Manners Are Not Metal

For my third post, since I need to actually keep and maintain this blog, I decided I’d just write about life, since I need to expand past metal once in a while. SATAN.

All that silliness aside, manners are a bit overrated. Sorta like the album whose cover I have as my background. It’s not bad, nor should it be done away with, but it’s given more hype and attention than it deserves, and you can do with a lot less of it than we like to stuff into ourselves.

Now with your favorite part of any blog post: The anecdote. The other day, I was on a rather crowded bus, and needless to say, getting out of a crowded area is gonna require a little bit of contact(at a reasonable force, not an assholic shove). In Europe, people don’t stop to say “excuse me” or “sorry” to everyone they slightly nudge daily. These words are reserved for when the accident could’ve been avoided due to carelessness or a fault on the part of either party. If I’m texting and/or not looking where I’m going, that merits a “sorry” or “excuse me”. If the bus is jam packed, I’m not going to apologize to 5 people for the harmless inevitable bump.

I of course was branded as an asshole for this, with the people grumbling “He didn’t even say excuse me” and such, but I simply smirked to myself, as I usually do, because I’m probably an evil villain, which would explain the preference for black… where was I? Oh yeah, I looked like an asshole because I feel that the rules of modern society are bullshit. Not all of them, of course. We need to keep rapists and murderers at bay somehow. But manners and etiquette aren’t necessary in every facet of today’s life. There are more pressing things to be concerned about, bur of course, we like to get all muffed because someone didn’t pause to waste time and utter an insincere “apology” for our poor egos and the inconsequential actions of those who feel less bound by triviality. Sorry for the rant and partial hypocrisy on my part, what with the picking your battles thing, but I’m a misanthrope to a degree. Let me whine. Fuck.


Upcoming Shows

Being a metalhead usually means you attend shows, show off your most badass band merch, and drink beer(if you’re over 21 or at a house show). Luckily for us, metal shows are happening almost every day, so there’s almost always an excuse to brave the hostile yet friendly world of the pit. The following are shows I’m planning on attending in the near future, and as you will see, it’s gonna be quite the undertaking.

April 2: Wormrot, Tombs, Abnormality, Sexcrement, Living Void, and Scaphism at Club Oasis, Worcester, MA

April 16: New England Metal/Hardcore Fest at the Worcester Palladium

April 22: Sepultura, Hate, Neuraxis, Bonded By Blood, and Belphegor, also at the Palladium

April 23: Symphony X, Nevermore, Powerglove, and Blackguard, at the Palladium

April 25: Volbeat, Hourcast, The Damned Things at Paradise Rock Club in Downtown Boston

May 9: Dillinger Esc. Plan and Deftones at The House Of Blues, Boston

May 12: North American Reckoning Tour with Destruction, Heathen, Razormaze, Warbeast, Panzerbastard and Cold Northern Vengeance at The Church, Boston

May 21: Defeated Sanity, Composted, Scalpel, Scaphism, and Dysentery at Gay Gardens, Allston

July 13: Vans Warped Tour 2011 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield

July 22: Rockstar Mayhem Fest also at the Comcast Center

August 31: Kamelot, Alestorm, The (H)Agonist, and Blackguard at the Worcester Palladium

Oh yes, this year just got a whole lot more busy.