Every year, I buy tons of music. Some would say way too much, but hey, there are way worse things to be addicted to. I thought it would be fun to start a semi-regular column where I share a little about my latest scores, especially since many of them are older albums that don’t warrant full reviews due to their age. So w/o further ado, I present the the first installment of Hunting for Heavy Metal.
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).
There is no other director that holds a place in my heart the way John Carpenter does. His films have been a part of my life since I was old enough to comprehend what was happening on a TV or movie screen. Sure, I loved watching The Thing, Halloween, Escape from New York and Christine as a kid, but the real clincher was when my Mom took me to see Big Trouble in Little China in the theater. Here was a movie that had everything in it that a little kid could possibly want; monsters, magic, gun fights, martial arts, horror and just the right amount of humor. I would’ve been only seven years old at the time, but to this day I remember it vividly and it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the Horror Master’s oeuvre.