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The Food
(Tuesday Feb 23rd)
Orichiette with mock chicken, spinach, peas, and sun-dried tomatoes. I added extra salt and hot sauce, knowing that the original was a touch on the bland side. That said, the mock chicken is pretty good, and it's hard to go wrong with sun-dried tomato. The percentage of calories from protein is not as high as I would ideally like, but that's a minor complaint for some tasty leftovers.

When we had this for dinner, we added pine nuts and grated parmasan cheese to it at the plate - I should have thought to add some to the leftovers this morning.

The Music
Everybody Hates You by Combichrist

Genre: "AggroTech", which wikipedia lists as an offshoot of Electro-Industrial, itself spawned from "Industrial", and defined in opposition to EBM. In short, AggroTech is fast-paced, aggressive techno with lots of yelling and sci-fi movie samples. In the "music made by people with computers" terminology, AggroTech is like angry people having kinky sex with computers.

Similar Bands: Suicide Commando, God Module, Grendel, :wumpscut:, Alien Vampires


The album featuring club hit "This Shit Will Fuck You Up". Much like that track, pretty much every track on this album is very, very dancable. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, and occasionally problematic to the point of bordering on icky - there are ways to read it so that it's not icky, but several ways to read it that are. Still, I don't listen to AggroTech for the deep, thoughtful lyrics, I listen to it because it makes me want to move as fast and hard as possible. In that regard, this album is an unqualified success. This is music that will get my heart rate up into the endorphin zone (for me, if I can get my HR over 160 for a minute or more, I get the endorphin buzz.)

Lyrics like "Next time you open your mouth/I'll ram my fist down your throught/So far you cannot swallow/I'll make your body hollow" give you an idea of how over-the-top aggressive this album is. This is not a subtle piece of work.

iTunes in general failed with this album - the tracks are mis-labeled. Though, since the lyrics are simple, that's easy to fix. Also, the review on iTunes was apparently written by someone who doesn't like Industrial music in general. I am not sure why someone whould bother to write a review for music they would have known in advance they wouldn't like.

Playlist Potential: This part of the review will call out any songs that I think need to end up on one of my specialty playlists. My Workout, Bedtime, Meditation and Driving playlists are all subject to occasionaly additions to keep them from getting stale. "This Shit Will Fuck You Up" is already on my workout playlist, as well as my workout (heavy) playlist, for those parts of the workout when I want my heart rate to soar and my face to snarl.

"Today I Woke To The Rain Of Blood" may also end up on the Workout list.


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Feb. 25th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
The questionable lyrics are better live, when Andy sings "I am a bitch" etc. himself, instead of the creepy pornbot voice.
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
That would actually go a fair ways to tipping it over into the more enjoyable interpretations. :)
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Feb. 25th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Might have to reevaluate Combichrist on my home playlist--I've deliberately removed it from my iPod, because I run that at work through speakers... I do recall finding the repetitiveness a little much at times though from previous listens. :)
Feb. 25th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
It is really repetitive - good for dancing and working out, not quite as good for just sitting and listening to.
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