You should probably mention that Joe Walsh produces his band, especially since that’s mentioned in the article you’ve linked at the end of the article. As selfish, idiotic, and hilarious as I think this is, stating that connection would at least put this in much better perspective.
If there was a bible on how to not be a hipster douche bag, this would be in it.
First, Hopscotch is held in various venues in downtown Raleigh, so it’s not really your typical festival atmosphere. Second, The venue he made the comments in is an 800 capacity theater. Having actually been at the show, I felt the crowd was relatively upbeat for Mark Maguire’s set beforehand. It honestly just felt like a joke blown out of proportion. That being said, people were still talking a decent amount and it was annoying, so this discussion is still merited in my opinion. Overall, his show was still good.
Oh, and Harakiri for the Sky has an awesome cover of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears.
I’m gonna repost the short list here because for whatever reason my last comment is awaiting moderation…
Honestly, the biggest problem I have (if you can call it that) is that there’s no one that comes even close to what HoF is doing in terms of sound AND quality.
Mantar – Two piece from Germany, has a little bit or a garage feel. The vocals seem to fall into a shouting more punk style.
Kyuss – The pre-cursor to Queens of the Stone Age (Songs for the Deaf is essential, as well). John Garcia’s vocals are awesome.
Usnea – If you like the doom sound (YOB), but heavier vocals, these guys are much newer. They also go into black metal at times. (I’m guessing this isn’t your jam, but I really like it)
I’m no journalist, but High on Fire is my favorite band, so, in order of how they were released (assuming you’re going to get Death is this Communion) I will try to explain the differences. The bottom line is that all of the records are good and you should just buy them all. Anyway, here goes:
-Art of Self Defense is probably their “softest” record. But it’s the first after Sleep, so maybe you could consider it a transition. I still love that album. It gets right to the point and the aggression is immediate. The Southern Lord Reissue makes
-Surrounded by Thieves has some great songs, but I honestly don’t like how the recording sounds.
-Blessed Black Wings is probably the closest peer to Death is this Communion. It has that dirty sound while still being well recorded (Steve Albini’s work).
-Snakes for the Divine is wonderful, but the production is very polished.
-De Vermis Mysteriis is probably their best sounding record ever, the drums are just amazing and the songs are punishing from beginning to end. Recorded by Kurt Ballou from Converge if that means much to you.
For my money, I’d get De Vermis Mysteriis and Death is this Communion if you had to start somewhere. That being said, if you’re pre-ordering YOB from relapse, it’s probably easiest to get Blessed Black Wings and DitC as they were both released on that label.
I think a lot of it has to do with the track ordering, too. “Marrow” definitely benefits from being last.
“Nothing to Win”… Honestly, I’m trying to think of things to say about this album and I really can’t think of anything more than you’ve already said. It’s just that good.
OH. FUCK. YES.
Also, if you can only listen to one track, make it the last one, “Marrow.” It will just rip your emotions out and tear them to shreds. DO IT.
I’m so clumsy, but you already know…
You caught me. I will freely admit to never having been to one of their festivals. But from a pure economic standpoint, I do think there is an overload.