Re: PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff

Author:Michael Blevins
Date:2017-09-29 16:51:21
In Reply To:PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff by Matt Johnsen
Droid - Terrestrial Mutations. Great new sci-fi rethrash from Canada's answer to DBC and Voivod.
Hmm. I need to get this.
While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn, Vast Oceans Lachrymose. My two faves.
The two best, IMO. So no complaints.
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!
OK, now this seems interesting. Added to list.
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!
Damn. Sounds like I need this, then.
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.
The best Fates album - it's magical.
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.
These were really hard to find back in the day. TBT is weak. Within is the best, IMO.
Only Safe Place is not generally held in high esteem, but I find it to be a much better album.
You're not wrong about that.
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.
Yeah, it took me quite a while to find the first back in the day. Cool band that was stuck in that neverland of not quite being hair enough.
Bloodbound - Nosferatu, Tabula Rasa. Nosfteratu is pretty fun despite being painfully, almost plagiaristically, derivative. Urban Breed's vocal melodies save it entirely.
Yep. Still a good listen, but *only* because of Urban.

:Tabula Rasa, though, is a
minor masterpiece of euro power metal. The band never did another album even remotely like it.
Agreed. It's like an alien wrote this one, or something. Killer album.

My listening:

Jag Panzer - The Deviant Chord

I miss Jim Morris - I feel like he got vocal performances out of Harry that no one else has. Otherwise, this is a really good traditional metal record after two listens, minus the ballad, which Joey completely overplays on. If you're expecting the Age of Mastery or Casting the Stones sound, you're not getting it, but Mark writes good songs no matter which variation of the band it is, so...

Orden Ogan - Gunmen

If you like them, you'll like this. If you don't, you probably won't. Not quite as "epic" as some of the past releases, and a little derivative of themselves at this point.

Tad Morose - Matters of the Dark, Modus Vivendi

This is entirely Johnsen's fault. Still great. Charlie being on "Matters of the Dark" led to:

Morgana Lefay - Knowing Just as I, The Secret Doctrine, Maleficium, Sanctified

There are spotty moments on all of these (the band didn't really produce a consistently great album until "Grand Materia", IMO), but they're all good power/thrash/trad metal mixes. I guess I have to pull out everything but the "scab" album, and the Lefay stuff, too.

Threshold - Legends of the Shires

It's a banner year for the long running bands, apparently. There seems to be some divisiveness over this disc, but I can't imagine why - it sounds like Threshold with the always awesome Glyn Morgan back in the vocal seat. Quality listen, even if it is a tad long.

Karl Jenkins - Diamond Music

Pretty sure this is the only symphony composition to START as music for a commercial, but it's good stuff. I always thought the music in the DeBeers commercial was cool when I heard it, so it's nice to hear it fleshed out.

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