Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2017-05-11 13:43:08
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff by killed_by_the_tech
Rush - Caress of Steel
Rush - A Farewell to Kings
Rush - Hemispheres
Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell
Deathrow - Deception Ignored
Seven Impale - Contrapasso
Voivod - Target Earth
Trivial Act - Mindscape
These, I have!
De De Lind - IO NON SO DA DOVE...
This, I don't!

Mew - Visuals. Another stunner from the best band in the world. Maybe not quite as good as + -, but still utterly fantastic. This band can do no wrong. Well, except for No More Stories, which was mostly wrong.

Voivod - Dimension Hatröss, Killing Technology, RRRÖÖÖAAARRR The new remasters sound phenomenal. Well, as phenomenal as Voivod albums can sound at least. I only have the original 80s CDs, so I can't compare these to any subsequent issues, but the improvement here is marked. I haven't dug into the bonus stuff yet, but I did have most of it on cassette already from my days in the Iron Gang.

Hooffoot - Hooffoot. Mindblowing kosmigroov fusion that sounds straight out of 1972 but was actually recorded in 2014. Ken pushed this on me and I expected it to be decent but not much better, since modern jazzrock usually doesn't do much for me, but I was floored. Highest recommendation to jazz fans!

Weather Report - Weather Report, I Sing theBody Electric, Live in Tokyo, Sweetnighter. I spent time at the fusion source as well.

Dysrhythmia - The Veil of Control. Saw them in Philly for the first time in a couple years on Friday, and as always they did not disappoint. I hadn't actually bought their disc yet so I picked up a copy from Kevin and have been enjoying it since. These guys are reliably excellent.

Martin Newell - The Greatest Living Englishman. A friend of mine bought a lot of Newell stuff on eBay to fill some holes in his collection, and he sent the spares my way. This is Newell's debut and it's killer. Made with Andy Partrdige, this album draws of course the inevitable XTC comparisons, but Newell knew what he was up to from the get-go and this is a simply brilliant baroque pop album. Jellyfish fans might find a lot to enjoy here, but this is a decidedly British affair, as you might expect.

Obliveon - everything. Well, not the demos, although I have them. Just the studio albums, and I even gave the best-of a spin for giggles. It's actually a well-curated collection that fairly represents all the eras of this underrated band, so anyone looking to give them a shot could do worse than spend an hour with Greatest Pits. Nemesis remains my fave, but Cybervoid is close behind. I wonder if Pharaoh could afford a Pierre Remillard mix?

Angel Witch - Frontal Assault. Thanks for the burn, von! This is much better than I remembered. Sounds like a lot of late NWOBHM, which started sounding almost like US power metal by the mid 80s. Cloven Hoof's A Sultan's Ransom is a good comparison. This is due for a reissue, for sure.

Gory Blister - Promo 2002, Promo 2003. Found these in the archives. 3 songs on each, all but one of which were re-recorded for later albums. These guys would probably be much better known were it not for their terrible name.

Martyr - Demo 2003. If only the third album had been as wild as the two songs on this demo.

Xysma - Yeah. I always wrote this band off on the basis of their mid 90s death rock stuff, especially Lotto, but I had also always heard their early stuff was great. Finally checked it out and yup, it is. Reminds me a bit of early Disharmonic Orchestra. Weird death metal. I even went back and listened to the death rock stuff and, you know what? It's alright. Maybe I was wrong about Xysma.

Gygax - Critical Hits. KILLER retrad with a strong Thin Lizzy vibe. Better than pretty much anything else in that vein. Wish it were on CD.

The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions. Well, I always wished for a NP albun without Dan Bejar and I finally got it. I won't say I miss his input, per se, but he did at least bring some different flavors to the table. Still, Carl Newman remains a peerless pop songsmith, and this is a more enjoyable album front-to-back than the somewhat aimless Brill Bruisers. Even the worst New Pornographers disc is better than great, and this isn't the worse!

Tears of Euphony - Progression Sadness Death, In Na'túra. Great one-man melodic death metal from the late 90s. In dire need of reissue. I've been trying to acquire these discs for like 10 years, since John Frank turned me on to them. I finally succeeded. Go me?

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