Monday, 26 June 2017

"The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul." Chapter 93, pg. 349

Last Thursday night we, Saturn's Husk, released our second album. Give it a spin or two and spread it if you like it!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Minus the throat - Pure riff worship, zero bullshit

Imagine this - you find that one record that looks promising, you put it on and everything falls into its rightful place. It all starts with a weeping feedback from walls of overdriven amps and stacked distortion and fuzz effects. The bass growls like a motherfucker, the guitar roars louder than on that last record you spun for months on end, the drums beat the living shit out of you every time you hear the snare drum hit, and you can literally feel the bassdrum  kick your wrinkly asshole. The riffs start flowing and you start tapping your foot along, then you start headbanging, but just a little because you have this gut feeling that something is not feeling right. And then the glorious fucker comes in, the showstopper, the bedshitter, the one person you will grow to hate the most because he took what was perfect and ruined it by opening his mouth - the "VOCALIST". At this exact  moment an uncontrollable urge to punch someone in the throat and finish him off with a few kicks in the taint appears. What a huge fucking disappointment! This is the sole bloody reason why I play in an instrumental band.

Major Kong - Galactic Cannibalism

Saturn's Husk had a chance to share the same stage with these guys in an underground metal fest in Lithuania. Kong is amazing both live and on record. They are all about zero bullshit and maximum riffage. At times upbeat, but you'll grow to love them.

Locust Whip

This one's a teaser. The two piece from Ohio whose official release I've been waiting for more than three years. Release the album already! 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Oxymoron: 3 deathcore albums that don't suck.

Recently I received probably one of the tallest orders from one of my frequent readers. I don't know if he's a fan of the blog or not but either way challenge accepted!

To cut the story short he asked me if I think it is possible to find decent music within a seemingly shitty genre. This immediately led me think of dubstep and Russian pop music, but as I'm as inexperienced in this kind of music as a prom queen at giving head, I realised I could make a "research" of some of the "edgelord subgenres" in our own little world of metal. By "research" I simply mean browsing Internet resources and listening (read trying to listen) to music I would otherwise avoid more than the nopest mother of Australian nopes. So deathcore - born in the glorious age of Myspace when a band by the ridiculous name of Job For A Cowboy became a quickly growing Internet phenomena for its bree-brees, breakdowns, no sense of musical composition whatsoever and, I guess, a much more understandable concept of an extreme music for the wide masses?! To be honest, I've no idea how it got as big as it is today. I just remember a period of time when I jumped on the trend-bandwagon as well and listened to them and a few other acts for a while in my life. Needless to say it just didn't resonate all that good with me and I left the exploration of the genre for a much more listenable and honest music. In fact Job For A Cowboy themselves realised that they have created a monster that got out of hand and soon after their first release, ditched the genre and converted from a gay metal boy band into a straight and quite decent death metal act of grown men. Don't get me wrong, I don't preach the one TRVE metal subgenre, I'm just being snobbish and mean.

First stop bandcamp, browse by tags, deathcore, here we go! 
...HOLY VIRGIN'S SHIT-CUNT it's even worse than I remember it being and it has it all:
  • generic riffs
  • generic tones (probably amp emulation)
  • autotuned br00tal vocals
  • overproduction
  • breakdowns upon breakdowns
Long story short, listening to 99.99% of the stuff on bandcamp tagged as deathcore made me feel similar to this:

It seemed like deathcore and some other closely related metal subgenres had become sort of a mainstream fashion for the alternate broskies similar to what happened during the nu-metal boom of the late 1990's and the early 2000's. Surprisingly enough there ARE some things that are quite listenable and even good.

3. The Acacia Strain - Wormwood

This album has its moments - the tones are not too generic, it is not overproduced and it even tries to build a decent dark atmosphere on a couple of songs. The guys that write the music do not over complicate things and simply do the things that work within the genre. It has the grooves yet it lacks the substance. Needless to say the release got boring fairly quick because the songs fail at building into anything, they just keep on mindlessly plodding for most of the time.

2. See You Next Tuesday - Intervals

This stuff is interesting for sure and it has the production I dig! I did not expect to find non-polished music to be honest but here it is - 30 minutes of awe inspiring madness of a deathcore album done right! Filthy, menacing, experimental. Besides the slower riffs are kind of sludgy. Most importantly the release itself is not too long to get boring. I would definitely see them live and would even consider buying their t-shirt...too bad the other releases were pure and utter crap.

1. The Red Chord - Clients

I think these guys are wrongly accused of being deathcore. I've been listening to them since around 2007 and I must say that they have aged pretty darn well for me. They blend grind, death metal, metalcore, mathcore and rock...uhm, let's just say that they make pretty rad music using pretty rad riffs and killer tones to back it up. They also seem like fun guys and don't take themselves too seriously. I mean how many frontmen in metal do you know that randomly scream out the word "penis" during their live performances? Check out this track and the "He was dead when I got there". 


SUMMARY: Deathcore is a genre that has 2 decent acts in it. 
NOTE: Edgelords remember, I'm not the final authority, so don't be too butthurt.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Dealing with depression

This post will most probably just be a bulleted list of things I found out throughout the years of dealing with a moderate to severe depression that work. It seems that the old friend is back (woo fucking hoo), I have to revise the plan of action and I hope that this might help someone else besides me reading this and dealing with the same issues. Remember, I'm not a licensed clinician, so there is probably very little to zero research backing my list of recommendations up. If you disagree with something, fuck off! I've bled under the weight of it and I could give zero fucks about some fancy research by a posh med-school graduate. Here's the list itself in no particular order:
  • Have a plan: Plan out the activities for the day or the entire week, stick to it. Even if it feels like nothing makes sense and there is no point of doing the things you've planned out. In other words, keep yourself busy.
  • Do a lot of physical activities: This just works, I usually feel happy after the physical exertion. Don't go balls out because usually you will feel weaker than usual, don't cut your veins if you miss a weight or your results have worsened. Care less, move more.
  • Have sex as frequently as possible: I could have sex 24/7 on my "normal" days but during the periods of depression my sex drive just goes down the shitter. Take my advice and make love to your partner or wank off if you don't have one. Even though you don't feel like it at first - it will feel better after a couple of minutes into the action, trust me.
  • Fucking hug someone from time to time: It feels awkward when a dude wants to hug someone for no reason, but you have to do it. This will help the close ones to understand that you haven't become a distant asshole. 
  • Channel depression into art: Bad emotions and not having emotions equals great and dark art! This does not make any sense, right? How can you create something when you feel empty inside? Well, try it. I've had the best ideas and written some of my best riffs and songs when I had seemingly nothing inside. Once you find that nothing it becomes pants-down awesome!
  • Leave your issues to yourself and don't deal with other people's bullshit: Unlike the popular opinion that you have to communicate with people as much as you can and not withdraw from society in order to heal, I would suggest you to take the time off from the people. I don't know about you but the whole two-way communication and involvement into stuff that I don't really care about drains me and at some point I have to "recharge my long-dead batteries". That said, stay in your head for a while, it is not as scary as it seems at first. Also stop caring about other people's issues, they are their issues for a reason. THEIR ISSUES means that THEY have to deal with them. Just as you have the responsibility to not burden anyone with your depression and fucked up view on the world around you during that period, they have the responsibility to keep their shit to themselves.