Being out of school has been interesting, and I've probably been about as productive as I was during our summer break. It's just been a lot sitting around til 4 at the night listening to the same 4 or 5 bands and going out to see shows every now and then. I've collected a good amount of Jap. Grindcore that I've yet to sort through...

I keep running into this wall of shitty awful music that I can't sidestep or navigate around. One of those bands is Waiting For Decay, which was recently uploaded to Sludge Swamp--here's my own upload of the album:

Waiting For Decay - Arena For The Unwell

I apologize now for my inability to put this eloquently...but this album fucking sucks. It's really really terrible. It sounds like Metallica if they stopped tossing riff salad, went back to their Load/ReLoad/Black Album era, and recorded an entire album of "hard" acoustic songs. It's all here--the alternative cliche "emotion-drenched" singing, the awful heart felt lyrics about how BROKEN he is, the loud-quiet dynamic, the chain wallets. It's something this guy would listen to:

Fuck that guy. Don't download it.

Anything relatively decent that I've run across has been stuff that Hasan from Death By Hanger pointed me towards, like:

Hotbild - Vemod
(Blackened Crustcore, Crusty Black Metal, or something...)

Rotten Sound - Cycles

There's also this band out found out of my own volition:

El Buzzard - Tranquilizante Del Elefante
("screamo" is what a lot of people are calling this, sounds more like KARP worship to me)

The group broke up sometime around 2007 and uploaded their entire catalog onto their site for free download. If you like what you hear, check it out.

Shows attended throughout the break:
News Years Eve: Magrudergrind w/ Poison Planet, Coke Bust, Born Bad @ the Corpse Fortress
1/2/09 Surroundings w/ Mammoth Grinder, Triac, DEATHAMMER, and Ramming Speed (and some band with Bird in title...) @ the Corpse Fortress
1/3/09 NOCNITSA w/ some big goateed gentleman with a bass guitar that kept a man who played the bongos with him, and a Disc Jockey that played Harsh Black Ambient @ the Talking Head Club

Vague Events:

We're due to be back on the air the week of the first day of classes, which is the 25th or so. Still no word on our placement in the schedule...hopefully it'll be close to what we had last semester.



Anonymous said...

well, the bird band at Corpse Fortress was Blackbird, and they were alright. The goateed gentleman was in Crow Tongue, which is a sweet band sorta like OM but more folky.