Monday, December 14, 2009

Only one day late!

So, I managed to remember to do the song of the week this time, although I'm a day late on it. Ah well. I'll get the hang of this regular posting stuff someday.

Demolition Hammer - Infectious Hospital Waste

So, I'm turning the clock back a bit this time. The last 2 songs of the week (also the only 2...) were within the last couple years. This one comes from the year 1990, almost two decades ago. But, I felt like posting about it because Demolition Hammer has been somewhat forgotten by a large number of metalheads, and they made some really cool thrash back in the day.

Now then, I'll talk about the actual song. Like many thrash songs, it simply starts out with fast aggressive riffing. The production is raw, and gives it a bit of a muffled feeling. This is unfortunate, as it somewhat lessens the impact of the riffs, but it's not too much of a detriment. The riffs are quite simply, great. They're surprising brutal for thrash metal, and frequently are on the verge of crossing over into death metal riffing. Indeed, Demolition Hammer seems to be very close to being death metal throughout much of their music (except for their last album, but that's a tale for another blog post). The vocals however are pure thrash. Raw shouting and spitting. It's what good thrash vocals should be, and they do their part. The song goes on for about 5 minutes, riffing away with this brutal thrash style. It's a great song, and shows how brutal you can really make thrash metal.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Aaaagh! Song of the week!

So, due to a variety of problems (such as me being sick), there were never any more short song reviews after the Swashbuckle song, even though I promised to do them every week. I apologize, and intend to make this a regular thing. Or as regular as possible. So then, onto the song.

Vesania - Rage of Reason:
So, for those of you that don't know Vesania is a symphonic black metal band, with some death metal thrown in here and there. They come from Poland, and their vocalist is Orion, the bassist of Behemoth, a Polish band that's very well known within the metal world. However, I'll avoid comparing this song to any of Behemoth's work. Now then, this song is rather good. It's got entertaining guitarworks, and good keyboard work. The keyboards really do complement the music well. They don't simply supplement the guitars, or drown them out either. They interact with them very well. Now, the vocals are what I really like about this song. Orion really has a unique style of black metal vocals, and the melodies he rasps, are very nice. The chorus is good raspy fun. There's one weird part in the song where you hear carnival music, but I guess that's to be expected considering what the artwork was for the album from which this song was; a creepy jester mask that would be right at home in some sort of bizarre evil-carnival.

So then, my overall decision is that this is a good song. Not amazing, but quite fun.

Grade: 8.2/10