Music Reviews

Am I Blood

Agitation

Nuclear Blast

Classic metal from what must be nothing short of Finland’s Metallica. My theory is that they locked themselves in a room and listened to Master of Puppets and … And Justice For All over and over again until they became those two albums.

The songs on Agitation are full of grinding, crunching relentless metal guitars balanced by vocals that are powerful, yet filled with pathos. The complex solos and instrumentals, especially in the songs “Suffocated Love” and “Negative,” are intricate to a fault!

The subject matter of their songs, all of which are dark journeys into private anguish, makes me wonder if Finland is poised for an epidemic of depressed youths… On “Suicidal Solution” they sing “Struggle with aggression/ the shadows of freedom/ Loaded obsession/ My battle of weakness… Excuses of solitude… Next to necromancers breath/ Escape, my victory… Trip into mystery/ Entrance to pregnancy… “ What the hell is that about? Bringing on your own death to be reborn through the Karmic wheel of sad metal? (Sigh.) Dude, maybe they didn’t lock themselves in a room listening to Metallica all day long, maybe it’s just the fact that Finland lives in six months of darkness out of the year that pushed them this far. I gotta stop reading lyrics… Thusly, fans of True Metal will, literally, get a blast out of Agitation. Nuclear Blast America, P.O. Box 43618, Philadelphia, PA 19106; http://www.nuclearblast-usa.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Event Reviews

Joe Jackson brought his Two Rounds of Racket tour to the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C. on Monday. Bob Pomeroy was in the area and caught the show.

Matías Meyer

Matías Meyer

Interviews

With only a week to go before powerful new feature Louis Riel or Heaven Touches The Earth premieres in the Main Slate at UNAM International Film Festival, Lily and Generoso sat down for an in-depth conversation with the film’s director, Matías Meyer.

Mostly True

Mostly True

Print Reviews

Carl F. Gauze reviews the fascinating Mostly True: The West’s Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine, a chronicle of forgotten outsider subculture.

The Tin Star

The Tin Star

Screen Reviews

Anthony Mann’s gorgeous monochrome western, The Tin Star, may have been shot in black and white, but its themes are never that easily defined.

Flipside

Flipside

Screen Reviews

Charles DJ Deppner finds Flipside to be a vital treatise on mortality, creativity, and purpose, disguised as a quirky documentary about a struggling record store.