Digital Downloads and Avulsed- Goresplattered Suicide (2005)

The music industry has undergone drastic changes over the last twenty years the Internet has taken much of the momentum away from large music labels and placed it in the hands of the musicians themselves, in large part because of advents such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Mediafire and Megaupload.
This changes the dynamics but many musicians still fail to grasp that there are still remnants of the Big Bang reverberating throughout the universe; Sound is not a commodity, thus selling it has to involve a product as well, such as a record or CD, or in the case of iTunes, permeant cloud storage for music player.
Musicians, overall, have made their money by playing music (i.e. shows) and by selling products (CDs, records, tapes, shirts, posters, etc). This isn’t my opinion or something I am making up, it is plain fact. Yes, I am aware of the exceptions and they don’t count because they are exceptions- every week people win the lotto and get struck by lightening but that doesn’t mean these things happen to everyone or even the majority of the population.
That said, here we have Avulsed’s Goresplattered Suicide from 2005, and the band’s feelings on digital downloads-
“When you buy any of our songs, money will go directly to AVULSED, without intermediaries, and will be collected to help on the recording of our upcoming album.
Why downloading it illegally if for only 1 EUR you can get it at maximum quality and supporting the band?? ”
Answer: Fine, don’t download it and don’t listen them, don’t become a fan and buy their merchandise or go to see them at festivals.
Better yet, how about touring and building a fan base rather than sitting at home in front of the computer?
This is the stereo typical over-produced, modern death metal album with the mandatory nod towards technical death, a salute to traditional Doom, is way to clean and the generic death metal release, nothing special. That and their tirade about a goddamn digital fucking download probably ensures that if I ever have a chance to see them play, I won’t, much less buy any of their merchandise.
Defiantly a “B” quality album combined with an abrasive attitude towards potential fans, 60%. About the only positive thing I can observe is that despite their attitude they might be a good act live.


Christian Death- Only Theater of Pain (1982)

Christian Death is a deathrock/ goth rock band from L.A. playing an original version of post punk/ deathrock (no relation to death metal. Just post punk with a spooky background).
The fact that I haven’t heard much of Christian Death and a growing interest in post punk are the motivating factors for this post. I was first exposed to post punk by my friend Ria years ago when her and CCRR lived together along with Yakke at the Pennsylvania street house. All of us would meet up there and go downtown to shamelessly abuse free drink night, the restrooms and the whole establishment in general.
One free drink night the Professor took offense at the bathroom stall door, and kicked it half-off the hinges. Yakke and I discover this and finished the job, launching the door into the wall. I might have also been in the habit of kicking holes in the bathroom wall and urinating in them, while CCRR took the unconventional approach of wearing shorts and going while sitting at the bar so as not to lose his seat…
Needless to say we ended up wearing disguises in order to even get in and even now, almost a decade later I don’t think any of us are really “welcome” there, but I do have fond memories of post punk, and this stuff is classic.