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one and done, 3

atom-ondOne and Done is a collection of posts exploring the bands from my music library that have, for whatever reason, released only one album. This time we are going to take a look at 2004’s The Crash of ’47, the lone release of the band Atomship.

Back in 2005 or 2006 last.fm introduced me to Atomship and Crash.. via the “similar bands” function. I was hooked immediately. At the time P2P sharing was all the rage, and I thought I’d try to get in on some of that. No luck. Dead seeds, fakes, virus infested zip files, all thwarted my efforts to procure this fucking awesome album. Finally I broke down and bought it.

What set this record apart is that it was different than the cookie-cutter nu-metal flooding the zone at the time. The Crash of ’47 is emotionally charged, the music is heavy, and feels urgent, sometimes almost desperate, and its filled with super/para-normal references (it is after all, named after the famous Roswell crash).

I don’t know why Acroma or keddaH split after the one release, but I have a theory about Atomship. I think once they were done, and listening to the final product, the band members were all like, “well, we’re boned. there’s no way we’ll ever top that.” Could be, because it is nearly flawless. In reality? the band could never get, or stay, on the same page. Some members quit the biz, and others went on to other projects, including Papercut Massacre.

Though Atomship didn’t go on to create more music, they at least left us with The Crash of ’47, and for that I, for one, am damn grateful.

Here’s some sample listening (the 1st is my favorite track, and the 2nd is the promoted single from the album):

[ Mothra | 05:26 | 8.7mb | mp3 ]
[ Pencil Fight | 03:36 | 6mb | mp3 ]

 Atomship – The Crash of ’47:
atomship - the crash of '47 1. Day of Daze
2. Mothra
3. Dragonfly
4. Pencil Fight
5. Withered
6. Agent Orange
7. Time for People
8. Aliens
9. Whitifield
10. Friends
11. Plastic People

/ grab it from amazon or iTunes /


American Dog – Mean

For a while now, since the 80s at least, rock has been split, and re-split into myriad genres. Alternative, progressive, alt.progressive, crossover, etc.. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, it makes finding music for specific tastes/moods/occasions easier. However, some of the genres, and the bands in them, take themselves way too seriously. Sometimes you just want to listen to some good, old-fashioned Hard Rock with a sense of humor.

Thank the gods of music for American Dog, then. American Dog is a Columbus, Ohio based band. Their 2010 release Mean is a bottle-rattling bar fight in the form of 11 songs. Heavy, simple, bluesy, dirty songs about drinkin’, girls, and how the American Dream is bullshit. And, oh yeah, real fucking guitar solos. Music for a Saturday night out at the rowdiest bar in town.

The only album of theirs I’ve had the pleasure of hearing so far is Mean. I plan to rectify that soon.

If you want some good, old fashioned, straight-forward, dirty rock-n-roll, you should rectify that by getting in on Mean and anything else you can find by American Dog. You can find more of ’em at MySpace, and videos and shit on their official site.

I’m streaming the title track, “Mean,” below. Crack one open, and enjoy.

1. Just One More
2. Cat Has Got You by the Tongue
3. Drivin’ Down the Sidewalk
4. Mean **
5. Boozehound
6. Gonna Stop Drinkin’ Tomorrow
7. Mine All Mine
8. This Ain’t the Summer of Love
9. Sunshine/Moonshine
10. Ain’t Dead Yet
11. Motherfucker

[ Mean | 04:21 | 10.0mb | mp3 ]

Battling Delirium

Comedian Bill Hicks (RIP) said something in one of his bits to the effect of “If you think drugs are bad, go, now, throw away every rock album you own.” His point was that drugs, especially natural ones, and ones that serve a greater purpose than just ‘getting high’ have contributed greatly to society, and in particular, music.

LSD and Mary Jane were the inspiration/catalyst for the music of Battling Delirium, an Alabama, USA based band.

Inspired by the acidic levity of LSD and the coughs from the forever-growing Mother Mary Jane, Battling Delirium was born in 1998.

The sound is psychedelic progressive rock at its “inspired” finest. Really, though, the band describe themselves better than I can;

Battling Delirium is a mind altering powerhouse with progressive rock and classic rock influences. Drawing on their various musical, artistic and cultural backgrounds, Battling Delirium have truly reinvented ear candy for the masses.

I’ve been trying for a while to think of a way to write about Battling Delirium without mentioning the band that starts with “T” and rhymes with “cool,” but the similarities are there. This takes nothing away from Battling Delirium as a musical enterprise. The music is still masterful art, especially through headphones. It is a journey in and of itself; a trip if you will.

Thus far the band has released 2 albums, 2007’s Naturaldelia and 2008’s Locust, both of which you can download free from the official site (after a quick 30 second sign-up).

Battling Delirium now provides all albums FREE of charge to you wonderful listeners.Well, the MP3 albums are free…CDs cost money to make, so if you are one of those geriatric types that still collects CDs you’ll have to buy from Amazon. All albums come complete with tracks and artwork.

While the music is no longer free, it is well worth the $7 a pop (from bandcamp) to buy all of the albums!

So if you like progressive rock/metal with an understated experimental vibe, and killer, thought-provoking lyrics, and what the fuck I’ll just say it, sound a lot like Tool, go, grab em while they last. As always I’ll give you a hit from each to get you started;

[ From Naturaldelia – Chakra | 07:18 | 7.86mb | mp3 ]

[ From Locust – Lucy Don’t Give a Fuck | 03:42 | 6.53mb | mp3 ]

Tetrafusion – Altered State

A few years ago on another blog I wrote a review of a band called Clockhammer. Clockhammer were a jazz/progressive rock/metal fusion band. Recently I had the pleasure of finding a band called Tetrafusion. “Tetrafusion is a Louisiana-based progressive metal band[.]” While they are primarily listed around the interwebz as a Progressive Metal band, I prefer to call ’em more jazz/metal fusion, similar to Clockhammer.

On Tetrafusion’s Formspring page, I asked if they’d heard of Clockhammer, and if the band had any influence on their sound. The answer was;

I’ve never heard of them, so doubt it. :P

The similarities are uncanny, however, especially on the first track from Tetrafusion’s 2010 release Altered State. Regardless of whether Clockhammer had any influence on Tetrafusion, the music of Altered State is extraordinary. The opening riff of the first track, “Collage of the Present,” pulls you in, and from that point on its just jaw-dropping musical craftsmanship.

Seamless transitions from progressive metal, to jazzy piano/guitar interludes, from crisp, clean guitar solos, to slices of distortion-laden guitars, and on to orchestral respites, Altered State is a testament to what can be accomplished when crafting music.

If you are a fan of progressive rock/metal, metal/jazz-fusion, experimental rock, or, really, any music that stretches the boundaries of myriad genres, then Tetrafusion’s Altered State is for you.

1. Collage of the Present 9:42 **
2. Monologue 4:45
3. Last Chance 5:28
4. The Deserter 6:55
5. Altered State 5:08
6. Shadows 6:01
7. Tears of the Past 12:39

As always, a taste;
[ Collage of the Present | 09:41 | 13.4mb | mp3 ]

Armageddon Through Your Speakers

…is an album by the band Bionic Jive. It is the band’s major label debut. Other than 2008’s Passion Over Politics it is their only release. Armageddon Through Your Speakers came out at a time when everyone was enamored with Linkin Parks’ Hybrid Theory, and so I think a lot of people missed it, and missed out. Its probably one of the best, if not the best, rap-metal album ever.

Most reviews and/or posts regarding Bionic Jive I’ve seen refer to the band as rapcore. I don’t think it fits (and not just because I loathe using -core to describe any music). The -core attachment hints at, to me at least, chaos or disorganization. While there may be seeming chaos on Armageddon, there is nothing disorganized about it. It is an album with a message, with many messages intertwined lending credence to the whole. It is a loud, angry, intelligent, political, inspiring, provocative fusion of trip-hop, hip-hop and metal.

Bionic Jive isn’t the first band to combine two disparate styles to create a unique new thing, and they won’t be the last. With Armageddon, though, the band has etched its name on the wall of music history in big, angry letters. They aren’t the first band to inject socio-political commentary into their music, either, but as commentary it is brutal and honest. While reading a music forum, I saw this comment;

I Spoke with Ako Mack Of Bionic jive Lately. He said, They Have Two Albums Hitting The Stores Soon… The Remixed Version Of “Passion Over Politics” And A Brand New Album…

Awesome. I can only imagine what political commentary they might have in regards to recent events in politics.

Chances are if you’ve heard of the band only in passing you probably heard “I Shot Lucifer” so here is another taste;
[ Break the Chains | 03:06 | 7.1mb | mp3 ]

bang your head, and laugh

I’m probably late to the game, but I recently discovered the band Steel Panther. If you’ve not yet discovered them, well, hey there. Steel Panther are a hair metal band forged in the spirit of Irony. Steel Panther has taken the 80s Hair Metal scene and laid it bare, stripped it of even the slightest hint of innuendo.

The 80s hair metal era was all about debauchery, both onstage and off. Steel Panther cuts through the bullshit pomposity of bands of the genre, and say what all those bands really wanted to say, but had no conviction (Motley Crue excluded, of course!). They do it with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and with genuinely talented musicians.

Where bands like Warrant, Extreme et al, sang about Cherry Pie and Teacher’s Pet, Steel Panther sing, “Turn Out the Lights when you sick my dick. Someone beat you with an ugly stick.”

So, go, bang your head, and laugh. Here are two tracks from the recently released Feel the Steel. The first one, “Girl From Oklahoma” is just because its awesome to hear a hair ballad ala Extreme’s “More Than Words” only fucking hilarious. :)

[ Girl From Oklahoma from Feel the Steel | 03:56 | 9mb | mp3 ]

[ Turn Out the Lights from Feel the Steel | 04:24 | 5.87mb | mp3 ]