Thursday, November 28, 2013

Crystal Antlers - Nothing is Real

Sounds a lot like Pavement. You'll notice some other 90's indie influences. Dinosaur jr., Pixies,ect...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vista Chino - Peace

Fits in perfectly with my collection of Kyuss records.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Windhand - Soma

Slow and Heavy. Similar to Acid King. Windhand is one of the better Doom bands I've heard the last couple years.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Begrime Exemious - Visions Of The Scourge

Primitive Black Metal. Snare sounds a lot like Lars' on St. Anger.

Shebrew - Provenance

Hippy stoner grunge.

Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned

Old School stoner metal rock band bringing it with a metallic crunch. Good Stuff!

Grand Magus - Monument

Big rockin'. Goatsnake/Soundgarden heavy wailin'.

Van Halen - III

Fourteen years after this album came out I figured it was about time to give it a listen. It's unmistakably Van Halen and it unmistakably sucks. An album from Van Halen that sucks is still better than half the bands out there and if you liked Van Hagar you might like this, but you suck too. This guys voice has a lot of similarities with Sammy. Strike 3.

-and Van Halen, like Metallica is never going to please everybody again. And if this guys were trying to please me, they're headed in the wrong direction.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise

Retro progressive doom.

Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods

Very similar to their previous album. Very awesome.

Black Sabbath - 13

I haven't cared about Ozzy since around the time Bark At The Moon came out. This is a good Sabbath record.

Manilla Road - Mysterium

Real deal old school imagery and sincerity. Metal for life!

Moss - Horrible Night

Doom. Similar to early Electric Wizard. Good stuff.

Havok - Unnatural Selection

Retro Thrash with positive attitude. Vocals remind me of Death Angel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Earthless - From The Ages

If you like the parts of live Hendrix recordings where Jimi takes off and everybody is struggling/waving'll dig this. If you like the parts of Hendrix recording where the rhythm section lays it down and Jimi takes off. You'll dig this. Last couple songs are more space rock and a little less Hendrix

Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Pretty much a Roger Waters solo album with guest appearance from the other members of Pink Floyd. Sounds like the quiet parts of The Wall.


Oh man. This smoke! Black Metal meets old school Hardcore with touches of psychedelia. If the first Voivod album met the first Discharge album and had a Black Metal baby.

Kadavar - Abra Kadavar

Retro 70's hard rockin'. Reminds me a lot of Witchcraft. There's a Black Sabbath influence for sure, but this seems brighter and cheerier and more up tempo in general. Catchier. It's like Foo Fighters meets Pentagram.  

Universe 217 - Never

Female vocals over slow doom. The vocalist is REALLY going for it. It would have fine with me if they put down in the mix a bit. Killer tunes, but the vocalist is over bearing. She's letting it all hang out, I'll tell you that.

Omnium Gatherum - Beyond

Soaring uplifting guitars witrh growly gruff vocals. Sounds really mis matched to my ears. Then they have breakdowns. Sometimes they have pretty backing vocals to go with the pretty guitars and keyboards. Modern metal with progressive vibe. The vocals make the whole thing seem pretty silly. I think if they had vocals that "matched" the music I probably wouldn't like this at all.

Pretty Maids - Motherland

Bon Jovi rock. Christian pop metal should sound this nice. This just might be some kind of a concept album. No probably not.

Full Of Hell - Rudiments Of Mutilation

Quiet ghostly vocals. Then they go slow then they go fast with scary Black Metal vocals. Then they go slow, and fast. Sort of Hardcore meets Black Metal.

Church Of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum

Over time Church Of Misery has become more and more streamlined. They're still the same Black Sabbath inspired huge riff monsters, in the early days they were more filthy. Now they groove. This is probably not even a conscious effort. Just a result of becoming more skilled, getting better equipment...better recordings...

Cathedral - The Last Spire

 80's traditional doom. Cathedral stays true to the path. No surprises here. Doom.

Kvelertak - Meir

The first album from Kvelertak I loved and played to death. This is the second album from Kvelertak and it sounds exactly like the first. Funny thing is I have about zero interest in listening to this. Sounds monotonous because they're using the same tricks over and over.

Blockheads - This World Is Dead

GRIND! Up there with Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation. I have a hard time listening to any Grindcore album in one sitting. This has a few slower breakdowns towards the end and helps, but I'm usually too beat up before it gets there.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Howl - Bloodlines

Just when it's about to get too abrasive, it gets catchy. Every time. These guys mix up a few styles. After the first album I hoped they would bust out, but this is more of the same. Production is too slick.

-Kitchen sink thing. Neurosis meets Black Metal/neighborhood.

White Fence - Cyclops Reap

1967 pop rock psychedelia made in 2013. Lo-fi indie...I listened to this quite bit for a while. Not so sure if I liked it, but kept coming back to it to check and see if I liked it. It's alright.

Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living

Bunch of Metal riffs with Hardcore screaming. Rory said she doubts the sincerity of his anger. This album is a little confusing because first few songs are pretty good. Then it just gets blah. Funny thing is the later songs aren't really that much different than the first. Similar to bands like Kvelertak. 

Scale The Summit - The Migration

Joe Satriani metal. I've never been a fan of this style of progressive metal. Instrumental with guitar doing the singing. Yuck. This album just goes on and on forever. More punishing than Grindcore.

In Vain - Aenigma

Black Metal with screeched vocals then melodic vocals. For fans of Enslaved.

Carnivore Diprosopus - Condemned By The Alliance

Growl belch vocals. Tiny drums. Reminds me of Broken Hope and whatever genre of Metal that is, Death Metal I guess. I can't get past the vocals and the fact that every song sounds exactly the same. I don't hate it. I'm gonna go with "New Order Condemnation" as my favorite song off this album. It takes me three or four song to get into the proper mind set for listening to this.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Persefone - Spiritual Migration

A lot of local metal bands play this style of music. It seems to be very popular with the kids now a days. Not so popular with me. Persefone add keyboards and has a guitar player that shreds. It's like Enslaved with "breakdowns". This is a talented band playing music that's pretty much generic at this point. Halfway through the album they take on a progressive vibe. It helps. Helps put me to sleep.

Legacy - Full Scale Invasion

Retro Thrash

Intronaut - Habitual Levitations

Retro progressive rock with mellow vocals. Restrained.

The Dead C - Armed Courage

Sound scapes weaving in and out. Sometimes there's vocals sometimes there's some drums. Mellow. Feedback.

Heavy Rotation November 2013

  • Wooden Shjips - Back To Land (2013)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Heavy Rotation October 2013

  • Love - Four Sail (1969)
  • Kadavar - Abra Kadavar (2013)