Well, that’s what people say. In my experience, they usually say it when they’re trying to calm you down after you’ve been exposed to something you really aren’t interested in or maybe dislike intensely. But, taken literally, it’s true. Variety IS the spice of life, or at least one of them. Along with oregano.
That saying popped into my head when I took a short break from my fucking day job, which is currently wearing me down to a stump, and found the following three pieces of music, two of which are brand new releases by Nightrage and Dirge Within and the third of which is a recent live video of Landmine Marathon kickin sumasss.
Nightrage will be releasing their fifth album, Insidious, via Lifeforce Records on September 27 (one day earlier internationally). To whet appetites for that release, the band have made the title track available for streaming on their facebook page. It features the band’s former vocalist Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, The Crown, Lock Up). That was enough to make me listen, though the interesting album art by Gustavo Sazes helped, too.
The song is quite nice, too, with an unexpected acoustic outro. Lindberg is in good voice on this headbanging thrasher, which is to say naaaasty. I’m all in favor of your visiting the Nightrage facebook page, but it happens you’ll also find the song stream after the jump.
And next, I have for you . . .
Wolverine Blues by Entombed is one of my favorite metal albums of all time. I still listen to it fairly regularly. So, when I saw that Chicago’s Dirge Within had recorded a cover of the album’s title track, I cringed, because I’m past the point of believing anyone can improve on the original and if someone tries to turn it into something different, I’m likely just to get infuriated or bored.
On the other hand, I like Dirge Within and I couldn’t help but admire that they picked this old-school song to cover. It does show they have good taste. So, with those mixed feelings, I listened to the song on the Dirge Within facebook page, where they’ll let you download it for free if you “like” them, add yourself to an e-mail list, and share the band on your facebook page — all of which is way more than I’m willing to do — but you don’t have to do all that to stream the music, so I did that.
Guess what? The cover isn’t better than the original, but it’s also not bad. It’s worth hearing — why else would I be sticking it up here at NCS?
Dirge Within have got a digital 3-song EP called Absolution coming out on August 16. I’m in the market for that one, for sure. And finally . . .
These Phoenicians have a fourth album (Gallows) coming on September 27 on Prosthetic Records. I have it in my clutches, though I haven’t dived into it yet. I do really like this band, and so when I saw that there was video of their August 4, 2011 performance at The Fire Escape Bar & Grill in Citrus Heights, California (courtesy of Capital Chaos) available for viewing, I went and did that.
Happy that I did, too. From death/grind to death/sludge and back again in 4:23. Go for it: