Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Terror at the slaughterhouse

Fake... fake... fake... Nothing is original about this debut album. First off, in spite of the hype and the use of Russian letters for its name, Kirov Plant are NOT from Volgograd - but from Manchester. Secondly, their music is not as the press package suggests "a refreshing new look at progressive metal", but a third class watered down version of this style which has been done infinitely better numerous times. Thirdly, the melodies and riffs are hardly disguised straight copies from the likes of Metallica and Dream Theater. Awful, awful, awful.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Kirov Plant.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Craig Volk: I'd rather get my brains blown out in the wild than wait in terror at the slaughterhouse.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Slaughterhouse Five, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Gargoyles Normal 85 silver and Rushkin Regular 70 silver, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.