September, 2014

  • Tuesday Night Open Swim – Guitarmony Edition

    I’m a simple man. I like my beer domestic, my house pets domestic, and my guitarmonies WILD. Every song by every band, it doesn’t matter the genre, should have every guitar line harmonized with another guitar. And then another if you can. But not more than that; that’s too many guitars. At this point you would have clarity issues and the additional manpower would make touring prohibitively expensive.

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    September 30, 2014 • Uncategorized • Views: 1793

  • The Best Band in Alabama is Phylum

    Last month we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we’ve finally narrowed down our quest for the first state alphabetically in this grand nation. Today, we proudly present our pick for the best unsigned band in Alabama: Phylum. 

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    September 30, 2014 • The Best Unsigned Band in the US • Views: 2238

  • New Music Roundup: Slugdge, Buckshot Facelift, Scar Symmetry, Machinehead

    The digital era of music distribution presents us with a glut of options. No more are we confined to experimenting with sweaty used headphones at the local record dealer to find out if we might like a release. Bands release new tracks constantly to build excitement for upcoming releases or to engage with fans during a particularly dry spell. As fans, though, we can sometimes suffer from option paralysis. What do we choose? Which albums should we buy?

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    September 30, 2014 • New Stuff • Views: 1995

  • This Toilet Tuesday (9/30/14)

    I’m sure most of you are familiar with the concept of kaiten-zushi, if not necessarily the term. It’s a type of sushi restaurant where you sit at a table next to a conveyor belt that sends around small plates of sushi, and you can grab whatever you want from it. You always eat about twenty plates, spending way too much money and too many hours on the toilet, holding your stomach in pain as guilt becomes regret. Now imagine this experience without the regret: the sushi is top-class, it’s relatively inexpensive, and you get to just stick your mouth at the end of the belt without having to go to the trouble of grabbing plates. You expect the usual raging bowel rejection, but it never comes. The stars align in the sky and you drop the perfect deuce. It’s so good you feel like you need a cigarette when you’re done. It’s a clean wipe. You stand up to flush, but can only gaze in wonder and awe at this Golden Child of food babies you have just birthed. As a pale light shines from the sky and you watch your beautiful creation ascend to the heavens, you know that everything is going to be better from now on. This week is like that perfect shit; there’s a ton of new music, it’s almost all good, and it marks the beginning of at least a few weeks of excellent releases. Plus, we get to welcome Stockhausen and Leif Bearikson to the TTT crew! So without further ado, here’s the metal. -Spear

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    September 30, 2014 • New Stuff • Views: 2928

  • The Porcelain Throne: Pain of Salvation

    The Porcelain Throne is a column that discusses the bands you put on a pedestal, specifically, a water-filled ceramic-based pedestal. What is the Toilet of Hell if not a place to dump your passions and leave for the next guy to flush?

    Everyone has those bands that they love from years past, but as your tastes evolve and music libraries grow, you push them to the side.  Bring out your obsessions, your secret pleasures, your comfort food bands, and deliver them to the Toilet of Hell for all to see.

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    September 29, 2014 • Uncategorized • Views: 1903

  • Sailing the Punchbowl of Pork Soda: Primus 101

    We all love metal. We eat, breathe, and sleep metal. We listen to metal while we’re relaxing, working, studying, etc. Metal is the soundtrack to our lives. People ask you how you can listen to screaming all the other time, and you respond with a soul crushing stare that causes lesser men to quiver in their moccasins. You love metal, and that’s why you’re here.

    However, I’m fairly certain that you don’t listen only to metal. Tyree loves singer-songwriter artists. Joe and Edward love hip hop. Max likes EDM. I love funk and a number of other genres. Therefore, I thought it might be fun to discuss one of the better metal-adjacent bands. Flushers, let’s talk about Primus.

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    September 29, 2014 • Discography, Not Metal • Views: 2653

  • Don’t Miss This! Vol. 3

    As Stockhausen said in his initial post, 2014 has been a packed year for great new releases. The year’s already seen fantastic new releases from Thantifaxath, Yob, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, Krieg, Sólstafir and more, but a slew of great albums have gone unnoticed, hence the introduction of this column. Stock and W. have already made some good picks (Cloak of Altering, Plebeian Grandstand, and Mamaleek in particular) but there are still a few albums that have (or will) come out this year that deserve a little more attention.

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    September 29, 2014 • Metal • Views: 3637

  • Fuck You and Die: Elements of Instability – Reviewed

    I know, I know,  Fuck You and Die is an absolutely ridiculous band name and the music that comes along with it should be pretty crappy too right? Not at all. Their new album is actually really good and if I somehow manage to make a top ten list for the year, this will most likely be a part of it.

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    September 29, 2014 • Metal, New Stuff, Reviews • Views: 1868

  • Whiff o’ the Week (9/28/14)

    When the whiff first came to me in a dream, it manifested as a single, boorish sonic expression of ignorance nestled snugly within the confines of an otherwise congruous track. However, as I gave more and more of myself to the whiff, it grew and metamorphosed into something bestial and hulking, amalgamating entire songs, then albums, then whole bands themselves. I have fought the whiff too long. I fear that I, like the proverbial dragonslayer from Nietzsche’s omen, may soon lose all to the whiff and inevitably succumb to it. Yet I cannot help but revel in the guilt. This is Whiff o’ the Week.

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    September 28, 2014 • Opinion • Views: 1656

  • MSD & Friends’ Riff of the Week (9/27/24)

    Congratu-fucking-lations to Leif Bearikson for winning last week. Apparently my Youtube video was not working or something like that. Continue Reading

    September 27, 2014 • Riff of the Week • Views: 2009