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Festival Review: Loud Park 2015 (Tokyo, Japan)

IMG_1633When I left England, I thought my days of hitting up summer festivals were over. America (my home) is not known for festivals though there are a few traveling ones here and there, but nothing on the scale of Europe’s legendary metal festivals. Now that I live in Japan, it’s great to see a three-stage major metal event called Loud Park. And, it’s in Tokyo! Lucky me! This year’s annual experience was the 10th anniversary and was well stocked with heavy-hitting brand names such as Slayer (day 1 headliner), Anthrax, Arch Enemy, Gojira, All That Remains, Testament, Children of Bodom, Metal Allegiance (featuring Big Four members and then some), Hammerfall, Royal Hunt, and Gamma Ray. Since I typically attend one day, I felt this lineup was the weaker of the two. Here is my review of day 2 featuring headliners Megadeth.

First things first though. Attire is important; at least the top half anyway. When going to a festival it makes choosing my tee more difficult. I have a general rule against wearing a shirt of a bands I am going to see. I think it is obvious I like the band if I am there. Therefore, I opted for a Machine Head shirt; one I hadn’t worn yet since I got it from their show in July. Read the rest of this entry

Show Cancellation! Reason: Potential Destruction of the Facility

victoria-albert-museumIt is one thing for a corporation like Disney to cancel Machine Head show for whatever fucked up reason I can’t even remember now.  It is another thing to have a gig cancelled for weather, sickness, and death, but what if you were in a band and were told “sorry guys you can’t play here because you might destroy the building!”  Seriously, this is what happened to the mighty grind-masters Napalm Death.  For some strange reason they were involved with some kind of artistic experiment at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, England.

Based on what I read…and you can read it here for reference, it looked like the intent of the show was to have the band play at normal concert decibel levels in the historic museum while ceramic “things” would (hopefully) disintegrate from the decibel level of a Napalm Death set.  Vocalist Barney Greenway stated after the cancellation “Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating.”

Here is what I know of the museum.  On one of our first trips to London, we went to the Science Museum just down the road.  As we were walking in South Kensington, I noticed a building with a lot of outer damage.  I ended up finding a plaque that stated the structural damage was from the German bombings during WWII.  This was our first serious piece of history during our stay in England.  It turned out to be the Victoria and Albert museum.  Interesting!  So, if the Germans couldn’t take the building down raining bombs on London, how was Napalm Death going to ruin it with decibels?  I guess the curators heard a sample of Greenway’s signature growl and had second thoughts.  In all seriousness, there were concerns that the noise level would, in fact, damage historic stuff.  As I appreciate history, I can’t say I blame the museum, but what a damn cool idea!  Maybe they can move this experiment to a more stable facility.

Presented Without Comment

Um, yeah.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Heavy Metal WTF video.  Here’s a bunch of drag queens talking about the new Napalm Death album (stolen from  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!

Album Review: Napalm Death – Utilitarian

Deep guttural vocal – check!  Deafening screams – check!  Blast beat – Check!  Everything you expect on a Napalm Death album – check!  Utilitarian is the Napalm Death’s 15th studio album.   Seventeen songs make up 48+ minutes of Napalm brutality.  That’s a lot of time to be hammered between the ears with one of the most prolific (grindcore, death) metal acts of all time.   Utilitarian is no exception this late into Napalm Death’s career.  Greenway is still growling with the best of them.

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SOTD- 16 Feb 2011- Incendiary Incoming

Greetings Metal Fans,

I am posting this a little late today because I just got back from a non-metal concert (gasp), so  I decided to reach into the heaviest of the heavy metal today. 

Today’s song of the day is “Incendiary Incoming” by Napalm Death, from the album Words From The Exit Wound.

This is a really bad-ass track from the British grindcore gods.  There are a lot of heavy songs on the album, but the opening riff of this track is what got me hooked.  Three minutes and eight seconds of brutal death/grindcore metal.  I am very grateful these guys are still around.  They laid the groundwork for a lot of heavy bands, and they continue to put music out in the world. 

Have a great day, everyone.