When I started “We Sold Our Souls For Rock n’ Roll”, I had one single purpose in mind. All I wanted to do was have a space where I could freely talk about the music I loved. I wanted to help shed some light on music that nobody else seemed to be talking about. Today I’ll be discussing an album that fits that mold perfectly, today I’m reviewing Me & That Man’s “Songs of Love & Death”.
Now you’re probably wondering, “who on earth is Me & That Man”? Well, Me & That Man is a side project run by Nergal, infamous frontman for the legendary black metal group, Behemoth. I’ve been a Behemoth fan for quite some time now and both six months ago I read an article on Metal Injection where Nergal announced a folk album. That set me to thinking. You see I have a soft spot for folk music because it just so happens I learned how to play the guitar using folk/country/bluegrass methods. But I was still apprehensive, I mean, a black metal guy taking on country? But I kept an open mind.
The album kicks off with “My Church is Black”, a song that grabs you right from the opening strains. Then the lyrics kick in and you realize this is country like you’ve never heard it before. Nergal sounds almost exactly like Johnny Cash. The lyrics are dark and the music entrancing. Then we come to “Nightride”, a surprisingly fun song. I’d actually say that it’s a perfect song for motorcycle riding. And the whole album just ventures into uncharted territory. “Cross My Heart & Hope To Die” is nothing short of epic. It starts out with spurred boots slamming the ground. Then the guitar comes in and Nergal starts with a low moan. The whole song from beginning to end is incredible. “Shaman Blues” is also not to be missed. It’s such a dark song and yet it’s a lot of fun listening to. The chorus is especially catchy. “On The Road Again” is also a fun track, nice guitar work. But throughout the album Nergal continually reminds you, I’m doing country differently. You feel this particularly in “Of Sirens, Vampires & Lovers” a fast paced track that defies categorization. “The Devil I Know” is a haunting track that you won’t forget, I’d go as far as to say it’s the darkest track on the album.
I cannot stress to you just how good this album really is. It’s so weird, and yet, it sounds so freakin good. In the two months since its been out, I just keep coming back to it, over and over. What higher praise can I give than that? What Nergal has done is taken everything that we’ve (and by we, I mean metalheads who love Behemoth) loved about Behemoth and put it into a folk record. It’s a country/blues record with a generous dose of goth in it. Nergal called it “necro country”. I prefer death country. This is a death country record people and please, if you love good music, then do not waste a single moment. Listen to this album for yourself.