Sometimes, being nice, especially when you’re feeling tired, grumpy and run down is just too much.
So how about something to show that things can be aesthetically dark and brilliant?
First up, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley (above) run the Southern Lord label, which produces some amazing stuff. They also have their own band, Sunn O))) (just pronounced Sun, in case you were worrrying). Like this, pretty much my introduction to Black Metal a couple of years ago…and which got me into Boris as well.
Sunn O))) -‘It Took The Night To Believe.’ mp3
When I feel a little more educated about it all, I will do a post on the Japanese underground – Boris, Merzbow, Melt Banana and Acid Mothers Temple, for example. Sample this and enjoy.
Boris -‘Flower, Sun, Rain.’ mp3
The Shining is a deeply scary, but very well-made film. Like many people, I first heard of the Melvins becuase Kurt Cobain loved them. This cover shows that anyone who thinks metal lacks inventiveness hasn’t lived.
Melvins -‘Dies Irae.’ mp3
Were/are Carcass thinking man’s grindcore? Whatever…this track, heard by me years ago when I was still at school showed me that the guy who listened to scary metal stuff might have a few aces up his sleeve.
Carcass -‘Heartwork.’ mp3
My understanding is that swiss act Celtic Frost have now split for good, but their album Monotheist was seen as stunning a couple of years ago. I think this track shows why.
Celtic Frost -‘Drown In Ashes.’ mp3
Finally…blink and you’ll miss it! Turn this on by chance and you’ll jump out of your skin…This is one of the shortest songs ever.
Napalm Death -‘You Suffer.’ mp3