The Body – No One Deserves Happiness

However, despite what the name implies, No One Deserves Happiness is NOT the warm, fuzzy Rom-Com soundtrack we all thought it might be, instead proving itself to be a strange, savage piece of music that fits somewhere between the usual output of The Body and a Rihanna album. It is odd in all the best ways, a true testament of counter-counter-culture, perfect for listening to while lurking in a basement somewhere with the lights off, refusing to shower, refusing to use even a smidgeon of deodorant for fear that it may actually attract someone of the opposite sex. Yes, this album is nasty, a true central pillar in a world of grime, but oddly enough, poppy in the most perverse way possible, a contrast that proves once again that The Body is unafraid to tread where others fear to go, refusing to set trends because the music is abrasive to the point where no one in their right mind would want to copy it. With all of this in mind, enter No One Deserves Happiness, a masterpiece of perverted pop music.

Heavy Rewind – Metallica’s Master of Puppets

Before starting to get to the meat of this article, I’d like to ask all readers to ignore whatever prejudices they have regarding Metallica, just for a short time. I completely understand if you’re pissed about Metallica; they have not always made the best music, among other things. Honestly, Saint Anger is still very much a source of disappointment and annoyance for me. However, for a lot of people – and, really, the metal community at large – they are an important band. For me (and, I assume, many others), they were the first real metal band I got into. On the whole, they are considered one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are probably the most financially successful metal band ever (the Black Album still sells a ridiculous amount of copies, if you can believe it). And while we at Heavy Blog are a few months behind, we still find it necessary to pay tribute the band’s third album, Master of Puppets, as it celebrates its 30th birthday this year.

Hey! Listen to Avernal!

Back when I was just getting into extreme metal, there was one musician who stood shoulders above the rest for me: Max Cavalera. Ex-Sepultura singer, founder of Soulfly, The Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb, and, more recently, Killer Be Killed. The man has been prolific to the point that he’s released something new every year for over the last decade. But, as much as I have loved Cavalera’s music, it’s gotten a little stale after a while. How many times can you do the same groove formula, no matter how many unorthodox instruments you play around with? How many times can you growl the same way before people get a little bored? If you want a change from Cavalera without completely wiping the man’s influence from your palate, I’d suggest Avernal, an Argentinian death metal act.