Sunday Sesh: The Godzilla Minute

Terror! Destruction! Sax! This is the Godzilla Minute.

It’s Finally Here

Shin-Gojira

If you are a Japanese Toileteer or just so happen to currently be somewhere in the general proximity of Japan, you can finally go check out Shin Gojira (that’s Godzilla Resurgence to us Westerners) right now! Reviews have started pouring in for the film, and the general consensus at the moment seems to be reservedly positive. While some Japanese critics have hailed the film as a masterpiece that captures the terrifying spirit of the original 1954 Gojira, especially noting co-director Shinji Higuchi’s excellent blend of practical effects with CGI (ostensibly ushering Toho’s Kaiju special effects into the modern era), others have noted a slow pace and overemphasis on the bureaucratic minutiae (a hallmark of co-director Hideaki Anno’s convoluted anime Neon Genesis Evangelion). It’s hard to say how well American fans will embrace the film, especially considering the bleaker tone and lack of opposing Kaiju, compared to 2014’s Godzilla, but at least we now know the film will definitely receive a distribution on our shores later this year, courtesy of Funimation.

I, for one, cannot wait to see this movie. For over two decades now the Godzilla films have captured my attention, and although many have noted distaste for Godzilla’s frankly hideous appearance in this film, I honestly love it. It hearkens back to the fearful, post-nuclear weapons hysteria of the earliest (and in some ways, best) films in the series, and even if the movie is bad, it’s certain to be better than Godzilla’s Revengea movie so terrible that it somehow possesses a baffling charm all its own. If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for Godzilla Resurgence, ready yourself for city smashing below.

SKREEEEONK!

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On the previous edition of the Godzilla Minute, I introduced you to the wild and wacky world of experimental pop rock quintet Godzilla Black. The psychedelic maestros released a successor to the excellent Little Things back in April, and I lament my sloth in getting around to promoting the album here, because it is rollicking. If you tuned in on the last article, you’re likely expecting over-the-top vocals, hooks curvier than Gigan‘s sickle-hands, and a dead-Kamoebas-washed-up-on-the-shore-sized helping of weird. I’m happy to report that Press the Flesh delivers on all these fronts and more!

Press the Flesh is loaded with all sorts of heavily conflicting elements that on paper should be nowhere near as catchy as they are. The DEP-esque linear drums in “The Wizard of Ooze” are positively edifice crumbling and sound completely ajar from the jangling punk chords and skreeeeeonking sax, yet it’s all wrapped up in an enthralling, multi-layer vocal track that’s nearly impossible to get out of your head once it burrows its way in there like Anguirus. Each subsequent track displays another weapon in the band’s impressive arsenal, from the flashy riff pyrotechnics in “Take Me to the Countryside” to the noodly bass assault wrapped around the shimmering synth lines like one of Biollante’s tentacles in “Knock Knock.” Fans who want something both unconventional and unequivocally delightful are sure to find something to love.

It’s difficult to pick out a stand-out track due to the sheer strength and diversity on display, but the aforementioned “Knock Knock” displays a maturity of song construction and a pop sensibility akin to Trent Reznor in his prime, a fact rendered all the more alarming when you consider the relative youth of this band. Press the Flesh isn’t for everyone, but it is a fun adventure front to back that is sure to get your hips in motion if you like The Mars VoltaButthole Surfers, and Tweak Bird.

If you’re picking up what GB’s putting down, go tell them hello over on Facebook and pick up Press the Flesh on Bandcamp.

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Published on: July 31, 2016

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  • Abradolf Lincler

    the comparison you made to Mars Volta is crazy on point. its not really my thing but i got some buddies that would love this

  • Count_Breznak

    I’ll stick to

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      That looks like a modified Gigan.

      • Count_Breznak

        It’s Final Gigan. I think there’s also one with double chainsaws instead of the sickles.

        • Dubbbz

          Correct. He got upgraded in Final Wars.

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    Damn, what’s wrong with that Godzilla’s hands from Resurgence? Like he’s suffering from an advanced stage of T-Rex syndrome and also charred. Otherwise looks cool, like some Godzilla off a tech-death album cover.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I’ve been watching Godzilla since I was a little dude and have always loved the films. I haven’t watched any in a while, I should remedy that.

    The new Godzilla looks kinda weird to me. I’m not a big fan of the overuse of red and while his head is kinda cool there is just something really weird about it. I will definitely see the movie though.

    • Throbby The Slobber Worm

      Oh, and new Clutch video for ya!

      https://youtu.be/6Sj76eCy6ag

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Oh, trust me. I saw that first thing this morning.

        • Throbby The Slobber Worm

          You were the first person that popped up in my head when I saw it. In other news, getting the new King 810 on digital tomorrow. Looks like it’s gonna be good, though doesn’t look like there’s gonna be much metal going on with it.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEzc-Y-b2kk

          • more beer

            Good and King 810 should never be used in the same sentence. Here’s some much better tough guy hardcore than that shit.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD4GnaNRqYs

          • Throbby The Slobber Worm

            Eh, listen to the song. Almost devoid of the tough guy bravado, actually. Could’ve done without the “hey we got arrested” sample, which made no sense. A lot of their songs got rid of that and started focusing on everything that’s going on in Flint. Hopefully the whole album is like that, versus the fuck awful first CD.

          • Throbby The Slobber Worm

            Pretty good so far! Definite NYHC vibe going on here!

          • more beer

            It is NYHC. So it should have that vibe.

          • Throbby The Slobber Worm

            How was your concert night, BTW?

          • more beer

            There were no shows here except that one on Friday all weekend. It was the slowest weekend for metal I have seen here in a long time.

          • Throbby The Slobber Worm

            Lol, welcome to my world, mwahahahaha! At least I got plenty of shows in while I was in the city. I don’t drive, and when bands do pop up around here, it’s a nice little drive or hours on end on the bus. Kinda blows, considering this is a bigger town than a lot of spots that bands come to.

          • more beer

            We only had a week with no shows Where you live. That is every wee of every year.

  • Throbby The Slobber Worm

    As long as it’s not like that last Godzilla film, or the infamous train wreck that was the 1998 one (sadly, I saw that in theaters). The last one wasn’t terrible when the action finally kicked in, but that wasn’t until much later in the film, after all the bloated dialogue and cornball acting.
    When I see a Godzilla film, I don’t wanna see anything about human unity, Godzilla being all friendly to the humans, etc. I wanna see something along the lines of Cloverfield, with humans getting their shit fucked up, Godzilla ruining ass after ass, smoldering ruins, the lamentations of the survivors, and humankind getting nature’s own karmic version of a hot lead douche (which is what the original Godzilla was before they turned him into a dirty lifelover).

  • Rob M

    I’ll stick with the most metal Godzilla story of all:

    http://s26.postimg.org/e2kkgz87d/image.jpg

    • That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.

    • Dubbbz

      You should be able to pick that up as a bound volume now.

      • Rob M

        Yeah…came out in the early part of the year…like February or March

  • Mother Shabubu
  • Xinen

    I’ll always love these films including the spin-offs, I had a friend from 4th grade introduce me to the who franchise/genre. My favorite way to enjoy these films though is the MST3K/Rifftrax commentary versions. Gamera is freaking hilarious corny fun and perhaps its best that way. So many great lines in there. I’m really looking forward to this new Toho one.

    • Dubbbz

      I honestly prefer goofy suitmation to CGI a lot of the times. Watching two dudes in rubber suits fight is infinitely charming.

      • Throbby The Slobber Worm

        Kaiju Big Battel is definitely up your alley then.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBuY6EUUPyA

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Yep, this is bad ass. I would totally go to a show.

          • Throbby The Slobber Worm

            I think it’s still around, actually.

  • Throbby The Slobber Worm
  • more beer

    For all you toilet parents. The kind of school program you have been waiting for.

  • I watched the ‘murican 2014 Godzilla and I dug it. I think I can now pass the threshold of the crazy rubber suits japanese guys battling in carton arenas. Thanks, bro!

  • Evangelion reference >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>