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Miocene: ‘9mm High & Rising’

Miocene at it live

Miocene at it live

Micoene were one of those bands that we didn’t appreciate when we had them, and now they’re shockingly overdue some kind of retrospective praise. Pre-dating the current resurgence in intelligent UK metal such as The Arusha Accord (there’s more to UK metal in 2008 that Bullet For My Valentine, thank fuck…), Miocene were one of a clutch of British metal bands making music outside of trends around the time of the millenium.

The band eventually released three full-length albums, and a mini-album (of which today’s track is taken). It was the mini-album that really grabbed me at the time – I’d just read Watchmen for the first time, and the rorschach blob on the cover of Refining The Theory lept out at me almost as much as the music it packaged. Closer to earthtone9 than the nu-metal apologists that made up most of the rest of young UK metal at the time, Miocene injected a spiky sense of IQ into my teenage listening habits.

And – guess what? – they’ve split up. Hey, it’s almost a Nostalgic Metal Bullshit tradition now. The London four-piece might not have sold a million records, but I like to think they had a impact on everyone who ever bought one of their CDs or caught them playing live. On the rare occasions I bump into another fan at a gig or something, then everyone always seems to a have a war story to share about them.

Okay, so the production on the drums is fucking horrible. But it was the dawn of a new century, and people were too busy angrily demanding a refund for all their redundant Anti-Millenium Bug software to care too much about drum sounds.

Anyway, your download’s below. There’s more where that came from on Miocene’s old MySpace page.

Miocene – ‘9mm High & Rising’

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Deftones: ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’

That Sucide Silence mp3 earlier in the week got me reminiscing about Deftones – the band that got me into metal in the first place. It wasn’t some lank-haired cousin lending me Number of The Beast or spotting some guy in the street wearing a Metallica t-shirt that I thought looked cool. It was my mate Andy giving me a mixtape with KoRn on one side, and Deftones on the other.

This would’ve been in late 1997. Around The Fur, of which ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ is the opening track, had only been out a few months, and every single track of the Deftones side of the mixtape blew my mind a little bit further. I eventually wore the tape out, fast-forwarding and rewinding it till it snapped as I tried to listen to this track over and over again.

These days the young ‘uns can download themselves till their iPods burst, but back then 56kps modems were pretty much the bleeding edge. No doubt when their forthcoming album, Eros, is released early next year, even more kids will get into metal by sharing their music. I just hope they remember to give the band something back in exchange for gifting us with their talents.

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Suicide Silence: ‘Engine no.9 (Deftones cover)

You might’ve heard of Suicide Silence. Unfairly painted by death metal purists as being “too scene” (what does that mean?) because they committed the cardinal sin of playing to audiences of younger, more MySpace-using fans than the usual truck of bearded beer-bellies that show up to death metal shows. The LA deathcore-types have been on tour with lots of big names as part of the Rockstar Mayhem tour in the US, and when I saw them headline the Summer Slaughter tour in the UK I could see why there’s such a fuss about them: they were blinding.

You’ve definitely heard of Deftones. By far the best band to arrive during that 1990s belch that goes by the name ‘nu-metal’. They were one of the bands – if not the band – that got me into metal at the tender age of 14. I could go on but I’m saving it for another blog, another time.

Well, the former has gone and covered the latter. A big, stonking heavy screaching bastard cover of ‘Engine no.9’, to be precise. I’m sure there are plenty of people who’ll consider this cover sacrilege, but anyone who’s had to hear Deftones cover Weezer, right when they should be tearing ‘7 Words’ apart, knows that they’re hardly without sin in the covers game.

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