Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 5/30/19

Date:2019-05-31 08:47:27
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 5/30/19 by von
I was at a craft beer festival in Budapest last weekend and bought the following at a used CD store:

Zero Hour - A Fragile Mind
Zero Hour - Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond

I don't really fuck with any ZH that doesn't have Erik on it, but the CDs were cheap so why not. If you're looking for musical variety, ZH ain't it, all the riffs are pretty interchangeable. The singer on AFM is ok, Chris from Power of Omens is sometimes hilariously bad on the other one. Maybe I'll find Dark Deceiver in a used bin one day too!

Degree Absolute - s/t

Someone was really dumping off all their Sensory releases :( This is pretty bad though. Some cool ideas, but very scattered and random songwriting and the singer is not good.

Stratovarius - Visions

This album was actually in my first haul I ever received from Ken back in the day (along with Superior - Behind, Angra - Angels Cry and Treasure Land - Questions) but I ended up losing it. I enjoyed listening to it again after all these years.

Threshold - Subsurface

I've actually been listening to a lot of Threshold lately. They are one of the best completely unspectacular bands ever. Like, there's nothing remotely original or exciting about them, but they write really good songs and they are shockingly consistent. This albums fits that description too.

Some new stuff I listened to on the Internet:

Black Sites - Exile

I have no idea who these guys are, but this album absolutely rules. In one song they'll sound like what you wish Idle Hands sounded like (think gritty Angel Witch meets Sisters of Mercy), the next song sounds like goth Voivod, and then the third song is something else, but they're all good!

Krypts - Cadaver Circulation

These guys play that "cavernous death metal" that's all the rage, but they are better than most bands of the style since they actually write riffs that don't all sound exactly the same.

Destrage - The Chosen One

These guys are like a goofy Italian Sikth. This is what I imagine Luca Turilli would listen to if he was born in 1992 and listened to metalcore. The playing is like Protest the Hero meets Sikth meets fun-goofy metalcore like Raunchy. They are all monster players. The singer is whatever, not terribly great but not bad at all. And just like every other Italian singer in metal, I can't understand a word of it even though he's clearly singing in English.

Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia

Up to standards. Sometimes I hate the singing, especially when the band is doing some crazy shit in the back and the dude just comes in and literally recites poetry in an evil voice with very little regard for the music and rhythm generally. He works well over the slower tracks though.
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