Yes! Another version of Makeshift, recorded at the practice flat with Miiro and Pate. Yes, the ending is a bit sketchy. That’s my guitar to the left, Miiro’s to the right and Pate on the drums. Feel free to add comments, by the way. All I’ve been getting is spam comments lately. 😀

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Download MXII – Makeshift (Treenis Live)!

P.S. Happy birthday to Jari, my brother, the unofficial webmaster helping me out with all the technical stuff.

Album review: Myotonia – Myotonia (2007)

Myotonia is the self-titled album released by Myotonia, a 5-man band hailing from Oakland, California.  The band quit playing together in the end of 2008. I discovered this album a few years ago when looking for new music on the internet and having never heard anything quite like it I didn’t really know what to think. The only band I could think of that was close was Meshuggah.

Having listened to the album for a few years now I’ve come to this conclusion: This album is without doubt one of the tightest, loudest noises ever recorded. The album’s first track begins with a full band assault of your eardrums. No intro that slowly builds up, no basic guitar riff times four and then the band comes in, just an explosion of sound. The music has complex structures with slower breakdowns, where everyone seems to drift apart from each other, only to join together in another blast of music. There are new things to hear every time you listen to a song; so many elements that go unnoticed until you’ve listened to a song several times. Another interesting things are the rhythms, relying heavily on Meshuggah type odd timings, that at first seem to make no sense, but once listened to several times you’ll find the patterns. One of these realizations happened to me while listening to Got Cat, which has one of the most awesome outros recorded ever. The intro of Got Cat has a beat of 7 + 7 + 2, which took me some time to figure out. Anyway,

There was a time when I listened to nothing else but this album for hours, which is physically fatiguing, and I noticed I was getting headaches… which only shows how awesome this music is. 😀 This album has inspired me as a musician a lot and I think everyone who likes progressive metal, extreme metal or anything like that, should give this album a listen. At least check out a few of the songs for free on Myotonia’s MySpace page, and if you like the songs you can buy them on iTunes or Myotonia’s CD Baby page.

Track listing:

1. Total Protonic Reversal
2. Got Cat
3. Industrial Melanoma
4. Alligator Fukhaus
5. Art of an Exit
6. Tunnel Gag
7. Media Vision
8. Reverse Birth Tactics

Couldn’t Catch It

New song in the works! Something we’ve been jamming with Pate a few times. Seems to fall in the same category as our other recent songs, some kind of prog rock or something. Still needs a loooot of work, but that’s what summer vacations are for.

This is why you Can’t Catch It

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The Call of Cthulhu

I’ve been hearing references to The Call of Cthulhu and other H.P. Lovecraft works for years now (especially on Pharyngula), so on a recent visit to the Iso Omena library I borrowed a book with two of his short stories: The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness.

To my surprise these stories had some of the most vivid images of horror I’ve ever encountered. They feel much more threatening than any horror movie, which these days rely on editing and loud noises. Once I started reading The Call of Cthulhu I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened on the next page, so I had to keep reading… Fortunately, the stories aren’t that long, so it was possible for me to read them straight through. 🙂

After I read both stories I started looking for more information on Google and happened to find both stories available on the net, for free! Here are the links: The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness.

I dare you to read one chapter of either one and not finish the rest of it…

If you do manage to finish both of them and crave for more, Wikisource (which seems to be an excellent resource for online books and short stories) has more stories related to the Cthulhu mythos.

Cthulhu w/o fhtagn

No more fhtagning here, obviously.