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Doomsayertunes: Apocalypse Playlist

The Official Countdown

Well it seems as if the message we sent out has reached a few of you in the great state of Michigan! Let’s get this Apocalypse started! Scientist are doing there part defying natural order and ushering the tipping point of Chaos! Gawker has provided a list for the survivors of what not to take with us in the New World. Now what we need are some tunes to play us into the end! It’s been awhile since we dropped some new Doomsayer tunes on you faithful Goatfucks, so we’re a little behind on some of these but if you haven’t gotten them yet we suggest you get your ass to downloading;

The Sword-Apocryphon:the title means“secret writing”, it was a Greek term used for a genre of Jewish and early Christian writings that were meant to impart “secret teachings” that could not be publicly taught. Now while there are no real secrets revealed on this album, there are some mighty powerful tunes that while still sounding like they were unreleased Black Sabbath recordings, are starting to sound like simply The Sword. The fourth album fro the Austin band and the first with new drummer Jimmy Vela, The Sword is starting to develop their own sound. Not that there was anything wrong with the old sound they were using, Apocryphon just sounds bigger and bolder. Seven Sisters and Eyes of the Stormwitch are particular gems, but for our money Dying Earth is defiantly on the apocalypse playlist.


Torche-Harmonicraft: The third album from this Miami foursome is pure sludge gold. Perfect Metal for firing up the old bong and watching NatGeo all day or firing up the old bong and watching the world burn. It bleeds right in with The Sword, the new Baroness and that has earned it a place on our apocalyptic playlist. It’s a short album with three songs clocking in under two minutes, showing off the bands punk-rock and grindcore roots, and proving all good metal doesn’t have to be epic ten minute operas. Of all the hard hitting tunes on this collection the last three are our favorites; Solitary Traveler, (the title track) Harmonicraft and Looking On are amazing songs that will be in heavy rotation as son as you hear them.


Pelican also released an EP earlier this year that we’d like to mention. And there are some notable hip-hop records out including the new Big Boi (from Outkast) album that we haven’t copped yet. We’ll cover those in a separate list. Just keep in mind that these things are fleeting and our goal is to destroy this world ASAP. You have until the 21st so get cracking!

Doomsayer Tunes: Yellow and Green make Gold!

Sitting here listening to the new Baroness double LP Yellow & Green, I am lost in a trance. The swirling rhythms and sounds are almost other worldly. This is classic metal in the vein of Hendrix or early Sabbath, even a little Zeppelin thrown in but after going through the filter of Fugazi. This is by far the album of the year and in many ways beats Mastodons the Hunter if nothing else on a the sheer grandiose quality. It’s almost operatic. The only thing is this is nothing new from the boys from Savannah. Twinkler sounds almost exactly like Steel That Sleeps thebaroness-bande Eye from their previous record. And I’m okay with that. There is a higher production quality and richer sound on this outing that I think the band greatly benefits from. They deserve the best recording technology can give them. Although the familiar sounds are what keep this album from being one of the best I have ever heard. Peter Adams, John Baizley, and Summer Welch are amazing, amazing musicians. They are masters of their craft and their vocal harmonies are phenomenal. As the double album finished I let it roll right into the Blue album and into the Red creating a massive soundtrack to me doing nothing today.


I call this Doomsayer Tunes, because the music I label as such would make a perfect soundtrack to the end of the world. Be it a hectic and chaotic Zombie Apocalypse. Or a slow death by crumbling economies and famine. The end of everything you know or the end of the world as we know it. Same thing. If you were in a jeep riding across the barren nuclear wasteland with nothing but a solid gasmask and an IPod shuffle; which albums do you think would make the cut for forever. I tell you right now Baroness: Yellow & Gold are going in there, (not that their Red and Blue albums wouldn’t already be in). There  are songs on there for moments of urgency, songs that seem to uplift and offer a way out of the darkness, but this is sludge. This is dark, this is a journey through hell before reaching heaven. Just like I like it. This album is also filled with winding stoner metal that suits me just fine as well. I am fine sinking into the couch and staring at the ceiling for 45 minutes without realizing it. If I were 15 still this would be the record me and my friends got super high, and sat in my grandmothers basement silently to! No doubt about it. I would also like to take this album on a cross country trip. Through the back roads though off the beaten path where you see the real America. Broken down and out of work, not just for the last 3 or 4 years but for the last 20. There is a underbelly that has ben in a recession since the 80s thanks to the original Reganites.

I’m not sure what 2012 will hold, I’m sure it won’t be the literal end of the world, although events in my life make it feel like it’s the end of mine. I know one thing, and that’s this album must be playing when what ever shit hits the fan situation occurs next. This record was filed with a lot of the sentiments and feelings I myself am currently experiencing. The end of my 5 year relationship, moving across country, back to the dirty south. Finding myself alone and surrounded by friends at the same time. Trying to piece together what it is my life will become now. Failing miserably, ending up in isolation and despair, glimpsing the light only to miss it’s rays. Strong, strong emotions played throughout the music. Perhaps I’m putting a lot of myself and my own feelings into the music, but isn’t that what great music is supposed to do.

Doomsayer Tunes-Mastodon; The Hunter

What can I say about Mastodon? They are the biggest metal band in the world right no, and when the new album comes out Tuesday they may become one of the biggest bands in the world. It is hard to even pigeon-hold them in the “metal” box, they may have begun as a metal band, but now (much to the chagrin of metal-heads) traversed into more of a broader almost unrecognizable musical genre. Part Rush, part stoner-metal, part Winding jam band. If you can’t wait until Tuesday, the band has offered up the entire album in one long continuous video on YouTube. Warning: do not start it unless you have time to finish it, because you will not be able to turn it off. The album entitled The Hunter, is the bands best work yet. What’s crazy is that I say that each and every time they release a record. How does a band this good continue to get better and better I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live several times and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they are each masters of their instruments. These four guys put out a sound so unbelievably rich and lush, its hard not to get lost in it. This new album is made for a acid fueled trip across country. I wish I had a car (and a license for that matter) to ride up the California coast listening to this album over and over again. I know there will be a backlash in the hard-core metal scene against this trippy-dippy album, but this stands to break the band out of that scene, and into the larger scene as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. I would put this up against any Led Zepplin album-it’s that good! So far my favorite track has got to be The Creature Lives, followed very closely by The Sparrow. God I wish I had a ten strip and blunt, and a bottle of rum. Fuck!

Doomsayer Tunes; The Sword

Like metal? Like fantasy (not just Lord of the Rings movies either but real obscure Micheal Moorcock shit like Elric at the End of Time)? Well this may be for you! They’re called the Sword and they are awesome!

Formed in 2003 in Austin Texas by J. D. Cronise, Kyle Shutt, and Trivett Wingo bassist Bryan Richie would joined in 2004.They released its début album Age of Winters in 2006, Gods of the Earth the band’s second album, released in 2008. Although their sound is clearly Sabbath influenced (if not a direct rip-off) the band was considered doom metal by snooty metal kids who hang around internet chat boards all night while slowly wasting away their sad pathetic lies in dimly lit rooms at their parents house seven years after they graduate college! But in March 2009 they won the High Times Doobie Award firmly cementing them in the Stoner Rock category. So what do they do next? These bastards totally flip the script and go-all-Orson Scott Card on a mother fucker and take their shit from songs about heavy axes and Norse Gods to some balls out sci-fi rock opera shit! While still keeping with the seventies vibe (and sounding like a young Ozzy) the lead singer now looks like Frank Zappa and they’ve begun to incorporate a little Thin Lizzy metal funk. Which is fine by me because I love Thin Lizzy, but Phil Lynott died when I was 9, so I missed seeing them live!  There are those who hate on this band for sticking so rigidly to this style, but I say grow the fuck-up!These mother-fuckers kick some serious ass! I mean Valiant Thorr has a similar seventies vibe (albeit not so mellow), and they still blow everyones brains who gets to see them! I mean not all bands can break new sonic ground like Mastodon when they married Metal to Rush! Equally not every band can rock this fucking heavy either!

Now playing: Fugazi – Provisional
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Yes Virgina, there is a Canadian God of Metal!

Okay, so I may be a little late to the party, but for the last week I have been unable to listen very much else besides this;

This (for those who aren’t dungeon Metal Heads who spend hours digging through crates for the choicest vinyl to get stoned to in our parents basement) is Thor! The one and only Canadian Metal God. Now, the novelty of the band is seen as the muscle bound front man Jon Mikl Thor. a body builder who has one over 40 titles including Mr. Canada and Mr. USA (how you win both I don’t know, dual citizenship maybe).  Thor formed in 1973,  the group was first called Mikl Body Rock, then Thor and the Imps, before it dawned on them that Thor was the name of a God so why not go with that. They released the awesome “Keep the Dogs Away” in 1977, so like myself the album is 33 years old and fresh as ever. Their real claim to fame though was not there dynamic riffs and full on 70s metal that falls somewhere between Kiss and Alice Cooper, it was Jon Mikl’s stupendous feats of strength preformed on stage. Such as bending steel with his teeth, or smashing cinder-blocks on his chest, an blowing into a water bottle until it explodes! You read that right he bent steel with his fucking TEETH!!!

How come this guy isn’t a household name? I mean he had the looks, that hair looks like spun gold, and those muscles would have made Arnold cry! I mean how the fuck does Anvil get a movie reviving their career and not this guy! Is it because he’s Canadian? That hasn’t stopped people from loving Micheal J. Fox, or Ryan Reynolds! Oh, it’s because he never really went away! This rock’n’roll God has been kicking ass every since he started. Sure he took a hiatus here and there to make star in some crappy B-movies. Then he took some time off to produce some even crappier B movies, but the guy is still out there dropping gems like “Thor Against The World” and “Devastation Of Musculation” in 2006. The band has released a slew of re-issues over the last few years creating somewhat of a Thor-revival!  They’ve also put out  like three brand new albums since 2008; Into the Noise (2008), Steam Clock (2009), and Sign of the V (2009)! Of course now he looks more like some suburban dad who bores his kids to death with stories of how he used to be cool as he drives them to soccer practice. But I mean he still gets out there and still tours. It seems like he knows his novelty though and doesn’t really take himself that seriously. He’s obviously an astute business man and knows his audience very well. He also runs a clothing line commemorating  Vancouver’s 1915 Stanley Cup win!?! Long live Thor, long live Rock!

Thor now!

Now playing: Thor – Catch A Tiger
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New Meaning to Dinosaur Rock

We’re going to have to start column called HOLY FUCKING SHIT! or NO FUCKING WAY! Somewhere to put the absurd shit we find on the inter-webs. Today we stumbled across a bunch of dinosaurs playing old school heavy metal in Finnish. No seriously!

The head-banging Barney’s in these suits are actually member’s of Dio, and Sonata Arctica! Fantasy Metalist from the frozen tundra with names like Riffi-Raffi, Muffi Puffi, Milli Pilli, and Komppi Momppi! They’re called Hevisaurus, which in English sounds like Heave-a-saurus, meaning they make me want to puke. They sing songs about popular Finnish children stories and of course are hugely popular-IN FINLAND! While Finland needs no help in spreading metal (it’s damn near pop music over there), it’s kinda cool what they’re doing I mean it’s cooler than Barney-but not by much.

Riffi-Raffi kicking those tasty licks

The New, Nu Metal

There has been a resurgence of sorts in what is labeled as metal in recent years. There are about as many names and styles as there are skinny little punks with pretty little hair cuts  growling into microphones. The so-called scene consist of  a few camps; the Suburban kids who dress like day glow versions of Richard Simmons they usually prefer the Christian themed bands like Sleeping Giants and Underoath, The pseudo-skin-heads into more aggressive shit like Hatebreed and Acadia Strain, Migrants who came wandering over from punk rock when it became ruined by Green Day and their mall punk ilk, then their are the Mexican Metal heads, Death Metal kids,  and hipster posers who couldn’t tell grindcore from sludge. In some aspects this new scene is good, its  an alternative to what’s offered in mainstream culture. Yet in other ways its just another way to get money of dumb kids from the burbs. Having worked in music venues members of the staff here at GF can attest that the first thing most of these bands load in is their merch. And the more popular the screamo the more brightly colored day-glo shirts they haul in to hawk to the kiddies. Still every now and then a few gems arise in the glut of growlers and howlers. Occasionally the heavy, heavy is broken and we are blessed with some pretty awesome music.  Recently we’ve been  blasting  IWrestledABearOnce, Baroness, Maylene and the Sons of the Disaster, and Zombifying Venom  around the office.

The future is Nintendo-core, so kids throw away your Ritalin and drink deep from the creame of the metal crop.

Zombifying Venom doesn’t have any videos, but they do have a myspace page where you can listen to their amazing hardcore riffs.

Now playing: Zombifying Venom – Black River Blues
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