Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus…One year on

I wrote this about a month after the much disputed death metal titans return to productivity. I’m uploading it now because one year has passed and people seem to still give this album a hard time and I seem to be the only person who actually likes it.

Last year, after seven years away, a band with their name on the biggest selling death metal album ever made returned with a long awaited new album. It came after several years of pissing about.

Iconic frontman Dave Vincent had randomly left and joined his wife’s sort of awful industrial metal band Genitorturers and Azagthoth and the rest of the band were making fairly bland death metal albums to get by. But then things got better and in 2006, Vincent rejoined the band and the hype began for when they would finally release a comeback album. They did, and seemingly their entire fan base called bullshit on the entire thing and smashed their copies, while a few music critics thought it was decent, and the band have still stuck by their decision to release it have said “they’ll figure it out”. I personally seriously wonder why people were surprised by the different direction it went in as all the signs were pointing to it and really would like to know what the hell else they wanted from Morbid Angel at this point and why the hell something different isn’t good news.

Morbid Angel are one of the biggest and most credible death metal bands going, they’re probably the biggest alongside Cannibal Corpse and maybe Deicide, and I can definitely see why their decision to change their musical direction can be seen as disappointing by some.  Let’s be honest though, Morbid Angel haven’t done anything particularly brilliant since 1995. Seriously, who the hell liked Heretic and Formulas Fatal to the Flesh that much? Yeah, alright, they were death metal by the numbers and fairly okay, but nothing that really engendered a reaction. Illud Divinum Insanus on the other hand, for all its faults, at least it made you look up and realise that Morbid Angel are at least still here. As much as fans may talk about the brilliance of Blessed are the Sick, Altars of Madness and Covenant, those were albums made twenty years ago and to be honest, how many of you who bitch about Illud Divinum Insanus were listening twenty years ago? Yeah, exactly, I thought so.

This is not to say their old stuff has dated and Morbid Angel are living on nostalgia value alone. Blessed are the Sick still hasn’t aged a day unlike a hell of a lot of death metal from the early 90’s. If a band are still relevant then their continued existence is worthwhile. But on the other hand, however ageless their early work is, they’re still artists, creators of stuff. And so it’s only natural they would want to try something new, whether it happens to be any good or not.

Speaking of which: Illud Divinum Insanus. Coming up with a title must have been difficult. I mean alphabetical title ordering is really gonna screw them over if they reach Q or X.

The strange thing about this album in question is that most of the hate seems to have been lumped onto David Vincent. I can see why, he came back after being in an industrial band, they released an industrial…well, sort of, album, fans put two and two together. Completely forgetting that since day one it has been pretty much clear that its Azagthoth ‘s band, and as is obvious, it takes four to techno…..wow, such a bad pun, I’m really slipping. I’ve scoured youtube video comments of interviews with the guy and live versions of the new songs and everything anyone has to say about the band is “Dave Vincent is gay” “why does he wear a cowboy hat? He looks like a gay stripper” “quit letting Gen dress you Dave, you gay gayer” …okay, are we still fucking two? Are we still immature enough to think gay is an insult? We know Dave is not gay, so why is that an insult? Also, gay is not a fashion trend, people can dress how they want. You may say “she’s corrupted him, he used to be cool” …he’s in love with her you dipshits, it’s not like Gen from Genitorturers has fucking hypnotised him and turned him into this “old faggot” as you put it. Yeah, alright, some of the stuff he says in between songs is a little cringe-worthy, but who the fuck cares if he can still sing the songs?

“Well no because now he doesn’t growl, it doesn’t sound like it used to even though there’s no fucking way I could have seen them live back in the day when Dave was in the band because I’m fucking twelve”. Well yeah, Dave doesn’t growl anymore, he more just shouts, its why I think most of the album that’s heavier sounds more like latter day Slayer more than anything, but is that a bad thing? He’s obviously just making sure he can still talk after the show because like it or not, growling and screaming in a metal band fucks up your voice. Ever seen an interview with Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse? And hell, he’s lucky he can still do it at all, most people end up completely losing their voices by this point in their careers. That and, all these complaints about Vincent being gay and his voice sounds different didn’t actually arise until after the album surfaced and was revealed to be slightly techno. “Well no, because I always had these complaints because I saw them live before the album.” Bollocks did you think that, you had the time of your fucking life because that was Morbid Angel playing Fall from Grace, Maze of Torment and all the other classics. And if you’re seriously complaining about the way a person looks and think that has anything to do with the music they make, then get out of my fucking genre and go watch Britain’s Got Talent and the X-factor if looks are all that’s important to you.

Illud Divinum Insanus, whatever you think of the album as a whole, the whole controversy about it seems to be rooted in a few bad decisions and oversights on the part of the band. I wouldn’t say Metallica post-1996 bad decisions, as Morbid Angel aren’t nearly big enough that would create such a massive ego boost. But specifically in the way they approached Illud Divinum Insanus’ production and the way this fit in with their fan base. I can tell why people felt cheated even though I don’t agree with the reasons.

I think one of the primary strokes of awful decision making was the ordering of the tracks on the album. It’s aspects like this that have made people who have only been listening to Deicide and literally nothing else for the last seven years claim that the actual proper death metal is literally absent and barely visible. I would probably say this is because they smashed you in the face with what they’d done straight from the off with the industrial stomping grind of “Too Extreme”. I’m not opposed to any sort of band playing any sort of music they find preferable in terms of genre, admittedly if Mayhem or Behemoth made a dubstep album I’d certainly raise an eyebrow, but if Morbid Angel still wanted to be Morbid Angel and do this, it probably should have been over the gradual progression of the album from one thing into another. Unlike other death metal fans, I prefer to have awful things sneak up on me and surprise me. Not knowing what’s coming next spices up my awful, awful life.

As opposed to:

  1. Omni Potens
  2. Too Extreme!
  3. Existo Vulgoré
  4. Blades for Baal
  5. I am Morbid
  6. 10 More Dead
  7. Destructos vs. The Earth/Attack
  8. Nevermore
  9. Beauty Meets Beast
  10. Radikult
  11. Profundis – Mea Culpa

You would have this:

  1. Omni Potens
  2. Nevermore
  3. 10 More Dead
  4. Beauty Meets Beast
  5. Existo Vulgoré
  6. Blades for Baal
  7. I am Morbid
  8. Too Extreme!
  9. Destructos vs. The Earth/Attack
  10. Radikult
  11. Profundis – Mea Culpa

That’s if you needed to have the “less death metal” tracks in the first place. As a work as a whole, it would at least transform as the album progressed into something more industrial sounding, it wouldn’t just come right the fuck out of nowhere. Then death metal fans may just say that the second half is shit, as opposed to saying it’s the St. Anger of death metal.

Being a death metal St. Anger is a comparison people are only making because it’s a disappointing comeback album after several years away, musically speaking, Illud Divinum Insanus is nothing like St. Anger in any way shape or form. For one thing, whether you think the songs are good or bad, they at least stand out as songs. It’s not just sixty minutes of sonic mush, its actual songs, which, hey, whether you think it’s worth saying or not is still something in the album’s favour.

So anyway, what I thought of each song:

Omni Potens: So we get this slow grinding chanting with some symphonic sampling over the top. It’s a fairly atmospheric opening, though does make me think of the monks from Monty Python and the Holy Grail smashing themselves in their faces.

Too Extreme!:  …wow, they’re really not wasting any time in changing shit up here, are they? Okay, I admit it could have been two to three minutes shorter, six is really pushing it for something as repetitive as this. You could say I’m biased because outside black and death, I love industrial metal. It kind of sounds like a heavier and louder version of Ministry more than anything else. I mean Dave’s been in his wife’s industrial goth metal band for a few years, so it wasn’t exactly surprising that Dave would want to try and get the others to do something different with the pre-established Morbid Angel sound. I know it’s not exactly innovative. That’s the problem; people that hate this album just hate Morbid Angel for trying to be something they’re not, others say it’s daring and innovative when it isn’t. It’s just delving into an area Morbid Angel have never explored before. And I like it. It’s not what we expected, but we have hundreds of death metal bands doing what we expect, I appreciate being surprised. And it’s not awful, it’s just slightly industrial and a bit too long….and yes the whole “too extreme!” while not really being all that extreme irony is very funny, whatever. Yes, the lyrics are bollocks, get used to it, we have another 50 minutes to go yet…

Existo Vulgoré: Now…if you call this anything other than death metal, I don’t know how you can actively call yourself a fan of death metal. I know it’s not particularly growly. Vincent doesn’t growl on this album as much as he just shouts, but where’s the harm in that? It is music, and this bears more resemblance to melodic death metal bands we have today like In Flames, Arch Enemy or Gojira than it does Ministry or Genitorturers…seriously people, a sense of perspective.

Blades for Baal: I’d say this is more geared towards the classic Morbid Angel fan. It has some unnecessary bits of overproduced sampling, but Morbid Angel have used sampling before, so what’s the big deal? The lyrics are complete bollocks again, but come on people, perspective here; it’s fast and angry…problem?

I am Morbid: ….seriously why do you people hate this album so much? People seem to get tetchy when this is played live, and I have seen some complaints from people who just want death metal and nothing else that its doom shit. Which it is, this one is probably the only pure doom metal song Morbid Angel have written, but if you’re a metal fan and don’t have an appreciation for doom metal then I have no fucking clue what you’re doing in this genre. It’s slower but it’s still heavy as fuck. And yes alright, bollocks lyrics again, but if the music’s good enough it shouldn’t really matter.

10 More Dead: Probably my favourite track on the album. It starts off with this grinding slow riff before it explodes into a faster and angrier mash of solos. It creates a good atmosphere for a death metal song, which is what Morbid Angel are best at. There’s no industrial or sampling either. Why they don’t play it live when I’m pretty sure it would get a better reaction than I am Morbid, I don’t really know.

Destructos vs. The Earth/Attack: And we get reminded why people hate this album. This was my overall problem with Illud Divinum Insanus: it’s not so much diverse as it is schizophrenic. It’s like they started making this industrial tinged death metal album when they realised it would probably piss the fans off and tacked some of the regular death metal tracks like 10 More Dead on for good measure. And yes, it sounds like Rob Zombie, Slipknot, etc, I’ve heard it all before about this album. Seriously though, Too Extreme! Radikult and this one are the only songs on this album I’d say were out of left field, at least for a band like Morbid Angel. They probably aren’t going to make a habit of it and if they’re glad they did it, then hell, the rest of the album’s fine as it is. I personally don’t mind this one, though like with Too Extreme! It’s a bit repetitive and two or three minutes too long for what it is, it’s not too bad though.

Nevermore: This was the first track they debuted off the album. It’s strange how almost all the time bands debut a track that is completely indicative of what the album won’t be. It’s far too loud and far too heavy, it’s fast and furious and will probably be the only track off this album fans will like and want to hear live in the future…and yes, it is one of the highlights of the album even though I’ve been defending their “different” tracks, the loud, fast and heavy stuff is what they’re better at.

Beauty meets Beast: …okay, yes, lyrics and title, bollocks, we know the lyrics of this album are bollocks. I can look past it though. Like before, this track has that heavy grind that past ones have had prior to an explosion of mental riffing on the part of Azagthoth. Pure Morbid Angel.

As for Radikult: …okay, I’m going to go out on a limb and defend the harshly slated “kill a cop” on grounds of tongue in cheek. I wouldn’t say it’s a definite a likelihood Vincent and co wrote this just to piss people off, but it does have a certain air of irony about it. “We’ve been crossing the lines since 1989”, I mean how can anyone expect to try and take that line seriously and not see it as Morbid Angel clearly coming out and saying that metal, and death metal in particular, is all about aggression. It’s about saying fuck you to convention. If they turned up seven years after Heretic and with their old frontman back with a comeback album that’s just like the last seven, would we still give a shit? Did you need to add another potential Blessed are the Sick to your CD collection? We already have Blessed are the Sick and Altars of Madness, what we need is a new album, and that’s what this was. But Radikult does seem to have just been written as a fuck you to everyone that will hate it, which is personally a statement I can get behind. Morbid Angel have never been about trying to impress you. They have never been about trying to mollycoddle you and help you live your life, the fact that they have is just a coincidence. Radikult isn’t, as some might have said, about displaying how much of an old fart Dave Vincent is nowadays, yeah like people say “radical” anymore, and yeah spelling cult with a k, yeah that’s cool EVIL D. What Radikult actually is, is Morbid Angel telling people to go fuck themselves and if you feel that means you as a fan, are being told to go fuck yourself for buying this, fine, that’s your reaction. I on the other hand find it cool that Vincent and co wrote this song to try and fuck with people, if that was in fact the idea. That and, it’s seriously not that bad guys. Yes, it’s a little bit like nu-metal and the lyrics are completely fucking stupid but honestly, if you’re listening to death metal and lyrics and song titles are a big enough issue for you to dedicate entire paragraphs of review to, you deserve this song. You deserve to be told to fuck yourself.

Profundis – Mea Culpa: Which in Latin means “profoundly – I am sorry”. This kind of scuppers my theory that Morbid Angel wrote the previous song as a fuck you. Well, it’s an industrial outro thing that, if by the end of you haven’t liked it isn’t going to change your opinions.

So yeah, overall, not much of a surprise given Dave’s career in Genitorturers and their wanting to do something outside their comfort zone, but different in terms of Morbid Angel albums. You may say “that’s bollocks; you may say all this shit about it actually not being that bad for industrial metal, but AHHH!!! I FUCKING HATE IT!” But hell, at least it made you feel something about a Morbid Angel album. I wouldn’t be able to write three hundred words about Heretic or Formulas Fatal to the Flesh. In fact if I did, I’d probably struggle after the sentence: “a bland, uninspiring and pointless addition to my CD collection”. Illud Divinum Insanus is highly flawed, and the way it was marketed was fucking ridiculous but I’m just glad it wasn’t boring and it was good enough for me to see past its flaws.

I’m not giving a star rating because although I personally like it, I admit there were some poor decision behind it that make it less a product than I think it deserves to be.

If you don’t like it, they only usually play 2 or 3 tracks off it live because you lot winged about it so much and you still have Blessed are the Sick and Altars of Madness, go listen to those again.

Hugh’s Album Reviews: The Blaze Bayley Giant Double Butt-Fuck

Today I will be reviewing 2 different albums by one of the former singers of the band Iron Maiden. BLAZE BAYLEY MOTHER FUCKERS!

Review 1:

The King of Metal – Blaze Bayley

This album is from Blaze Bayley’s solo project that he started up after he was booted out of Maiden and I have to say that a lot of it is better than his Maiden stuff (apart from X-Factor which I personally think is really good)

There is only one thing I can really say about King of Metal…it’s rushed. It’s not bad, but you can tell it was a last minute thing and a lot of it sounds like it was written one weekend when Bayley was bored. In fact one song (the only song I can remember off the top of my head) is him telling the story of how ‘Dimebag’ Darrell died. Whatever you do guys don’t show that song to Vinnie Paul…he might go off on a rant about how amazing his brother was and he won’t shut up for a few hours.

The album doesn’t have as much power as some of the others Bayley has released for example Tenth Dimension. It just feels rushed and not thought about.

5/10

Review 2:

Wolfsbane Save the World – Wolfsbane

What’s this…a new WOLFSBANE ALBUM (*penis explodes with semen and it takes an army of cleaners to clean this mess up)

This wasn’t the focus of Bayley’s time but it’s been a long time coming since Wolfsbane’s last album and I have to say I am not disappointed by this album. Bayley may have focused on the solo album more than this but this is much better!

The band sound tighter than ever and the music is just as enjoyable as the other 3 albums Wolfsbane have released. This just proves where Bayley should focus his time and energy, the solo stuff is all well and good but this is just a perfect album. This is how you bring back a band from the dead it’s much better than that other album that was released earlier this year by a classic rock band.

ZoneOneRadio: Stuart Hardy’s ZoneOne Digest

Zone One Radio – Stuart Hardy – ZoneOne Digest 31/07/2012 – 19/08/2012

I’ve been contracted by the awesomeness that is Matthew Layton to make a regular clip show rounding up the best of regular shows on ZoneOneRadio – London’s Community Radio Station. Since this is all about getting listeners, I haven’t been able to go too mental on it….yet. Give it time.

Have a listen 🙂

ZoneOneRadio: Zoe Cunningham – Tracey Sinclair

Zone One Radio – London Arts – Zoe Cunningham – Tracey Sinclair

Zoe Cunningham went and spoke to self published novelist Tracey Sinclair, author of “Dark Dates” which is sort of a twilight piss take. I made it sound pretty (well, prettier than it sounded beforehand)

Have a listen

ZoneOneRadio: Zoe Cunningham – Dr Sneh Khemka

ZoneOneRadio Medical Special – Zoe Cunningham – Sneh Khemka

This is a show I edited for ZoneOneRadio. Zoe Cunningham went to chat with Dr Sneh Khemka (see more about him here http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/sneh-khemka/b/b91/516) who discusses how to live a long and healthy life. He talks a lot and won’t shut up about what he believes is important so therefore he has my seal of approval.

Out of Context: My Little Pony: The Movie

This week, the Herbalcrackpot gets stoned at Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire with a man with his underpants on his head named AnalBag Macguffin. They review the My Little Pony movie and discuss its interpretation as a metaphor for the female menstrual cycle. It was weird.

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The movie footage is owned by Hasbro pictures and Marvel/Diseny strangely, but that’s wikipedia for you.
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Hugh’s Album Reviews: The Cult – Choice of Weapon

The Cult are one of the bands I saw at Sonisphere 2010 and since that gig I have gone and listened to everything the band has put out. They have made a few miss steps of late and the single they had released before Soni 2010 was not amazing (Everyman and Woman is a Star).

The new album was released earlier this year and unlike albums like Clockwork Angels, L’Enfant Sauvage and A Different Kind of Truth I wasn’t anticipating anything special from this album. It is pretty much the last few albums the band has done again. Don’t fix what ain’t broke right? Well IT WAS BROKEN THE FIRST TIME YOU DID IT!

Seriously you guys have been in the music business for over 20 years you would think you could change your sound, Metallica kind of did and look what happened they changed the sound it may be shit now but at least they tried something different. Don’t get me wrong some bands that keep the style they are good at are all fine and good (Sparks and Slayer being two prime examples), but seriously this is just disappointing.

It’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be, still a lot better than some of the shit that has come out this year but my good god is it samey. I have been listening to the album while I write this review and I couldn’t tell you when a song changed…it sounds the same, but Asbury’s vocals are probably some of the best he has ever done…keep it up.

They also seem to like recycling music from other songs in their back catalogue for example I have heard Fire Woman and She Sells Sanctuary so many times I can hear them when I get to some of the later songs on the new album!

If I had to sum this album up in 5 words it would probably be: Could Do Worse, eat Cake!

Overall I give Choice of Weapon a 6/10.

The Dark Knight Rises: An Audience Divided

Not to be totally derrisive, but something’s come out of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s handling of the Batman films since 2005 that was quite unprecedented: its increased levels of smugness in people. The Nolan Batman films are good in the same way that all films people generally see as good are good, but the problem with them is the reactions that they stir in people leave such fractured relations between audience members of differing opinions. The divisive nature of the Dark Knight Rises will continue as more and more people are forced to make their minds up about it for many years to come. There are many reasons that Nolan’s Batman films are highly regarded but a similar number of reasons why maybe the Nolan brothers weren’t best suited to such an enormously popular franchise regardless of the percieved quality of the finished films.

The primary problem with the reaction these films engender in the movie going public, especially in the case of the Dark Knight Rises, is that people accuse others of being stupid for not liking it. This is not to say people who didn’t get a movie are stupid for not appreciating it, but there is a certain type of movie that just isn’t really designed to appeal to just about anyone who wants to see it; it’s called Oscar bait. Technically the Batman films aren’t meant to be, and even now aren’t really Oscar bait as prior to Return of the King in 2003, so called “genre movies” weren’t even considered, but the Nolan brothers make Oscar bait films, that’s just what they do. Memento, The Prestige and Inception are all movies powered by big ideas and approach movie making from an angle that a lot of writers and directors wouldn’t have considered. Telling a murder mystery backwards, studying the environment and effects of dreams by means of a heist movie, good films, but not everyone really gets them. In the real world, if you make a movie studying the implications of certain social issues surrounding police and vigilantism, some will get it and some won’t and some will see it and some won’t, but when you say it’s a Batman film, you have to realise that pretty much everyone will see it on that basis alone. This is not to say the Nolan brothers playing around with bigger ideas than the basics of the superhero franchise they’ve taken on board is a bad thing, what I’m saying is that they don’t seem to understand just how massive the Batman franchise happens to be and how broad these movies would have to be in appeal for them to not create the smugness effect in the opposition between those that loved them and those that just didn’t get them.

Now, those people who didn’t get the “bigger” angles of the Dark Knight Rises have been complaining about plot holes and conveniences and other issues that hampered their enjoyment of the last Nolan Batman film, and the general reaction of those who loved it has been based mostly upon excuse making and insults. Here’s the thing though: you are not correct, you have an opinion, and as they say; like arseholes, everyone’s got one. You may have a genuine reason why a complaint can be considered debunked but the problem is that if an audience member is left alienated by a movie, then like it or not, the fault lies with the creator rather than the witness. This is not always the case but I think I can definitely say it is the case in big budget Hollywood blockbusters like a Batman film is always going to be given the history of the character and size of the fan base. The film maker’s job in major productions that everyone is going to see is to guide the viewer through the story. Batman films are meant to hold the viewer’s hand. It’s a symbiotic experience and vicarious thrill of watching superheroes save people that is the main drive for the Burton Batman films and many other films of the genre. Look at the Avengers, it’s definitely an experience of projection into the action. If someone is left confused or uninvolved in the action because the movie makers don’t feel like they need to go fully through how a piece of plot is meant to function on a base enough level for your average movie goer to get it, then that isn’t their fault for being too stupid to understand the movie.

Unlike other Nolan movies which are purely stated to explore big ideas, the Batman franchise has a lot of interest and intrigue outside of cinephiles and complete fan boys. The key word is “average”. If a Batman film is not trying to be universal, then what is it doing in the position of major Hollywood blockbuster? You don’t need to totally debase and boil it down to “this is Batman, he fights bad guys”, you can keep the melancholy tone and ideas you’ve gone with, but with a Batman film, you need everything to function on a level that people that maybe are a little bit stupid and don’t get it, will be able to get it. You can call other people idiots for not getting it but the main implication of this is that Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are not making a film specifically for all of its target audience that will end up seeing it. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s definitely a crucial factor in why these films don’t connect with 100% of their demographic, their demographic being just about anyone (yes I know it has an 8.9 on imdb but that’s about as representative of a consensus on the movie as the noises my anus makes represents my opinion on NATO’s stance on humanitarian intervention). If you’re meant to be aiming a movie at everyone, its a tough demographic to reach and when you get an inventive pair responsible for Memento, you’ve got to be prepared for them to consider art first and their target audience second.

The purest of Nolan fans have asserted that Christopher is this generation’s Stanley Kubrick. Up until Batman begins I can totally see this comparison. Memento was a small production with a unique approach to storytelling, whereas the Batman movies are based on spectacle and this is really all that is made to be universal about the Batman movies. Kubrick worked a lot with silence and stillness and what can come from it. How much of the budget on The Shining went towards special effects? Compare that with Inception for a moment and drop this stupid assertion of similarity. Kubrick was one of the most iconic film makers of all time and his films were certainly an unconventional type of film to end up connecting with people, but the point is that they did. Nolan does have a similar situation with his own films, but when we’re considering something with such hype and intrigue among the general public as batman, he didn’t exactly make a Spartacus: a film made for anyone with interest in its subject. Kubrick’s main concerns may have been art and perfect performances and dream like auras, but he had a strong concern for how his his target audiences would feel when confronted with his films whether he was working on an action film, a horror film or science fiction. I understand we have a lot of people on the internet under the impression that everything should be made for the love of it, hell I’m one of you for Christ’s sake, and since Nolan’s films are made for the basis of art rather than profit, this is what makes Nolan a popular Brand and utterly respectable in my book. My main assertion though is that the Nolans do not understand that Batman films will always have to be made for everyone to be able to get no matter how clever or stupid they are given the background that we’re dealing with regardless of how awesome I think the Dark Knight Rises happens to be.

Yes, you personally may have loved the Dark Knight Rises, but the problem is that what may appeal to those that didn’t might also appeal to you and who can say whether it might have been better for everyone who witnessed it collectively given how things have gone? Now, Nolan Batman movies play with big ideas and are interesting to look at so therefore I love them, but I’m not about to call someone an idiot and a twat for not getting it as opposed to feeling empathy that the movie didn’t speak to them in the same way it spoke to be. Debasing the script and dumbing it down at least a little in a way some may not feel alienated might not have been a bad thing after all, it is a Batman film, it’s not Twelve Angry Men. Fan boys may come on to me here about the Batman comics and other entries in the franchise playing with big ideas, which yes they do, but the problem is that the Batman films are playing with a LOT of money and a LOT of people’s time and patience here. Do you know how much went into making the Dark Knight Rises? 250 million dollars. How much did it gross? 600 million worldwide, that’s a lot of people that have seen the movie and dedicated their attention to it. If these Batman films weren’t made for everyone then if I personally didn’t get the film like some people didn’t, I’d feel really ripped off. So drop the smugness and pitying people’s levels of intelligence. Just remember that if someone felt lost by a film, it’s not strictly speaking across the board no questions about it their fault for not getting it.

The Dark Knight Rises will be debated as to its cinematic integrity versus universal enjoyment for many years. All we can really do is try to accept that if you like it, that’s okay, and if other people don’t, that’s also okay. The words: The Dark Knight Rises is awesome and better than the Avengers is an opinion based upon how you personally experienced the movie. It is easy to appreciate the technical feat of the Dark Knight Rises, but if Nolan had more concern for his audience, it might have meant we wouldn’t be getting in such a heated debate on the subject of whether it’s any good as a generation of movie goers and dedicated fans.

Cheers

Stu

Hugh’s Album Reviews: American Idiot – Green Day

I don’t want to review this…it involves listening to this shit again…

Well a few weeks ago I did a list of the Top 5 Most Underrated albums ever. I was intending on doing a top 5 list of most overrated albums but I didn’t want to piss a lot of people off so I decided not to do it (fyi it was basically full of Metallica) and this album came top of the list. I have so much to say about this album so let’s start this shit shall we?

And here we have the first problem, the first track. ‘American Idiot’ was the first single off the album and I have to say, when I was younger, the song was catchy and made me want to punch stuff, but now it makes me want to rip my own ears off and then feed them to cannibal with some fava beans and a nice chianti (fafafafafafafafafafafafa). The song isn’t even written well. The lyrics are shit and it makes me feel nauseous with the amount of unintelligible noise that comes out of my headphones, and I’ve listened to stuff by Swans…in fact I have everything by Swans so let’s carry on.

The album is basically covered in angst from the get go. Here is a grammatical curiosity from the song Wake Me Up When September Ends; ‘Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last, wake me up when September ends, like my father’s come to pass, seven years has gone so fat, wake me up when September ends’ or in a language everyone can understand ‘angstie angst, angst.’ Bille Joe Armstrong shows off some of the worst song written ability I have ever seen in a song writer and I have heard most stuff by My Chemical Romance.

Now before you guys start raping the comments with things like ‘Green Day are amazing’, ‘MCRmy forever’, or ‘You have no right to say any of this’ This is all just opinion, and to be honest, I like some Green Day and MCR stuff. Dookie is a great underrated album by Green Day and MCR’s early stuff is somewhat tolerable but this album is one of the worst pieces of music I have ever heard.

It has nothing good in this album, apart from probably Jesus of Suburbia, which shouldn’t have been 9 fucking minutes long, YOU ARE NOT METALLICA YOU FUCKING BASTARDS!

Any way my final verdict on this album is 1/10, fuck this shit and fuck the band they are so pretentious they actually named a live album ‘Awesome as Fuck’…no you are not fuck off Green Day you used to be cool…hell what am I saying, you were never cool.