Russian Circles/ Inter Arma show at Will’s

I arrived an hour and a half after the show was supposed to start, and low and behold, just a fucking drum set on stage! What is with Florida shows and starting late? Will’s is pretty crowded tonight and the Virginia band that’s playing is busy slurping down the band beer, God, Miller beer sucks, poor guys. The crowd tonight doesn’t smell too bad and is the group one would expect for a post rock show; beards, glasses and lizardly looking women. I swear some of these bimbos put on their make-up with paintball guns.
Evidently… Evidently, I drank a lot of beer and my thoughts are somewhat muddled this morning, so I’ll wade into a cup of coffee and the rest of the review.
As I was saying, evidently Inter Arma didn’t agree with my assessment that the crowd didn’t stink too much because they lit a couple dozen sticks of incense stuck in a block of styrofoam before going on stage, which I guess was a discreet way of expressing their opinion of the venue. Anyway, they play a really good show. The vocalist is probably the strongest I’ve heard in person, when the microphone was plugged in, that is. Whoever was in charge of the sound system must have been drinking or had Down’s syndrome because besides for losing the vocals the sound clearly wasn’t right. One guitar was coming through too loud and the bass was way too low, but it was still a good set.
The next band was ok, but the sound was even more screwed so I retained my place at the bar sipping a “Belgium farm ale”, which was less than stellar. It occurred to me half way through that there was a reason I’d never heard of that beer before, so I reverted back to literally pissing my money away on Hopsecutioner.
Finally Russian Circles came on. And the sound was fucked. Besides for that it seemed that the band really wasn’t feeling it that night, so I left a little disappointed but with a new found respect for Inter Arma. All and all a pretty good show.

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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%.

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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%.

Metallum reviews

gay marriage honeymoon-

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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.

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NIGHTSTICK- Ultimatum (1998)

Nightstick is sludge metal from Massachusetts and been around since 1992, are still active and on Relapse Records.
The music is ok, I decided to post them because they were on Relapse, but after researching them a bit I am rating the music as “listenable” and the band as “Massoles”. I can’t find any links for this album but I did find one for one of their EPs and I have a link below for that and their Metallum listing.

Metallum

a download of another one of their EPs

Culted

I am experiencing Friday in Orlando as it should be; done with work for the day at 2 and half lit, on the porch of the Hideaway with what I am sure are some of Orlando’s finest fuck-ups…
Culted is an internet-friends band that is quite good, but not quite as good as I was expecting after reading the Last FM write-up. Erie and labeled Blackened Doom, it is slow with little sludge influence and leans more towards Funeral Doom, the riffs are monstrous and the vocals are fitting, but like I said, there is something lacking. Perhaps it is just the cold texture imposed upon the recording by distance. Below are links to the reviews I spoke of earlier.

(Metallum)
Last FM

http://culted.bandcamp.com/

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Bloodiest- Descent (2011)

Sludgy, collective, Chicago Blackened Doom on Relapse Records. Their sole album received quite good reviews on Metallum. I’d never heard of them and saw that they were referenced as a collective by a couple of writers and they do have a bunch of members from a bunch of other bands, including Russian Circles’ old bassist. The collective sound shines through and forms quite a sound.
Relapse has some questionable acts, quite a few actually, but I’m liking these guys quite well.

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