Five Songs, 7/16/2021
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Five Songs, 7/16/2021

METZ, "Drained Lake"

The closest that noise rock ever really got to any kind of mass popularity was in the late 90s, when the grunge tide lifted up the boats of related acts like Helmet and some folks got major label contracts. But this stuff is intentionally abrasive, and none of it every broke through for good reason. While some grunge acts and followers became huge, noise rock went right back into the underground. But, happily, there's still bands like METZ keeping the flame alive, and this is even from 2017! Recent! Although, again: I listen to the same shit, even if some of it was made not long ago.

Kanye West, "All Falls Down"

This is still a jam.

Inez Foxx, "I Had A Talk With My Man"

Always enjoyable when the first line of the song is the title of the track. Really getting straight to the point there!

Bathory, "A Fine Day to Die"

Bathory's fourth record, Blood Fire Death, began the pivot from black metal towards viking metal. There's still plenty of black metal going on here, with the subterranean riffing and strangled croaking. But scattered around the album are the stylistic pieces that would come together on the next album as Quorthon abandoned the croak and the template for viking metal was stamped out. In the meantime, with this record, he was still inspiring plenty of black metal bands that would follow.

Buildings, "Sit With It"

And as we begin with recent noise rock, so shall we end it.

Joshua Buergel
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