Just an observation…

When I look at the costume changes of Septicflesh’s frontman, I think he looks like a video game villain.

boss fight done

With apologies to Septicflesh… and their costume designer.

“This Thing is a beauty, this Thing is a THNEED…”

“A very fine something, that ALL people need!”

 

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If anything, this is my favourite cartoon that I ever drew for Invisible Oranges.

 

(With apologies to Dr Seuss… and okay, Amon Amarth, too.)

Slayer sign over to Nuclear Blast; New album in works

…once, just this once, we will let this video courtesy of one Andy Rehfeldt speak the thoughts of those with especial strong feelings.*

 

 

 

*Me(n)tal-Meltdown would like to add that the blog and its author actually have nothing against Nuclear Blast** – on the contrary; much love is held for the bands on its roster, namely Accept, Carcass, Doro Pesch, Enforcer, Overkill, plus a few others who haven’t signed over yet.

This post is merely in the name of harmless fun! See you in the pit!

 

**For those who are more excited about the band’s move to Nuclear Blast as well as the promise of a new album, here you go; courtesy of Nuclear Blast UK:

http://nuclearblastuk.tumblr.com/post/83906087582/hear-new-slayer-track-implode-music-news-caught

 

Late, But Worth the Wait (or, Some Surprise albums of 2013)

Greetings, my metal brothers and sisters; I hope that you’re all well, and that your yule/Christmas/what have you was fun, and that you had a much better New Year’s Day than I did. Word of advice: always check the expiry date.

Nonetheless, it wouldn’t do to simply forego a “goodbye 2013″ post on Me(n)tal-Meltdown (even in February), before carrying on with the rest of the new year. While it is certainly tempting to write about musical highs (Carcass, definitely) and lows (the last Crystal Viper, this time), it’s far more rewarding to focus on but a few¬† – yes, a few – unexpected gems of the year that caught me by surprise.

Let’s do this alphabetically, shall we?
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Live Radar – Black Magician

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At the start of the month, after a lengthy chest infection and bout of ‘flu (which had also kept me from updating this blog), I celebrated the end of my sickness by heading down to the Black Magician/Mourning Beloveth show, at the Relentless Garage in Camden. Seeing as how I deserved something to make up for the drudgery of being ill, I was determined not to miss out.

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End of an era – Jeff Hanneman dies

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On Thursday May 2nd, 2013, Slayer had released the unfortunate news via their official Twitter and Facebook pages that their guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman had passed away.

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Is anyone really surprised, though??

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And now, Something Completely Different. Or Not. [Blast from the Past]

Those of you who followed me from Invisible Oranges will remember that I would contribute cartoons for a caption contest.

I have no idea what’s become of the contest, though hopefully whatever has happened is for the best. However, I won’t forget that it allowed me to spread my silliness out into the wider world – through the means of random shit going on.

You can check out past examples of the contest
here

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2011/05/metal-cartoon-caption-contest-1/

here

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2011/10/metal-cartoon-caption-contest-5-struck-by-lightning/

and here

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2011/08/metal-cartoon-caption-contest-4-ghost-morbid-angel/

to give an example of some of the madness I exposed people to.

While I’m a bit pressed for time, I remembered that I have this on hand, which didn’t seem to make it into the contest as far as I know.

The caption contest winner would come up with a band for me to draw in the next cartoon, so you can see the likes of Vektor, Absu, and (as above) Morbid Angel and Ghost B.C. together.

One person who had won, chose a band which I knew (and admittedly still do) very little about – Kowloon Walled City. While I searched what I could for decent enough photos of the band, I ended coming up short at the time, but since a cartoon had to be done, I still had to do it.

Due to schedule confusion (of which I’m not entirely guilty, with respect to the long-suffering Kelly Kettering), it didn’t get featured in Invisible Oranges’ caption contest. As far as I know, anyway.

Without further ado – Kowloon Walled City, ladies and germs.

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PSA – Enough, already.

This is reiterating a point that I’ve just made via other websites (okay, FaceBook), but I want to let it out, here:

 

I’m getting damn tired of the constant cycle of academic research that goes either in favour or against heavy metal and its fans, as well as the need of metalheads to constantly defend it in he case of the former.

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She’s singin’ my song, Sam…

Before we get back into the swing of things, here’s another look at male and female singing energy, with Metalucifer and Crystal Viper!

In this corner, we have the original song from Japanese old school heavy metallers, Metalucifer, fronted by Gezolucifer (Masaki Tachi):

And in this corner, a cover of their song from fellow heavy metalheads (and friends) Crystal Viper, which is fronted by Marta Gabriel

(Interesting how she also tries to mimic Masaki’s Japanese accent, too… )

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