Take Over and Destroy Interview + Live Show Review

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Punishing yet fun. Charged yet brooding. Grim yet playful. These are all accurate descriptive phrases I can throw around when explaining Take Over and Destroy’s sound, but I think in most cases we can generally agree that Take Over and Destroy are just plain good. Their overall likability is directly evidenced by their newest album Vacant Face, which has enough catchy melodies and vocal lines to appeal to the more carefree sensibilities of casual music lovers, while also retaining enough gravity and gothic energy to beckon slaves of the void. “Recently”, I was afforded the opportunity to get to see Take Over and Destroy live, along with the mighty Year of No Light and Lesbian not far from where I live (review is below interview). Out of sheer incomprehensible luck, I was able to conduct a semi-formal interview with TOAD’s guitarist, Nate Garrett.

Reader beware: I had to edit and trim some fat from this interview, mainly for the sake of not taking all day to read. While it may not be clearly evidenced below, a lot more beer was involved in this interview than what you may interpret and some of the answers I got were a little longer than what more domestic creatures have the patience for. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

Who are some of your main influences?

Nate: I was raised by my grandparents and they listened to some whack shit, but I picked up on stuff like Creedence Clearwater Revival, which was the first band I remember actually liking. So then after that, I heard Jimi Hendrix, and I think the first time I actually heard him was on a fucking Apple commerical. I heard the riff in “Purple Haze” *does a vocal impression of the main guitar riff in the song * and they were switching colors behind the song to sell a purple computer or whatever. By then I was watching a lot of VH1, and keep in mind I was growing up in a super small town in Oklahoma, so I didn’t have a lot of access to metal or hard rock or anything.  Anyhow, I was watching VH1, and I saw the video for “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. I distinctly remember seeing that when I was around the ages of 11-12, and it had impacted me so hard I told my Grandma, “let’s go to the mall!”

We went to the mall and headed straight for the FYE. I had been saving money all summer from mowing lawns and shit, so I was ready to buy whatever they had. When we got there, I went right up to the cashier and said “I need Black Sabbath!” Like, “Paranoid” had just affected me so hard that I had to have it. So he gave me a little box set that had Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. When I got home, I listened to them all in a row and was like “Goddamn, these guys are incredible.”

I remember being in the dark, in a small town in Oklahoma, listening to the rain falling on “Black Sabbath” on a shitty little stereo with my headphones, and when it got to that riff it was like “What is this? This is fucking terrifying.” I was legitimately scared when I heard that song. So I listened to that whole record, and then I listened to Paranoid all the way through, and was just floored that they seemed to be able to do whatever they wanted stylistically. Then, I fucking listened to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and was like ”woah, these guys can really do whatever the fuck they want,” you know?

So after that, gradually through time I started picking up every Black Sabbath record I could find, and mind you, this was before the internet was really popping off, so I just had to buy random albums of theirs based off of the covers and whatnot. Soon after, I was getting more into somewhat accessible hard stuff like Metallica. I started with “the black album” and thought it ruled. Then I got to Kill Em’ All and thought it ruled too but it didn’t even sound like the same band; the singer’s voice was way higher pitched and 20 times faster!

Then I progressively got into bands like Pantera and Slayer and whatnot. I kept trying to get heavier and heavier and progressively started to listen to bands like Death, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation, etc. And now since all that stuff has taken place, I find myself more so backtracking and picking up on some of the older bands, like Thin Lizzy. Thin Lizzy really got me back into “the riff,” you know what I mean?

So, I know most bands don’t like this question, but what has the crowd response and overall reception been like for the tour so far?

It’s been going good man, real good. Strangely enough, Salt Lake City was badass. That’s the weird thing about tours is that you expect certain things like, “Okay, we’re playing a big city on a Friday night, there’ll be a ton of people” and then nobody’s there. And then there’s a show every now and again like this where smaller towns really pull through man; it seems to be bands don’t come through these places that often and the people are a little more passionate and less jaded than people in big cities and whatnot. So, it’s been good. The overall, short answer is good.

I can’t speak for the rest of the band, but I personally do this shit to exorcise certain personal shit of mine. It’s definitely a cathartic type of thing for me; when I’m up there, I don’t think of all the fucked up shit that goes on in reality and whatnot. You can sit all fucking day and think of shit like minimum wage, or voting not doing shit, or oil companies fucking us over, or whatever. And I’m not saying we should ignore that, because we should pay attention to those issues, but I think it’s good to have a break from thinking about that shit every now and again.

So being on stage, all I’m thinking about is “I gotta play this riff. I gotta scream at this point. I’ve gotta try to move people,” and I feel that everywhere we’ve played so far, that idea has been reciprocated. Everybody’s been super nice and everybody’s been super responsive in a positive way. There was one incident in Boise where a dude got kicked out, but he was super fucked up and was a pretty crusty dude. Other than that, it’s about sharing an experience with people, so as far as that goes, it’s been really good. We’ve been able to share certain types of emotions with people, and it’s been really great and cathartic for everyone man.

From your last album to your current, it seems to me like there has been somewhat of a stylistic shift as to what you’re playing. Personally, I thought the album sounded a little darker and gloomy than Endless Night. In general, it overall sounded a little bit more metal to me. So, where do you think this change came from or do you think there’s been any change at all?

I don’t know if this is really a part of it or not, but when we put out Endless Night, people seemed fixated on whether it was an EP or a full length. We don’t approach our music in that manner; we approach our recordings as more of just a piece of work. So whether it was an EP or an LP didn’t really matter to us. I don’t want to say it bummed us out, but I think it affected our approach for this record in an either conscious or subconscious way. When we put Vacant Face out, we were determined to make sure that everyone knew this was a full length album.

We also made more of a concerted effort to make the album connected and cohesive. The longer you play with guys, the better you get at playing and crafting your music, so we really focused even more so on songwriting this time around. We talked a lot about bands like Nirvana, The Beatles, and other bands that are really timeless while we were writing this record and we all really wanted to figure out what makes these bands so amazing and recognizable. Obviously, we crank it up and party-rock way harder than those bands, but we really tried to focus on making each song memorable, yet be able to flow into the next easily and making the whole album more memorable overall. We intentionally set out to make something unique because we’re just really bored with the metal scene right now.

I know Vacant Face hasn’t been out too long, but what’s next for Take Over and Destroy?

We recently played Southwest Terror Fest with a bunch of good bands like Neurosis, Author and Punisher, and a ton of Arizona bands. Anyhow, the day after we got back from the show we headed straight to the studio and recorded a track that’s really weird and cool. There are a lot of influences that people probably won’t pick up on, but it’s mainly just kind of a rock and roll song. That’s gonna be on a split with a band I cannot name yet, but if anybody’s on Facebook, they’ll be able to figure it out if you do a little digging. It’s a band from Arizona, and they’re fucking awesome, but I can’t say who it is just yet *simultaneously points down to his shirt that is obscured by his jean jacket, for the life of me I can’t read it – looked up the design later and to the best of my knowledge, it looked to be Gatecreeper*. We’re gonna make an official announcement sometime soon, but it’s going to be a split 7-inch and there’s gonna be a release show in Arizona. Hopefully, there’ll be a tour after that for both bands that are on the split. We just heard the other band’s track and it’s really good, so I’m stoked.

On the Toilet ov Hell, we’ve been having a contest to find the best unsigned band in the U.S. going from state to state. Take Over and Destroy won the title of the best band in Arizona, but what band(s) would you nominate from Arizona personally?

(Laughs) okay… Gatecreeper, Sorxe, Cave Dweller, Godhunter, North… uh shit, yeah, those are our favorite people and favorite bands for sure. I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody, I’m gonna feel like an asshole after this is posted, so I apologize to anyone I missed in advance (laughs).

Going further into the topic of being unsigned, are you guys intentionally unsigned or are you trying to get label attention? Have you gotten any offers and you just turned them down?

That’s a complex question man. When you’re young you think getting signed is the shit and it used to be… well actually, it probably never used to be (laughs). I heard Tony Iommi once said “Before you pick up a guitar, hire a lawyer”, cause Black Sabbath was notoriously buttfucked by everybody who dealt with their money and whatnot. So I think it’s kind of a pipedream, the label thing, especially now. You can do whatever a label can do on your own now basically, outside of the big shit like distribution, which is pretty important. We have talked to some labels in the past and our vinyl is actually being put out by Pulverized Records from Singapore, which will hopefully arrive in February. They seem like really nice guys, and I guess we’ll find out when push comes to shove. They’re gonna put Vacant Face out on double LP, which will probably be a one-time deal.

But we’ve done everything ourselves up to this point, and things just keep getting better for us. We’re also doing alright with online sales and whatnot. We have no problem whatsoever continuing the DIY thing, but if there is a label that can facilitate certain things, such as helping us get to Europe and maybe places like Japan – which is probably more in the distant future – we’ll definitely consider it. To answer your question, I don’t know if the DIY thing is really intentional or not, but it’s just like life. You live your life day to day and that’s how we approach the band. If we get a tour offer, we consider “okay, is it cool? Fuck yeah, let’s do it.” If it ain’t, then no, let’s not do it. I grew up an only child and I feel like I have 5 brothers now, and we’re all in this together and pushing forward together. If we can do something that exposes us to more people and it’s really done the right way, we’ll do it.

Any last comments?

Thanks for wanting to talk about my band man, that’s cool! (laughs) Thanks a lot though man, I appreciate the interest and I appreciate you supporting us and I appreciate anybody who supports us. I’m not a hippy or anything, but peace and love man (laughs). Good vibes man, that’s all we’re trying to spread man, GOOD VIBRATIONS!

 

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SHOW REVIEW

Since this interview has taken up quite an amount of space, I’m going to do my best to make this show review short, sweet, and to the point. The lineup for the bill was Take Over and Destroy, Year of No Light, and Lesbian at the Shakedown in Bellingham, WA, November 5th (I’m a pro-crastinator, what can I say).

That night I had to haul ass to get to the venue since I had left way later than comfortable when trying to get to a show on time. This being said, I ended up missing the first song in Take Over and Destroy’s set (which I found out later was “Vacant Face”). As I caught my breath, they launched into “Summer Isle,” which set the tone for the rest of their show to come: energetic and confident. Throughout the night, lead singer Andrew Leehart menacingly dashed all over the stage while simultaneously delivering impressive, dynamic vocal lines. All musicians in the band seemed unfazed by the relatively paltry, apathetic audience and instead got more bombastic as the night wore on. They shifted into “Split Screen” and tore into some songs from Endless Night, later closing with “Terminal Burrowing.” They had a fairly short set but were a treat for the time they were on stage. TOAD knows how to write a great song that can get the party started, and their live show was irrefutable proof of that; if the opportunity presented itself, I’d easily see them again. 0/5 FLUSHES (Quick sidenote, some members of TOAD were completely aware of ToH, which gave my heartstrings a lil’ tug).

Next up was Year of No Light, who I was actually expecting to headline. All I knew to expect was that they weren’t going to play any songs off of their only album in my possession, Nord, which furthermore informed me that they’d be completely instrumental. Though I was daunted by my own unfamiliarity with their material, YONL took charge of the crowd and sonically destroyed the Shakedown. In a lot of ways, YONL seemed to flourish this night; with their instrumental music being juxtaposed alongside this intimate setting, something felt so primal and second nature to their music that vocals could only tarnish its sincerity. Crowd anticipation grew with each lumbering riff, while collective hypnosis outpoured when faced with the dizzying drum patterns of Betrand Sebenne and Mathieu Megemont. To sum it all up, YONL were born to play live, especially in close quarters. They’re engaging, interesting, dynamic, fun, and probably one of the best shows you’ll ever see if afforded the pleasure. These guys do the doom/post metal/sludge thing, and they do it damn good. Bandcamp here. 0/5 FLUSHES.

Lesbian was the headlining act, which was a curious and somewhat clumsy role for them to be thrown into. They’re a popular enough local act to where I guarantee a lot more of their friends and fans would have come to see them early in the night, (which in theory would have drawn more of an audience for the previous acts) which also would have left them with more of an audience than what they had headlining. Questionable schedule lineup aside, Lesbian carried on and smoked those still standing. Once again, they played no songs I knew (which sucks, because “Poisonous Witchball” is a fucking crazy good doom jam) and at this point in the night, I was very tired. While I can appreciate Lesbian’s drawn out song formula at the right time of day, all it was doing at this moment was putting me to bed. Regardless, I put on a happy face and tried my best to wrap my head around the material they were playing, which was at times, phenomenal, and other times, lackluster. Either way, the demeanor the members put forth onstage was much worthy compensation for the intricacies I was too ignorant to comprehend in their material (props to the drummer for making crazy faces all night). Lesbian I’d have to give 2/5 flushes purely for the sake of having material that can ramble and dance around the point of the song. But that’s okay, they’re still a force to be reckoned with on stage and on more patient ears their material should be properly weighed (do some weighing on Lesbian’s bandcamp).

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  • God

    Holy crap! checked out their bandcamp and I may need to add that album to my year end list. Until I’m finished listening to it, here is God’s favorite albums of 2014:

    Agalloch: The Serpent and the Sphere
    Anaal Nathrakh: Desideratum
    Avatar: Hail the Apocalypse
    Artificial Brain: Labrynth Constillation
    Behemoth: the Satanist
    Belphegor: Conjuring the Dead
    Benighted: Carnivore Sublime
    Blood of Kingu: Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon
    Bloodbath: Grand Morbid Funeral
    Bloodshot Dawn: Demons
    Blut Aus Nord: Memoria Vetusta III Saturnian Poetry
    Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence
    Combichrist: We Love You
    Coprocephalic: The Oath of Relinquishment
    Chevelle: La Gargola
    Ceremonial Castings: Cthulhu
    Doom:VS: Earthless
    Eluveitie: Origins
    Entombed A.D.: Back to the Front
    Eternally Enthroned: The Gate
    Falconer: Black Moon Rising
    Godflesh: World Only Lit by Fire
    Opeth: Pale Communion
    Gorgasm: Destined to Violate
    Grand Magus: Triumph and Power
    Ichor: Depths
    Illdisposed: with the lost souls on our side
    Incantation: Dirges of Elyzium
    Job for a Cowboy: Sun Eater
    Katatonia: Kocytean (EP)
    Khold: Til Endes
    Mastodon: Once more ’round the sun
    Mayhem: Esoteric Warfare
    Misery Index: the Killing Gods
    Mushroomhead: The Righteous and the Butterfly
    Mustasch: Thank you for the demon
    Nader Sadek: The Malefic Chapter III
    Noctiferia: Pax
    Raubtier: Pansargryning
    Trap Them: Blissfucker
    Sabaton: Heroes
    Sanctuary The year the Sun Died
    Slugdge: Gastronomicon
    Soreption: Engineering the Void
    Triptykon: Melana Chasmata
    Vader: Tibi et Igni
    Vanhelgd: Relics of Sulphur Salvation

    • Yourself damn you and your exorbitant list!

      • God

        Couldnt think of just a top ten!

        • So, uh, what DIDN’T you like?

          • God

            Eh I thought Fallujah and Archspire were Ok

          • Lacertilian

            God doesn’t do Deathless?

          • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

            The Old Believer.

          • Dead Congregation. Guh?

          • God

            Liked it a lot, but not a favorite.

    • One of these things is not like the other (Chevelle)

      • It’s better than Opeth or Mastodon

        • You’re doing it no favors.

        • I wasn’t saying they’re a bad band, they’re one of the few radio rock bands I can listen to without having to punch the livelovers around me.

          • I like them too! And Alter Bridge and Pretty Reckless.

          • I don’t like either of those 🙁

          • God

            Fortress is my jam!

          • PtH’s Fortress > whatever you’re talkin ’bout
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TYIdWK8lU8

          • God

            Like this album too!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Great album

          • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

            The only ultra technical band i like , plus they are canadian so i have to like them. Also the video they did where they dressed up like members of the village people and were on a ship was very entertaining.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Alter Bridge fucking rules.

    • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

      I’d say our lists are pretty similar, but I rhink you included every album released this year.

      • Max

        A few years ago I read that there are now over 4000 heavy metal releases per annum, including demos, singles etc. So, like, you’d have to listen to an album every waking hour of the day just to hear it all once.

        It kind of reminds you why we have sub-genres. So that different bands can be assigned to different people.

        • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

          Given the vast amounts of music I consume it doesn’t seem like a big tjing to do, say, 500 a year (4000 srs!?) but at the end of the year, pondering lists I’m always returned to the aurface to think of the 30 albums I really listened to.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I’d say that I give a good 50 albums more than one spin. I could easily make a top 25 of albums I will keep listening to (then probably forget about 99% of later)

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            The 30 are albums I really devote time to so that they open themselves to me and I may consider myself someone who revels in the filth of the secrets they have excreted over me.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            You make it sound so dirty, Bear-san

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            For your eyes only.

        • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

          I hate to throw a pail of cold water on the proceedings but these new bands are never going to make it. If its for fun thats fine but think about the titans of death metal like suffocation. They drew 150 people with 4 other big names for death metal bands including kataklysm , absolutely astounded me. Bands like akercocke get nowhere. In 2005 when one of their albums came out blabbermouth posted the soundscan numbers for albums released that week and i was extremely troubled and dissilussioned to see that akercocke had sold 400 copies in the US of said album.

          • Max

            It’s pretty sobering, isn’t it? It seems to have gotten to the point where even genre-spawning legacy acts like Suffocation aren’t guaranteed a triumphant tour. Actually, I’ll probably be seeing them in April, so it should be interesting to see what sort of draw they get here. Although I’m pretty sure that whatever numbers any band like this gets in Australia, that’s probably nullified by the sheer cost of coming here to tour.

            And it looks as though Akercocke Mark 2 (ie: Voices) is heading for the same low-level visibility that Akercocke Mark 1 suffered: A good band that everybody knows and gets mainly favourable press, yet nobody actually listens to them much despite their relative originality and quality output.

          • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

            Is it going to be the carnival of death in australia too ?. I probably mentioned before but i payed $15 for my ticket because i got it early. Over 6 hours of entertainment. A person pays that much to go to a movie that only last an hour and 20 minutes. Is it just me or are movies getting shorter and shorter. It used to be that a movie was never less than 90 minutes now it has shrunk to 80 and sometime 75 minutes (which is ridiculous )

          • Max

            It’s Suffocation and Decapitated, so it should be pretty brutal.

            I don’t think we’ve ever had that sort of situation in Australia where you get like, 4+ big names in extreme metal touring on the one bill. We’d probably kill ourselves in ecstasy! I remember reading adverts in the back of Terrorizer in the mid ’90s where you’d see UK tours that had, like, Morbid Angel supported by Dissection and maybe Unleashed or something. To us, that was just unheard of; I don’t know why we didn’t just all emigrate to Europe and be done with it.

            Down here, Morbid Angel would be touring by themselves supported by locals. Dissection never made it to Australia; not sure about Unleashed although I think Grave did finally make it last year. In a way I think it’s kind of good for those bands to be on their own; for them the buzz would be more like when they were first breaking out back home, with fresh, unjaded crowds. When one of the metal giants tours Australia, you don’t just decline seeing them because you don’t like the latest album or something; you know that they may very well not come back for another ten years (if they return at all) so you take the chance when it comes.

            This doesn’t just apply to the club-level death metal acts; it applies to EVERYBODY. Black Sabbath came here last year for what I believe is the first time since the ’70s. Judas Priest only got here on the Jugulator cycle; I don’t think they’d visited Australia before that. I wasn’t so much into them at that time and didn’t bother, which I regret now. They’re coming to the Soundwave festival in March and I HAVE to see them; they’re one of my seven all-time favourite bands and the only one I’ve not seen live yet – and this is undoubtedly my last chance, sans KK or otherwise. It’s real bucket-list stuff for me.

          • Lacertilian

            I can verify everything @disqus_tQGvq7i64T:disqus has said about metal tours in Australia.
            You going to Suffo/Decap? I’m thinking about it after seeing the advertisements on the Manning Bar site, was checking door times to next week’s Revocation, Fit For An Autopsy, Psycroptic & lolbuttz gig.

          • Max

            I really ought to. Although I’m not the biggest Suffocation fan in the world, I respect the hell out of ’em, I do love some of their music and I’ve forgone the opportunity to see them at least once before.

            After 20+ years of showing up for the big international names in death metal, to this day I still can’t get over the novelty of walking into a place filled with people where pretty much everybody looks like me. It makes a refreshing change from every other day. That reason alone is reason enough to attend.

          • Lacertilian

            Same, I tried to get into Suffocation when Guy from The Red Chord was always posting links to old-school Suffocation & Gorguts but I couldn’t at the time.
            I really want to see Decapitated but I know that if I go they’ll play heaps of Blood Mantra, whereas if I stay home they’ll end up playing half of Winds Of Creation or do a Nihility marathon or some shit.

          • KJM

            When I look at my top 10 list from this year, I can reasonably count on seeing maybe 3-4 of them play my area. The others just can’t afford to tour The US.

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

      It has some good things but not enough, most of these are pretty average, runofthemill metal albums. With exceptions, of course, but that’s to be excpected when you include so many albums on your list. 4 ‘>”s out of 10.

      • God

        Yeah I can understand that. I’m not claiming these are the best metal albums of the year, but certainly my favorites.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Tough crowd, this goat…

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      I don’t think I’ve listened to this many albums in the last 5 years, much less in 1. How do you find the time?

      • God

        Long drives to work my friend.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          Ah. Now that I can relate to. My commute used to be 1 hour, if traffic didn’t suck. Traffic usually sucked, so I had to leave the house an hour and 30 min before work just to be sure to make it on time. Thank God (you?) I moved much closer to work last summer. Now it takes only 15-20 minutes to commute. Less money for gas = more money for music. Byah!!

          • God

            Only reason I put up with my drive is because its mainly freeway and my car gets awesome gas milage.

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        God = allmighty. Guh

    • Max

      That’s almost one album for every week of the year. And that’s just the albums you really liked. In metal.

      So presumably you heard at least 2 or 3 other records for each record that’s listed here.

      I’m not trying to imply you’re lying or anything. I just seriously don’t know HOW you kids listen to THAT MUCH STUFF.

      • God

        Long commutes and morning coffee!

        • Max

          That does help to explain it. My piss-poor “keeping up with the haps” efforts would be about 70% piss-poorer without a car.

        • Gvrp

          Dude, commutes, seriously. My drive to campus isn’t super long (around 20 minutes, on slower days), but listening to whatever I want on a car stereo is AWESOME.

        • And omnipotence.

      • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

        Yea, i’m with you, i take out a band discography and play it for a couple of weeks straight. Then move onto something else. I can’t go scattershot with music at all.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Max I wanna see your list, anyways. Even if it’s not all from this year. I just wanna see a Max list.

        • Max

          Well, I could give you my “Greatest of All Time” list, but that’s pretty indulgent and predictable! Still, I love self-indulgence when I’m invited to wallow in it, so just say the word!

          (In other news: Edward, I AM listening to and analysing your two latest recommendations, I promise. Verdicts to come!)

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Oh yeah, the word has been said list away.

          • Max

            Right: When I get home tonight and am safely planted in front of my CD collection for reference, you are in for a bout of nostalgia.

          • Max

            Update: Okay, here we go:

            MAX’S ALL-TIME FAVOURITE ALBUMS

            (Albums listed chronologically by release date except where grouped according to band; NOT necessarily by date of personal encounter/purchase, which can sometimes be years later ‘cos I was a clueless fuck.)

            *Van Halen – 1984 (1984)
            – 5150 (1986)
            (NB: IF I have a favourite all-time band, it’s Van Halen. And IF I have a favourite all-time record, it’s 5150.)

            Bathory – Blood, Fire, Death (1988)
            – Hammerheart (1990)

            Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration (1988)

            *Slayer – South of Heaven (1988)
            – Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
            – Divine Intervention (1994)
            (NB: I can’t nominate a favourite Slayer record out of these three; I’ve been trying for years.)

            Peter Gabriel – Passion (1989)

            *Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness (1990)
            – Heartwork (1993)
            (NB: My favourite extreme metal band of all time is definitely Carcass.)

            *Entombed – Left Hand Path (1990)
            – Clandestine (1991)
            (NB: IF I have a favourite extreme metal album of all time, it’s Clandestine.)

            *Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)

            Sonic Youth – Goo (1990)

            Cathedral – Forest of Equilbrium (1991)

            NOFX – Ribbed (1991)

            Pungent Stench – Been Caught Buttering (1991)

            Voivod – Angel Rat (1991)

            Brutal Truth – Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses (1992)

            Deicide – Legion (1992)

            Dream Theater – Images and Words (1992)

            Rollins Band – The End of Silence (1992)

            Darkthrone – Under a Funeral Moon (1993)

            Impaled Nazarene – Ugra Karma (1993)

            *Mayhem – Live in Leipzig (1993; recorded in 1990)
            – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
            (NB: Live in Leipzig is my favourite black metal record; if Clandestine or Symphonies of Sickness weren’t my favourite extreme metal record overall, it would be this. Symphonies is the Father, Clandestine is the Son, and Leipzig is the Unholy Ghost of my extreme metal worship.)

            *Morbid Angel – Covenant (1993)

            Burzum – Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (1994)

            At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul (1995)

            Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane (1995)

            Edge of Sanity – Crimson (1996)

            In Flames – Whoracle (1997)

            Bloodbath – Resurrection Through Carnage (2002)

            Gorguts – Colored Sands (2013)

            Fun Facts

            1) Asterisk (*) denotes one of my definitively All-Time Seven Favourite Bands. I have many more records by these bands.

            2)The predominant year appears to be 1990 (7 releases on this list). I was aged fifteen. Curiously, I only heard ONE of those records that year.

            3) The next predominant year is tied between ’91 and ’93. The whole thing is massively biased toward the ’90s, which betrays my age group pretty blatantly. I once tallied up my whole record collection by year of release – 1993 was the dominant year, followed by ’94, then ’92, then ’96 and ’98 tied. The ’90s in general massively outnumbered the ’80s, ’00s and ’10s. I told you I was boring and nostalgic!

            4) Honourable mention must go to a compilation record called Grindcrusher – The Ultimate Earache. It was the one record that changed my life more than any other. Had I not heard that record, I would not be conversing with you and the rest of my comrades on this blog right now.

            Go on, Edward – your turn!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Max I am going to return to this when I have time to properly respond, lol.

            I am highly impressed.

    • Akercocke ov Steele

      All this stuff about suns.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I read that as “snus” lol

    • God’s lists: All metal releases in 2014>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • what’s the difference between that Katatonia EP and the original songs? Because I think it’s a compilation, isn’t it?

      Btw, glad to see Entombed A.D. love. I dug that record.

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        It’s a b-side compilation.

      • God

        What nordling said and yeah I thoroughly enjoyed the new entombed record. It still gets regular spins.

    • KJM

      Props for Opeth, Nader Sadek, and Triptykon.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      BAM!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Here’s my list:
    1. Fuck lists.

    • God

      What a shame. I was genuinely curious as to what your favorite albums this year were.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Sorry god. In all honesty, it’s impossible to keep up with all these tunes. My list would be sparse. Also, fuck lists.

        • God

          Gotta respect a King who sticks to his principles that’s for damn sure.

          • Gvacamole Jim

            yeah God! What was the deal with that Old Testament/New Testament switcharoo??

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      This is a good list.

    • 2. Fuck everything else

      • 3. Fuck Mountain

        • The Satan Ov Hell

          4. kvnting void

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      agreed…plus my attention span really sucks.

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    Damn I wish Lesbian would make an appearance here. Used to habe a raging boner for them. Also TOAD is fricken rad.

    • God
      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        Forestelevision, Powerwhorses, Black Forest Hamm, daddy’s missed you.

      • God, this is my first exposure to Lesbian. >>> / 10

    • Raging boner for lesbian ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        Is this the famous ladyboner now?

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

          Transsexuals >>>>>>>>>>>

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Shemale section of the inter(woven)web>>>>>>>>>>>

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            It most certainly is a large portion of it.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            The only part besides the allmighty toilet worth visiting.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            *owning a subscription to

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Got me there.

          • Death

            So we’re talking about this again

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            (S)he started it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            (S)he wanted it.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Got me again. Damn you’re good at this.

          • Death

            You two should start going out with each other if you already haven’t.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            My wooing attempts have been systematically ignored.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I’ve only got eyes for @metaphysicalanus:disqus

          • Death

            But I may or may not be taken. I’m not even sure about it. Ask McNulty

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I’ll add you both to the list.

          • Death

            I meant to ask him if we’re still together. No one knows what goes on in his head.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            What is your opinion on the band Focus and their song Hocus Pocus?

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

          • Death

            They’re ok.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I like them because they yodel and because they rock hard. What is your opinion on the greatness of Creedence Clearwater Revival?

          • Death

            Don’t care about them.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            What about Grand Funk Railroad or George Clinton?

          • Death

            Parliament-Funkadelic is pretty sweet, havn’t bothered with GFR

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Lets all name things my mother listens to / 10

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Curse you! I like GFR and Parliament/Funkadelic!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I like that funny photo. George Clinton is the man.

          • KJM

            ^^ This. Love Clinton related stuff, don’t care about GFR.

          • KJM

            CCR are one of the best rock bands America has ever produced.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Too much rhyming

          • KJM

            Best yodeling ever. This was actually a pretty big radio hit when it came out.

          • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

            Plus wasn’t it the theme song on the coogan series saxondale ? Or was that jethro tull ?

          • KJM

            I don’t know.

          • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

            I must have been talking to someone else about the show.

          • KJM

            Yeah, I don’t know that show.

          • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

            One of the best things steve coogan has done and that is saying something. It’s about a retired roadie who lives in the past , is divorced and has an anger management problem. He is also an exterminator. Hilarious but strangely sad at the same time.

          • KJM

            Wow, that’s a truly unique premise.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I’m taken by someone outside of this site.

          • Death

            Good for you.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            You don’t know her Jimmy. She’s beautiful and she’s nice.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            She looks awfully metallic.

          • my heart… my poor heart. it can take little more of this

          • Death

            You’re not clear enough, mate!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I found something else that Death likes. Death likes Parliament/Funkadelic which I like as well.

          • if you’ve got red blood pumping through your veins, you like P/F

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            They’re so good! Who can hate their greatness?

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I’m out, then.

          • Death

            Dude, you don’t like P/F? Seriously? Get out now!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I dont hate them, but I dont <3 them, either. You'll never see it on my recently played list. So i can't frontttt

          • Death

            You’re still here? I told you to go away. Come back when you like P/F!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            I donno what I ever saw in you! I was gonna kidnapp you and treat you halfway human!

          • Death

            Go now! This is my swamp!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Mollusk!

          • Death

            Hey! That’s our word you racist fuck!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Y-you… you…. BARNACLE

          • Death

            You are the ugly barnacle!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

            Fucking mudkips

          • Death

            Mudkips are good pokemons, but I prefer the Treecko line when it comes to gen 3 starters!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS
          • Death

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS
          • Death

            Long time no see, old friend. One ov my favourite Shreks

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS
          • Edward #negrod4eva

            This is the best Shrek.

          • Death

            I knew you’d like it.

          • VVorld Peace

            George Clinton put on one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen.

          • KJM

            3 hours of the craziest music ever.

          • Lacertilian

            can it be cold blood?

          • Death

            I’m sorry Jimmy. Plz take me back!

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I’ll never stop dreaming
            #Don’tGiveUp2014

          • Death

            Don’t stop believing, hold on to the feeling!

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
            ‘Til I see Marianne walk away

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Boston fucking rules. Tom Scholz is a beast on guitar.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            How did you know I love Journey?

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS
          • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon
      • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon

        Where on Pornhub might I find this?

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    From TOAD I jump to this, anyone else love Vulture Industries? Like Enslaved and Nick Cave and FNM and Arcturus and Waits had a threesome (and then some). Just too good.

    • God

      WOOOOO!!! The Tower was amazing. for anyone unfamiliar, prepare yourselves for a ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=813r7lEfox4

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        Pretty angry I learned of them only this year
        Also “Blood Don’t Eliogabalus”

        • God

          Probably one of my favorite albums of ’13

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Well would’ve been mine too. Eliogabalus, Hound, Lost among liars. SO GOOD!

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        I was aware of this band but haven’t checked them out until just now. Now I’m kicking myself for not listening to them sooner. Thank you, O’ Lord!

      • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon

        Holy fucking shit, this RULES!!!!!!! Sorta reminds me of A Forest Of Stars, with a pinch of Arcturus.

    • CT-12

      I have to give them more of a shot; I listened to some of their material a while ago and thought it was good but didn’t really pursue it as much as I should have. Definitive song I should check out?

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        Well The Hound is maybe my favorite, but can’t really get a good picture of the band from it. Or from any other single song, they’ve got this really obscure thing going on. Lost Among Liars is another great one. So maybe either one of those and Blood On The Trails for a more metal aspect of their sound.

    • Lacertilian

      You’ve sold me on the FNM, Nick Cave & Tom Waits combo.
      Have to check it out.

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Now, why would you, as an intelligent and rational alien race, spend precious recources on taking over a planet, only to then destroy it? It’s absurd!

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Semi-related: I just watched the sci-fi movie “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise last night on HBO, and surprisingly didn’t hate it.

      • d00d i like that movie! good score too. score >>> film.
        well, the sets and props were str8-up rocket.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          Yea it was actually decent for a Tom Cruise flick and the score was tits. Predictable plot, but entertaining none-the-less.

          • if you care enough, watch the making-of featurette. lots of practical effects were used when you think they were CGI. AND they actually built that speeder he drove around in! so cool

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Cool man, I’ll have to check it out.

          • KJM

            I like to see practical effects making a comeback. CGI should just be used to smooth out the rough edges, so to speak.

          • VVorld Peace

            Definitely better than expected.

        • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon

          I only heard the M83 track on there, and given how much I LOVE M83, definitely got my vote. Goddamn, that film sucked wet dingleberries out of Kim Kardashian’s ass, though!

      • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon
  • HessianHunter

    North is a sweet band. They killed it when they played Minneapolis. Like, Earthrise, the loudest band in town, who play through full stacks for basement shows, were like “Dude, that was nuts. That was so loud. We have to be louder.”

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      “turn these up to 11!”

  • OldMetalHead

    Great interview Man. Dude seems really cool.

    • CT-12

      Thanks man, he was!

  • this album rules crazytaco_12! will have to wait til payday, but will buy / 10

  • These Take Over and Destroy are GOOD!!!!!! I’m paused what I was listening to pay close attention to them

    • CT-12

      Yeah dude, I was really digging the album in October, seemed to fit the season. “Glance Away” totally sounds like a punk rock Dissection song to me, was pissed they didn’t play it.

  • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

    Coincidentally, I did put YONL’s Vampyr on blast again the other day. Damn those guys are good, too.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Pubic Typhoon

      Classic movie, btw (Vampyr).

      • BLVKKBEVRD’S KYDNVP VYKTYMS

        Your avatars and usernames keep getting scarier.

      • KJM

        Even though there is sound in that movie you can easily substitute the soundtrack of your choice without losing anything.