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Intentionally or not, the title is lifted from Ghostface's verse on "Protect Ya Neck": "I give an order to my peeps across the water/To go and snatch up props all around the border/And get far like a shooting star/Cause who I are is living the life of Pablo Escobar" So...this is Kanye's Wu-Tang tribute album?
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February 11, 2016 on Kanye West Reveals The Life Of Pablo (!) Tracklist
That's an excellent point, I haven't stopped listening to Megadeth since Mustaine's descent into lunacy. Even if he hasn't done anything as egregious as, say, the Anselmo fiasco (that I know of), I certainly don't agree with his politics, but because he's made some of my all-time favourite metal albums, I hold him to a different standard than a band like Cobalt who I don't have that attachment to. So yeah, definitely some hypocrisy there on my part. I guess I'm still trying to figure out where to draw the line - a person could really drive themselves crazy thinking about all of this.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
No worries, it's obviously a sensitive subject, and I definitely should have been clearer with my original comment. (In my defense, I didn't ask Adrien because someone else on Twitter beat me to it, I believe he responded that the album was amazing musically, but he was reserving full judgement until he read the lyrics and talked to the band. Plus, I'm always tweeting at him about hockey, I'm sure he's sick of me bugging him!) I'm definitely curious to hear the rest of the new album, if it's as good as this song, but I just want to get some more background on Charlie Fell before I do. For the same reason that I'm hesitant to go back and check out Gin and Eater of Birds, great as they may be - I don't know the details of the Phil McSorley situation, but "spewing misogynist/homophobic slurs" doesn't sound too promising, I just know that "McSorley is a misogynistic homophobic bastard" would be running through my head the whole time. I understand the "separate the art from the artist" argument, but it just never works for me personally. Anyway, I'd certainly be interested to hear more of the "book" on Fell, but I understand your reasoning for not giving it. I've never read any of Laina Dawes' stuff, nor did I hear the NPR podcast you mentioned, so thanks for those recommendations, I'll have to check them out.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I didn't mean to criticize you, Michael, just wanted to get your take on Charlie Fell, obviously I went about it the wrong way. It's not necessarily that I don't care about these bands, just that I don't really know much about them as of yet, or about Charlie Fell in particular - I don't know if he should be excommunicated, I don't know *what* to think about him, which is why I asked the question. Like you said, that line is indefensible, and I was curious why you didn't mention it, but your explanation makes perfect sense. Didn't mean to be antagonistic, and I apologize.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I don't know, that Lord Mantis lyric that Adrien quoted in the Blood & Thunder piece you linked to strikes me as more than just "insensitive". To quote further from that article: "Some might argue that it takes on a different metaphorical meaning in context, but when such a line perpetuates a hateful stereotype of a black person as a raping brute, it is damaging to the African-American community, and wholly unacceptable, without exception...nobody, save for the excellent website Last Rites, made the effort to take Fell and Lord Mantis to task for that hateful, racist lyric...Racism in heavy metal, like homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny, must be addressed mercilessly, no matter what excuse given by the artist, no matter how “nice” or “cool” the artist is...seriously, Cobalt. What the hell?" I've never really followed Cobalt or Lord Mantis, so I don't know the full background, I'm just honestly asking: has something changed in the past couple of years that Charlie Fell now gets a pass (as opposed to, say, certain other prominent metal vocalists who shall remain nameless)?
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February 9, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I've heard them all now, I don't think In Mourning is as good as the first two, but man, those first two are awesome.
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February 7, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
I picked up the Obscura record on Friday, and I love it too. I'm surprised that none of the other Black Market guys are into this, I don't find it overly "jazz-fusiony", and unlike a lot of tech-death albums, they don't let the insane complexity get in the way of actual memorable songs. Highly recommended.
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February 7, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
I remember the Disincarnate album, I used to own it when it first came out, it got some attention in the metal press because of the James Murphy connection. Haven't heard it in ages, I'll have to revisit it. I'm honestly amazed that I hadn't heard the Brutality album before, it would have been right in my wheelhouse in 1993 (and now, for that matter), you wouldn't think an album that good would just slip under the radar. And it was on Nuclear Blast! Anyway, better late than never - I see they put out a couple of other albums in '95 and '97, I'll have to check those out too.
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February 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
I'm not entirely sold on the new Brutality album, but I'm listening to the '93 debut right now, and it's incredible. Seriously...how have I never heard this before?
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February 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
Hmmm, I thought that Obscura comment looked familiar :) Anyway, I haven't heard the whole album yet, but I'm definitely curious to (15-minute closer? With a string section? Interesting...). Human-era Death is definitely an apt comparison, which might explain why I like it so much, even though I'm more of an Individual Thought Patterns man myself. Really like the Miasmal and Borknagar tracks too, thanks for the heads-up on those. Actually, the whole column this month has an even higher "songs I like"/"songs I don't" ratio than usual - great job kicking off the year, guys. (Also, has it really been almost 30 years since Cliff? Damn.)
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January 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
Any minute now he's going to ride up out of his grave on a motorcycle like in the "Killed By Death" video. RIP Lem.
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December 31, 2015 on R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister
Wow. I wasn't expecting this list to go up until the end of the month (like the Black Market usually does), and I just started a new job so I haven't had time to visit Stereogum as often as usual, so imagine my surprise to find that not only has it been up for 5 days already, but it's got almost 100 comments as well. Anyway, anything I would have said has pretty much already been covered, so I'll just add that I'm glad to see Panopticon in the top spot (it's my #1 too), and sorry to see Black Breath miss the cut. This is the best year-end metal list I've seen so far, as it has been the last few years - thanks guys, keep it up.
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December 15, 2015 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2015
The big, weepy, melodramatic ballads don't interest me in the slightest, but she's obviously doing something right, so more power to her. I guess every generation gets its own Celine Dion, and she's ours.
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December 15, 2015 on Watch Adele’s Live In New York City Concert Special
I think I might like that Obscura song better than anything that made the actual list, which surprises me because I'm not generally a big fan of overly technical death metal. I wouldn't have thought it possible for a tech-death song to be moody, melancholic and subdued, but they nailed it.
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December 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2015
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November 20, 2015 on Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion
I like Gibbs a lot, but I have to admit that I'm actually more excited for the new Jadakiss album that's also out this week (assuming it doesn't get delayed again before Friday).
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November 18, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Shadow Of A Doubt
It's almost hard to believe how Panopticon just keep getting better and better - there's a good chance they're going to be my AOTY for the second year in a row, it's neck-and-neck between them and Tribulation right now. Also great to see that Aaron loves Grave as much as I do - when it comes to that classic Swedish death metal sound, nobody even comes close to them anymore, the new album slays!
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November 2, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2015
Yeah, it's definitely just a matter of taste for me, it's just not a vocal style that I've ever been a fan of (give me Petrov over van Drunen every time). Having said that, I do think the music on the album is awesome, it's a big step up from Ecdysis IMO, so I'm not ready to just write it off without spending some more time with it.
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October 28, 2015 on Stream Horrendous Anareta (Stereogum Premiere)
Well, I'm not a metal newcomer by any means, but I still think the vocals are a real problem. On the strength of the music alone I can see this getting a 10 from Decibel, but the vocals drag it down to at least a 7 or 8 for me (I was never a big Pestilence fan back in the day either, so I guess that explains it). I'm trying though, I'm really trying!
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October 28, 2015 on Stream Horrendous Anareta (Stereogum Premiere)
Celebrities - they're just like us!
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October 7, 2015 on Jack White Shows Up At Neighborhood Potluck