The One with the Shinya (s01e09)

one of these does not belong


It doesn’t get better than the first album (the self-titled one) for these guys, but I like the Circuit(g)/Clutch(d) line-up best.

Like a true city kid, Chiara doesn’t have her driver’s license (yet) and loves going to concerts. Her music of choice? All metal everything: “Old school metal, thrash metal, death metal, the new wave of British heavy metal. In terms of more modern stuff, I’ve gotten into Scandinavian, folk, and Viking metal.”

thx e!

how am i supposed to be a unique butterfly now

Upcoming Metal Albums - Sept/Oct 2013

9/24 - Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Haven’t even listened to the entirety of their last album yet, but they get auto-listen status just for Images & Words and Awake… no matter how many sleepy duds they’ve put out in the last few years.

10/11 - Testament - Dark Roots of Thrash (live)
Alex Skolnick’s return makes The Testy worth monitoring, despite 
psychotically diminishing returns.


10/14 - Trivium - Vengeance Falls
Their only great track is “Pull Harder”, and that was a hundred years ago, but you never know!


10/15 - Pelican - Forever Becoming
Already up on the interwebs, this first album after founding guitarist Frenchy LeFraunchname quit holds the promise of a return to the band’s heavier original form after their unsuccessful detour into something like traditional metal in the late 00s. 


10/18 - Monster Magnet - Last Patrol
These guys had that one badass stoner track two decades ago now, and I ain’t heard a thing since, so I’m curious.


10/25 - Sahg - Delusions of Grandeur
I think of these guys rather insolently as “Black Sabbath, if Black Sabbath was much better.” Sahg incorporate a lot more balls and chunk into their more efficient tunes. If you always wanted to like Sabbath more but never quite could, you may wanna give Delusions a listen.

10/28 - Ayreon - Theory of Everything
I vastly prefer Arjen’s heavier, sci-fi-metal project Star One, but there’ll be some bleedover and this double album will be heavier than the last one?

10/29 - Russian Circles - Memorial
This post-metal trio blew my mind at SXSW06 (almost better than the Dir en grey show a day later!)… but they haven’t quite risen to the heights I once predicted, and their last couple releases felt inert. 



10/29 - Protest the Hero - Volition
These guys make me tired, but in the OPPOSITE way that Dream Theater does — Hero overstimulates! My hope is,  that as they’ve aged, they’ve mellowed — just by 10% or so. Added a couple ice cubes to their bourbon, so to speak.


many more upcoming albums listed @

X Japan: Before and After

It’s not so much the reduction of gigabytes from 2.5 to 1.0, it’s the reduction of detritic song files from 435 to 184. This is a band that literally has like forty songs total, of which only about a dozen are great. 

Those songs (in order of release) are:

  1. Sadistic Desire
  2. Week End
  3. Rose of Pain
  4. Endless Rain
  5. Kurenai
  6. Silent Jealousy
  7. Miscast
  8. Desperate Angel
  9. Stab Me in the Back
  10. Joker
  11. Say Anything
  12. Dahlia
  13. Scars
  14. Rusty Nail
  15. Tears
  16. Forever Love

Still, you have to admire a band where an entire THIRD of their output is classifiable as “great”. Most bands it’s like one-tenth?

However, the studio versions are inferior to the live versions on the 1992 “Verge…” and 1997 “Live Live Live” DVD releases, so you could knock your whole collection down to those two releases and have more than enough X-ness in your life.

Now all I have to do is dig up those DVDs, and rip them at 320k… (I ripped them at 160k cbr at a time when that was considered ~extravagant~.) Guess I’m gonna go do that now, I think I still have my DVDs in CD wallets in a closet somewhere here…