Seven Days ov Diskografies: Part Deux

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More foregone conclusions disguised as seething words ov wisdoom.

If you’ve ever been down to the wonderland known as ToH’s Facebook Group, you might have noticed that sometimes spend an entire week listening to full discographies of bands. Naturally, I do seven per day. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably realized this article has something to do with the said weeks. It would be futile to do seven posts about seven bands each, as I’m sure you all have plenty of music to listen from the Toilet already, so instead this is going to be a little different (and not nearly as long). Instead I’m just going to be stating some obvious facts you all already knew towards the end of this collection of various noises of different levels of pleasure, sometimes wrongly accused of being music (check out my last installment here if you missed it).

 

THE MUSIC:

nnaai

 

I was very pleasantly surprised by this. It’s a minimal drone/noise album by a project I had never heard of before. I also got schooled by some elitists professionals; apparently HNW has nothing but a static wall of sound, whereas drone/noise can have a development. If it happens to be minimal as well it can’t have pulses or layered synths, unless they are merely adding to the evolution (one kind of static turns into another kind of static, I guess). Go figure. I haven’t listened to any other nnaai albums, but they are apparently different from this, by being less influenced by HNW. I just liked this album very much and thought I’d share it with you. Like the guy on Facebook and see him at Bandcamp.

 

Off the Beaten Tracks

Off The Beaten Tracks offers some minimalistic neoclassical music (formerly it included guitar, today only piano and strings). A new artist with not much information available to lazy asses like myself. An intriguing change of pace in this hectic era that I find myself lost in. Perfect for staring at stuff. I don’t have mountains near me, which is a bummer, but I do stare over the lake at the forest, yonder on the horizon.

A New Perspective has become my perhaps most listened record during the past few months, and I am expecting great things from the Some Day EP to be released soon.

Now, recently someone told me I shouldn’t listen to “neoclassical” music because no classically trained musician would ever play such. I encourage you to flush all classically trained musicians who would never play “neoclassical” music with me. And jam “Last Dance” off of Some Day, it’s my ham right now.

Facepalm and Bandcamp.

QUICK UPDATE: You can stream the brand new “Some Day” full EP here.

 

Dark Buddha Rising

 

Dark Buddha Rising is not just a bad trip, it’s a seriously fucked up acid trip filled with malicious intent, encompassing you in a manner that leaves no room to breathe or move. Their sound is based on psychedelia, but every song is long and drawn out, even for the measure of that specific type of music. At times their songs – no, their rituals – manifest as oppressive and sultry giants, looming behind the ranges of mountains. At times they leave you shaking, scared to death. Imagine a Lovecraftian horror. A rift in the reality, from which a force oozes like some color of death about the void. Dark Buddha Rising does not provide you with the soundtrack to this malign event that shapes your perception of reality, and re-determines your place in it. It embodies this malign event in the form of sound waves. Their albums are not composed of separate songs, but parts of a whole. Dakhmandal, their latest release, does not climax on every “song”, demanding to be listened as a whole. In their sonic rituals Doom and Stoner find a lover in Black metal and ravish it, combining Ufomammut to Electric Wizard and frosting it with Hawkwind. Khvost makes an appearance on “Sol’Yata” (if that means anything to you, it’s at 52:42) and the band has since added vocals to their performance. Speaking of their performances, the live show contains the same effect of the sonic ritual with added visual ritual. No black metal band has ever reached the same heights with their theatrics, which is not to say that DBR would rely on such gimmicks. The bottom line stands, if you cannot dedicate time to this band, your attempts to listen to it are futile.

Like them on Facebook, listen more at Bandcamp.

 

Nightsatan

Nightsatan play self-proclaimed lasermetal. Their intention is to play heavy metal, but with only synthesizers and electronic drums. Their birth was greatly affected by “Wolf-Rami’s desire to play Doom metal without a shirt” so, yeah, I don’t think we should take this so very seriously. Mind you, the band never slips into the dreaded waters of humor music, even if it may seem so. In 2013 they released a movie called “Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom”. The soundtrack, twice as long as the movie and serving as the bands sophomore album, is more reminiscent of Perturbator, whereas the debut Midnight Laser Warrior is more John Carpenter-ian in style. You can listen to a song from NatLoD here and check the trailer here. And check out a live video of an older song here, Sami Albert Hynninen makes surprise (to the band as well, apparently) appearance on it (at seven minutes or so).

Like at Facebook and visit Bandcamp.

 

Aalto

NSFW (as in there is a naked butt in there and possibly a penile instrument as well).

Aalto is a Finnish etnofolk band that combines psychedelia, krautrock and klezmer to their songs. I haven’t got much to say about this band other than: listen to it. Both linked albums are good and safe options if you are working, though I would recommend the song above (on the latest album, linked below), especially if you liked Värttina when it was featured on the Toilet. You can check out Aalto’s 2012 full-length on YouKnowWhatTube and 2014 full length on Spotify.

 

Furia

I know there’s a lot of bands here already, so I’m going to feature this last one quickly just to add some metal into this post. Some of Furia’s members are in Kriegsmachine, so if you like them or Mgla, this might be for you. A Polish black metal band to the core, dabbling in some slight experimentalism. These guys write the songs and guitar parts that Maciej Kowalski thinks he is playing in Mgla. Their latest album came out last year and is frickin’ good.

 

Official homepage and Bandcamp contain more info about them.


 

THE THOUGHTS:

All in all, this Seven Days ov Diskografies isn’t a very good experience. It wasn’t last time, either. It was pointless binging by the end of it, and it produced little to no pleasure.

When you listen to excessive amounts of music you start to realize that the majority of it sucks. There is so much bad music out there to be heard, and that often becomes a problem. If you are working with music, you’ll end up listening to so many bad bands that your perspective is bound to shift. Whether you write for a magazine or a blog (or something similar), if listening becomes work and not fun, the vast amounts of bull crap will leave you embittered and unable to listen as before; even the stuff you love. You can see it if you look at, say, Fantano (for the sake of naming someone most of you will know). Over time, he’s become much more critical. Finding more and more wrong with albums and their production, musicianship, and so on. What once was a trifle has become an obstacle. Over time, things like a poor production job (or even an unfitting one) can become too much of a burden to bear. In the Toilet, most of the music featured is loved/liked by the people who write about it. Instead of featuring only new bands, featured bands are revisited (which I would like to see more). That’s not only important in helping to keep the bands already featured in mind, but I would say that it helps keeping the community satisfied with something more familiar. After all, it is human tendency is to enjoy that which it knows.

Now, I’d like to say something really smart here, but I’m afraid it won’t do. Enjoy the silence  the noise the soundwaves.


 

So, what are your thoughts? Did I say the exact same things for a second time? Am I just rambling because I have nothing to say? Is this a poor excuse to pollute your ears with yet another batch of bands? (Yes).

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    I’m a big fan of championing certain bands, since BearGod I totally agree that sometimes it takes time to get people to listen. In some cases, people that listen will come back to flush you retroactively for championing a certain band, lol. I really enjoy that you are tackling the actual act of listening to music and what that entails and what it’s like to try to consume so much. Well written articles have been based on the subject before. As a giant fan of music I enjoy them.

  • VVayne Brady

    “…penile instrument as well.” Are we talking just a phallic object or full-on skin flute?

  • VVayne Brady

    By the way, I think you raise an interesting point about binging on metal and burn out. A lot of weeks I end up really burnt out on metal and just end up listening to Carly Rae Jepsen on repeat on Friday. It’s also why I don’t always listen to music at home and typically ignore most of the posts in the FB group. Over-saturation is a real thing if you blog about music, especially if you’re trying to be critical.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Truth. Also, dat new Carly Rae.

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        I heard one song, I like.

        • VVayne Brady

          I listened to “I Reall Like You” for an hour now. No lie.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Lol, not THAT much. But honestly this kind of music is takimg more room on my playlist recently. I think partially because I don’t feel the same need to focus on full-lengths and can just cherry pick the best and have more variation.

          • VVayne Brady

            Pop is perfect for that. I don’t need to be engaged to an album for a full hour. I can just put some super simple tune on in the background and zone out.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Exactly the zoning out. Not so much stuff you need yo hear in a single moment and most usually not that many listens required either to “get” the songs.

          • Nelly Furtado is my go to. Her pipes could swoon a hornet. or something.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3SmDScjjY

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            She’s also a cutie.

          • COSIGNED

          • This song seriously grated on my nerves at first – but after a few spins it really gets catchy!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m80lgmrS-4

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      I was talking to Joe recently about this. I’m very burnt out on writing about extreme metal. I’m having a very hard time writing creatively and passionately about it any more. I can only write about so many bestial black/death with out running writing the same thing. This is why my next post is going to be completely opposite of metal.

      • VVayne Brady

        I feel you, dude. That’s a difficulty I’ve had writing about grind. There isn’t a ton to say about different bands because the sound is pretty uniform.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          That’s a bingo.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        See also: power electronics.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          I’ll never get into that dude, sorry. I like a lot of folk and singer song writer shit. I’ll probably focus on that.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Haha, no I meant me writing it about for the Toilet Tyree.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Oh, Hahaha. Yeah I fucking bet dude.

          • Tyreeling In The Years
          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I like blasty vocal heavy power electronics. Without vocals harsh noise is just harsh noise, lol.

          • nbm02ss

            I do enjoy some electronic stuff, like Carpenter Brut, but I have to be in the mood for it. Stuff like Joseph Huber, I can listen to anytime:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfP1GHMmm5Y&t=88

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          nnaai might be for you.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m planning a wildly caffeinated fury of writing after work tonight. Girlfriend is leaving town.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I tried to write something good today, but managed to put in a few lines only. Will try again in a moment, probably

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’ve had some tough experiences lately with forced creativity. It’s probably partially because I am not very creative.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Hah, my problrm is maybe that I am just lazy. I am, in fact, a storyteller. And that’s it, not a storyWRITER. I have massive problems getting anything worthwile on paper, but damn do they sound good the second I think of them. Then they turn lame as I try to put them down.

          • Scrimm

            I felt the same way until I read King’s On Writing and several other articles/books on the subject and they taught me it doesn’t matter how shitty your first draft is, all that matters is that you are getting it out. No one else needs to see it at that stage. Rewriting is where half the magic happens.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I’ll maybe read that. It just bothers me to no end that the thing in the paper isn’t the same is was in my head.

          • Scrimm

            Dude that book is the single most valuable writing tool I have. He’s also the one that taught me fuck an outline, let your characters guide the story.

          • That’s damn good advice. Write, read, rewrite, repeat.

          • I would like to add putting what you wrote aside for a day or two and then revisiting it. That has always helped me.

          • Scrimm

            This too. especially long pieces, like novels.

          • I employ this tactic. It works to walk away and come back later with a clear head.

          • Scrimm

            It is key. I tried for years and couldnlt get more than a page or two down because I would be to embarrassed at what I had. that advice alone blew the doors wide open. I don’t usually correct something in a first draft even if I recognize it right away because it can interrupt the flow. Now I’m at well over a thousand pages. The only downside is you can get so used to writing in first draft form that certain things like commenting here can sometimes suffer, as I’m sure anyone whose read many of my comments can tell.

          • I can attest to that, my post from earlier this week was edited several times before I finalized. Then you put the finishing touches on it.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Stephen King?

          • Scrimm

            Yes. It’s actually my favorite book of his.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            No kidding. I should read that shit.

          • Scrimm

            You should. It’s half biography half writing advice/instruction, but it is not boring at all. I’ve read it many times.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Same, I’m spending my Friday night writing, listening to great albums, and drinking.

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I agree. Sometimes I get so burnt out from listening to classic rock and nu metal that I listen to Rihanna.

    • tertius_decimus

      Listener’s experience is my favorite task. Bad skills in English though make writing few articles worthless. 🙁

      • VVayne Brady

        I think part of the problem for me too is that a lot of the metal I enjoy is of a more challenging variety, so staying engaged with it can be taxing.

        • tertius_decimus

          Variety is a good thing! You can miss the point of the music today, but tomorrow it can kick your ass. This happened so many times in my experience.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Now I, personally, listen to a lot of music. But say, this week, I didn’t really listen to anything at work. I usually check out eveything at ToH (the articles), something on Disqus and everything remotely interesting on FB. But I usually give a lot of them a song, or five minutes tops. Which I know I shouldn’t do, but this keeps from burning out bad.

      This is also why I have as of late revisited ToH posts of old to find the good music in them when I have time and feel like so.

      This is also a big part of why I’d like repeating features (music not being actually new)

      • VVayne Brady

        I listen to music all day at work, typically. Don’t get me wrong. I love it, but because I prefer to listen to whole albums than single songs, burnout is definitely a concern by the end of the week.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I actually just posted you an answer to this elsewhere.

          And Agree

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          I have to listen to a full release. I can’t just listen to certain songs from it,

          • VVayne Brady

            Same.

          • VVayne Brady

            I actually ignore a lot of singles for that reason. I want to hear it in context.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I don’t have that kind of restraint.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I go either way. Sometimes I ignore the singles (a la Labyrinth Constellation) and sometimes I go full boner for them (a la Scar Sighted).

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Primitive Man. I could not help my self when that first song came out.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I listened to “Loathe” like ten fucking times.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            You and me both!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Someone was clowning on me for considering Home Is Where The Hatred Is as possible EOTY material “that’s an EP”, they said. It’s pretty frickin’ long for an EP!

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I honestly consider some EP’s to be albums.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            For example, one of my favorites from last year:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVKIFAd02gM

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Many EP are far more stellar than many albums. The length makes no difference (if only my gf had believed this…)

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Not the size of the boat but the motion in the ocean?

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            The thunder down under, is what counts. The g’s in the box as they say.

          • Scrimm

            If a girl ever complains about your size, tell her even a 747 would seem small if you were landing it in the Grand Canyon.

          • WHOA!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            There are a couple of splits coming out this year that I am really, really excited about. Two of them have Krieg / someone, haha

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I wanna see how that Voivod/ND split ends up.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            The two I am thinking of are Krieg / The Body and Krieg / Integrity, both of which Krieg’s social media machine is pushing pretty hard. I want to hear that split with ND too, fuck I didn’t even know that was a thing. I dig splits more and more, even if some people think they are just a little novelty.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            (Your comment is cut off at the end)

            Need to check Krieg/The Body

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Cut off at the end?

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            It ends so abruptly, in the middle of a sentence.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I dig splits more and more, even if some people think they are just a little novelty.

            Like that?

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            It shows completely now, a moment ago it was cut off at “…more, even…”

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Blame Disqus not Breegrodamus!

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Fricking disqust!

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Bölzer

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Yes. I don’t believe they can match the hype anymore. Kinda like they already had their moment in the sun. Nevertheless, looking forward to enjoying their LP.

          • JVVG

            Quite a few DM ‘albums’ are what I used to think was EP length anyway (less than 30 minutes). And that makes a ton of sense for the genre.

          • Scrimm

            I am an album guy as well. singles<<<<<<<

          • Paris Hilton

            I’m like the exact opposite lol a first impression of an album or song needs to impress me or else I’m gonna get bored and move on. With lots of modern death metal this can happen in literally a matter of seconds because I’ve heard so much of the same.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Well, there is no doubt that you are a singles kind of lady Paris. That’s where you get you bank from.

        • I just put my Ipod on shuffle at work and if I want to listen to something specific, I’ll make a playlist.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        When I have the time I really like going back through the Toilet to catch up on music I didn’t listen to because I was at work. I was doing that with a couple of Tyree’s GLAB posts, well it was a while ago now but you get the idea.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I do a lot of posts I already listened to too. ‘Cause obvioulsy even when I say I lile a band doesn’t mean I’ll start listening to them. So I wanna try some of them again.

      • Maybe I’m a dick but I can usually tell if I’m going to like something by the time the vocals come in. If I’m not feelin’ it by then………peace.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I usually spend more time than that, but more or less the same idea.

    • Paris Hilton

      That’s exactly why most of my posts aren’t exclusively metal. My attention span is too short for one genre of music, let alone one genre of metal. I’ve learned a long time ago that the attitude of it has to be all metal all the time or else you’re a poser or not a metalhead is for high school misfits and dweebs. I love Dying Fetus and Carly Rae Jepsen and have seen both live. Flush the haters!

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        WouldTotallyGoSeeCarly/12

      • Guacamole Jim

        I WROTE ABOUT NOT METAL BEFORE IT WAS COOL

        #ToiletHipster

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I may have had you beat there Glock Jim *loosens striped scarf*

          • Guacamole Jim

            Damn! Edward bests me again! I’m not worthy of this fixed-gear bike anymore.

    • Scrimm

      I do that with subgenres. it’s why I’m just warming up to black metal again and still a little put off by grind at the moment, though I love them both.

    • Did you have issues listening to music and writing your dissertation? When I wrote my masters thesis I had to have silence. Which was odd since I operate with music on for every other task… Just wondering!

    • So, the final advice is: Write when you want and can; and write only when you have something to say.

      I write stuff since my teenage days. Sometimes I didn’t write anything, and sometimes I had some motivational outburst with poems and short stories that were lost in a old notebook that got lost in my college.

      When I entered the journalism school, I had to write stuff even when I didn’t like to write. It was a painful process. When I entered academic writing it was the same. I’m still battling with it.

      So, that’s my advice, and it’s a lesson I carried during my short journalism days. Silence speaks, if you don’t have something of value to say, don’t do it. In fact, you don’t have to be blogging the entire weeks, because I think the TovH have a very important thing that isn’t in other music articles project: it’s a based community.

      I have some ideas for other reviews and articles, but just because I want to share and communicate about it to all of you, just because that. The joy I got yesterday when you accepted my article was about that: the opportunity of expression in a positive environment and to get some knowledge in the process and in the comments. If I replace that variable with a more regular type of writing for the sake of do it, I will not be able to write anything, not just because my work/studies/family, but also because I will feel the same way as I’m with the final papers of my master: I don’t want to do them!

    • JVVG

      I am almost ashamed to admit that I am fully aware that CRJ has a new single out. I was on iTunes in a ‘ music by Canadian artists’ type curation, and I noted it got a prominent placement.

      I certainly was not actually intentionally looking for it….

    • That’s the primary reason why I haven’t written very many reviews for this site. After my review of Eluveitie’s Origins, I haven’t really been able to enjoy the album as much because I sat there dissecting it for four hours.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    I still need to get on that Furia album Bear.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Yes, yes you do.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Dark Buddha Rising sounds promising too. I do like me some psychedelic doom.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          Oh man they are good, we’re crazy live too when I just accidentally bumped to them.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    perception of the 4 eyed psyclops–
    tv control
    one girl–grown in tubes—kept in cages–until needed as something on the bulletin boards for the cows to think they had a dream
    treats for the cannibal mobs—
    in the dying world

    non existant/low budget babylonian hollywood lie—-strung with wires–from the burning giant power stations

    all 3 at once–full vol
    http://youtu.be/1cXwGk7Aw4Y

    http://youtu.be/P_o65B1JTiw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjA6_tcmj-Y

    • “…strung with wires–from the burning giant power stations”

      That is one hell of a visual, buddy.

      GL

  • I took it upon myself to listen to a wide variety of shit this week. The middle of the week had me listening to Freedom Call’s discography which I liked very much. Twas happy sounding power metal (more happy than usual). I also listened to most of An Autumn for Crippled Children’s discography which is currently something I’m going to have on repeat for a while. Most of the other stuff I listened to was just an album here and there. I’ve almost listened to all the albums from 2014. I’ve got about another 500 songs to go if my playlist is correct.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Dark Buddha rising is dope