The three songs stuck in my head – Harry Hammett

 

1. Unfit For Human Consumption – Carcass

Carcass are one hell of a band. A four-piece Grindcore band formed in Liverpool in the ’80s, they’re one of the fathers of modern metal music having spawned the wave of Melodic Death Metal bands in the early 2000s with their album Heartwork, as well as seriously influencing the sound that Grindcore still has today.

Carcass split up in 1995, releasing their fifth album, ‘Swansong’ as a farewell to their fans. In 2013, however, the band reappeared in the world of metal releasing ‘Surgical Steel’, one of the most anticipated releases in a very long time. ‘Unfit For Human Consumption’ comes from this, the newest album. The track is made up of nothing but meaty Carcass goodness, instantly catchy riffs, pounding drums and the unmistakable voice of Jeff Walker.

 

2. Crucial Velocity – Clutch

Clutch are another brilliant band to see live, hailing from Germantown, Maryland, their musical soul is made up of of motor oil, beer, trucks and fried chicken. With songs like ‘Texan Book Of The Dead’ and ‘Bertha’s Big Back Yard’, it shouldn’t come as a shock to hear that Clutch sing about good ol’ fashioned southern life. Their first LP, ‘Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths’, was released in 1993 and the guys haven’t looked back since.

‘Crucial Velocity’ is the second single on their latest album, ‘Earth Rocker’, released in 2013 and sounds like only Clutch can. It’s a song dripping with flannel shirts, monster trucks and general beardyness. (For those not in the know, a Rocket 88 is the southern nickname for an Oldsmobile 88, a car from the 1950s.) Just like the previous track on this list, ‘Crucial Velocity’ is a river of unforgettable riffs that you can’t help but dance to. So put on a trucker cap and open a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, you’re going to enjoy it.

 

3. Young Cardinals – Alexisonfire

It’s quite likely that a lot of the students reading this article remember Alexisonfire, and for good reason. The Canadian five-piece, from Ontario, have stopped making music together in order to spend time working on their side projects, but back in the day (Specifically, the ’00s) they were a band that no teenager’s wall lacked a poster of. Formed in 2001, after a three-band breakup, their name came from (no joke) Alexis Fire, the name of the world’s only lactating contortionist strippers. So. Um. Make of that what you will. Anyway, they released their first, self titled, album in 2001, and carried on making music for over a Decade.

‘Young Cardinals’ is the (half?) title track of their 2009 album ‘Old Crows/Young Cardinals’, released on Dine Alone records. Fans of early Alexionfire will be able to recognize the soaring vocals of Dallas Green over the shouts of George Pettit, but it’s easy to hear how their sound has evolved from the black-haired screamo of their first album. ‘Young Cardinals’ is a perfect example of new Alexisonfire, with the same emotion that they always had, but in a much more current musical style.

 

Harry Hammett

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