Hello everyone! It’s me Tentaclesworth! Upon weeks of contemplation, I’ve decided to adopt the weekly column from Dormition who has joined ranks with The Monolith. I’d like to give this column a bit of a facelift and give it a new logo and a new preface, which should be ready to go for next week’s entry. I look forward to providing some insight to what I listen to and the music that made us heavy. So let’s get to it!
The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
Today we venture into the wacky realm of Maximum the Hormone. The band name itself sets an expectation. It doesn’t make any sense for one thing and seemingly satirizes Verb the Noun type bands. Though any correlation between the trend in band names and Maximum’s own band name is purely coincidence. Maximum the Hormone though sounds like something fun and maybe even silly. Say it out loud and see if you can attach any negative connotations to it. There are definitely easier things to do right?
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What a year. Here is a summary of my most pleasurable listening experiences. Quick shout outs to Gaza, Eldrimner, Acrania (Mexico), Disfiguring the Goddess, Gods of Eden, Trash Talk, Xibalba and TesseracT who just barely missed the cut. Sorry guys.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy my list. I didn’t mess around. Just meat and potatoes. Also, I’d love it if you left a comment validating my list or insulting me for terrible taste! Either way, happy doomsday!
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Have you ever noticed how some bands have a few songs that are different from the rest of the band’s catalog? Songs that are really awesome, but are unnoticed because non-fans of the band aren’t interested enough to dig for them? Well, thankfully you have me, and I can point such songs out to you. Here we go!
Trivium – Shogun
Most people know Trivium as Metallica wannabes or an above average metal band. Those people probably didn’t listen to their 2008 album Shogun closely enough. This album is a love letter to progressive metal, thrash, and classic heavy metal. The most interesting track in the album is without doubt the title track, which is a 10+ minute progressive epic, with an Opeth-like interlude with acoustic guitars, a great buildup and a fitting release to that buildup. Listen to this song, and it might change your opinion of the band.
Winds of Plague – Approach the Podium
Much like Trivium, Winds of Plague is also a band that is hated by a lot of people. They have the whole bro-core thing going on, and their songs have terrible breakdowns. Or at least that’s what you would think. Their 2009 release, The Great Stone War is barely even deathcore at times, it’s quite progressive, it’s epic and intricate. “Approach the Podium” is probably a track that most skip, because it begins with what most would consider a bad breakdown. The song becomes quite interesting after that though. It’s very symphonic and progressive. The buildup near the end is very baroque and epic, and the ending breakdown is perfectly set up. It’s not for everyone, but if you can get past its shortcomings the song feels like the audio equivalent of watching The Lord of The Rings.
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With gratuitous amounts of satire!
Awww yeah. The j-rock satire song is titled Chiisana Kimi No Te, and the real song after that is a self titled song. Maximum the Hormone will be releasing a new single EP titled Greatest the Hits 2011-2011 containing the songs “Utsukushiki Hitobito No Uta”, “Maximum the Hormone”, and “My Girl”. Greatest the Hits 2011-2011 will be out March 23rd in Japan. MtH will also be touring in Europe in June, so look out for psychotic Japanese metalcore over there.