I’m tired. I’ve had the flu during the first three days of this week. Went to work again for the first time today and had a 12 hours away from home day straight away. I’m a wuss I know. Call me wussy as much as you like, but there’s still only going to be two bands up today. Fuck yeah.
The theme in common today is that of being crossover. In the world of cars, crossover means taking two different models, throw ‘em together in a new model and call it Sports Fucktivity Convertible Transporter or something. In music bands can do the same, but unlike with cars, the result isn’t usually as ugly as a dog’s rear end – it can be, but it just isn’t usually.
Today’s two bands have both taken two or more genres and stuck them together in ingenious ways. That or I’m just a musical idiot. Signs of Misfortune, from Switzerland, mixes Melodic Metal with Punk and Into the Void, from the US, does the same with Prog Rock, Hardcore, a bit of Thrash and something dirty.
Signs of Misfortune – Anxiety
Take some Melodic Death Metal music and add some raw Punk vocals. You know, like being
sung shouted by a guy drunk on beer and hoarse from having just smoked a pack of ciggies. This seems about to be the recipe Signs of Misfortune has used.
The result isn’t unpleasant for the ear at all. I doubt if I’d hang in there for a full album, but a couple of songs definitely cheers me up. Because I wanna go smack myself down on the couch I’ll leave it at this. More music and info here.
Into the Void – Leave this World
Today’s second band is from the US of A, from Fairmont, West Virginia to be exact. They are a band that couldn’t decide between Prog Rock and some sort of thrashy Hardcore Metal. The result is a multi-tentacled freak that grabs you by the nuts first from one direction and then from the other.
They seem to like rockets and space and shit, so that’s why I stuck a fancy spacy pic up there. In case you were wondering.
The music starts all Seventies freakshow with organs and guitars. But it doesn’t take a minute for a dirt punk type of grease metal to start. The guy responsible for the vocals isn’t really grunting or anything, but he’s not singing cleanly either. It’s more like a madman oracling and at the point of throwing up in the mic.
The result is something that I can definitely appreciate. It’s different, it’s original, and because it’s that and very pleasant to listen to that counts for a lot in my book! If you think the same way, you’re in a bit of luck today, as the two-headed – it seems to be two brothers and before you ask, no, I have no idea why there’s a third dude on the band pic and who he is – band offers its four-track album up for free download. Or perhaps you’re just a bit Dutch inside and you really like free stuff. Either way, run run run in this direction!