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Yesterday, 31DEC2013: Silent scream – Slayer

Today, 01JAN2014: Absolutely cuckoo – The Magnetic Fields

This is where i will leave it, and i guess it’s two appropriate songs to leave on. Though do i wish i could have filled the conspicuous absence of any Minutemen, Sleater-Kinney or Fugazi songs before i had finished. My three favourite bands (even though they’ve held that title unrevised for nearly fifteen years now) and not a single song by them in the four and a half years i’ve been throwing this crap out into the internet ether. It began as a writing exercise and it fulfilled that, and once upon a time and on occasion i wrote some ok stuff. But that ok stuff has been a rare thing recently and mostly i just wish i was doing something else. I’m a terribly slow writer and writing these would often take more hours (yeah.. hours…) than they were worth. I’m sure i won’t do anything better with my new free time but at least i’ll have it. If you somehow have stumbled upon this thing over the years searching for Lorde and LMFAO mp3’s or if you know me and have been following in secret, thanks for reading my out of touch, squeezing blood from a stone, quantifiably wrong music opinions. I’m sorry i will no longer be able to tell you which 80’s J-pop group i’m now in love with. My favourite album of last years was the Joanna Gruesome one. The best movie was Stray Dogs except i haven’t seen it yet. Prayers for life improvement in the coming year are welcome. Thank you.

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Ghosts Of War

Ghosts of war – Slayer

My first Slayer album was a taped copy of South of Heaven flowing over to the second side, with Metallica’s Jump in the Fire single making up the leftover time. It was an elder brother of a friend’s copy, gathering dust with others in a box in their garage long after he had left home, and, it was decided, long after he had left the person he was who had any use for a Slayer tape. That’s kind of assumptive, selfish and cruel looking back on it, but what else are ten year old kids but assumptive, selfish and cruel? I haven’t heard anything about him looking for it or the NWA, Iron Maiden, REM, De La Soul, and other tape staples of the suburbs we divvied up between us.

And i played the hell out of it, especially in the car which i still can’t believe my mum let me. And then one day i heard Reign in Blood and Hell Awaits and it didn’t sound so great anymore. In an instant it was obsolete, like Metallica songs strapped to the end of a Slayer tape, and so i myself confined it to gathering dust in a tape box. The cycle continues, and i’m waiting for some snot nose to raid my mum’s garage and steal it. But some songs still stick with me. This one mostly, and mostly i think because it is fast. It is probably another album due for me to reconsider with adult ears, because maybe, just maybe, there are other pleasures in metal besides it being played as fast as possible.

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Necrophobic

Necrophobic – Slayer

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman. Slayer would have been a slower, tamer, less punk, less blonde, just plain lesser band without you. Though maybe a band less readily linked to Nazism. See, it follows him even after death.

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Necrophobic

Necrophobic – Slayer

I like to think of this song as the result of too much exposure to the medical dictionaries, war books and atrocity almanacs used to write Slayer lyrics. It’s a reflection of Hanneman, King and Araya’s own necrophobia (or more accurately thanatophobia) and the many fun ways to die that seeded in them walling themselves in the real life horror stories they used as inspiration to write appropriately extreme lyrics. They kept themselves there too long, saw too much. You can’t do these things and not leave unaffected. At least it’s my wish you can’t.

This is also their fastest song. It’s a fact i wish i never learned, because then everything in the song becomes all about measurement and every explosive thing about it is no longer just a result of them playing as fast as possible because sound and fury demand it, but breaking an extra one or two BPMs because they can say they play this fast and are therefore this extreme and this much better than other bands. It is a very metal thing to do. It is all about the BPMs, or some measure of proficiency or volume, or the musical equipment used to achieve such things. It’s about anything but the bare effect of the music.

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Hell Awaits

Hell awaits – Slayer

Slayer really are evil 101, aren’t they? Or more 102 – Metallica and… i don’t know… System of a Down… taking up the first semester. It’s just there comes a time when medical dictionary lyrics and swastika stickers on guitars no longer cut it among more comprehensive and detailed medical dictionary lyrics or murderers and church burners from places grim and frostbitten. And even those guys can seem laughably tame, as the depths of evil are plunged further, or the game is held on to for as long as possible before life and commitment to and recognition of other human beings therein rears its head.

Slayer still rule, however. It’s not a matter of irony battling over distaste as the only way to enjoy it. It’s the speed. It’s the riffs. It always was.

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