A much required addition to the column.
As the months progress I grow more and more frustrated with two genres of music in particular: pop punk and metal. Bands of the aforementioned genres have a rather pernicious tendency to be generically platitudinous, always to my utmost disappointment. However, there have been some bright spots, or, should I say, bright for metal, in general. You are, regrettably, quite a depressing bunch; but, insipid reader, do not be discouraged: they may lack in cheer factor, but with some accomplished musicians being featured, do not be deterred from reading this special additional edition to the column. As ever, you can contact me with suggestions, feedback or chat up lines at: email@example.com and my MySpace. My big idea for the coming months can be found at the end of the article, and if you feel that you can contribute, get in touch.
On a side note, I remind you all that I cannot be held responsible for any signs of plagiarism on behalf of the bands featured. If there is something obvious, provide me with the information, and I'll make sure to run a huge big news bulletin on UG denigrating the band in question!
Experiencing the (safe) passage of a convoy is a monumental experience, and one that I shall long treasure. I don't enjoy the thought of the military police putting a stop to traffic, but from a first person view, i.e. from the convoy itself, the power of the state can only be feared and marvelled. Upon listening to Dystrophy, I was not only struck by the musicianship of the band, but also by the sheer level of intensity. It almost compares to the convoy, on a lesser scale, of course. In any case, there is plenty of guitar work-out from the Peter Duo. Peter Lloyd and Peter Brown constitute this duo, and give a fascinating account of their skills, particularly during the time span of My Own Master, a bipolar track of both containment and vented fury. The Dystrophy success story continues with the scavenger hunt of a song, Solitude. There are not many metal bands that can hold a candle to the intensity of the chorus in Solitude, and it is, indisputably, the epitome of what an Unsigned Artist should aim for.
Nobody is quite sure what the quest is for with Dystrophy, but with rhythm section: Matt Thomson (drums) and Greg Bueno (Vocals/Bass) holding fort admirably, there is no shortage of fire power to Dystrophy's mosh pit.
When considering Septemberthe third month of my National ServiceI cannot help but wish that I had heard of Fall to Flames before it began-September that is. It may be the song with the least number of plays on Fall to Flames' myspace page, but it is, in this critic's view, the strongest song in the band's repertoire, which ranges from death metal to subtler, more melodic sections. Andy Creasey, Michael Watt, Paul Nauen, Daniel Jennings and Finn Mauger quite tangibly share an understanding as musicians, yet at times, they lack the accomplishment and class of more experienced recording bands. There is a certain creative fecundity to the band, but this does not neutralise the volatility of its floating around on cold waters, much like an ice floe. In any case, the sheer brutality of Andy Creasey's introductory scream on Taste of Blood pretty much proves that the band is not floating aimlessly. The words of counsel I have to offer are straightforward: upload some more songs for us.
Main, vocalist and front man extraordinaire, marches his way through the EP, his voice fomenting the equivalent of a fusillade of metal. His diversity is absolutely categorical to maintaining a continuous volatility to Mandatory's sound, perhaps something that you won't find in Metallica's Death Magnetic. You would, of course, find it in Master of Puppets, and that's not to say that Mandatory can compare to Master of Puppets, but it does seem to have the same sort of nacre-entombed edge that modern day major label bands lack. Whether it be listening Fault 13, or Majestic 12, Mandatory is Mandatory listening for modern day metal-heads.
With a website oozing with merch, music and stunning photography, In Virtue is a prototype fishing rodCorrine Rex's eternally dramatic warbling voice might just be the best thing to happen to me in the past couple of weeksand the bait works rather well. In any case, In Virtue, having met at Sonoma State University in 2004, and recording music ever since, have set themselves a goal to create a distinctive sound. I'm not quite sure if that has yet been accomplished, but it is a nascent project that could catapult the self-proclaimed best band in the world (just listen to Heather in the UK)--a statement in jest, or of intent? Regardless of that, I like In Virtue and Heather in The UK is a fantastically well-crafted song. Played acoustically, it is a showcase of the band's orphic euphoniousness. In short, it's melodic stuff, ladies and gentlemen. Do not overlook this band.
In closing, I would yet again like to thank the readers for inspiring this article. It has been a long time coming. I have been considering what other special editions of the column I could provide you with and my immediate thoughts have rested with a scene article. That is, I'm going to cover a scene in a specific place. Naturally, the problem is that I will not be able to visit the scene, but I feel that I can still offer something. So if you belong to a scene that you think is special, why not create a scene myspace. Send the link to me, and make sure there is a list of the scene's bands on the page. I also want links to the bands' web pages. Keep suggesting bands and ideas for future columns. Until the birth of October's article, which I'll be writing sometime in the following week, enjoy the metal.
Samuel Agini (ss311) 2008 @ Ultimate-Guitar.com