Death Metal and Bowling Shoes: Artificial Brain and Pyrrhon Played Memory Lanes In Minneapolis

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Spoiler: Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation and Pyrrhon’s The Mother of Virtues are two of my favorite albums from this year. They are both a lock for my top ten albums of 2014. The likelihood of ten albums coming along to displace them is less than one millionth of one percent. Pyrrhon displayed advanced level “weirdo” death metal on The Mother of Virtues, as unsettling psychologically as it is aurally. Artificial Brain released what could end up being my favorite death metal album of this year, a gargantuan tech death monster, whose low end gutturals and alien encrypted transmissions surprised me given its release on the premier Profound Lore Records. I got wind of their tour via the ol’ Information Superhighway earlier this year, no Minneapolis or Twin Cities dates. I felt perhaps dark forces were conspiring against me. New dates were announced later, and Memory Lanes in Minneapolis, Minnesota was added to the tour. Monday night is a work night for me; missing this tour was not optional. I decided to be a man and suck it up for the greater good of the Toilet Ov Hell. Act utilitarianism, in its purest form. This past Monday I laced up my Adidas sneakers, threw on my Cult Leader / Shawshank Redemption’s Andy Dufresne mash up tee, made sure I was packing enough snus tobacco a.k.a. “yuppie chew” for the evening, and set out to meet providence at Memory Lanes’ seminal institution, Punk Rock Mondays.


Spoiler #2: Memory Lanes is actually a bowling alley.

Spoiler #2: Memory Lanes is actually a bowling alley.


I arrived to Memory Lanes shortly after 10:00 pm. There was no cover charge for the show. Again, admission was zero ($0.00) dollars. I would have gladly paid for a ticket to see Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain; free admission was just the icing on the cake. Given the size of the venue, it was sparsely filled, but I noticed the crowd that had gathered for the show. It was a mix of metal fans, dressed in black, with beards and grvm faces, and I noticed a few hardcore and crust types as well, studded jackets and face tattoos, who I have to assume are regulars at Punk Rock Mondays. I saw very few hipster types, I was not sure if this is because it was a late show on a Monday night, due to the venue, or given the nature of the headlining acts. Much later in the evening a couple of clean shaven, fresh faced youngsters wearing metal shirts showed up for Artificial Brain and Pyrrhon. The opening band, Plagued Insanity, were setting up their equipment on stage which was located across several lanes of bowling. I wandered around the merch tables, took a look at all the tee shirts and vinyl, grabbed a Red Bull, and waited for their performance to start. Plagued Insanity played a short set of party themed thrash metal. They were pretty enjoyable for a band with which I had no familiarity; I noticed that the sound was surprisingly good for a bowling alley. There were many people bowling to the left of the stage who were clearly not there for the concert. It gave the whole thing kind of an absurd, surreal vibe, like I’m watching this metal band complete with shirtless drummer at one moment, and then looking left and seeing a BDubs Bro a.k.a. Abercrombie & Fitch pick up that spare he was hoping for to impress his date. Several of the concert attendees would walk off for a moment to bowl and then return to the stage.

After Plagued Insanity finished their set, the next act was on stage to set up his equipment. The next act was Juicy Karkass, a rapper from Portland, Oregon. Given that he was not a local artist, his appearance on the bill seemed quite strange to me. While he was setting up, I got the opportunity to talk with Doug Moore, who is Pyrrhon’s lead singer and well known in the metal blogosphere as being the former editor in charge of Invisible Oranges as well as a regular contributor to Stereogum’s excellent monthly metal column, The Black Market. This was not a formal interview, it was an off the cuff conversation which Doug has been kind enough to let me reproduce for this article. I had communicated briefly with Doug prior to this concert via email, when I had written a Toilet Ov Hell post about his band’s album The Mother of Virtues.

Hey, hello, I’m Edward, we talked once via email. Oh hey, yeah I remember, thanks for the support, how’s it going? Our conversation quickly turned to hearing protection, I brought some dollar store earplugs to the show (for the first time, ever) and Doug showed me what appeared to some pretty high tech earplugs. He told me they were quite expensive. I asked if he always played with them in, he said that he did, to which I remarked “that makes sense since you do this professionally”. Doug replied “well, professionally implies that you make money”. I pointed out that while Pyrrhon isn’t exactly “easy” music to enjoy, that they had been signed to Relapse Records. Doug told me Relapse Records is “the best label Pyrrhon had ever worked with”. He said they were such a big machine that even “flipping the switch to on” for a day did more for them than any label previous. Doug told me this was Pyrrhon’s first year “in the black”, but in their five years as a band they were firmly in the red. We also talked a bit about the heavy metal blogosphere, a subject with which I have much interest. He confirmed my suspicions that there wasn’t a treasure trove of riches to be made blogging about metal, or as we talked about prior, touring as a heavy metal band. He explained he left blogging at Invisible Oranges full time to pursue touring with Pyrrhon, as he said he was working full time and then essentially working full time again at IO. I mentioned he still contributed to Stereogum’s The Black Market, he told me he also occasionally writes stand alone pieces as well. He said Stereogum paid “pretty well”, a sentiment he echoed for sites like Pitchfork and Noisey. I joked that it was all the sites hated by “tr00” and “real” metal fans. As Juicy Karkass prepared to take the stage, Doug took his leave. Later in the evening, I asked if it would be Ok to run this conversation. When Doug gave me his email, I picked up that it was a reference to the band Botch, so that was a bit of fanboy excitement for me; Doug pointed out that he was wearing a Botch windbreaker.


Juicy Karkass started performing. His “schtick” is that he is a crust punk rapper, and looked the part to perfection. Black studded vest, black baseball cap, face tattoos. I wasn’t expecting to like his music; don’t get me wrong, I am a long time fan of hip hop and rap music. I thought based on his name and image he might be like a less known version of ICP. I was mistaken. I found most of his songs to be pretty good. He had one punchline that stuck out to me “if you tell me to shhh I think you’re talking shit / you just don’t have the balls to finish it”. The crowd gathered for his set, he had a little audience participation, he did his version of a fvck the police song, and he managed to bowl a few while rapping. He rapped about a few other social issues as well. I was standing in the back, near the merch tables, and started chatting with a guy who I later learned to be Artificial Brain’s lead vocalist, Will Smith.


Not the lead vocalist for Artificial Brain.

Not the lead vocalist for Artificial Brain.


It did not even occur to me I was speaking with one of the guys from Artificial Brain. He introduced himself as Will, and we talked about hip hop music. He told me he didn’t really like “party shit”, but was a fan of old school hip hop and “hip hop with a message”. Afterwards, when I realized who I was talking to, I pointed out since he was from New York he was probably a fan of Def Jux. He said he was a bigger fan of Rhymesayers (based in Minnesota), so I thought that was pretty funny and ironic that I was a huge fan of a New York indie hip hop label (RIP, Def Jux 4 lyfe) and that he was a big fan of guys from my hometown. Smith told me that he had saved up money to take a leave of absence for this tour, and that he would return home and “need to recoup”. We talked about our jobs, his work with autistic adults and my work in the chemical dependency field, agreed that both professions didn’t pay much, and some future plans as well. Smith told me he had been kicking around in the metal underground for 15 years, I would later look this up to see what other bands he had played in. I got the same impression from Smith that I did from Moore, that these were down to earth guys who were involved in metal solely because they were so passionate about it.


Artificial Brain

Artificial Brain


Artificial Brain went on after Juicy Karkass. They played live as a five piece band, Will Smith on vocals, two guitarists, a bassist, and their drummer. Smith is a big and imposing dude, and he donned a pair of dark black glasses for the majority of their set. They ran through seven songs. Given the sparse crowd and the amount of space, I got to be front row for the duration of their set. They sounded very heavy live; as I mentioned the sound was good so I could pick up a lot of little details in the guitar playing. Smith was an entertaining front man, he motioned with his hands and acted out some of the lyrics from their songs, like during “Worm Harvester”. They played a new song, which on the setlist was only called “NEW”, I don’t know if the song is yet unnamed or if they are keeping it under wraps for the future. Smith alternated between low end gutturals that approached slam burps and the occasional bellow. Their set was momentarily derailed when the guitarist needed to change one of his strings, but Smith made conversation with the crowd and kept people entertained until they were ready to finish. As they finished their last song, “Labyrinth Constellation”, Smith removed his glasses and hung the microphone in a mock hanging.


Full on music dorkery, I got set list for Artificial Brain.

Full on music dorkery, I got the set list for Artificial Brain.


Pyrrhon

Pyrrhon


The last act I caught for the night was Pyrrhon. The crowd had thinned out a little more, Pyrrhon didn’t go until about 12:30 am. They played as a four piece, and I noticed that the same drummer, Keith Abrami, was filling in for Pyrrhon for this tour. He played two sets each night of the tour! That, and he had to learn the drum parts for all of Pyrrhon’s songs they did live. Impressive. Pyrrhon’s music live was nearly as unsettling as on record. Pyrrhon alternated between fuzzed out noise and death metal, all with a nervous energy to it. They opened with “Balkanized”, announcing their arrival. Oddly, I had an easier time understanding the lyrics than I have listening to Pyrrhon on record, I picked up more lyrics than I had ever heard before. Doug Moore was a tremendous front man, he seemed animalistic and appeared like he could send the mic stand off into the crowd at any moment. Two guys attempted to start the only mosh pit of the evening, it did not catch on or last very long, however. Pyrrhon capped off their set with their self titled track “The Mother of Virtues”, and seemed to play it for its entire nigh eleven minute length.

Pyrrhon’s set wrapped around 1:00 am. There was another act slated to play after them, I did not stick around for it. In total I spent $20 for the evening, I bought a Red Bull (tipped the bartender $2.00 to open the can) and picked up a black Pyrrhon tee shirt from the merch table. The surreal vibe of the bowling alley made the whole evening more fun than it had any right to be, everything just seemed kind of funny. Artificial Brain and Pyrrhon were both great live, as expected. I found Doug Moore and Will Smith both to be personable and well spoken, and was very glad to get the opportunity to chat with them both. This tour is just wrapping up, but given the opportunity you should check out these bands live. Lastly, I’m looking forward to the follow ups to both of their 2014 records.



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  • Edward Meehan

    Correction to this story: Pyrrhon opened their set with “Balkanized”, not “The Oracle of Nassau”. Doug Moore corrected me via email about this. (I’m a hack, lol)

    I did not include this but should have, thanks to Doug Moore for corresponding with me via email after the show to get this story out into the Toilet!

    • Doug Moore is a class act!
      Period!
      m/

    • W.

      It has to be asked. Did you let him punch you? He told Joe he was going to fight you.

      • Edward Meehan

        I managed to escape the evening unscathed. For that I am thankful.

        • Howard Dean

          From the picture alone, that dude looks like he could punch the shit out of someone.

          • Edward Meehan

            I have seen him write on Facebook that he works out six days a week.

          • He’s pretty cut up. HEY DOUG, IF YOU’RE READING THIS you should write an edition of Swellin’ to the Jammiez!
            http://www.toiletovhell.com/category/swellin-to-the-jammiez-2/

          • Stockhausen

            I would actually do the stuff that that one says! I read all the others, mind you, but usually while eating deep fried pizza that’s been soaking in my chocolate fountain.

      • KJM

        Fight me during Pyrrhon. [/Lambgoat]

  • They should have all joined together for a rendition of this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FscKSB7Hh_w

    • KJM

      MARK IT ZERO!!!

      • Howard Dean
        • Tyree

          Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!

          • KJM

            Smokey, my friend, you’re entering a world of pain…

          • Tyree

            …It’s a league game, Smokey.

          • Howard Dean

            You know, Dude, I myself dabbled in pacifism once. Not in ‘nam, of course.

          • Tyree

            I’m finishing my coffee.

          • Howard Dean

            Fuckin’ amateurs. You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude.

          • Tyree

            Donny, shut the f- when do we play?

          • Stockhausen

            I’m calmer than you are.

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! That’s one of my favorite scenes.

          • Stockhausen

            Am I wrong?

            Hahaha.

          • Tyree

            You’re not wrong Walter. You’re just an asshole.

          • This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!!!

          • KJM

            With nail polish.

          • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

            ……..

        • Count_Breznak

          I am the walrus.

  • Death

    I used to bowl a lot. I was pretty good at it.

    • Let’s get a match setup!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I agree. I have quite a few bowling alleys in my area and they are a common thing around the US.

        • KJM

          I have one about a 5 minute walk from my apartment.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            There’s two within 10 minutes of my house, one in each direction.

          • KJM

            There used to be another not far away but it closed a few years back.

          • Xan

            We’ve got one that smells of sour ass about twenty minutes away. I hope to never set foot in it again.

          • Howard Dean

            Sour ass is pretty much the standard bowling alley smell.

      • fantasy bowling league?

    • KJM

      Wasn’t too good but I used to do it a lot, much better at Darts.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I’ve never been good at darts. Same thing with billiards but I am a great bowler and an even better table tennis player.

        • KJM

          I only had to beat one person, but I won a 1st Place trophy in Table Tennis long ago.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m not the greatest table tennis player ever but I can beat people at the game without trying.

      • Scrimm

        I used to slay at darts but it’s been years since I played.

        • KJM

          I was in a League for a brief time, never got above E-Level though.

          • Scrimm

            I wanted to do that but we never did. Me and my old boss would just play for hours every day after work. Sometimes we’d go to the bar and take peoples money though.

          • Howard Dean

            We had a dartboard in my apartment my senior year in college. We used to play a lot, just messing around while we pregamed. We were not good at all, but it was fun. Except one time when my roommate ricocheted a dart off of the board’s metal edge and it stabbed me in the foot (I was only wearing socks). One of my buddies also took a dart to chest on a squirrely bounce one time. Metal as fvck.

          • Tyree
          • KJM

            I’m honestly surprised we never injured ourselves that way playing at our friend’s place.

          • Howard Dean

            Surprisingly, it happens more easily than you would think. I wasn’t even close to the board when it stuck in my foot, and the dude that took a dart to the chest was sort of standing off to the side. But when you combine alcohol and throwing sharp objects, anything is bound to happen.

          • KJM

            Oh we had plenty of booze in that place, to say the least. We once crammed over 100 people in there for my 23rd birthday party. Keep in mind that this is a 4 room apartment we’re talking about.

          • Scrimm

            HAHAHA I had one with the plastic tips at my old house and once I was playing with a friend and when he went to pull his out after his turn I pitched one as hard as I could at the board and hit it right between his head and his hand. he turned around and lobbed one at me and that fucker went all the way through my ear. Guess I kinda deserved it. Another time we were playing at our rehearsal space and our very large guitarist at the time was sitting on the couch next to the board warming up. I bounced one off the board and it went behind him. He looked up at me and smiled and said. “Dude that dart just went down the crack of my ass.”

          • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

            Man, you must remember those fucking lawn darts eh ? Those were so dangerous they pulled them off the market , we used to play with them all afternoon, barely missing them going right into our skulls. They were weapons not toys ! It’s hard to believe that kind of stuff was even released to the public, and for kids no less.

          • KJM

            Yep, my cousin had those.

      • fuck darts. it’s the ultimate game of chance.

        • KJM

          No, that would be Black Jack.

          • c’mon, all you do it throw the dart. it can go anywhere!!

          • KJM

            Not if your darts are the proper weight for how hard you shoot, and there’s that whole “aiming” thing.

      • Death

        Do I smell a hint of sarcasm?

    • W.

      Hey Death, this is unrelated to this post, but don’t forget to send me a whiff if you want one featured this week.

      • Death

        Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me. What was the e-mail again? I have a few whiffs, I just need to decide which one is the worst.

      • bohemian rhapsody

    • M Shadows!

      Oh My God…….

      -M Shadows!

    • you were so much fun before you got that job!

      • Death

        Hey, I’m still fun! *Kicks a ball, breaks his back and screams in agony*

  • IronLawnmower

    Sounds like a killer time. I wish the bowling alleys near me put on live music instead of just being filled with screaming kids birthday parties all the time.

    • Edward Meehan

      It was partly the reason I got to spend time talking with both Moore and Smith, because there wasn’t a “backstage” per se, they were both up and around the merch tables which were actually just regular tables in the bowling alley.

      • You totally should’ve bought them slices of bowling alley pizza.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          He should have bought them bowling alley nachos to go with that pizza. Bowling alleys make great nachos.

      • crazytaco_12

        God dude, seriously fucking jealous man. I don’t even know these bands too well but that just sounds like such a bizarrely good time.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      The bowling alley near me really doesn’t have parties whenever I am there. I like the bowling alley near me because it has an arcade and I an a sucker for arcades.

      • KJM

        I wish we still had an arcade here. They’d have to throw me out at closing time every day.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          You should see me play the fighting games and the racing games like Cruisin World or the Fast and Furious one. I own at those. Same goes with claw machines. I have a knowledge of the machines from experience and I have grown into a force to be reckoned with on those claw machines.

          • KJM

            I’m old school. You can find me over at the Galaga machine. I marked out bigtime during The Avengers when Tony Stark said “He’s playing Galaga!”.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’ve never seen me play Space Invaders. I can play that game for hours.

          • Those claw machines are guilty of claiming a countless amount of quarters from me. I’d get nothing and my little brother would get something almost every time.

  • What an awesome opportunity, it’s not very often you catch a show at a bowling alley, let alone free and with two bands like them. Zero Flushes, Edward!

    • Howard Dean

      I can’t believe the show was completely free. Is that a common thing in your area, Edward? Do you think the bowling alley paid them something? If not, wow. That’s some serious dedication on their part, and I hope they cleaned up with merch.

      • Edward Meehan

        The event, Punk Rock Mondays at Memory Lanes, is always free from what I have heard. Someone told me that the bands are paid from bar sales, but I can not confirm if this is accurate or not.

        I also hope they cleaned up on merch sales! I wanted an Artificial Brain tee too but two shirts I liked were only available in limited sizes. I can always cop one online I imagine.

      • HessianHunter

        There are a couple mpls venues that are always free, and money from bar sales and/or headcount of attendees determines bands’ pay. These are usually ideal places for a small band to play on weekdays, because it’s easier to get people to a free show than say, Triple Rock on a Tuesday. And everyone knows that Monday night is punk rock bowling, so people just show up to see whatever loud music is on that night.

    • crazytaco_12

      Fuck yeah dude, totally agree, I’d way rather see bands at a bowling alley than some shitty bar.

  • Tyree

    Holy shit, the drummer played 2 sets!?! That had to be really difficult, especially with 2 really technical bands. VERY fucking impressive!

    • Edward Meehan

      I had seen that posted on Facebook at the beginning of the tour, and forgotten it cause it was a Facebook update, lol. When Pyrrhon started I was like uh, shit, that’s the same guy. They also made mention of it during their set. You would know more than me just how impressive that is, but, I was like damn dude.

      • the jealousy runs strong with me, edward. that show sounds phenom.

        • Edward Meehan

          See if you can catch either or both bands next time on tour. Tell Doug and Will Edward sent ya!

          • i think my head would implode if i got to see both of them AND Gigan.

    • Stockhausen

      Especially since some parts of Pyrrhon songs sound like they’re literally just hitting things and sliding around all noodly-woodly, but of course there is an underlying structure since they’ll rip out of it together. Those parts baffle me in writing/learning terms.

      • Tyree

        I never could play drums in a band like that. I drink way to much for that, Lol.

        • Stockhausen

          Or…do you not drink enough?

          • Tyree

            Touché.

  • Tyree

    Edward Meehan rides a Hoveround.

  • Howard Dean

    Bowling alleys are strange places. The one closest to me used to have a strip club in it–no fucking joke. From behind a featureless black door at the end of the lanes pumped a constant stream of Def Leppard and other hair metal stripper classics. The strip club even used the same bathroom as the bowling alley. You’d have drunk ass rednecks with semi-chubs wandering out from behind that black door, comingling with birthday parties and senior leagues, and pissing all over the floor in the bathroom. Good times.

    Awesome write-up, Edward! What a crazy and surreal show. Super cool!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      The ones near me have the usual stuff like an arcade, a bar and lotto and that game where you select up to 10 numbers and you can win money if you get some of your numbers picked.

      • Howard Dean

        Is that the game like Keno? I remember when Keno was huge, and bars, truck stops, bowling alleys, and even restaurants had them everywhere.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I think it’s called quick draw but I could be wrong.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, I think there are a bunch of games with similar concepts like that. People dump a lot of money into those games.

    • Scrimm

      Strange combo. There’s a strip club next to our rehearsal studios and the only time in 7 years I went in there was to look for a friend who dissapeared.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Let me guess, he was enjoying the strippers.

        • Scrimm

          No he wasn’t there.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Where was he? Did the Tall Man get him?

          • Scrimm

            Maybe I have no Idea where he was. Dude just disappeared.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I see. Someone from a band I like flat out disappeared in 1994. His name was Richey Edwards and he wrote an album for his band Manic Street Preachers called The Holy Bible. That was heavy and brutal shit even though it was alternative rock.

      • Howard Dean

        Strip clubs are places–pretty much without exception–that always seem better in theory than what they actually are. A lot of them are downright scary.

        • Scrimm

          Last time I went to one I got forcibly removed. That was like 12 years ago. Don’t support them anymore. Kinda changes your opinion of places like that when someone you care for starts working in one.

          • Howard Dean

            Once you fan away the pure testosterone clouding your vision and look at them for what they really are, it’s depressing. I think once a man hits age 25 or so, his opinion about them changes (or should change, at least). It can be a sad world.

          • #truthfax

          • #anthrfax

          • Scrimm

            Yeah it can. Don’t even like to think about it.

          • Steve Smithwick

            Only been to a strip club once (and was… 23 at the time?) for a buddy’s birthday.

            I wasn’t impressed. Didn’t get a lab dance, didn’t enjoy myself that much. The only thing I liked was the drinking. Like you said, it’s just a sad fucking place… and I went to what is largely considered to be one of the ‘best’ strip joints in Jacksonville.

          • Howard Dean

            Even the “really good” ones are bad once you remove the thin veneer of excitement and hormones.

          • Steve Smithwick

            I didn’t even get to be excited or horny! That was the worst goddamn part. Thus the drinking.

            My buddies did throw a couple of bills at the least attractive stripper working that night, and had her assault me next to the stage with her ass- they felt it was appropriate, given it being my first (and quite probably last) time in a strip club.

          • Howard Dean

            Awkward stripper-on-customer assaults are common practice, usually perpetrated in the manner in which you described. Friends can be assholes.

          • Steve Smithwick

            In all fairness, I probably did something to deserve it. 😉

        • KJM
          • Tyree

            HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

          • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

            ………….

          • KJM

            Always

    • more beer

      That has got to be the greatest bowling ally ever! All it`s missing is a shooting range. For pure testosterone purposes.

    • ah, strip clubs…
      i remember going to them occasionally around age 23, only because nobody wanted to be the guy to admit, “these are lame, don’t want to waste my money”!

  • W.

    I’m not sure if you meant to type “posh pit” or not, but apparently it’s a thing: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=posh%20pit.

    Great piece. I enjoyed it and would kill to see these bands.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Seems like the kind of thing hipsters would do at a metal show. A lot upper class metalheads have an interest in hardcore so they do know how to mosh. Hipsters and other plagues of metal have no clue how to mosh.

    • Edward Meehan

      I did not. It was my other small error / typo in the article. Joe and MLSD got very early morning emails from me in a desperate attempt to clean this hack job up hahaha.

      • W.

        Just squeezin your gourd mate, mostly as retribution for when you’ve yanked my chain.

        • *adds squeezin your gourd to phraselist*

        • Edward Meehan

          I think we are venturing into is that power metal or gay pick up lines territory here.

    • Edward Meehan

      I just looked up the definition to that, ha!

  • My stupid band played a pool hall once. I remarked at the time that it felt like playing a bowling alley. After reading this, the bowling alley seems more fun.
    /INB4 “did you have to move the oh-so-back breaking pool table”

    • W.

      Good luck getting the staff to help you raise those lane bumpers.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Well did you have to move the pool table or not? I want to know.

    • KJM

      Did Geoff Tate open for you? ^_^

    • DAMNIT.

    • Stockhausen

      If it makes you feel better, Dischordia’s first show was in a Hot Topic, and we had to move the clothing racks ourselves.

      • W.

        That’s too good to be true.

        • Stockhausen

          I’m not even a little bit kidding. This was also back when I just did vocals.

          • OMG

          • Stockhausen

            Yep. And we’ve also played a pool hall, as well as the attic of a bar where the sound guy never showed and the owner asked if we had our own mics, mic stands, and cables.

          • Tyree

            Love the outfit!

      • crazytaco_12

        Oh fuck, I’m so sorry hahaha

  • Scrimm

    Don’t know if it still exists but there used to be a venue in Ohio that doubled as a laundrymat.

    • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

      there was a laundrymat in a bar in a city about an hour from me too, i used to work there years ago, it was called the wash n slosh. CC played once and did some of their wash there. Angel corpse opened and were far superior.

      • Scrimm

        Odd pairing. The venue not the band.

  • Guacamole Jim

    There can be only one, and he’s gettin jiggy wit it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JcmQONgXJM

    But in all seriousness, I’m digging these tunes! Monday night shows blow, but I try to go to show support. Good write-up, sir.

  • Xan

    I found Artificial Brain’s and Pyrrhon’s albums to be very interesting. I’m not really a fan of low gutturals so Artificial Brain just didn’t tickle my taint like they have so many others. I truly felt disturbed when I listened to Mother of Virtues. That is some strange music and I feel like I need to listen to it about twenty times before I can make heads of tails of it.

    • W.

      The guttural vocals were just sort of “eh” to me first, but they really, really grew on me with repeated listens.

      • Xan

        I’ll have to give it another few listens. I’m swamped with so much music right now, it is difficult to give more difficult listens the time they need to take root.

    • That album was a grower for me, but my god when it fully grew…..

      • W.

        Jack’s right you know.

      • crazytaco_12

        I should definitely check it out further after hearing all the good praise. I just couldn’t get over how loud and fuzzy the bass is on that album. It totally kills some of the guitar parts for me.

    • Howard Dean

      I actually really liked the slam gutturals on Labyrinth Constellation. They spiced things up. Something new. Different from the traditional growls and/or metalcore-esque shouts of tech death.

  • Xan

    Also, I fucking hate bowling.

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  • Gurp

    I hate when the band you want to see finally comes on but everyone’s too drunk/tired/stoned/out of fucks to mosh. Kinda kills the anticipation.

    • crazytaco_12

      Same here dude, and it sucks when it’s pointed out like “Oh, you guys fucking tired? Get fucking moving!” It’s like “dude, I worked 8 hours today, drove a few hours to get to this show, and have been standing for like 5 fucking hours, what do you think?” Sucks because I know this is totally gonna happen when I go to Housecore.

      • Gurp

        The nerve of some people, having a job, then going to a show after work.

  • Stockhausen

    Awesome write up, those two bands together make for an easy show-of-the-year. Balkanized is a monstrous track.

    IT’S NOOTTTT. PPPPERRSONAAALLL!!!!

    • Edward Meehan

      It’s not personal! It’s not personal!

      • Stockhausen

        That part has more vile putrescence in it than most other bands’ entire discography.

        • Edward Meehan

          Vile putrescence is a thing I happen to like in my metal.

  • Rebecca Blvck

    Happy Friday everyone!

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    The sound should not have been as good as it was there. It just shouldn’t have. It was also cool to geek out with the bassist and drummer over Cattle Decapitation when they noticed my hoodie as I was decided whether to get te CD or vinyl of Mother of Virtues. It was so worth working on 3 hours of sleep the next morning.

    • Edward Meehan

      Ah, we should have caught up on Monday I was there by myself! Mostly hanging back by the Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain merch tables.

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        We should have! We’ll have to work something out at another show in the Cities. Maybe next time I won’t read like a nerd like I did at the area that eventually became Juicy Karkass’s merch table.

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        We should definitely work something out at another show in the cities soon! I was reading like a nerd at the area that eventually became Karkass’s merch table.

  • George Clarke

    these bands are super cool 🙂

  • HessianHunter

    Dude, we have to chill next time you see a show in mpls! The best part of this show was that Yautja was playing a different free show 1 block away, so I got to see both.

    • Edward Meehan

      Yeah, I would definitely be down to do that!

      I heard a lot about the Yautja show, from Doug Moore and a few other fans that were going across the street to see it. I meant to include it in this piece but it got to be a little too wordy by the time I was writing about the last two sets, and, I forgot. Lol.

  • crazytaco_12

    Man, what a weird show! Reminds me of a show that happened in my neck of the woods where the GZA played at an ice skating rink. Wish I could have caught that one.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    i was gonna go to this but then forgot about it and then i was sitting in bed at 11 pm and JUST remembered 🙁