(In an effort to appease the hordes of tabloid reporters and paparazzi who follow him in packs, TheMadIsraeli offers this update for his adoring fans.)
As you may have noticed, I haven’t written anything in quite a bit. My output has decreased considerably because the American educational system is for the fucking birds and now also because I’m being fisted in the ass with sandpaper and icy-hot (the emphasis on this description is important) by a mother of all sinus infections.
I am attempting to get things done, and will try to nail my big reviews, but chances are Islander is going to have to take over for me. Hard to write when you’re coughing up a phlegm and blood mixture on a consistent basis. According to Phro, however, this is my opportunity to take advantage of a new market.
Cause who doesn’t want to see a man jack off with his own sinus excrement, am I right?
I only have two goals for the month of April (and even these might be too fucking much): Review the debut of NCS favorite 7 Horns 7 Eyes and review the new Jeff Loomis album, since I’m the only fucker qualified for the job (i.e., I’m the biggest sucker of Loomis cock on the planet). But Islander may have to pick these up if I fail. But that isn’t all I’m here to talk about today.
I’m also here to update ya’ll about what will be coming once May hits, as I have cooked up some new ideas.
Physical Copy Reviews: I realize this may sound entirely pointless and possibly stupid, but hang on a minute… Yours truly has decided to get into buying physical copies of albums again. I started reflecting on questions that arise when pondering the choice between physical and digital formats and decided I would start writing in-depth reviews of physical copies.
My plan is not only to review the music itself, but also discuss the album art and how it correlates with the music or how it helps assert the music’s meaning. I’ll also talk about the lyrics. And overall, I’ll explore whether or not a physical copy of a given album really is altogether a worthwhile piece of art or if it’s truly only the music that matters.
I’m not limiting this project to current releases either. The one I am currently working on for this series debut is Fear Factory’s seminal masterpiece Demanufacture. But the next installment in the series (if my pre-order arrives early enough) will be the new Dying Fetus album Reign Supreme. I don’t have a clever name for this series yet . . . it will have to be unveiled when the first piece is posted.
Invert Your Idols: Named after, hilariously enough, a track off the new Dying Fetus album, I have in mind a series of articles discussing my personal idols/guitar gods (because I play some guitar myself). I plan to write in depth expositions about WHY I love these people and how they have changed my perception of music. Names on the list so far are Fredrick Thordendal of Meshuggah, Christofer Malmstrom of Darkane, and Per Nillson of Scar Symmetry.
Nu Metal Review: A pretty simple question spawned the idea for this series: Did nu metal have ANYTHING GOOD to offer anyone, anywhere? I will explore the annals of the style and explore the fact that it appears to be enjoying quite a huge underground surge as we speak.
Calling that to be one of my top 10 albums of 2012.
I’ll be seeing you people soon.
If you get rich off the phlegm porn thing, I want 0.69% of everything you make.
Also: I’m interested in seeing your physical copy reviews. I pretty much only buy digital music, and I don’t really feel like I’m missing out…but maybe I am.
I’m really interested to see how it’ll turn out. I don’t imagine coming to a definite conclusion of course, I see this ending up being on an album by album basis.
I think you’re probably right.
Some bands/labels seem to put a hell of a lot of work into the whole “package,” but others don’t, obviously.
I still think it all comes back to the music, but a fly cover is a fly cover.
Well like, I have the deluxe edition of Koloss, and I would say that contributed to the album as a whole. Obviously knowing the lyrics for sure was a huge part of it, but it did for me, help add to the albums vibe.
This is the reason I got a record player and started buying vinyl. That and because I can’t wear metal shirts to work , so having a bunch of them that don’t really get worn didn’t make sense. I really do like getting the little bonuses that come with lots of records, like posters or patches and whatnot, and seeing the album art all big and stuff is cool.
Nu Metal reviews huh? Interesting… One is still confused about which bands count as Nu Metal though.
Incubus’ S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is the best nu metal album ever, even over Mudvayne’s LD 50.
(Please note that System Of A Down is not mentioned here because they weren’t nu metal.)
I was a huge Incubus fan in my teens. I haven’t really listened to them for a long time, but those guys were (are) fucking awesome. But as good as S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was, I actually liked Morning View better. Though that was hardly a nu-metal album…
I was always of the opinion that they went downhill after S.C.I.E.N.C.E., personally, but yeah, Morning View isn’t exactly a nu metal album. S.C.I.E.N.C.E., on the other hand, is, but it is easily the most creative, varied nu metal album to spawn from that era (and I consider myself something of a nu metal expert… a connoisseur, if you will). That’s an album that I can still throw on today and remember everything, and still enjoy the hell out of it.
There was definitely a huge creative change after S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
I’m not so familiar with nu metal beyond Korn and Deadsy, but I do think that Incubus was an extremely
creative band. S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was very…psychotic. I think they also had the only good DJs in nu-metal, too. (DJ Lyfe was dismissed after recording S.C.I.E.N.C.E. I wonder if the addition of a new DJ was part of cause for their change in sound.)
I think most metalheads wouldn’t really be into their more radio friendly stuff, which is cool, but I still like pretty much everything they’ve done. Even Fungus Amongus was…interesting.
Yeah, after S.C.I.E.N.C.E. every Incubus album lost more and more of my attention. I tried listening to Light Grenades and absolutely hated it.
As for nu metal, despite what a lot of people might have you believe, there were quite a few nu metal albums that were quite good. A lot of them added electronic/industrial elements to the music, a la Static-X/Spineshank/Powerman 5000, but that’s all good. Mudvayne’s LD 50 was a brilliantly weird, creative album, in large part due to the rhythm section, but they also had a lot of oddball songs that just didn’t quite fit with everything else that was being released at the time. Sadly, they also went way the hell downhill after that album and focused on being more radio-friendly… and then there’s that whole Hellyeah thing…
curious to see the nu metal reviews, and what constitutes nu metal. is nothingface nu metal? the first soulfly album?
First post will address defining nu metal.
Oh Christ…have we actually circled back around to Nu-metal again?
I’ll be in my bomb shelter trying to pretend I never listened to those bands
..except Kittie. Yeah I said it..eat it bitches
That cover art looks like the mask from the current gen remake of Splatterhouse that came out.
One thought it looked more like a transformer head…