Don’t Miss This! Vol. 11: Music That Finds YOU

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“Hey, check out our band Inflicting Pain Upon the Masses!  We play a hybrid of nu-metal, djent, and hip-hop!” Okay, I’ll get right on that. *Checks out band, swallows cyanide pill.*

There is literally no shortage of new music in the world; and since joining the Toilet ov Hell this sentiment has proven this to be true as you all have introduced me to hundreds of new bands! But I’m not complaining, mind you, for it’s all wonderful stuff. So for me it would be a fool’s errand to try and find new bands that you haven’t heard of… but as fate would have it two incredible bands have discovered ME — the Toilet’s local drunk detective McNulty — meet Ethernal and Oneironaught. I understand that Joe Thrashnkill gets tons of promos sent his way, and that’s understandable as he runs this site; but me? All I do is run the Toilet ov Hell Google+ page and troll around YouTube. Yet here we are, and I’ve made two friends whom I want you to meet, so please Don’t Miss This (Volume 11):


Ethernal (occult black metal)

Ethernal

So here I am spending every free moment of my incredibly important life maintaining the TovH G+ page, when I see a notification that somebody added me to his/her circles (oh c’mon, it’s like adding a friend on Facebook!), UK occult black metal band Ethernal. No message, no request to check out their music, just a simple add. “That’s non-invasive enough”, I think to myself, so I went ahead and contacted the band to find out who they are, and ended up e-mailing back and forth with Steven Seagroatt: vocalist, lead guitar player, and one cool motherflusher.

Their most recent release Reborn as Fire (2015) is what I will be examining here. The album starts off a little slow: an intro track followed by two more groove-oriented songs. But come track four (easily one of the best off the album) “Atazoth”, you’ll get a black metal crush to the dick:

Ethernal will make its way onto many of your Last.fm playlists, and could potentially be a serious gateway black metal band to those who have difficulty getting into the genre. I wouldn’t label them as trve klvt black metal, though there are many of those elements mixed into their unique sound. The following label may often be tossed around lightly, but I could easily lump Ethernal into “progressive black metal” (and yes I have come to this conclusion without their permission!).

Upon discovering how awesome Ethernal is, I had to inquire how they discovered the Toilet ov Hell.  Steven’s response:

The group has won the interwebs for me over the last week.

I ended up in a private dark web chat one i think. They all seemed pretty shocked I had turned up there. Seems somebody shared a link there. Anyway I started to notice a few visits from the toilet tuesday where the release was mentioned and thought I’d check it out.

“Azatoth” is just the beginning of a wonderful album. Reborn As Fire contains so many interesting twists and turns that once you think you’ve nailed its identity, it’ll surprise you with a 5+ minute epic journey. I found myself thinking, “this is my favorite track” roughly every other song. Rather than plodding along with familiar trappings of black metal; they sucker punch you with an acoustic interlude, a massive groove-oriented passage, or an absolutely shredding guitar solo (the solos on this album are top-shelf). One of the band’s greatest strengths is the ability to incorporate multiple elements into one song, employing seamless transitions without ever feeling forced! A prime example is my favorite track “Sisyphus”:

Mr. Seagroatt promised me: “write about us, and I’ll send you a free t-shirt.” LOL that’s not true at all, for this detective is without corruption!  But through our e-mail chats, it did turn out that I overpaid on the Bandcamp site (one British dollar =/= one American dollar?) and he went above and beyond, sent me an Ethernal shirt which I wear with pride:

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Ethernal is a top-notch band and of course Steven Seagroatt is a nice-ass dude who would fit right in the Toilet as well (I think he’s on Facebook, but nobody cares about that social media outlet). Stream/buy all their music on bandcamp and for fuck’s sake add them to your circles on Google+!


 Oneironaught (progressive rock)

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First off… HO-LY SH-IT, how did this all start? With one simple response by the band to my [five year old] laser tattoo removal video, which read something like this: “check us out if you like Tool, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and King Crimson.” And it turns out, I do like 3/4 of the aforementioned bands! Does Oneironaught have a telepathic link to me? Yes, it would turn out that they do.

Before I go examining their most recent full-length Enlist Today, I want to share with you the band’s model of self-promotion. It always interests me (as I am not in a band) how musicians spread the word and advertise their own music. So I followed the link which they attached and it led me to a live performance of a song entitled “Fed and Happy”. I liked it. I liked it A LOT. So I visited the band’s webpage and here is where I found the biggest surprise (please visit right now, I’ll wait right here.).

Progressive Rock and Metal Blog

You have a “Prog Rock” tab, a “Prog Metal” tab, and a “Oneironaught” tab. Oneironaught‘s webpage isn’t even focused on their own band! So I click a link to download “two of their heaviest tracks” for free and jammed out for a few hours while I worked. 24 hours later I receive a notification e-mail that the band needs me for their help; and the link took me to a page that explains the band’s history, and at the very bottom asks if I’d like to purchase their debut album — in digital format — for $9.99. I couldn’t have hit the “yes” button fast enough! Seriously, I bought it right away and have been jamming to it ever since. In the end it was the band’s unique approach to self-promotion that won me over so well.

I sent an e-mail to Dave Meiloch, drummer for the band, and hold onto your butts: he’s cool as fuck and a super down-to-Earth guy.  His explanation of the band’s website:

It’s been a cool project. I hope to do a lot more with it soon. I’ve been starting to get requests from up and coming bands to write articles about them. I think it’s so funny that our band’s website and social media is transforming to be more about other bands than our own.

That’s the kind of guy with whom I can get down, also I’m sure he’d make a true friend of the Toilet. I’m not going to waste too much of your time here, let me tell you about an album that retroactively made my best-of list of 2013: Enlist Today by Oneironaught:

Though the entire album is full of great songs, the first one that I want to expose you to is “World 8-4”. Mix slower psychedelic riffs with heavy passages, laid over steamroller bass lines and you’ve got yourself one helluva hit, all in less than five minutes. This is not a band defined by technical wizardry, although each musician knows his strengths but never over-indulges. Similar to Rush‘s “La Villa Strangiato” in that each player takes his own turn without overshadowing the other musicians.

The next track is my favorite off the album, “Your Body Is Responding Incredibly Well (to the Pregnancy)”, and it’s eight and a half minutes of unpretentious, progressive rock bliss. Take for instance how it builds up with musical restraint to an unexpected — yet wholly appropriate — funky bridge with bass riffs and keyboards, appended by heavy-ass riffage over unpredictable drumming. Once the listener arrives at the half-way point, he/she might expect it to be over BUT… insert tasteful guitar solo followed by a catchy riff which we haven’t heard before yet in the track, but somehow exists in the same place of existence so appropriately.

If you visit Oneironaught‘s YouTube page, you’ll see a handful of studio performances of songs that aren’t on Enlist Today, but have a smidgen of patience as David informs me that a new album will be released in 2016… But for now you can check out their previous material on Bandcamp. And as with Ethernal, please give the band some love on Google+!

Love you,

Detective James McNulty

  • ME GROG™

    GROG LIKE!!!!!! GROG ROCK OUT!!!!!

  • Herr Schmitty

    McNUUUUUUUUUULTTTTYYYYYYYYYY YOU SEXY BITCH!

    • Herr Schmitty

      Question: Which of those 4 bands do you *not* like? Tool, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and King Crimson.”

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        Porc and Opeth.

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        I know that he likes PT. I truly hope that his answer is Tool.

        T. Tapiiri setä

        • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

          Tool >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> PT
          x 10000000000000

          • Hey, your arrows are pointing in the right direction this time! Good on you!

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            *wipes brow with a cold rag*
            I thought everyone was about to come after me with bottles and chains for that one.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            What do you mean? Those arrows are all wrong!

          • YOU’RE all wrong. (Sorry.)

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I’M NEVER WRONG

          • You are always never not wrong some of the time.

            Fact #1: All Porcupine Tree albums have good songs on them.

            Fact #2: No Porcupine Tree albums are good albums.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Fact #1: not all Porcupine Tree albums are good
            Fact #2: not a single Tool album is good
            Fact #3: Tool only has like two good songs
            Fact #4: Steven Wilson’s solo stuff is better than PT
            Fact #5: Tool is an overrated piece oh shit

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            NO

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            JA!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            NO VITTU EI

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Rama lama ding dong!

          • Where is my unfriend button???

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Awwwwwwwwwww you know you’d never unfriend me!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lL0iJ7dN-E

          • don’t fuck with Porcupine Tree m8. This is one region in which Tapir got me back…

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            He’s busy getting taken over by the Swedes and Danes.

        • Herr Schmitty

          TOOL IS THE BEST BAND OF THE 4, SIR. THE BEST ONE.

          Honorable mention to Opeth. I have neither positive nor negative feelings re: PT and KC.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Nah man, Tool is by far the worst of those bands. Overrated to the fucking core. KC is the best of them. ALL OF YOU GUYS FUCKING SUCK!

        • Tapir wins (my heart)

      • Tool.

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    Google+ TOH page? How many people joined? 4? Remember this hype? “Google+ will replace Facebook within two years”. Uh yeah, about that…

    • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

      And Myspace and Angelfire will return and replace/slaughter Facebook! BYAH!!!!!!

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        MySpace was such a clusterfuck. It’s much easier to stalk someone on Facebook or Twitter.

        Disclaimer: Dear NSA, I don’t mean stalking with like, malicious intent, or something. I mean stalking as in the “being a nosy fuck” way like you guys do.

    • ME GROG™

      GROG LIKE OFFLINE SOCIAL NETWORK!!!!!

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        Just don’t let the police see that, Grog. They might misinterpret your intentions.

      • Lacertilian

        Do our resident taco bros know of this?

        • ME GROG™

          CAVE CORP A DIVISION OF TACO CORP!!!!!!!!!

    • Meh…. I still love it. But mostly people outside of the US use it…

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        Google+ is the metric system of social networks.

        • Lacertilian

          What? Used everywhere except the USA, Liberia & Burma?
          Your comparison is either horrible or is implying G+ is wayyy more popular than it is currently.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Well when Jimmy McNulty said most people outside of the US use it, I figured it’s just like Metric system since the US doesn’t use it either.

  • “Once he learned that the ToH was popping up in private dark web chats, Joe knew that he’d really made it.”

  • Guacamole Jim
    • Maik Beninton

      A true story.

    • Maik Beninton

      I seriously don’t feel like having more accounts on social networks than on Facebook, it’s the only that I think I need.
      I don’t have an account on any other, besides Google+ but I never use that.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I’ve got the G+ account, just because of my email address (which then got combined with my YouTube).

        • Maik Beninton

          Same for me, they pretty much give that away.

  • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

    This Ethernal stuff is pretty fucking good so far! They remind me of Omnium Gatherum a little bit as far as the non-vocals parts.

    Lol, when I saw your pic, I thought that was the guy from Barenaked Ladies at first!

    http://media.mlive.com/entertainmentnow_impact/photo/9017477-large.jpg

  • Tyree

    Fixed that for you:

  • MoshOff

    Duuuuuuude I remember finding out about Oneironaught on youtube a while back. I’d forgotten about them, thanks!

    • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

      Same here actually. I think I still have them under my favorites………… my long, endless bog of favorites on YT.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

    “Check us out if you like Tool, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and King Crimson”. Ugh.

    Ethernal was pretty good though.

    • Sir Tapir the Based™

      Something tells me that you do not like prog. Let me just ready a gass chamber for you.

  • Hubert

    My body is responding incredibly well to Oneironaught.

  • Omnomnomnom tasty

  • These two recommendations are good, McNulty. I also loved the writing and the multiple links to everything 😀 Thanks!

    I’m jamming Oneironaught, tasty rumbly bass. They a very solid rhythm section.

  • Tyree

    It’s lunch time here. Saw this posted this morning and made me hungry. To bad I have to resort to a ham and cheese sandwich.

    Burger Patty Stuffed With Maple Sausage
    http://www.foodbeast.com/news/pacemaker/#iT8uicFYAJQyzVua.99

    http://cdn.foodbeast.com/content/uploads/2015/05/Pacemaker-02.jpg
    http://cdn.foodbeast.com/content/uploads/2015/05/Pacemaker-Cover.jpg

    • Herr Schmitty

      DAAAAAAAAAMN that looks good. We’ve got a food joint here that does some similarly weird shit, including fries dusted with liquefied bacon fat. It’s as good (and unhealthy) as it sounds! Even got Adam Richman up from Man Vs. Food to try ’em, shit is daaaaaank.

      https://www.zomato.com/photos/pv-res-17584624-u_NTIzODUzOTEwOD

      • Tyree

        Holy shit dude! That’s crazy.

        Food that is bad for you >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Howard Dean

        Nosh >>>>>>>>>>>>>

        Also:

        Duckfat (restaurant) >>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Herr Schmitty

          Oh believe you me sir, you don’t need to tell me what Duckfat is!

          One of my buddies does some real estate shit up here, so he travels from FL to Portland every few months and we make a habit of going out to eat. His favorite place in the world is Duckfat, he legit never stops talking about it up here.

          Those fries with garlic aioli and a pork belly sandwich!? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          Next time you’re up with the family, I recommend you check out Pai Men Miyake (corner of State and Congress) for authentic Japanese ramen (with veggies, eggs and usually pork belly mixed in). Shit is fiiiiiiiire.

          • Howard Dean

            Will do! We’re always looking for new restaurants to add to our repertoire!

            Also: I knew you would know what I meant when I said “Duckfat,” I just thought everyone else would assume I was sharing my affinity for the actual fat from a duck. Haha.

          • Duck confit

          • Howard Dean

            Duck confit >>>>>>>

    • sweetooth0

      sweet baby jesus!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Holy fucking heart attack I want that so bad

    • InfinityOfThoughts

      Mother of god…

  • tertius_decimus

    Onieronaught has alot to offer. Very nice proggy stuff without too much complications. Thanks, McNulty!

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    I feel like i have been focusing too much on death metal bands instead of the greats like A7X, Disturbed, and Three Days Grace.

    -Ryan Scheffert, 1 month ago

    • Óðhinn

      That’s funny.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Ryan Scheffert needs to reevaluate his musical tastes.

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

      “too much death metal” lol
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgNg50xzgz0

    • KJM
      • Tyree

        One of the most brutal death scenes I’ve seen in a long while.

        • KJM

          I’m guessing GRRM was not a big fan of The Princess Bride.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Uh oh, graphic picture! *Wee-oo wee-oo*

            http://i.imgur.com/jGfNyoE.gif

          • KJM

            There are no implicit or suggestive pics being posted here, just family friendly humor.
            http://media.giphy.com/media/axlNq1OqWKiQM/giphy.gif

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs
          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            And what could be more family friendly than some nursery rhymes?

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

          • KJM

            These days he’s watching this over and over again while weeping copiously and screaming “I shoulda saved the money!!!Ohh!!!”

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            He was excellent in Blue Jasmine, actually, and got nominated for it. I kid you not. Even Ebert and Roeper both said it was a stellar performance.

          • dat movie gud?

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            I loved it. Saw it in theaters shortly before I moved.

          • more beer

            I saw him in Madison Square Garden with a bunch of my friends. Well after the show we were in a bar rather drunk and being rather boisterous. So some guy say`s to us “can you guys watch your language, I`m with a lady”. Well you know the punchline and that`s exactly what he got.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Lol, he got Diced?

          • more beer

            Yep what did he expect? Dice was huge then. So it`s not like he never heard the nursery rhymes before.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            *sits on your lawn*

      • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

        To think, he wasted a perfectly good chance to kill The Mountain. Dumbass!

      • It’s fitting. Vanity did it’s job..

    • Maik Beninton

      I’ve actually been listening to nu metal more often lately while checking the music on the toilet.

      • ME GROG™

        DEFTONES GROG FAVORITE!!!!!!

        • DEFTONES ARENT NUMETAL…. SPLAIN YOURSELF…

          • ME GROG™

            GROG LIKE DEFTONES!!!!! DEFTONES ROCK!!!!

  • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

    Quickie question: is Disqus acting goofy on your end? I’m not seeing my likes, replies or any of that when I check on there. Seeing if it’s something on my end.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Malted Hate

    Wait you are not really McNulty?
    Disappointed.

  • Jimmy’s a connected guy now. A Goodfella I tell ya.

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    Both of these are to my liking. Danks McNulty!

    T. Tapiiri setä

  • CyberneticOrganism

    This is all classy shit.

    http://i.imgur.com/pxCJ4VN.gif

    • ME GROG™

      SHINY!!!!!! GROG IMPRESSED!!!!!!

  • Scrimm

    Damn Mcnulty.

  • Óðhinn
  • Lacertilian

    Ethernal have cool name but are a bit too melodic for me at the moment.
    Oneironaught on the other hand claw, are classy as fuck. Good stuff.