Freshman year was—let’s just say—less than satisfactory. Getting sick with an ailment that doctors couldn’t diagnose for almost 7 months, missing half of my first semester, and not being able to spend time with friends was a real bummer. The two things that really kept me happy were my poetry and my music. My library grew extensively over that year, mostly due to me being bedridden most of the day. The only joy I got was when I could get the newest releases from my local music store or Amazon. I remember searching endlessly through the internet trying to discover the next band that would floor me. I came across this one band from Sweden that released an album earlier that year. The album was called obZen. I dug a little deeper and found that the band actually been around since 1989, and that it was their sixth album. Now, naturally, whenever I find a new band, I begin from the middle or early portion of their discography, so that I can hear them morph over time. I chose their album from 1999, Chaosphere, and gave their song ‘New Millennium Cyanide Christ’ a listen, and liked it enough to buy the album.
I listened to the first track, and had to stop after about 45 seconds. It was WAY too intense. I couldn’t follow it to save my life, the vocals were abrasive, the drums all over the place. I thought, “Maybe it was just that one song”. After NMCC, the album was ridiculous. Every song was really scattered, out of place. The players didn’t seem to get each other at all. I thought it was garbage. I removed their CD from my collection and threw it in my closet. It was like the demon seed of my musical libary. I was almost angry that I wasted my money on something so terrible, then I stopped whining about it and moved on.
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Drewsif Stalin’s one cool dude. It’s like he’s constantly releasing bits of new musical endeavors left and right, which I can dig. If the above photo doesn’t make it obvious, he’s also known to get silly and have fun. It’s always nice to meet musicians who are great at what they do and don’t take themselves so seriously, you know?
My man-crush on Drew is never ceasing, and with the new DSME cover of Katy Perry‘s “E.T.” (the version without Kanye West, thankfully), it only grows stronger. I always thought as Katy Perry as being better than your run of the mill pop-stars, and if there’s anything that can get me to notice how infectiously catchy pop is, it’s metal covers and mashups (see: “Bleedarazi”, which made me actually pay attention to Lady Gaga). Check out the video of Drew and drummer Anup Sanstry slinging some djenty pop woo.
You can download the track for free at the DSME bandcamp page. Enjoy your new guilty pleasure.
Meshuggah + Lady Gaga? Yes. It’s old and been posted before, but it still deserves mentioning for being amazing.
Haters gonna hate.
I subscribe to the belief that sometimes it’s best to not do mash-ups under any circumstance, especially metal with rappers and pop artists.
I believe that I have been proven wrong with Bleed-A-Razzi, a mash-up of Meshuggah and Lady Gaga.
If only all pop music sounded this great. And no, I’m not being ironic or anything, this is seriously a great song. Some people on YouTube are bitching that the songs don’t match up well, but I think that’s just them being massively butthurt. For no pitch shift or time conversions, this matches up too perfectly, as if the songs were made for each other. The only thing that could have made it better? Throwing the solo in after the “MY SOUL” part.
Also, I’ve come to the conclusion that if Lady Gaga weren’t singing, this song pretty much sounds like Periphery.
If you liked the mashup, you can download it here. It’s not in mp3 format, but you can convert it yourself if you care enough.