Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I got the new Burzum album "Belus"

Yes - Varg Vikernes finally released a new album after doing over a decade in, uh...prison. He's been releasing stuff while he was in there but not for a long time. Now the wait is over.
It's called "Belus" - and friends; I just got it on limited edition double white vinyl. Sorry, had to brag about it. I'm still taking it in, but it does sound similar to "Filosofem" which was released in 1996.
I'll get a proper review done soon.
In the meantime - here it is:

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mark "Barney" Greenway explains the Napalm Death song "Diktat"

I had to show you this, in case you hadn't seen, or in case you thought that the guys in Napalm Death are just another bunch of bloodthirsty nazi-cannibals (they're NOT by the way):
This is ND vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway explaining the song "Diktat" from "Time Waits for no Slave", while awkwardly holding the weird long mike and sounding all soft an' all...

Apparently grindcore songs can be about everyday stuff like that (no, I'm not saying what "stuff"! Watch the video!).
Gotta love that dialect though - makes you want to hug the guy, don't it?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Napalm Death - "Procrastination on the Empty Vessel"

The year was 1987. Napalm Death released their first album "Scum" - one of the first grindcore albums.
A total blitz of uzi-speed, ultra brutal - though rather leftwing metal music. High speeds, short songs. Really short. Tracks "You Suffer" and "Dead" got the message through in about 1 second each. Point taken.
Was I listening to cool, timeless music like that? No.
In 1987 I got for my birthday "Future World" - the breakthrough album of danish poodlerockers Pretty Maids.
Lame, but it could have been worse. Like Madonna or something. I was into AC/DC as well, so I guess I was ok. Perhaps at the age of 10 I wasn't ready for Napalm Death anyway.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago. My interest in metal comes back strong, and this time I'm going for something a little more, err...convincing. I stumble over ND on their MySpace page, and let it simmer for a bit.
Two weeks ago, I grab their 2009 album Time Waits for No Slave
at a discount (yippee).
I like it. Here, see for yourself:

Ok, so Procrastination On The Empty Vessel
isn't a typical ND tune. It's rather slow and straightforward. But I like that hypnotic guitar-riff. Sound a bit like Killing Joke with bigger cojones, if you know what I mean.

For those of you who are not familiar with the band - yes, they are a bunch of old-ish geezers. Especially bassplayer Shane Embury and drummer Danny Herrera look like a pair of Dads-who-are-also-bouncers-at-underage-music-events-every-other-weekend...'s. But the point is, they are still going at it at breakneck speed.
Pretty Maids...are not.
So yes, I should have known better in 1987, but then I probably wouldn't have liked them as much now.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Things are gonna change around here

The few people who read this, will have noticed that nothing has been going on for a few months.
The main reason is my family and I moved, got new jobs, etc.
But I have been thinking about this blog, and I've realized it has to change. The present field of relevance is just too narrow for my tastes. I like a lot of different things, not just the inaccessable noisy stuff.
It dawned on me that the name of this blog is a perfect fit for the way I typically discover music previously unknown to me: With glacial speed.
New music (new as in "recent") mostly slips right under my radar. I'm so busy taking in recordings from the past, that I rarely get to the new stuff. Often contemporary music is also somehow related to contemporary fashion and general hype (at least in the mainstream), which ususally annoys me no end. And I do like some of what goes on in the mainstream; but my annoyance with hype takes a few years to wear off, unless it is a band/artist I've been following for years anyway.
Bla bla bla.
In the future I will (also) be blogging about more traditional "normal" music that I happen to like. It won't be the newest, but then maybe you'll be able to find it under "nice price" or whatever.