Sunday Sesh: Metal Hangover Cures

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MORNING FLUSHERS! YOUR OLD PAL RUSTY…oh, sorry. Am I yelling? I guess you had a late night, huh? Well, I’ll use my indoor voice. It’s your old pal Rusty here to bring you today’s Sunday Sesh. We’re talking about metal hangovers, and the bands and albums you jam when you feel the need to get back on top of the all the heavy riffs you’ve been neglecting.

Look, we’re all here because we love metal. We’re true warriors who live and die for THE RIFF! However, we’d be lying to ourselves if we didn’t admit that, sometimes, our ears can get a little exhausted. I, for one, call it the “metal hangover.” It’s no coincidence that I’m writing this as spring has finally arrived in my corner of the Northeastern U.S. and I’m finally sticking my head outside, dusting off the doom and gloom from a relentless winter and allowing myself to enjoy some nature before we Coal Roll the planet to hell. With the weather warm and my spirits lifted, I tend to gravitate towards some groovier tunes. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been exploring a lot of new hip hop, like Kendrick LamarJoey Bada$$, and the latest from Run The Jewels, some of which inspired me to jam some old favorites, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and even some funk from Parliament-Funkadelic . It’s been a suitable substitute for times I’ve simply felt too tired to get all worked up on some heavy riffs.

Which leads us to what I think is a worthwhile discussion among us seasoned poop fetishist  heavy metal listeners. When you do face one of these “metal hangovers,” whether you woke up with an actually terrible hangover that doesn’t take too kindly to you jamming the latest from Artificial Brain or a plethora of new releases has you simply exhausted, what do you do? Do you jam a classic band, one that can do no wrong and is worthy of a spot on heavy metal’s version of Mount Rushmore? Slayer or Iron Maiden perhaps? Or do you go for something new that piques your interests and inspires you to discover even more unique bands?

Personally, I like to land somewhere in the middle. The legendary Metal Gods can do no wrong, but a lot of those bands are ones I have overplayed to hell. I prefer to pick a more modern band, but one that initially sparked my interests in weirder and heavier metal acts. Mastodon is almost always a perfect choice for me. Specifically, Blood Mountain, which is in my opinion their best album, and I look forward to everyone telling me how wrong I am in the comments. Lamb of God, Clutch, and Gojira are bands I use for this also, but the DON never fails. Blood Mountain is a heavy as hell album, but it has a lot of melody and really approachable tracks that are not only enjoyable for me when I’m facing a metal hangover but also make me want to jam some heavier tunes. In my opinion, that’s a win-win.

Everyone, enjoy your lovely Sunday and let me know what your Metal Hangover Cures are. Here’s one more Mastodon track, albeit from a different album, that does the whole nice-and-groovy-but-also-makes-me-want-more-heavy-riffage. Please whine and tell me why newer Mastodon is terrible so I can laugh at you. YEP!

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  • KJM, Drug Honkey

    Posted this in the previous thread, seems to work with this one as well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUQM3Vp6ACc

  • Freedom Jew

    Sounds like ÿa’ll need more Jesus, not more riffs.

    Also, try this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fcaa44fc08c9701da859c453697fe79d3f9fcf1fcac1bd92ea6bda84e85a7c3.jpg

    • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

      Is that what Starbucks is putting in their pink lattes?

      • more beer

        That and about 10 pounds of sugar.

  • EsusMoose

    I wouldn’t consider it a hangover but times come where I’ll binge listen the good portions of Mastodon, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Metallica or generally any band I got I heard in high school as a refresher and probably abstain from listening to them for long periods of time

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    First four Mastodon albums are superb. The problem with all of their releases since The Hunter is not that they’re downright terrible, they’re just bland imo. On any of their first four there was always surprising stuff happening; it was “interesting” metal. That feeling has just been gone ever since they dropped The Hunter. Emperor of the Sands was a slight step up, with the emphasis on “slight”.
    So much for my Mastodon rant.

    This article made me think that perhaps I’m stuck on an almost permanent “metal hangover”. To be completely honest, I have a hard time getting excited in discovering new bands, especially those active in the deeper underground. Most of the time I just end up jamming stuff from metal’s vast back catalogue; mostly reasonably well-established albums, be it mainstream or semi-underground classics. Once in a while a newer band really catches my attention; all of them happening to be bands that have sorta broken out of the deep underground.
    Maybe I’m just a “stuck in the past” type of fan, but scouring through the outer limits of metal’s underground…I’m just not feeling the excitement. Probably because whenever I hear one of those really really unknown bands, 9.9 times out of 10 I end up thinking “hey, a more established band already did this better”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37a7916730265747cb616fdccf313551412e2edb28c604d1552b4a0977849f07.gif

    • RustyShackleford

      RE: the Mastodon rant, I actually have no problem with people who complain about the quality of the song writing, since Emperor of Sand and Once More Round The Sun are pretty dang boring in my opinion. I just like to mock the ones who whine “but they used to be heavy!”

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Crack the Skye wasn’t that much heavier than the subsequent albums, but the composition of the music on that album’s terrific, making it one of the best progressive metal albums of the last 10 years.
        The problem with the subsequent albums is that they’re just uninteresting to my ears.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Crack The Skye is their best album in my humble opinion. I actually like The Hunter, OMRTS and EOS. The problem is that I think is kind of a chore to listen to them all the way through, which is something that was never a problem with their first four albums.

          • Crack the Skye is absolutely superb. Not confident enough to try and designate a best Mastodon album myself, but CTS is pretty unfuckwithable.

        • perhaps it all comes down to song structure. i was suspicious of Emperor of Sand, but i still gave it a shot (at the behest of a few Toileteers). upon first listen it was decent. upon subsequent listens i realized “hey it’s all built around the verse/chorus formula” and immediately all its luster was gone.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I kinda rate all albums on the “memorability” factor.

            When I’m finished listening to the album and it feels “memorable” for the right reasons – meaning not memorable in a “Nookie” kind of way, which is music that’s memorable because of its cringe factor – I’m down.

            When I’m finished listening to the album and I can barely recall what I just listened to –> in the trash can it goes.

    • The Mighty Thorange

      I still love the newer Mastodon albums but the older ones are goddamn masterpieces. Especially Crack the Skye.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    It really depends on my mood when I wake and how much sleep I have had. But generally like to listen to the classic prog rock bands like early Genesis and Yes, but if I am in the mood for metal it needs to be something that will either get me motivated to get out of bed so epic, cheesy power metal such as Galneryus will do the trick. Or, if I want to lie feeling sorry for myself only the most folky black metal will do. So something like Drudkh or, my favourite right now, Downfall of Nur. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sCMsVrQu1I Yet, the only actual cure for a hangover is a bottle of motherfucking Irn Bru! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/632d336734db79d34cae66c3756c85d6ff8747a6d5215a2117108122f665170b.jpg

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
      • Sir Ukkometso The Based

        Your non-metal jams are lacking in quality.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Weird exotic animal need not speak.

          • KJM, Drug Honkey
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            One of the best bands ever. These are objective facts.

          • KJM, Drug Honkey

            John Fogerty is a riff master and his vocal style is an undeniable influence on Hard Rock and Metal.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse
          • KJM, Drug Honkey

            CCR is one of the best US Rock bands ever, by the book.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’m generally not huge on classic rock, but CCR is just marvellous. Cosmo’s Factory is likely one of the best albums of all time.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            At the moment I’m actually bigger on classic rock, blues…than I’m on metal.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Outside of metal I’m mostly into alternative rock. Particularly if there are female vocals or gnarly guitar freakouts involved. So I dig a few classic rock bands like The Doors or Pink Floyd that really knew their way around a good freakout, but most of my non metal listening is more along Pixies/Sonic Youth/Jesus Lizard etc. type lines.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Agreed. Cosmo’s Factory is such a good album. Their cover of I Heard It Through The Grapevine is such a good cover. If y’all need me I’ll be chooglin’ with CCR.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I don’t care for them.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Still a paddlin’

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Welp, I guess it’s erection time.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Interesting…

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            No one badmouths CCR in my presence! They are so good.

          • James

            its a weak CCR song.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Run Through the Jungle weak?

            Bad opinion is bad.

          • James

            mhm.

    • tigeraid

      Always upvote Sanctuary.

  • Sir Ukkometso The Based
    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Lokki>>>>>>>>>

  • tigeraid

    For hangovers, I like to fly down 1990s high school nostalgia lane, because I don’t have to think about the music IN THE SLIGHTEST. So, a little Stone Temple Pilots, a little Soundgarden, maybe even a little Chemical Brothers or The Prodigy? Also Stabbing Westward. Some guilty pleasures, but whatevs.

    Oh and nothing beats a large jug of orange gatorade as a liquid hangover fix. Coffee helps way more, these days though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NZsCYOM4j0

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Yay, Stabbing Westward!

    • Shakes 999

      I just saw Stabbing Westward live on Friday. First tour they’ve done in over a decade. The singer still nailed all the notes. I couldn’t believe it. They killed.

      • tigeraid

        Woah. Didn’t even know they still worked.

        • Shakes 999

          They havent. The bands catalog has been a fucking legal mess with certain ex members holding rights to a bunch of their hits and have been on Hiatus for at least 13 years.

          I guess they finally made up this year and they’ve been doing a very limited reunion tour of about 5 shows at a time per territory every 3 months or so. Dallas was mostly sold out.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I’m pretty partial to drone metal when hungover, or depressive black metal of a slower repetitive, lo to no fi sort. Music that invites one to stay around a while and take in the sights rather than on a journey. Earth, Asva, Striborg, Xasthur and the like. Nothing too fast or aggressive.

    I don’t tend to get metal hangovers. There are definitely spells when I don’t leap at every new release of interest so frenziedly, but in general I listen to it most of the time. Have probably picked up less than ten non metal albums in the past three years or so. I guess ’cause thanks to this place and the Facebook group it’s pretty easy to find tons of metal that suits my taste, whereas for non metal its a lot harder, or maybe I’m just lazy and suck at it.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I rarely listen to metal when hungover. I usually stay in bed and sometimes watch Portishead’s Roseland NYC LIve or Alice In Chains’ MTV Unplugged; something that will go easy on my aching head. Most of the time I just watch cartoons and drink clamatos to help with the recovery process

    As for metal hangovers, I had a really big one more than 10 years ago. After a relentless pursuit of the most extreme of death and black metal, I somehow got burned out on it. So for several months I forgot about metal and got into electronic music. I thought I had actually grow out of metal, but eventually got back into it

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      If you have a hangover you should listen to Harsh Noise Wall at max volume. It does teh trick.

    • James

      Sour times beh beh.

  • The best cure for metal hangovers and actual hangovers is Archers of Loaf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EloCmSqiDLs

    • “Web in Front” is easily one of my favorite songs of all time.
      https://youtu.be/4ZkEob55qso

      • Good song, their closest to a “hit single”, but holy shit they’ve got about 200 better songs.

    • NDG

      lol, I just noticed your comment on the Curse Of The Loaf bandcamp page.

      Anyway, great band. I’m with you on them being great hangover tunes. I like to jam them GBV, Sebadoh, some Superchunk, Rodan, Swervedriver. Takes me back to a time when hangovers didn’t hit hard at all…20+ years ago.

      Also enjoying running a lot of psychedelic stuff when hungover, Electric Moon in particular.

      • You and I should be best friends.

        • NDG

          Done.

  • Pentagram Sam

    Shiiiit man, I think I’ve gone full synthwave. I love metal, but I know what I like, and to be honest a lot of fans turn me the fuck off. A friend of mine gets death threats every day from butthurt metal chodes for t-shirt designs that he makes.

    In terms of synthwave evolution I’m getting more into bands with vocals. Fucking love the collabs that Perturbator and GosT do. Gunship is the first synthwave group with all songs having vocals and they got me wet. Now I’m downloading the Scandroid remix album and getting all excited.

    • Sam i have fallen into the same trap. synthwave must be the easiest genre of music to get into, that i’ve discovered yet. Gunship’s “Tech Noir” is a behemoth

      • Back Jauer

        I too am on the retro trainwave to the 80swave

        • Dunno what it is. Metalheads seem to get into it easily.

          • Back Jauer

            It’s because metalheads have good taste in music

          • Max

            Some of the “metalized” versions of popular synthwave songs on YouTube (such as “True Survivor”) are pretty cool.

            For us older guys that grew up in the ’80s, a lot of it actually reminds us of the “part-animal, part-machine” production values that many metal bands took on during that era. Songs like ZZ Top’s “Sleeping Bag”, Van Halen’s “I’ll Wait”, or Judas Priest’s “Turbo Lover” seem to be MASSIVELY referenced in synthwave. Maybe that explains it.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Not this metal head.

      • Max

        I’m in that trap too. It’s virtually all I listen to in the car nowadays. And chicks dig it a lot more than they dig metal, generally.

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        Yay, synthwave!

    • RustyShackleford

      I’ve been big on the synthwave train too. Gunship and Perturbator are fucking solid. Carpenter Brut is damn good too!

      • Max

        Timecop 1983, Lazerhawk and Miami Nights 1984 are the ones I like best.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          I want to listen to this Miami Nights 1984 band.

          • Max

            Start with “New Tomorrow”
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq0UkrxPYWo

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            I’ll probably enjoy this.

          • Max

            I’m still not sick of it after about 3 years. Listening to it right now.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            It’s so good. Now I want to watch Airwolf while wearing a teal suit.

          • Max

            Even better, just watch Bryan dePalma’s Body Double and listen to the actual soundtrack of the film, which is a huge inspiration for today’s synthwave protagonists.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYQmsyYxSFk

        • RustyShackleford

          Thanks for the suggestions dude!

  • I’ve only been drunk once in my life and didn’t get a hangover, but when I’m sick of metal for short periods of time I can take refuge in my sizeable collection of used vinyl. Everything from Beatles/Stones to Yes/King Crimson/Pink Floyd to Clash/Ramones to Husker Du/Dead Kennedys to Alabama/Patsy Cline to oddball shit like Bob Dylan’s born-again Christian albums, Neil Young’s weirdass 80s shit, and Alice Cooper’s new wave albums.

    • Kyle Reese

      Assuming that I have had a six pack per night since the age of 21, which is the amount of beers I tell my doctor I drink and not how much I actually drink, I have had 21000+ beers in the last 10 years.

      • Damn. I got drunk New Year’s Day this year, while watching The Godfather with the missus. Just some wine and I think bourbon or something, just whatever we happened to have in the house. She usually has a beer when we go out to eat and I’ve occasionally had a taste, enough to know I don’t like beer, haha. Other than that, nothing at all ever in my life. I’m 35!

        • Spam Bot

          Now would be a good time to start. I recommend having 3-4 beers at home and then going straight to bed.

  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

    This is by far my favorite Mastodon material…even if it was before Mastodon.

    • KJM, Drug Honkey

      Best Mastodon that isn’t(and came before) is Scissorfight.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khRnFgirvYI

      • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

        I think you misunderstood me…unless I’m mistaken, Scissorfight never had any members of Mastodon affiliated with them. Today Is The Day’s “In the Eyes of God” was a three piece recording with two/thirds of the members (Brann and Bill) going on to form Mastodon the next year.

        • KJM, Drug Honkey

          Ah, ok.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      I don’t think your link posted.

      • Sir Ukkometso The Based

        It was there originally. It disappeared. There’s witchcraft about

      • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

        Just noticed that [smacks forehead]…The Based is right – had it, then it disappeared. Thus is the sorcery of TITD.

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          TITD>>>

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover
    • KJM, Drug Honkey

      LEAVE THE HALL

  • KJM, Drug Honkey
  • Some other non-metal jams to reset the system after too much Artificial Brain, Convulsing and Skáphe.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzxngZ0qw4o
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXhV–E3Ga8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrswQwLDX2s

    • Hans Copronym

      Oh you. I was gonna post GOLD, too. Recently bought No Image, but hadn’t heard anything off the debut so far. This seems cool.

      • Nothing on No Image stood out to me but the new one, Optimist, is amazing front to back. They really hit their stride with this one.

        • Hans Copronym

          Had no idea there was a new one. Thanks!

          • It came out on Ván Records.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      I like a lot of the words you typed out.

  • JWG79

    Tyr was my gateway band to my late-coming Metal Phase, and the one that finally pulled me in after some exposure in previous decades that never quite stuck, like Canadian thrash in the 80’s – I wasn’t quite ready for it – or various film-soundtrack near misses in the mid-90’s.

    I couldn’t tell you now which early Tyr album they were talking about on NPR but it was definitely a right-place-right-time fit. My academic pursuits had taken an arts-and-humanities turn through a medieval studies program and discovering Tyr triggered both a musical exploration and a concentration on viking art and history.

    From there I began looking for other metal with similar themes – found most of the extreme subgenres represented in variations on viking, folk, and pagan metal. After that I branched further. And then I found a certain Other Blog that led me here…

    When I burn out on metal I do tend to go way off course, but I nearly always start with Tyr to get me back on it. Land more often than the others…

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    My answer is Dead Ringer by Meat Loaf or Be Here Now by Oasis.

  • Hans Copronym

    I’ve said it before, but I find that metal itself offers so much variety that I rarely get burned out. I’ve listened to it all my life thanks to my older brothers and am confident that I’ll always come back to it. However, a stint of non-metal does one good from time to time and ensures a bit of a repertoire of music to play when in non-metal company.

    Just yesterday, I checked out some more Fever The Ghost, having only known the below video so far. I lack context for this type of stuff, but Bandcamp tags include “Indie Pop”, “psychedelic”, “experimental” and “progressive”. I can vouch for most of that; songs tend to get trippy and sometimes sound like they’re glitching out. Overall it’s pretty mellow and… pleasant. Really really pleasant. I like them a lot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RHFFeQ2tu4

    • Pentagram Sam

      DUDE!!!!! That term you used, “glitching out.” Shit dude, that’s EXACTLY what it sounds like on some synthwave songs. GosT’s “Supreme” has a BIG section like that, and Dance With The Dead do it too on remixes and shit.

      I used to call it a stuttering effect, but “Glitching out” is a much, much, better descriptive term. Thanks dude, right on.

  • JWG79

    As for what I listen to when I am off metal, there are a few options:

    Canadian rock and alternative rock from bands or musicians active in the mid-90s who are still going strong – like Matt Good, Danko Jones, the Tea Party, and Big Sugar – one album wonders – Age of Electric, the Watchmen, Rusty – and of course the Tragically Hip above all else.

    Canadian hip hop from the 90’s too.

    Synth-pop & synthwave.

    A few bands who were definitively formative of my late-90s to early-noughts indie rock phase like The Long Winters and Nada Surf.

    Jazz. Varies between small combo or big band. Focus is mostly 1950’s to 1960’s styles. I prefer when my own instrument (baritone saxophone) is prominent or featured or combo leader. Won’t name too many names, but Serge Chaloff, Bob Gordon, Park ‘Pepper’ Adams, Sahib Shihab & definitely Gerry Mulligan come to mind.

  • Hmm … I generally just revert to classical (in the broad sense) or, if I’m really burnt out, ambient. But having changed jobs recently, which entails that all the metal I listen to at work has to be very low volume and through a single earbud, means that at the end of the day I have much more energy/enthusiasm for metal. I guess that’s a silver lining.

    There’s always Pink Floyd, too.

  • Back Jauer

    I’m unfamiliar with this problem honestly.

    • Count_Breznak

      Mostly listening to grindcore, I agree. Also: How is it possible toget hungover from good music, and “cure” it by listening to garbage ?

      • Back Jauer

        Dunno, i get taking a break from certain genres. Like i took a several month break from black metal, but i was still listening to other kinds of metal. I feel like it’s to diverse a genre to really ever get burnt out on metal itself.

  • Kyle Reese

    Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History or PhilosophizeThis.org – I was really hoping this was going to be “metal” ways to cure a hangover. I got the shakes.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Free RiotAct666!

    *Flush*

  • James

    Alcest, jesu, Hum, and the less around the edges Deftones.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Late to tha party, but I was celebrating May Day -eve with friends yesterday, so today’s the hangover day for me. This is the single best hangover album (and as an extension, the best cure for a ‘metal hangover’) for me.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjRohpES3-k