February Playlist – Hot Picks of the Month

I compiled a playlist of all the tracks that I’ve been listening to this month. For me, February has been a 100% metal month. I got over those January blues, and now I’m just regular depressed… All jokes aside though, this compilation is shit hot I promise. Check it out below!!

Feed The Machine – Nickelback | Single Review + Tour + Album news..!

Ohhh man…

I… can’t hate it. It’s catchy and I may be just a little bit excited at the prospect of a brand new album.

Hear me out, Nickelback were the heaviest band I listened to when I was 13. And now that I’m old, listening to this band is a combination of nostalgia and self loathing/longing to be 13 again. I’m not sure what it is I like about this song, and this band in general. I think it may be because this is ultimate easy listening for a metal/rock music fan. The music is not complicated, the harmonies are nice and work well together, the recording quality is seriously decent (if we ignore the reverb on the snare DAMN), and well, at least we’re not listening to Little Mix…

I’ve added Feed The Machine to my playlist, it sits amongst metal giants such as Lamb of God, Rings of Saturn and Linkin Park… And do you know what, it fucking belongs there. I genuinely like this new song and I’m looking forward to hearing what else they’ll come up with for the new album.

Oh and did I mention, Nickelback are going on tour! …In America and Canada. I almost bought a ticket for their Glasgow show in October and I hate myself for not getting it. I wonder if they’ll shove them on the Download lineup just for a laugh, I’d go.

Listen to their new single here:

Or don’t… Whatever.

Min Vän Klamydia – Skitarg | Single Review and Album news!

It’s been an age since Skitarg have released anything, and due to the language barrier, I had no idea that they were planning to release anything until one day this gem appeared on my Spotify recommendations. And with that came an announcement, we’re getting a new Skitarg album on March 1st!!

Well, what can I say. The title literally translates as My Friend, Chlamydia… Nothing out of the ordinary for this band, however definitely a hilarious and gross title to any non expecting music listener. And honestly, the song is just as gross and hilarious as the title suggests…

These mental cases over in Sweden have released what I can only describe as a power metal/pop ballad. I would give my right testicle to find out what the lyrics are for this song as I can imagine as it adds to the hilarity. The song consists of some token Skitarg songwriting styles, based on the Swedish black metal genre, but also contains the cheesiest, most power metal parts ever. And a whopping 4 key changes! Half of this song is the filthy, weird and good shit I’m used to hearing from Skitarg, and the other half is a dry heave worthy parody. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not slagging off this song at all. It’s one of those ones, you have to get it. If you don’t get that it’s ironic then it ends up just sounding shit, you’ve got to appreciate the humour (half of which is lost in translation…)

If you’re still not getting the humour part of it, here’s a list of some of their other song titles translated (using google) into English:

Jag Vill Ha Stryk – I Want Ironing
Bussfärd till helvetet – Bus Trip to Hell
Sportabort – Sports Abortion
Steka barn – Frying children
Jag Bryter Nacken Av Din Häst – I break the neck of your horse
Kuk Lukt Klan – Cock Odour Clan

Behind the humour, it is very clear that this band are a very talented bunch of weirdos. And it’s safe to say that I can see huge potential for Skitarg. In fact, recently they were featured in Sweden’s Viral 50 playlist on Spotify. I hope to see this new album open up a gateway to a possible global career, as I have yet to hear of them setting foot outside Sweden. Who knows, maybe if I bat my eyelashes and put on my clown make up maybe they’ll come and put on a show for us over here… I can only dream…

Check out the track on Spotify here!

Also give them a like on Facebook to keep up with future releases including music videos (trust me, you don’t want to miss those.. I’ll insert a link for another of their music videos below.)

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MADAFAKA, Lawrence O’Brien Band & Deadly Inscription | Gig Review | 06/01/17

On the first Friday of 2017 I headed to Nice n Sleazy’s to see MADAFAKA’s headline show for their new release, a Cool Runnings themed track called “The Blade and the Ice.”

Joining them was 5 piece metal band Deadly Inscription and the eclectic 3 piece, The Lawrence O’Brien Band. The night started off with Deadly Inscription, a band I can only describe as filthy, mental and brilliant. Their Sleazy’s show followed the recent release of the lyric video for Tower of Silence, produced by Scott Kennedy of Bleed from Within, which I’ve linked below. Their latest EP, A Testament to Sin was released last year and features tracks about human taxidermy and other gross stuff. The vocalist had the crowd going, chanting about Indy Ref and all sorts. Deadly Inscription put on a great performance, the guitars were heavy and it was blast beats for days… I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys come out with next and I’m currently adding all of their songs on to my Spotify Playlist..!

The next act on was The Lawrence O’Brien Band. It’s hard to sum these guys up a short review like this, but after seeing them a few times now I’ve never seen anything like it. One could compare them to the likes of System of a Down, but with more funk and ska influences. Some songs have titles such as The Burdenless Life of a Cat  and Toothpaste on her Chin. The comedic lyrics work in their favour of course, with everyone laughing along. However behind the quirky lyrics is a brilliantly talented collection of musicians. The music was creative, fun and sophisticated and it seemed to come naturally to all three of the band members.

And then there was MADAFAKA! Who provided an exciting headline performance, showcasing their Cool Runnings inspired track by donning Jamaican coloured morphs suits. They didn’t last long though, the band quickly undressed down to their (spiderman) pants. The music was a rollercoaster of emotions for me, with exciting verses and lyrics, alongside filthy breakdowns and mad guitar solos. It was evident why the room was filled that night as this band are a force to be reckoned with. Definitely ones to watch in 2017.

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