Why I love to be a Nerd?

Hi guys, if you were one of the 10 people who actually read the past post, you’ll remember that I explained what happened when a group of nerds decide to make music, well, since that moment, I felt that I need to explain more properly the meaning of the word “nerd”.

 

So, here is my explanation, and has nothing to do with the Bing bang theory stereotype of the “nerd”, you know guys, be a nerd is not to be the weird guy that love comics, that is a skinny guy, super smart, that is a little dumb, but is lovely to the girls outhere. Also, is has nothing to do with the stupid concept of the 80’s, instead, is more related with the personality.

 

Yes, personality is what define you as a nerd, you can’t not classify this, and you just can’t, because personality is basically defined by the passion inside you.  I’m a passionate about the music, specifically metal, and rock in general, but I’m not acting like one of the guys under the actual stereotype, who wants to be the cool metal guy, who plays guitar, and wears “death” shirts.

 

Instead of that, I’m more like the kind of person who just love to talk about music in general, with passion, it doesn’t matter if it’s about Black Sabbath, Carcass, or even Tom Jones, I just love the music that makes me feel something.

 

For some reason people just don’t get this, the “nerd” guy is the one who loves what he loves, just as the guys from Bent Knee. You see, those guys loves so much the music that they decide to study a professional career focused in music (well in Berklee, big deal right?) and now, they are touring with the Dellinger Escape plan, one of the most important Death/ Math core band nowadays, and they sounds similar? Well not really, but that’s really care? Hell no!!!…..

 

I love to be a “nerd” just because I love so much what I do, what I like, not because I want to be part of any urban group, don’t be a sterotype, just accept who you are, and love whatever you like, and do it with passion, without expecting anything, what else would you can expect apart from the fact that you’re doing, somehow what you love?

 

I love to be a nerd, I’m proud of it, and I won’t change that never.

 

Hope you like this, if not, that’s ok, share your thoughts, I would really love to know them.

 

See you next time around!!!…..

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Bent Knee: When nerds decide to make music

First and foremost, I’m not the type of person that is always hunting new bands, normally I discover them by merely accident or at the best by recommendations. Secondly, I never stated that this blog is dedicated 100% to Metal bands, it just happens, that metal music is mostly the one that worth it at all. Having said that, I can start writing freely.

Bent Knee is an American band that is mostly associated with Art rock/ Prog/ Psycodelic scene. They started in 2009, while attending Berklee College of Music. Their music is very dynamic, with highly complex execution, allowing the guys in the band to experiment, and create such an amazing ambient that go from beauty to Darkness.

And as most of the Art Rock bands, vocals are a basic element. Actually, this is one of that few bands in which, vocals is used as another instrument, and this is because the incredible voice range of their vocalist Courtney Swain.

Lyrics are little strange to be honest, probably I’m still very un-familiar with these guys, but they seem to be random, although, I think that mostly deal with introspective and personal relationships.

Now, regarding the title of the post, I must clarify, I’m not using in a negative way the word “nerd”, indeed, all the opposite, this band is the result of a group of music enthusiast, that love jam for hours, and that have a long chats about every single type of music, decide to start a band. But don’t forget, that these music enthusiasts are actually incredible musicians, with academic background, adding tons of complexity.

In my opinion, these guys wouldn’t be able to write music if they weren’t such a well prepared musicians. I can only think that in their minds, there always a fantastic musical chaos, that requires an incredible talent in order to put it in such song form.

I just love this band, and I just discovered them, I can’t wait to hear their new stuff. Finally, I know they are such big nerds, just because I’m just like these guys, with the important exception that I don’t have the level of musicianship they have….not big deal I guess….

See you next time around!!!

Monstrance – World on Its Knees: Rise of the Metal in music and spirit

Well guys, Monstrance gave us once again another damn blast from the past, and we weren’t prepared for such an amazing song. As you know, my last entry was about the rebirth of organic, raw and honest metal music; and as you can see, Monstrance was included on that list, well guys, I was not wrong at all.

Metal music lately has lost one of their vital columns: Content, Philosophy, Message, etc. I remember back in the 90’s that metal was all about rebellion, about society, about real matters, you know. I’m ok with the content of the current bands, but it’s hard to imagine that none of those bands are truly worried about the things on the world today. But without any warning, Monstrance has released this killer melodic metal song, with a straight to your face lyrics.

The melodies on the song invite to rebellion, to stand up and fight for your principles. Metal should not be plane and shallow , although Monstrance brings back this feeling, with a musicality of the highest levels.

There is no doubt that Monstrance will bring back the true metal among the community anytime soon. I’m personally impatient to hear a whole album recorded by this band, hopefully they going to be on the track of this very soon.
Please check their official sites and support them:

https://www.facebook.com/monstranceofficial

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCENrJuSOjpmkMdoB6TkeFWQ

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The Rebirth of Metal Music

Lately, is being very natural to me feel how music in general (metal, rock, pop, country, etc.) seems to be in an endless decaying and it makes really hard to enjoy and listen new music, because is always the same result:  Annoying synth samples, almost null real instruments presence, hedonist rich kid lyrics, overproduced or too polished songs, etc.

We can blame the music business, or the really bad taste of new generations, but that would be a very generalized point of view. I do not consider myself able to find out what’s wrong with music nowadays, so I won’t waste my time trying to do that. Instead I’ll try to be more positive here, and I’ll highlight (from my very personal point of view and taste) some good examples of music rebirth (At least from the genre that I consider myself able to do, which is metal).

Abigail Williams

Is not new for the few people who follow this blog that I’m a huge fan of this band, although I can ensure that is not the reason of why I’m including them in this list. Actually the real reason, is that those guys are getting better with every album they release, and what I mean with better, is the fact that they sound more organic, more real and, they show a better technique and execution, on the last two albums than their whole previous catalogue. The last album, is not only an example of aggressive and raw black metal, is also a great example of modern metal, with some post rock elements, ambient melodies, all blended in such way that doesn’t sound artificial, but all the opposite, sound very passionate.

https://www.facebook.com/abigailwilliamsofficial

Violet Cold

For the people who know this band (actually formed by only one member) I’m pretty sure that you also consider that it’s a must to include it in this list. Violet Cold is actually the best example of the future on metal bands, not only because of the sound, but also because of the way it’s being promoted (almost exclusively based on social media), the audience that is reaching, and the recording techniques that is being using. Focusing on the sound, I would say, without any doubt, that this band is one of the most successfully experimental metal band nowadays, and when I say successfully I’m not referring to success in the media and music business, instead I mean a success in the sounds they blend, the atmospheric sounds they use, the aggressiveness of some passages and finally, the null artificial sound on every single song. You don’t need to be acoustic to sound organic, you can even make a complete electronic track and yet sound very natural, In my opinion, that is the best description of Violet Cold.

https://www.facebook.com/VioletColdOfficial/

Monstrance

First at all, there is nothing new in this band, Monstrance is the veteran soldier that survived the 90’s metal scene, and is the living proof that real death metal is still among us. Founded by Carlos Regadas (Ex-Devoid, Ex-Carcass, Ex-Black Star), this band has only shared some demos via Facebook and YouTube, but what you hear on them, is the real essence of death and heavy metal. Great musicality, amazing melodies, very cool guitar solos, powerful drums, and awesome death growls. I’m really waiting for the release of a whole album, because, at some point, especially in the 2000’s, death metal became in something odd and weird, and I don’t want that as a good example of actual death metal. I have no doubt that Monstrance will bring the real death metal sound to our ears, and this will inspire new bands to do the same.

https://www.facebook.com/monstranceofficial/

Farmikos

As well as Monstrance, Farmikos came from a guitarist formed in the 90’s metal scene: Joe Holmes, the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist. This guy basically disappears from the mainstream scene for years, and now he returns with this incredible Hard Rocker/Metal band. The great deal with Farmikos, is that you can hear all the forgotten elements in metal nowadays: Stoner and Groove based guitar riffs, Soundgarden’sque vocals, simplistic production and of course, huge guitar solos. You won’t hear over produced songs with this band, only straight to your face songs, that use the same basic formula that Led Zeppelin used back in the 70’s.

https://www.facebook.com/farmikos/

And that’s all I have for you guys, but that doesn’t mean that only these bands are the ones in charge of the rebirth of metal music does ‘it? Of course not, that’s only a selection based on my taste and my opinion, of course I would like to know your opinion and which bands you consider  that are the ones that will bring back the real metal to our ears!….

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Is Phil Anselmo Racist?

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since the last time I posted something, but one important event surfaced the web a couple of days ago (apart from the fact that several Rock icons were passed away recently). I can imagine that you already know about the controversy caused by Phil Anselmo at the end of the Dimebash fest the last month: Phil throw the Nazi salute and screamed “White Power” to the crowd. Everything went viral after the owner of the original video shared a 13 seconds video in which Phil appears doing the previously described, explaining his desire to share with everyone the Phil actions at the fest, and then, the snowball rolled down.

Tons and tons of comments on every single Metal community were posted regarding this, some of them calling to chill out and let’s pass this, that it was not big deal, although, 90% of the comments actually disapproved Phil’s actions. This reached more importance, when Robb Flynn from Machine Head, posted a 11 minutes response in which he slaps Phil and call him a “big bully”. Phil initially posted a brief explanation on the original video saying that it was an inside joke regarding White Wine, and that not apologies were required. A lot of other opinions disapproving towards Phil’s actions surfaced the web also. Phil finally posted a video, in which he can be seen it in a very serious and dark mood, explaining what really happened, and that he is 100% apologetic.

Well, I can continue describing the series of events regarding this, but that is not my intention, to be honest, especially when you can find better sources and videos on google and YouTube.  Two important questions come out from all these events:

– Is Phil Anselmo racist?

– Shall the Metal community don’t allow racism in music?

In the current post, I would like to focus only on give you my opinion of the first question.

It is funny, but this is not the first time that Phil is involved in this kind of controversies, I remember saw a video dated from 2002, in which you can heard Phil scream “White Power” on the “New Level” chorus. Is not necessary to research that much, just type “Phil Anselmo” plus “White power” on youtube and you will find a lot of videos of past concerts or interviews, regarding this subject. But, does this makes him actually a racist? A follower of the white supremacy movement? Apart from all the well documented events, he has not been involved with a specific group or nobody has seen him attending a Neo Nazi meeting, or even more, attacking someone. I honestly don’t think that Phil be racist, but instead, I think that he was raised under a very American old fashioned style, and his principles are based in a very conservative basis. Although, this is not a justification on his actions, it is only an explanation, I personally hate any form of fascism and racism. Racism is a very dedicated thing to deal with, and it should be treated carefully. What happen here, and most likely that it was the same on previous occasions, is that Phil was totally intoxicated, completely high or something, and he just didn’t think twice the situation, and then, we already know the consequences.

Talking about consequences, Down upcoming show in the FortaRock festival was cancelled, they explained that there is no place for racism in the festival. Phil dropped another apology regarding this event, and I just saw that Pepper J. Keenan (his partner in Down) already posted something in the band’s official Facebook page, and he is accepting Phil’s apologies (thankfully Down won’t be disbanded).

As a conclusion, if Phil’s really wants to be active in the metal scene, I consider that he need do the following:

1) Prove that he is not racist, and that he is not involved in any form of hate group

2) It is critical for Phil enter into a rehab program, because there are many others things in danger, such as Housecore records, the Housecore horror fest, all his bands and finally his career.  Also this implies, that in this way, I’m pretty sure that he will improve his performance in 200%, because lately is being mediocre at best.

Well guys, this my opinion regarding all these events, I’m not defending Phil, I strongly believe that if he is proven be racist, he should face the consequences of his ideas, although I already gave you my opinion, and I would be very glad to know yours, so please posted on the comment box section.

I will come up with the second part in a few days, so be pending for it.

Thanks for you time and Regards!

Monstrance – Karma After the Storm (album demo)

So, Monstrance finally shared the complete demo version of the song Karma After The Storm. The song, in my personal opinion is just amazing, simply because it’s so heavy and melodic, with a great technique,this could definitely be fantastic for anyone who loves Iron Maiden and Morbid Angel, like I do to be honest.

In this song you wont hear synths and samples, or goth influences, this is pure metal stuff, and is executed with such an amazing level of musicianship.

Remember to share the video and press the like button, support the band, because we really need bands like Monstrance, whom is bringing back the real essence of metal music.

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Abigail Williams – The Accuser

As many of you may know, my first entry on this blog, was an old review that I wrote regarding Becoming album from Philadelphia based black metal band, Abigail Williams. Today I’m here to give my review about their last effort entitled The Accuser.

Honestly, this year, has been very weak regarding new albums, with some exceptions of course, but the true, is that, nothing transcendental is out there right now. Although, this year was expecting to close, safely, with no more disturbs, suddenly, it came, like thief in the night, this killer album, to dismember everything, leaving a blood feast of destruction and pain.

The album is amazing guys, but not in the classic sense of the word, I mean, is amazing as any of the Lovecraft stories, were amazing; the album is dark, melancholy, extreme, powerful, and very raw and yet, it has a subtle beauty on it. The art work, is an amazing piece of art that describe properly the content of the album. I realized that honestly, I don’t like to write a review by describing each song on the album, I think it doesn’t bring anything important, instead, I would try describe how it sounds, and what kind of influences you may find here and there.

The band departs from their post black metal and symphonic predominant sound on the last effort, and instead of that, experiment with a more Darkthronesque sound, although the post black metal vibe is still present, but not as the blast beats and the aggressive Ken’s voice. It’s in my opinion their more guitar oriented album, with great guitar melodies and solos. The sound of the guitar is very raw, almost as the one used in the 80’s hardcore punk scene.

Even when there are no string passages as on their previous records, the ambient on each of the songs is just amazing, and this is because of the production, which is very raw and yet very melancholic (listen “Will, Wish and Desire” song to understand my point). The sound of the drums on this album is just killer, you can notice that they definitely do not use any kind of drum machine on their records, everything here is very natural and passionate.

I don’t really like to point out songs on here, but I have to say that “Path of Broken Glass”, “The Cold Lines”, “Will, Wish and Desire” and “Nuummite” are in my opinion highlight, although, the album in general is just amazing.

On my last Abigail Williams entry, I asked myself if Becoming was the best black metal album since the Nordic scene from the 90’s, well, I can say now, that definitely is not, because, believe me guys, The Accuser, is the one that can without any doubt take that place, but that is just my opinion isn’t?

Please leave your thoughts on the box comment, or on my Facebook wall, I will glad to read them.

See you next time around!

PS
Hare are some of the band official links:

https://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/the-accuser

https://www.facebook.com/abigailwilliamsofficial