private Shemales From Outta Space of Death : You never get a cannibal blowjob twice (D,2009)****'
It’s great to hear that some extreme contrasts and styles just now and then are combined spontaneously, creating a new genre, a new expression. Already with genre crossing pioneer Genghis Thron (US) on their debut, I was amazed by the possibilities of combining electro and brutal metal ; also Kekal (Indonesia) used progressive and electro elements in their brutal metal approach. But just recently it seems that some related groups (in the US and Germany mostly if I am well enough informed) try the combination of Commodore/Nintendo electropop and deathcore, a possible expressive combination of/for those who probably play games too much and need a “heavy” break. Often the genre name of ‘Nintendocore’ was used for it, while a few times this name is also used for enslaving Nintendo music without the deathcore part. Bands which are often associated with Nintendocore, although it’s just a name to get a grip on certain related references, it can be either close to mathrock, punk-hardcore or even Indierock mixed with hardcore adding occasional extra elements like rap/hiphop, but most of the bands that are generally associated with this are often dominated by teenage testosterone and adrenaline braindamage aggression than that they are really showing much of the challenging constructions possible. So far for me especially the bands Bubblegum Octopus (US), Shemales From Outa Space of Death (D) and Press Start To Play (D) stand out in showing something more beyond a local aggression, showing the best of both worlds (the most heavy genres and toy/game-electronica) in a odd and new combination with the two worlds well integrated into one another and show a musically strong communicative spirit in it.
Shemales From Outta Space of Death only has a download release of their debut album. They describe their own music as ‘Electro-psycho-deathcore-frenchhouse’. The first track has an intro with whispery voices with echoes recalling a religious association in a church, until the track is speeded up to their own rewarding metal/Nintendo combination, where the game-electronica is used like sequenced rhythmic tensions, and where the drums are combining well the metal approach with attention to some breaks that fit into the Nintendo ideas with great attention. Also the second track is original by its use of space in the metal sound, where some of the sounds lead to electro making different emotions and tensions/expressions possible this way. Also the third track is a perfect combination of metalcore with electropop, as a combination with humour, being open as a musical idea, presented like a game for metalheads with a break looking into an occasional disco ball reflection. Also the fourth track is well mixed and a successful combination. The last track, expressed with a humouristic idea of a metal in the expression of a way-out for a too much of an electroparty experience.
There was a time any metalfreak would hate to mix their world of preferences with anything else, but the newest generation is ready to mix any possibilities and choices, which I think is a great improvement making a wider range of expressions possible as a cultural expression : this is another, even odd, step forward for which this band, thanks to their clarity and humour, succeeds to withstand any possible skepticism if this would be something to last or not, for me passes the test extremely well. A long time ago since some new genre, thanks to the aforementioned groups, surprised me that much.
(Please release this album officially).