Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2018-01-25 20:45:37
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff by Loudblast
Eero Koivistoinen Music Society - Wahoo! Really great funky jazz from the prolific Finnish saxman. Ken turned me on to this about 10 years ago, and he had cheap copies for sale, and I didn't buy it. And then it went OOP and it took me a very long time to find a copy at a price I was willing to pay. But, found one I have, and it's a killer disc!

Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi. I always thought these guys were one of the better tech death bands, despite the kinda ridiculous Barnesian gurgle of the singer. This is more or less like the other ones, I guess. I think I'm just kinda burned out on this sound, or maybe it's just that I'm done putting up with the tough guy posturing of extreme death metal. Also, this drummer overplays pretty much all time time. He's good, but he should simmer down.

Gorod - Freaks. This is not as bad as John and Greg have led us all to believe. It's not a standout release for these guys, and it's obvious it's kind of a gimmick release (they wrote and recorded it in a couple months to have something new to sell on a tour with some mediocre thrash bands), but for all that, it's not bad at all. They don't really nail the thrash sound, but that's okay.

Henri-Pierre Noël - Piano. Not normally my style of jazz (it's smoother and more New Orleans than most 1979 jazz I would otherwise listen to), but I read a little story about the rediscovery and reissue of this album and liked it, and something about the music clicked with me. Maybe the drumming?

Emperor - IX Equillibrium. My fave Emperor. I don't care what the churchburners say.

Into Eternity - Buried in Oblivion. One of the all-time greats. A true classic.

Bobby Hutcherson - Head On. It's hard to pick a favorite Hutch, but this might be it for me. Either this, or Cirrus, or San Francisco, or Now, or...

Confessor - Condemned. I would have thought by now that there would exist at least one Confessor clone, but as far as I know, they remain without peer.

Sodom - Tapping the Vein. I don't know why I went to this one, when I heard about the new 4-piece Sodom lineup, although it could be that this was the first Sodom album that felt like some different band from the one I first fell in love with. In retrospect, Better Off Dead is not quite as natural a follow-up to Agent Orange as it seemed at the time, but there was no denying that the Sodom of Tapping the Vein was effectively a different band. I love the album, though, even if mainly for nostalgic reasons. "Reincarnation" is a killer tune that's quite unlike most of the other songs in their catalog.

Antibalas - What Is This America? I finally got to see this amazing hipster Afrobeat band, and they were awesome. Certainly no less fun live that the more "authentic" acts I've seen (namely the Kuti brothers.) After the gig I picked this up, the only of their albums I didn't already own. It's got a kind of murky sound, like some of Fela's cheaper-sounding early 70s releases. I dig it.

Digital Ruin - Listen. One of my faves from the great prog metal explosion in the late 90s. I heard this for the first time on the loudspeaker at the first Powermad fest, sitting next to a lanky Canadian who had driven an obscene distance to join the other 75 of us in the suburbs of Baltimore. And that lanky Canadian was none other than our own Rob Kachluba. That's over 20 years ago, Rob! What the fuck happened?

Pitch Shifter - Submit, Desensitized. The pinnacle of industrial metal.

Case/Lang/Veirs - Case/Lang/Veirs. I'm not a k.d. lang fan, and I'd never heard of Laura Veirs before, but I'll buy pretty much anything with Neko Case. This is a great album of folky alt-country (I guess?) anchored by some truly stellar singing. I like the Neko-led songs best, not surprisingly, but the tunes Veirs leads are very nearly as good. I mean, k.d. lang is very good, too. I just find her voice to be less engaging than those of the other two women.

Canvas Solaris - Irradiance. Maybe my fave CS. Atomized Dream is in close contention, though. I'm super excited for the new one!

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