Guilty Displeasures: Bands I’m Ashamed That I Don’t Like

 

Opeth 2014 Pale Communion

Opeth

An individual’s taste is a strange creature- eager to fervently praise and adore one thing, only to be repulsed or offended by something else at a fickle turn. This notion is perhaps best embodied in the preferences of a metal fan (look no further than the comments on any band’s Facebook page or YouTube channel)- where a band can receive almost religious devotion or some of the cruellest criticisms and insults. I’m sure that the majority of the time, we feel assured in our own personal likes and dislikes- but I know there’s definitely times when I know I should like a band. They may be seen as highly influential, superb musicians, or just simply good, and yet I can’t get into it- I just can’t comprehend the adulation that some fans share with certain artists or bands. In the spirit of this confusion, I’d like to share a selection of bands that I, unfortunately, don’t like. Continue reading

Saving Oceano

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Oceano Ascendants Band Photo

Before I start this I’d like to state that I am a fan of Oceano- and have been for the past 4-5 years. I remember discovering them when I was exploring YouTube, specifically when I stumbled across “District Of Misery”, and the first album of theirs that I owned was Contagion– an album that I remember receiving on my 14th birthday. I really enjoyed that album and I recall simply being enthralled at how heavy this band was, and how this latest addition to my expanding CD collection was affirming my newfound taste for more extreme styles of metal. Continue reading

5 Songs That Need To Be Covered… And The Bands To Do It

vinyl-record-playerWhen it comes to covers, the act of covering another artist’s song, this endeavour can be a tricky subject. Although a cover can often provide a gateway to introducing fans to the bands that have inspired their favourite artists, the execution of these ideas can often be hit or miss. Stick too rigidly to the source material provided and you really just have a note for note cover with no real purpose (think Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics) or stray too far from the original and you get a song that satisfies no one (Slayer’s cover of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild). However, when done just right, a cover can be worthy addition to any band’s catalogue- even to their live set. Without further ado, I’d like to present my selection of songs (from a range of alternative/rock/metal styles) and the bands that should give it a shot. Continue reading

5 things I want to see on the new Skeletonwitch EP & 1 thing I don’t

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Skeletonwitch 2016

Skeletonwitch are set to release their new four track EP, entitled The Apothic Gloom, this summer- a highly anticipated addition to their already solid back catalogue. Aside from the significance of this being a new release for the band, this new EP is notable for being the debut for the band’s new vocalist Adam Clemans, who replaced original vocalist Chance Garnette last year. Despite the band already releasing lead single Well of Despair, as well as playing new song Black Waters  on the Decibel Tour, I thought it would still be a great opportunity to give my thoughts on what I’d like to see from the new EP (and possibly the new album the band has hinted at)- along with what I don’t want. Continue reading