Mar 032013

Nobody likes a fuckin’ whiner. This is an established fact, even among naturally sympathetic people. However, it does not prevent people from whining. It’s kind of like chewing your food with your mouth open. No one likes to watch that, but it doesn’t prevent people from doing it. So, I’m going to chew with my mouth open now.

I’m on Day 7 of being away from home on a work project that’s still going day and night and fucking up my blog time. I was up ’til 1 a.m. last night working. And when I got in bed I immediately suffered an attack of foot cramps that didn’t really go away until 4 a.m. Basically, I got about 3 hours of sleep and feel like death warmed over at the moment — with another long day and night ahead of me. Fuuuuuuuck.

Still, though bleery-eyed and in a fuckin’ foul mood, I did start my crappy day checking out some new metal, and found the following three items involving three under-the-radar bands that managed to improve my mood.


That photo above isn’t me, though it kinda looks like I felt when I started the morning. The subject of the photo is Davis Hay, the vocalist for an Eastern Canadian band named Kryosphere. The photo was taken recently by a really talented Edmonton-based photographer whose work I follow — Kafir Judas of Kefkism Design. Continue reading »

May 142011

Last night I went to see and hear live metal with NCS co-founder IntoTheDarkness and another friend. The main reason for going was to catch King Conquer and Idols, but we had tunsa fun listening to other bands on the bill, too. Especially for a Friday night, the crowd at Studio Seven was stunningly sparse. Fortunately, that didn’t stop the bands from raging as if the venue were packed to no-breathing-room capacity.

My fucking day job is compelling me to work today, so I don’t have time for a proper review of the concert. But I thought it would be, well — ungrateful — for me to say nothing at all. So, what do you do when you think a band has killed it on stage? What do you do when you get some fucking joy out of listening to a band’s music? What you should do (and I’m really lecturing myself here, not you) is to show some respect, to show some support, and not to be bashful about it even when you’re in the company of people who frown on the genre.

And yes, the genre in this instance happens to be deathcore. We don’t write about bands in that genre very often at this site, though last November we did review King Conquer’s debut album in glowing terms (here) and we also included one of their tracks on our list of  2010’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs (here). I also think most of our readers aren’t into this kind of metal. But it’s like any other genre — there’s bad music in it and there’s good. Particularly when you hear the good bands throw themselves into a live performance heart and soul, then what you should do — what I’m doing — is to be honest about your admiration and show some fucking support. (more after the jump, including music . . .) Continue reading »