And here is the first of our guest posts, which will be running with greater than usual frequency over the next three weeks or so while your humble editor’s own blogging time is squeezed down to a nub. And this one comes from one of our faithful readers and commenters from Finland who introduces us to three bands, from Germany, France, and Finland (of course).
Greetings fellow low-life scum of the NCS family. I am jeimssi, the random Finnish dude who posts pointless and shitty comments on this site.
Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot at contributing to the crÈme de la crÈme of metalblogs, and besides, you gotta help a brotha out!
As you all probably know, the Godfather, Islander has requested the readers’ aid for keeping up the flow of posts, while he goes for an ‘adventurous’ vacation in Thailand. (who am I to judge, we’ve all been there)
Now, my capability in producing bearable written text is, pretty strictly said, shit, let alone be it in English. So I’m not even going to try and come up with funny and clever depictions of the following music I’m about to introduce. Just small introductions about the bands and letting you do the analyzing yourself.
When I started to think about the possible bands I could write about, I ended up with a small problem. I wanted to do a post about bands who would be new to the readers, but my taste in music is frighteningly equal to the one that is present here in NCS, meaning that people are already familiar with many of the bands I listen to and could have written about.
Anyways, enough with the chit-chat. Show time!
The first band is called Lyfthrasyr. They are from Germany and have a relativily unique sound, drawing influences, to name a few, from black metal and orchestral music. The sound is atmospheric, cold, dark and even crushing from time to time. But enough with my sad attempt to describe their music. Words, especially if they’re mine, will never do justice for this music, so give it a go!
Now off to our second band, which is one of the latest acquaintances of mine: Yyrkoon (seriously, try yelling that name out loud). These bad boys are from France, the country that has rapidly emerged, in my eyes, into a big-deal metal country, on par with Sweden and Finland. This band is fully capable of inflicting a permament neck injury upon any puny mortal that gets in their way.
Still, any possible physical deformations or brain damage caused by their music is well worth it. Yyrkoon’s music is lethal, fast and groovy. It will make you want to fuck things up. The elements of trash, death and tech-metal blend into one sweet package. Here’s a song called “Schyzophrenic Carnage”. The name is as awesome as the song itself.
ALSO! These guys have a pretty sweet web-page that is totally worth a check even if you didn’t get a hard-on from the music. Go HERE for that.
And finally the last band. Now, I bounced the idea of introducing some Finnish-sung metal for a while and I also wanted to include one Finnish band. I do realise that sometimes when you hear music that is sung in total gibberish to you, it can be a turn-off. But then again, there are plenty of songs that are good even when you don’t have clue what the lyrics are about. So what the hell, here we go, whether you like it or not:
Synestesia is a Finnish 5-man band from the town of Pori, formed in 2001. They play some intense melodic death metal with a get-the-fuck-out-of-my-way attitude. Speed is definately not an issue. Tasty solos and overall godlike guitar work? Bet your ass! Bestial vocals second to none? PANCAKE! Some of the best and most brutal lyrics in metal I have ever come across? Yes. Yes and yes. Oh yeah…no habla finlandeses…Too bad! Anyways:
And just in case you want some more, here’s another one:
Over and out!
Wait…you’re not a native English speaker?
Pardon me while I go shove myself in a woodchopper in shame.
(I’ll listen to the music after I get done with the new KRISIUNKRISIUNKRISIUN!ZOMG!KRISIUN!)
Yeah, this was all fucking excellent!!!
And I have to say that, unless they lyrics are really funny, I don’t give a shit one way or another what language they’re in. Particularly with death metal.
I have to admit I didn’t see this sorta enthusiastic reaction coming from you 😛 and im not quite sure I followed you on the first comment, but I think it’s a compliment, or atleast I hope it is.
DEFINITELY a compliment. Just not well written.
I only meant that your written English is far superior to my written Japanese. Damn Scandinavians!
No no. It was well written, but just in a special Phroish way.
Well I don’t think the comparison is fair 😛 English being the lingua franca and also I don’t
think Japanese is among the easiest of languages to write, specially for a westerner. So let’s say we’re even!
Having an actual Finnish person on this site just gives it that much more credibility.
Indeed. It raises our credibility from “what a fucking joke, these guys are morons” to “these guys should put down their dicks and get a life.”
Some good pancake here… the one that stood out to me the most was Lyftsth…Lysthfth…the first one. I’ll be checking more of their stuff out as soon as I can figure out how to type that in a web browser.
Does Windows Troll (or Trollnix? Or tRollOS?) not have copypasta?
Windows? In a cave?
Okay, what operating system DO trolls use on their trolltops???
It’s called Massive Wall of PenOS.
Oh fuck, that one was inspired. You get a laurel, and hearty handshake for that one.
Glad people liked it. Was an interesting experience to write this up and I definitely had fun doing it.
Well I hope you’re willing to do more…honestly, I think Islander has lost his edge. Is anyone really buying this “vacation” story?
My goddamn vacation doesn’t start until Friday. I’m just working my puckered ass off at the moment on the fucking day job, which has become a fucking day-and-night job, or actually just a sandpaper-hand-job.
Careful what you wish for!
And of course I believe Islander! He’s under alot of stress, herding us here, trying to keep all the
“penispenispenis” -stuff under control, atleast on some levels.
To address the last part of this article… about singing in Finnish for people who do not speak or understand Finnish. I am not at all bothered when I don’t understand the lyrics, because to me it is much more important to have music that sounds good, and also if there is singing, that the singing sounds good too. So that probably explains why I like a lot of death metal or black metal- even if it is in English, a lot of times I still don’t understand the words, but if it sounds good to me, that’s all that’s important. So for the same reason, I listen to (and enjoy) much music that is in languages that are foreign to me. If I like how it sounds, it doesn’t matter as much WHAT they are saying.
Pretty much agree with you. As long as it sounds good, it shouldn’t matter what language it is. Simultaneously, for me atleast, the lyrical content can add great layers of awesomeness to a song, as in Synestesia’s case. So in cases where a song relies much on the lyrics, the result can be tad boring for someone who doesn’t understand the content.
This is a good point too. If lyrics are very good (or very bad), then that will increase (or decrease) my appreciation for a song. But it is definitely not as important to me as most other facets of the music.