Saturday, November 28, 2009

MOTD - Black Friday: Celebrate Black Friday with a charming Heavy Metal band from Nepal

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Black Friday
Song: Prisoner of the Other Side
Album: Lost in a Dream
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: Nepal
release: 2003

So yesterday was the magical Black Friday! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Black Friday is the day where all the people who stuffed their faces with turkey and pie exercise by running around shopping malls and corporate marketplaces in hopes that they'll work off the extra pounds in their bellies and their wallets. In honor of this best of all US unofficial holidays I'm posting a song by a band called Black Friday (I'm so annoyingly predictable aren't I? :-D)

Anyways this simple and charming heavy metal band, Black Friday, hails from the roughly trapezoidal, landlocked Nepal. They play some pretty decent standard heavy metal, nothing fancy or supremely amazing, but they have a certain charm about them. The guitarist comes up with some simple yet very well constructed riffs that flow nicely from each other. He really shines in his very competent melodic soloing that has an old classic rock feel with just the right amount of reverb to give that epic feel. The vocalist has a calm and very clean voice with just an slight edgy touch, a nice change of pace from the usual gruff sounds. He also seems to enjoy the phone effect on his voice too. The drums sound very programmed which adds to the charm of this band. They certainly need some work both in terms of song composition and production (which unfortunately won't come for they are split), however it's still an honest and enjoyable listen! Anyways, celebrate the day after Black Friday with this charming heavy metal band!

Black Friday - Prisoner of the Other Side

Thursday, November 26, 2009

MOTD - Factory: Happy Heavy Metal/Rockin' Turkey Day!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Factory
Song: The History Of The Turkey
Album: You are the music (single)
Style: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal/Hard Rock N Roll
country/location: UK
release: 1982

So in honor of Thanksgiving, I decided to post a Thanksgiving related song! In my little search, I came across this little ditty of a song about a turkey by this old obscure rock n roll/NWOBHM band called Factory. Not much is known about them other than they had a fellow by the name of Ray Dodd as a member and they released a 2 song single/demo and participated in a split/compilation with 4 other heavy metal bands (included Chinawite which I posted earlier). Anyways this band is a hard rockin' metal band having more in common with classic rock n roll. The guitar playing is rockin and rollin, while still having that metal heaviness. The singer has a great old rock n roll voice, and the guitar licks have that old rock groove that is danceable and rockin (keep on using that word haha). The production here is really perfect for this style, every instrument is heard clearly and the crisp rawness of the music remains intact. No pristine shimmer here! It's heavy metal/rock n roll as it should be! Anyways, check this out as you are consuming turkey or tofurkey!

Monday, November 23, 2009

MOTD - Nunslaughter: Satanic Death metal That Leaves You Buried Alive!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Nunslaughter
Song: Buried Alive
Album: Hell's Unholy Fire
Style: Death Metal
country/location: United States, Ohio
release: 2000

Not sure why I never listened to this band before, but damn god dammit this is awesome!! My friend's band covers this song at shows and every single time I can't resist headbanging and going crazy to it. Nunslaughter is a Satanic blasphemous death metal band that makes most black metal bands seem tame and friendly. Their music sounds dirty, raw, brutal and old, with vocals that are full of unholy rage! The opening riff to this song is so awesome, powerful and vicious. This transitions into an unrelenting death metal assault with pounding drums, chaotic tremolo guitars, and a vocalist who does an incredible job of making every word sounding vile and raw. The song is short and to the point, lasting no more than 2 minutes. It buries you quickly in death metal filth! Anyways, check this out!

Nunslaughter - Buried Alive

Friday, November 20, 2009

MOTD - Seraphim: Awlsome Sludge/crust/doom from Mississippi!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Seraphim
Song: A Dying Race
Album: Slaves
Style: Sludge/Crust/Doom/Hardcore/metal
country/location: Tupelo, Mississippi
release: 2009

So last month I went to a show that featured such awesome local bands as The Proselyte and Finisher (who I will definitely be featuring at some point!). A last minute addition to this awesome show was this sludgy/crusty-hardcore/doom metal band from Mississippi. They totally blew me away with the dark melodies, their full-toned guitars and vicious vocals. This band, Seraphim, is a band that I think people should check out. This song is a really awesome example of their sound, starting off with a dark guitar line with muddy chords providing a powerful backup. This transitions into a full sludge/hardcore/metal assault that is fast and unrelenting yet still keeping the doom feel, with biting and furious vocals adding to the controlled chaos. They have a punk/crust rawness that adds to the feel of the music. It's hard to really define their sound for they have a lot of different influences that is heard in their music. Their recordings are awesome, but they're also a great live band so if you see them on a show listing, I highly recommend you going! Check them out!

Seraphim - A Dying Race

Thursday, November 19, 2009

MOTD - Steele: Old school METAL that is BITTER SWEET!!!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Steele
Song: Bitter Sweet
Album: demo
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: San Francisco, California
release: 1984

I'm listening to this song now and thought "damn this song rules, better make a post about it!" This band Steele is pretty damn obscure, not much info is known about these guys. Supposedly they were from San Francisco where they released at least 1 small demo tape around 1984. Possibly more for the tape cover pictured above lists songs that aren't on the demo I acquired...

Either way, this is some great heavy metal! The main riff is absolutely killer to rock out to, with a great pounding rhythm section to provide that fast but constant beat. The melodic mid to high ranged hard rock singer often explodes into a falsetto wail that is piercing and powerful. What 1980s metal song is complete without a tough sounding chorus that is begging to be sung/chanted along with, "cus baby, you're just BITTER SWEEEEEEEET!!!" haha, it really is fun to sing along with, especially the end where the vocalist really howls out. And yes my friends, there's an epic and melodic shredding guitar solo, though the first part is a bit fuzzy and hard to make out. The production is what you should expect from a demo, ton of rawness and grit which only enhances the rockin' nature of this band. Steele provides a fun old school metal listen!

Steele - Bitter Sweet

Sunday, November 15, 2009

MOTD - Existance: Obscure Old School Metal brings the MOTD out of Retirement!

No guarantees on this, but gonna try and get back to doing MOTD again! The irony is that I had trouble writing this one back in July haha> But dammit I shall bring you metal!!!

Mp3 Of The Day

So obscure is this band that they don't have a pic

Band/Artist: Existance
Song: The Enemy
Album: demo
Style: NWOBHM/Heavy Metal a touch of punk/goth(?)
country/location: UK
release: 1983

Now to get to the really obscure! Other than this demo (which features two other songs), there's not much known about this old British band. This semi-mysterious band, Existance, plays a pretty unique blend of several different influences. They are lumped in with the NWOBHM movement and that is definitely heard with that combination of the heaviness of metal and the speed/rawness of punk. Even by the standards of the time, Existance is a tad lighter than most metal bands, with the punk being more predominate in their sound. The singer delivers a very clean and relaxed British-accented performance that is infectious and strong. The guitar lines are very melodic and the tone is almost early goth in nature. The bass and drums provide an excellent semi-galloping rhythm that works awesomely. The production here is pretty darn good for a demo, you can hear all the instruments easily and the singer's voice is highlighted perfectly. Check this out if you enjoy a little punk in your heavy metal!

Existance - The Enemy