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Friday, August 30, 2013

Interview With The Ghoul

How The hell did I land an exclusive interview with Dissector, the Guitarist of Ghoul? Your guess is as good as mine. I just woke up this afternoon, hungover as fuck, with this little gem in my Gmail inbox. Let's see what skeletons this Creepsylvanian psycho keeps in his closet. Dear readers, consider this a rare gift, from one Numbskull to another. Needless to say, we're not worthy.

1. Who are your musical inspirations?
Well there are two that come to mind. Helmut Von- Kartoffel-hintern, the Creepsylvanian accordion player, famous for his rendition of "I want to be an airborne ranger." And also Meg├Ądeth, who play Creepsylvanian interpretive spoon polka (not to be confused with the American band with the same name).

2. What is your favorite skate trick?
I am a big fan of all of Rodney Mullens' underflip/kickback variations. I'm not entirely sure what kind of sorcery is behind this but if you ever find out please let me know. So far the only tricks I've learned are the "standing up," the "rolling," and of course the "boneless."

3. When did you spark an interest in Metal?
I grew up listening to punk so it was sort of a natural transition. It's interesting because the rest of the band grew up listening to metal and transitioned the other way so now we have really embarrassing conversations on tour where they'll put something on and I'm like "what CD is this?" and they're like "Um Napalm Death," and then I'll put something on and they'll be like "what CD is this?" and I'm like "Um Black Flag." 

4. What were you doing before your involvement in the music industry?
I spent a lot of time building castle-forts out of burnt tires because I thought it would attract the ladies. It did not attract the ladies...

5. How did you become a member of Ghoul?
Digestor made me do it.

6. Where is the best show you played? What made it the best show?
We always have a lot of fun playing in Oakland because of the plethora of great bands from around there. Vancouver is also CRAAAAZY. Last time we played there SNFU showed up and we like them. The people out there are nuts too! They have to drink a lot and cover themselves in patches to stay alive out there in the frozen tundrical (is that a word) wilderness which makes for some pretty insane shows.

7. How do you feel about Creepsylvania and its inhabitants?
Well the people smell funny, and most of the time I can't understand what they are saying. Most of the time it just seems like they are yelling, cussing, and waving their fists around for some reason... they taste good though. Our non-people food here is really good too. I don't know what you Americans are always complaining about with this GMO business, we are proud of our mutated food in Creepsylvania. We have these 3 legged swamp fish there. They are easy to catch because they glow in the dark and they are also THIS close to talking...awesome! Meanwhile you guys are complaining about how your corn is too big, sheesh...

8. Do you have any regrets about your music career?
Yes. Starting one first of all. I used to be pretty big in Eastern Europe for placing #1 in the annual Creepsylvanian I just play in Ghoul.

9. What pros and cons are there to being in a band?
Pro: Sometimes we get free food on our rider
Con: Most of the time our rider isn't fulfilled because due to these harsh economic times most towns have turnip and/or cabbage shortages.
Pro: Cremator
Con: Cremator 

10. Have you ever heard of Mammoth Sound Mastering?
I have. I have heard it is run by the handsomest mastering engineer on earth... often referred to as the Jesus of mastering.

11. What would you like to say to your fans?
Keep sending those cabbage tarts to Ghoul care of DISSECTOR....NOT Fermentor...he's fat enough as it is.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Julius Seizure: Trials

Trials is the recently released EP by the New Jersey Metal band, Julius Seizure. The album kicks off with a dramatic transition from a sample of a judge's incriminating gavel, to a full on thrashy, harshly vocalized attack on your eardrums. It incorporates punky elements suggesting influence  by Escape The Fate, Endicott, and other early Metalcore.

The clean singing is melancholy without being too melodramatic, and the lyrics are tantalizingly ambiguous. the riffs are high pitched and wailing, and the drumming is  steady. In fact, the album is consistently solid. However, Julius Seizure utlilizes thrashy riffage, double-layered melodies, and of course, the inevitable breakdowns .

Sixth And Falling is my favorite track from Trials. The opening riffs are catchy, and the dynamics of the overlapping melodies kept me on my toes. The instruments and vocals seem to syncopate. This is the most virtuosic song on the whole album, incorporating elaborate progressions. However, this virtuosity is tempered with ludicrous amounts of screams and breakdowns. The resulting tension between harmony and dissonance is a striking contrast.

The album as a whole exhibits a variety of influences, ranging from Metalcore to Nu-Metal. Definitely worth a listen. Check them out on on Bandcamp, where the EP is available for purchase in both digital formats and hard copy. 

Track Listing:
1. The Chance
2. Trials
4. Sixth And Falling
5. Second Coming

Friday, August 16, 2013

Burning Monk

Never before have I heard Stoner Metal juxtaposed with Hardcore Punk. However, the droning Stoner Metal riffs take a backseat to the relentless Punk Rock audio assault, and the result is a trippy hellride that transcends genres. The lyrics reveal a disturbing combination of hatred and humor. You don't know if you should rise up in  justified outrage or laugh in a drunken stupor. Why not do both? Their self-titled album would make a great soundtrack for a riot, a house party, or anything in between. The string instruments and percussion are the simple, catchy hooks with an aggressive conotation that we always expect from Punk Rock. Meanwhile, the heavy, sluggish Stoner Metal riffs are a flashback to early Black Sabbath, echoing the same overwhelming darkness that shrouded the seminal Metal of the 70's. The lyrics take  political stance without being preachy. Burning Monk makes it scathingly clear that the world is not inherently a very fair or safe place, but they take the bite off with a cheeky sense of humor and some kick ass melodies.

Burning Monk defies the stereotype of Punk Rock being boiled down to "We don't give a fuck! Oi Oi Oi!"  As a matter of fact, they seem to care deeply about many social issues, from the sketchy practices of the fast food industry, to mass corruption on a global scale. However, what they express doesn't seem to be concern so much as a scathing hatred. They're my kind of guys.

In a nutshell, they're politically charged Hardcore Punk with a heavy Stoner twist. Check 'em out on Reverbnation or Bandcamp.  Four stars outta five.