They have played a wide variety of music starting initially as Black Metal, even performing Darkthrone's ‘Transylvanian Hunger’ live. Soon after they changed to a more traditional metal, and recording their first songs Breaking The Law by Judas Priest and See You In Hell by Grim Reaper (after the idea was gained from fellow Toronto band Goat Horn, one of the bands larger influence as seen in later material) along with an Original aptly titled Grim Song. Grim Song, which reduced from its original lengthy form into a short 1-minute intro that is still carried with the band today. On September 6, 2006 Hemogoblin finally officially ‘released’ their first Demo/EP, entitled ‘Krigen’, containing 4 originals, one of which is Grim Song that had been with the band for more then a year at the time, and 2 covers.
‘Blue Waves of Doom (Caused By the Doom Goose)’ and ‘Stuck In a Jim Jam’ are the first 2 songs on the Demo following the intro. Both songs are Blues based Rock with a twist that can only be liable to the bands fascination with blacker and more aggressive music, along side a somewhat twisted sense of humour. ‘Blue Waves’ is in reference to a Canadian goose which squawks Blues Music causing emotional breakdowns in those who hear it, while ‘Stuck In a Jim Jam’ refers to getting ones bits and pieces stuck in the fly when trying to zip up in a hurry. The 4th original song was Friend Or Foe originally titled “We Can Fake it Too” about the bassists/vocalist once faking an orgasm, but the song was changed right at the end to represent a more serious matter of friends moving on and how relationships change.
The band now generally hates this song. The covers on the CD were the ever-popular See You In Hell and a Jam version of Breaking The Law. Shortly after Krigen was ‘released’ the band riding high on finally having something recorded to pass out to venues and possibly Independent record companies they continued on the mission to bring their wacky musical styles and generally care-free attitude to anyone who cared. They immediately wrote 2 more songs and have recently recorded them along with a new one. The first being ‘Drunken Assault’, a frenzy of generally tasteless sounds wrapped together with a timeless tale of their drummer getting drunk and beating up another guy who was being an abusive boyfriend.
It is fast paced, wild, and lacks any musical composition as they got in touch with their early song writing days, but this time with a small degree of instrumental talent. The second song came purely of Jam and is an ode to Doom Metal at its finest. Tantalizing bass, rythematic drums, and flowing guitar come together to form one of the bands favourite songs, so much that the instrumental piece is dedicated to their favourite show, Trailer Park Boys, by suitably naming it ‘Winds of Shit’. The third song written and recorded over the Christmas break of 2006 is titled ‘Ghost In Full Sail’, which demonstrates one of the bands true sounds and an indication of their enjoyment of music by the former Goat Horn.
A fast piece of traditional Doom Metal (fast and Doom being very contradicting, but anyways) that really hits home about what music is really like for the band, and the fun they have playing. The song also features an example of finally decent mediocre vocals as opposed to their previous songs. ‘The 2nd Demo’, the working title of the second demo they plan on releasing will be out hopefully by summer 2007 and will feature the above 3 songs mention, a song called ‘Fuck Nancy Grace’ which features a switcheroo of instruments between band members and explains the basis of the bassist enthusiastic hate for Nancy Grace, CNN ‘reporter’. A fifth untitled song will also be on the record along with the possibility of ‘Degenerated’, a cover by the band The Lone Rangers from the movie Airheads, and a rendition of Tears for Fears’ ‘Mad World’. Read more on Last.fm.
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