Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Eden Kupermintz & Nick Cusworth and Noyan Tokgozoglu together to peruse each other’s tastes:
Tag Archive Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.
The clear highlight from this week’s update is Intronaut, with Aaron’s grid being almost exclusively composed of their back catalogue. Many members of our staff are stoked about their most recent release The Direction of Last Things, which we will be reviewing in the near future. Additionally, Nick has fittingly been spinning So Hideous‘s latest offering Laurestine, which he both reviewed (here) and filmed the live performance of (here). Any blackgaze fan would be foolish to pass up this Heavy Blog endorsed album. Finally, both David and Eden revisited Never Were the Way She Was, the exceptional collaboration between saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld, which Nick dissected back in April (here). The album is mesmerizing and worth a listen regardless of your typical musical preference.
For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.
Head past the jump to see which receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Bands that live in the realm of genre crossovers are often faced with the problem of being more attuned with one of their genres than the others, hence their sound is often “prime-genre-with-other-stuff-sparkled-in”. Then there are the rare artists that perfectly execute both genres simultaneously, but there are so few that are so adept at this craft that one can easily count them with both their hands. Then we have the extremely polar genres of rave electronica and metal. While that combination sounds like a death wish, fans of Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas know by now that the band make it work way better than it has any right to. Yes, FALILV combine autotuned vocals, EDM and metalcore with a base of J-rock, and they pay each genre perfect respect, while also experimenting with more off-the-wall elements. And with each album they get braver and more creative with their sound. Feeling of Unity is their fourth album, out only a year after the superb Phase 2, and the band show no sign of slowing down – in fact they’re constantly taking their sound to the next level.
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas are quite a divisive band. Their signature sound that combines rave electronica with progressive metalcore, autotuned vocals and high pitched screaming is a hard pill to swallow for many, but once one gets over the absurdity of concept there’s no denying that the execution is always top notch. 2012’s All That We Have Now was an amazing sophomore release that cemented them as a cross between J-rock and iwrestledabearonce with more consistency and catchiness. Its successor, Phase 2, is finally upon us, and as it is to be expected from FALILV, it’s batshit crazy, creative and insanely memorable.
I know this band is pretty divisive, as the last time I posted about Japanese progressive metalcore/electronica band Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas people either really hated it or loved it. Well, for those of you who did, they’re coming out with a new album titled Phase 2 on the sixth of August, and they have two singles out already with videos which you can check out after the jump.
Let’s celebrate with champagne
Because it’s that time of the year again
When everyone gives each other gifts
And makes end of the year lists
2012 was a great year
Many albums I did revere
But only a few I must choose
Now before more rhymes I abuse
Let’s get to the favorite albums
So take this list into your cerebellums
(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)
Fear, And Loathing In Las Vegas
All That We Have Now
02. Scream as Hard as You Can
04. How Old You are Never Forget Your Dream
05. Interlude 1
06. Just Awake
07. Defeat and Beat
08. In the End, the Choice is All Yours
10. Interlude 2
11. Don’t Suffer Alone
Do you like J-rock influenced metal? Electronica elements? Autotuned clean vocals? If these sound like the worst plagues that can be brought upon music, then it’s pretty safe to say Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas probably aren’t for you. It’s easy to see why these elements scare many people off, but it would be unfair to dismiss FALILV just because of prior bands who have used those elements poorly. An immediate comparison can be made to Eskimo Callboy, but that band misses the point completely, whereas FALILV have a completely different focus on similar themes. Their sound is a more brave exploration of the mixture of trance and metalcore, with a slight experimental slant that evokes Iwrestledabearonce and adds a clear direction that is in favor of musical integrity while bringing the aforementioned elements together. Still here? Then let’s see how All That We Have Now fares.
Here’s the video for the new Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas track Chase the Light! Wait, what? FALILV are a Japanese band in the vein of Attack Attack!, but they’re significantly better. I actually really like them, they use their electronic elements properly and it’s not a cheesy mix of things that appeal to scene kids. Yes, the band name is stupid but whatever. Anyway, here’s the video for “Chase the Light”!
I honestly think it’s great. The breakdown part is awesome, the ending is rightfully epic, and it’s upbeat and melodic all along the ride. As long as you can get over the autotuned clean vocals, that is.
And here’s an older track, “Stray in Chaos”. Sounds a bit like Raunchy, to be honest.