Three Random RecordsI know, the Metal Briefs series is supposed to be three albums with some connection. Here, it's a tenuous one: they're all short. But I wanted to get these out there.
The Sun Through a Telescope: Summer Darkyard
Occasionally I dip into the weird world of drone. I've never come away from it being blown away, as some fans of Sunn O))) seem to do, but I am intrigued by their use of sound and subtlety. The Sun Through a Telescope is a one-man drone/ambient band out of Canada, and is clearly bent on experimentation. Three-song single / four-song EP Summer Darkyard has two goals: to show you weird sounds, and make you listen to disturbing lyrics. The first cut is the most interesting, being extremely minimal but with genuinely frightening distorted vocals. The second cut is similar, but with a more prophetic lyrical bent rather than word association. The third one, oddly enough, uses Auto-tune, and given the violent lyrics it's rather strange. It certainly is interesting, but I'm still not sure I get it, and the focus on lyrics isn't helping any. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
I have a confession to make: I have never listened to the Melvins before. Despite their enormous influence on sludge and drone, and despite the fact they have released albums that are widely considered classics, I have never listened to them because I think their name is
silly. Which is silly on my part, because I listen to Boris, whose name is just as silly and is taken from a Melvins song. From what I've read about the band, and from what I hear on The Bulls & the Bees (free from Scion A/V), the connection to Boris makes a lot of
sense. Both bands are extremely eclectic in a lot of the same ways. Here, the Melvins play some excellent heavy sludge/rock, some doom, and some drone/ambient with female vocals. It's a compelling mixture, worthy of 4 out of 5 stars. Maybe I'll stop being so silly and pick up one of their albums.
Burn Everything: Hollow Victory 7"
Burn Everything is a metallic hardcore band. If this was the 90's, they would call it metalcore, but that's become a dirty word, and these guys don't sound anything like what that term has come to mean. I'm not big on hardcore, and I don't really have the expertise to say anything meaningful about this, but it sounds pretty good to me. And I like that name, Burn Everything. I give it 3 out of 5 stars, but those of you with more of a taste for hardcore might really like it.