Sitting upon the great maw of the sky came a split of sound

Echoing softly like teeth between this ribcage valley

Peeling gold trails of light 

Like embers falling on mossy heads of waking grass

All still, quiet; sight slow setting in
I feel my skin upon my skeleton
Volcanic drums from beneath then shook me from this weight

Seeing now, the light gives way to rabid light

Drooling smoke plumes and steam curdled from it’s tongue

A mournful yawn emblazoned in goldenwhite magma

Clawed through my senses, from ear to ear of the sky
A seemingly endless cavity with a greater shadow beyond.

 There a Giant stepped like one colossal mountain

His head, the sides of his skull ripping the sky in half,
Sucking thunderclouds and spitting curls of whitelightning,
Writhing across his leatherskin, that immeasurable face,
Sparking the inky depths of his monolithic eye.

His roaring maw bled my ears and shook rain from the sky

His words grabbed and twisted in my mind.

His reach was infinite and all came forth for His ritual…

Featuring Brooklyn’s Blackout playing the first two tracks from their debut album, “We Are Here”, slowed down 10% for maximum ritualistic vibes…

I find it unfortunate that there are words and letters and sounds in the english language who stick in some craws more easily than others, thus their usage goes on greatly undernourished.  Such as the letter K.  I look to the incredible bands who remain under many radars, perhaps because of the spelling of their name.  Maybe we can all kontribute this unfortunate situation to bands who delyberratelee myzpelle their names and seem to simultaneously misspell their moozaq.  For example Korn or Kaotik.  Perhaps my point is moot, yet I am compelled to loose my words regardless.  Some bands like Kylesa and Kiss receive, in my sideways opinion, exaggerated levels of praise while bands such as Keelhaul, Kowloon Walled City and Knut receive far, far too little.  I have had the inexpressible pleasure of seeing Keelhaul live and have seen no other band who could upstage their intensity and listless musicianship.  I have witnessed the unstoppable tonal perfection and song structure of Kowloon Walled City.  I have however not been previously blessed to cross paths with the Knut kamp (pronounced kuh-noot? NUTT? Kay-noo-tay? Who knows? I don’t care) and I wouldn’t dare open the can of worms which contains what bands from overseas I would trade an unsung amount of bands from this soil to be present for my current viewing.  Knut has held this category for years, for me.  I researched them for a moment and was actually surprised at the timeline of their releases.  If I’m able to read correctly, Knut, formed in 1994, only touched the Untidied States’ soil for their first time in august of 2001, with their album skewed to this silly place a few months earlier in April, by the large room in my heart previously occupied by Hydra Head Records, RIP.  Bottom line is this, kids: Even though I have never seen this swiss metal band live(which means I have only dipped my toes into their essence, I still remain bewildered at the intensity and pure brutality that is captured on record by Knut.  In this ever-growing in popularity genre this hunt and capture I speak of is at the forefront of the battle and seems to be the only strategy to win the war that doesn’t exist.  I have never heard music of the like (which today is rare to say the least) and as a cherry on top I have never heard a singer who could sound so ceaselessly PISSED…

If you were to wonder who I might say my favorite band would be, most metal heads would probably agree that is quite a silly question.  In metal, the styles that have been explored range very far and very wide, to a point that even blurs most boundaries, and every second passing someone somewhere is most likely hatching a plan to tear down more walls.  All that being currently said, for quite a long time I have stuck with the answer of Floor.  Not only did Floor create some of my all time favorite songs, but these dudes from outerspace went on to form MORE excellent bands, those being Dove and Torche.  I have also witnessed a stripped down version of the band House of Lightning, which houses two of the three members of Dove.  I thank my careening planets that I have had the immense pleasure to share the stage with all three of these off-shooting bands of awesomeness.  And on this current point, I look to Torche.  When I first heard their album, In Return, I probably almost wrecked the tour van about 888 times as I put the album on repeat and destroyed the airdrums as if my heart was pumping pure battery acid and nothing existed past the tips of my blood vessels.  So you may be able to recognize my excitement in purchasing the two vinyls Floor “S/T" and Torche "In Return" for the exact purpose of slowing them down.  However, standing staring at my record player spinning the beauty of Floor, I found myself saddened.  It turns out that Steve Brooks’ vocals are just too wonderful to put into any other pitch!  I did laugh for a moment at the drunken sounds of Steve at 10%, but alas it did not please my earhairs beyond then.  Thankfully, yet bittersweetly, this track Olympus Mons is instrumental, sounds like the overwhelming feeling of gaining super powers, and has been brutally slowed for your listening pleasure and mine….

In my opinion, the greatest album from Neurosis thus far.  If you don’t think that it is, or that they are one of the greatest bands ever, or that they are the best band to see live(perhaps especially now, sans visuals?), well then that’s… like… your opinion, man…  Sit back, grab a caucasian, and let the slow times of grace ooze over your body and swallow you like a shifting river of lightning hot magma… 

I will never forget the first time I heard this song.  Isis had been a hard sell for me as I was introduced to them during my hardcore days and I immediately believed they were completely boring and altogether too slow.  That only lasted for a few weeks.  From the album I now dub “Slowceanic”, this is the first song off the record that was showed to me by a dear friend named Ryder, from the band Vaux.  We sat in his van and after we discussed the horrific ‘tour fart’ (where the gas sort of bubbles out from between your crack and the leather seat and almost feels like it rolls up your back), he said he had an album that would change my life.  When the drums launched into the first seconds of “The Beginning and the End”, I immediately knew he was right…

Meshuggah has always been one of my favorite metal bands and this, their newest effort, has instantly become part of my daily rotation.  From the album I have now deemed “Kolosslow”…

This is the first song I ever heard from Mastodon.  From their album “Remission” (my favorite album), it was sent to me for approval at the radio station I DJed at in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This has been slowed down 10% for extra brutality!

"Beyond the Lightless Sky" official music video by HULL from their album of the same name out on The End Records.  Tian Hughes and Crux Design. Shot by Ben Cain in Long Island City.

"Only You" - The 16th Anniversary Tribute to "Portishead Live @ Roseland NYC" (part 1 of 3)

Brittany Anjou, Le poisson Rouge, & Culturadar present:
A 16th Anniversary Tribute to:
PORTISHEAD Live @ Roseland Ballroom NYC

featuring:
Abby Ahmad
Carol Lipnik
Indigo Street
Joseph Keckler
Karen Mantler
Maria Neckam
DJ Dhundee
& the Larceny Chamber Orchestra

June 24th 2013, 8pm @ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

"Over" - The 16th Anniversary Tribute to "Portishead Live @ Roseland NYC" (part 2 of 3)

Brittany Anjou, Le poisson Rouge, & Culturadar present:
A 16th Anniversary Tribute to:
PORTISHEAD Live @ Roseland Ballroom NYC

featuring:
Abby Ahmad
Carol Lipnik
Indigo Street
Joseph Keckler
Karen Mantler
Maria Neckam
DJ Dhundee
& the Larceny Chamber Orchestra

June 24th 2013, 8pm @ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

"Mourning Air" - The 16th Anniversary Tribute to "Portishead Live @ Roseland NYC" (part 3 of 3)

Brittany Anjou, Le poisson Rouge, & Culturadar present:
A 16th Anniversary Tribute to:
PORTISHEAD Live @ Roseland Ballroom NYC

featuring:
Abby Ahmad
Carol Lipnik
Indigo Street
Joseph Keckler
Karen Mantler
Maria Neckam
DJ Dhundee
& the Larceny Chamber Orchestra

June 24th 2013, 8pm @ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

The Ascent of Everest LIVE at the Owl Farm in Nashville, TN(06/14/13).  Part Two!

The Ascent of Everest LIVE at the Owl Farm in Nashville, TN(06/14/13).  This band is god damn amazing!  Definitely along the lines of Godspeed, You! Black Emperor or Thee Silver Mount Zion, but definitely more coherent.  Their album “From This Vantage” is nearly perfect from start to finnish and is in my regular rotation of mellow jams to start your day off right.  However there is nothing like seeing a band that performs such wonderful mellow melodies in a live setting where the power and passion is unmatched by any recorded effort.  Even in this video tAoE is playing with a stripped down version of their line-up; normally their ensemble totals out at 8 people, with additional members on keys, percussion, and viola.  

If you find yourself in the mood for something heavier, seek out some of these wonderful musicians in their previous band, Evil Bebos, with two releases titled “The Dead Language” and “The Stranger”.

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