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The Undertaker 1990 – 2017

A brief look back at career highlights

So I finally got round to watching what has been revealed as The Undertaker’s retirement match, against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 33. It was kinda sad, but I can understand why it had to happen.

But first, gonna go backwards to 1990.

I can still vividly recall sitting to watch Survivor Series ’90 (not only the first S’Series I had ever seen, but only the second big event I’d seen at that point, after Summerslam ’90 earlier that year). My dad would tape them overnight on a VHS tape for us to watch the following day, being too young at that point to sit up to watch. In the build-up, there had been a mystery surrounding the identity of ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Debiase’s surprise 4th partner in his team, the other two being Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. The night came, and Debiase announces his identity, and what followed was the unveiling of the tallest, scariest looking wrestler I’d seen at that point – The Undertaker, hailing from Death Valley, accompanied by Brother Love. Love would of course eventually hand over management duties to one Paul Bearer, before being retired by The Ultimate Warrior a few months later. The Undertaker would go on to get himself counted-out whilst attacking Koko B.Ware, whom he had just eliminated.

One year later, ‘taker would go on to face and defeat Hulk Hogan at Survivor Series ’91, for his first Championship reign, though he would lose it back again just days later, in a decision that would eventually end up with the title being vacated and awarded to the winner of ’92’s Royal Rumble, Ric Flair. Sadly, this wouldn’t be his only short title reign over the years, or indeed the only time he’d be cheated of a decent win – for one example, jump forward to Royal Rumble’94, some might recall the coffin match he had with Yokozuna, which saw him defeated when seemingly most of WWF’s heel roster came out to assist.

A shot of The Undertaker’s article in the official WWF annual, 1994

There’s far too much in The Undertaker’s history to go into here, but many qualities, events and storylines would see him remain a firm fixture and eventually one of the most popular WWF/WWE wrestlers of all time. These include (just from memory by the way):

– His top rope-walking ability – impressive for anyone, let alone a man his size.
– 92’s face-turn, resulting in a match against former ally Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts at Wrestlemana VIII.
– His ‘disappearance’ in ’94 after the aforementioned coffin match, which resulted in (again) Ted Debiase bringing out a doppelganger ‘Undertaker’ (Brian Lee from SMW Wrestling, his real-life cousin), before the real Undertaker would come back to defeat the fake one at Summerslam ’94.
– The period during which Paul Bearer was also missing, notable for it being a time when The Undertaker’s wrestling style would actually change; even his critics would notice how capable, agile and fluid a wrestler he could be when tested.
– The longest Wrestlemania winning streak of all time – many wrestlers who fought him at Wrestlemania were never seen in the federation again.

A couple of trading cards and stickers, which came inside bubble gum wrappers

There were other moments which, for me at least, weren’t quite as enjoyable. The ‘Corporate Ministry’ thing just became silly (even though it did eventually birth the APA tag team of Ron Simmons and Justin Bradshaw), and his more humanised ‘American Badass’ image a while after this (with his Limp Bizkit/Kid Rock theme music) didn’t appeal to me as much.

Fast forward to 2014, and the match against Brock Lesnar. It has to be said though that The Undertaker was past his peak at this point, as much as I hate to say it – perhaps if the match had occurred in 2004, it would have been a different story, but the decision to break the streak ultimately laid with higher management. My annoyance with that match was perhaps overshadowed by that with Paul Heyman’s impression of a broken record for the next several months afterwards (“MY CLIEEENT….” yeah, we get it). Still, it was good to see ‘taker’s career continue afterwards, with a win over Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31, and a strong match against Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania 32 last year.

From 1995, inside WWF’s official magazine

Jump again to 2017, and whilst I admit this is only speculation on my part, I can understand why he chose to end on a loss, rather than have one last win. One could argue that, had he won, he’d be constantly be dogged by ‘one more match’ demands and rumours – these would get annoying after a while. So, with that in mind, with a recorded loss instead, this perhaps would be a better way of saying to everyone (fans, industry, etc) “Look I’m done now, I simply cannot continue.” I personally, as a long-time fan, would rather see him continue to live comfortably and in better health, rather than see him risk it all to appease demand. Mark is 52 years old now, and has nothing left to prove.

There will never be another Undertaker. No one with the ability to build that atmosphere, with that mystique, no one who’ll make the crowd feel quite the same as he walks across the top rope with such ease.

Thank you, Mark Calloway, and may The Undertaker finally, rest in peace.


Memoirs of a Metalhead – My Gateway Songs

The riffs that started it all

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Partly inspired by that ’10 albums from your teens’ post that was trending on Facebook recently, I’ve been thinking back to the tracks that acted as a springboard to the bands and genres I’ve become interested in since, and decided to gather them together. Here they all are – I’ve done my best to list them in the order that I became introduced, but I can’t be sure on the exact order after all this time.

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

I’m sure we’ve all reenacted that scene from Wayne’s World at some point. Party on.

Def Leppard – Let’s Get Rocked

Their cover of ‘Action’ also deserves a mention. One of their previous albums, ‘Hysteria’, has since become one of my favourite albums.

Guns ‘n’ Roses – You Could Be Mine

I think it’s this song that helped me develop an appreciation for building intros.

Michael Jackson – Give In To Me feat. Slash

I was already listening to Michael Jackson before I got into rock music. The riffs in this song took me further.

En Vogue – Free Your Mind

This one might surprise a few people. It’s overlooked by the rock community/press, but in my opinion is actually better than a lot of the proper attempts at ‘crossover’ tracks from other artists.

Soul Asylum – Runaway Train

My introduction to grunge. Don’t listen to it much these days. Be warned, this video is a little heavy going, given the subject matter, but it did help in finding many missing people.

H-Blockx – Move

I’d actually forgotten about this one until, well, writing this. I’ve got the single somewhere.

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Another amongst the first grunge tracks I got into. It would be a little while before I also got into the likes of Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.

Die Krupps – Isolation

My introduction to industrial music, think I first heard it on Ray Cokes’s ‘Most Wanted’ show, back when MTV played music.

Metallica – One

The first time I ever knowingly listened to them, and it blew me away. To date I still regard this as one of the greatest metal tracks ever.

Mutha’s Day Out – Green

Well, I could post the whole album, as they were one of the first rock/metal bands I got into. A guy I knew at the time recorded this on to a tape for me, and on the b-side of that tape was a mix of things, which included the aforementioned Soundgarden track, Pearl Jam’s ‘Go’, and also….

Biohazard – Love Denied

….this track. At the time, I wasn’t even aware that there was a genre of heavy music known as ‘hardcore’, but this was my introduction to that form of metal.

So there they are, my first steps into heavy music. I had no idea at the time just how important those steps would become.


The Soundtrack To Your Halloween

Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language

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With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).

Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.

Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave

The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.

Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams

Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.

Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew

Horror punk from the UK.

Misfits – Scream

Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.

White Zombie – More Human Than Human

Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

Lordi – Devil Is A Loser

The one-time Eurovision winners.

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.

Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison

Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.

Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto

Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.

Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust

Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.

Type O Negative – Black No.1

A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

Talanas – The Apostle

Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.

Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails

Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.

Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness

One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.

Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek

Love that intro riff.

Fear Factory – Martyr

The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.

Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!

Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.

Bile – In League

Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Author & Punisher – Terrorbird

Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.

Related:
Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/
https://www.facebook.com/Denigrata
https://www.facebook.com/talanasband
https://www.facebook.com/cerberusunchained
https://www.facebook.com/Skullfucked-414048352059522/
https://musikalsin.bandcamp.com/album/musikal-sin-mixtape-vol-3-extremities


Movies For Metalheads

This literally goes up to 11

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An essential part of being a ‘metalhead’ is having a sense of humour, and just as important is the ability to make fun of one’s self – to both recognise and embrace the absurdities and cliches that exist within the rock and metal world and its lifestyles. It’s this ability that has lead to many of the films listed here being completely embraced by the alternative communities, and becoming firm favourites with rockers, goths and headbangers everywhere.

This Is Spinal Tap

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Essential viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rocker or metalhead. Inventors of ‘going up to eleven’.
Basic synopsis – The misadventures of an 80s heavy metal band.
Cameos – Many recognisable faces from television/Hollywood make brief appearances, including Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey and Anjelica Huston.
Soundtrack – The band themselves.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/

Not featured in the film, but worth sharing….

 

Wayne’s World 1 & 2

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Basic synopsis – In the first film, Wayne and Garth’s local cable TV show gets bought by a national company. In the second, the duo decide to organise a huge rock festival.
Cameos – Rock legends Alice Cooper and Aerosmith, Chris Farley.
Soundtracks – Queen, Tia Carrere (performing tracks from the films) and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105793/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108525/

Still Crazy

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Basic synopsis – A British 70s rock band reunites 20 years later, despite unresolved issues amongst its members.
Cameos – Phil Daniels, Zoe Ball.
Soundtrack – Features music from its stars Jimmy Nail and Billy Connolly, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149151/

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey

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“Be excellent to each other, and…. party on dudes!!” – Abraham Lincoln.
Basic synopsis – In ‘Excellent Adventure’, the ‘Wyld Stallions’ duo travel through time collecting historical figures for a history report. Then, in ‘Bogus Journey’, our heroes travel through the afterlife and battle evil robot versions of themselves.
Cameos – Jim Martin, formerly of Faith No More, and Primus.
Soundtracks – Van Halen, Kiss, Extreme, Big Pig and Slaughter, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096928/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101452/

 

Airheads

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A pre-Mummy Brendan Fraser film, and the first time we see Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi appearing together.
Basic synopsis – A struggling unsigned rock band highjacks a radio station, in an attempt to get their demo played.
Cameos – Late rock legend Lemmy of Motorhead, White Zombie, Chris Farley. Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean also stars as a radio DJ.
Soundtrack – Motorhead and White Zombie, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109068/

Little Nicky

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Some might see this as an unlikely choice; whilst not everyone is a fan of his films, this has always been a favourite of mine. Elements of rock music appear in many of Adam Sandler’s films, this being a prime example.
Basic synopsis – The Devil’s youngest son must visit the world above to prevent his brothers from taking over Hell.
Cameos – The man himself, Ozzy Osbourne as himself.
Soundtrack – POD, Linkin Park, Incubus and Filter, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185431/

 

Queen Of The Damned

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Again, another that didn’t win critics over, but found a fanbase attracted by the music.
Basic synopsis – A centuries’ old vampire awakens in 21st century America, joins a rock bands as their frontman.
Cameos – Korn frontman Jonathan Davis appears briefly as a ticket tout.
Soundtrack – Five tracks written specifically for the film by Davis and Richard Gibbs, sang by frontmen from other bands (Disturbed, Static-X, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Orgy), alongside various other tracks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238546/

School Of Rock

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Basic synopsis – A substitute teacher introduces his young class to rock music, and turns them into a rock band.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Tracks performed by Jack Black and the cast, alongside Cream, Led Zeppelin and others, with various classic rock bands featured throughout the film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332379/

The Crow

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A cult favourite in alternative circles, its star Brandon Lee tragically lost his life during its creation. Three sequels followed, none of which repeated the same success as the original.
Basic synopsis – A murdered rocker is resurrected to seek vengeance on the Los Angeles underworld.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Nine Inch Nails, Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109506/

If documentaries are your thing, track these ones down:

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Other soundtracks worth checking out:
Singles (A who’s who of 90s grunge, including Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone and others)
The Crow 2: City Of Angels (White Zombie, Korn, Hole, Bush and many others)
Spawn (a album of techo-rock crossover collaborations)
Judgment Night (the legendary rap-rock crossover album)
Strangelands (Dee Snider’s horror, includes Anthrax, Pantera, SOAD, Sevendust and many others)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Offspring, Korn, Type O Negative, L7 and others)
Alone In the Dark (a massive 2CD collection of acts right across the metal spectrum)
Last Action Hero (Alice In Chains, Def Leppard, Queensryche, Aerosmith and others)

 


Worst. Survey. Ever.

A day in the life of two market researchers

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Upon seeing the above sentence, my first thought was, who the hell worked that out? Here’s how it might have gone….

9:00am – “Good morning sir. Here, please wipe your backside with this sheet, then this one, and tell us which you think is softer.”

9:30am – “Erm, no you can keep that. Thanks.”

10:00am – “What? Oh sorry, we’re told we’ll get a cubicle next time. Yes, this aisle is rather draughty isn’t it.”

11:00am – “Hello, Customer Services? Who moved the Wet Floor sign? Well, we’ll need another. Yes, it’s happened again.”

12:00pm – “How many of these can your fit up your shirt, Robert?”

1:00pm – “We could’ve built a fort, Karen….”

2:00pm – “Baby wipes are on aisle 12, madam. Yes I know, I’m burning this shirt when I get home.”

3:00pm – “Could’ve asked us to do a vodka survey, but no, we…. What have you got in that flask? Oooh….”

4:00pm – “What even is my life…. No not you madam sorry, I was just muttering to myself….”

4:15pm – “Oh were we supposed to be counting? Let’s just round up to the nearest whole 100….”

4:30pm – “Might fake my death tomorrow. Oh, you too? Race you.”

5:00pm – “I underestimated how long it’d take for that fire engine to get here.”


Sounds Of The Underground, December 2015

Recent rumblings in the underground music scene

A round-up of recent releases I haven’t had time to blog about in more detail over the festive period.

Bad Pollyanna

 

Bad Pollyanna – new album
UK rockers Bad Pollyanna have just released their second album ‘The Broken Toys’, available now via their website. Immediately engaging and dramatic, ‘The Broken Toys’ has a varied sound that might appeal to a broad range of audiences, from the electro-rock/goth crowd, to fans of 80s post-punk – imagine an act somewhere between Toyah, Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre and The Dirty Youth, and you’d be getting close. Coming as a result of a successful Pledgemusic campaign, and getting strong reviews everywhere in the rock press, 2016 may just be Bad Pollyanna’s year.

A solid album that features some catchy tunes (highlights include ‘Define Me’, ‘Hooks’ and ‘Ugly Love”) with little filler, ‘The Broken Toys’ is available now as a digipak CD and digital download at http://shop.badpollyanna.com/album/the-broken-toys, live gigs and other digital outlets.

Toy Birds – new EP
Toy Birds, featuring The October Game’s drummer Ollie Taylor as frontman, have released their debut self-titled EP. Having offered a preview of their sound with the track ‘These Eyes’ earlier this, the band have now expanded on this with these five tracks, with an electronic-pop sound not a million miles away from some of the popular acts of the 80s – if you’re into pop in the A-Ha/Paul Young/Nik Kershaw vein, give this a listen.

Dorylus – debut tracks
London/Herts-based metallers Dorylus have released their debut EP, two tracks from which are streaming now over at Reverbnation. Having formed less than a year ago, the band have been gigging since May and winning fans with a melodic-death metal sound that would appeal to fans of the likes of Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, In Flames and DevilDriver. The whole EP is out on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Googleplay and other outlets.

The Tuesday Club – new EPs
St Albans post-punk/glampop crew The Tuesday Club have recently released EPs 3 and 4 for this year’s set of releases. Titled ‘Lady Gargar’ and ‘Boo Hoo’ respectively, both EPs comprise of three tracks each and are available now via their website. These complete the set of four releases which make up their second album.

Despite recently losing a couple of members (The Minx and J-Rod), the band look set to continue as a five-piece for 2016.

The Wolves Of Avalon – new single/album
Pagan-black metallers The Wolves Of Avalon released a two-track vinyl single a few months ago, and are currently working on the release of their next album for 2016. The A-side of their single is a cover of Venom’s track ‘Die Hard’ and features guest vocal appearances from Rob Miller of Amebix, Mirai Kawashima of Sigh, Alan Averill of Primordial and Venom’s own Mantas guesting on vocals and guitar. The B-side, ‘Carrion Crows Reprise’ is an alternate version of a track originally featured on their first album. Released via Eternal Death Records, available on their Bandcamp site.

The next album, to be titled ‘Across A Twilight Field Of Corpses Grey, Only The Trilling Of Nightingales Can Be Heard’ , is currently scheduled for a May 2016 release via Godreah Records.

Contact:
http://badpollyanna.com
https://www.facebook.com/badpollyanna
https://twitter.com/Badpollyanna
https://www.facebook.com/RagePr
https://www.facebook.com/toybirds
https://twitter.com/ToyBirdsBand
https://www.facebook.com/dorylusband
https://twitter.com/DorylusBand
https://www.facebook.com/thisisthetuesdayclub
https://twitter.com/thetuesdayclub1
http://thetuesdayclub.tmstor.es/
https://www.facebook.com/thewolvesofavalon
https://www.godreah.com


Unanswered questions

Such thoughts keep me awake at night. Possibly.

Normally, I throw random questions at my friends on Facebook when I think of them; this time, I thought I’d collect a load and post them here.

– In this ultra-PC time, could Lionel Richie still get away with saying ‘Is it me you’re looking for?’ to a blind lady?

– Why is ‘amazeballs’ a thing but not ‘incredi-balls’?

– Are moths just goth butterflies, or are butterflies just moths who want to express themselves loudly?
(Either way, don’t tell them it’s just a phase they’re going through; they’ll only grow up resenting you for it.)

– Would actual ‘hindsight’ be all that attractive? I’m not certain that I’d want sight out of my hind.

– Who names carpets? Are there people out there with ‘carpet namer’ on their CV?
(Have a browse though a catalogue for examples.)

– If we ‘party until the cows come home’, when do the cows stop partying?

– If an asteroid entered our hemisphere, would it instantly become a ‘hemoroid’?

– What if Time Team is actually about Baldrick’s never-ending quest to return back to his own time?

– What if Wally/Waldo is sick of people wondering where he is all the time, and now thinks the world is full of weird obsessives who watch his every move. Kinda like a literary Truman Show?
Or, what if he wants to be found, and we’re just enabling/feeding into his constant need to be pursued?
(One time, I walked into Clintons, found a Where’s Wally card, couldn’t find him and subsequently had to leave feeling unfulfilled….anyway….)

– What does a glove fit like?

– Seriously though, turn down for WHAT?!?

Found this - my eternal gratitude to whoever created it.

Found this – my eternal gratitude to whoever created it.


What if Football was more like WWE?

Soccermania?

Earlier this year, there was a rumour that WWE’s owner Vince McMahon was interested in buying the English football team Newcastle United. Whilst I’m still not certain how accurate this was, the thought occurred to me – what if Football was more like American wrestling?

"He was never offside brother!"

“He was never offside brother!”

Here are some ideas that could be transferred over:

– New costumes to replace their regular kits – entering the stadium with Ultimate Warrrior’s facepaint, Legion Of Doom-style shoulderpads or Golddust’s outfit would be an interesting way of adding more colour. I personally wouldn’t complain if one team dressed as The Headbangers, but then I would say that….Or The Hart Foundation, they were snappy dressers.

Imagine if more sportsmen channeled the same energy and fire as this legend.  RIP Ultimate Warrior.

Imagine if more sportsmen channeled the same energy and fire as this legend.
RIP Ultimate Warrior.

– More dramatic entrances – entering with Kane’s pyrotechnics along with The Undertaker’s entrance theme, that would intimidate the opposing team, right? ‘Bushwhacking’ optional.

– They perform all pre- and post-game interviews in the style of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Catchphrases to be encouraged, with use of “At the end of the day….” to be banned.

– Jerry Lawler (Jim Ross has been suggested too) to commentate. I personally think that Lawler is the funniest commentator they’ve ever had, and the current Lawler/Michael Cole/JBL team seems to work well.

– Matches in cages, or surrounded by fire.

Inferno cup match, anyone?

Inferno cup match, anyone?

– How about some run-ins? McMahon runs in dressed in a ref’s shirt, or members from the sub bench or even other teams get involved when the ref’s not looking, with a second/third ball, just to confuse matters.

– Anyone caught faking a dive/exaggerating an injury actually gets whacked with a chair.

– Blindfold matches. Strap matches could be fun too – imagine each player strapped to another from the opposing team.

Admit it, you'd love to see a whole pitch of this. I would.

Admit it, you’d love to see a whole pitch of this.
I would.

– ‘Goals count anywhere’ matches; match boundaries are limitless, with a ‘jumpers for goalposts’ rule coming into play, depending on how far they get outside the arena. Ref to be supplied with a Segway, for the hell of it.

You’d potentially end up with a match of one team in Demolition’s attire, against a team of Doinks. One holding with a large snake, the other with parrots. Possibly.

"Ref! Ref! What do you mean, sharpshooters are illegal on the pitch!?"

“Ref! Ref! What do you mean, sharpshooters are illegal on the pitch!?”

My thanks to my Facebook friends for a couple of their suggestions.


Atmos-fear

Atmospheric, slow-burning, intense music

Sometimes, it’s not about producing the most full-on, relentless sound, with countless riffs and non-stop heaviness. There are times when it feels right to start off slowly, build up an atmosphere, build up the layers and then head into an eventual cavalcade of riffs and heaviness. There are other times when an overload isn’t even required; an alternate intensity can be found in a steady grind, an almost hypnotic groove and pulse or a gothic sense of darkness.

Here are just the examples that spring to mind for a suitable playlist.

Sikth – Tupelo

Their cover of the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classic – taking that sense of impending doom up a few notches. Check out the original here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSl4KX7zBTQ

Slipknot – Gently (Iowa version)

The version found on second album ‘Iowa’, a reworking of the track originally found on their underground debut, released before signing to Roadrunner Records.

Swans – Like A Drug

I was addicted to this at one point. A dark, heavy grind with a hypnotic feel.

Steak Number Eight – Falling Out Of A Dream

Awesome build-up intro. Sludgy, grungy.

Tool – Eulogy

A slow, steady build from the masters of dyamnic. Hypnotic.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – *#..

Instrumental – sounds like it’d make a great intro, but is actually track 4 on their first full-length album.

Panic DHH – Simplex

A calmer, more restrained moment from this band; fragility in noise. Frontman Robbie Furze went on to form The Big Pink.

Gary Numan – RIP

Steady build-up into a wall of sound chorus from a pioneer of dark music.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

The goth classic; essential listening for every Halloween.

Triptykon – Shatter

The current band from metal legend Thomas Gabriel Fischer. Only recently got round to listening after a suggestion from a friend.

Wardruna – Kauna

Gaahl’s dark folk project.


When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie….

….well that’s just really surreal, quite frankly.

The song goes, “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.”

??

Soo, can I interpret this as, being in love, or ‘amore’ if you will, is like getting hit in the face with a giant pizza?

THE HORROR….unless you’re hungry. Really hungry.

Messy. If you hated pepperoni before, you’d sure as hell hate getting a faceful of galactic-sized portions of it, wouldn’t you? Stuffed crust, deep pan liaisons? Moving on….

“When the world shines, like you’ve had too much wine….” – Oh. Making more sense now.

I have mixed feelings about getting a intergalactic face visit from a giant one of these.

I have mixed feelings about getting a intergalactic face visit from a giant one of these.