why you should listen to: METSATÖLL
metsatöll are an estonian folk metal band. emphasis on the folk. see the guy playing the bagpipes up there? those aren’t bagpipes, you pleb, those are torupill. he also plays eleven-string kannell, flute, whistle, and mouth harp (and guitar i guess) and he sings to shake the foundations of the very earth. their lead singer’s authoritative snap isn’t bad either.
the usual criticism of folk metal is that bands tend to staple a bagpipe or a ballad on top of a power/black/thrash base note without bothering to make all the elements work. this is absolutely not true for metsatöll: they blend their folkiness with their metal (thrash, mostly) so perfectly that it’s hard to notice the seams. and they also draw on a musical tradition that most other well-known folky bands don’t touch, thus sidestepping the other folk metal as a genre criticism (the ‘it all sounds the same’ one. which, yeah, don’t even lie, that happens sometimes). metsatöll don’t fall into that trap. metsatöll are unique and creative and doin’ their own thing.
they have a fairly extensive discography in which you can find anything to suit your mood: stripped-down rune-singing, incredibly creepy curse songs, jaunty songs about beer-stein-wielding giants defending peasants, gleefully morbid tunes about building walls out of human skulls, thrash about weird estonian monsters murdering the hell out of your face, and brutal rearrangements of veljo tormis’ choral works. also lots of songs about werewolves - “metsatöll” is a euphemism for “wolf” (if you say “wolf” out loud it’ll hear you and eat your sheep, but if you say “forest walker” t won’t), lauri’s stage name is varulven (the werewolf), they refer to their fans as the wolf pack, lauri is actually a five-hundred-year-old werewolf sorcerer, et cetera.
they are a fantastic live band, and if you live in america or canada, you’re in luck: they’re currently on tour in north america with týr and eluveitie. go see them. i demand it.
bonus fun fact: lauri õunapuu is a member of quite a few folk music ensembles. if you’re interested in the folky parts, a quick wander around youtube will give you some cool music featuring him and his insane voice.
JOINTS IN MOTION
As said by IFL science
Cameron Drake of San Francisco has created a collection of magnificent images showing joints in motion. He was aided by orthopedic physician Dr. Noah Weiss and the finished product is completely amazing. If you’d like to know more about the project, please check out Drake’s blog.
Every time this post comes around, I have to explain this.
Watch Dennou Coil, the most underrated anime pretty much ever.
- Yes, this is the standard of animation throughout the series.
- AND THIS IS A FILLER EPISODE.
- It’s basically about kids with what’s essentially Google Glass: The Game. The whole world is affected by this game. Traffic lights, school, anything.
- It’s good in the beginning and gets really, really good by the end.
- Shows the vulnerabilities of children.
- Well-written children in general. They fall under some tropes but they don’t suffer from the usual fallacies of writing children into series.
- And yeah, the filler episodes are really good. The whole series is worth watching.
Reblogging as a reminder to myself
wish this show was longer.