Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Special K's

The other I was listening my way through the "K" section of my iPod. For such oddball letter, 2010 has produced some great (and not so great) bands that begin with the letter "K". I can't remember all the album names.

Kataklysm -  Heaven's Venom: Last year's Ex Deo album was great and the same dudes came back with a great Kataklysm record. Multi-dimensional Canadian Death Metal. Me likey.

Khoma: The name says it all even if it is spelled wrong. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Kingdom of Sorrow - Behind the Blackest Tears: Just what you'd expect from KoS. Better than Hatebreed but maybe not as good as Crowbar.

Kongh: The name makes me thing of King Kong and this band sounds that big and angry. Love it.

Kruger (can't remember album): Not bad. Actually not quite as good the second time around. Grower?

Kvelertak: What the fuck dudes?? At The Drive-in, Refused, The Hives and Billy Talent had a baby and named it Kvelertak.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Crucial Update!

Just thought I'd touch base with the hordes of you fans anxiously awaiting my increasingly infrequent posts. I apologize for disappointing you.

I mostly write at work and I've been on holidays. Cut me some slack.

Anyway, I'm FINALLY transcribing the Kylesa interview I did last May. As in 2009. Combination of an unfinalized disc, a dead battery, a missing cord and pure laziness led to the delay. But I am working on it today and with any luck I will at least have it on paper. And I might even have it posted by the end of the weekend. No promises. Most of it is old news by now (they have a new record coming out soon) but there still might be some interesting info in there.

In the meantime, go listen to Kongh. You shouldn't be disappointed by that.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pro Pain - Absolute Power

This actually a pretty easy review. It goes like this: Take any previous Pro Pain album, change the name to Absolute Power, and voila. This may sound  a little harsh but, for as much ass as Pro-Pain kicks, their brand of fist-pumping, metalized hardcore just keeps kicking the same ass with every release. One distinguishing feature may be that I think I hear some guests on the album. I don't have access to info right now but I think I heard some vocals that sounded "Disturb"-ingly like David Draiman. (i.e. everyone's favourite hypocrite) I hope my ears are deceiving me.
I own one Pro Pain album and I am okay with that. Funny story about that album. Back in the day (c. 2000), I was walking home from a party (drunk!) listening to [the album I can't recall the name of] and finding myself powerwalking along in perfect lockstep with the album. (minus the elbow action and butt wiggle) If you've ever heard Pro Pain you know how fast that is for someone who had no business being upright anyway. (That was during my tequila phase) It was pretty funny to me because my legs were seemingly acting of their own accord. The funny to other people part, is that inevitably, I would have to urinate on this walk. I happened to be walking by a construction site. Naturally, there was a porta-potty. As a testament to my level of inebriation, I decided I should pee behind it so no passing cars would see me. Aaaaaalways thinkin'. Of course, when coming out from behind the porta-potty, I tripped on some debris and bloodied up my legs pretty good.  But I carried on powerwalkin' to that relentless Pro Pain beat. Good times.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cephalic Carnage - Misled By Certainty

Misled by Certainty is a most apt album title. I was certainly misled. I was certain that given the amount of positive press and ample advertising that this album would blow me away. But I was misled. It sucks. It didn't feel as cohesive as an album as I prefer. I can see how people would like it but I don't. There is some good tracks and some good moments but they are few. The second half of the album is just kind of, there. There was nothing that really grabbed me.  Now, Cephalic Carnage refer to themselves as hydrogrind. Or in layman's terms, weed metal. Perhaps if I were to partake in some weed, I might hear the gold that some apparently do. And since I don't get high near as much as I'd like, I doubt the opportunity will present itself. There's already way better stuff on my Potential Pot Playlist.