amebixIn keeping with how I seem to be late with all things music, I’ve only now discovered the 80’s band Amebix. Considered to be the father of crust/punk music, I was intrigued to learn about them as my exposure to crust/punk has been limited. With all the research I’ve been doing, I’m glad I stumbled upon this gem.

And all I can say is “Where have you been all my life?” I must have been living under  a rock to not have heard of this seminal band.

You can hear their 1985 album entitled, Arise!, (my favorite), below:

They remind me of a couple of things or I should say other bands have totally reminded me of them. The album begins with a beautiful instrumental composition that evokes the right atmospheric doom and gloom for the songs to follow.  Their second title track, “Axeman” has a chorus that totally reminds me of the Neurosis/Jarboe song, “Within” in which you hear Jarboe ominously singing, He is Coming, not unlike Amebix’s, He is coming, SLAUGHTER. I love every second of this album. Can you tell???


amebix2Another particular favorite song of mine is the video below for “Drink and Be Merry“–which screams Joy Division. The way that lead singer, Rob Miller sings, has such a tonal depression that’s completely comparable to Ian Curtis. it’s amazing I didn’t discover this song during my goth days! Add the bass and drums and you can see the post-punk influence of their times. What I found most appealing about Amebix is that they don’t exactly fit one style. I guess this harkens to the fact that they were considered to be a very innovative and transitional band. Rob’s vocals have often been likened to Motorhead’s Lemmy with it’s trashy scratchiness. You’ll definitely hear what I mean with the chorus from “Drink and Be Merry”.


And here’s the live version of Drink and Be Merry from a 2009 show:

Nouvelle Vague with a sprinkling of something heavier…

NouvelleVague_1I remember a couple of years ago first being introduced to the musical genre of bossa nova from a fellow musician/librarian of whom I worked with. I never thought that I would find a band, let alone songs that appealed to me. Lo and behold Nouvelle Vague comes along and changes my perception. Granted, they are French cover band and probably appeal to me because the majority of their covers are of 80’s songs that I love, without shame. Hell, their name translates to “New Wave” for goodness sake. I couldn’t help fall in love with their sound which is the complete opposite of the death and sludge metal I’ve been listening to lately. They undoubtedly have a “Frenchness” to them that if visualized, would probably be like a Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie, complete with animated pig and gnome figurines.

Obviously with covers of bands like Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Clash, etc, I don’t think you can go wrong. Unless of course you think that the covers are blasphemy, but I didn’t feel that way.



One song cover really sticks out to me and I supposed it’s because it’s one of the few songs that I like to mix in between long bouts of death metal tracks. The song is called, “In a Manner of Speaking”.  The original version was done by Depeche Mode, written by Martin Gore–a guy who I think doesn’t get all the recognition he deserves, but that’s another post. I’d be curious how this song would sound like if it had a sludge metal sound applied to it. Maybe something to put on my list.

And below is the Nouvelle Vague version, which although sounds much lighter, seems to carry the same undertone of unrequited love for me, albeit a poetic lilting version.

I usually juxtapose this song with a Gallhammer one, called “On the Onset of the Age of Despair” (see the depressing theme here?)

Another song I like to put into my bossa nova – metal mixes, is the “Cosmic Sea” by my all time fav band, Death.

Anyway, hope you enjoy my soundtrack and insight of the morning.  \m/



You like Death Metal Music….Really???

For some time now, my husband has been playing death metal music and exposing and explaining the nuances of the genre to me; I would say from the very beginning of our dating days, circa 1999.

Back then, I was in high school and mostly still listening to grunge, punk, and new wave bands, having been exposed to Metallica’s black album as my only form of understanding anything metal. I didn’t know it at the time but my husband was slowly bringing me over to the dark side.

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