Thirteenth Step is 8x the album that Merde Noms was. There's nary a weak song on it (well, "Gravity" is a bit wimpy). The poignant "A Stranger" is equal to "3 Libras." "The Outsider" is every bit as intense as "Judith." Etc. Thirteenth Step is so much more consistent & crunchy, ergo listenable, than the noodling & aimless first one. And it's got humor. Go for it, Viv.
You have emboldened me to ask whether or not I should finally break down and pick up the allegedly "moody and atmospheric" sophomore effort 13th Step (with the banana slug on the face cover). I didn't really like the radio single and never bothered. Should I have?
The manic bit in 'Orestes' is one of the finest minutes of music this decade. My love for APC kinda suffered when Lateralus came out, though, as they had been a bit of a 'look! Maynard!' band when they emerged.
So nothing as good as 'Orestes' then
I went to the fourth annual Damnation festival last night. A three-stage, one-night event, it is something of a celebration of metal historically and a showcase for new bands. This year I was impressed by new (to me) bands Shels and Devil Sold His Soul. The former were epic in an early Kayo Dot kinda way and weren't amazing but showed promise. DSHS were massively energetic and surprisingly heavy for a band whose (male) singer looks like Hayley from Paramore. One (for me) to watch.
Luckily, due to delays in setting up, I was able to catch most of Napalm Death (they were slated to play at exactly the same time as DSHS). They are fucking awesome, and I need to get more of their stuff. Weirdly, for such a 'veteran' band, their new material sounded great. Shane Embury's bald spot is amazing.
Due to the organisers being idiots, Carcass, Cathedral and Pitchshifter all played at the sme time, on different stages. While I'd like to have seen them all, there was no contest as to who I was going to choose. Mainly playing songs from Necroticism
, they fucking slayed and it was hard to believe they split up twelve fucking years ago. I rocked out immensely, and the atmosphere was - for once - really enjoyable. The audience wasn't shit! Though there were some nobheads in front of me who didn't even clap when songs finished. Makes me wonder what exactly they paid £30 for.