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Inter Arma: Destroyer EP

1 Oct
Inter Arma - Destroyer

Are these your balls sir?

Inter Arma are the best band you’ve never heard. Debut Sundown snuck up on me and wrapped a tire iron around my head to snaffle third spot in my 2010 end of year list with its amalgam of black metal, sludge and NWOBHM.

Typically when I fall in love a record, any follow-up will struggle fill its shoes.

On their Relapse Records debut EP, Inter Arma do more than buck that trend, they torpedo that motherfucker out of the water.

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Live in London: Kylesa and KEN Mode

28 Feb
Kylesa live in London

All my pics were rubbish, so I "borrowed" this one from an earlier show on the tour.

Confession time: it had been 20 years since I last went to a metal show.

Metallica 1992 to Kylesa 2012. That’s one helluva wait between drinks. In fact there were no drinks in ’92 as I was barely a teenager and my laughable attempts to buy cider were in vain.

So I was a little apprehensive as the sun set on the day of the gig at the Academy in Islington, London.

Was I too old? Too normal-looking? Could I handle it? Would it be depressing going to a gig on my own? (Answers at the bottom of the post).

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New Baroness Album – First Teasers

4 Jun

New Baroness Album

Inside I feel a little like a a teenage girl hyperventilating OMG OMG OMG and wetting my pants with excitement at the sight of a topless Justin Bieber.

Fortunately for my dignity, I am not acting out this impulse upon discovering that Baroness are taking the first steps towards following up on Blue Record, of which I am more than a little fond.

The band has just launched a new website featuring photos and short videos containing some musical teasers.

And when I say “teasers”, I really mean it. Just very short snippets that tell us little about what is to come.

I’m still excited rather more than is seemly though. I’m such a fanboy.

Invasion – Master Alchemist

2 Jun
Invasion Master Alchemist

The cover to the next Justin Bieber album

Spacey, punky, freaky, stoner/psych/metal with highly original Motown-on-acid female vocals about wizards.

That probably either makes you want to vomit (in which case, the back button is that way) or really gets your antenna twitching.

I am certain Master Alchemist, the debut from London trio Invasion will one day be hailed as an overlooked classic.  The 2009 release flew under the radar, which is a great shame as it appears as if there may be no follow-up.

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Top 10 Emerging Classic Albums

30 May
Baroness - Blue Record

This is a bit of a suspense killer but hey, I needed a pic

Over on Sawtooth Wave, hhbrady poses the following excellent question: what albums are you still listening to at least once month from the past few years?

Nothing from 2011 is allowed onto the list. Essentially, it’s a challenge to name your top 10 emerging classic albums. Which recent records will be hailed in the same breath as Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets or Number of the Beast in another decade?

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You Need to Hear: Baroness

11 Mar
 

Baroness Kicking Typical Arse

Is it gay to love these men?

It’s not often that you fall completely in love with a band. Before Baroness assumed the corny mantle of “my favourite band”, I hadn’t had such a teenage-style music crush since my devotion to Roots Manuva before my return to the metal fold.

The list over the years is pretty short (and wierdly mainstream): vintage-era Metallica and Slayer, Nirvana (at the time), Atmosphere, The Roots, DJ Shadow, pre-’92 REM, The Stone Roses and Neds Atomic Dustbin. Sure there’s loads of records I’m absolutely obsessed with  but full-on band fandom? That type of musical lightning doesn’t strike too often, especially as you get older and music becomes more fragmented in general.

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On High Rotation: Baroness – First & Second

25 Feb
Baroness

Baroness' John Baizely mid-roar

Super-quick post to prove I’m still breathing. Blame 3 Mobile Broadband for a 0.1 Mbps connection. That’s slower than dial-up ever was! Insane.

So a quick one from the office about what’s rocking my bollocks this week. I absolutely love Baroness and am planning a post devoted to the all the ways I love them.

I worked my way back from Blue Record and despite initially feeling lukewarm to their 2004/5 debut EPs First & Second, I now find them more addictive than booze-soaked heroin cigarettes with crack sprinkles on top.

So much heavier than later outings yet still brimming with ideas, melody and dynamics.

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