First off, apologies for my own inexcusable absence lo these past few days, Real Life has once again reared its ugly head and managed to keep me from the digital world for the most part, a fact which may or may not be construed as a "good thing". Hm.
Second: HOLY FUCK, SLAUTER XSTROYES RULES! Do people know about this Chicago-based prog-metal juggernaut already? Because I didn't until recently, and I'm not really sure how they stayed under my radar for so long. Is it just me?
This band is kind of like a chaotic clusterfuck involving Mercyful Fate, Slough Feg, Brocas Helm, and maybe even a touch of primordial Confessor--an over-the-top, histrionic, and pleasingly angular adventure in the outer fringes of Wizard Metal. The band themselves pressed 500 copies of Winter Kill, their debut masterpiece, all the way back in 1985, keeping largely silent until the release of their next full length in 1998. The black metal forest trolls can talk "kvlt kred" 'til they're blue in their little corpsepainted faces, but the truth is that Xstroyes has outculted everyone, ever, for all time.
This record has it all: Weird changes, backwards-masked spoken interludes, corny vocal effects, flappy, too-loud bass riffs, a synth intro that sounds exactly like the "THX thing" (pre-THX, mind you), lyrics about mountains and winter and chicks and magic and shit, and a song titled "Mother, Mother Fucker".
I dunno, maybe everyone else has this already. But if you don't, FUCK. GET ON IT.
Speaking of awesome rock, WOMANOWAR (featuring myself, Manslaughter, and Cory) make their triumphant, long-awaited return at Winter's Tavern in Pacifica (???) this Saturday. So, you know. Go to that.