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Rose-tinted Rearview: The Flatliners – “Destroy to Create”

Posted in Rose-tinted Rearview with tags on January 17, 2018 by Ben

For this segment I’ll be going back over some albums that I consider to be influential in my evolution to a half-assed scumbag. I’ll give a little background and then see if they still hold up to more jaded ears.

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My first Warped Tour was the last one they held in Barrie’s Molson Park before moving it to the parking lot of the International Centre. I wasn’t super into music at the time, I had a couple things I liked but all within the expected realm of a rural teenager. I was going with some friends, who had been there before, and really had no idea what to expect.

I remember wearing black jeans and being fucking soaked in sweat for the entire day. Not a smart choice. I mostly wandered with my friends and stood at the back for some bands they wanted to see. At some point in the day they ditched me and I was hanging out by a vendor booth, sweaty and generally uncomfortable. On the stage closest to me, The Flatliners had just launched into their set and quickly drew my attention with their quick-stepping blast of ska-punk.

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Rose-tinted Rearview: Celtic Frost – “Monotheist”

Posted in Riffs, Rose-tinted Rearview with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2018 by Ben

For this segment I’ll be going back over some albums that I consider to be influential in my evolution to a half-assed scumbag. I’ll give a little background and then see if they still hold up to more jaded ears.


Anyone who has been around heavy music for any length of time knows who Celtic Frost are. The legendary Swiss grandfathers of extreme metal have reached their influential tentacles deep into the minds of thousands of different musicians over their more than 30-year run.

My personal exposure to Celtic Frost came at the end of their run, with the last album to be released before the band finally called it quits. Monotheist was released in 2006 and was their first new album in 16 years. Not only had I never had any experience with Celtic Frost before this album, I hadn’t had any exposure to heavy music at all.

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