Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 14 March

Date:2019-03-14 21:31:00
In Reply To:PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 14 March by Brian Taylor

Sick of It All - Built to Last

New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick Again. Bands who successfully rode the wave of a youth-oriented trend that lasted a handful of years, but who stay together because they don't want to have to get regular jobs, face a challenge of how to convincingly stick with it. There are two obvious strategies for bands in this situation: 1) figure out how to appeal to the same audience as that audience ages and their lifestyles evolve, or 2) let go of the original audience and focus on reaching the next generation of youngsters even as the age gap between you and them increases. Not surprisingly, it seems like the majority of these bands choose the first route, and are rarely successful. So far no one has done this more successfully than Green Day, albeit they had a better starting position than everyone else. But from the rest of the pack, NFG are having a better go at it than most.

Lenny Lashley's Gang of One - All Are Welcome. This sounds like a record with the needle slightly over-weighted, meaning it's warm but distorted - perhaps intentionally so. Includes a cheesy anthem for the New England Revolution, our soccer team.

Goatwhore - Vengeful Ascension

Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos

Alex Skolnick Trio - Goodbye to Romance

Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink

King Crimson - Beat. I guess I would think of this album as a more song-oriented followup to Discipline. Discipline was a grand announcement of a jaw-dropping new style, and will always tower over the two albums that came after it. Beat is tightly constructed, but it's "here's more of the same, with 15% more memorable melodies".

Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi. Yes this is fun and it's fucking HEAVY but I'm not going to say it's better than their proggier 90s era that really hits the spot for me.

Megadeth - Remastering Is My Business, But Is My Remastering Business Good? (2018 version)

Funeraille - Dis Pater. French Black metal.
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