Today’s the day I knock a bunch of you off your branches. If you haven’t learnt how to fly yet, put padding under your tree before you climb up to your roost.
As I mention non-stop, I love many, many kinds of music. So do a lot of you. I know some of you, though, think country music is to metal as Voldemort is to Harry Potter. To you folks, let me irritate you further by stating that country music has some of the best voices of any genre, and it’s lovely background music after a long, lazy Sunday lunch.
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I’ll be using litchi wood, branches that fell off an ancient tree in the garden. It’s hard and burns for a long time. The last barbecue fire still had glowing embers after 13 hours. That’s even longer than I spend listening to music most days.
Here’s what I got:
Witchbreed – Chew Red Bit
Animals As Leaders – A Sad Nameless Liar
Depressed Mode – Odd Deeper Mess
There’s not much you can do with a name like OSI, so I made an anagram of the song title:
The Escape Artist – Pat Eats Heretics
While I’m at it, Dark Metal Cat becomes Tackle Mad Art, ChristopherMammal converts into Limp Comma Thrasher, and A Metal State Of Mind turns into Male Teat Manifolds.
I hope you’ll find upliftment in the darkness and blackness of a couple of today’s selections. Here’s some related information to uplift you — proof that you’re probably more intelligent than average. A study reported in The Guardian in 2007 revealed that a disproportionate number of members in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth listed metal as their favourite music.
The Academy is a body of students who rank in the top 5% in academic achievements. Thus the brightest of the bright love metal the most.
Dark Metal Cat’s ears really pricked up when he saw Alabama Thunderpussy on the list for today. He was expecting a Southern belle with a purr like a fuzzy amplifier. He was just as excited to see Agalloch on the list because he claims he invented dark metal.
He refuses to accept that both bands were born long before he was.
Posted by Reggie
Trocaria is a female-fronted dark metal band out of North Carolina. They were featured here once before when they released their EP The Dark Nears which you can check out here. Now, Joan Palmer is the sole proprietor of Trocaria and has released her second EP, Broken, which contains five songs including a Bathory cover of The Lake. A band that goes against the grain of American popularity, Trocaria continues to lace together dark melodies and combines them with brutal elements of both haunting and guttural vocals all sung by Palmer. She’s been busy.