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Day: August 11, 2010

Behemoth’s “Alas, Lord Is Upon Me”

Behemoth are back with another Grupa 13 produced video for a track from Evangelion. While I don’t think it quite lives up to the sheer evil awesomeness of “Ov Fire and The Void”, this video is still pretty bad ass. Mind that there are a couple of NSFW shots of a clergyman nailing a blonde chick. You’ve been warned.

Let’s examine the elements that make it awesome.

  • Sewn-mouth kids water priests with blood.
  • Nergal as Iron Indian Evil Dude.
  • Faces writhing in some black goop which we come to realize at the end is actually the Hell living inside Nergal. Awesome.
  • A chick cutting her own throat.
  • Swarms of flies.
  • The chick floating out of the slime.
  • An awesome fucking song.

God damn it, Behemoth rule. These guys are just awesome. This video is not as well made as the last, but who cares? It still kicks the ass of about 99% of other metal videos out there by miles. And because The Black Laser is awesome, I am linking you to the uncensored video from Vimeo rather than the bullshit censored version from Youtube. Unfortunately, Metal Blade decided that I shouldn’t be able to embed it on this domain. SUPER LAME, METAL BLADE. It’s never very metal of you.

Yes, you’re welcome. Get well soon, Nergal!

The Swell Season covers Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two Headed Boy”


The Swell Season covers Neutral Milk Hotel

The Onion’s AV Club has had a series of musicians come in to cover other famous songs. This week is The Swell Season covering one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite records by one of my favorite long-defunct bands, “Two-Headed Boy” by Neutral Milk Hotel from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. It’s a damned good cover, too. I have no idea who these guys are, but in this instance at least they have excellent taste.

In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last 15 years, here’s the original.

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Two-Headed-Boy.mp3|artists=Neutral Milk Hotel|titles=Two-Headed Boy]

Pretty awesome, right?

A Letter to My Beard Inquiring On The Steadily Increasing Number of Gray Hairs Each Time It Comes Back In.

Dear My Beard,

How’s it going, buddy? It’s been a while, huh? It’s real nice to see you again on my face and I bet you’re pretty glad that I’m not cutting you every few days. Must be some relief, right? I can’t imagine the horror it would be to have my head cut off every few days! Jeez, color me insensitive! I promise I don’t mean to be cruel.

Anyhoo, we both know that it has been a few months since you last graced the landscape of my face, and I have to say I am glad to have you back. You’re an old friend and good to me.

I must admit, beard, that your return wasn’t arbitrary. I didn’t just up and decide, “You know what? It’s time to grow my beard back.” I mean, it’s still August and summer and beards just don’t mix. (Sorry!) I grew you back because I’ve noticed that there are a lot more gray hairs in you than ever before and I was curious to see what it would look like grown out.

Now, don’t misinterpret this as me pining for my fading youth or fearing the passage of time and the realization of my inevitable death. No, actually, I kind of like the gray hair. It goes nicely with my otherwise very dark hair as evidenced by the white spot I’ve carried on my temple my entire life. What surprised me is, now that you’re grown in a little, how many more gray hairs there are than I have previously suspected based on evidence gathered from days’ worth of stubble. Given weeks’ worth of beard, the story is a little different.

Not bad, just different.

So, just writing to say what’s up, stay cool, and whatever.

Keep it real,

The Black Laser.

A Peek Behind the Curtain – The Making Of…

In April or May, my friend Rodney contacted me about cutting together a video his friend Arian had shot.

This is not that video. Unfortunately for you all, that piece is still in wraps since he hasn’t launched the event associated with it yet.

Luckily for you all, Rodney did later ask me to cut together this simple little behind the scene film of him painting in the time lapse footage which can be seen on his site. It features music created specifically for Rodney’s site by his friend Asen James. The piece was shot by Arian. The time lapse was directed by Kareem Black.

[flv width=”560″ height=”447″]http://www.josephdillingham.com/files/BTS_FINAL.flv[/flv]

It’s not too complex, but it’s punchy and effective and nice and short. I think it does a good job at getting the idea across without ever becoming boring. It was a fun little piece to work on and I look forward to more collaborations with Rodney. This sort of thing is a lot of fun for me. He gets something and I get something. Good times for all.