Back once again for the renegade master… Oops, wrong meeting. Yes, it is time for my round up of the smartest music videos I’ve seen this month. Whether it’s sleek and shiny or gruesome and garish, I’ll watch it with both eyes peeled and all of my senses involved. This time around it’s the turn of the full band performance video. Stipulations of entry into this list include all members of band accounted for on film and at least five close up shots of instruments being played. These are great tracks this time around too whereas last month I chose a great video for an awful track. Yes. It was Babymetal. I digress, away we go!
Here we are: another month full of music and videos to go with it. This column is a pain because I know for a fact that I’ve missed a ton of great clips. I can’t watch them all. Fortunately for you, I’ve picked a bunch from the month of March…
WELL HELLO THERE. It’s been a pretty goddamn long time since I’ve written one of these posts up, almost embarrassingly so. To be fair, the last concert videos I posted here of Neurosis and Sumac were some of my favorites I’ve done, so if I were to leave you all with something to hold you over, I could’ve done far worse. The truth of the matter though is that for a number of reasons (mostly beginning and ending with making a living as a freelancer), I just don’t have the time like I did even a year ago to dedicate to producing these kind of high-quality concert videos on a consistent basis. But even though my output has slowed down considerably, I am as determined as ever to create interesting and awesome content for everyone to enjoy, which is why I’m so pleased to be finally launching these couple of videos today of Long Island’s eclectic, energetic, and amazing Moon Tooth!
While I’m usually the last to jump on any given bandwagon at any given time, I’m getting on this one while it’s fresh and hot. UK Metalcore upstarts Our Hollow, Our Home are one of a fresh batch of new acts splashing together the heartfelt musings of The Ghost Inside with the kind of metal assault that I Killed The Prom Queen deliver at a professional level. There’s enough of these acts around that the good ones can go unnoticed while the “meh”s of the crop get the limelight. This is not the case here. Jam this band and forever be thankful that their mixture of soaring choruses and bounce happy breakdowns is now plugged into your brain via me.
Boston natives InAeona are a hard band to pin down, sonically. Described in the press as a post-metal band, they certainly aspire to cosmic heights and they pack the wall of sound to get them there. Structurally and instrumentally, alternative and industrial metal hooks and grooves seep in, easily begging comparison to Untouchables-era Korn with the nu-prog leanings of Karnivool.
At the end of last year I wrote about some of my favourite music videos that had been released over the preceding twelve months. It was fun and I’m going to be doing it more regularly this year. Like, every month starting from now. Now, I’m no expert in video,…
Long Island progressive metal band Painted In Exile have not exactly had an easy go of it since releasing their initial EP back in 2009. Beseeched with a myriad of personal issues and lineup changes, the band have been seemingly in a state of absolute stasis for the past 6 years and change. Though never broken up or officially on hiatus, they played no shows for nearly 5 years until their official “reunion” show last month. And now after what must have felt like an absolute eternity for the band and longtime fans, Painted In Exile have officially announced their first full-length album in the form of an Indiegogo campaign.
We’ve had the absolute pleasure of presenting videos over the past few days that were shot and made possible by one of the blog’s favorite up-and-coming prog metal bands, A Sense of Gravity. For our official NAMM video wrap-up though, we decided that it’d be nice to let the band speak in their own words about the experience and what’s coming up on the horizon for them. So here’s C.J. Jenkins (vocals) to tell you all about it!
On Tuesday we showed you our big NAMM montage video. On Wednesday we presented you our very special extended interview with Per Nilsson. And now we’ve got three more terrific interviews for you! Watch the guys from A Sense of Gravity interview three artists and bands, each doing amazing things in completely different areas of the metal spectrum. We’ve got guitarist and social media guru Angel Vivaldi, guitarist Felipe Andreoli of veteran Brazilian metal band Angra, and Sam Meador, Brent Vallefuoco, and Matthew Earl of California progressive black metal group Xanthochroid. Check out all the antics here!
Yesterday we launched our series of videos from NAMM 2016 helmed by A Sense of Gravity. Though our montage video highlighted some of the best moments from the band’s many interviews over that weekend, there was also an absolute wealth of footage that didn’t make it into there, which is why we’ll be releasing full interviews from the event through the rest of the week. The one we’re premiering today, however, is extra special.
Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry fame is known as an indomitable guitarist and all-around amazing musician/producer, but he’s also known for his humor and affable nature, particularly in interviews. We were extraordinarily fortunate to be able to connect with him over his trip to NAMM and set up a lengthy interview between him and the ASOG crew over breakfast at an IHOP. And so we happily present to you: Pancakes With Per!