Brian Posehn: Live in Nerd Rage

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Brian Posegn: Live in Nerd Rage
Heavy Metal, Spoken Word
Relapse Records
July 11th, 2006
Release length: 58:31
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Live In: Nerd Rage is the debut stand up album from self-proclaimed nerd and Metal fan, Brian Posehn. This spoken word album also comes complete with an interview from time with his “old band” Titannica, as well as the song “Try Again, Again” (both appeared on the television series Mr. Show), as well as a new recording with his new band, Posehn, called “Metal By Numbers”. With shots at himself, and raunchy topics, as well as topics that will make your mind burn trying to comprehend, Live In: Nerd Rage is perhaps the only spoken word album that any Metal fan will enjoy.

First of all, as a side note, and probably by the hands of Brian himself, when this CD went into the laptop, it came up as a “Folk” genre. Right off the bat, before it even starts, you get a good chuckle. Aside that, you get seventeen tracks of comedy that clearly comes from the mind of a Metal fan, from shots at himself, to joked about masterbation and even beastiality on the track “Puppy Time”. Brian Posehn really does manage to stay on the jokes and build them up the whole time, but, as he claims on this CD, there are no segways. Some times, you’ll be sitting there expecting a little more focus on the joke, and then another joke just kicks right in. It’s a little weird, but the way Brian goes through his set, it kind of works since there is no way to segway from discussing his puppy licking his wife on her vagina while in the bathroom, to religion. Perhaps, in theory, that is the greatest segway humanly possible.

The only other thing that winds up hurting the CD, aside the shorter jokes on here that really don’t do anything and aren’t too funny, would be the sound quality. Clearly Live In: Nerd Rage was recorded during various performances. It’s also rough when it changes up in the middle of one of the tracks. “Movie Runnins/The Unholy Trilogy” is the perfect example of that, kicking off on a much higher volume, perhaps overmodulated quality then the previous track, “Religion’s Weird”, then goes down half way through when he starts discussing episodes one through three of the new Star Wars trilogy on “The Unholy Trilogy”, which is absolutely hysterical.

And then, of course, you have the last three tracks on here, two of which are actually music tracks. First you have the new recording “Metal By Numbers” recorded with the band Posehn, which happens to be the band with Brian Posehn on vocals. The song is intense and hysterical lyrically thanks to it being a more satyrical look at today’s Metal being too formulaic, as well as some of the people who go to shows. Either way, it’s a great song. The last two are actually from the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show, used in a sketch where a fan of the band Titannica tried to do what the lyrics of the song “Try Suicide” said to do by jumping into a vat of acid up to his neck to kill himself, but fails, and all but his head look like crunchy fish sticks. The interview gives all the background you need heading into the song “Try Again, Again”, which is a song that was composed for this kid in his memory after he finally succeeds after the song “Try Again” was composed for him. Just bare in mind, the song is just an altered version of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.

If you’re looking for a good laugh that’s both raunchy and chock full of High School nostalgia or your own pitiful nerdy existence from back in the day, or in today’s society, Live In: Nerd Rage will have you cracking up laughing, and then later moshing. While the main downfalls of the album would be some of the jokes that you wish would be expanded upon, and the obvious cut and paste work done thanks to various on stage performances and issues with audio levels not being smoothed out, this is a great comic work that all Metal fans can get behind. It’s also a groundbreaking release as it’s the first spoken word comedy album to come out on a staple Metal label, so if you don’t purchase it for the music or the laughs, perhaps you should pick it up for it’s historical value.

01. Opening/I’m a Good Friend – 1:28
02. Dork for Thirty Years – 3:12
03. Married Life – Sorry Fat Dudes – 5:18
04. Puppy Time – 2:59
05. Religion’s Weird – 2:05
06. Movie Runnins/The Unholy Trilogy – 5:45
07. Monkey Birthday – 2:34
08. Reunion – 1:11
09. No Dirty Magazines – 1:29
10. Show a Little Neck – 1:55
11. Late Night TV – 2:32
12. The News – 1:39
13. Quitting Pot – 1:26
14. Baby/Kitty Porn – 3:18
15. War’s Over/New Boobs – 1:32
16. Nerd Rage/The Mattress Story – 2:58
17. Yelling Stuff – 4:57
18. Metal by Numbers (Posehn) – 4:19
19. Titannica Interview – 2:57
20. Try Again, Again (Titannica) – 4:55
Overall Score: 7/10
Brian Posehn (Band)
Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.