Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.


Tag: MWE

Whether or not you’re doing #MWE or #metalmindfulness this month, it’s cool to find an album new or old to take in fully. Sit down, wig out, any way enjoy the moment #tweet

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#MWE Day 28: Soft Kill - Choke. Missed this dangerous, alluring post-punk gem when it came out a year ago, to my shame #tweet

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#MWE Day 27: Pitchshifter - Industrial. Like Godflesh with more swing, and with hints of the drum’n’bass pop machine they’d become #tweet

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#MWE Day 26: Manifesting Obscenity - Doppelgänger. Strangely listenable for brutal cosmic death metal with pig squeal vocals #tweet

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#MWE Day 25: Turnstile - Time & Space. Yeah, I don’t get it. Nice guitar tone, but the songs are samey and I don’t remember it 2 mins later #tweet

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#MWE Day 24: Killing Joke - Outside the Gate. “Hey, this shitty fake horn sample sounds great, let’s put it all over the album!” PARP! #tweet

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Slacking off on #MWE listening as I’ve been playing Killing Joke’s Fire Dances over and over the past few days #tweet

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#MWE Day 23: Insect Ark - Marrow Hymns. Doom with droning lap steel and an intimate, dry rhythm section; shades of Pelican and Earth #tweet

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#MWE Day 22: Killing Joke - Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. Imagine Night Time but toothless; there are memorable songs in here somewhere… #tweet

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#MWE Day 21: Flesh World - The Wild Animals In My Life. Hazy, shoegazy post-punk that’s bigger on atmosphere than hooks, but it works #tweet

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#MWE Day 20: The Young Gods - S/T. Francophone Swiss counterpart to Swans or Big Black with more art to the others’ noise #tweet

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#MWE Day 19: Killing Joke - Revelations. The crossing over from their early industrial churn to stadium-filling glory anthems begins here #tweet

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#MWE Day 18: Today Is the Day - Willpower. Stick a hood on me and call me Skeletor ‘cause my face just melted off #tweet

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#MWE Day 17: Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty. Ripping first-wave black metal that teeters on the verge of collapse throughout #tweet

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#MWE Day 16: Behavior - 375 Images of Angels. Ramshackle art-damaged post-punk that’s just barely held together; I can dig #tweet

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#MWE Day 15: Annihilator - Alice In Hell. Cleaner and drier than my preference, but the riffs cannot be denied (HT @FracturedSeries) #tweet

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#MWE Day 14: Alien She - Feeler. Alternately broody and energetic retro post-punk with a killer guitar tone #tweet

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#MWE Day 13: Stoat - Try Not To Think About It. Middle-aged ennui thru offbeat indie, strongest in its taut numbers #tweet

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#MWE Day 12: Team Dresch - Personal Best. Political post-hardcore meets sweet indie jangle and the whole thing goes off like a powder keg #tweet

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#MWE Day 11: Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth. I admire the vision and commitment here, but power metal is aggressively Not For Me #tweet

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#MWE Day 10: Jóhann Jóhannsson - IBM 1401 A User’s Manual. Wrong lush for my tastes, but strengths lie in the details of its ambient moments #tweet

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#MWE Day 9: Botanist Collective - The Shape of He to Come. Full band set-up breathes air into Otrebor’s unique hammered dulcimer post-BM #tweet

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#MWE Day 8: Brigid Mae Power - The Two Worlds. Read about heavy lyrical themes that the melodies don’t match. Still liked it; RIYL Low #tweet

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#MWE Day 7: Hookworms - Microshift. Necessity is the mother of invention, and how #tweet

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#MWE Day 6: Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now. This is what I imagine TAD would sound like if they were still going today #tweet

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#MWE Day 5: Teenage Fanclub - Thirteen. Heavier than Bandwagonesque, not quite as catchy. Apparently it got awful reviews? Dunno why #tweet

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#MWE Day 4: Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix. Owned the CD for years but never really listened; I’ve been missing out on some primo heavy jangle #tweet

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#MWE Day 3: Sunwatchers - II. Is it cheating ‘cause this is new? Jazzy art psych to make the spirit soak or soar #tweet

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#MWE Day 2: Ohio Players - Honey. Bigger mood shifts here b/w the seductive tracks and the perkier funk of 'Fopp' and 'Love Rollercoaster' #tweet

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#MWE Day 1: Ohio Players - Skin Tight. More slow jams than expected, but the playing is tight af and the sultry tone never wavers #tweet

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Last day of #MWE and I didn’t do any this time round. Still, it’s not like February’s the only month I can listen to albums I’ve never heard #tweet

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