Crate Diggin’: Vulgaari’s Vulgaari

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When a person thinks of Minnesota, they think of Prince (the artist formerly known as a.k.a. The Symbol), Paul Bunyan, Fargo, people with funny accents, “Minnesota nice” (being an asshole just as nicely as possible), Rhymesayers Entertainment, and the Mall of America (which receives the most visitors annually of any mall in the world. Yes, the world.) You’re probably not hip to Minnesota’s metal scene unless you A) live here (sup Hessian Stunter), B) are well researched, or C) have had me ramble at you online with some of my recommendations (sup guise). The long, frigid, bleak, tr00 winters may have something to do with metal’s popularity here. Those who aren’t into skiing, snowboarding, or chasing snow bunnies with a cup of hot apple cider in hand need a way to pass the time up here all winter (nightmare) long.

Vulgaari promo.

Enter Vulgaari. They have received some degree of acclaim for their 2012 selt-titled debut and it’s not hard to see why. They bring the psychedelic doom and sludge with an emphasis on riffs and some fancy guitar flourishes and solos to boot, something that sets them apart from their repetitive, at times yawn-worthy doomster contemporaries. Vulgaari was recorded as a duo, but they’ve since become a five-piece band in order to play live shows and record their follow up.

Vulgaari opens heavy. I’m talking trapped-under-a-car heavy. “A World Created” really emphasizes the guitars and riffs without taking away from the strong drumming. The vocals suit this music perfectly; low growls set the mood for the invasion taking place. The whole thing ends with some obscure vocal sampling.

Drumming seems to be the focus of the first part of the second track, “Battlestag”, and “Match” opens with a soaring guitar lead. Variety is what holds your interest throughout the album. It’s doom and sludge metal as Easy Rider; it’s freedom, man. “Match” gallops along and really picks up around the three minute mark. Track lengths range from near five minutes to seven minutes plus, which gives the songs a lot of room to breathe and grow. “Black Mountain” showcases the guitar skills of Zack Kinsey and Brent Hedtke. “Lie” is an album highlight for me. It’s Vulgaari at both its most occult and musically ferocious. “Forever Roam,” situated near the end of the album, is full of guitar leads that remind me of The Karate Kid. They really do. Check it out.

Vulgaari was quickly picked up for distribution by Cubo de Sangre. Not bad for a Minnesota band’s debut offering. Vulgaari are hard at work on their sophomore album. Information on that is hard to come by at the present time.

I discovered Vulgaari through personal connections. Guitarist/vocalist Zack Kinsey is a tattoo artist at the shop I frequent. He hasn’t tattooed me, but I’ve recommended him based on his work. I have had the pleasure of seeing Vulgaari live when they decimated a small local club. Vulgaari has received accolades from a few ToH denizen favorites including “Grim” Kim Kelly and No Clean Singing. Fact check that if you feel the need, or just check out Vulgaari’s solid debut. Let me know what you think in the comments, and sound off with some of your favorite local bands!

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  • Metaphysical Anus

    This sounds pretty damn great. Thanks buddy!

    • Negrodamus

      Happy to help!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I’m disappointed that you didn’t do this.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuQK6t2Esng

        • Negrodamus

          I’ve seen a lot of people use those on here but I don’t think I have ever seen that, lol. I also like the Anton Chigurgh “Friendo” meme.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It seems that you like good stuff, friendo.

          • Negrodamus

            Ha, thanks. I do hold my taste in pretty high regard.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have now bought this album. Thank you for showing me this.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            By the way, it’s funny how “vulgaari” is Finnish and means “vulgar.”

          • KJM

            Call it.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Shit. I dig. Keeping an eye on these fellows. Good recommendation, NegroD!

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Did you dig a deep hole? (I’m sorry for this joke)

      • crazytaco_12

        Dude, I laughed so fucking hard at this

    • Negrodamus

      They really are a solid band. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.

      • Howard Dean

        Second this. Nice rec, NegroD!

        • Negrodamus

          Appreciate it, HD. This was the article I forced myself to write and I actually finished it before the Full of Hell article (which I penned in like 30 minutes from the office, lol)

  • Dat tone. I want it.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      For the cheap cheap price of 99,99 euros you can now order it!

      • Excuse me, sir. We use decimals and dollars and freedom ’round these parts.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          The I will take my business and superiority elsewhere!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O1hM-k3aUY

          • Tyree

            And the Oscar goes too….

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          Darn tooting right! Murica!

          • brings a tear to the eye, no?

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            you
            sir are a great american! MURICA!!

        • crazytaco_12

          Everyday day when I get home, my woman makes me some Freedom toast and Freedom fries and then I give her a big sloppy Freedom kiss

  • NDNOvHell

    That’s some heavy shit! Must have, will own. 0/5 flushes.

    • Negrodamus

      It’s on Bandcamp for the low reasonable price of only $5.00. Not bad at all for a full length album.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I need to go to bandcamp. That’s like 3.7 euros, dude.

      • NDNOvHell

        I’ve been hearing great things about that website. It’s time for me to check it out.

        • not sure if joking or srs…

          • NDNOvHell

            Srs! I’m late to the whole Bandcamp thing.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Jump into the band waggon… I mean camp.

          • Elite Extremophile

            Well hop on down and prepare to have literally no money left as you buy reasonably priced album after reasonably priced album.

          • NDNOvHell

            Sounds incredible. Being broke will be worth it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            He be super sereal.

          • NDNOvHell

            Super, super sereal.

        • Xan

          Might I recommend you to look at Tyree’s “I Got Laid at Band Camp” articles for good bands on there.

          • NDNOvHell

            Yup, I plan on starting there

  • Randall Thor

    Thanks for sharing, very enjoyable

  • Embedded track rules. Nice find, NegroD.

  • KJM

    Psychedelic Doom? Yup yup yup!

  • Elite Extremophile

    This isn’t relevant but the other day I had an M&M’s candy bar. Like, M&M’s in an actual chocolate bar. Did anyone know they even made those?

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Now I know. We’re not gonna get the here in Finland.

      • Elite Extremophile

        It looks like someone shit out a bag of confetti.

        • EsusMoose

          I remember those, the chocolate tastes cheap and the candies were always a surprise to bite into. They were too small or at least the one I had when I was younger. At least I’m pretty sure these existed 10-15 years ago

        • The Satan Ov Nuclear Hell

          I loved these as a kid, but then I’ve always loved really cheap tasting chocolate. As EsusMoose said, fairly sure they’ve been around a while. The White Chocolate ones are better though.

    • KJM

      Yep. It’s recent.

    • Guacamole Jim

      WHAT

    • Max

      I suppose in principle it’s the same thing as an Easter egg with Smarties inside it. Those things are rad. So in this case I’ll have to approve.

  • KJM

    This is cool.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      You’re a pretty cool corn as well.

      • KJM

        Corn on the cob, of course.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Eeww, cob reminds me of something very very bad.

          • KJM

            Whatever you’re thinking, the opposite is true.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Children of bodom.

      • Tyree

        This freaks me out man. I think I need to go home and take a nap.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          It would please the corn.

        • Cock of Steele

          You’ll only wake up with bits of corn in your rectal cavity.

          • Tyree
          • NDNOvHell

            Tonight….you….

          • Tyree

            Where’s Hand Banana? Carl pulls out gun at Meatwad.

          • Steve Smithwick

            That’s among my very favorite episodes. That probably says bad things about me. Don’t care. Great episode. Angry Carl is best Carl.

          • hello stranger

  • Tyree

    Fuck! That is heavy.

    • Negrodamus

      It’s pretty heavy Tyree, lol.

      • Tyree

        A tad bit.

  • Tyree

    You just had to make me spend more money. Good find man.

  • i don’t like doom.
    i like vulgaari.
    vulgaari is doom?

    plz help NegroD!

    • Tyree

      It has begun.

      • KJM

        Occult Doom Stoner Metal will win. It’s just a matter of time.

        • Xan

          Occult Doom Stoner Metal for life.

        • Cock of Steele

          Occult Doom Stoner Metal, is best Doom.

        • Howard Dean

          Byah! Give me The Devil’s Blood by TKO in two rounds!

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Wait, you like shitty pop but don’t like doom? These are all weird layers in this onion.

      • correct, MA. no jimmies rustled today.

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          doom takes too long…mostly.

    • I am with you on this. The thing I cannot understand with doom/black metal is the production value. This Vulgaari track has production value to it – making it at least a bit enjoyable to me. I have been trying very hard to listen to all the bands (black/doom) that people have been posting about and I just cannot get into any of them. This track is the first I have found to be pleasing to my ears…

      GL

    • Negrodamus

      Jimmy, doom / sludge, precisely.

    • NDNOvHell
  • Mr.CustodialArts

    Karate Kid…flamingo kicks…bare foot…Billy Jack…ALL ROADS LEAD TO SCISSORFIGHT.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqC0eHSeF0g

  • Xan

    I’ve figured out an age old mystery. When the city of Jericho was blown to shit after the Israelites marched around it seven times, one of them must have had this guitar tone blasting. They could’ve saved themselves a lot of walking if they just blasted them with this initially.

    • Negrodamus

      History makes a lot more sense viewed through that lens.

  • Scrimm

    When I think of Minnesota I just think of how frustrating it is liking the Vikings.

    • Negrodamus

      I’m not much of a sports guy but I get that from a lot of my friends here.

    • crazytaco_12

      Dude, it’s been fucking ROUGH. The worst part is I live in Washington too, so I’ve been bandwagoning the hawks pretty hard dude haha.

      • Scrimm

        HAHA yeah it has. Can’t blame you for that I’m here in AZ with all these ridiculous cardinals fans. Fucking red headed peckers.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Man this is some good shit, D.

    I swear, between this, Noctomb and all of the other bands putting out stellar albums this year, doom is going to give death metal some heavy (pun intended) competition as to which subgenre rules the roost this year

    • Negrodamus

      Ah, thanks.

      This actually came out in 2012 but this has been a banner year for doom and what metal writers are calling “hideous sludge” a la Indian, Coffinworm, Lord Mantis, etc.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    fun fact: almost all of Immortal’s music videos are filmed in MN during the winter time

    • Negrodamus

      Seriously?

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        no lolz

    • The Satan Ov Nuclear Hell

      You mean they don’t go to blashyrkh to record? Demonaz doesn’t lie…

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        mn is kvlt enough

  • joetron2030

    These guys are great. As is the album. I’ve seen them live once and really enjoyed it. Found out about them shortly after Todd joined.

    Kudos for spreading the word on MN metal!

    • do we have someone new in the Toilet???

      if so, welcome!!

      • joetron2030

        Thanks! Came across this blog post because one of the Vulgaari guys shared it on Facebook. But I recognize some of your names from the MetalSucks comments, too.

    • Negrodamus

      Hey Joetron2030. Thanks for checking out the article / site!

      I’d like to do a few more of these on MN metal. People will keep being surprised at the quality of our scene I think.

  • crazytaco_12

    I know something’s heavy as fuck when I catch myself invisible-oranging while on my computer

  • crazytaco_12

    Powermad is some great MN power/thrash that comes to mind when I’m thinking of your state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqSBpkL6d5I

    • Zack K

      Todd Haug from Powermad is one of the guitarists in Vulgaari