Flush It Friday: Cross-Genre Appeal

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On good music from genres you dislike

Listening to the new Yautja album, I came to the conclusion that, while it totally rips, I don’t care much for the guitar tone. It’s fine for what they’re doing musically, but it sounds just a bit too muted or muffled, lacking something somewhere that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s also the same type of tone you’ll hear from something about 99.9% of stoner bands out there, which got me thinking about that genre, which made Horseburner pop into my head.

Anyway, the point of all these tangents is that while I generally don’t care for stoner doom, Horseburner are an exception, perhaps the exception. This band goes so far above and beyond the “what if Black Sabbath but slower and with worse vocals and shit guitar tone” trappings of the style that they may as well just be their own thing entirely. Their 2019 album, The Thief, showcases some wonderful instrumental work, replete with dueling guitars, a good grasp of dynamics, all kinds of changes in texture through smart production… it’s just great. As someone who feels stoner metal is anathema, I wholeheartedly recommend it. You owe it to yourself to check this out.

So what I want to know is if you have any albums you feel similarly towards. Hate cheese but have a power metal album you adore? I want to hear it. Wish tech death dudes would stop noodling and just write something memorable, but have a tech album that you just can’t get out of your head? Give it to me. Share those albums that are completely outside your usual listen that you can’t get enough of.


Here’s some cool shit from the past week:

A Spooky Mansion gave us a primer on Red Death:

The Porcelain Throne – Red Death

BMP gave us a thoughtful, in-depth examination of the city of Tilburg, and also I guess Alestorm played there once:

Review: Alestorm – Live in Tilburg

Ian sat down with Ken Mary of Flotsam & Jetsam to talk shop:

Toilet Radio 308 – The Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam, Jesse & The Rippers) Interview

BSG hit us with that gross shit from Coffin Lurker:

PREMIERE: Coffin Lurker – Suspended Animation

McNulty introduced us to Death Death Thursday, featuring Nephren-Ka:

Premiere: Nephren-Ka – “L’Agonie de L’épice”

Karhu gave us a trio of reviews:

May Roundup: Woe Unto Me, Fogweaver & Soen

Theophrastus Bombastus taught us that Kafka is secretly metal as af:

Kafka in Metal: A Literary Listen

Now that that’s all out of the way, *flushes this week down the nastiest, filthiest toilet ov hell*

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