Bongzilla- Methods for Attaining Extreme Altitudes (1998)

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin and formed in 1995, this is terrific stoner metal and must have for any Metalhead. Methods for Attaining Extreme Altitudes was released back in 1998, this stoner metal classic contains three of Bongzilla’s lesser known songs, Melovespot, High Like a Dog and Smoke/ I love Maryjane.
Highly recommended and defiantly worth a listen, Bongzilla is mood music, be warned, it’s not fitting for work. Low and slow with screeched vocals, down-tuned and distorted guitars this EP is perfect for the relaxed afternoon session, 90%.



Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; The Cult of Education and Inter Arma- Sky Burial (2013)

We have heard our entire lives about the value of college and all that unsolicited advice. First off, I’ll point out that many of the people telling us the value of college spend their days talking to children. Logically speaking, the leaders of small children have limited expertise and career advice is not in that realm.
Higher education is an intellectual pyramid scheme where everyone extols the system itself and is constantly trying to advance to the next tier, convinced that the American Dream lies just around the corner. However, student loans never, ever go away. Most colleges and universities are Not-For-Profit, meaning that excess revenue must be reinvested into the organization in the form of facility, staff, expansion, scholarships, research and such things. (For-Profit colleges are even more expensive and pyramid-like.) While beneficial, this system also puts the worker bees in charge of the hive, which means that their own financial stability is directly connected to young people being convinced that they need the services which they provide.
Education is an inherently good thing, however, indoctrination is not and questioning the relevance of higher education has become blasphemy. The idea is for everyone to get a college education, not to ponder the usefulness and profitability of that education throughout their working careers in an era of globalization.
Ten to twenty percent of tuition costs pays the professor while the remainder goes to fuel the infrastructure that the school provides. Meaning, it is possible to get a Masters degree and end up oweing $100,000 in student loans, besides for the six years of unpaid effort towards getting that degree, while people on the other side of the planet are getting similar degrees for a fraction of the cost.
It’s risky listening to the advice from the leaders of small children.

Here we have the latest Inter Arma album from March of this year, Sky Burial, which is also their debut on Relapse Records. Inter Arma has been a fickle band for me, a blackened sludge band, I feel I should love, but only like pretty well. This is likely my favorite of their albums and the production isn’t too heavy handed, 82%.

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Would Have Downloaded If It Was Free

Horseback’s A Plague of Knowing is a compilation of various stuff from the past five years released last month by Relapse Records. Bearing many tags and influences this band stretches across shoegaze and post-rock, through ambient with strong black metal influences.
Yes, influences, they aren’t in the Metal Archives and it’s obvious why, post-rock, but defiantly not metal. While some tracks are quite listenable, the live ones are easily the best with more depth and flow than the studio, over-produced tracks.
I’ve only listened to the album once as I write this, overall the live tracks are good and the last track is over 40 minutes long making an excellent background for the afternoon session. However, there is plenty of medocre music on this release, the album is hit and miss.
After a second listen I am still not convenced that I want to buy the album despite its heavy psych/stoner sound. In fact, I am even less into this album now, it is long and arduous, more a collectible for the hardcore fan than it is a serious album. There are tracks that flirt with “good” but miss the mark with the band’s sound being spread out across too many genres; 72%.
This release could have expanded their fan base had it been offered for free in digital format, however, as it is now it’s just part of Relapse’s quarterly earnings.



Show at Will’s and The Experiment

Tonight (8/30/2013) is a two-part post; there was a show at Will’s Pub, but it cost $20 and quite honestly I’m not going to be here for long- It’s Friday, I’m tired and the second part of the post is The Experiment;
The Army special forces soldier who killed 16 Afgan villagers blamed it on snorting Valium and drinking (Check it out here), which I decided to scienticly test this alibet, in the name of science.
I ate some, snorting them is gross, and I have had a few drinks, yet I can honestly say that I don’t feel compelled to kill any villagers.
Dispite how freakish and boring other Orlandoians are, I feel no blood lust, just the need to wash my hands.
Dispite the initial ring of logic I can not uncover any evidence corroberating this claim. In fact, I am a bit more tolerent of the crap blaring from next door.
The show was a flop and the soldier’s defence rates a 10%, so I leave you with a solid Pelican album;