The CHAINMAIL section reviews bands that were proactive enough to contact me directly. Here at Cerebral Metalhead, initiative is rewarded.
You are reading a review of an album by the retardedly prolific Darryl Robbins and his band Peopleperson. This is one of at least four albums that Peopleperson released in '09. By the time you finish reading this review he will likely have put out another one. What sort of person is Robbins? This is how he introduced himself to me:
"I too am a cerebral metalhead. I make music, not necessarily metal, but a bit may come through. Thought you might like. If not, whatever. Thanks for the time spent reading this riveting email of mine."
Short and to the point. He doesn't have time to spend on elaboration; gotta record that music. Words are stumbling blocks for this band. Peopleperson have no use for words.
"Rainman on the Silver Mountain"
For a man of such pithy messaging, Robbins sure is discursive with his compositions. There's as much rockabilly and surf guitar twang as there is blastbeating and riffage on The Kids Are All Done For. In fact, way more of it. But I don't hear the work of a Mr. Bungle biter, mashing up genres with no business hanging out for the sake of juxtaposition. I hear a guy who's striving for something new, trying to find the commonalities between Liturgy and Link Wray (two of the band's top MySpace friends). And strangely, it works. Substitute a distorted guitar tone and a bit of dissonance, and you've got the same smeary guitar texture of Deathspell Omega and Glorior Belli. I like this stuff. Maybe you will too. If not, whatever.