Y.a.t.t.e.r.i.n.g. - 'G.e.n.o.c.i.d.e.' (2003)

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 21:46 -- bryan

from what i can tell based on digging around on the internets reading reviews and lists and things, this album is something of a lost slamming brutal death grind classic. my ears don't lie to me. i love this record. it is somehow magically super weird and super grooved out and listenable. the songs are catchy as hell while never feeling cheesey. also, there's some sort of narrative happening where the band really hates some guy named mario. i like to imagine he was some former boss, or dirty ol drunk uncle or something. every so often in the record a voice will come in and say something like, 'fuck you mario!'. you just have to trust me when i say it's delightful. poland for the win here, ladies and gentlemen.

_Alibi 

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I.m.m.o.l.a.t.i.o.n. - 'C.l.o.s.e. t.o. a. W.o.r.l.d. B.e.l.o.w.' (2000)

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 01:00 -- bryan

i got some leaves stuck in the vent in my car. took it to a jiffy lube. they opened up the glove box. changed the air filter. two different guys tried to make the fluttering sound go away that is constant any time my car's running unless i completely kill all airflow. no avail. i took matters into my own hands and grabbed that hose that you use to put air in your tires and stuck it in there trying to blow out the nuisance that had become the bain of my existance any time i drove in my car and wanted to listen to any quiet music whatsoever. no avail. my vent still makes this constant fluttering. the guys at jiffy lube said i'd have to take my car to a dealer and likely get a costly repair to take care of the problem. thing is, other than the noise, everything works fine. so what can i do? listen to death metal all the time, that's what. i've had a lot of fun going through the vast catalogues of some of the giant old school death metal bands. i've found that i like mid period morbid angel the best; formulas fatal to the flesh, the band's sixth album, is the one that appeals to me the best. with deicide, their earlier stuff is really exciting and that's it. everything after their first three records is garbage. incantation is a band i like whose catalog i'm still working through. first album is perfect. everything after that sort of blends together for me. their recent work is formidable but not essential based on my listening experience so far. but my jury is still out as to whether they have another record that is on par with their debut. immolation is another band whose debut is perfect. after that everything sort of blends together. this one is an exception. the riffs are brilliant. the drums are especially inspired. it's weird as hell. it's just so cool to me to think of these bands who have devoted their lives to this extreme music who have been doing their thing. how do they keep things relevant on their own terms? how do they define what's a good song for themselves? this band has been cranking out this music for over three decades and is still going. i tip my hat. this record is ripping. turn it up and forget about any other noise in your life. 

_Alibi

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D.e.i.c.i.d.e. - 'O.n.c.e. U.p.o.n. T.h.e. C.r.o.s.s.' (1995)

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 19:52 -- bryan

i was reading an entry of the column dank slams and it dawned on me that i didn't own this album. i remedied that. so glad i did. you know, miles davis went electric after his landmark album nefertiti, and that turning point was very controversial for a lot of people. this, deicide's third album, is a bit of a pivot from the one that came before it, legion. a lot of people say deicide went downhill after legion. i believed the hype. then i heard this one. it's not off the rails and unhinged and berserker like their first two records. it's more taut and controlled and simpler. but damn. the songs slay. in my reading, legion is a record that inspires maniacs like the guys from portal. whereas this one is one that inspires less arty metal heads, guys who wear cargo shorts instead of cloaks, brutal death guys with snap backs and camoflage. deicide is the second best selling death metal band after cannibal corpse. it fits that different records can inspire legions of fans in vastly different directions. PS check out this dude's bass cover of one of the tracks on the B-side of this release. Siiiiiiiiick! 

_Alibi

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