Much has changed in the WWE over the past few months. After Wrestlemania, the company announced they were entering a “New Era.” Focusing on newly signed and younger talents, acknowledging the existence of other wrestling promotions and ending the stale Authority angle are just a few of the positives that have been implemented so far.
Of all the various afflictions blighting the metal scene in 2016, by far the worst is the complete and total lack of ability to self edit, which about 99.9% of contemporary bands seem to suffer from. I’m not going to name any names, but if I had a dime for every fifteen minute song I’ve sat through waiting for something to happen this year, I’d have a shitload of dimes. Yes folks, the participation trophy generation is starting to form metal bands, convinced in their own minds by years of being coddled that every riffless turd they shit out and call a song is pure gold.
I LOVE METALLICA. They are the band that got me into heavy metal and changed my life forever. I never would have gotten into death metal, black metal, doom, grind etc if I hadn’t found them first. I wouldn’t have discovered the Misfits, Killing Joke or Diamond Head if not for them. Metal became my life’s obsession because of them.
I can’t help but feel like it might not be the best idea for WWE to run NXT events on the same weekends as their major PPVs. Reason being is that time and again NXT has stolen the show, making the main roster product look pretty darn inferior. NXT events wisely focus on quality of matches over quantity and Brooklyn II looks like it’s got some serious bangers on tap for fans of actual wrestling. So, without further ado…
There have been tons of new developments in the WWE over the past several weeks… and Doomsday Device has been extremely quiet on the wrestling front. That might seem rather odd, but so much has happened so quickly that I felt like I needed some time to process everything before I commented on any of it. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to gather my thoughts, let’s dig in, shall we?
Is there another label that’s been pumping out technical and brutal death metal longer or better than Unique Leader Records? The answer is an emphatic no, and it is for this reason that I couldn’t think of a better way to resurrect Oodles of Brutals than to round up pretty much everything the long-running label has released so far in 2016 and write mini reviews of all of it. So without any further ado…
On my old blog, I wrote a piece about Relapse Records’ noise/ambient sub label Release Entertainment, which concurrently exposed me to a variety of experimental sounds as I was in the beginning stages of my deep dive into the worlds of death metal and grindcore. One of the key albums in the Release catalog was Inner Mind Mystique, the seventh full length from Japanese noise provocateur Masonna (aka Yamazaki Maso).