Saturday, March 9, 2013

MOTD - Engorged: A Breath of Fresh Death Metal Air

Mp3 Of The Day  

Band/Artist: Engorged  
Song: Eating The Afterbirth 
Album: Engorged demo
Style: Death Metal  
Country/Location: Worcester/Auburn, Massachusetts 
Release: 1993

Last week the Metal Thursday/Worcester metal scene family gathered to celebrate the birth of our brother in horns and arms, the one and only Matt Smith. This man has been an active member of the New England metal scene for years, winning our hearts while headbanging his gorgeous golden locks or playing in fuzzy heavy incredible doom bands or just being one of the friendliest and most badass mofos ever. I call him my hair brother for we share the blessing of having blond curly hair that is perfect, but he's also my brother in metal.

So in honor of this most metal of men, I share with you the early days of Matt Smith's metal career, a band called Engorged. Not to be confused with the slightly more well known death/grind band from Portland, Oregon, this Engorged was formed around 1992 or so in the Worcester area. Matt and his buddies set out to produce their own brand of brutal and dirty death metal. This brand consisted of chunky brutal riffs, fast skillfully chaotic guitar licks, grind blasting pummeling drums and inhuman gruff grunts. All this plus a gritty satanic atmosphere which provided the final key to their brazen sound. Engorged were definitely a force of death metal nature, releasing a killer 4 song demo in 1993 (which I share one song with you!). Sadly, their brutal time together was short, disbanding around 1995.

Fortunately for those of who missed their early run there's a new chapter in the story of Engorged. 2011 saw the return of Engorged from the band. Today they continue to show Worcester and Boston how real old school death metal is done. They sound fresh and new while keeping true to their traditions. It's always to pleasure to see Engorged punish audiences with dirty and raw music, plus they do a fantastic cover of Venom's "In League With Satan." Anyways, happy (belated) birthday Matt Smith! Continue to be the most metal person I know!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

MOTD - Nightwish: Nemo dumps snow & silly young metalhead memories

Mp3 Of The Day  

Band/Artist: Nightwish  
Song: Nemo  
Album: Once  
Style: Symphonic Power Metal  
Country/Location: Kitee, Finland  
Release: 2004

In true unpredictably predictable Wren fashion, I am attempting to restart my lil' blog with a play on a recent meteorological event. Even truer to myself, I'm posting a really really cheesy song that most true metalheads will find repulsive. Ain't I a stinker?

The biggest snow storm of the century has come and gone. This mammoth storm dubbed Nemo by scientists and media caused all sorts of excitement, including a driving ban which has caused me to be happily trapped at my home in North Grafton surrounded by 28.7" of snow. That is a shit ton of snow right there!


Anyways, the name Nemo reminded me of an old favorite song of mine by one of the first metal bands I got into when I was first venturing out into the heavy music realms. I remember first discovering Nightwish randomly on the iTunes music store back in 2004 and thinking "what is this!? This is awesome!" At the time, the idea of heavy metal mixed with operatic vocals was foreign to me but man it got me hooked. I mean, Evanescence I liked a lot but this was way heavier (well, to a young metalhead) and the symphonic elements were even more pronounced. Each song was a tasty bombastic over-the-top nugget of crunchy toned goodness that digested themselves into my brain like Khan's Ceti Alpha V eels. Tarja's powerful classically trained voice was a bright and shiny gem that sparkled over the raging metal fire. Today, I realize and hear that this album "Once" is considered their sorta sell-out record, taking a nu-metal/mainstream rock turn from their usual hyper melodic and solid power metal. Even I admit their earlier work is much better and more honest then this, however you know what, this still holds a very special place in my heart and every time a song from "Once" is played I smile.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MOTD - Coke Bust: Straight Edge Awesome

Mp3 Of The Day
Band/Artist: Coke Bust
Song: Spit Out
Album: Lines In The Sand
Style: Hardcore/Powerviolence/Thrashcore
Country/Location: Washington DC, US
Release: 2009

First post of 2012, and it's only March. Sorry folks I'll be better at this soon. I have tons and tons of stuff to share plus there are hundreds of shows coming up that will introduce me to new stuff to share, but for now expect random posts every now and then.

So far it seems that my year always starts off with a hardcore show, and 2012's first show was a banger! The Boston area had a violent visit by DC's straight edge hardcore band Coke Bust. They annihilated a tiny recording studio with their in-your-face, super fast and furious force of hardcore mastery. Each song was either a short burst of rebellion, an unrelenting blast of punk noise, an anthem of chugging thrash infused hardcore, a slower fist pounder or a combination of all that and everything raw & brazen. The vocalist spits loud voiced political & social anger at all who agree or disagree. All throughout the show, the energy was unbelievable, no part of the room was safe from the pit that ensued. Even on recording, Coke Bust's intensity is conveyed! I picked up their "Lines In The Sand" full length at the show, it's 30 satisfying minutes of abrasive hardcore that doesn't let up! Check it out!

Monday, December 19, 2011

MOTD - Beerhead: More Beer! and Thrash!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Beerhead
Song: Beerlover
Album: Beer Forever!
Style: Thrash Metal
Country/Location: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Release: 1990

Hello readers, here's a new post!

Nope, I'm not posting another Beerhead track! Yet I'm posting a Beerhead track! What's going on!? Actually, it turns out there was another band called Beerhead from Poland that was active around the same time as the other Beerhead. As a lover of novelties and multiple bands with the same name, I had to get this. Here's a selection for you!

This Beerhead is a lo-fi poorly produced thrash obscurity with beer/alcohol themes. Nothing about this band is meant to be taken seriously or analyzed in detail, this is just sloppy but enjoyable thrash metal. The guitars sound raw & thickly chunky, simple and to the point. The melodies & solos here aren't exactly the most thought out or composed, but they really shouldn't be. Vocals are monotonously death-raspy, sounding like a grumpy old dude who just stubbed his toe. One can easily tell that this was recorded on a tape deck with the most minimalist of equipment, almost on purpose. That said every aspect of their sound can be easily heard, though it is muddy & crackly. In reality that's what thrash should be, ugly & muddy. Basically the precursor to pizza thrash! This description may or may not convince folk to check this out, but really it's a fun listen. Check it out!

Friday, October 14, 2011

MOTD - Dream Theater: Infectious Overindulgance

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Dream Theater
Song: Endless Sacrifice
Album: Train Of Thought
Style: Progressive Metal
Country/Location: Long Island, New York, US
Release: 2003

Last Monday I finally sucked it up and went to see Dream Theater live. In the beginning of my love of metal, Dream Theater was among my favorite bands. I wouldn't call myself a super die hard John Petrucci is the end all of guitarists fan, but god damn they're fun to listen to. Their songs are catchy and anthemic as fuck, while their prog noodling makes me feel wonderfully inaduquate about my musical talents. As a result of their performance on Monday, I'm reliving my enjoyment of their over the top but infectious metal. I've also learned that they pull their shtick off brilliantly well live!

This track was a favorite of mine back in the good ol' days of my metal beginnings. I'd be hard pressed to call it one of their best, but god damn I loved it! "Endless Sacrifice" is from Train Of Thought, a bit of a transition album for Dream Theater. This album attempted to make Dream Theater's trademark heavy prog metal even heavier and crunchier. Petrucci utilizes a more modern & dare I say nu metal tone to his guitar plus groovier & darker riffs, which pairs nicely with the crisp & clear production. The songwriting definitely gets some cues from modern rock/metal bands of the time as evident by the dark intro & buildup to a chunky anthemic chorus that is impossible to get out of your head. However Dream Theater is true to their reputation, as there is at least 4 plus minutes of overindulgent skillful showing off and wankery. Jordan Rudess gets his moment to go nuts here as the rest of the song doesn't really lend itself to excessive keys. He throws in some cartoonish sounds that raise a chuckle. Again, while it's among my favorite Dream Theater songs, it may or may not convert people to their cause. That said it was good to hear it again after so many years on Monday, though admittedly it took me several moments to recognize it. I headbanged hard during the chorus!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MOTD - Blind Ambitions: More than the usual chugidy chug chug

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Blind Ambitions
Song: Borders
Album: Blind Ambitions
Style: Melodic Metalcore/Hardcore
Country/Location: Canterbury UK
Release: 2011

Yep, this is a post written from a few days ago (having nothing to do but check out music I've acquired over the last few months but now actually having time to listen it and write about it is quite nice actually)!

Honestly can't say I remember when and why I downloaded this decent EP by this British melodic metalcore band, but hell I'm posting them anyways. Blind Ambitions hails from Canterbury, UK and play a very catchy blend of detuned metalcore & highly melodic hardcore. Low & thick groovy driving djent-like riffs provide one aspect, while anthemic leads ringing out in melodic passion is the other key to their sound. The singer/vocalist has a gruff delivery, resembling that of Hatebreed though with more emotion and less tough angst. Like most bands of their ilk, there's a health dose of chugidy chug breakdowns to allow for moshing & other activities in the pit but this element isn't over powering or annoying. I can't say this is my preferred metal/hardcore sound, Blind Ambitions are good for what they do and fans will eat them up. I did find myself enjoying this enough to post it here for those who would like this more. Blind Ambitions, keep doing your thing, you're fine by me!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MOTD - Visceral Disgorge: savagely ripping intestines out, gutting stomachs

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Visceral Disgorge
Song: Spastic Anal Lacerations
Album: Ingesting Putridity
Style: Brutal Death Metal
Country/Location: Baltimore, Maryland, US
Release: 2011

Another post? Gasp! Who would've thunk it!? The truth be told this post was written a day or two ago while I was waiting at Grafton Station in Grafton, Massachusetts waiting for 2 hours or so for the next Commuter Rail train to take me to Boston. Hey I was productive! Anyways...

So here's another Maryland Death Fest band that I enjoyed quite a bit back in May! One of the few Baltimore bands to be included in this years lineup and definitely a good choice to both open Day 4 of MDF. Visceral Disgorge are currently taking the brutal death metal banner savagely ripping it's intestines out, gutting it's stomach completely and then feeding it to vultures who then deposit the remains in some unknown desert where the bones are eaten by toxic bacteria who then somehow get incorporated into the fresh water supply of a neighboring town and then everyone gets infected with a disease that cause spastic anal lacerations. They do this with powerful brutal death riffs that are thick and juicy, while being edgy and raw. They have a perfect balance of fast blasting technical & moshable pounding slams for crowds to go wild for and for heads to bang. For a brutal death band, they incorporate a fair amount of groove & melody into the fray. The disgusting gurgaling vocals provide the final key to this grand onslaught. Always staying gutteral, solid and unrelenting. Visceral Disgorge is brutal death metal at it's tightest and sickest, definitely a band that fans of brutality will get a lot of perverted pleasure from. Check them out! If you get a chance to see them live, do it!