Listen Without Predjudice 9 - Part 3
Is this a game of 'spot the metal bands they've ripped off'? It's probably some generic modern 'old school' metal band like Arch Enemy, except I think they have a female singer. Either that some ultra pioneering 80s thrash band that I've never heard. They've ripped off enough Sepultura that it's got to be late 90s onwards. I do like that riff though, in the 'grin because it's so funny' way.
Lazarus and the Gimp
This is one of the funniest things I've heard in months. "I FEEL NOTHING!!!! NOTHING AT ALL!!! OH!!! EXCEPT FOR THE PAIN, OF COURSE!!!! YES, I MUSTN'T FORGET THE PAIN!!!! IN FACT IT'S A BIT SILLY THAT I NEARLY FORGOT IT, BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A BIT SORE TODAY!!! OOOOOOOOHH!! THE PAIN!!! OW!!! OW!!!! OW!!!".
This would probably be my favourite song on the entire compilation if I was 14. Unfortunately I'm 35, and I think it's hilarious. Oooooooh, they're just soooo intense about their angst, aren't they? Extra marks for the fact that the singer is trying so very hard to do the old death metal gutteral vocals, but sounds a bit girly in the process. They're trying so, so hard to make the most intense music ever, and are totally missing by miles on every point. Perversely enough, that makes it all rather charming. I've been playing this to death, and it never fails to brighten up my day immensely.
Oh crikey, we are in the metal zone, apparently towards the harder end. Still, this is all good with me, and it's nice that the guy is screaming but in such a way that the lyrics are still distinguishable.
Cheesy 80's opening!! When the guitars started, I was thinking: "80's synth meets 80's hair band!" But then the vocals started and I was reminded a lot of Cradle of Filth (even though I know it's not them). I can't always understand what the singer is saying, had to really work at that. Then, again, that is the genre I supposed. I liked it alot better than Track 1 and I felt it was really swift change of pace (which was a good thing).
Except for the pain... in your throat? Dulllll.
I thought this might be Killing Joke until the faster drumming came in and ruined everything. The song appears to be an amalgam of a large number of the cheesier aspects of metal, but somehow seems to take itself too seriously to actually be fun. I'll pass, thanks.
OK...I see studded leather loinclothes and battle axes. I like the heavy metal guitar wall of aggression. The drummer is on speed, obviously. Musically this is a pretty tight bunch...they obviously know how to play their instruments.
Too bad they have Cookie Monster as their vocalist. Other than that I enjoyed this song a lot, especially the transitions.
Death metal with a melody, whatever will they think of next? This is a stonking good track.
Make it stop. Please. Now.M
The tune itself is barely passable, but the vocals are so embarassingly crap... I'm not sure how many cigarettes you have to smoke and how much sandpaper you have to consume to produce a voice like that; but I frankly don't want to know and I certainly don't want to listen to it. Didn't make it to the end of the track once without skipping the rest and/or experiencing the desire to tear my ear-drums out with a fork.
Scabrous Birdseed responds:
Well, Laz, the reason it sounds a bit girly is because it's performed by (as Funko indicates) a girlie, teutonic blonde Anchela Gossow in the generally mediocre melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Though it might jog a few prejudices as per the intent of this compilation.
That's not the reason I included "Instinct" though, nor has the general quality played in (it is, as many have indicated, a fairly derivative mishmash). No, what really caught my ear here is the production - this band brings forth pretty much the only metal that fits my personal criteria for being well-produced. Listen to those perfectly mixed instruments, the clarity, the puch in the bass drum, the spacious arrangement, the lack of obfuscation and clutter! Magic.
23/5/06 by Funkodrom