Save Yourself

Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated. It just seems like I’m in one of those funks where I lose interest in a lot of things, and it would seem that posting regularly on my website is one of those things. Combine that with the fact that I have nothing to say for the most part, and you get this. There are people like dooce that can post three times a day and it’s always interesting, insightful, or humorous, but I’m not one of those people.

One thing I can say is that I’ve been listening to a few new bands as of late, and they all have made it into my “cool bands” category. Chimaira and Nevermore top that list. Chimaira’s latest album, “Chimaira,” is fucking awesome, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that gives the horns on a regular basis. There are some total headbanger songs on it, the most of which being “Save Ourselves.” That song really gets the blood moving. Nevermore’s latest album, “This Godless Endeavor,” is also quite sweet. I missed them on Gigantour, but I won’t let that stop me. They actually benefit from a good singer, which is in short supply these days. They are a total 7-string band, but in the best way. They use the whole range of the 7-string instead of just banging on the low B like all of the crap bands of today seem to do. They also are quite masterful with leads, and their drummer is sweet as well.

I’ve also picked up a few In Flames and Lamb of God discs as well. They get a bit more of a mixed review. In Flames is pretty good musically, but they have another one of those horrid singers, somewhat along the lines of Children of Bodom. Their older stuff seems to be musically awesome though, so it looks like I’ll be learning to tolerate more crappy vocals much like I have with CoB. Lamb of God is an enigma to me… one minute I’m totally digging what they’re doing, and the next I’m like, “why am I listening to this again?” They’re growing on me though. They have a pretty talented rhythm section that does a lot of cool syncopated rhythms, but a lot of the time they sound like one of those crappy 7-string bands that I referred to earlier. Then they’ll prove me wrong and rip off a sweet riff or a cool harmonized lead part, and then I’m confused again. Their vocalist could be better classified as a “barker,” but at least barks coherently and clearly. It’s suprisingly easy to understand what he’s saying, so I guess there’s something to be said about that.

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