Blog reader (and birthday boy) MH made me a great sampler CD of contemporary heavy metal: Genghis Tron, Necrophagist, etc. I was relieved to hear the screaming monster vocal style is still the default mode of expression within that genre.
This kid holds his own against all those bands. He’s like â€œDavid After Dentistâ€ meets Myotonia.
Thereâ€™s a great line in Joe Menoâ€™s novel â€œHairstyles of the Damnedâ€ about a feeling I know wellâ€”loving a song so much it risks inducing violence: â€œWhat was it about that song? I loved that song so much it sometimes made me want to kick a hole in the wall.â€
Itâ€™s like this kid is trying to kick his voice through a wall.
In the opening moments, I imagine him talking to his blankie: “ARGGGHH Blankie, I love this song so freakin’ much I can’t believe it!!! Kings of Leon!!!” Then at (1:24) it’s too much for him: “Get me out of this car seat and into the pit! I need to put my foot through a wall NOW.” But then he also has flashes of profound calm and contentment (1:31). I’ll bet you nine prayer-shawls this kid is a bodhisattva.
FRIDAY FACE-OFFS! “We did it again.”
Have a great weekend.