The Violent Inzident’s New LP Is A Surprisingly Entertaining Musical Satire Presentation

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Satirist “Weird” Al Yankovic has, for ages, been known as the king of comedy in the music community. His spoofs of songs from the likes of Coolio, Michael Jackson, and even Nirvana (as well as Miley Cyrus and others) have made him a household name among audiences across the musical universe. After so many years leading the way in the musical comedy ranks, Yankovic may well have some competition, at least in the metal community from the up-and-coming band, The Violent Inzident. The sextet’s new album, This Is Nu Metal!, which was released April 1, makes that clear. The 11-song record is the lighthearted shot in the arm that the metal community has needed for years thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike. Each item will be discussed in its own right here. Just as notable is the record’s production, which will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the record’s presentation. All things considered, they make This Is Nu Metal! a successful record that while it will ultimately be dated in the long run, is still entertaining from beginning to end.

This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from up-and-coming satirical rock band The Violent Inzident, is a welcome offering that reminds the metal masses that reminds hard rock and metal masses that it is possible to be musically heavy without always being emotionally heavy. The record’s musical arrangements make that clear. From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements pay homage to the nu-metal sounds that have been so popular since the late 1990s. Those songs include works from the likes of Disturbed, Powerman 5000, Slipknot, Soulfly, Sepultura, Korn, and even System of a Down. The band even pokes fun at Limp Bizkit, showing that no one is off limits to this band, at least in terms of musical content. The arrangements spoof the noted bands’ songs while still making the arrangements their own along the way, making for even more enjoyment. Simply put, the musical content featured in this record more than makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment. The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds even more to that engagement and entertainment.

The lyrical content is so important to the record because it spoofs the bands and their songs just as much. It also pokes fun at society. Case in point is the band’s single, ‘Triggered (The Snowflake Anthem).’ This song is a fully tongue-in-cheek stab at how overly PC society has become in the 21st century. On another note, the band goes right after Limp Bizkit in ‘The Violent Inzident, even mentioning the year 1999, which is really when Limp Bizkit broke out. The band even goes so far as to poke fun at the nonsense lyrics that Limp Bizkit has come up with for its songs here. As if all of this is not enough, The Violent Inzident even takes a direct stab at Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor in ‘D.a.R.E. to Keep Kids on Drugs’ as the question is asked whether people actually give any credit to anything he says. the song in this case pokes fun at all of the songs that glorify drug use and people who abuse them and try to get off of them. It’s really a social commentary in itself, but done in such a satirical fashion. Between that content, the other content examined here and the rest of the record’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear just how important the album’s lyrical content is to this presentation. That content, together with the album’s musical content, makes this record overall such a surprisingly enjoyable presentation. It is just part of what makes the record worth hearing, too. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production that went into the creation of This Is Nu Metal! is important because of its role in the album’s general effect. From one song to the next, the album’s production ensures that the heaviness of the nu-metal compositions is fully on display. The down-tuned, crunching guitars, the rough vocals, the thick bass lines and drums are all there. Each gets its own attention in each varying nu-metal composition, too. The end result of the production is that each arrangement proves itself just as worth listening as the others. Even the vocals are clear in each song, getting just as much attention in the production as the instrumentations. Taking into account the impact of the record’s production alongside the impact of the overall content, the whole makes This Is Nu Metal! a surprisingly entertaining presentation that nu-metal fans and metal fans alike will find entertaining.

This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from The Violent Inzident, is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining presentation. That is due equally to its musical and lyrical content. The record’s musical and lyrical content each playfully poke fun at some of the biggest names in the nu-metal movement, from Korn, to Disturbed, to Powerman 500, to Slipknot and others, the content overall takes a satirical approach, making for plenty of laughs. The lyrical content does not just stick to poking fun at said bands, either. It also takes on societal issue, making for even more enjoyment. The record’s production adds its own enjoyment to the mix. That is because of its impact on the album’s general effect. It is just as worthy of praise as the album’s content. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album well worth hearing at least once.

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Mike Phirman Debuts New LP’s Lead Single, Video

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Family music entertainer Mike Phirman debuted his latest single and its companion video.

Phirman debuted his new single ‘Connect The Dots/Luggage Dog’ Friday along with its video. The song and its video are the first from Phirman’s forthcoming EP Activity Books, which is scheduled for release March 12 through 8 Pound Gorilla Records.

As the title infers, the album uses pages from children’s activity books as the inspiration for its songs. Famed satirist/actor/comedian “Weird” Al Yankovic makes a guest appearance on one of the EP’s songs, ‘Word Search/Vacuum.’

The EP’s track listing is noted below.

1. Connect the Dots / Luggage Dog  1:36
2. Color by Number / Bobbing and Weaving  2:43
3. Word Search / Vacuum (feat. “Weird Al” Yankovic)  4:14
4. What’s Wrong With This Picture?  4:07
5. Maze / Petting Zoo Bounce House  4:24

The first half of the new single features an arrangement that lends itself to comparison to that of Sesame Street‘s famed pinball skit while the second half, ‘Luggage Dog’ presents its own unique sound and style. The whole thing clocks in at less than two minutes in length.

The video for the new dual single opens with a video of a series of dots being connected. The reveal is that the dots make up a picture of a dog in a luggage bag, leading to the second half of the video. That dog goes on all kinds of adventures.

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Shout! Factory Gets “Weird” This Fall

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A little more than twenty-five years ago, a little comedy by the name of UHF took the world by storm. The movie starred famed quirky comedian and satirist Weird Al Yankovic and a then unknown Michael Richards (Seinfeld). Just over a quarter of a century later, that cult hit flick will see the light of day again when Shout! Factory re-issues the movie on Blu-ray next month.

Shout! Factory will re-issue UHF on Tuesday, November 11th. As bizarre as the movie is, its premise is actually a relatively solid sticking point. It centers on a small time TV station facing off against a corporate giant in its attempts to keep from being bought out and shut down. In his attempt keep the station from being shut down, George Newman (Weird Al) enlists the help of his friends to put on a giant fundraiser that involves some of the wildest programming that anyone has ever seen. Among those friends is Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards).

UHF will be available on DVD Tuesday, November 11th. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s website at More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online at:



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Weird Al Returns As The Learnerer In Another New Episode Of WordGirl

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What do WordGirl and Weird Al Yankovic have in common?  Confused?  The answer is simple.  In yet another brand new episode of WordGirl, Weird Al has returned once more to voice the villainous Learnerer.  Yes, that’s really his name.  In the first half of the brand new Episode #504, WordGirl has to face off against the Learnerer after he uses the Amazing Rope Guy to learn how to rob places each time the Amazing Rope Guy is arrested.  When the Amazing Rope Guy keeps getting arrested, he finally says that being caught over and over again was becoming  repetitive and admits to WordGirl that The Learnerer is behind the robberies, and that he was being used so that the Learnerer could figure out how to get away with his robberies.

So what does WordGirl do?  Of course!  She swoops in and catches The Learnerer at the airport as he’s getting ready to fly away with his ill-gotten gains.  He mocks her at first, beating her again and again, joking how it was becoming repetitive beating her at every move.  So WordGirl comes up with an idea on how to beat The Learnerer.  Rather than attacking him, she makes him attack her.  He ends up wearing himself out trying to come up with a first move, since it’s so alien to him.  He’s so worn out that when the Amazing Rope Guy tunnels out of jail again, he knocks The Learnerer out when he comes up right underneath him.  This allows our superhero to arrest both villains and send them back to jail once more.

With the day saved once more, audiences are treated to a brand new episode of everyone’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word?”  In today’s new episode, the contestants have to define the word, Console.  Phil wins, winning him a rocket powered official WordGirl merry-go-round. 

Getting back to the day’s new episode of WordGirl, the second half of Episode #504 sees WordGirl having some problems.  The brand new episode, “Gift Pony” sees WordGirl suddenly weakened after receiving a hand made gift from her friend, Violet.  It’s a brooch that she hand made from a piece of a meteorite that fell to Earth.  The brooch has the same effect on her that Kryptonite has on Superman, making it almost impossible to fight all of her arch enemies.  She’s so woozy that even the villains notice and take full advantage of the situation.  That is until she finally realizes that it’s the brooch that’s weakening her.  As Becky, she tells Violet that the brooch was causing her to have an allergic reaction, but she wanted to wear it because Violet took the time to make it.  She says since Violet took so much time and effort to make it, she should have it and that it looks even better on her.  Violet shows her understanding and appreciation for Becky’s honesty and care for her feelings by giving her another brooch.  This one isn’t hand made.  And Becky gets better quickly, allowing her to go back out and fight all the town’s villains and beat them.

Having saved the day once again, the show shifts back to the bonus round of “May I Have a Word?”  In the bonus round, Phil properly connects the definition of Console to its correlating picture, winning him an official Word Girl microphone cleaning kit.  The whole episode closes out as Captain Huggyface shows the meaning of the word, Squeamish

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