЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕЕДА! Показывают Лемье.. он плачет! Наконец-то! МЫ ЧЕМПИОДНЫ! 17 лет мы ждали этот кубок! Малкин получает награду самого ценного игрока, а Кросби поднимает над собой Кастрюлю!! Хосса сидит красныс с поникшей головой! Так тебе и надо красножопый предатель! НАГРАЖДАЮ ТЕБЯ ЗВАНИЕМ НЕУДАЧНИК ГОДА! Не из той команды ты ушел! Но самый шикарный момент это конечно же Марио Лемье с Кубком над головой, как когда-то в 1992! Вот только сейчас на нем строгий костюм а не форма Пигвинов! Ну и что он Велик! Показывают Малкина! Он тоже велик! ОН УЖЕ ЛЕГЕНДА!!! На растоятх трачу последние деньги на телефоне рассылая смс друзьям! Pittsburgh CHEMPIONS! Дааааааааааааааааааааааааааааааааа!!!

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Detroit Metal City trailer

Четверг, 05 Февраля 2009 г. 18:04 (ссылка)

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Kings of the Carnival Creation

Суббота, 01 Ноября 2008 г. 06:09 (ссылка)

A week ago I went up to Detroit to see Dimmu Borgir play at The Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theater, a very nice, clean, ornate venue). Actually they weren't the headlining event: They were opening up for Danzig. This was a stop of the "Blackest of the Black" tour and it was a packed evening, with 5 bands performing. For some reason I was under the impression that this was going to be a black metal show, but that wasn't necessarily the case. Rather, the common theme of the show was Satan/darkness, which quite clearly translates to 'anti-religious sentiments'. Overall it was a great show!

First was 'Skeleton Witch' (terrible name) who played black metal with an odd guitar style that often reminded me of power metal. Next was 'Winds of Plague', a unique sounding death metal band with a girl playing keyboards and occasionally adding to the growled vocals. Most of their songs were very long considering how powerful and brutal their music was, and being a death metal band, they had to turn the volume up to about 1.5x the necessary level. You would wince each time the snare drum was hit. This is a good time to mention that I always wear a cotton ball in each ear when I go to concerts, which helps take out some of the piercing treble, and since I don't go to concerts very often, my hearing is hardly, if at all, affected by the music. My head returns fully to normal in 5-10 minutes after the show is over, as opposed to the hours that some people are in a daze for after a show. Next up was Moonspell of who I remember very little for some reason, though I do remember that it was pretty good. It was a sort of black metal/heavy metal mix. Next up was MY main event for the evening: Dimmu Borgir. They played all of their best-known songs and put on a terrific performance. One odd thing is that Galder, the lead guitarist, was not there for an untold reason, and another guitarist played his parts. Finally Danzig went on and played for a very long time. Unfortunately he was sick and his voice was not ideal (though if you’ve heard him sing you may know that it never really is, though it is indeed unique). Danzing's style is a lot more old school. It's a hard rock/heavy metal style (not at all extreme) and while there's nothing wrong with that, and it was very good music, my prediction was correct: That it would be a weird transition, sort of a downer, to go from something so epic and powerful as Dimmu Borgir to music that is much more tame (at least in my opinion).

Here's a video of Dimmu Borgir playing 'Kings of the Carnival Creation' live. They played this awesome song that night and it looked a lot like this!

By the way, just in case you catch it here, this is the flag of Norway:

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