Hi there, it’s the Raucous Rocker. I know it’s been some time since my last post, so let me make it up to you today. I have two brand new underground metal bands for you and both are…quite interesting and unique, but also very different in that one is an inspiring, fun and impressive while the other is one of the most painful musical experiences I have ever endured in my entire life. These are, of course, Waltari and Dead Raven Choir.
I am going to start with the good band, Waltari. This band is a progressive/experimental death metal band with a few strange albums, but the one I am going to focus on today is one of the most bizarre albums I have ever had the pleasure of absorbing–so bizarre in fact that it’s kind of hard to believe Mike Patton is not behind it. Its name is, quite literally: Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony in Deep C. Now if you think that’s weird, just pop it in and give it a few listens; what you’ll find is the most random and somehow coherent mixture of different musical styles that will ever be graced upon your ears. It has a death metal band, an orchestra (which is not just in the background, but actually in front and pounding away for the entire album), three different vocalists each with a different style, and a crazy synth providing all the random samples the orchestra cannot.
You never know what to expect with this album; one second there’s an ambient orchestra in the background, then it turns into a fast paced death metal song and then…I can’t believe I’m actually putting these words together…a four minute long opera rap with two vocalists (a rapper and an opera singer) who take turns singing while the orchestra and guitars provide a beat for the rap. Yes, someone actually made a heavy metal rap with an orchestra and an opera singer. The funny thing is, you’d think it would be horrible, but it’s actually really fun (mostly because you can’t believe it’s actually happening) and has become one of my favorite tracks on the album.
In short, this band is just genius. Their other albums are pretty good, but not as good as this one, which remains to date one of my favorite metal hybrid albums ever. It makes me sad that such a band has so little people aware of it, but that’s what happens when you play metal man.
Dead Raven Choir
*Sigh* now here’s where things start to suck. I don’t even remember how I found this band, but the first thing I thought was “wow, that’s a stupid name for a band!” Seriously, Dead Raven Choir? Is that supposed to be some kind of play on a murder of crows? That’s just stupid…
Next is the band’s album cover. This band has a bunch of albums and it’s so underground that I couldn’t really find out too much about them, but see that weird, bad quality picture of the kids and the pencil scrawlings all over the top left corner? Well, that’s their album cover, and those pencil scrawlings are actually supposed to be the band logo. Now, I’ve seen hard to read band logos before, but wow, they’re not even trying!
Let that album cover sum up the music this band does–horrible quality, impossible to understand, and just plain lazy. If you feel up to it, go to YouTube and search for them and just listen to one of their songs while you read my review. It makes the review look a lot better.
I listened to the first song I found when I looked them up on YouTube, some weird song called “The Trees They Grow So High.” The first thing I hear is a cello being played by a dog, or at least that’s what it sounds like. Enter distasteful black metal vocals which sound like someone choking on their dinner and drums that sound like someone kicking a wall. It never changes through the entire song, and it is just so bland…okay, I’m not even going to address that, it’s unnoticable compared to the biggest problem here (and if you are listening along on YouTube, I’m sure you have figured it out by now): the quality. What an absolute joke! It sounds like some kid gathered up his friends, put a cheap old fashioned tape recorder at one end of a gigantic 50 foot tall room, turned it on, and they all began playing their instruments on the other side of the room, recording not only with a really bad piece of equipment, but allowing all of the echoes to be recorded as well. And on top of that, at around two or three minutes, they have a cello solo (I don’t even think this “black metal” band has a guitar; they just depend on the quality to give all the distortion) which sounds like whoever is playing the cello not only has no idea how to play, but forgot to tune it before the performance. If your ears could vomit…they would.
Okay, I got to wrap this up before I’m tempted to click on and rant about another Dead Raven Choir songs. Bottom line: Waltari is awesome–check them out. Dead Raven Choir is terrible–don’t go near it even if your life depends on it. I’m the Raucous Rocker, see ya!