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Day: May 3, 2010

Soulfly’s “Rise of the Fallen”

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I haven’t given a shit about Soulfly for probably a million years. When the first record came out, I was all about it, but even by the second one I’d lost interest. I love Sepultura and Nailbomb, but Max took Soulfly in that lame late-90s tribal direction which really killed my appreciation of the band.

But then I saw this on Metal Sucks and, holy shit, it’s actually awesome. Kind of amazing, frankly, since I’d written Max Cavalera off as a has-been, never to release another thing worth listening to. But this almost has me excited for the new Soulfly record. And, as much as I am not a fan of Puciato-era Dillinger Escape Plan, I have to admit that he rocks here. Impressive.

Furthermore, bands take note, this is a PERFECT example of how to have a performance video not suck. Most metal videos made on a shoestring budget end up just featuring the band performing in a warehouse or abandoned factory or in the desert. And they all suck ass. There’s nothing worse than a video of a band playing in a factory. They’re not even worth watching.

But this is stylish and slick and well cut. All the speed ramps are awesome. The footage looks great. We’re not focused on the lead singer the whole time. It’s just a perfect example of how do this kind of video. Good job, production team. You killed it here.

Also, huge bonus points for Morbid Angel, Max. Color me excited for Omen when it’s out.

One Very Important Question on The Celebration of The Black Laser’s 500th Post.


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Is this the best photo ever taken of me or is it the best photo ever taken of anyone? Hint: click the photo for the answer.

Happy 500th, Black Laserites! See you again at 1000. Maybe for that one I’ll have something smart to say. Probably not!

Phinizy & Phebe, the best fucking goat ice cream I’ve ever fucking tasted in my fucking life.

Yesterday, Sunday, my friend Jess and I went down to Park Slope to the Lyceum Arts & Crafts fair because my other friend Jess, a former Whole Foods conspirator and designer extraordinaire, and her ladyfriend Crista have started a handmade boutique ice cream company right here in our fair Brooklyn. And though I was hungover and crunchy from a couple of heavy nights on the town and really in absolutely no shape to be out of the house much less eating ice cream, I must say that their creations are amazing. They did a little sampling for us of six flavors: Ginger cookie, Goat cheese caramel, Coconut Key Lime, Banana Pudding, a fifth one, and the last one. You’ll have to forgive me for not remembering all the flavors. There was one of them that had chocolate and the other that for the life of me I cannot recall. It’s not that they were bad—they weren’t—it’s that I was officially fucking r-tarded that morning. Well, afternoon.

Whatever.

Luckily for you folks, I remember the one that I thought was the most interesting: the goat cheese caramel ice cream. It features goat from two directions, the more obvious goat cheese in the ice cream but also goat’s milk caramel. Up front you got the sweetness of cream and caramel, but at the backend was that tart goatyness that I like so much about goat cheese. It was weird, it was refreshing, but most importantly it was different. I don’t know of anyone else who makes goat cheese ice cream, so I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s unique too. And to think, my mind was blown the first time I ate spicy ice cream. God, how utterly pedestrian of me!

I’m not sure when they’ll be serving again, as their website is a little sparse right now. No doubt Jess is working on some magnificent thing that will blow all our minds once unveiled. Check them out here:

Until the site has more info, might I also suggest you become a fan of theirs on Facebook? Do it. And send them some money already.