Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MOTD - Spider Killed Bananaman

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Spider Killed Bananaman
Song: Cut Off Her Tongue
Album: Demo 2008
Style: Deathcore
country/location: Lüdinghausen-Seppenrade, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
release: 2008

Oh man, I hope this post doesn't scare too many people away haha. One of these things I had to do. Well, I didn't, but I'm going anyways! About a week or so ago, I found myself going through a strange deathcore curiosity phase. Maybe not looking for the best or most original bands, but looking up bands with some of the more bizarre band names. This band I think set it off and dare I say, understandably so. Also, I used this song to test my new webspace, so I feel a certain obligation to post it hehe. And strangely enough I like it , though it's far from fantastic.

Anyways, Spider Killed Bananaman is a deathcore band from Germany, and a typical, unoriginal one at that (aside from the band name). All the pieces are here, chunky riffs, slightly more guttural metalcore-ish vocals with some pig squealish moments, generic breakdowns, etc. While most of this will probably turn about 90% of you away, it's worth a listen. There are far worse deathcore bands out there. Some of their riffs are actually pretty good, the main one being quite catchy and well executed. The vocals are pretty strong for this style, even the pig squeals aren't horribly done (then again that style doesn't bother me as much as some). I find this band strangely enjoyable. That all said obviously without their name, I doubt even I would've been drawn to check them out. Again, I won't be surprised if this turns a bunch of people off haha. Well, see what you think for those who are curious!

Spider Killed Bananaman - Cut Off Her Tongue

Monday, March 23, 2009

MOTD - Chrome Division: For The Bad Ass, Booze Drinking, Motorcyclin' Rock N Roll/Heavy Metal Fan

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Chrome Division
Song: Doomsday Riders
Album: Booze, Broads & Beelzebub
Style: Heavy Metal, Rock & Roll
country/location: Oslo, Norway
release: 2008

So remember that request thing I set up? Where I had people suggest a theme and I do a post (or two or three) relating to the theme? Well, someone really wanted some doom metal, but since it's a theme-based requesting, I decided to use something doom related. Now doing a doom metal song would be cheating.

Instead I'm doing a Motorhead-esc, ball kicking, motorcycle ridin', booze drinking, sleazy, speedy heavy metal song featuring Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir and has the word "doom" in the title! Oh man this is some good stuff! Gritty guitars, fast drumming, snarling vocals is what this band is all about. This is the type of music you'd blast as you drive down the highway on the way to nowhere in particular. Actually this song is about that specifically, just on the road. Also, picking up girls along the way and drinking beer. The riffs are spot on for this style and they are in your face while being infectious. The whole thing is just well done and strong. I must admit, I didn't think Shagrath had it in him to do some good ol' fashioned rock and rolling metal. The lead vocalist has a gruff sound that works awesomely with this style. The band just slices through this song like butter! Perfectly "doom" I gotta say hehe. Highly recommended to the bad ass road tripper!

Chrome Division - Doomsday Riders

Sunday, March 22, 2009

MOTD - Anj: Prog thrash/heavy metal mixed with Russian politics and Gogol Bordello (plus music video!)

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Anj or АнЖ
Song: Gorbachev
Album: Russian Roulette
Style: Progressive Thrash/Heavy Metal
country/location: Moscow, Russia
release: 2008

So what happens when you mix Megadeth with Gogol Bordello and add a little bit of Russian politics and progressive craziness? You got Anj! This band was introduced to me by a friend of mine via an incredibly hilarious and bizarre music video (which is presented below along with the track!). Hailing from Moscow, they create an incredibly creative and catchy sound that literally sounds like if a prog thrash metal band decided to jam with Gogol Bordello. The song starts off with an awesome thrashy riff that then goes into the quieter verse with the lead vocalist singing English but with a strong and emotional Russian accent (surprise). The chorus is catchy and dare I say radio friendly ending with him singing "GORBACHOV!!!" It's infectious and strange (enough that I'm posting this now opposed to later). What's a metal song without a solo, and well at least a catchy little solo that morphs into a Russian influenced polka-esc jig that brings this crazy song to it's conclusion. The music video is even more hilarious and brilliant, involving Stalin zombies attacking hot working women and a heroic viking-like wrestler-looking Gorbachev (we assume) saving these women, all the while the band plays over Russian/Shepard Fairy-esc propaganda images. I now really want to see these guys live for they seem like they would be a lot of fun!

Anj - Gorbachev

Saturday, March 21, 2009

MOTD - Death Brings Back to Life the MOTD!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Death
Song: Overactive Imagination
Album: Individual Thought Patterns
Style: Death Metal
country/location: Tampa, Florida, US
release: 1993

Finally! The MOTD is back! I finally have some webspace, I gave myself a bit of a break as well and now I'm ready to bring you world-class, kick ass (most of the time), headbanging (again most of the time), Heavy FUCKING METAL!!! \m/

(of course after two weeks of not writing anything, I'm hit with a huge case of writer's block... typical haha. God dammit! I apologize guys, not sure what happened!)

This song was initially chosen because of a request for a song about imagination. Well, sorta. The person said she had no imagination, so I took that to mean that the theme should be imagination. That said, what better way to bring back the semi-daily metal than with the legendary Death! Yes, those of you who have followed the MOTD since before I took over might remember this song being posted years ago. Realized this after I decided to post this, so whoops! It's a great song, worth of a second posting!

Death is often cited as one of the first death metal bands and certainly one of the most influential. One can't speak of death metal's history without listing Death as one of the top bands. While Possessed beat them to the first death metal album, Death's style and aggression would be the cornerstone for hundreds of bands. Lead by mastermind guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner, Death's sound would evolve from being the standard of death metal to a even more incredible technical and progressive form of death metal. This track comes from the latter era. The song progresses awesomely, starting with no introduction, just exploding into full on death metally goodness. Chuck's riffs are artful and progressive while being fast, thrashy, and perfect for headbanging. The legendary Gene Hoglan blasts his way through the song with precision. The bass follows the technical and brutal aspects perfectly. The one thing I love about Chuck's solos is that the tone has the same quality throughout his works. Sorta like how Blind Guardian has their own unique distortion tone. The vocals are more of a raspy kind of death growl than the usual deep guttural style, which works perfectly for this sound. Dare I say that you can actually here what he's saying. Death growling along to the words is fun I gotta say, especially when he says the title line "IT'S AN OVER... ACTIVE... IMAGINATION!" This song is proof that death metal can be headbangingly awesome and still be progressive and well constructed. And definitely a kick ass way to bring back the MOTD! And despite the writer's block, this song has yet to disappoint me!

Death - Overactive Imagination

(note: I wanted to get this first post up before I started reuploaded the older tracks. Either tomorrow or Sunday, I'll reupload the last two entries. If anyone wants me to upload any other tracks, let me know)