Dec 142009


Tonight: Long miserable day at work ends. I trudge homeward in the dark under a leaking sky. I fire up the computer and check the news headlines, just to see if something really earthshaking has happened while I was being miserable at work — you know, like if the U.S. got into another war, or swine flu has really turned out to be the no-shit, unstoppable killer we were told it would be, or my utility rates are going up again. Fortunately, none of these things has happened. All I see on a quick look is this:

Twenty-two million missing Bush White House e-mails found (what a shock), Obama begs top banks to start lending money again (that’s probably not going to work), new computer modeling shows that Arctic ice cap may completely vanish by 2014 (we’ve got plenty of polar bears in zoos anyway, right?), Italian prime minister Berlusconi hospitalized in Milan after man hits him in the face with a souvenir statue (I was wondering when someone was going to hit that disgusting fucker in the face with a souvenir statue).

I finish reading the headlines and I breathe a big sigh of relief:  as they say in the Army, Situation Normal (All Fucked Up).

I turn to the real news of the day:  metal news! And what do I see almost immediately?  Living Sacrifice has put up yet another new song on their MySpace page.  We here at NCS had barely finished drooling over the band’s new single “Rules of Engagement” and now we’ve got yet another teaser for their forthcoming full-length, The Infinite Order (scheduled for a Jan 26 release). I check out the new song — and damn! It’s even more hot shit than “Rules”!

The new offering is called “Nietzsche’s Madness.” It immediately blasts off with buzz-saw riffing, galloping drums follow hard on the heels of the guitar, Bruce Fitzhugh’s distinctive howling kicks in, and its headbanging time. Staccato rhythms propel the song forward at a breakneck pace, and a screaming guitar solo erupts out of the maelstrom. This is a classic blend of death metal and thrash with a pile-driving rhythmic signature — the kind of music that made Living Sacrifice such an influential force for so many years. And “Nietzsche’s Madness” is further evidence that these guys are back with a vengeance. They’ve stayed true to their music, and if I’m hearing the lyrics correctly, true to the beliefs that have always inspired them, with no holds barred on either score.

This kind of thing could spoil us. Two weeks and two new LS songs in a row. Could definitely be habit-forming.

Oh yeah. Forgot to mention that my co-Author IntoTheDarkness told me tonight that the Mariners were reportedly working on a blockbuster 3-way deal with the Phillies and Blue Jays that would land former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee in Seattle. Now that’s got to be a hoax, right? Couldn’t possibly be this much good news in one night.  Right?

Update to post: should have mentioned that Cliff Lee is from Arkansas and so are the guys in Living Sacrifice.


  1. Nice nod from LS, they linked your post. Good read…I pre-ordered the album the first day it was offered…the first CD I actually purchased in years. Can’t wait to hear the rest of it! Cliff Lee will wind up with the Yankees, if not now eventually. They always do.

    • Thanks for the nice comment Kris! It was great that LS linked to our post — and we got a couple of really kind e-mails from Bruce too. Just confirms my high opinion of them as people, as well as great musicians. And yeah, I’m not gonna argue with you about the Yankees. I’m afraid (sadly) that you’ll be proven correct.

  2. Great blog… they’ve been away too long and what a way for them to kick their doors back open. I hope they get the play that they deserve!!! It’s due….

  3. Couldn’t agree more. The new songs are getting lots of attention on web sites. I hope the buzz will build between now and Jan 26. I have no doubt the album is going to be awesome.

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