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Tales From Bandcamp: Mgla – Exercises in Futility


Exercises in Futility VI

“As if you didn’t know how it feels to lose
As if you didn’t know how it feels to lose at dice with fate

At least have some dignity

As if it wasn’t a lifetime spent on connecting the dots
There was no pattern
As if the irony was more than a defense mechanism
And we could actually laugh for a change
As if steel hooks in our backs were more than a nuisance
And we could actually feel something

Self crucified – missed the right tree
Tore the wrong eye out
The hissing of hellfire
Self crucified – missed the right tree
For this I have gained a victory
I burn as I ought to

As if everything was to be made right one day
Dreams don’t come true for people like us
As if the gods were bored with peace in our hearts
And their fingers are itchy
As if we never broke people out of sheer boredom
And slept calmly among the wastes

And then we see bright and clear

As if we would be someone else
While mindlessly wandering through the mountains
As if we would be someone better
Expelling purgatory in Latin alphabet

Self crucified – missed the right tree
Tore the wrong eye out
The hissing of hellfire
Self crucified – missed the right tree
For this I have gained a victory
I burn as I ought to

As if all this was something more
Than another footnote on a postcard from nowhere
Another chapter in the handbook for exercises in futility”


Full album stream: Leading Light – Protect the Sinner

Leading LightWhat a pleasure when the debut album from a new, young band puts a twist on several genres you love, produces a splendidly varied and polished set of songs, and sounds as relaxed and professional as any fully established band with a long discography to its name.

From those opening words, you’d be correct in assuming I want to hear much more from these Swedish guys in the future. What do they play — metalcore? Melodic metal? Prog metal? Djent? All of those styles, I’d say, in a package of very original compositions.

Rasmus Weström has a top-class voice, delivering dark and clean vocals, and he is also one of the guitarists. Johan Gustafsson on bass, Simon Östergren behind the drums and Axel Wennerberg, lead guitar, complete the line-up of excellent musos.

Tales From Bandcamp: Pox Americana by Jim Strange with The Proud & The Damned

a0223007492_10Sorry I haven’t done one of these posts in a while.  Time to get back into the Bandcamp swing of things with one hell of a doozy.  Since I came across Pox Americana by Jim Strange with The Proud & The Damned I seriously have not been able to stop listening to it.  Fresh and original are an understatement.  They could be best described as a Gothic Americana Doom Rock band.  There are big fat riffs, a terrific alt-country feel, Opeth-like Gothic atmospheres, and vocals that have slight Count Dracula air to them (Probably best compared to Peter Steele or Glenn Danzig).

If you have an interest in hearing some of the awesome things that can be done within the doom genre, do not hesitate a second to check this album out.  The American roots feel of the music paired with the bombast of metal will suck you right in and that voice will wine, dine, and 69 you.  And for you cheapskates out there, Jim Strange has made the album at no cost to you, so download away, but be sure to show your appreciation by giving them a ‘like’ on their Facebook page or telling all your friends about this über-cool doom band you found and force them to listen to it (violently of course 😉 ).  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Tales From Bandcamp: Maera by The Heavy Eyes

Click here to go to the Bandcamp pageThanks to our occasional contributor and writer at The Monolith (great site, check it out), Mark, for bringing this to my attention, I am thrilled to bring you this riff-gasm of southern brewed stoner metal.  If the power of the riff compels you to shake your booty and bang your head your in for a nice treat with The Heavy Eyes new album, Maera.  With a style that has the piss, vinegar, and energy of MC5, the stoner haziness of Kyuss and Sleep, the riffage of a Gov’t Mule album, the bite of The Sword, and the southern hospitality of some Skynyrd, I find that I simply can’t stop grooving on Maera.  Front to back this album rocks, so without further ado, grab a beer, sweet tea, Jack Daniels, a fat doob, or what ever you like to chill out with; click play on the player below and get ready to rock out.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!