The Dead and Dreaming (2004)
We Are Night Sky (2006)
Welcome Scribbler music lovers! I am and will forever be an unapologetic metalhead but I also enjoy a wide variety of music even if 95% of what I regularly listen to and own is metal of one form or another. It was this thought that had me thinking of something a little different to present to you. I have several playlists that I listen to while writing, while posting articles here and the like but we all have those albums that are our “anytime, anywhere” albums. So I thought it’d be fun to share some of mine with you and I purposefully plucked out a list that is mostly non-metal in nature. Enjoy!
I sat down a few days ago trying to think of something different to share with all of you. Cult and I highlight a ton of metal here but it isn’t really that often that we bring you much else. Yes, we are horror writers, horror lovers and total metalheads but I can only speak for myself (though I know Cult is similar) when I say that I’m a big fan of variety and diversity both in horror and music. Yes, my personal album collection is about 95% metal but I listen to non-metal or what would be considered non-metal by most more often than you would probably think. I love music not just metal music. When asked about my personal collection I can’t lie and don’t in telling people that I have a little of everything from Johnny Cash to Cannibal Corpse. It would be fairly easy, though perhaps a bit boring for you, to go through my writing playlist which consists mostly of doom metal from the likes of Sleep, Kongh, Om and Horn of the Rhino so I thought what about a list of those albums we all have, the albums that you can put on any fucking time, any fucking where and always love it. I found that I had a literal shit ton of these as always seems to happen so I whittled my list down to 25 that I thought best highlighted not only my own personal taste but also highlighted a couple of lesser known bands that no one is probably going to tell you about otherwise. There are a few metal albums on this list but most of it is thoroughly not metal though some have what I like to call the “metal attitude”. The “metal attitude” to me is just the “we don’t give a fuck, we do things our way” vibe. Some bands have it, others you’ll hear on the radio. These are in no particular order as they are all 10s in my book which is what makes them “any time albums”.
Now again these are in no particular order from worst to first, they are all number ones depending on my mood. These are albums I can literally put on at any time generally to change my mood from shitty to less shitty. Also rather than share all 25 full albums which would take you far too long to get through I’ll just highlight a couple of my favorite songs from each. Also some of these are basically one offs and a little more difficult to find so where I am able I’ll provide a link to the full album if you find I’ve peeked your interest. Remember it’s never too late to become a fan and while some of these bands are no longer in existence many are still making music so check them out. It also seems I got a bit wordy in doing this so I’ve decided to split this up doing 5 at a time to make it more manageable for you to go through and for me to post. So a simple stroll through my music collection has now turned into a 5 part series. I’ll post a list of 5 of these at a time over the next 5 weeks to help get you through the winter blahs. Now I’ll stop blabbering and get on with it. Let’s get this party started!!!
Dry Kill Logic –
The Dead and Dreaming (2004)
Who the fuck are Dry Kill Logic you ask? Sadly that’s a question far too many probably have to ask themselves. DKL got lumped in with “Nu Metal” which is a total shit term that no one can really define. DKL essentially mixed several styles into their base of traditional NYC Hardcore. The lyrics have a rap quality cadence on many songs but there are flashes of death metal, melodeth, both growled and clean vocals, songs that are very much hardcore tunes and others that are very much just straight forward metal jams. Unfortunately DKL made only three albums (that I know of anyway) and disbanded after their last album 2006’s Of Vengeance and Violence. The song that hooked me on Dry Kill Logic and is still my absolute favorite song to scream away to is Lost. I bought this album because that song got stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. I still fucking love it and can blast it at any time. This was DKL’s second album which forced me to seek out their debut, The Darker Side of Nonsense, as well which is well worth your time. Why DKL never gained more popularity is really beyond me as all of their albums are very diverse from the heavy to the ballad-ish. I don’t know if we’ll ever see DKL again but I for one wish they’d come back and kick some ass!
The Tossers –
Ok, I warned you a lot of these weren’t going to be metal and The Tossers certainly aren’t metal. Since most of you (pretty much all of you) don’t know me personally you don’t know that I’m about half Irish on my mother’s side. As such I have a huge soft spot for Irish traditional folk music and while most would probably pick other arguably more famous acts like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly my favorite is Chicago’s The Tossers. Their brand of traditional Irish folk & punk just does it for me more consistently than others though honestly Flogging Molly comes pretty damn close for me as well. While there are some excellent standout tunes on their (major label) debut album like Good Morning Da’ it was their second album Agony that made a fan out of me. Honestly I love every song on this album from start to finish and it’s still my favorite from them to this day. Another excellent one to try from them if they turn out to be your thing is their live album Gloatin’ and Showboatin’. I have a bunch of their albums but none does it for me quite like Agony. Try not feeling good listening to songs mostly about drinking and having a good fucking time! While I love the whole album there is no doubt that Siobhan is a definite standout and a damn fun song. So raise a damn glass, sing it loud and sing it proud damn it!
Sweden’s Witchcraft started life admittedly as a Pentagram tribute band. They weren’t playing all Pentagram covers but they were admittedly trying to sound like Pentagram just with their own original material. It was a little hit & miss for me as Pentagram honestly are. Then the guys in Witchcraft decided to start forging their own sound, their own path on the retro 70s stoner rock that has really blown da’ fuck up in the last few years. It seems every time I turn around another one is popping up and while most are mediocre, bland and sometimes even downright boring Witchcraft moved themselves out of that territory with Legend. Long time fans got all butthurt over the change but honestly to me they went from a mediocre band of Pentagram imitators to one fucking great stoner rock band sounding more like they should hail from somewhere in the Mississippi delta than the frozen tundra of Sweden (no knock on Swedes I’m Irish on mom’s side, Swedish on dad’s). Legend is just awesome start to finish and one of my favorite songs by any band is a left over B-side from the album that they included on the Not Because Of You 7” which is Take Me With You When You Die. Enjoy!
Deadboy & The Elephantmen –
We Are Night Sky (2006)
Honestly I had a hard time choosing here. I would be completely remiss making this list not to include one of my favorite all around artists in Dax Riggs. The hard part was in what to choose. I could have gone with the slightly obvious choice of one of the two Acid Bath albums (Pagan Terrorism Tactics being my favorite of the two) then there are his solo albums or his numerous other projects over the years but I finally settled on We Are Night Sky which was his brief project with drummer Tess Brunet. Why? Well it contains not one but two of my all time favorite Dax songs so that’s what it came down too though my list of favorite Dax Riggs songs would be a whole post in and of itself. So due to the songs Evil Friend and Stop, I’m Already Dead I had to go with We Are Night Sky. If you enjoy one or both of these songs I strongly encourage you to look up more of his work because to me Dax Riggs is the best song writer/vocalist working in music today. The man is a god among mere mortals but that’s just my humble (and fucking correct) opinion.
Ha! Now this one probably surprises the fuck out of most of you! I don’t get into all the rap bullshit and contrary to what is probably popular belief I don’t hate rap. On the contrary there are some great beats in rap but the reason I listen to extremely little is that I can’t relate to 99% of it. I’ve never been a pimp, I’ve never sold drugs other than a joint or two which really doesn’t count, I don’t think of women as hoes (though there is no lack of hoes if I’m being honest), I’ve never been shot, I’ve never been stabbed, I’m no fuckin’ gangsta and a whole host of other factors. It isn’t a racist thing as most who know me know I don’t give a fuck what color you are, I hate stupid people and assholes which there are seriously too damn many of out there. So I don’t enjoy Eminem because he happens to be a white rapper, I like him because most of his songs are just damn funny. I like most of his albums with always a few songs that are exceptions (I’m not the biggest rap fan afterall) but the reason Encore ends up on this list is mainly due to the song Puke. I bought this album and got into it shortly after a seriously bad break and I won’t lie that this song allowed me to turn my pain to hate and eventually a smile as it’s just a great diss to any bitch whoever happens to break your heart. What can be better than telling the one that broke your heart that the very thought of them makes you just wanna puke! So crank that shit up then have some more fun with Eminem. Wanna revoke my “metal card” because I put a rap album on this list then I dare you, try come and take it!
Well that’s it for the first 5 of the list kiddies! Hopefully there were a few in there that were new to you or perhaps that you had avoided for one reason or another. Perhaps some day I’ll highlight some of the tunes I use on my writing playlist for you but for now these ten should set you on a path to expanding your mind and I’ll try to do it again with the rest of my list. Trust me if you think a couple of these surprised you some of the others really will. So until next time enjoy these great tunes and remember no one likes a close minded prick unwilling to try new things. Free your mind and your ass will follow!
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