15 songs, with a secret unlisted hidden track #33. Highly packaged cd sleeve with a full color printed lyrics sheet. [threesixes.com]
reviewed by Reviewer Rob
Lot’s of ultra aggressive, fast, crunching and grinding death-metal here. Shrieking guitars, thumping machinegun drums, hoarse/growling vocals and sound effects that include sirens (?) mingle with soul destroying anti-gosh lyrics. Damian has been at this for a long time. I began getting emails from him over ten years ago and started reviewing his stuff out of sunny Orange County back then so he is no dilettante to the dark side of the O.C. music scene. We talked before about stripper-types and nude models in the Huntington Beach area and I got the impression he could be like a part-time titty bar doorman/bouncer or something, but maybe that was just his menacing metal vibe coming out over the phone. Actually I didn’t ask so I have no idea what he does for a day job, or even if he has one. This style of music took a long time to get down, I’m certain, so he might have all the time in the world to perfect his evil kraft. Studiousness in the dark side shows in this highly polished and well-oiled machine of a CD. True metalheads, you won’t be disappointed here. One can feel the scary light show and explosions of fire on stage as it plays. There’s a dtuiful AC/DC cover here too, done in dragged-out screamy precision in track 10’s “Thunderstruck”. The CD came packaged in a large anti-bible mock-up, reinforcing the recurring message in these lyrics that religion is a myth. Yep, Damian sure looks like he believes what he preaches. The tracks don’t let up in their intensity; they’re like an invading army attacking, until track 15’s “Know God, No Peace” where Damien screams the final rebellious lyrics of “I won’t obey!”
You get the idea? It’s take-no-prisoners and all hardcore here.
After the final listed track, long after it’s finished, is a secret track, listed on my Windows Media Player as number 33 where the vocals (of Damien, I assume) intone words about how the universal key to happiness is “strength, truth, and independence…” and go on with a philosophical monologue about the nature of independence and how it is dependent on the self, while drums pound and sonic voices moan over it in the background, fading out with the words “in silence” repeated at very long intervals.
This is actually a very danceable track. Watch for it to be played at your local industrial/goth club, with a smoke machine thickly shrouding the floor…
A rather ordinary single track cover cd of “Yoshimi” by The Adversary. The disc sleeve doesn’t credit the Flaming Lips and leaves out the Pink Robots. From what I was told the artist was trying to plan a Burning Man style monthly party up in the Bay Area in Oakland. Wondering if that’ll have any originality to it or be a prosaic ripoff as well. Sounds like it was made in a bedroom. RR
Ben Johnson’s adventurous 1997 tale from a tour in his early band to pre-Katrina New Orleans …
Back in 1997, my band at the time, Tourettes Lautrec, was headed out on our fi rst nationwide tour. Through countless hours on the phone, calling bars that redirected you to varied booking agents and/or club owners, I had managed to book dates as far away as Philadelphia, no small feat for an unknown band.
There was no internet or cell phones being used at the time, and as a result my phone bill was through the roof. Most of that was due to calling clubs, but a good chunk was also spent talking to someone with more experience than myself–a girl in Austin. She helped me book several shows, including Austin, our second stop, and New Orleans, our third.
The fi rst show was in Tucson, where we had tons of friends, mainly due to my roommates at the time being from there, before their mass migration to San Diego. It was a blast.
One problem–the next day, our van wouldn’t start. I wish I could remember what was wrong with it, but the truth of the matter is that it ended up quitting in so many various and sundry ways that I can’t separate one faulty part from the other so long ago.
Anyway, we got the van put back together and hit the road. We had a night off to get to Austin, and rolled through Texas with no vehicular problems, arriving at our friends’ BBQ at midday.
I met the girl I had talked to — and her boyfriend, who happened to be in the band we were playing in. She hadn’t mentioned that she had a boyfriend, or that I knew him, and some things she did mention were steering the conversation far away from that.
After a while, we went down to our show, which was also a very good time. Aside from the weirdness on the personal level with this lady, this tour was going alright. I was both surprised and delighted. The next day, as was pre-arranged, I would drive with Austin Girl in her truck to the club in New Orleans and the rest of my band would catch up to us, as the van seemed to be running well.
That was the first terrible decision; separating from my bandmates.
The drive, with just the two of us, was extremely awkward, and it seemed we enjoyed each others’ company much more over the phone than in person.
In the meantime, there was no way for my band to contact me, save for them calling the club to fi nd me, which–after my mostly silent ride through the bayou and a couple hours at the club–is what they did. They were broken down an hour behind us in Baton Rouge, and wanted me to come back and either get them or hang with them.
The van had quit on the freeway during a traffic jam, and it had taken them two hours to get it to a mechanic, which is where they were. Austin girl flat-out refused to go, but did say I could take her truck on the long drive back to where my bandmates were. It was not the most sincere offer I have ever been given. Trying to weasel out of a long, hot solo drive, I told my bandmates that by the time it took me to get there they would most likely be on the road, which would be a waste of time. Unfortunately, they listened.
So, Austin talks me in to going out to some bars while we wait. Not that it took much much urging. I was in The Big Easy on tour, albeit without my band, and I was twenty-seven. Were we in the French Quarter? I don’t know. It was a big ol’ strange city of voodoo and zombies I’d never been to. Everything was brimming with danger and intrigue. We drank with the locals, the bartenders, the garbagemen on their routes.
Somebody said he could score me some weed, and in my state that sounded so good. So I followed the smooth talking guy to some big, dark buildings.
It was not the first time I had seen projects, but it was the sketchiest. My stomach dropped into my bowels as I handed him my money, then watched him walk away around the corner and out of my life.
I waited for about five minutes that seemed like six years, until a cop car rolled around the corner and lit me up in its beams.
“Whatcha doin’?” asked the cop.
“Just hangin’ out,” I replied, trying to be nonchalant.
“Kid,” he said, “you need to go hang out anywhere but where you are. Do you even know where you are?”
Of course it dawns on my young, drunk, stupid brain that I am in grave danger, hanging out alone in the shadows by the projects in an unfamiliar and totally dangerous city. I took the kind officer’s advice and walked back to the bar that I had come from.
But the bar wasn’t there.
It was somewhere, to be sure, but not the way I had gone. I turned a corner, then another, but each turn made the surroundings less familiar, not more so. I turned and turned again until I was in a neighborhood where I was the only white person, which wouldn’t be so bad if everyone were not looking at me with either shock or outright malice. Even now, New Orleans is intimidating, but this was far before Katrina and any camaraderie spawned by that disaster.
I hurried up to the next busy street, and was getting a little panicky by the time I made it to the famous above-ground cemeteries. I wished I could enjoy seeing them, but the alarm bells in my head made that impossible.
An hour passed, maybe more, of my hectic wandering. The events of the day had worn me out, and I was almost giving up, looking for a bush to sleep in when I saw her pickup truck. I knew it was hers, as my stuff was locked in the cab. But where was the only link to my world–Austin Girl?
I laid down in the open bed of her truck, but everyone walking down the street saw me and commented, plus it was cold. I didn’t want to, but felt I had to go find her.
Like the vanishing bar, she was not to be found. I realized this plan was stupid and went back to her truck, rather, the empty space where it had been. In the ten minutes I’d been gone, she’d returned to her vehicle and driven off. I kicked myself for leaving, seldom having felt so idiotic.
After about another hour walking the mean streets, cursing myself, I found the club we were originally to have played. It was closed, and long dark, like the streets. It was probably three or four in the morning at this point. I walked up to the door, listening for sounds from inside.
The building was a little shanty-like, and was not put together in the most sturdy fashion. This place, I knew from earlier, had beds in the back, and–more importantly to me at the time–beer. I searched for a weak spot to try to break in, and found one on the side door. Using my fingers and thumb on both hands to pry it from the frame, I snapped the hook-and-eye lock on the inside out of its wooden moorings and chuckled with self-satisfaction as I strolled into the club. A warrior come home. I walked to the cooler and cracked a beer.
Then the alarm rang, piercing the night as sure as a bolt of lightning. I quickly put one beer in each of my four pockets and bolted for the door. In the interest of stealth, I opted to jump the chain-link fence in front of the exit I had taken rather than run down the corridor to the street.
A sharp pain slashed my hands as I vaulted the fence. The steel wire tops had been filed down to sharp points, and the flesh on my palms was cut to ribbons as I shot myself over, somehow not getting hung up on the top. I fell on my ass, breaking the two bottles of beer back there, and ran away from the approaching sirens with broken glass clinking in my pockets.
PUNK ROCK THUG LIFE
Two blocks later I finally stopped by a trash can to empty the glass. When I was done I looked down the sidewalk and saw a tall, muscular man walking toward me. He looked like he had done whatever he wanted in this neighborhood for a very long time, and was about to continue to do so.
“You got a cigarette, white boy?” he said.
Sizing him up, he was about 6’5”, 210 pounds. His eyes were not exactly kind and neighborly. I was about 6’ even and 145 sopping wet at the time. Crazy beats tough, I said to myself.
“Nah, man, I’m out.” I cocked my head to the side and grinned, giving him bird-eyes, wide like a certifiable nut-job.
Apparently he hadn’t got the memo on crazy. “You got any money, then, white boy?” he asked, walking closer.
There it was.
“I don’t have shit, man,” I said, opening my hands to demonstrate my lack of cash. His eyes bugged out, and he stopped, then turned and walked away, muttering something. I didn’t care what, as long as he was walking away. I looked down at my palms, slick and dripping with blood. Maybe crazy hadn’t beaten tough, but crazy and bloody sure had. Nobody in 1997 was going to risk anybody else’s blood on them if it was at all avoidable.
I breathed a sigh of relief and walked away.
All the longest minutes of my life crept by before I noticed I was walking by some of the same things, and was getting some bearings. I circled back to near the music club, watching the cops check it out from down the street, then walked away and bided my time until the police cruiser pulled off. Exhausted, I went across the street from the club and laid down underneath a delinquent vehicle, dozing off for a few until the club owners came back in the morning, only about an hour away.
When I woke up, I approached the club, careful not to show my blood-stained hands, and ordered a beer. The cold bottle felt like heaven to my wounded palms as the owner told me they had had a break-in. I feigned surprise as best I could, not able to tell whether or not he knew it was me. To be honest, at that point I didn’t care. I was going to be long gone before any police work came back on me, of that I was positive. Whether it would be getting sent home by my pissed off bandmates or continuing on tour remained to be seen. But I sure as hell wasn’t going to cop to this.
There were five messages for me on the club’s machine–two from Austin Girl and three from my band. When Austin Girl came back, she was pissed that I had messed up her night. I was just happy I was alive and with someone who could connect me to my life.
A couple hours later, my bandmates caught up to me. They were worried, then very angry. Before they could fi re me for being such an insane idiot, I threw myself at their mercy, apologizing and swearing that nothing like that would ever happen again.
They accepted, barely, and we drove off as a band in our van that would break down at least once per day for the remainder of our trip. New Orleans had literally chewed me up and spit me out, and I tried to make fewer terrible decisions for the rest of the tour, succeeding most of the time.
Ben Johnson can be found, most nights these days, in San Diego behind the bar at The Casbah. He’s currently shopping publishers for his novel and plays in his bands Grammatical B (comedy rap) and The Long and Short of It. ~Editor
As the owner of a large beauty service company, Event Makeup in San Diego, I have had some experience with hair but I have learned the majority of what I know through trial and error just like everyone else! In my early 20’s I bleached my hair twice a month and never properly took care of it, once it was severely damaged, it was then I had to take action. I have compiled my most useful tips that have saved my hair and allows my hair to shine even as I continue to bleach my hair! To begin, one must understand what they’re dealing with; specifically, what is going on when one develops dry, rough hair. That is, we must acknowledge that hair is naturally strong because it is made up of multiple strings of protein. Unfortunately, most of our daily styling and hair care habits weaken our hair, which causes otherwise healthy hair to appear weak and damaged. In this article I will give my favorite hair tips and hair tips that explain how one can avoid damage and maximize their potential shine.
First, one must become familiar with the structure of the hair follicle. The follicle is composed of two main parts: the outer layer, called the cuticle, which consists of overlapping scales that protect the inner layer; and second, the, cortex, which determines the color of the hair and whether it’s straight or curly. The cortex is responsible for strength, thickness, and flexibility of the follicle. For example, if hair becomes damaged, the scales of the cuticle stand out and often break, exposing the cortex, which most often causes one’s hair to look and feel dry. The cortex—the inner layer—is comprised of a string of proteins that gives hair strength and elasticity. This is what determines whether one’s hair returns to its normal shape when stretched or damaged. If you would like shinier hair or help with damaged hair, follow these 8 tips to ensure that you always have red carpet ready locks!
1) Hair Tips for Hair HEALTH!
Hair Tips on Eating: Protein, fresh fruits, and dark green vegetables all lead to shiny hair. Veggies contribute much needed iron and vitamin E, while fish protein has omega-3 and omega-6, two fatty acids that make hair shiny.
Hair Tips on H2O: Water benefits your body in many ways, including the health of your hair. Dehydration causes dry, coarse, and brittle hair. The more water you drink, the better you’ll feel and the better your hair will look. So take a water to go!
2) Hair Tips for WASHING
Shopping Hair Tips: There are many products on the market such as shampoos, conditioners and leave in products that are specially formulated to give the appearance of shiny hair. Find a shampoo and conditioner suited for your hair type. Usually a light shampoo and a deep conditioner that has extra moisturizing properties are best for getting the most shine. Hair Tips for in the Shower: While washing with shampoo only apply to the roots of your hair and scalp, and let it cleanse the rest of your hair as it rinses out. Only apply conditioner to the mid lengths and ends of your hair, as the roots don’t need it. Make sure to rinse off the products thoroughly because even the best of shine-enhancing shampoos and conditioners will leave your hair looking dull. Before washing your hair, you want to wet the hair with warm water to ensure lifted cuticles in order to remove dirt and product build-up. Then shampoo, and rinse with warm water again. Apply the conditioner and leave it on as long as possible so your hair can absorb it. Not only will this prevent frizzing, it will also make your hair more manageable and shiny. The lifted cuticles enable the deep conditioning products to penetrate the hair shaft. Next is the cooling effect which is my personal favorite hair care tip. For hair that’s extra shiny, turn the temperature down on your shower once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, and blast your hair with the coldest water you can handle. Cold water closes the hair shaft and leaves the cuticle smooth and flat, which will prevent your hair from frizzing up. You will notice a difference! This is one of my very favorite hair tips! Don’t Shampoo Everyday: This may or may not be something that you can do but if you are able to tolerate shampooing every other day, it is a great way to let the natural oils in your scalp coat the hair shaft a bit. The natural oils will make for healthier and shinier hair.
Deep Conditioning: Once a week, treat your hair to a special moisturizing treatment. A hot oil treatment (best for fine hair) or deep conditioning treatment (for thicker hair) is a great way to infuse your hair with moisture, strengthen the cuticle, and prevent frizzy hair. For seriously damaged hair, you may want to leave the treatment on overnight. You can also put on a shower cap over the conditioned hair to allow the cuticles to stay warm and open to absorb the moisture as much as possible.
3) Hair Tips for AFTER SHOWER CARE
Blot With A Towel: After your shower, don’t dry your hair by rubbing and twisting it up into a towel. It will only aggravate the cuticle (yes, it really is ALL about the cuticles) and make frizz worse. Instead, gently squeeze out the water and blot your hair with a towel.
Hair Tips for Leave In’s: When your hair is still damp, apply an anti-frizz cream or serum to the bottom half of it. These kinds of products lock in the moisture and also help seal up the cuticle, which will help to fend off the frizz. OR, after gently towel-drying your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner. This will lock in moisture and smooth down the strands, while also adding weight that discourages your hair from frizzing up. Find what works best for you!
4) Hair Tips for STYLING Blow Drying: Use your hair dryer 15cm from your head, at the lowest heat setting if possible. Heated styling tools are never a good solution to frizzy hair, but if you really need to blow dry it, always use a heat-protective spray to avoid heat damage. And when you’re drying the hair, angle the nozzle downwards along the strands this will smooth down the cuticle instead of making it stand up (and get frizzy!). Finally, finish with the dryer on the cool setting to close up the cuticle.
Heat Protectant: Styling with heat can leave your hair dehydrated and lacking in shine. To protect your hair while straightening, blow-drying, or curling, use a heat protection styler. This will save your locks from drying out as you style it and will leave it feeling and looking fabulous.
Harsh Chemicals: Avoid styling products that contain alcohol (hair spray is one of the most common offenders). Alcohol swells up the hair cuticle, which leaves it wide open for frizzing up. Shiny hair is healthy hair, so don’t abuse it! Limit your hair’s exposure to harsh chemicals, like the chlorine in pools, and lye-based hair-relaxing creams. If you insist on using certain chemicals (like I insist on bleaching my hair) make sure that a good deep conditioner apart of your hair care regimen.
Hair Tips for Straightening: A flatiron can help straighten hair, which usually looks shinier than wavy hair. But avoid overusing a flatiron because all that heat-styling can be very damaging! With silicone straighteners there is silicone built into the plates rather than the typical ceramic or metal. The heated silicone glides right over the hair and straightens it in one pass; I’ve found that silicone cuts the straightening time in half, which means less damage. And as always use a heat protectant whenever styling with heat.
5) Hair Tips for BRUSHING
Hair Tips for Combing: If you comb out your hair, use a wide toothed comb and start at the bottom and work your way up. Starting at the top can cause breakage and serious damage. Many people with curly hair only finger comb their hair, but if you do use a shower comb, be careful how you use it. Brushing your hair causes the cuticles to break more, which then creates to those frizzy strands. To detangle your hair safely, comb through it in the shower when it still has conditioner on it.
Brush for shine: A boar bristled brush is the actual hair of a boar (hog). Boar bristles are considered ideal because they close the cuticle layer and create shiny hair. Because boar bristles tend to be weak, manufacturers usually mix them with nylon bristles. The purpose of a boar bristle brush is not to detangle hair. In fact, these brushes should never be used on knotty hair. Boar bristle brushes are designed to clean, polish and condition hair. The fibrous bristles attract dust and dirt, brushing them out of the hair. If you remember Marsha Brady brushing her hair 100 strokes per day, it was with this type of brush.
Hair Tips For Vegans: There are a number of vegan alternatives to boar bristle brushes available on the market, from wooden-bristled brushes to versions with synthetic bristles, closely-packed to simulate the effect of boar bristles.
6) Hair Tips: SALON Maintenance
Get Regular Hair Trims: Getting those regular hair trims helps to get rid of split ends and when you do not have split ends, your hair looks and feels healthier, plus it has a smoother appearance which means shinier hair.
Get A Glossing Treatment: If you really want to get your shine on, consider having a professional glossing treatment done. These are often performed after a hair-coloring treatment, but you can get one without the dye job. Glossing treatments are necessary, lasting about four to six shampoos. There are also glossing kits available at some drugstores, so you can even try it out without going to the salon.
7) Hair Tips for SWIMMING
A chlorinated pool (or salty ocean water) can cause our hair to become dry and brittle which of course causes breakage. Here are some tips to keep your locks safe.
1. Rinsing your hair with tap water before getting in the pool fills your hair up with tap water so that it won’t be able to absorb as much chlorinated pool water. Never shampoo before you get in the pool. Shampoo does the opposite of water and strips your hair of its natural oils and other buildup that can act as a barrier between your hair and the chlorine.
2. Use a swim cap to protect your hair. Use one that fits your head just right and doesn’t pull out hair when taken off. Try using a silicone cap.
3. Use a leave-in conditioner before you put your swimming cap on because it will help protect your hair against chlorine damage.
4. After you swim, rinse your hair with tap water again. It’s best to wear a hat if you plan to stay in the sun after you exit the pool.
5. Make sure to shampoo your hair after you’re done swimming for the day. You want to use a shampoo that gets rid of chlorine and mineral build up. If your shampoo contains Phytic Acid or EDTA it will provide thorough enough cleansing. If your regular shampoo doesn’t contain Phytic Acid or EDTA, you can use something like ULTRASWIM Replenishing Shampoo which contains humectants, moisturizers, Vitamin E and Aloe to nourish & condition hair while it gently removes chlorine and chlorine odor. It also helps remove copper deposits and other oxidized metals that can cause lighter colored hair to take on a greenish cast. It can be used after every swim, even if your hair is chemically treated, colored, permed or relaxed.
6. Continue to follow your usual shampoo and conditioning routine. You need to condition your hair every time you shampoo it, even if you swim every day.
7. When you style your hair it would be best to avoid direct or high heat. Limit your use of heat with a blow dryer but if you must use a diffuser attachment or a bonnet dryer on use a low setting.
8) Hair Tips for BED
Moisturize: Make sure that your hair is properly conditioned. Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay elastic and beautiful. That doesn’t mean you need to condition your hair before bed, but conditioning the hair shaft an inch from the scalp to the tip will ensure your hair is protected throughout the day and through the night. Conditioned hair is less likely to break, frizz, and become damaged.
Brush: Gently brushing is an important step to protecting your hair as you fall asleep. Detangling your hair before your head hits the pillow ensures that when you wake up, minimal knots and damage will have occurred.
Style It: Yes, a cute hair do can help protect your hair at night! The best way to protect long hair from split ends and other damage is to tie your hair back. A loose, comfortable bun on the top of your head or two pigtails are ideal. These both limit the amount of hair that can get caught between your back and pillow which causes tangling and breakage.
One of my Favorite Hair Tips! Sleep Luxuriously: Sleep on satin or silk. Sleeping on a rough pillowcase can cause damage over time. A satin or silk pillowcase will make sure that your hair glides across your pillow at night, instead of catching and tangling on a cotton pillow case.
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