Re: PMX2 Thorsday Weekly Playlist thread

Author:Michael Blevins
Date:2019-05-30 16:00:11
In Reply To:PMX2 Weekly Playlist thread by BenMech

Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion:

I'm actually fairly surprised by this. It manages to sound like an updated version of "The Eyes of Horror", and is a surprisingly good listen. Jeff got some good players involved in this, so it's technically competent while staying authentic to the Possessed "sound".

Allegaeon - Apoptosis:

Exactly what I expected - like Revocation colliding with mid-period Arsis while listening to Rush. Definitely my favorite growly/scream-y band at the moment.

Arch Matheos - Winter Ethereal:

Not the knockout I was hoping for. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, but it's lacking the magic and energy that "Sympathetic Resonance" had. Arch still sounds freakin' great, though Jim doesn't give him as much room to work here - the riffs are busier.

Savage Messiah - Demons:

Kinda like the last one - a lot of mid-pacing going on - but solid, and I think the writing is also on par with the last one (big choruses, little double time riffs joining mid-paced verses.) Good enough to check out.

Diamond Head - The Coffin Train:

Another one from the "sounds exactly like I expected" category, but it's good Diamond Head.

Amon Amarth - Berserker:

All three Amon Amarth songs are on proud display here. I've not figured out yet how they make something extreme this inoffensive, but there it is. They are good at what they do, but "Pop Viking Metal" isn't something I ever thought I'd say.

October Tide - In Splendor Below:

Much heavier than Katatonia.

Myrath - Shehili:

Sounds just like the last one, which is good for identity. Just like the last one, I like it, but I don't love it. The non-Tunisian parts sound like they were written by Swedes, which I guess is the state of metal these days.

Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno:

Every time I listen to this band, I think about the possibilities of them actually having something melodic involved in the vocals. The music is cool, as always, but the vox are so one-dimensional I end up tuning them out.

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