Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff - May 2nd Edition

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2019-05-02 14:00:24
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff - May 2nd Edition by killed_by_the_tech
Heldon - Stand By
Bobby Hutcherson - Components
Soft Machine - Third
Chameleons - What Does Anything Mean? Basically
Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
Embryo - Steig Aus
StarGazer - A Great Work of Ages
You're speaking my language with these!
Pavor - A Pale Debilitating Autumn
City of Ships - Ultraluminal
These, I don't know.

My shit:

Area - Crac! I've had Caution Radiation Area forever, but never owned another Area album. Now I do! I don't like it more than CRA, but this is still quite good. Vocals take some getting used to.

Stratus Luna - Stratus Luna. Very good modern instrumental prog rock from a bunch of wee tots. Not normally my thing, but Ken played a couple tracks for me and talked me into buying it. He's good at that!

Wuthering Heights - Salt. I realized I had never bought this when it came out. Must have had mp3 promos maybe? Anyway, it's prob my least fave WH, but still pretty good.

Frank Cunimondo Trio - Saggitarius. Rhodes-forward electric jazz from the mid 70s. Reminds me a bit of late Headhunters era Herbie.

Megadeth - Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells, So Far So Good So What. Saw some add that featured "Love You To Death" and was inspired to listen to the good Megadave albums.

Memento Mori - Rhymes of Lunacy, Life Death and Other Morbid Tales. I listen to RoL a lot, because it rules harder than almost anything. I almost never listen to the other MM albums, because RoL overshadows them all. But, I do occasionally slum it with the others, and they're all still great, just not on par with the debut.

Gorefest - Rise to Ruin. My go-to Gorefest album anymore.

El-P - Cancer4Cure. I wish El-P would put out another solo album. I love Run the Jewels, but the vibe on his solo discs is distinct and I miss it.

Vauxdvihl - To Dimension Logic. Thanks, TJ!

Vicious Rumors - Welcome to the Ball. Always a pleasure. I think I picked this because it was close in the list to Vauxdvihl.

The Futureheads - The Futureheads. This band was absolutely huge for me - I followed them obsessively, bought every 7" and CD single, and saw them live at least a half dozen times. Then they simply vanished, and no one seems to have noticed that they ever existed. This bums me out so hard.

Jolly - Family. Another good album from this NY crew. Pretty similar to their earlier albums, although this one has some very cheap djent pandering, too. There are a lot of reasons to not want to like Jolly, but in the end they always win me over with their songwriting.

New Model Army - Eight, Winter, Night of a Thousand Voices. I had to order Night from the band directly, and since I had to pay shipping from the UK, I also grabbed the graphic novel inspired by Winter. Night of a Thousand Voices is one of the worst live albums I can think of. The basic gist is that the band played these intimate in-the-round shows surrounded by their super fans, who sing along to EVERY FUCKING WORD, and the audience is mixed LOUDER than Justin Sullivan's vocals. I guess it's an impressive display of the passion NMA inspires in their fans, but as a listening experience, this is nothing short of infuriating. The Winter graphic novel, which really just illustrates the lyrics from three or four songs, really rekindled my interest in that album, which I found when it came out to be kind of dull. It still is, but the graphic novel is just more proof that Sullivan is one of the greatest rock lyricists ever. So yeah, after those two kind of disappointing listens, I had to listen to Eight to restore my absolute fealty to this band. It worked.

Nocturnus - The Key. The new Nocturnus AD songs basically nail the vibe of The Key, but they're SO FUCKING SLOPPY that they also miss the point entirely. So yeah, while I'll probably buy it, because I own all the other Nocturnus related junk, I'm sure the only album I'll ever listen to will remain The Key.

Misanthrope - Visionnaire. They had their ups and downs, but Misanthrope made some really interesting music, particularly in the late 90s/early 00s. While ripping all their discs that I own, I disovered that Immortal Misanthrope must have that shitty early 00s Sony DRM on it. I can't get any of my drives to even recognize the disc. Annoying as fuck.

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