Monthly Archives: August 2011

Metallica drags Lou Reed down with them

When I heard Metallica were teaming up with Lou Reed to do an album, I thought “Oh great, another twist of the knife.” But then I watched their performance together at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame playing Velvet Underground tunes and couldn’t fathom why they aren’t collectively twisting the knife on themselves instead. Hari Kari would be entirely appropriate after this embarassment. But they’re going through with this dishonorable and shameful project anyway and it’s now got a title and release date. The album is called “Lulu” and is expected on November 1st. I, for one, anxiously await it’s arrival. You know: schadenfreude and all that.

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The fox that raids this coop will be in for quite a shock

Scientists at Harvard are reverse engineering chicken DNA to make dinosaurs. Well, sort of. But they can’t actually hatch the part-dino embryos because of some ethics restrictions. Why is hatching a genetically altered chicken with an alligator-like snout an ethical problem?

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More aural pleasure from Mastodon

As promised, here’s  a stream of “Curl of the Burl“, the second song from Mastodon’s upcoming album, The Hunter. It’s a little less metal and a little more hard rock than I would have hoped, but I think I like it. A lot of people felt their last album, Crack the Skye, was too soft. I thought it was fucking magical, but I guess I can understand how some fans were let down by it in the heaviness department after earlier, more crushing stuff like Leviathan. If this song is indicative of a majority of this new album, I think those people are going to write them off completely with this one. Frankly, I’ll be a little disappointed myself. This tune is about as melodic and radio-friendly as metal gets, which is fine as a detour, but this is Mastodon, damn it; a word synonymous with “heavy”. It’s a nice jam, and worth repeated listening, but I hope the rest is closer in spirit to “Black Tongue“.

See also:

The tracklist for Mastodon’s The Hunter is here

Mastodon gives us a little “Black Tongue” action

Mastodon’s The Hunter – The Trailer

The Hunter draws nigh

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CINEMA OF DOOM: The Woman (2011)

One day, while old-fashioned country lawyer Chris Cleek is out hunting, he comes across a woman in the woods. She’s filthy, dressed in rags. He watches her catch a fish from a stream, which she proceeds to eat raw. A feral savage. Of course, as any red-blooded American male would do, Chris captures her, chains her up in a cellar, and announces to his wife and kids that they’re going to all work together to civilize her. Wait, most men wouldn’t do that at all! Underneath the family man facade, there’s something very, very wrong with this guy…

But the real star is the titular woman, played by Pollyanna Mcintosh. She’s ferocious. And while she’s used and abused through most of the film, we never doubt that she’s going to take great pleasure in a spectacularly brutal revenge.

This is a fairly low-budget flick, and some of the actor’s chops are a bit weak, but a good storyline, some fun surprises, and copious bloodletting keep it interesting throughout. There’s supposed to be a message about violence against women here, but I find it hard to believe any hardcore feminists will appreciate it in the face of all the violence against women. So yeah, it’s offensive. And sick. But those are perfectly good criteria for a Cinema of Doom recommendation. Watch it with The Woman you love.

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On the conspicuous absence of Doom…

Life. It gets in the way sometimes, what can I say? A tragic and precarious medical situation in the extended family, transportation failures, money shortages, and the hunt for full-time work have all sprung up at once, so my mind’s elsewhere at the moment. Sorry about that. But The Doom is not dead; only sleeping. Please stand by…

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The tracklist for Mastodon’s The Hunter is here

Also, have a look at this alternate (and superior) cover art for deluxe versions:

Is that tight or what? The extras are pretty lame if you ask me, and include some bullshit “3D Experience” where you can turn your head into the cover sculpture or something, but screw the extras. Here are the songs:

01 Black Tongue
02 Curl of the Burl
03 Blasteroid
04 Stargasm
05 Octopus Has No Friends
06 All the Heavy Lifting
07 The Hunter
08 Dry Bone Valley
09 Thickening
10 Creature Lives
11 Spectrelight
12 Bedazzled Fingernails
13 The Sparrow

Track 2, “Curl of the Burl”, will be made available on August 16th. Look for it here.

See also:

More aural pleasure from Mastodon

Mastodon gives us a little “Black Tongue” action

Mastodon’s The Hunter – The Trailer

The Hunter draws nigh

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REVIEW: Sonne Adam – Transformation

Sonne Adam is from Israel. Israelis know evil. The Third Reich practically seared intimate knowledge of it into Jewish DNA, and for decades the Israeli/Palestinian conflict has seen both sides engage in horrifying examples of it on a daily basis. Israel’s also the birthplace of the desert myths of Yahweh and Allah, and Transformation oozes biblical evil. This is low-slung death metal, grinding and churning patiently, cleverly, and conjuring Satan in the ancient desert sand; a burly beast of an album that whips up one hell of a left-hand noise. Your rabbi would not approve.

Listen: I Sing His Words

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