Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Unexpected

Over the years I have seen quite a few opening acts and also headliners about which I had no previous knowledge, where I was there to see a specific band on the bill and really knew nothing about the others. The vast majority of these bands failed to sink a hook in me at all, even though they may have put on a good show and the music was solid enough. In fact, since my first live show in 1984 there have been exactly two bands that completely blew me away, both of which went on to win places in my Exalted Pantheon of Musical Greatness. Here are three tracks from each.

This NOLA trio is equally at home in mind-splintering, half-speed damnation or in full-on, full-speed aural assault.

I love the one-two punch of their roaring dual singers, the crazy mixed-meter looping riffs and the hardcore ethos.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009