Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Chariot - David de la Hoz

Crushingly brutal with an interesting break featuring the frontman of the alternative band Listener.  The music video is still one of my favorites as of late.  Check it :)

My Workflow

When I record, I use an all digital work flow.  Let'Ads go over the specs!

Computer:  2007 MacBook Pro (don't hate)
Addictive Drums
Guitar Rig 3

I use a 1/4-1/8 adapter for the guitar and run a line-in into my MacBook.  I really like the ease of Garageband when recording.  You set a BPM speed and time signature and recording is very easy!  Addictive Drums is super easy.  I program on a sequencer of sorts and feel out the song.  Making drum tracks is totally simple.  Guitar Rig 3 has a HUGE database of sounds and is totally customizable to my liking.

Click here for Guitar Rig 4
Click here for Addictive Drums

Do any of my followers record their own music?  Leave a comment with your setup (if applicable).
Stay metal,

PS. Sorry I have been so busy lately, I'm finishing up my year as a senior in University, so it's crunch time!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Oh Boy!

I have 100 follows.  Thank you all so much for reading and all of the positive comments.  You all rock...hard.

Piss Dungeon.

So !mypetoctopus had reached the fame and fortune that we had always desired.  Except...we didn't.  Only we listened to our own tracks, jabbing each other in the ribs and making stupid giggling noises.  It was obvious from the beginning that !mpo would never be anything more than a fun joke.  After coming to this realization again, we decided to get...experimental.

Since I am a southern boy, I have always enjoyed the off-shoot of metal, southern metal.  It hold an almost...country air, but it is infused with the goodness of metal.  Heavy riffs, breakdowns...you know, the good stuff :).  I won't brag, but I know a couple of riffs.  I threw a few together.  We filled the song with irrelevant, shit lyrics.  We recorded myself urinating.  After many hours of back-breaking work, we were left with a classic: Piss Dungeon.  A drop-d piss-storm of riffs, breakdowns, and two-steps that would leave your buck-toothed Uncle Jeb in tears.  I give you, PISS DUNGEON.


Will !mpo's next direction continue down the dusty Alabama trail?  Or would we head to the beach with a head bobbing new single?  Tune in to find out more!

Pelican - Drought

Today I feature a song by post-metal gurus Pelican from Chicago.  This one of their earliest works, and of course, got me hooked instantly.  DEEP DEEP chugging and droning and riffing!  In my opinion, one of the best Pelican songs out there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tosin Abasi

Guitar virtuosity meets djent-style low-end guitar goodness in Tosin Abasi's band Animals As Leaders.  I had to pick my jaw up off of the ground after this song, Wave of Babies (which is a Homestar Runner reference).

The Damned Things

The Damned Things are a new super-group comprised of Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, and Keith Buckley and Josh Newton of Every Time I Die.  The mix sounds a tad strange, but the end result is phenomenal.  These guys are bringing back good ol' fashion hard rock and it sounds so wonderful.  Check out the video for their single "We've Got a Situation Here," directed by Brendan Small of Dethklok fame.

Stay tuned for more metal!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Black Metal Shoegaze

Now...don't let the genre throw you off.  This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life!  Take the next ten minutes off to have a listen.  Comment and let me know what you think :)

My Favorite

Every Time I Die is probably one of my favorite bands.  They have tinges of that southern twang in there, and I love it.


watch these to learn what crabcore is!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get Your Face on the Dance Floor

The words strikes fear in the hearts of music lovers everywhere.  Little tweenie punks in black v-necks squatted down chugging palm muted open strings while synth noodles in the background. blech!
When faced with mixing the brutality of !mypetoctopus with the silliness and overall awfulness of crabcore, my friend and I smiled at each other and got to work.
The result was a brutal assault on the ears called "Get Your Face on the Dance Floor."  Silly name, but hey...we are a silly band.
The song features a synth lick that is repeated throughout the song, epic palm mutes, dissonance, and riffs, and a techno break that will get anyone dancing.  This song is considered our 2nd most popular song next to "Piss Dungeon," our "breakthrough" "single."  (Lots of quote marks because the legitimacy of this band is questionable at best) :D
As our second song put on the myspace, we were still rusty.  We were finding our niche in the metal world.  Would we continue down crabcore lane, or go somewhere a bit...warmer?
Stay tuned to find out!
P.S:  listen here :) http://www.myspace.com/mypetoctopus/music/songs/get-your-face-on-the-dance-floor-57910496

EDIT: I am absolutely blown away by all of the positive comments on what is essentially a side project to bide my time.  It truly means a lot!

here is a link to my original song (it's currently untitled)...does anyone have a good name for it?


This is my guitar!  Pretty badass, huh? (Don't tell anyone, but it kinda sucks :p ).
i love Dance Gavin Dance. So much.

Humble Beginnings

It all started my junior year in college (2009).  Wait, that's a lie.  It started so much earlier.  Instead of talking about how i got into playing guitar, let's discuss my history with metal.
I love metal, man.  It's crazy.  I started really getting into it in high school, about freshman year.  I was listening to post-metal outfits like Pelican and Isis and I just could not get enough.  I started to develop and interest in guitar and what do ya' know?  I immediately pumped out palm mutes and sick riffs.  That's a lie, too.  I sucked.  But...through hard practice and expanding my musical horizons, I developed a mean affinity for the heavy.
I learned how to use GarageBand on my Mac!  Glory days!  I loved making quick snippets of metal and other goodness.  I refined my ability to create songs, and I got better and better.
I came up to my friend and roommate with a good idea: let's get heavy.  He was in.  Good.  We wondered how easy it would be to create a metal band and get down with the brutality.  It was easy.  In true metal fashion, we decided on a name that was completely irrelevant and silly: !mypetoctopus.  Our first song was a catchy little ditty entitled "Slaughter-F**k," a drop-C mess of riffs and breakdowns lasting about a minute.  We couldn't get enough.
www.myspace.com/mypetoctopus (listen here)
We loved it.  So our first song was in place, and !mpo was rising to the top.
Tune in soon for our first "single," "Get Your Face on the Dance Floor!"
Cheers and brutality,

Monday, April 4, 2011

Life as a Fake Metal Band

Hi there!  Welcome to !mypetoctopus' new blog!
I'm excited to start talking about what began as just a joke between two good friends.  A little over one year ago, my friend and I were discussing metal.  We both love listening to metal and all of the brutality involved and all that good stuff.  We wondered how easy it would be to make a brutal band capable of wrecking faces.  Turns out that it was pretty easy!
Stay tuned to the blog to find out the personal history of !mypetoctopus, a band founded on brutality and a twisted sense of humor.
Take care,