Month Without Metal, Week 4: This is the End

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?

FREEEEEEEDOOOOOOM. Well, not as of the time of this writing or probably even as of the time you read this, but the end is so close that it’s the only word that comes to mind. Freedom. It just tastes so good when I say it. This has been a long, and at times very difficult, journey and it feels almost surreal to have it come to an end. Enough of me ejaculating excitement, let’s recap this one last week.

In all honesty this might have been the easiest week of the 4. My music listening was, unintentionally, much less frequent than the past few weeks because I was swamped with work and when I wasn’t working I was being reminded of how badly Bloodborne can kick my ass. Temptation was always right around the corner though, as this was a week jam packed with heavy hitting releases. Seeing several people rave about the new Skaphe and Destroyer 666 albums and then having my own copies show up this past Friday was almost enough to push me to Ultimate Warrior levels of babbling insanity.

In previous weeks this is where I’ve talked about what I listened to over the course of the week, but I thought seeing as this is the end it’d be more fun to talk about what I can’t wait to listen to instead. I chose this month in part because upon first glance it looked pretty light on new releases. I was taught the error of my ways almost immediately. This week may have been the best in terms of LP releases with albums by the likes of Ripper, Altarage, Ritual Chamber and the aforementioned Destroyer 666 and Skaphe albums; each week has seen a steady release of new songs from albums I am irrationally excited for. At the top of this heap of “OMG GIMME GIMME” are new tracks from Gorguts and Nucleus, which I imagine are both filled with perfect weirdo death metal goodness that will cure all of the ills this world has ever seen. Such is the power of Luc Lemay.

More importantly, I can’t wait to spend some quality time with Master of Puppets. Easily one of the most important albums in my life (and metal history obvz) just turned 30, and I had to skip its birthday party like a lame ass friend who allegedly has a kid and responsibilities. I am going to rectify this immediately and let potentially the riffiest album of all time alter my world view all over again. I might even spin it two times in a row if I’m feeling crazy.

When everything is said and done, I’m glad I did this. It has taken me well outside of my comfort zone by taking away my number one coping mechanism and item of enjoyment, but it has also given me an appreciation of other genres that I’ve turned a blind eye to all these years. After my initial burst of catching up on what I’ve missed, I like to think I’ll keep a decent amount of non-metal in my rotation as well. David Bowie is a given. Of course, all that being said, I will NEVER attempt this again. Heavy metal is just too precious. You should definitely try it sometime, though. Definitely.

 

You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go! JK, open this fucking comment section up with some riffs and let’s all be thankful we have such wonderful music.

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Published on: March 1, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    May you never do this again.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Believe me, lesson learned.

  • COAL ROLL

    thanks for taking one for the team

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Welcome back!
    Love, The Metal!

    • Maik Beninton™

      His hands are so out of proportion, like a buffed up Joe.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        He has Trump fingers.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      If you look really closely, you can tell those arms aren’t real.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I was thinking soloflex…

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Leif you maniac, you did it.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Maybe it’s because of this, or maybe because I made a concious effort to not listem as much new music, and dedicate some of the time I do with older, new-to-me releases
    But hip hop has been consumed in masses. Especially the stuff you wrote about.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Bear God you beautiful bastard you.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Beargod is jammin’ JVG, Cheek and Elastinen.
      KÄÄNNÄ KOVEMPAA

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        JOS SUL ON EDES VIISEUROO TASKUS NOSTA KÄDET KATTOON JA HUUDA VOU

    • Sometimes after comsuming too much metal, you need to go on a hip hop binge. Always balances things out for me.

      • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

        Not me. I like hip hop, but I had to hear it nearly 24/7 back home. If I’m taking a short break from metal, I’m eyeballs deep in industrial, synthpop and dreampop mostly.

      • Boss the Ross

        Truth.

  • Good fucking work, YOU SON OF A BITCH!

    https://giant.gfycat.com/MediocreUnfinishedFunnelweaverspider.gif

    Enjoy those albums you listed. Can confirm that new Ripper, Ritual Chamber, Skaphe, and Destroyer 666 all fucking destroy!

  • COAL ROLL
    • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

      Definite classic!!!!!!

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      British death metal >>>>>>>

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        British <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Tapir <<<<<<<<<<<

  • Dubs

    Ah, Ritual Chamber. Thanks for the reminder I needed to jam that.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Same.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Congrats on your accomplishment, bear. It’s been fun following your progress.
    Have some metal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIX1ua_dvHU

  • “you should definitely try it sometime” NOPE

    • NO.

      • Rob M

        Probably not

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I could, if I wanted to, and it would be pretty easy, but I’m not gonna.

  • Rob M
    • Shit, this came out today. Totally forgot.

      • Rob M

        It was a slow start to the year, but a fuck-ton of awesome albums seem to have come out in the last couple weeks

  • JWEG
  • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton
  • JWEG

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cyh34g5dY

    (physical release this year, anyway)

  • I was you for a few days this weekend, but the only thing I listened to was this album on repeat. Wish I knew about this sooner because I love this MF Doom album.
    http://youtu.be/xDV3vWglAHA

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Also a solid ass album, but I always thought the homophobic track in there was a little out of place.

      • Seems like a lot of these dudes get a pass in general hip hop circles with that stuff. It’s going to take someone with some street cred or something to bring it to light and get them to stop.

  • SCYTHIAN confirmed for Hells Headbash 3. I know a lot of you liked their last album.

    • Lacertilian

      Dammit.

  • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

    Welcome back to the world of metal, and congrats!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQcLWjHnBp0

  • Spear
    • i missed these guys on Sunday night (with Black Fast, Voivod). that’s the power of getting older, i guess: i’d rather relax on the couch with some good average TV than go see a show.

      • Spear

        With any luck, I’ll be dead before I get to that point.

        • Dubs

          Remember the cyanide capsule hidden in your molar.

          • Spear

            It’s rarely out of mind.

      • Spear

        For reals, though, that was an excellent show. Black Fast wasn’t playing the date I saw them, unfortunately, but it was a ton of fun regardless.

        • good to hear it! for reals, i’m bummed that i missed Voivod. i do enjoy them and planned on the live show being stellar

          • more beer

            They always put on a stellar show.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Have you read my blog yet? I’ve got a good article coming up tomorrow about these guys:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQY__yfu18c

          • This is some 4-star trolling, right here.

          • more beer

            See above.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m serious. I have it written and everything.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            *sits back and watches with a blunt while blasting records

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It’s going to be a good article. It covers all the bases on why Firefall didn’t become the next big thing.

          • Heh, don’t think you’re gonna find many takers for that article is what I’m saying.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m writing about what I enjoy. I might even write an article about the Pousette Dart Band. They’re so good. My uncle knew them way back when and they were friends. He said they were very good live.

          • Oh, I’ve no doubt that you enjoy it.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m trying to establish a small fan base that will read the articles. I’m not aiming to become a big shot blog writer.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            Firefly was a great show

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m talking about the band Firefall. They were a supergroup composed of members of the Byrds, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Zephyr and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            speak english, man

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            They’re the band that wrote You Are The Woman.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCXdZU-ScuM

          • DVRKBEVRD

            But im a man JJD. y u do this?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I do it because I want suffering.

          • DVRKBEVRD
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I create suffering through relentless exposure of things people hate such as yacht rock and dad rock.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i exist

          • more beer

            I haven’t heard these guys since the 70’s and it is still too soon.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I have their first album somewhere.

          • Indeed.

          • A friend bought me a new Proto Pipe which is being broken in with Cherry Kush.

          • more beer

            Proto Pipes are tight.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            what dat means

          • more beer

            It means they are pretty bad assed pipes.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            yeah, i didnt know if they were made out of sticks or apples since they are Proto Pipes. we got an abundance of people that dropped out of college to blow glass here in the mountains

          • more beer

            Dude this place is sick. I stand 2 feet away from the counters in this place. Everything is a working pipe. Illuzion Glass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKmDf3noKoY

          • DVRKBEVRD

            daaaaaamn thats wild

          • more beer

            It’s like an art gallery. That pirate ship is right up your alley.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i would be afraid to use some shit like that, man. it would just sit up somewhere. im way too old school when it comes to bud, anyway

          • more beer

            I would be afraid of breaking anything I bought there. Shit is expensive.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            a pack of good papers is what . . . 2 bucks?

          • more beer

            Yep. I roll a lot of joints and have 2 pipes I got for 30 bucks.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            we do have a pricey bong that i dont remember the last time i used. case in point

          • being relatively new to the bud, i found that bongs “go down” easiest. sure it’s stronger, but that water filtration seems to help semi-virgin lungs

          • DVRKBEVRD

            just smoke joints and blunts like a real man. impress the ladies with your ability to roll a blunt.

          • I can roll joints, but not blunts.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            same idea, bigger scale. i like to think im one of the finest rollers in the mountains

          • but do you enjoy… peach blunt smoke?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            I bet there are two peach blunts at my house right now

          • haha, just trolled you. that’s a band. well, a “band”.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i already knew that

          • I probably could. I used to roll joints with glueless papers so I can’t imagine blunt rolling is much different.

          • Bowls are perfect for me. I take a toke here and there when I want it, and I’m not wasting herb. I may look into getting a vape pen at some point.

          • if you get a vape pen, let me know how it works out. i’ve been looking for something that’s appropriate for public usage.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            nooooooo

          • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

            I’m pretty fucked up right now, but I’m a lightweight. And a 24 oz of apple cider and 8 Mailwaukee’s best so far

          • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

            Holy shit!

          • co-signed

          • more beer

            Don’t be the Metal trenches guy. Yea I read the first article you did.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Who? I’ve done more since.

          • more beer

            Some dude who shamelessly promotes his blog on every other blog.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I mostly promote it in the group but I have promoted it elsewhere.

          • more beer

            Yes I know.

          • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

            Calm down. Have some dip, all ya’s. I don’t bother with other metal sites, outside of Blabbermout, which I don’t comment on. If I wanna know some true metal champs, I go you ya’s! *spoken like a truely drunk and high Chicagoan. Bllllllerrrrrp (dude, I’m drunk and high as balls, don’t mind me)

          • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton
          • you’re not helping! 😉

          • more beer

            I may not be helping. But I am telling the truth.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        The power of getting older, word up. I missed a show recently because of it.

  • Set aside 24 minutes of your time for this album. Nonstop action from front to back.
    http://youtu.be/YhWKFFoZrYw

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Super solid stuff here, Deuce.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Oh shit, I almost forgot about this! Been marathoning those Gadget tracks Relapse has been releasing on repeat.

  • tigeraid

    I think we can all agree this was a terrible, terrible idea.

    • hold up, let’s wait and see if Mr. Bearikson becomes less of an elitist because of it. (this is a joke of course, Mr. Bearikson has never sounded like an elitist)

  • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton
  • Boss the Ross

    Good job man, you made it!

  • Congrats on making it to the end!

  • DVRKBEVRD

    yo, that Destroyer 666 is super tight, i been blasting it hard at work. and that Skaphe, of course. your selfcontrol is something to be admired.

    i just got back from an unavoidable work meeting (which i left first from before it was even finished). i did get an award. still, meetings are always pointless. if the meeting doesnt start with me getting more money, you have lost me.

  • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

    Quite possibly the angriest hip hop song of the year, and one of the best.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7X9ygv_rO0

    • DVRKBEVRD

      #NoWaterMatters

      • Boogers Moshing In A Crouton

        #FlintNeedsPirateWater

    • CyberneticOrganism

      JOHN CONNOR?!

      • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

        Yep, he did name himself after the character from Terminator.

    • more beer

      How do they get fresh water from an old school crack pipe? Because that’s what that is.

  • OldMetalHead

    One of my favorites
    https://youtu.be/JSUIQgEVDM4

    • Leif Bearikson

      Exactly what I was listening to while writing this. GET OUT OF MY HEAD

      • Boss the Ross

        Exactly what i was thinking when i started to read this.

      • OldMetalHead

        You almost had to be Bro.

  • pïgchop™

    HEY! Speaking of the end…

    • DVRKBEVRD

      smh

  • Eliza

    Tha Destroyer 666 album is so great, everyone should listen to it. Now.

  • Guppusmaximus

    A month might be difficult if I wasn’t falling back in love with Rap
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWHnwam30qQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o1P8CxQ9KA

  • Sacritastic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4nZZ3VTZsU
    Great after an exhausting day, full volume for best results.

  • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

    I find that the amount of new releases I am asked to keep up with leaves me feeling rushed and uprooted. I prefer to explore them at my own pace. Destroyer 666 will be – THHHHHRROOOOOMMMMM – on my list’s top stop though.