Most metal bands do not have particularly lengthy discographies; this is fact. Aside from the obvious yet unfortunate reason that being in a metal band generally isn’t the most sustainable career path for a musician, the scene itself is in constant flux, and trends often die as soon as they arise -=- or, perhaps more frequently, evolve so rapidly that those who can’t keep up simply fall by the wayside. Swedish giants Meshuggah, however, occupy a particularly unique niche within that context: having spawned legions of imitators and even entire subgenres, the band are one of the few that have truly established themselves as being ahead of the curve in their two plus decades of operation. Despite this, they have somehow retained a sense of consistency throughout their numerous releases, staying true to their original goal of taking all sorts of musical deviance — particularly in a rhythmic sense — to all sorts of extremes.
Last month, we at the blog had an absolute pleasure to sponsor Telepathy’s European jaunt. Hitting five separate dates with their post-metal fury, Telepathy exemplify the DIY tour mentality and thus, offer both staff members and our dear readers a rare glimpse into what actually happens on such tours. Below are the unedited, unabridged thoughts of one Teddy James Driscoll, who plays bass for the band.
One of my favorite things about writing for the blog is how much access it gives me to music I would never otherwise have heard. This is especially true in a geographical sense; our scenes and music journalism are heavily titled towards the Western world. While that sort of perspective is not without merit, it still misses huge swaths of amazing music. Consider Andorra’s Persefone or Japan’s Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas. Another location which might not be immediately associated with metal is Costa Rica. Apparently, however, it is host to an amazing musical scene which has now intersected with metal in a pleasingly excellent way. This intersection has culminated in Cloud Walking by a project named Will Of The Mountain.
If you know me, then you already know my stance on this album from Australian band Hashshashin. TL;DR: it’s absolutely magnificent and you should stop whatever you’re doing right now to come in and listen to it in its entirety right here! If you need a little more arguments, it’s a drony…