Jeromes Dream were a short-lived screamo band from Connecticut.
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Notice anything ‘different’ about that voice? Well, let me explain. The singer of **Jeromes Dream** didn’t like using microphones. I guess microphones just weren’t raw enough for him? So that distinctive howl you hear, that’s what happens when you’ve got a dude screaming with all his might, but just left a microphone on the ground to pick up a few sound waves here and there. So, as powerful as his voice sounds, you’re not even getting a fraction of what you’d hear if he was screaming *in your face*.
Do you understand how insane this is?
So they would play shows, and their sets would only last about 10 minutes. That’s not atypical for grindcore bands…but hell, you can see why they wore out so quickly. Those vocals, those riffs, those drums…everything’s fucking FAST. And LOUD.
Side note: if you thought screamo was all myspace kids with slick haircuts, you were fucking WRONG. There was a pretty intense brand of screamo that some would describe as powerviolence. See also Combatwoundedveteran and Bucket Full of Teeth.
So yeah, about that “short-lived” thing. Jeromes Dream lasted for five years as a band (1996-2001). Guess what! Their singer ruined his voice. At the tail end of their career, he started shouting into a megaphone to give his voice a rest. Here’s an example:
They called it quits after that, which is too bad, because I feel like their songwriting was getting a lot better at this point. They cranked out a lot of songs – over 40 on their discography set – and IMO the best ones are the later ones, which actually have clear melodies here and there, which have some ebb-and-flow to them. They got less grindy, sure, but I thought it was a good trade-off. Also, their new style was more sustainable.
I love it.
Gorod is a tech / prog / death metal band from France.
The whole album has this ‘classic’ feel – lots of wanky riffs going up and down scales, played blazing fast. This usually isn’t my cup of tea…but it used to be. I went through a phase awhile ago where I was listening to lots of Anata and Emeth. Bands like this just bleed with technical prowess, every riff cuts like razorblades.
I kind of like the restraint of this song title. Like, if this guy was truly evil, he would’ve just done it already…or he would’ve pretended that he runs around murdering people all the time like it’s no big deal. Instead, it’s like, MURDER: IT’S ON MY BUCKET LIST! (Just give me a minute to consider the consequences, the moral ramifications, etc.)
Metal bands fall all over themselves to be the most brutal, the most disgusting…CADAVEROUS MASTICATION, MUTILATE THE STILLBORN, every grindcore song title ever…it has a real comic book quality to it. Sometimes it’s best to step back from the arms race, to keep it simple.
“I want to dig your grave!” “I want to collect your shadow!” What is this, Pokemon?
But seriously, this song is pretty catchy for black metal.
Here’s a really helpful guide to murder:
Lollin @ “The WASP”:
EDIT (2/15): This post is pretty hilarious in light of the fact that renowned asshole Dave Mustaine endorsed Rick Santorum in one of the least metal acts of all time.
Maybe you think it takes some guts to say “I love you”.
Maybe you get choked up when you’re letting out the words “will you marry me?”
Try turning to your significant other and saying, “hey, maybe we should move out of our house, live out of our van, and just tour as a metal band for most of the year.”
That’s when the bullshit ends. There’s no way you can be dishonest at this point. If you’re not devoted to the metal lifestyle, then it’s time to walk away. You were just asked to join a menage a trois with Satan.
I was astounded by Jucifer when I saw them last year at the Black Cat. I ran home and blogged about it, kind of like tonight, another ominous, snowy night. But back then, maybe I didn’t appreciate the strength of their love. They are THE MOST METAL COUPLE OF ALL TIME.
Look. The most I can really expect of any girls I date when I talk about metal, is a “that’s nice, dear.” Maybe I can drag someone gutsy to see someone super-heavy like This Will Destroy You or Sleepytime Gorilla Museum or Fucked Up. And that’s okay with me, you know?
Well, it was okay with me. But then I see JUCIFER. The ultimate metal couple. METAL SOULMATES. I gotta find mine.
It’s from this guy. Recommended if you like skulls.
Sometimes you’re just not looking for anything deep. Sometimes you just need some good riffs and stupid lyrics and quick, fast songs to get your fix and get on with your day. Some days are perfect for Structures.
Is deathcore okay to like? I’m here to tell you it is. I mean, if you accept its existence, this is TECH-DEATHMO.
THA FUCKIN’ GOVERNMENT!!! Why are these kids so pissed about it? Who cares.
I guess there’s a moment towards the end of “Hydroplaning” where, even after all the death-growling and spastic, shifting time signatures, they slip into early 00′s-era screamo, like they think they’re Saosin or something. That’s the moment where I get chills and think about my teen years and decide I’m too old for this band. But whatever. I’m glad kids these days are at least super-precise with their polyrhythms and have perfected their guitar tone. More power to ‘em.
I’ve listened to a million progressive metal bands in my days. They were my bread and butter when I was a teenager; I didn’t care how lame the lyrics were, as long as the music was super-complex. Blind Guardian wrote whole albums about Tolkien! Pain of Salvation‘s least-lame concept album was about nuclear waste! Kind of embarrassing in retrospect.
But yeah, I’ve never cared much about metal lyrics. They’re usually dumb! I love metal singers, but I don’t want to know what they’re singing about! Ignorance is bliss. ‘Instrumental’ means nobody’s going to make fun of you for listening to music about dragons. Not that you’d ever give a fuck what anyone else thinks.
Animals as Leaders are the best prog metal band these days. They’ve got complex rhythms, sick riffs, and…god, there’s just nothing lame about it! It’s heavy through-and-through.
This video showcases their musicianship, yet is also ‘artsy’ in that Tool-inspired, whatthefuckisgoingon way. That’s exactly what I want from metal videos. Music videos in general, really.
I saw AAL open for Thursday and Underoath earlier this year. Everyone left the show talking about AAL because they were so unexpectedly amazing. Anyway, their new album Weightless is one of my favorites of the year, so without further ado, here’s the heaviest song:
Spiral out, y’all.
This is probably not news to you if you’ve already heard the first single, The View, a couple weeks ago. I love listening to bad albums every once in awhile, since it makes good music sound so much better by comparison. (That’s why I like to warm up for a metal sesh by listening to my favorite singer-songwriters.) I didn’t have any terribly insightful comments to add; it just sounded like leftover, undeveloped Metallica riffs that should’ve never seen the light of day, mixed with the ramblings of an old man. Chuck Kloisterman nailed it, though. Metallica, a decade after fighting against downloads that deemed their recorded material worthless, figured out how to fight back: by publishing music that is actually worthless. My favorite part is this footnote calling Metallica out for its other crimes:
An abridged list of things Metallica has done to cause its fan base to feel betrayed: getting haircuts, making a video for “One,” headlining a Lollapalooza tour no one really liked, responsibly dealing with their alcoholism, writing a song that required James Hetfield to sing on key, hiring a replacement for bassist Cliff Burton, replacing the bassist who replaced Cliff Burton, not having enough bass on … And Justice for All, not writing songs that were 11 minutes long, suing the same people who purchased their T-shirts, writing the song “2×4,” wearing trousers that cost more than $33, and transitioning away from a lyrical preoccupation with killing other people and toward a lyrical preoccupation with killing themselves.
I used to love Metallica; Metallica was my gateway drug into the world of metal. When I was learning guitar, I attempted to play every riff from their first four albums. I give Metallica a lot of credit for making it okay to play weird time signatures and play long instrumental songs. I gave Death Magnetic a chance! It had that one song with that okay riff! But yeah, best to ignore them now.
On your band. Put a bird on your band. Make your band a bird band. DO IT.
This post is about Eagle Twin. Their album “The Unkindness of Crows” is an unrelenting sludgefest. I love the guitar tone, All the songs on this record are about birds, too:
In The Beginning Was The Scream
10,000 Black Birds Of Hot Fire
Storytelling Of Ravens
Carry On, King Of Carrion
And It Came To Pass That Birds Fell To Earth As Black Snakes
Crow Hymn is the apex of the album, IMO. It’s immediately accessible, it’s got some sweet riffage right at the start…listen to that fuzz!
Remember when Incubus put out that steaming pile of shit, A Crow Left of the Murder? Fuck that. I officially award this album the Best Crow Album Award. It’s one of those albums that flies by, the kind that lasts an hour but doesn’t feel like it. Oh hey, you can understand the lyrics on this album! Amazing. They sound ominous. They sound like some tale about how these birds don’t give a shit about you, and are probably ancient.
These guys are on Southern Lord, home of the sludge. (I wish that was their tagline. It should be.)
What does screamo mean to u?
Screamo is one of my favorite genres because it’s so dynamic. There are all these softer parts that give you a quick break from all the noise, then they keep hitting you with these really abrasive riffs. Their drummer is INSANE – can’t believe how fast and accurate it is. This band is closer to grindcore than any other genre (yeah, it’s that intense).
Honestly it makes me sad that most metal bands don’t write memorable lyrics. I usually just tune them out, because who the hell can understand them anyway? Plus, once you do, you’ll be disappointed to find out they’re secretly a Christian band, or misogynist, or whatever.
That’s why I turned to SCREAMO. Screaming is how you celebrate metal/hardcore. The greatest singers IMO are the ones with so much energy that it’s contagious. Listening to all that noise, you need a way to fight back, to let out that energy. Luckily, the lyrics are strangely catchy. So of course you’re going to scream along “that you curse! curse constantly!” whenever you can. You’re going to scream at the show, at your laptop, on the street while iPodding, etc.
Oh also there’s a chick singer/screamer in this band so obviously I’m in love with her.
Noone would ever write a book called, What Was the Metalhead? You’d get your ass kicked for pulling something like that.
First of all, metal ain’t dead. Remember the scare of 1992, when everyone thought that grunge killed metal? Well, it just went underground in America, some cool stuff happened in Europe, etc., and everything was fine. And metal is better for it; lots of bands even adopted more of a ‘grunge’ attitude, eschewing guitar solos, blah blah. And metal’s been thriving ever since. It will never die. It’s unstoppable. As long as people still need an outlet for their darker emotions, metal will be there for us.
Metal’s been around for 40-some years, and hipsters couldn’t even last a decade. You know why? Metalheads stick up for each other. We’re brothers. Hipsters fall all over themselves, trying to be “so cool” that they destroy everyone around them, and eventually self-destruct. Hipsters have no common background under which to unite, except maybe that of “white privilege”. Cool club, guys…I’ll just be over here, hanging out with the longhairs.
[in response to this article over at Pinnastorm]
Oceansize was a great progressive metal band that broke up last week. When you think of “bands that Tool obviously influenced”, these guys should come up. The basic structure of an Ocensize song is, themes slowly develop over the course of a song, building up to an epic climax. Hmm, so is this post-metal? Because that’s exactly what happens in a post-rock song, so they took that formula and added distortion. Anyway, it’s that with sung vocals. If you like Dredg, you will probably like this.
They put out two albums that were quite good. Here are my favorite songs from each:
This song has the same structure as Tool’s “Pushit” or “Eulogy”, for example – verses and choruses for awhile, then BAM, epic ending, usually with lots of screaming and loud riffs. The reason I enjoy tracks like this is that they’ll just be playing in the background, gaining my acquiescence, then they’ll grab my attention in a flash. “Why is this awesome?” I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention! I’ll have to re-listen to the songs just to get the nuances I missed the first time.
But oh god they are awesome. This is a little grindy at first but then falls into beautiful melodies, which is exactly what I want songs to do. 2007.