Lots of social networking feeds are used in ways we don’t understand. We’re talking about people who use Twitter and Facebook posts and MySpace bulletins to tell the world about their latest bowel movement or what they just ate or their current mood or what they just did with their right index finger. Sometimes it’s funny, and we know lots of bands think it’s good marketing — a way to keep their names in the forefront of people’s heads. But most of this minute-by-minute minutiae is just dull as dishwater, or worse.
But because we’re still feeling slightly guilty about using up today’s NCS space with an extended rant about Dave Mustaine, we thought we ought to do something else before calling it quits for the day. So we’re indulging in that same Twitter-esque impulse to just tell the world what we’ve been doing this morning. Don’t worry — we’ll keep the details of our latest bowel movements to ourselves. This will have something to do with music, though in a completely random way.
It’s just a log of what we’ve listened to and/or watched in our day so far. We’re not even recommending it. It’s just what we did, and like all those tweeters out there, we just presume you’ll be vividly interested.
First up is something that’s NSFW, but since it’s a holiday for most people in the U.S. and since most of our readers are probably out of work anyway, we’ll forge ahead. Plus, it will give us a chance to one-up some of the video nastiness that our guest contributor Steff Metal served up in her post about Metal from NZ a week ago.
This lead-off video, which is brand new, is from an Austrian band called Mastic Scum. It’s for a song called “Construcdead” from the band’s 2009 album, Dust. The song is a bruising piece of street-gutter death metal that’s pretty good. The conceptual theme of the video is someone’s idea of over-the-edge debauchery, framed in a metaphor of vehicular wreckage.
So, if it’s been a while since you snorted coke, shot-up with heroin, cavorted with oiled-up dominatrixes, stuffed your face with food, been bull-whipped, had a golden shower, took it up the bunghole with a black dildo, or dribbled snot uncontrollably — well, you can relive those fond memories by watching this: (after the jump, of course — and more of our morning log follows it . . . .)
Wasn’t that refreshing? BTW, Mastic Scum says in a recent blog post that it’s been nominated for an “Austrian Music Award 2010” in the category of “hard and heavy,” along with Belphegor and 3 other bands. Golden showers and enlarged bungholes to all the nominees!
ABANDON ALL SHIPS
So, after starting the morning with that, we moved on to this: Crabcore + electro-dance = Abandon All Ships. This is the title track from the Toronto band’s forthcoming album, due for release in October. I didn’t hate this nearly as much as I thought I would. I actually watched the thing all the way to the end.
After that, we needed a palate-cleanser. Would we find one?
Well, the next thing we did was check out a band from Lakeland, Florida who had hit us up on our MySpace site. They’re called Unkempt (cool name) and they’ve got an unmastered rough track up on their MySpace called “Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered”. It’s a metalcore thumper with decent vocals (the shrieking + guttural + clean mix), wheeling guitars, and what sounds like a saxophone (?!?) as the lead-in to a breakdown.
You’ll have to jump to their MySpace page to hear “Pigs Get Fat”, but here’s a song from Unkempt’s last album (2008’s Scaling the Precipice, which is available on iTunes and at CDBaby), which we checked out after hearing “Pigs”.
DETHRONE THE SOVEREIGN
After listening to those two songs by Unkempt, we decided to check out a demo CD we received from a Salt Lake City band called Dethrone the Sovereign. We only listened to the first track, called “Carnival of Horrors”, before deciding to round up all this listening we’d done and “tweet” it to you through this post. But it’s the best find of the day so far.
The sound on “Carnival of Horrors” is keyboard-enhanced death metal with plenty of punch and groove and an unexpected segment of what does indeed sound like the kind of horror-show carnival music you might hear in Hell. Pretty damned cool, and certainly enough of an attention grabber that we’re going back to finish off that demo as soon as we put up this post. See for yourself:
So, there you have it. What we did with our morning so far. Were you riveted by our twitterish log? Should we do this kind of thing again? Or was it just another bad idea we ought to toss in the shitpile? Comments please.