A Blaze in a Northern Town*

From time to time, I run across something on the internet that is so amazing, it needs to be shared. And though I have had nothing to do with its creation, I want to put my stamp on it, I want to say HEY, dudes, here it is, I brought this to you.

Today, I bring you just such an amazing thing.

Prepare to be amazed

My “IRL” friends often berate me for knowing so many “cool guys from the internet.” Well, today’s link comes via a cool chick from the internet, whose husband is involved in seemingly too many musical projects to count, or at least to count with one hand (let’s face it, you are on the internet**). She posted a brief description of her husband’s new project (“Black metal covers of 80s tunes.”), the album cover art you see to the left of this paragraph, and a download link.

The name of the album is Hot Dog Cart Hunger (see first footnote). Awesome. The name of the band is Necrocomiccon. Double awesome. The album is free, i.e., don’t cost nothin’. Triple awesome, game, set match.

I wasn’t sure whether it would be kosher to share that download link, but it turns out that I don’t have to, since Necrocomiccon has a Facebook page, and they’ve posted the link there.

From the thunderous, doomy lament of the opening Ghostbusters riff, you’ll know. Oh you’ll know. And once the blast beat hits you and the lich king shriek and icy guitar lead of Wham’s Careless Whisper sear their way across your brain, you’ll never question me again. Listen, has anybody ever before in the history of anything ever decided to make a black metal cover of a Kenny Loggins song? Did they? OK, well did they then actually follow through and make it? I’m telling you, these guys are geniuses.

My friend Aaron, mega-80s-music-nerd, had this to say about their cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”: “OK, so this cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World might be my favorite version of one of my favorite songs. Ever.”

So run, my minions, download this album, enjoy the fruits of their genius with me, spread the word to your friends, Like the band on Facebook, etc. They are deserving of your adulation.

* This title awkwardly pieced together from the title of a classic Black Metal album, A Blaze in the Northern Sky by Darkthrone (the Necrocomiccon album cover and title also riff on Darkthrone’s album Transilvanian Hunger. Also Ghostbusters.) and the classic 80s song Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy. If you have an idea for a better title please post it in the comments because I’m not 100% pleased with how this one turned out.
** This is an oh-so-subtle masturbation joke, and also probably marks the point at which I have used the word “internet” too many times in this post. Internet.