PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2017-09-28 16:58:06
On time, this time!

Droid - Terrestrial Mutations. Great new sci-fi rethrash from Canada's answer to DBC and Voivod.

XTC - Nonsuch. Not their best, but in the top quartile, I'd say.

While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn, Vast Oceans Lachrymose. My two faves.

WitchHammer - 1487. After listening to The Lost Tapes, I decided to revisit this. It's definitely not as speed-metal as that one, but more or less in the same vein. Not sure which I like better.

Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites. This is always worth a spin!

Ironflame - Lightning Strikes the Crown. Raelly good true metal from Andrew D'Cagna, who sang on the last Dofka album. Dofka contributes a few solos here, but otherwise, D'Cagna does EVERYTHING. Drums, guitars, vocals, everything, and he's damned good. Fucker!

Fleshkiller - Awaken. Finally got it, and it's been a near-daily spin. Not quite as good as the self-titled Extol, but very, very close. So glad that Ole is still making music!

Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian. It's merely a coincidence, these two Awaken albums in a row, although I did listen to them back to back at some point.

Cryptic Warning - Sanity's Aberration. Before they were Revocation, Dave, Phil, and Anthony were Cryptic Warning. The riffing and playing is almost on par with the first couple Revocation albums, but Dave's vocals, which aren't exactly awesome now, were really, really bad then. Still, if you like Revocation, you should own this disc.

Sacrilege - Beyond the Realms of Madness, Within the Prophecy, Turn Back Trilobite. Turn Back Trilobite is kind of weak, almost doom metal, but the first two are fucking crushing. This is the band who more or less invented Bolt Thrower's sound. Although Sacrilege had melodic female vocals (sorta like a not-as-good Nicole Lee from Znowhite), the style of riffing they invented IS the Bolt Thrower sound. Check 'em out.

Abattoir - Vicious Attack, The Only Safe Place. Vicious Attack is a minor classic of North American speed metal, but like most such things (I'm thinking early Razor, Exciter, what have you), it kind of sucks. Vicious Attack is kinda like Savage Grace doing Motorhead covers at their first rehearsal. The Only Safe Place is not generally held in high esteem, but I find it to be a much better album.

Seduce - Seduce, Too Much Ain't Enough. These guys are closer to hair metal than I'd like, but for some reason, I always dug 'em. "No Use" is a killer tune. Surprised no one's reissued these lately, as both are quite rare on CD, and if I'm not mistaken, the debut is even fairly hard to come by on vinyl.

Sadus - Swallowed in Black. I bought this back in the day because Chuck Schuldiner is wearing a Sadus shirt in his Leprosy band pic. I always wanted to like this more than I did - the drumming is kind of boring and the production is kind of thing - and now I think maybe I actually do! This clicked with me in a way that it never has before. Maybe I'm just more tolerant of thrashy basketball beats these days.

Stonehenge - Angelo Salutante. One of my faves from the salad days of prog metal. Stonehenge were like Perfect Element/Remedy Lane era PoS with the edges sanded off. Good singer, great tunes.

Bloodbound - Nosferatu, Tabula Rasa. Nosfteratu is pretty fun despite being painfully, almost plagiaristically, derivative. Urban Breed's vocal melodies save it entirely. Tabula Rasa, though, is a minor masterpiece of euro power metal. The band never did another album even remotely like it.

Up next: the new Kamasi Washington EP!

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