Re: PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff

Author:John Frank
Date:2017-09-28 17:12:54
In Reply To:PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff by Matt Johnsen
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.
I own 1487. I do not recall if I ever heard the material on The Lost Tapes. I guess I will have to check out the album.
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!
Will check em out.
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!
In the queue.
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.
I own this disc, but I have never cared for it, and I dearly love Revocation's debut.
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.
Never got into these guys (and gal). I guess that makes sense if they sound like Bolt Thrower. :-)
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.
Yeah, not a band for me.
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.
All I need is A Vision of Misery, and even that features vocals that are nigh intolerable.

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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