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Ludicra are Grey Metal

 



Ludicra
are grey metal. They are it. They always have been.

Ludicra headlined a show last night and killed. Organic explosions upturned mental contructs. When the house burns down, “can we undo what the moon hath done?” (1)

Ludicra cranked the intensity up and up and up. Their encore pushed me into that crazy, adrenaline, body-high.

Pounding with metal, I was shocked to realize just how grey Ludicra really are. It all fell into place, they have been grey all along.

Look at the cover of their CD, Hollow Psalms.



Grey fog cloaks the swirls of black and white.

Here are the dictionary definitions of words similar to “Ludicra.”

lu·dic (adj.) Of or relating to play or playfulness: “Fiction... now makes [language] the center of its reflexive concern, and explodes in ludic, parodic, ironic forms” (Ihab Hassan).

lu·di·crous ( adj.) Laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity or incongruity.

They laugh at the absurdity of black and white thinking.

Here is the stanza from the one place, in the one song, where they sing their name.

Tomorrow Held in Scorn (2)

Misfortune lies beyond the dawn
What need to carry on
When the curtain draws on -
our ludicra...


We are living in a time of post irony. What we see around us is absurd. So absurd, we wonder if it is comic. Should we be laughing? But we do not laugh, for it could all be horrifically real.

Ah ha, now the lyrics can unfold: “the dawn” is now and consequences will follow, the “misfortune.” Yup.

Ludicra’s CD is named Hollow Psalms. You got it! If the psalms are hollow, then the anti-psalms are hollow, thus all is grey.

Ludicra are not buying into this black and white world - not Coke or Pepsi; not Madonna or Britney Spears; not Democrats or Republicans; not female or male; not evolution or creationism; not good or bad; not sick or well; not right or wrong; not with us or against us.

Well, you ask, if it is not black and white, then why can it not be full of color?

Because Ludicra sees that something important is missing. That something steals the color and leaves all rendered in hues of grey.

As for their music, I lack the words to describe it – the best I can do is point to other art. I think of a movie that came out in 1972 titled “The Ruling Class.” In the final scene, a scream cries out – a la Munch – a piercing scream – the scream of grey, the scream of Ludicra.

Ludicra are grey metal. Their time is now!

Notes:
Both (1) and (2) are from the Ludicra CD Hollow Psalms out on the Life Is Abuse label
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