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Video of the Week: Shining – Blackjazz Rebel

Would a Mammal be drawn to a band that calls its music “blackjazz”? That’s a rhetorical question.

Shining, from Norway, is an outfit that LA Weekly described as a “sonically pulverizing industrial-metal beast.” In Norway, the womb of black metal, Shining made a deep enough impression to receive a nomination for Metal Album of the Year at the Norwegian Grammys last year. That was for their Blackjazz Rebel album.

Starting next week, Shining will be on the road for four months, taking their pioneering metal to various European countries. At some of their appearances they’ll be on the bill with some gigantic names, including Slayer and Devin Townsend.

The raw energy they generate is very evident in the video from their album.



Video Of The Week: Benighted – Spit (ft. Niklas Kvarforth)

Behold the black door 
My sickness rose between us
Here you roam,
Confined in prison cell
The ghost of your voice in a
Disgusting taste whispers my name

Spit to the face my darkness shall embrace
Sexual meat disappeared in a blink
Dogs always keep their promisies
As you puke on my feet

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Devin Townsend’s Top 5 Albums Of 2013

Devin Townsend is a member of the stratospheric, charismatic elite in metal who are masters of originality, composition, performance, team-building and production management. The biggest names in metal jump at the chance to take part in Townsend’s projects.

He is also one of the zaniest people in modern music. A consistent element of his work is humour, often directed at himself.

Before we get down to his remarkably varied choice of albums for this year, let’s hear something suitable eclectic from the Devin Townsend Project. This song, Lucky Animals, is from the 2012 album Epicloud.

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Theme Thursday: Fun and Quirky Metal

When the descriptors ‘avant-garde’, ‘cross-over’, or ‘experimental’ gets tossed onto a metal band many people tend to look away as thoughts of music that is too strange for their tastes comes to their minds.  And honestly, ya, sometimes that is often the case, but as always it is not de-facto.  So, as par for the course, I’m going to highlight some avant-garde bands that are some quality listens and have an experimental style that will appeal to those that don’t like anything too strange (to an extent, there will be a couple deeper cuts).  To take it a step further, the songs and bands in this collection will be more on an upbeat note leaning towards having fun with their music as they experiment with what can actually be done within the metal genre.  So, call ’em avant-garde, experimental, cross-over, or WTF metal, but don’t say that they didn’t make you smile.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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