๐ŸŽถ Sometimes I think about how Quake II soundtrack is still one of the best (industrial) rock albums of all time and what that means for the stuff other bands are slinging at us.

    ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ† Seriously considering creating an alternative to the Dove Awards called the “Bloody Lamb” awards, specifically for hard music. Non-commercial, grassroots, etc.

    Send thoughts to:

    ๐ŸŽถ Remembering that time in college that I DJed on hard mode by playing Toolโ€™s ร†nima, forgetting how many bleeps Iโ€™d have to do.

    I only missed a couple!

    ๐ŸŽถ as someone with a million Front Line Assembly, Fear Factory, Delerium, Conjure One, Noise Unit, Synรฆsthesia, etc. albums, I donโ€™t say this lightly:

    Rhys Fulberโ€™s self-titled techno releases might be his best work.

    ๐ŸŽถ How did I not know that there’s basically a new Cornerstone Festival? (Audiofeed)

    That said, likely to be way more bands I want to see at Furnace Fest, which I intend to go to again this year.

    ๐ŸŽถ I am destroyed and ground to dust any time Silent Planet performs Panic Room.


    • Johnny Booth: sorry I missed them because it seems like they had some brain-smashing hardcore energy
    • Aviana: good tunes online but pretty monotonous in person
    • Thornhill: too often trying to be a Buffy band singer, but hard tracks were good

    Time for some #homeworkcore from Silent Planet!

    ๐ŸŽถ What are the best 2-part songs? A couple I think of off the top of my head:

    I feel a new playlist coming….

    ๐ŸŽถ happy new KMFDM day to all who celebrate.

    ๐ŸŽถ Silly music tricks part 9187234

    This is how I create a “station” for concert prep. (This time for Silent Planet.)

    showing filters that match the artist names and then unrated or greater than 3 star songs.

    ๐ŸŽถ I really enjoy some really stanky house music but I have no idea how to reliably find tracks Iโ€™ll enjoy.

    So I add one to my list something like once a year.

    ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Pastor Monica writing about tohu vaโ€™vohu this morning. (Genesis, Jeremiah)

    I think she did it better.

    Let there be light!

    KMFDM album cover of the same phrase.

    ๐ŸŽถ Tracking Artists by 5-Star Tracks

    I usually use to look at my top artists by number of plays. Today, I decided to look at who have the most โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ tracks in my library. It came out like this:

    1. Circle of Dust
    2. Between the Buried and Me
    3. August Burns Red
    4. Black Sun Empire
    5. Clubroot
    6. Underoath
    7. Living Sacrifice
    8. Kardashev
    9. Opeth
    10. Brainchild (tie)
    11. Front Line Assembly (tie)

    A couple of these are in my all-time top-listened artists (August Burns Red, Front Line Assembly) but many of them aren’t. Some of that is because my top-listened artists have great albums that get a lot of plays. Others (like BtBaM and Opeth) might not be at the top because their songs are so long and account for fewer plays per time listened. Others (Kardashev) are newer to me.

    Also, as usual, Rhys Fulber and Klayton would rocket off the top of charts if each stuck to one project name. Klayton (already at #1, #10, and remixer of some of #7) would be even higher if I threw in Argyle Park, AP2, Celldweller, and early work with Klank. Rhys Fulber (#11) would be in second place if we included self-titled work, Fear Factory mixes & remixes, and Noise Unit.

    I think I’ll revisit this view again after I get more tracks in my library rated.

    Who hold the most 5-star tracks in your library?

    ๐ŸŽถ I feel like I owe an explanation about my recent black metal post:

    I like a lot of strange music (see picture), but what I don’t care for is the “wall of fuzz” sound that a lot of black metal makes. It’s uninteresting and tiresome.

    The ones I do enjoy have a little something extra going on.

    chart showing Iโ€™m on the unique end of _even people who go out of their way to track what they listen to_ on

    ๐ŸŽถ Let’s say somebody listens to a lot of metal but finds most black metal tedious, with a few exceptions like:

    What would you recommend to them for more non-tedious black metal?

    ๐ŸŽถ PlexAmp has this concept of โ€œartist moodsโ€ and I havenโ€™t used it much. But tonight I was looking at Clubroot and decided to click on โ€œOminousโ€ and maybe this is my musical vibe?

    Music I like across many genres, all โ€œominousโ€

    ๐ŸŽถ You can also find an apple music playlist of the top tracks released in 2023 on my profile.

    ๐ŸŽถ 2023 Listening Report

    I was going to write a special report, but I received a helpful summary from (link).

    Pictured is the summary-of-the-summary.

    Clubroot, August Burns Red, Tool, :Wumpscut:, Submotion Orchestra. Electronic, Industrial, Metalcore, Techno, and Metal. See link for more.

    ๐Ÿ“บ๐ŸŽถ Olivia Rodrigo

    From boring mumble-song to what might be one of those most iconic SNL performances ever, that was quite the range.

    I can’t remember ever being that torn between two SNL performances.

    ๐ŸŽถ I keep finding bands where I’m like “how have I never heard of them before, I’m getting their whole back catalog and listening to them all the time!”

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