Last year I cut this concert film for my friend Nader and today I see the whole thing is on Youtube. Who knows if it is supposed to be, but it is.
Check it out. It rules.
A little bit ago, I was listening to the stream for Defeated Sanity’s Passage Into Deformity and reading the accompanying article. I had a thought which I expressed in a comment on the post.
Nevermind the typo, the point is totally true. How many times have I sat there chatting with my brother or a friend or whoever and said things like, “I think The Bleeding is the pinnacle of Chris Barnes-era Cannibal Corpse. ‘Stripped Raped and Strangled’ is an amazing song.”
Or, “Braindrill’s ‘Forcefed Human Shit’, for all its brevity, is a masterful piece of death metal.”
Or, “When it comes to old school proto-grind, you can’t argue that General Surgery is basically just a very competent Carcass-clone.”
I’ve said things like this thousands of times over the 20 years I’ve been listening to metal, and I don’t foresee it stopping. As metalheads, we are so accustomed to absurd song/band/album titles that it becomes a total nonissue for us. We can talk about Once Upon the Cross by Deicide, or a band called Torture Killer, or whether or not you think Goatwhore is a solid example of the New Wave of American Black Metal without thinking twice about the actual words you are using. I am sure that an intrepid explorer of old blog posts could find tons of examples on this very site.
We can say absolutely vile things unfazed because we’re used to them. Quickly scanning my Spotify death metal playlist reveals the following song titles as perfect examples.
That list took me about 1 minute to compile. Consider it a random sampling of bands that start with the letters A through D. A THROUGH D. THAT IS AS FAR AS I GOT THROUGH THE LIST. And I didn’t even dig into me black metal or grindcore playlists.
No one whose idea of heavy metal ends at Metallica could say the song titles above without being acutely aware that the words they’re uttering are just not normal. But metalheads? Nope. No problem. And there are lots more where those came from.
And I will say this in closing, I’ve only ever really listened to Broken Hope’s The Bowels of Repugnance, but recently gave Grotesque Blessings a listen and, man, that is a good record.
Metal for life.
Oh, come on, Nile. I really want to like this, and I think that the record you released this year, At The Gate of Sethu, was the most interesting work you’ve done in years. Rather than your typical wall of blast beats, the album featured bits of groove. Sure, you’re not as groove-y as, say, Protest the Hero, but it was a big improvement for you, Nile. I was proud to hear that you were progressing beyond the click click click of standard tech-death.
But this? This is beyond boring. I’ve had the video sitting in an open tab for a week waiting for a moment to get to it and when I finally did, I nearly fell asleep. No hyperbole, I nearly fell asleep for a million years. To death metal. I love death metal. Oh, Nile.
I guess I’ll just have to go back to Ihsahn’s ear-splitting saxophone solos on Eremita.
The other morning, I was lying awake in bed with Sarah and this song popped into my head.
Why? Where did it come from?
I mean, I know, but why at that moment at like 6:30 in the morning, all half-asleep and warm and comfortable, did Deicide’s 22 year old song about the film Evil Dead pop into my head?
I just don’t know. I’ll never know. But, listen to it and feel free to add it to your own repertoire of self-song-raping songs. You’ll be glad you did.
Call me crazy, but I am going to go out on a limb here and venture that the visual motifs in this video were inspired by Nergal’s recent battle with leukemia. I know, I know, I might be reaching here, but I think I’m onto something.
The models doing their high-fashion Hellraiser thing are pretty funny too. Pink eye shadow is the most EVIL of all eye shadow! Well, here at The Black Laser it certainly is.
Evil unicorn! With red eyes!
The devil in a red smoking jacket speaking Polish!
Crispy corpse paint!
Drinking blood (messily) from a chalice!
Chewing on a rosary!
Ash falling from the darkened sky!
Reversed footage of sparks!
Floating little girl!
A priest with tears of blood!
Really though, I think the most evil thing in this video is the crown-bearing chick’s unfortunate breast implants. Oy vey, those things are horrendous.
All in all, some fun, silly, horror-movie evilness from Poland’s death metal masters. It’s about as frightening as your average Halloween haunted house at the end of the cul-de-sac, but it’s still pretty awesome.