Sunday Sesh: Bracketology

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March Madness is upon us! If you’re like me and only pay attention to college basketball during this special time of year, grab your bracket and crystal ball. We’re about to make predictions and do battle for glory and fame.

Today is Selection Sunday. For those of you unfamiliar with the uniquely American men’s college basketball tournament, that’s the day when you find out what other 62 teams get to battle Duke and North Carolina for the title of Ballingest Boys in the Biz. If I’m shooting straight with you, I should admit that I don’t usually care that much about March Madness aside from enjoying seeing a good friend who also happens to be a Tar Heels fan get stangry on the internet.

This year is different though, because this year my alma mater, Texas Tech University, is *playing* in the tournament (with a likely #8 seed, no less) for the first time since I was a freshman in college. The last time we made it to the tournament, we still had head coach and professional yelling man Bob Knight (whose burning rage makes Xibalba look like a box of kittens) at the helm. Although we were knocked out of the tournament that year by Boston College (a pox upon them), Bob Knight went on the next season to set a record as the winningest basketball coach of all time. Unfortunately, his son Pat Knight took all the wind out of our sails and buried our franchise. Tubby Smith, who came on board in 2013, has done a good job restoring the franchise, and I look forward to us conquering the tournament and vicariously becoming the King of B-ball.

We’ve got a little competition going in the Facebook group to see who is the very best guesser about this year’s tournament outcome. If you’d like to play along, get your own bracket here and make your estimates based on whatever silly parameters you’d like.

*we’re seeded at 8 or 9 right now, but at the time of this writing, the final bracket has not yet been released.

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  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    What? Where’s the METAL?

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        And that’s why you’re the King.

        I found some over here as well.
        https://youtu.be/cQc4ZKH185E

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          FFUUUUCCCCKKKKK YEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!
          One of my favorite old school DM albums of all time.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Happy to oblige.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            That was my first proper death metal album. Through the Eye of Terror still punches me in the stomach every time I listen to it.

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e34E5DHXZoU

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            This was my first Death Metal album
            https://youtu.be/_qG5ebfls0o

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            That might be my favorite Corpse album.
            Here, another one to add to the list…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW_Cj-V7guQ

          • Zeke

            That was my second or third a copy of death-human started it off for me!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Mine was oddly enough My Dying Bride’s ‘Turn Loose The Swans’. First full blown one though was…..

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8raOyF92iQ

            All about that bass, no treble. 😉
            PS, Cannibal Corpse was my first concert. Bogart’s in Cincinnati back in ’96, the night before I moved.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            And now that fucking album is un-fucking-findable at a non-extortionate price.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            The CD doesn’t seem hard to find. I don’t buy albums, so no idea how hard that would be to find. Roadrunner seems to have forgotten about all the old DM bands that made it known in the beginning, and I doubt they press records nowadays. Unless you’re looking for Slipknot records or Nickelback.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The CD is pretty expensive. It’s out of print, I only found a few copies on Discogs. Roadrunner needs to grow a pair of balls again and re-release some of their actually good music.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Well, they do have King 810, or at least I think they do. Almost all of their new stuff has been released online, on their own, and for free, so kinda doubting that Roadrunner’s gonna give them another chance. Good thing, though, their album for Roadrunner was obviously an attempt at exposure, and pretty fucking awful.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            That King 810 album was pretty fucking atrocious. I read one review on Sputnikmusic calling it a “Stunningly unique masterpiece” LMFAO

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            It’s awful, no doubt. Stick with Midwest Monster’s 2, their new songs about the Flint water crisis, and their demo. Memoirs Of A Murderer (the one on Roadrunner) was definitely a low point to say the least.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I listened to a few of their newer songs, but those didn’t really do a lot for me either. Then again, I can’t really claim my music taste is completely spotless. Remember, I’m one of those people who’s of the unpopular opinion that the first two Slipknot albums aren’t actually all that terrible hahaha!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Lol, fair enough!
            Dunno if you heard their newest one:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLVK0DCdNOA

            To be honest, I think most of the whole praise about them being unique is a lot more about where they come from than the actual music at times. Like ’em or no, celebs and politicians on the campaign trail gave a few minutes of notice to Flint about their problems, and King 810’s actually stuck it out there for a while. They’ve stuck around, delivered water to the residents there, sing and campaign for quite possibly the most fucked up town in America. And, with signing to a major like Roadrunner, they still stuck around in a place that will most likely be forgotten again after the water crisis gets fixed. Flint is a city that honestly just needs to be bulldozed and rebuilt.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Grand Funk is from there. I’m amazed they haven’t helped the town at all.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Grand Funk is pretty old, lol, and they most likely left long ago. Flint was a vastly different place back in those days. But, you’d think they’d help, especially when the residents got systematically poisoned.

            I’d be very interested in hearing what Dubs’ take on the whole water crisis is, considering infrastructure is his forte.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I prefer Flint with a side of Clutch.
            https://youtu.be/qrUgzjXlrYA
            https://youtu.be/NqpCFlBTTSk

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Gotta jam this later! Clutch is always an upvote.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Clutch upvotes are always an upvote!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I definitely appreciate what they’re trying to do. I even think that “community aspect” they create around their band is pretty cool. And in terms of clothing style and looks in general I myself wouldn’t really look out of place as a King 810 member hahaha!
            But their music…I’m just not really feeling it…
            Though I’ve heard way worse than that song you just shared.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Fair enough. Toss me something.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well, I would say this is definitely worse

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm7vnOC4hoY

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            I meant something good! Gahhhhhhhhhh, I remember this when this song was actually big.
            In the meantime, I will toss you something much much worse. The worst music video ever created.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIAGDPHp9gE

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well that was pretty damn awful. Here, I’ll toss you something good.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME3Ahe8z16k

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            D: All of the above

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Where’s the good?
            Serly’s solo stuff is pretty badass though.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Haha I think it’s one of the worst songs ever. Haven’t heard Sully’s solo stuff though. Godsmack have a couple of catchy songs that may not be all THAT bad, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            His solo stuff has a lot more of a Dead Can Dance sorta feel to it, oddly enough.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Anyway, I promised something good so here it comes.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q78Teqr2T6E

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Classic!

          • Pentagram Sam

            Not to state the obvious, (you are anyway) but I can’t get over how the riff in here is an exact copy of Iron Maiden’s Ghenghis Khan. Right after the break in Khan is this exact fucking riff. Rage!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            True, it’s just one big ripoff of the Maiden riff. But now we’re talking about Killers…am I the only one who thinks that it’s Iron Maiden’s most underrated album? I fucking love that record.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Killers is Killer.

          • more beer

            Them just being a band is a low point for music.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Stop changing the subject. We’re talking King 810, not Darkthrone or Voivod.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Darkthrone >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBwu83RR6ZU

            SO COOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!!!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            I’m pulling out my CD collection (finally) and digging out my friend’s cover of this. Trust me, even back in 2004, he tried to get me into them. I got a lot of shit from my metal friends about some of my picks back home. :-p

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            At least you stuck to your guns.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well if you don’t like something, you don’t like something. I never hold back my opinions about liking or disliking something either. Myself, I’m kinda tired about the all around attitudes that you “must” like or dislike a certain band because otherwise you’re not considered to be “tr00”. I think that’s one of the most retarded and childish attitudes in any music genre ever.

            Anyway, listening to some 100 bands of this kind of lo-fi approach to black metal would get extremely boring to me. But the classic Darkthrone, Burzum, Ulver…stuff I can dig.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Word!
            Well put King.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Lol, you’re not tr00, grim or kvlt unless you like Blackseed Boys!

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

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            All of their releases are low points.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Thanks for sharing. I already own Effigy Of The Forgotten on CD. In the near feature I should just give in to my needs and buy one of those overpriced Pierced From Within copies on Discogs or Amazon hahaha!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Yeah, I’m not seeing much for just the PFW cd by itself. Tyree or Dubs would probably know where to get it on the cheap.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I tried looking a while back for Pierced and Effigy for my collection. Yeah, freaking pricey

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Effigy is easy to find at a good price. It’s a fantastic album as well. I may even prefer it to Pierced, but only by a small margin. I love the sludgy tone on Effigy.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I’ll give it another look soon.

          • CT-12
          • Max

            Roadrunner no longer exists. They were bought by a major, closed, and are now a logo. Or so I gather.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Thanks for the info, Max. I’m really not too well-versed on labels and stuff like that haha!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Like Century Media’s gonna be by the end of the year, now that it’s been bought up.
            Bye bye bands like Naglfar, Dark Funeral, Krisiun, etc. on CM’s roster, hello shit like Attila, Blood On The Dance Floor and Asking Alexandria on CM’s roster.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Early Cannibal Corpse >>>>>>>>
            I find barnes’ vocals to be pretty weak on the bleeding though.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            That was the first time i had heard anything like that so they didn’t seem to weak at the time. Haha!

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
    • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        I thought we were ranking Metal bands in a head-to-head duel to the death by way of brackets.

        • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

          Fuck if I know, I’m just belting out some old DM classics.

        • more beer

          This isn’t MS they do that stupid shit there and never get it right.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Hahahaha, you are correct.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        BOOOOOOO

        • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

          Read my newest post on Riff Of The Week. You got my vote, ya turd! :-p

    • I’m jamming Arcana 13 and Church Of Misery. I know nothing of this hand ball jive.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        Church of Misery on Sunday. I see what you did there.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™
    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      Dude look at this chair-throwing form. It’s spectacular. The legs are the chair are metal.
      https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-12gGaQIRKzE/UwocMsffsII/AAAAAAAAATE/5i3xLxlgqwk/w480-h360-no/bob-knight-chair.gif

    • Rob M
    • CyberneticOrganism
      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        …not metal

        Mwahahahaha

        • CyberneticOrganism
          • more beer

            Still not metal!

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            You said it before i could!

          • more beer

            I couldn’t resist.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • more beer

            Black lights are for hippies!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            YOUR FACE is for hippies

          • more beer

            Maybe as a place for hippy chicks to sit. But that really depends on amount of body hair.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Eww, good luck with that

          • more beer

            I said hippy chicks. Not Rainbow Family members.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow?

          • Wrong Rainbow by a long shot.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            I’m afraid to know, but tell me what that is.

          • @more_beer:disqus just did.
            There are Hippies(I have no problem with them), Dead Heads(I can cope if I’m in the mood), and then there are Rainbow people(who are as intolerant and xenophobic of other cultures/viewpoints as any Trump supporter).

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            I can’t recall ever getting along with any hippies or Dead Heads.

          • No hippie ever called me “long haired f@ggot” or threatened to “kick my ass”, got no problem with any of ’em.

          • more beer

            No the dirtiest of all hippies. http://www.welcomehome.org/rainbow/

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! I read the summary, and it’s the most lifeloving shit I’ve ever read. Gaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

          • Meh, I’ve been to Rainbow gatherings. Your average Metal show has more tolerant, free spirited people than your average gathering.

          • more beer

            I’ve been around them before too. Never had much use for them. I only met one I actually liked ever.

          • I met a few cool people and got high with them. Most of them were stuck up jerks.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Yikes!

          • more beer

            It is pretty horrible. That is their site. Read some of the other things out there. Some pretty fucked up shit goes on within this alleged family.

          • Lots of younger girls get assaulted at gatherings.

          • more beer

            A lot of fucked up shit goes on at them.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross
          • Great album, one of RJD’s finest hours.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Most definitely!

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            YES!

            Another excellent moment in RJD history:
            https://youtu.be/mEV4Tov1GBM

          • Another time where it’s good to be an old man; I saw this tour. ^_^

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Nice! That’s really cool man.
            I recently picked this album up on vinyl for cheap.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Haha!
            I give him credit for sticking with it.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
          • more beer

            So do I.

          • @VaultDweller will testify that I have several! : P

          • more beer

            This doesn’t surprise me. Do you have the velvet posters to go with them?

          • Yep. I have a bunch of posters like this. (rfi)

          • more beer

            That reminds me of most of the people I went to high school with rooms.

          • At least I don’t have band or pot leaf posters.

          • more beer

            Very true. That would be very interesting on several hits of acid.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I find it funny that the one guy on this site that is literally made of Metal, can’t give us Metal.

    • brokensnow
  • CyberneticOrganism

    Ha ha ha that picture

  • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

    GO BULLS!!!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm/

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I’m a 76ers fan. They’re the single worst sports team I’ve ever liked.

      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        I’ve never liked the Cubs, but you don’t know sports fan pain until you’ve seen diehard Cubs fans. Or us White Sox fans after they won the World Series and got rid of Ozzie Gullien.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Those poor Cubs fans. At least the 76ers are trying to rebuild.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Cubs almost got to the World Series last season. I guess they’ll end up blaming goats again rather than ding dong managers and shitty players.

            *Toilet goating intensifies*

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Bulls are #1 exporter of potassium

      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        Nailed it! 😉

  • EsusMoose

    So at time can we start choosing?

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Sunday “fuck winter forever” ride into teh blvck trail ov evil

    • Bring your Blair Witch repellent.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™
  • So hungover.

    • Here, have some boiled okra and scrambled eggs.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        Mmmmmm….

    • more beer

      Have a beer you will feel better.

      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        *slides him a 12 pack of Natty Daddy Ice*

        • more beer

          Not what I meant by beer.

          • Magical Adventures Of A Booger

            OK, we’ll upgrade it to King Cobra or Hurricane. Only the finest around here!

          • more beer

            That is just horrible.

    • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

      Been a while since you drank, I take it?

  • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

    Oh, and Edu Falashi (Angra) has an acoustic CD coming out May 20th. The real news is:

    http://assets.blabbermouth.net/media/edufalashi2016solo_638.jpg

    Not sure if that’s Fabio or Edu, but I’m just waiting for him to hold a bagel in front of me and tell me he can’t believe it’s not butter.

    • more beer
      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        Sounds like Voodoo Glow Skulls.

        • more beer

          Maybe that song. But not the rest of it.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Oh! First time hearing them. :-p

  • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

    New signing from Metal On Metal Records. Definitely old school metal, and hearing some Entombed, Autopsy and Sarcofago in there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmUFc14ar3I

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Paul Speckman Project #198

      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        Who?

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Just a death metal legend-ish.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    OT: just returned from Spruce Pines finest home audio and thrift shop. 2 hours of riding and i almost drop the turntable going up the stairs. BEHOLD:

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      SOLID!
      Almost dropped it? That would’ve sucked hardcore.

      • DVRKBEVRD
        • I’ve done this, dropped a TV(old school CRT) on my big toe corner first.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            thankfully i didnt drop it at all but basically fell up the concrete stairs holding up the turntable lol

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Concrete stairs might explain part of that. Even moving things upstairs and downstairs here at least has some carpenting. At my place back home, getting shit moved 3 steps up on old, concrete stairs was a bitch.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            this part was outside

        • more beer

          Ouch!

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          Dammit!
          Luckily that will heal, a broken record player doesn’t.

          You’re a good man.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            straight up, this new setup is like going from the dark ages to the enlightenment.

            it sounds pristine!

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Bad ass man! Which model is it?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            so it was a difficult choice between the Pro Ject Debut III/Ortofon and the Technics SL3300/ATN11. I went with the Technics table/AT cart.

            i also grabbed a Yamaha RX497 from him.

            only 250 for all of it. I think it was a steal. I cant recommend them highly enough for anyone in my area.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            That does sound like a steal. Nice grab man.

        • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

          Yikes! Had many injuries, but nothing on my toes, oddly enough.

    • Dubs

      Sunday Seshes are open swims.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        im always off topic, W

        #stayOT

    • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

      …..

  • Maik Beninton™
  • I’ve just started messing around with C# tuning. I may never leave my house again.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      The very best there is.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        dont do it, bros. it just leads to this:
        https://youtu.be/gXi3jnjc5NU

        • Oh, I definitely would love an ESP LTD Baritone. Those only have 7 strings though. ^_^

          • Lacertilian

            I have run drop C# for as long as I can remember. Sounds weird playing other tunings now.

          • Eventually it will get to the point where I will absolutely need(drum roll please) a second guitar.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            dun Dun DUNNNNNN

            Do it! Do it! Do it!

          • Gotta come up with the dough, not easy.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I feel ya man.

          • If I went “without” for a bit, I could scrape up enough to buy a 2nd Epiphone.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            IOMMI

          • Lacertilian

            Not sure he played drop tuning though, did he?
            My thickest string would line up but the rest would be a step higher.

          • Iommi is either C# or E Standard.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Or 1/2 step down to E flat.

            So you need 3 guitars.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            Eb is THE tuning. bar none

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Eb is awesome, something about that slightly darker tone is just plain mean sounding.

            I do enjoy C# more though.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Full step down or GTFO. Then occasionally drop the E or B string another step down as needed to go to C or G, then GTFO.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            have fun making fart noises, co!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The source ov true evil

          • Lacertilian

            Ahh, yup thought so.

          • I figured out ‘snowblind’ within seconds once I finished tuning. ^_^

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            First 2 Sabbath records were E standard. Master through Sabotage utilized C#. Never Say Die and Technical Ecstasy were mixed, I believe. Heaven and Mob were both 1/2 step down.

            I don’t know past that.

          • Lacertilian

            It would make sense for him to use a drop tuning in a way due to his finger but I just can’t visualise him doing it.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            You can get 6 string baritones man, no need for all that fancy 7th string nonsense.

          • True enough.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          Easy there buddy, let’s not get too hasty.

  • Here’s some live Witchhelm. They’ve expanded their live lineup with a 2nd guitarist.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKZQGQFG7jA

  • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
  • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

    Some fast as fuck death metal to close out the day. Dem drums, mane, dem drums (cheesy intro ends around the 0:30 mark)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lhBNJWJT2E&list=PL7CE6715EA6D78BC2&index=1

    • DVRKBEVRD

      *TRIGGERING

      • Magical Adventures Of A Booger

        Just a wee little bit. :-p

  • DVRKBEVRD

    Got some classics coming in today to help shore up some of my collections. will update when i get home.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Cool man.
      Hopefully we might have a mailmanbro post soon.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        mailmanbro probably hates me

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          Hahahah! I have ordered a decent amount lately as well.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            still waiting on my Mesarthim and Antlers vinyl (but they are coming from overseas).

            ill probably have to pump the brakes on vinyl for a week or two, with the turntable and all

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            No doubt, my tax return helped, but I’m gonna need to slow down a bit as well. Hahaha

  • Óðinn