Month Without Metal, Week 3: The Final Countdown

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In all of my wisdom I have elected to give up metal for the month of February. What follows below is a recap of life without my preferred genre and all of the discovery and suffering that entails. Oh, and playlists! There are playlists, too. Please, won’t you come join me so I don’t have to suffer alone?

This week was, for lack of a better term, weird. It wasn’t quite the struggle that last week was, but I wasn’t exactly enjoying myself either. While I came across a handful of new acts that I enjoyed, the fact that I crossed over the halfway mark put me in total countdown mode. Every passing day was just one day closer to the finish line. Every album was just one step closer to freedom.

The man we’ve lovingly come to know as Mailmanbro made sure to make every day as difficult as possible by delivering albums from Bathory, Dismember, Emperor, Nails, and Blut Aus Nord. I’ve never been so disappointed coming home from work and seeing a Bathory LP. It feels like at this rate tomorrow I’ll be delivered some never before released Leviathan session B-Sides tomorrow just to drive the dagger a little deeper (and yes, I am blaming all of this on the mailman and not the fact that I ordered this shit while on metal sabbatical. Fuckin’ mailman.)

On the positive side, I can say that listening to Illmatic by Nas was indeed a great idea. I had no idea the album was held in such high regard, and after finally listening to it I can understand why. “NY State of Mind” was a constant repeat listen throughout the week. This week was also the firs time I’ve given some serious time to Toilet faves Death Grips. I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath from all the gasping I’m sure you’re doing. Good? Good. I’ve mainly been hooked on The Money Store with a brief listen to No Love, Deep Web thrown in. This has probably been my favorite thing to listen to all week. As far as hip hop goes (that I’m familiar with, anyway) this is so strange and so goddamn catchy. MC Ride’s lone speed setting seems to be “RAGE HARD” and it leads to quite a cathartic experience, even on the catchier cuts like “I’ve Seen Footage.”

I was also loaned a couple of albums by recommended artists Jedi Mind Tricks and Aesop Rock. I think Jedi Mind Tricks will probably find their way into my gym playlist in some form or another, while Aesop Rock was good to throw a beer back to. On top of the new discoveries I continued my on and off relationship with Kanye West. As he continues his media free fall it only felt right to look back on how good his music can be in contrast with what a crazy asshole he is. No amount of fingers in the booty will take away how good of a track “Amazing” is. Oh, there was also some Alanis, but when isn’t there?

I hope that as I enter the final stretch I’ll be re-energized. This week felt like musical lethargy. I listened to the music and I liked the music, but most of the time it felt like I was just doing it to pass the time and not because I was excited to. There’s only a week to go and I hope that the end being in sight will get me fired up, so to speak. It might even help me stay noided.

Man, that’s the weirdest playlist yet isn’t it? You probably forgot about Busdriver, didn’t you? Was anyone else rocking the shit out of Careless Whisper before Deadpool made it cool? To the comments!

  • Dubs

    Jedi Mind Tricks and the associated Army of the Pharaohs, in my estimation, tend to be better at single tracks than whole albums. Every album has a few really solid cuts and a whole bunch of filler, but the solid cuts are top men.

    Also, I’ve loved Careless Whisper for a long, long time.
    http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/2-05-2016/UEu-59.gif

    • Can be careless whisper bros, too?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Sax man >>>>>>>>

      • it’s no wonder Michael “edgy atheist” Keene hired him for [Faceless Album X]

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Seriously? I bet all of Reddit was thrilled.

          • Dubs

            That’s a quality zing.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Adding to Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz is a HUGE metal fan.

      • Dubs

        Hence the cooperation with Necro and Ill Bill

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Yeah, both of them are big metal fans as well. I actually saw La Coka Nostra (with Ill Bill and House of Pain’s Everlast…) live in 2013. Not exactly high art, but it was fun for what it was.

          • Dubs

            I think you kind of have to take that brand of hip hop for what it is.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Ill Bill‘s Hour of Reprisal is pretty underrated in my mind, could be his best work.

          • Dubs

            REFUSE! RESIST! WAR IS MY DESTINY!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Oh yeah, I definitely enjoyed that album. It featured a lot of great guests as well.

  • “I’ve never been so disappointed coming home from work and seeing a Bathory LP”

    Fuck dude… That’s some serious fucking torture bro.

  • COAL ROLL

    When’s your first day off of this?

    • Leif Bearikson

      March 1st is freedom

  • Also, to add to your torment. Goddamn look at this shit!

    http://store.witchinghour.pl/images/box%201%20PIN.jpg

    VADER Demos BOX 4LP+4CD+DVD+BOOK+3MC

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Jesus Cunt!

    • COAL ROLL

      that’s cool but I’m pretty suspect of that labels wax quality right now

      • COAL ROLL

        that kit’s been staring at me on FB everday for the last week.

  • re: Kanye and “how good his music can be”
    it’s refreshing to hear someone talk about his body of work positively. we all know he’s a weirdo, but he’s a talented one.

  • I feel sad for Moustache Bear ;_;)

    #LeaveLeifAlone!!

  • Guacamole Jim

    Nas’ Illmatic is such a good cut, and I’m very glad to see more Death Grips appreciation in this here Toilet! Spreading the good word.

  • It’s cool, Leif. I don’t even care that you haven’t listened to anything I’ve sent you. It’s not cutting at me on an emotional level at all.

    • You can’t have emotions AND run a metal blog. Don’t you know the rules?

    • Leif Bearikson

      I totally forgot to mention Guided by Voices last week :/

      Also, Easy Tiger did nothing for me. PLZ DON’T CRY

      • Eh. Easy Tiger is OK. Heartbreaker is the money.

        • Leif Bearikson

          I’m on it

    • Dagon

      I already decided to let it go.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    #dontblamemailmanbro
    #freemailmanbro

  • Dubs

    Yo Leif, did you check out Before Nostromo?

  • Sir Tapir The Based
    • Eliza

      Nice.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Jammed this 5 times today. I liek.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        On vain niin hyvä olla.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Syvyys… syvyys… syvyss… syvyss…

  • Highly recommend listening to Cage’s Hell’s Winter if you haven’t heard it. Probably one of my favorite hip hop albums. Most of the beats were done by El-P ( Run The Jewels). Very dark as far as hip hop goes.

    http://youtu.be/OBl4_B_DUC4

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Deuce for years this was one of my favorite albums.

      • I knew you had to be a fan of this one. Was telling my friends over the weekend that at the Candiria show that it’s one of the best and a couple people agreed with me.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          See also: Leak Bros Waterworld. Dude his his peak around this time and never made music as good after in my opinion. Depart From Me had its moments and I wanted for some time really like it, but in truth it was only okay and the beginning of the Cage decline.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywoR8psubDE

          • Dubs

            I checked this out at your recommendation.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            What’d you think?

            It’s fire from front to back, plus they successfully did a whole (albeit short) concept album about PCP and that’s it!

            rock riddles while I pick the locks in mental hospitals

          • Dubs

            I remember liking some tracks, but we had this conversation a long, long while ago, and I just haven’t been jamming hip hop as much lately, so much is lost to memory.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I can say with some certainty that I have played heavy metal albums in the last eighteen months that I really enjoyed and have no recollection of.

          • Dubs

            It happens.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            sometimes my vinyl wishlists are the only way i remember something thats real good

          • Dubs

            I keep a spreadhseet during the year of metal stuff I really enjoy, with top-ten contenders, upcoming releases, honorable mentions, competitive releases, splits. EPs, and a column just for grind stuff I dug.

          • DVRKBEVRD
          • Dubs

            I also keep a running Spotify playlist of up to four songs from each album on there that I liked from that year.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You methodical bastard.

          • I use Notepad.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Dubs wears fancy pants.

          • Dubs

            As an engineer by trade, I’m very at home in a spreadsheet.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            that statement should win some sort of nerd competition

          • Dubs have his shoes classified by day and climate changes.

            #DubsFacts

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Grind gets its own column eh?

          • Dubs

            But of course.

          • Boss the Ross

            That sounds like a good idea.

          • Gotta check this one, haven’t been listening to much hip hop lately. Agreed on Cage’s newer stuff. I do like this one though. Strong finish on the last verse.
            http://youtu.be/WvD8RsCVcNA

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            This is the one “new” Cage track I fucked with the most, I think it’s three four five years old now though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4ROrk8Lwkk

          • The Leak Bros is tight man. Gonna spend some time with that one.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Hahaha

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Leif you could spent the last week of this mad quest listening to Swans.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      YES

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Not metal, they’re fucking perfect for this.

        Lunacy

        lunacy

        lunacy

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I see it all I see it all I see it all I see it all I see it all I see it all

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Could have spent the whole month, he could’ve.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I could spent all of next month doing just that! Lol, I kid, but I could.

  • I know you will not listen to this, Leif. But, I wanted to share even when I will completely ignored (once again).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvP3l4qide8

    • five minutes in and >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      will not pause / 10

    • Leif Bearikson

      Joke is on you Link, I’m listening RIGHT NOW

      • Yay! Please, let me know your thoughts!

        • Leif Bearikson

          This is weird but pretty rad! 7 minutes in and it’s gone from sounding like the opening to an 80’s cop show to Charlie brown on acid.

  • Eliza

    I haven’t had the time to listen to anything new, unfortunately, but I’ve relistened to Pearl Jam’s Ten lately.

  • Spear

    Stay strong, sweet bearfriend. You’re almost done.

  • Spear

    Always be listening to That Handsome Devil. Very heavy when they want to be and not at all metal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk1EuW1n_wQ

  • Dagon

    I never liked Nas as much as I “should”. Illmatic is a classic and I can objectively point out why, I just can’t find enjoyment in a lot of the dude’s songs.

    • Leif Bearikson

      It’s the only thing I’ve listened to from him other than that one song that had all of the little kids singing the chorus.

  • Waynecro

    Courage, bearbro. Your trial is nearly at its end. Here’s some jazzy shit that’s not metal but still rocks pretty hard:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRPhp4xjkuM