Re: Freitag, but what the hell...

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2018-10-12 14:53:39
In Reply To:Freitag, but what the hell... by Michael Blevins
Voivod - The Wake:

This is, probably, the best Voivod since The Outer Limits, and maybe since Nothingface. "Chewy" Mongrain finally sounds like the perfect fit, instead of just the only guy that could possibly be considered, if that makes any sense.
Actually, it does!
Cleaner than you expect from late-era Voivod, but in a really good way. Surprise of the year, because I didn't expect it to be THIS good.
Yeah, the guitar tones are downright mellow. I wonder if that was an explicit callback to Angel Rat and The Outer Limits? I still wish there were more abrupt tempo and meter changes, though. Chewy has nailed Piggy's riffing style otherwise, but there needs to be more random crazyassery.
Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence:

This has aged surprisingly well for me - it still manages to convey the same urgency that it did in 1987. If anything, I like it better now than I did then, which is saying something - although they never wrote anything better than "Voracious Souls" on any of the other records...
This is definitely an ageless album. I always liked Act III better, at least historically, but that album is more dated now than the debut, somehow. Frolic is still mostly stupid.
Ghost Ship Octavius - Delirium:

So there's Kickstarters where you like the results, and then there's this: Holy crap is this record good. I mean, like album of the year good. Not that I didn't like the first one - I loved it - but Delirium does all the things that one did and more.
I missed the Kickstarter, and just tried to buy the disc, but on their site they want $15 for the disc and $7.50 for shipping. They can suck my ghost dick!
Vermithrax - Imperium Draconis:

Another Kickstarter success. Excellent thrash fronted by ex-Reading Zero frontman and all-around Jagermeister-in-the-parking-lot enthusiast Chris Roy, this is well worth seeking out when Divebomb releases it later this year. Plus the artwork is everything you would want from a band named after the nemesis in Dragonslayer.
I agree. They really stepped up their game. I like Chris's more melodic singing better than his Demonic-era Chuck Billy impression, which kind of dominated the earlier Vermithrax recordings.
Jag Panzer - Mechanized Warfare:

I hadn't heard this in a while, so why not? Still a great Panzer album, though not as good as either the one that precedes it or follows it. When there's songs as good as "Take to the Skies" or "All Things Renewed", well, that's nitpicking.
This one never quite gels for me, so while I think the best tunes are outstanding (Take to the Skies is definitely my top pick for this album) the whole thing never takes flight (pun very much intended.) Agreed that Casting the Stones is better, but I think I'd take this over Thane, which has never resonated with me at all.
Triumph - Thunder Seven:

I could hear this album a million times and "Time Goes By", "Stranger In a Strange Land" and "Killing Time" would still move me. An underrated Triumph album.
I don't own many Triumph records, but this is one of them. They have so many forgettable songs, but when Triumph finds the mark, they really, really, REALLY fucking nail it. They're at their best when they're most dynamic. The harder the rock, the harder they suck, imo.
Negacy - Escape From Paradise:

Not as good as "Flames of Black Fire", and lacking that awesome vocalist, but still pretty damn good.
Yeah. Has a bit of a Mercenary vibe, if you ask me.
King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black:

Does this really need an explanation?
I'm sure there's someone out there who could explain it ALL DAY LONG, possibly while stroking their beard, but I don't think that's what you're asking :)

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