Sunday, May 24, 2009

Big Business - Mind the Drift

Big Business - Mind the Drift: Some businesses you can trust to deliver quality. Most often these are small businesses. They know their customer and what they want. Bigger businesses only see the bottom line. Well, the bottom line with Big Business is all about awesome. On Mind the Drift, they deliver high quality awesome. I can't get enough of this album. Every time I hear it I envision a story as told by an old sea dog in some run down tavern. Embellished beyond all reason so as to make it sound like the most epic tale a sailor has ever heard. Maybe it has something to do with the power of the bass. Guitar not fish. Jared Warren's bass is much more prominent in the mix and evokes a sense of the immense power of waves rolling across the seas to crash on shorelines and boat hulls. Even the guitar sounds of new member Toshi Kasai sound like echoes off a cliff. All of which puncuated by the rumble and crash of the Coady Willis' drums. I love how the vocals convey a sense of authority without restorting to outright screams. Very dynamic too. This whole album is laden with hooks. Not in a commercial sense though. It's just the way they write songs. It just might be their best album yet. If you were ever in doubt as to whether or not you wanted what Big Business was offering, Mind the Drift is the dealmaker.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dreaming Dead

I wanted to tell you something about Dreaming Dead, but I can't really. I've listened to the album on my last couple breaks at work but I can't remember anything about it. Even the name of the album! [ed. Within One] It has served fine as background music while I read a book though. It's not insultng my ears to listen to it. That means it's not half-bad. I dunno. Maybe 3rd or 4th listen will bring some sort of, well, something. It's just not drawing me in.

Up next, Warbringer - Waking Into Nightmares!!!!!!!!!!

After taking a glance at their myspace, I'm gonna have to give this one a second chance. The singer is a chick! Maybe when I am done listening to the new Pestilence.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I feel stupid

A) I didn't hear about the 2 show Sleep reunion until now. I couldn't have flown to the UK anyway, but, it's fucking Sleep!!! Sleep changed my life!!!
B) Chris Hakius quit OM? What fucking rock have I been living under?!!! I used to email Chris alot when he was in The Sabians but lost contact when that (incredible) band split.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I accidentally put my iPod through the washing machine yesterday. FUCK!

I'm gonna try and send it back and see if Apple will replace/repair it. I've only had it since Christmas. I really don't want to have to buy a new one. It would be like renting this one for $30/mo. I didn the same thing to a much cheaper mp3 player about a year ago. When will I learn not to leave it in my sweater!!

In the meantime, I am using my phone and a micro-SD card. Not the same. Plus, it will throw off my iTunes playcount.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Adversary - Singularity

Adversary - Singularity: This album started off pretty well. Nice fast rythms, screechy-growl vocals. Both legs were air-pedaling under my table. Then some clean vocals came in. Still not bad. The more I listened to it, the more I could hear nu-metal type stuff. Blended with KsE-brand metalcore without being too sissy. Until the ballad. Man, I hate ballads. It kinda lost me after that. I could hear more of what sounded like Disturbed with split personality vocals. Disturbing. Still kicks Disturbed's ass though. Some pretty catchy riffs in there. They'd make a great opener for a show featuring Disturbed, KsE, and Trivium. I can hear the minds of Hot Topic kids blowing right now.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Clutch Song!!!

Satan is smiling on us today brothers!!!

Check out the new song "50,000 Unstoppable Watts" here!!


New album Strange Cousins From The West (Weathermaker Music) drops July 7!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Another one for the "Where the FUCK have I been?!" file

Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten: What a magnificent slab of old-school death metal!! Wicked growls, not overly technical. Me thinks I need to delve into their back cat. Very deserving of it's induction in the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Speaking of the dHOF, I need to thank Decibel for inducting Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless. I checked it out too and it's fucking awesome. I knew of Jon Chang from Haiyano Daisuki (and the other band he was in that released an album last year. fuck my memory sucks.) and I love his vocals. I like pissed off music.

I wonder what gem the dHOF has picked out for me this month? (I should get my issue today)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chimaira - The Infection

Chimaira - The Infection: I am not going to say that much here. Basically because I don't think it deserves that much of my time. I've listened to it three times now and it wasn't any better the second or third times. I didn't even have high expectations. I really liked their first album, not so much the next, Resurrection was good. The Infection has me reachin' for some antibiotics. It seems really stagnant. I don't expect them to be huge innovators but it doesn't sound like something a seasoned band would release. Anybody could make this record. At times it can get my head bobbin' but for the most part it's just the same ole metalcore we've heard from too many bands for too long. Their attempt at artsy/prog on "The Heart of it All" is seriously weak. Despite the praise had laid upon The Infection, I'm gonna pass.

Kylesa/Intronaut + locals @ Bar None, Kingston, ON May 3,2009

Kingston, Ontario was host to a very special treat Sunday night. The mighty Kylesa from Savannah, Georgia and L.A.'s Intronaut stopped by on an off-date from their tour with Mastodon to shake Bar None to its foundations. Kingdom of Noise had the very special honour of interviewing Kylesa's Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants before the show. The interview will be posted at a later date. Warming up the crowd on this night was Chase the Day and Tubby Custard.

Chase the Day opened up the night. Not too bad for a bunch of young guys. The vocalist did his best to look like Phil Anselmo without all the tattoos. Cargo shorts, muscle shirt and the mohawk not spiked. I guess Jason Newstead did that too. Anyway, pretty standard death metal. Decent guitar work, standard drumming and plenty of effort from the vocalist. He seemed to go a little heavy on the random growls though. But still better than Chris Barnes. Performance wise, they have a ways to go. Other than the vocalist, they were pretty much a "stand there and play" band. Even the vocalist wasn't great in that department. Fist pumps, hunch over the monitor, some headbanging. But at least he moved. They call the openers "beer bands" for a reason.

Tubby Custard was a little better despite their name. I'd put these guys more in the metalcore/deathcore file. These guys made up for Chase the Day's lack of movement. They seemed to be more into it. That, or better at hitting all the notes while moving. Call me petty, but I couldn't get over how much the vocalist looked like a douche. He could scream well enough but he made me want to punch him. Before and after their set he was wearing one of those stupid flat-billed hats. Backwards. Strike 1. Under the hat was a haircut straight out of a 1975 yearbook picture (but not just straight and long, he had swooped bangs). Strike 2. Strike 3 came for his shirt. It looked like a sarong with buttons. I don't generally judge a book by it's cover but sometimes I'd just rather not see the cover. Again, pretty decent work from all members but nothing special. I have to take points off though. When you are an opener, and only play 5 songs or so, it's best to play all your own. And if you are going to play a cover, don't be so cliche as to play a Lamb of God song. At least do a Slayer song. Oh, and sarong boy kept doing that chicken neck thing. Kids these days.

Intronaut. Finally a band with some serious experience. I have to be honest, I was more into them in the Challenger/Void/Null days. I had a hard time getting into Prehistoricisms. I might have revisit it after seeing them live. It's been a while since I've seen a band with that amount of prog in their game. The prog is what I was having a hard time with on the album but I can really appreciate it more live. I was really impressed with the way they shifted tempos seamlessly. Also, the number of times I saw guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable use his pedal board was dizzying. How he can keep it all straight is beyond me. It was really odd to see bassist Joe Lester front and centre but it works for Intronaut. Since both guitarist (Dave Timnick being the other) were also singing, it balanced things out. Plus, the bass work in Intronaut is really prominent. I think that's where most of the prog is. My eyes were pretty much glued on his fingers for most of the set. Remarkable musicianship. What I wouldn't give to have half his talent. I have to mention drummer Danny Walker. I need to give him props for keeping everything straight given all teh times changes and jazzy breaks. Not your run of the mill "keep the beat" drummer. Not being as up on my Intronaut catalogue as maybe I should be, and having a shitty memory to boot, I can't tell you just how much they delved into all their albums but I am pretty sure it was heavy on Prehistoricisms. I was pretty impressed. Enough so to buy a shirt. I just might go back and listen to the album again too. At the end of the set, Sacha said "We need some weed. So if anyone has some..." Good idea. I just might have to try that approach next time.

Man, I have been vibrating since I saw this show announced. I never thought I would get to see a band of this caliber right in my own backyard. I was sure I'd have to go to Montreal or Toronto for it. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty high. They did not disappoint. They brought their crust/sludge/doom and rocked our collective worlds! I wasn't sure how such an underground band would go over in Kingston. It seems to be a -core/emo town. So when I saw a) how many people were there (kicked Cattle Decapitation's ass by a long shot) and b) how into it they were, it made me smile. The only time that smile left my face was when I was screaming along. This is the second time in the last few months I have been overwhelmed by the presence of a female front-woman. (The first was Fuck the Facts) Laura commands the stage. She is just more proof that metal is not just a man's game. Phillip told me that he lost his voice a couple days previous and that he had no range, but I couldn't tell. Bassist Cory Barhorst was no slouch either. I really like the fact that Kylesa are a band effort. All 3 were involved in the vocals. Not just a front-person and their backing band. It should be no surprise that the most impressive part of the set was the drumming of Eric Hernandez and Carl McGinley. It was really something special. Nah, special isn't a good enough word. How about fucking unbelievable!! To see both those guys playing so tightly was mind-boggling. I would have been just as impressed if they only had one drummer, but seeing them with both was all-you-can-do-is-shake-your-head awesome. At the end of the set, that's exactly what I did. I turned to my buddy Mark McGee (Architect, Jesus Mullet,ex-I Hate Sally) and we both just shook our heads. We couldn't believe we had just witnessed that. As I mentioned earlier, my memory is the pits, so I can't give you a set-list but it was heavy on Static Tensions. I have been listening to all their stuff lately (interview research/refresh) so it all kind of melds together for me but you could tell which album they were touring behind. They could play songs from only Static Tensions and I would still be on Cloud Nine. It's the best album of the year without a doubt. I feel truly blessed to have been able to attend this show. There has been very few times that I have been able to see a band that I consider that legendary at all, let alone in such an intimate environment. I will start praying to the metal gods that they can somehow find their way back to Kingston. However, I will make the trip to Toronto if I have to (not tonight. I have to work). It would be more than worth the gas money.