Apr 052012

I thought I’d wrap up the posting day with a random assortment of goodies I found today. Nothing ties these three items together except that I found them all entertaining, in a slightly unhinged way. The first two would have made more sense in an installment of THAT’s METAL!, but I’m too impatient to wait for that. The third one is actually music, which is why there’s an album cover up above.


The BBC will screen remarkable footage of penguins flying as part of its new natural history series, Miracles of Evolution. That’s right, flying. Camera crews discovered this phenomenon while filming a colony of AdĂ©lie penguins on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands.

The program is being presented by ex-Monty Python star Terry Jones, who said: “We’d been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come.

“But then the weather took a turn for the worse. It was quite amazing. Rather than getting together in a huddle to protect themselves from the cold, they did something quite unexpected, that no other penguins can do.” Watch what they did after the jump.


April Fool!

Yeah, I know it’s not April 1st any more, but I didn’t run any April Fool’s jokes that day, so I figured I was entitled to do this.



What happens when you take the host and the stylings of Epic Meal Time and apply them to visual effects? Here’s what happens. (Credit to Phro for turning me on to this funny shit.)



Finally, we come to the music. It’s a song by a Ukrainian band called Svyatogor. The Font of All Human Knowledge tells me that a svyatogor is a knight/hero from the mythology of Kievan Rus. The band Svyatogor has been around long enough to create two full-length albums, and their third — Doctor Veritas — will be released on May 7 by Svarga Music.

What I found today was a song from that album called “Work Hard. Eat. Watch.” Is that not a great name for a song? But oh my fuck, how to describe it?

An intro that sounds like a waltz played from a scratchy old record . . . a similar rhythm taken up again in the musical styling of black metal . . . shouted words over a lurching distorted riff . . . swirling guitar melodies over pummeling double bass . . . a headbanging breakdown . . . squealing pinch harmonics and a thumping bass . . . and a saxophone. Crazy stuff, but very appealing.

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/39637109″ iframe=”true” /]

Here’s a teaser for the album:


Svyatogor have a Facebook page here — with only 6 likes so far. If you like dis music, go show ’em some love.

  8 Responses to “A PACKAGE DEAL”

  1. The first song was great until the breakdown. The breakdown seemed out of place to me, during it and afterwards I don’t think I paid as much attention as I did before its appearance. First song was good though. What I heard in the trailer was pretty good as well. Gotta keep an eye on these guys.

  2. I’m intrigued. Is this what is meant by “post-black”?

    • I’m probably the wrong person to attempt an answer — maybe one of our more expert black metal fans will join in. The way I think about it, “post-black metal” is a label that sweeps in an awful lot of divergent music that combines a multitude of other styles with either the traditional musical elements of black metal or with its “sensibilities”. Using that broad definition, I guess Svyatogor would qualify.

  3. Here I am. It’s over 2 am and i’m watching some clip about flying penguins…And it’s fucking amazing.

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