01. Nuchal Cord
02. Ancestal Perplexities
03. The Gynecic Curse
06. A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing
08. Fail Science!
09. Charlie Guiteau
10. Joint Ventures
11. Houses of Stone
The Odious are, it seems, the latest darling of the digital age. While not an ‘online band’ per se like Slice the Cake, their rise to relative recognition in the scene has been somewhat catalyzed by the metal blogosphere. It’s certainly well deserved, though, as the band released an absolute ripper of an EP in 2011′s That Night a Forest Grew, which fused elements of The Faceless and Between the Buried and Me together with hefty doses of jazz and psychedelia as well as clean vocals a la Alice in Chains. The uniqueness and talent showcased on this release garnered them quite the hype for their debut album, but now that it’s here, is it really the swansong 2012 deserves, or just the one it needs?
I love JFAC, and raved about their latest release earlier this year. I also saw them and met them at Summer Slaughter and they killed it live. They have just announce dan upcoming tour in December with Cephalic Carnage, I Declare War, and Legion, with special guests TBA called “The End Of The World Tour”. Fitting title, since we’re apparently all going to perish soon. Dates below, and get in the holiday spirit!
12/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
12/07 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
12/08 Buffalo, NY Mohawk
12/09 Toronto, ON Rum Runners
12/10 Montreal, QC FouFounes
12/11 Quebec City, QC Union Commercial
12/13 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
12/14 New York City, NY Knitting Factory
12/15 Worcester, MA Palladium
12/16 Albany, NY Boogies
12/17 Allentown, PA Maingate
12/18 Fredericksburg, MD Café 611
01. The Carbon Stampede
02. Dead Set On Suicide
03. A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat
04. Gristle Licker
05. Forced Gender Reassignment
06. Projectile Ovulation
08. Do Not Resuscitate
09. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom of Tyrants
[Metal Blade Records]
We’ve been saying it for the last couple of months; 2012 is the year of death metal in its many varied forms. Many highly anticipated titles on the horizon were met with either pleasant surprise or completely fulfilled hype. There was some uncertainty for the pending release of Cattle Decapitation‘s latest offering Monolith of Inhumanity, however. 2009′s The Harvest Floor failed to ruffle any feathers in this listener in the long term, which isn’t a shock coming from someone who wasn’t a fan of death metal at the time, let alone the grizzly theatrics of this particular San Diego-based deathgrind act. Tastes have since changed and bands have since evolved, culminating in Monolith of Inhumanity ultimately becoming a must listen and a favorite around these parts. This is truly an album to behold.
The year isn’t halfway over yet, but it’s looking like 2012 belongs to death metal in its many forms. I’m not sure if there’s a legitimate upswing in quality and innovation or if it’s simply my own personal tastes getting filthier, but much of the year’s most stand-out releases have been from death metal acts. While I’d love to get a discussion going about how ridiculously good music has been recently, I’m going to cut right to this hour’s order of business.
Consensus around here is that it is prog metal March. I checked the calendar and it is indeed March, so I’ve decided to weigh in by compiling a list of the biggest cliches in prog album art design. Intensive research went into polling the 900 songs in my iTunes library with a genre label containing the word ‘progressive’. While these visual elements can be considered cliche because of how often they are used, I think that the quality of (most of) the artwork is still high. If anything, it’s a testament to how the same elements can be used multiple times and still look relatively fresh. The list is a in descending order of how often I think each cliche element is used.
5. Mathy things, equations, visual representation of mathematical concepts
Covers appearing from left to right are (1) Scale The Summit - The Collective, (2) Mouth of the Architect - Time & Withering (3) The Human Abstract - Nocturne
I don’t have a lot of examples of this, but I’m absolutely positive that more math inspired covers exist. The new Scale the Summit artwork is probably the most glaring example, it depicts a pattern most commonly associated with sunflower seeds and other flowers, as well as types of broccoli, cauliflower and other natural things. The pattern is a visual representation of the Fibonacci sequence and the golden mean. It is composed of two opposite spirals superimposed on top of each other. I was reading an interesting article about the occurrence of this in nature, but I can’t find it again, so if you would like further reading try here or here. The Mouth of the Architect cover is essentially the same pattern.
The cover for Nocturne has some Da Vinci-esque sketches on it and from what I understand, that dude was pretty mathematically inclined. I know, weak example, but it’s the best I could do on short notice.
I know there has to be more math-inspired covers out there but I’m drawing a blank as to what and where they are. It’s kind of a bummer, because I love art inspired by math and data visualization work in general. If anyone has any suggestions of album art or design work inspired by mathematical concepts I would love to check it out.
Metalsucks just made my day, because I’m obviously a huge fan of Between the Buried and Me and The Ocean, so this trek is right up my alley. I’m even content with Job for A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage, both of whom I have already seen live in support of other acts.
Here are the dates. Hold your breath!
15-Apr Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
16-Apr New England Metal & Hardcore Fest The Palladium
17-Apr Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
18-Apr Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
19-Apr Williamsville, NY Club Infinity
20-Apr Montreal, QC Le National
21-Apr Toronto, ONT Opera House
22-Apr Toledo, OH Headliners
23-Apr Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
25-Apr Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
26-Apr Lawrence, KS Granada
27-Apr Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
29-Apr Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
30-Apr Seattle, WA El Corazon
1-May Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3-May Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
4-May San Francisco, CA Slim’s
5-May Pomona, CA Glasshouse Music Hall
6-May San Diego, CA Soma
7-May Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
9-May Dallas, TX The Door
10-May Tulsa, OK The Marquee
11-May Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
12-May Atlanta, GA The Masqueradea
13-May Nashville, TN Rockettown
14-May Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Looks like I’m catching the last date with our very own Paul “Uncle Muscles” Meisner at The Orange Peel! This is going to be absolutely insane, and I can’t wait.BTBAM’s The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is out April 14th on Metal Blade Records. HNNNNNG I WANT IT NOW!
01. Clinger (Stage 5)
02. Fire Crotch (The Venerial Van Ride)
03. Welcome to Camp Nightmare
04. Currenly Sexting
05. Cocaine Avalanche
06. Song Before the Song
07. Pure and Immature (Goon)
08. Who You Gonna Call?
09. All Work No Play
11. Slampig (…And Then The Bitch)
12. Party 2.0
13. The Big Sleep
I’m going to make this quick, cause I can’t take any more of this. Dr. Acula is a 7-piece band (which is completely unnecessary, because the music can easily be performed with 4.) that have been around since ’05. Their first 3 releases had some form of a quirkiness to them. They were god-awful releases, don’t get me wrong, but Dr. Acula knew that they were trash, and they just didn’t give a fuck. They actually developed a decent fan base. And I admit, I thought The Social Event of the Century wasn’t the worst release I had ever heard. But then the bastards at Victory Records got a hold of them, and then it seems like everything about Dr. Acula changed. Their logo, their appearance, and their sound. And this is the worst thing that could have possibly happened, as this is the worst album I’ve heard in quite some time.
It’s a shame, but I’ve never bothered to listen to Cephalic Carnage until after I saw them at Summer Slaughter this year. I am so behind the times on some things. I bet the list of bands I really should have heard whole albums from by now is staggering.
I’m a sorry sack of shit
So Cephalic Carnage posted their new song “When I Arrive,” and it is pretty damn awesome, which leads me to believe that their upcoming album Mislead By Certainty will be awesome as well. Check out all the grindy goodness below.
I don’t get to go to metal shows very often, so I have to pick and choose wisely. It seemed to me that Summer Slaughter’s stop fell on a Friday within a 4 hour distance and had arguably the best lineup, so that’s what I set my sights on. I was ready to have a good time, and all in all, I did.
However, things started off in the shitter. I was planning on and looking forward to interviewing The Red Chord’s Guy Kozowyk, but upon arriving at the box office I was turned away. Apparently, the guy at the ticket booth was not given any names under The Red Chord’s list, leaving me a bit confused, annoyed, and somewhat embarrassed. Seeing my genuine look of confusion, he offered to go and talk to the band and see what was up while I waited. After a few minutes had passed, he came back to tell me that there was too much going on backstage to get a hold of anyone and that it would be a good 20 minutes before he could reach anyone. I then noticed that people were being let in, so I said “I guess I’ll just buy a ticket and come back later,” and joined my friend (who had never heard of most of the bands on the bill) in line. Sadly, the shit didn’t stop there. Apparently it had hit the fan and sprayed all over the stage.