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


and here

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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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… )

Under the Freezing Moon (on the motorway)

(Oh, alright. Here’s yet another black metal joke (art not mine)




I don’t know about you, but England is currently in chaos due to heavy snow showers this time of year. Faced with circumstances that would make the average Scandinavian, Latvian, Russian or Canadian shrug and carry on, the country is struggling to continue life with snow affecting the roads and whole towns to the point of near lockdown (if you will). There are even some reports that there’ll be a few miniature blizzards, around the southern regions.

Albion isn’t as savvy with this weather as it used to be a century ago, and it shows.

It’s even pushed me to that special, idle space of curiosity, where one can’t seem to resist the urge to google up song names with the word ‘blizzard’, ‘ice’ or ‘frost’. Well, not exactly… in my case, I do what everyone else does and use Metal-Archives.


Let’s pick one of these words, though… how about ‘blizzard’?

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Season’s Greetings, on behalf of Me(n)tal-Meltdown




Before and After





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Let’s have some fun

Sorry, no post this week, but instead have a little guessing game, as a taste of what’s to come.


I want you to guess the connection between these two bands. Hint: it’s one person.

Guess that musician – We have a WINNER!

Last Friday, I asked you to NAME THAT MUSICIAN using this song with the hint that he’s not on lead vocals…

And one of you (well, literally one of you who chose to write in – you better work on that, people) answered correctly:


The winner of that little game was Kim Dylla, of This Means You and A Winter Lost Fame. Congratulations!

Yes, Ladies and Germs, I was looking around for Fenriz while in Oslo; I wanted the chance to see him and admittedly snag him for a few words on the local metal scene, as you do(!) The person I spoke to about him, was Geir Kolden; an actor, musician and radio personality, who witnessed the boom of the black metal scene during the earlier days as well as its less savoury assets at the time (namely fascist comments being brandied around by a number of bands).

Of course, it also seems that a lot of hipster types look for Fenriz and he’s not all that keen on the attention. Guess it was for the best that I didn’t harass him, then.

Before they were famous – name that musician!

When I was at Neseblud, I got talking to some of the guys there and mentioned how I felt it would be cool to just “stumble across” a certain musician. I won’t name names, but I was told by the person I was talking to that he used to play in a band with said musician, who was on drum duty.

Though they split up years ago, he still kept in touch with the fellow as they connected through a love of music in their working environment.


Again, I am not going to name names here. Oh, no.


That’s where you – the reader – come in. I want you to listen to this track, and try to guess from the music alone whom the musician is that I was talking about.

You must use your own ears and pre-existing instrumental knowledge to figure this one out! The only hint that I will give is that they’re not on vocals.

If I find out that you’ve cheated… I will make you listen to St. Anger. On repeat, at a speed times five.


Good luck!



Christmas and You – Partners in Liberty

While I didn’t grow up with Christmas, here at Me(n)tal-Meltdown we strive to recognise the importance of spreading goodwill and festive cheer to each and everyone of you. Christmas – or Yule, as it’s known in parts of Europe – is a time to reflect upon ourselves and what we can do to make the people around us a key part of our lives. Continue reading


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