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Butchery is what we aim for: How songs should be covered

March 23, 2010

Shadows fall, purveyors of “meh”

I awoke on thursday, as usual, to the sound of alarms, composed of several strategically placed clocks and CD players, in an attempt to overthrow tiredness as quickly as possible, and hold fast untill sleep is well and truly banished. As well as this my CD player tends to blurt out whatever it’s holding at the moment too, be it Necrophagist, The Acacia Strain, or “Crunk Jamz playlist #3”. Interesting test by the way, when you wake up everything sounds like, 3 times faster, so having Despised Icon’s MVP on the go feels like dropping your brain onto a moving train off a bridge, as I recently discovered. Anyhow, once this introductory cacophony was overcome, and the only sound remaining was the usual comforting whurrrr of my PC’s case fans, I went to check my emails as usual. among the usual label mash in the RC inbox, was another equally meh announcement, that Shadows Fall, purveyors of “meh”, were releasing a cover of Bark At The Moon as their next single. My first thought was just how much of a terrible choise this is! I mean damn, way to choose a song that’s already been overplayed/covered into the ground! You might as well be doing Walk! There could potentially be a decent cover rung out of it (Walk too I guess), but Shadows fall are way too dull to be the ones to do it. The intrinsic problem with covers a lot of the time, is that they are done out of respect for the original band, and because of that, I imagine bands always approach them with an attitude of tribute, instead of making something which is good/innovative/not a carbon copy. There is also the fear of not “butchering” the original, which also leads to plenty a dull clone. I think that if you’re going to cover something, you should aim to “butcher” it. Slice it open, eviscerate it, fuck the corpse and spray your own creative juices everywhere, and then stitch it up and leave it on its families front porch, so you can laugh at their tears and anger. All the best covers I know of have angered the majority of the fans of the original, despite the obvious adoration from the coverers. But then again, such is the way with Metalhead mentality, “if you like our shit, you have to like it exactly the same way I do, or you’re a fayyyag!”

A screamo band is coming to do this to your favorite song, and there is nothing you can do about it.

To drop one great example of “butchery”, that clashed Scene Kids with Hipsters, would be Confide’s cover of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights. Here are both.

faggot emo kid…. screamo isnt music, confide is 5 menwho suck eachothers dicks…. oh yeah they also look like girls so u are gay” – Some youtube troll

Obviously I much prefer Confide’s, due to my natural preference for heaviness and screamo, but that aside, I think it succeeded simply because it got all the Postal Service fans mega butthurt over this defiling of their song.

Reasons why original fans hated it?: See above youtube comment!Plus any scene band covering anything else is bound to piss of the originals!

Another awesome cover, which also committed “butchery” of the 3rd degree, was The Berzerker maiming the already very heavy “Corporeal Jigsore Quandary” by Carcass. Once again, if you’re unfamiliar with the song(s) listen to the original first then the gutted version.

There is nothing quite like watching old school metalheads frothing at the mouth when you fuck with one of their “classics”.

Reasons why original fans hated it?: Triggered drums with electronic effects! GET OUT!!!

Finally, and in another realm, we have the Killswitch version of Holy Diver, (you knew this was coming, but it should! It jams hard!)

Basically, they took some boring dad rock, sped it up, gave it a killer heavy guitar tone (courtesy of Adam D, a primary man crush of mine) and added some sick ass breakdowns. You equals moshing!

Reasons why original fans hated it?: “I am old and new things make me confused and angry, arrrgg, those kids with their downtuned screamo metal playing a classic by the almighty Dio, how dare they!!”

Basically, aim to piss people off, aim to start debate, aim to start heated youtube flame wars. You don’t owe homage to anyone, and you can fuck with anything you want. Better you hate the band and are covering it for jokes than you just want to please them and their fans. Ultimately, something that will stir shit up is much more valuable than a clone.

Eyelicker

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Bloodstock Open Air – 2009

August 21, 2009

2009, and the festival season is drawing to the end. With quite “meh” inducing line ups across the board, Bloodstock Open Air is standing out at the moment as having both an eclectic and strong line-up (Europe-Cradle-Carcass…..wat!?), that should have appealed to metal fans pretty much across the whole board. Maybe some more hardcore type bands wouldn’t have gone amiss, but I guess that would be in opposition to the festivals stance as being a “true” metal festival. Still, there was a huge range of bands here, with plenty going on to ensure that there was never a dull moment. Definitely one of the best line ups this summer.

Bloodstock has continued to grow considerably year upon year, and it’s definitely nothing like the festival it was back in its inception in 2005. However, more people, more size, and bigger bands has bought new trouble and obstacles for the festival. Not only was there an epidemic of theft in the campsites, with many people having reported money being stolen from inside their very tents while they slept, and the possibility of an organized “raid” on the sites by an outside group who were able to scale the security and make it in being raised, but there was also the very concerning event of a band being targeted by some serious projectiles. Bottle throwings are pretty much accepted at festivals now, but this was an everlasting gobstopper, which, despite sounding pretty hilarious as a missile, was actually very heavy, and could have potentially seriously injured someone.

The organizers have their work cut out and some serious security issues to address, before the reputation of the festival takes a serious fall. After all that the festival has gone through, it would be a shame for it to have to suffer this.

Anyway, enough of the gloom, the Headbang team, and many other people we know who were there, had a fantastic time, and so with no further ado, here is the overview of the festival and most importantly, the heavy f***ing metal.

Kicking off the festival for us, Blitzkrieg are the quintessential dad band. Pretty generic everything really, apart from their front man that is. Unfortunately in this case that’s not a good thing, the singer ruined for me what was a perfectly adequate band musically, with his unusual moshing and frankly disturbing kneeslaps I couldn’t help but feel I was watching the very personification of Peter Kay’s Uncle Knobhead up on stage. I swiftly left and got a beer. (5/10)

I’ve seen Insomnium before, so I’m aware they can definitely do much better than this. Maybe it was the sterile sound and poor levelling, maybe the sound guys hadn’t quite calibrated everything; it was still a pretty sub par performance. The Finns just lacked something. One guitar way louder than the other, vocals too high in the mix, pretty untight performance. Lacklustre. (4/10)


Something you can always rely on to get the party started anywhere, is Municipal Waste. The nu-thrashers kick the afternoon something fierce, with pits, crowd surfing, walls of death and all kinds of fun carnage. Token Municipal Waste fans as always make an appearance with beach inflatables to surf the waves upon waves of humans, adding to the flesh landfill. Highlight of the set was Tony Foresta calling for the crowd to break the world record for crowd surfers in one song, resulting in something that looked like the helms deep scene from Lord Of the Rings, with something like 400 odd crowd surfers in one song. (8/10)

Despite being a self-admitted ‘rock band not metal band’ Alternative Carpark rip up the B.O.A unsigned stage. If you haven’t seen these guys yet…you’re missing out! (8/10)

For a first UK show in 20 years you’d expect Sodom to have longer than 45 minutes…but then again this a UK festival…The band however overlook this small detail and show us what we’ve missed. Considering that a large amount of the audience were either still in nappies or swimming around as little sperm the last time Sodom set foot on UK soil. A common ‘patch favorite’ the band leave us all wanting more and hoping they don’t wait another two decades. Opening with “Napalm in the Morning” to rapturous applause, the band thrashed though what felt like a very well thought out and inclusive set. Even bass failure couldn’t stop them, Tom Angelripper switching mid song at the beginning of the set, to another bass with the same pictured ridiculous wide strap. While Municipal Waste may have had youth and energy, Sodom have experience and wisdom (whatever that means in thrash metal), and frankly better written songs to choose from. Felt special man! (9/10)

The Sophie Lancaster stage played host to the smallest number of acts but also some of the best performances. Young brit metallers Malefice are fully on top of their game, within 30 seconds of opener ‘The Midas Effect’ the tent is already packed to the brim. Roll on October… (8/10)
Arch Enemy surprised me with their performance this year, having seen them play a mediocre set in 2007 I was questioning whether I should bother wasting my carcass energy watching them, I was glad I did though. They put on a belting performance, with frontwoman Angela Gossow holding the audience in the palm of her hand (I heard the fat spotty guy next to me whisper ‘I’d do her’ to his similarly greasy friend-I though ‘you’d probably do Michael Ammott if he was covered in whipped cream tubsy’), but that’s another story. All in all a belting performance, and for me put Carcass into the shade a little.(10/10)



As a long time Carcass fan, they could probably take to the stage and play a set of Proclaimers covers and I’d still give them a 10 and say it’s the best I’ve seen them in the last couple of years. They were definitely as good as all the other shows they played since reforming, albeit with a more gory slideshow this time, which made me giggle with glee. Deformed penises, autopsies, and gore aplenty. Jeff Walker and his token cynicism makes for a brilliant frontman, and seems pretty down to earth for someone who spent the best part of a decade stealing medical references from text books and writing about bodily functions that seem nasty even when you have no idea what the hell they’re describing. All the classics were there, “Rotten to the Gore”, “Corporeal Jigsore Quandary”, “Reek of Putrefaction” et al, and as always, Ken Owen made an appearance to play a drum solo. Its nice to see that the solo gets better each time I see them, showing progress in his recovery from the 1999 brain haemorrhage he suffered. He even played a blast beat, which was probably about on par with the quality of drums on an early Morbid Angel demo. After the set they projected a film of a female body being cut open to classical music. (10/10)

Seeming like a self-admitting Anvil tribute act (they all wore Anvil shirts for one) Wolf are enjoyable but well just enjoyable really. There’s not much more to say. (6/10)

The Haunted were a lovely wake up call on a bright and breezy Saturday afternoon, after a brew and a bacon butty we wandered down to catch a very aggressive set which left all the crowd with their previous nights hangovers forgotten and there forthcoming drunkenness eagerly anticipated. The only downer for me was that some knobhead stood next to me had made it his business to personally inform all 10,000 BOA festival goers that he owned the same guitar head as the two guitarists from the Haunted. It wouldn’t have been so bad were it not that it was HB’s own Eyelicker! (8/10)

It may sound conceited to say that Entombed are unappreciated..but its true. Literally hundreds of band’s owe their existence to the likes of these guys and the music they created in the latter end of the 80’s. (8/10)

Candlemass even if they are ‘slow dad metal’ are superb. Seamlessly mixing old with new the doom metal veterans make even a beautiful day sound gloomy and melancholic. (8/10)

On the way back to the tent, I was walking past the unsigned stage and heard some sick drumming. Being one to always try new things, I popped in to witness Sanctorum. They play a kind of extreme thrash metal, with wicked technicality. Every member of the band held his own incredibly well, most notably the bassist with his 7 string behemoth of an instrument. A thoroughly enjoyable set, check them out! (7/10)

With a reputation for hit and miss live performances its difficult to know what to expect from German thrash overlords Kreator however we must have caught Mike and co on a good day. Tearing through ‘Hordes Of Chaos’, ‘Pleasure To Kill’ and ‘Flag Of Hate’ its thrash metal heaven. (9/10)

I’d been waiting to see Apocalyptica for a long time. Having fully got over the ‘novelty act’ these Finnish cellists put a performance that makes you think they’re headlining. Mixing covers (‘Refuse/ Resist’, ‘Whever I May Roam’ the list goes on) with some stunning original material it’s a honour to watch. Set highlights? The ‘One’ solo played note for note on cello and the band’s own adaption of ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’. (10/10)

I’ve played with Severed Heaven before, so had to check them out. Glad to see that the girls can still kick it with their brand of gothic death metal, full of subtle melodies and harmonies. I think there may have even been a couple of sly breakdowns in there too. Last band of the day on the stage, and they played like they were headlining! (8/10)

The Rotted’s position as a favored “cult” band, in the English extreme metal scene seems to be proven by the huge crowd that packs into the humble Sophie Lancaster stage. From the beginning they slay the place with insanely fast blastbeats and Ben McCrow’s harsh, almost punk like vocals. The band are as animated as the crowd, and doesn’t let anyone rest for a second. Beginning with “Nothin’ but a Nosebleed”, possibly the best song ever for smashing into a crowd, and throwing in a Gorerotted classic “Only Tools and Corpses”, everyone leaves having had several shades of shit beat out of them, and with huge smiles. (10/10)

The apprehension for Cradle Of Filth was…tense…to say the least. Largely shunned by the wider “scene”, as being too mainstream/not Kvlt enough or whatever myriad of reasons they have, I was hoping that the set would play out without incidence. Unfortunately, this was not so, as you’ve probably heard by now, some knobead took out one of their guitarists with an everlasting gobstopper, another victory for metalhead bigotry and puritania. In the 40 or so minutes before this cutting their set short however, they put on a surprisingly solid set. I’ve heard that they are terrible live, so found what I did see quite a pleasant surprise. Alright levelling, Dani’s vocals sounded pretty good, and some tight drumming. Just a big shame about the crowd of knobeads! Even before the gobstopper there were plenty of bottles, but the band played on and didn’t seem rankled in the slightest. “If you’re going to throw bottles, at least make sure they’re full” Could have been a really good set. (5/10)

After a surprisingly good nights sleep in the back of my van I was up eagerly anticipating seeing Sabaton for the first time since Wacken 08, ( a performance incidentally, of which I remember very little), despite the one guy who was severely packed into his Sabaton ‘costume’ I still enjoyed being in the crowd for a band that is one of the few power metal bands I enjoy. And boy did they put on a great show, for me half hour was a disgrace and the fact that their signing session went on for well over 45 minutes after it was scheduled to stop galvanises my view. They played all the classics and some of their best off the brilliant ‘Art of War’ and whilst I loved the show it was soured a bit when I found out that they were to be touring the UK beneath Dragonforce later in the year, aside from that shutout they were brilliant. (10/10)

Equilibrium received a very warm welcome for their first ever UK show, with plenty of fans turning out to show the Germans some love. This isn’t a massive surprise, considering the Bloodstock demograph’s love of folk metal, but they milked it well to play an awesome show. (8/10)

It’s true that Turisas can certainly work a crowd like putty but with what seems like a self-inflicted ‘encore’ you’re left with a sour taste that the band have gotten too big for their (fur skin) boots. (7/10)

With a somewhat flat sound and a slightly apathetic audience Anterior struggle, fantastic on record, their eclectic mix of influences doesn’t quite cut it with the B.O.A crowd. (6/10)

The last band I gave a balls about was Amon Amarth who put on a typically solid tight performance which had the whole crowd bouncing, to be frank I’ve seen these lads more times than I’ve changed my socks, (at the last count it was five) and they do seem to improve with every wash, as it were. Very enjoyable and well received and singer Johan Hegg somehow manages to look quite hard considering he is a fat bloke in a tight black tanktop. (9/10)

It was a shame that there was practically no one in the Sophie Lancaster stage to witness Darkness Dynamite, a practically unknown over here French band who play a kind of rocky deathcore, that refuses to be pigeonholed. The band however didn’t seem to really care about the lack of people though, and played a great energetic set, for the few who were there to lap up as their own little secret. Detuned, tight and heavy, this band deserves to be bigger than this, French metal is grossly under represented! (9/10)

Quite why black metal legends Satyricon are playing now isn’t clear, but that doesn’t matter, what does matter is that Saytr and Frost are back with a new band, a new(ish) album, and a crowd who’ve certainly missed them. A mere hour set doesn’t do them justice. (9/10)

Many eyebrows were raised (and have remained so) at the billing of Europe as festival headliners. Nevertheless the band use their 90 minutes well and by the time it gets round to playing that song (yes you know the one I mean) the crowd go wild. As a LED lightboard declares that its ‘About f**king time!’ we retire to our tents with the sound of classic rock still ringing in our ears. (8/10)

As well as the music, there were plenty of other great things on display. Comedians, a set by the infamous “fuel girls”, who we last saw breathing fire at Motorhead’s Wacken set, a motorbike being driven round the inside of a metal ball courtesy of monster energy drinks, as well as a pleasant enough chippie, a shisha café, and everyone’s favorite brew stop, Mr Tea.

Despite being ‘bigger than ever’ this year Bloodstock is still relatively small for the band’s it attracts and it never ceases to amaze that you can turn up and buy tickets on the door…still its everyone who didn’t go’s loss! Throughout the weekend band’s declared B.O.A to be a ‘true f**king metal festival, non of that fashion bulls**t’ *cough*Download*cough*. the metal faithful remain true. So thanks it is to the press guys, the crew, the bands and course…the one and only…hero of the weekend…MR TEA!

James Hodgeson, Eyelicker and Mr Bogle

Thanks also to John Wilson and Alicia Rovira-Parker

Special thanks as well to Adam Sagir of the Noise Cartel, for hitting us up with the press passes, and the opportunities to hang out with members of The Rotted, Municipal Waste and The Haunted, as well as the interview with Equilibrium!