Re: Current Likes, Dislikes, and Anticipations

Date:2017-04-12 13:57:06
In Reply To:Current Likes, Dislikes, and Anticipations by Nosferatwo
It's time for another look at the stuff I've been listening to, and actually enjoying. I'll throw in a list of the stuff I didn't like at the end, to keep in the tradition of me hating everything.

Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms

This is not at all the sort of thing that goes down well here, but I absolutely love it. If I had to choose today, it would probably be my favorite album so far this year. Meat Loaf-ian punk rock that revels in its cheesiness. I have weird taste, I know.
Granted it probably won't be my kind of thing, but "Meat Loaf-ian punk rock that revels in its cheesiness" does make me want to check out a track or two just for fun.

EDIT: I checked out a couple songs, and these guys seem pretty fun. It's probably still not exactly my thing, but I would check these guys out live. That would probably be a good time.
Royal Thunder - Wick

I remember listening to their last record when it got a ton of buzz, but I didn't get much from it. This record isn't all that different, but it strikes me as being a dramatically better album. I'm not usually big on this kind of swampy, often screaming rock, but there's some very deft songwriting here. Won't be one of my favorites, but it's definitely good and enjoyable.
I saw them live once a couple years ago. I get the impression that they're fine at what they do, but they're not necessarily my cup of tea. They're a band whose music I wouldn't mind listening to if it happens to be playing somewhere, but I wouldn't seek it out.
The Warning - XXI Century Blood

I found this by chance. They're three teenage sisters who are doing the Halestorm before they decided they had to prove their 'rock cred' schtick. It's totally pop/rock stuff, but it's remarkably well written and performed for them being so young. I'm definitely impressed.
Huh. Interesting.
Life Of Agony - A Place Where There's No Pain

This one will polarize people, even without getting into gender politics. I seemed to be one of the few people who enjoyed "Broken Valley", and this record is in that style, with maybe a touch more of their original hardcore in the mix. It's clearly not a return to "River Runs Red", and I think it's going to disappoint a lot of people because of that. It's also not a record that feels good enough, given how long it's been since the band made one. It's solid, but I was expecting a bit more.
I've seen some of malicious horseshit online regarding their vocalist's sex change, which I think says a lot more about those former fans than it does about the band. It's totally irrelevant as far as I'm concerned. To me, Life Of Agony have simply never been very good. I've heard several of their songs over the years and seen them live once, and nothing I've heard, including River Runs Red, has done much for me. For me, the probability that I'll like anything new from them is probably too low to warrant spending the time listening to it.
And now for the stuff I didn't care for:

Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand (Still too sludgy with bad vocals)
I've listened to a fair bit of their music over the years, and have seen them live once, and I think I have to come to the conclusion at this point that Mastodon is, for me, simply an underwhelming band overall.
Trial - Motherless (Watered down Kind Diamond traditional metal with no hooks)
I'm oddly intrigued by the description.
Labyrinth - Architecture Of A God (Pleasant, but utterly forgettable)
I heard one song from it, but that was weeks ago and I don't recall it. Nonetheless, every studio album they've released has been at least "good", and being the band that released the magnificent Return To Heaven Denied, any new album they release will at least get a listen from me.
I'm looking forward to:

Jorn - Life On Death Road

I don't know if the new band is what Jorn needs, but his last couple of projects have been really good, so now is the time for him to finally make a good solo record.
Jorn's solo discography is basically a mixed bag. The relative quality of his solo albums has always been dependent on who's writing the songs. The presence of Mat Sinner and Alex Beyrodt on this album has raised my interest level.
The Ferrymen - S/T

Magnus Karlsson has gotten a bit stale, but he's a really good songwriter, so I'm hoping he's got a few more gems in the bag for this.
Karlsson has generally been solid in my experience. I'll probably check this out.
Orden Ogan - Gunmen

I just saw this one announced today. They're one of the better power metal bands out there, and they haven't made a bad album yet. "Easton Hope" is one of my absolute favorites, so hopefully they can get close to those heights again.
It occurs to be that I haven't even listened to their last album yet. Which is weird, because I like their first 4 albums quite a bit. I really should get on that...

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