Friday, 27 July 2012

In undernourished sounds, in overzealous crowds

I just got back from Toby's bachelor party. It was awesome. Ten thumbs up in your rectum, if only to hold in the farts that are unavoidable when you cram 12 or 13 dudes into two cabins and feed them mexican food. Music selection this week:

Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
Pretty good. Doesn't grab me quite as well as Seizures, but it's a solid outing. Makes me want to mosh-drive a semi into a crowd of people. As usual the artwork kills, wasn't done by Jacob Bannan which is kind of a surprise as he did all the artwork for their other albums. Album is awesome.
Twisted Sister - Come Out and Play
I BELIEVE, IN ROCK AND ROLL! Hell yes. Dee Snider is a modern day Prometheus, giving us the fire of heavy metal in all its glory. About as good as Stay Hungry, the heavy songs rule and the ballads also rule. I Believe in You is the standout track, Snider asks the world for more, for just one person to say those four words, good times are had.
Pedro the Lion - Control
I fell asleep to this the other day. Levi suggested I listen to it and he is a cool guy for doing that. I don't know how to critique this style of music, it makes me feel dozy and warm, that's cool I guess.
Judas Priest - Stained Class
Another 70's Priest album, another collection of solid hits. I just fucking love this band, can hype me up day or night. Rob Halford likes to ride onstage on a motorcycle and you can totally see why. Because do you have to die to be a hero? That's why. I will continue to progress through JP's discography on this blog.
Testament - The Formation of Damnation
I was surprised to learn that Testament continued to make good music past the death of thrash metal in the 90's, their style changed with the decades but that's okay. I think this album came out mid-2000's? It's definitely heavier than their old stuff, solid riffs, if you changed the vocals there wouldn't be much to pick them out from contemporary metal bands. Most metal bands would likely (and do) pay homage to this band. Their new album should be out right away, definitely want to get my hands on that.

Stay posi, friends.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Live life by the throat, tear out its eyes.

I'm bored and nobody wants to hang out with me. Wait..  seriously? That sucks. I'm just gonna blog about some half-listened to metal albums.

Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Great. Just fucking awesome. Not quite the same thing as Turbo, though they can both be appreciated for what they are. This album is more of a throwback to Zeppelin, Turbo is, well, more diesel. Smoke weed and listen to this album, it will cure a bad mood unless you are completely dead inside, in which case you better figure that shit out bro.
Carcass - Descanting the Insalubrious
Last week I hadn't listened to this album. I've heard a few songs off of it, they're not exactly what I was expecting, maybe that's because I had this band mixed up with Cannibal Corpse for a long time. It's really, really heavy death metal, not really grind though. Some of it almost sounds hardcore punk influenced, which is possible, but unlikely for a death metal band. I still have to listen to the rest of this album.
Autopsy - Mental Funeral
Pretty great. The slower songs can be kind of monotonous but they aren't redundant by any means. First track on the album has so much energy, it's obvious that this band has roots in hardcore. I think I remember hearing that they influenced many contemporary death metal bands. Wiki that shit I guess.
Trap Them - Sleepwell Deconstructor/Seance Prime
If you slept on this band then you lost the game of sleeping on bands. Aside from maybe a demo or something I think this is their first album..  Seance Prime has one of my favorite tracks ever, it's called Pulse Mavens, simply the strongest lead riff and lyrics. The lyrics are difficult to even understand because they are so deeply conceptual and meandering. They have another album called Seizures in Barren Praise, wherein Barren Praise is a town, and the whole album tells the story of the town. Itès all good, listen to this fucking band.

Thatès all for right now because I want to smoke. Ièm downloading some Testament and Down. Hooray.