The serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer isn’t exactly new ground for metal artists to cover – Japanese stoner boogie overlords Church of Misery didn’t miss the opportunity to add him to the list of killers they’ve based songs on, and grind legends Macabre had a whole album on him (‘Everybody do the Dahmer!’). Even so, it hasn’t stopped Flayed Disciple from tackling the subject of Dahmer head on. More so, they’ve only gone and created a downright nasty video to accompany it – plenty of shaky camera movement and grisly imagery make this an assault of depravity, occasionally cutting away to shots of the band, who pummel away at their instruments while their vocalists emits agonized brutal howls doing his best Chris Barnes impression (visually).
In all seriousness, we recommend you check out said video, after the jump, obviously. Flayed Disciple have been one of the leading lights of the UK extreme metal underground for a while now and their debut album ‘Death Hammer‘ is released on May 28. On this evidence, they’re going to tear the scene a new one.
I could use other musical examples, but where’s the fun in that? Everybody knows AC/DC deliver good riffs, Ramones great three-chord melodies and The Wildhearts deliver cracking choruses again and again. I don’t need to go over them all the time. So to get to the point, on their fifteenth studio album ‘Utilitarian‘, have Napalm Death’s standards slipped? Not a chance. The Birmingham grindcore legends post-millennium renaissance continues on its constantly rising boom in stark comparison to the world economy’s bust, and, even in a genre where is in rude health at present, one of the scene’s forerunners is back to rightfully reclaim their throne.
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Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora probably wasn’t known to many people outside boxing circles before his clash with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitchko a couple of weeks back. So its safe to say, this was a huge opportunity to make a name for himself. And that he did. For all the wrong reasons. Slapping Vitali at the weigh-in. Spitting water at Vitali’s world champion brother Wladimir. Trying to get at Vitali after the result was announced. All this, yet he’d possibly redeemed himself a little bit following a gallant performance in defeat to the elder Klitchko. Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. David Haye, former world heavyweight champion and somewhat tarnished by his defeat to Wladimir, which he infamously blamed on his little toe. Haye was at the post-fight press conference and heckled from the back, angling for a fight with Vitali. Chisora threw insults at Haye. Haye retorted back. Chisora got up and went eyeball to eyeball with Haye in the middle of the media scrum. The rest is now history.
At this point you may be asking, what has any of this got to do with this blog, or rock and metal music in general? Well…
Gorerotted – Only Tools and Corpses
(from ‘Only Tools and Corpses‘, Metal Blade, 2003)
OK, so now you may be wondering, really what has this got to do with boxing at all? Well you’d be right. The title track from UK goregrind/death metal nasties Gorerotted’s definitive opus hardly screams out as a boxing anthem a la Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ or LL Cool J’s ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, with it’s macabre and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about carving up the dead. That said, the song doesn’t half pack a punch and it doesn’t mess about in assimilating everything that stands before it.
Think about it symbolically instead. In Chisora and Haye, we have a couple of proverbial tools whose actions that night shamed the sport they love. The corpses in question are potentially Chisora’s career – though I expect his remorse will ensure he still has one – and almost certainly Haye’s legacy, which could have been something great but will instead now be something of a joke. Plus, this choice of song is more than ironic, given its obvious tealeafing of the classic TV series Only Fools and Horses’ opening theme tune drumbeat, and dear old Dereck’s love for the show (whose theme tune he normally walks to the ring to). Whatever happens, its certain that Chisora and Haye might have some wheeler-dealing of their own to if they’re to salvage anything from this mess.
Also in the series:
Beneath the Massacre
The metal scene is absolutely flooded with bands of a technical variety, and it goes without saying there’s a fight to get to the very top. Based on their previous record, ‘Dystopia‘, I wouldn’t count Montreal, Canada’s Beneath the Massacre in that upper echelon, as my expectations for that record were somewhat dampened by a lack of creativity that stifled the promise shown on their debut effort ‘Mechanics of Dysfunction‘.
Still, that hasn’t stopped this brutal crew from ploughing forth. New album ‘Incongruous‘ is another 11 tracks of brutal technical death metal from the French-Canadians, and long time fans and indeed those who simply have BTM on their radar shouldn’t expect anything different to before. The guitars weedle, squeal and dizzy more than ever before, as the quartet blast their way through eleven punishing tracks. Songs such as ‘Hunted’ and ‘It’ breathe menace and punishing complexity. It’s still the same old same old, a problem in that everything risks bleeding into one another, but Beneath The Massacre have wisened up a little, showing improved intelligence and less reliant on breakdowns, which were too numerous on ‘Dystopia‘ and too one-dimensional. Even when they do go for the chug there’s a little more invention, giving them a sharper edge.
All said and done, ‘Incongruous‘ is a step up from ‘Dystopia‘, despite being largely more of the same. There’s still a few kinks here and there but for the large part, there’s improvement. It won’t set the world alight, but its a positive sign of a band maturing into an effective killing machine. They’re not such a known name over here, especially with so many tech heads about and after two full lengths as well. ‘Incongruous‘ ought to at least ensure that doesn’t stretch to three.