Sunday, March 27, 2011
Of Natural History by Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
It's hard to say what genre Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is. It's avant garde style of mixing theatre and metal together creates this spark of an imaginary carnival ride through hell. The album, "Of Natural History" is a philosophical journey through the madness of humanity.
The first track, "A Hymn To The Morning Star" is a ballad with xylophone on how ironic the Christian religion really is. It's also a introduction to the madness yet to come on the album.
"The Donkey-Headed Anniversary Of Humanity Opens The Discussion", is the chaotic song that takes the listener by surprise and makes you say, 'What the fuck am I even listening to?' The lyrics speak about how mankind would be better destroyed for the better good of the world.
"Pththisis" is when you finally get to here Carla Kihlstedt's sensual vocals with an apocalyptic setting of head banging drums and teeth shattering guitars. This track is an easy favorite due to it not being that long of a song on the album and still representing the style of the band.
"Bring Back The Apocalypse" is a self explanatory song which gives a very exploding atmosphere to the album. It's strange and almost sounds like what would come out of a schizophrenics brain if recorded on tape.
The ear grabbing track of the album for me is "FC: The Freedom Club". It's an epic about Ted Kaczynski, the man who caused mail bombings and represents the nihilist who declared war on humanity. Such as in the lyrics, "To blow off the hands of the strong with wooden boxes" talks about the bombs he made. Not only is the message of the strong strong, but the instruments are precise at the right timing and the vocals increase the extreme anger that song was made to show. This track is the must listen and one of my favorite songs ever created.
The Disturbing track, "Gunday's Child" is not something you want to listen to in the dark. The seducing vocals and exotic hand made instruments of the band just seem so spooky and make you really feel like the whole fucking world is ready to explode. It follows into the track, "The 17-Year Cicada", a short instrumental to keep you relaxed before another bang.
"The Creature" and "What Shall We Do With Us?" are strange and mysterious. It keeps you feeling like, "Ok, I know there's going to be some crazy metal randomly popping in", although it never happens. I can't really explain this one.
"Babydoctor" is the longest track on the album and the most aggressive track on it. I've researched and tried to find what the hell it's about, but I really don't know. For some reason they talk about the dental products, "Pelton & Crane". I'd feel very strange if this song was really about brushing your teeth and how being a dentist can be stressful. Just thinking of it makes me laugh. I love this song so much because it makes no fucking sense at all and seems so insane and violent.
And of course, there's the track, "Cockroach". The cockroach is us, and the song is about our extermination. I fell in love with song on first listen.
The album is a mysterious ride that will show you a different side of music that mainstream music would never be able to show you. Listen to it and let it change you.