I have to begin a week-long stretch of travel for my fucking day job beginning today, with longer work hours ahead than I usually endure. That probably means fewer and shorter posts from me over the next 10 days or so, though I do have a couple of reviews already finished.
Fortunately, I also have a number of worthy posts already in hand from both our regular contributors and, unexpectedly, from some guests, and I’ve got those lined up for the days ahead. We treated you to one of the guest posts yesterday — Surgical Brute’s feature on 5 don’t-miss bands lined up for this year’s RITES OF DARKNESS festival in Texas. More goodies are on the way . . .
My one contribution for today is this hodgepodge of things that made me smile when I saw them. Maybe they’ll make you smile, too. If they don’t, it means you’re either in a cranky mood or you’re not as retarded as I am. Those are the only possible explanations.
So, after the jump, we have video evidence of what video games are doing to the well-fed youth of America, and what Norwegian trolls do on tour, plus a news report about a well-rounded patron of the musical arts.
I don’t play video games, so much of the following video is just lost on me — but it still cracked me up. It’s so ridiculous that I suppose it may have been staged, but it still cracked me up. I can’t decide whether this will be funnier or less funny to all you gamers out there. I guess we’ll find out. (Thanks to NCS co-counder IntoTheDarkness for this one.)
Norway’s Trollfest is in my personal pantheon of party bands, which you can probably tell because of how often I post about them. Not long ago, they toured Switzerland, Germany, and Austria as part of the line-up for Metalfest. They made a three-part video record of their tour experiences, one part for each country. As I knew they would, the videos made me smile. Among other things, I like the female narrator’s deadpan voice.
There’s some performance footage in here, but you’ll also see “the magic fridge”, the portable keg, a vicious troll fight over an empty beer bong (vicious, I tell you, simply vicious), the signing of a fan’s balls, a climbing saxophonist, and . . . beer. LOTS OF BEER.
Damn, I wish I could see the trolls rip it up on stage, in person, and then get murdered by drink with them.
Some people think metalheads are too narrow in their musical tastes. That’s bullshit. We like all kinds of music — all kinds. Just like this guy:
Open-Minded Music Lover Likes All Kinds Of Metal
June 20, 2007
LOGANSPORT, IN—Area music enthusiast Curt Webber, 22, is completely open to enjoying “all kinds” of metal, the self-described eclectic iconoclast said Monday.
“Some people are so narrow-minded and uptight about music, but I’m into a wide variety of bands—everything from Sabbath to Disturbed,” Webber said. “Whether it’s the old stuff, like vintage Maiden or Priest; new stuff, like Mastodon or the Sword; the virtuosic neoclassicism of DragonForce; the unpolished rawness of, say, Motörhead; a multiplatinum band like the Crüe; an alternative act like Clutch; or just a local outfit like Soldiers of Carnage here in town—power metal, speed metal, glam metal, thrash metal, death metal, nü metal, metal-core, or even Norwegian black metal—it’s all music to me, man.”
Webber conceded that the one musical style he simply cannot abide is rap metal.”
You see? Metalheads are just as well-rounded musically as anyone else. I myself enjoy classical music (Fleshgod Apocalypse), country (Chrome Division), folk music (Eluveitie), jazz (Carnal Rapture), opera (ICS Vortex), Eastern music (Rudra), Far Eastern music (Chthonic), Broadway (Dimmu Borgir), film scores (Xerath), soul (The Devin Townsend Project), blues (Pantera), and easy listening (Anal Cunt) — you name it. Shit, I even get down with some rap (Cannibal Corpse).
So, when people tell you that you’re too narrow in your musical tastes, just tell them to fuck right off.
(Credit to The Onion for this article. Thanks to you, too, Charles, for the link.)
How ’bout you? What kind of variety do you enjoy in your music? Or do you have thoughts about the other items in this post? Or should I just fuck off and die?
Hey, I’ll catch up with you later. Now, onward to the Mother. Fucking. Airport. Sigh.