Kevin Kmetz (Monsters of Shamisen) covering BABYMETAL


I’m swamped this week with work, so I don’t have time to really do a lot of Phro Metal writing (maybe around Wednesday things will be calmed down). But I just found out Kevin Kmetz, tsugaru-jamisen extraordinaire, covered a few of BABYMETAL’s songs. That’s like half of my favorite things all in one video. Or three videos. Just watch them below.
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DUBSTEP — Cthulhu


Today’s story review is for a three-track EP I found while digging around on Bandcamp. The tracks are a thick kind-of-chill, kind-of-grimmy dubstep, with some well-mixed vocal samples. It’s music you can find yourself sinking into, like an aural ocean. Also, the artwork for the cover is amazing.

The club lights flash randomly, filling my vision like a Technicolor nightmare. Half-heard voices slip through my ears, echo once in my brain, and disappear into a slurry of bass and treble. The shards of the broken beer bottle my face had landed in when the seven-foot-tall robot punched me cling to my cheek like Titanic survivors to scraps of wood.

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Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation — Wallow


Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation (in close running for the label “greatest grindcore band in the world”) have a new batch of their 2013 EP Wallow ready for our hot, waiting ears. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about it. The is what it sounds like (and, because pictures are fun, what it looks like, too).

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Monsters of Shamisen — Resonance


So, Monsters of Shamisen have a new album, titled Resonance. While God of Shamisen, a forerunner to this group, focused more on rock music that incorporated the traditional Japanese instrument, Monsters features three shamisen players who apply the northern Japanese tsugaru-jamisen sound to a variety of musical styles, including bluegrass/country and Irish folk songs.

Their previous release, Stellar, was phenomenal and released only a year ago. So how does this new effort sound? Was it a rush job or is the magic still cracking?

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