Re: PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff 6/6/19

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2019-06-06 17:14:48
In Reply To:PMX:2 Thorsday Soundoff 6/6/19 by MitchG
Black Sites – Exile
Aw, yeah.
Last Crack – The Up Rising
Still waiting for mine to come in the mail. I had a link to a pirate download, but after like 14 attempts at identifying all the squares with traffic lights, I gave up.

My shiz:

Agony Column - God Guns & Guts, Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles. I hardly ever listen to BW&BK, but after GG&G I was in the mood for more Agony Column and I decided to tough it out through the follow-up. This album really isn't super great, but it has been slowly improving in my estimation over the years. "Angel of Def" is great.

Disharmonic Orchestra - Fear of Angst. Disharmonic Orchestra's still got it. Great comeback.

Trop Feross - Midnight Fantasy. Weird one-off EP from this strange Quebecois band. I guess kinda like Mercyful Fate, with a woman singing? This was on one of the Greek bootleg discs I've picked up over the years. I think the record is probably quite rare.

Skelator - Cyber Metal. New one from these Agent Steel knockoffs, and it's pretty excellent. Definitely the best Skelator album I've heard. At this pace, in a couple albums, they'll be almost as good as Sacral Rage.

The Lord Weird Slough Feg - The New Organon. Good album, bad sound. The drums sound like they were recorded live to two track or something. Very odd production choices. But, a solid album from a reliable band.

Hammer Witch - Return to Salem. Great TX USPM from the glory days. The original EP is crazy expensive - I have a bootleg.

Sanhedrin - A Funeral for the World, The Poisoner. Saw them open for Slough Feg and enjoyed them more than I had when I sampled their albums before. I bought the discs at the show, and they're pretty good, but a little one-dimensional, especially in the vocal department. Good riffing, though.

Kymera - Animality. Another bootleg thing. I think this was the sole vinyl release from Kymera, which was Andi Deris' band before Pink Cream 69. He could really wail back in the day! He must have blown out his high range by the time he was 20.

Symbols - Call to the End. Edu's band before Angra. Sounds more or less like Angra, but obviously not as good. Edu sounds great, though.

Wizards - Sound of Life. This was the first Angra knockoff I was aware of, and I really like their first three albums. After that, they become a much more generic power metal band. But, if you're into Angels Cry, this is a band worth looking into. They never had good distro for their albums, unfortunately. A few are Japan only, I believe, which must have been a real drag for a Brazilian band.

Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple. Classic jazz.

Minas Tirith - The Art of Becoming. I wish the singer wasn't so fucking bad! The music is weird and cool in a Disharmonic Orchestra / Pungent Stench kind of way, but the vocals are a weird moaning croon. Imagine early Garm trying to sound like the dude from Falconer. Yeah, it's that bad!

Visigoth - Bells of Awakening. New EP from Utah's finest. Solid. I wish they'd try to develop a more personal sound with a more modern approach, but they're doing well for themselves in the retro scene, so good on them.

White Wizzard - High Speed GTO. Still a high water mark for retrad. So much fun!

Vicious Rumors - Vicious Rumors. I have to force myself to listen to this s/t album, because it's far inferior to the albums on either side, but it's still really good, and time spent listening to Carl Albert is rarely time wasted.

Xenomorph - Acardiacus. Xenomorph were one of the first bands to send me demos when I started my zine. It was the mid 90s, but a lot of bands were still putting out their demos on cassettes. They released two demos, and I have them both, and liked them a lot; this is collection of those demos. It has some of the cheapest, worst looking cover art of all time, but the music is very good Dutch death metal, kinda like Asphyx or Thanatos, but a little more technnical. Rob K would love this. They made a couple albums afterwards, but I never got them. Maybe I will, now!

20/20 - 20/20. A powerpop classic, they say, but I've never been entirely sold on 20/20. They're certainly fine. Their best song was not on any of their albums, though:

Chris Poland - Return to Metalopolis. I actually started this by accident, but having done so, I wasn't about to stop it! This might be my favorite guitar-guy album ever.

Queensryche - Rage for Order. Inspired by Black Sites' cover of En Force (which, I know, is on The Warning, but I like this album better, so shut up)

Risk - Hell's Animals. I get Risk songs in my head far more commonly than should be expected. This is my go-to Risk album, but really, all but the last one are awesome. One of these days I really need to get a handle on the Faithful Breath catalog.

Black Sites - Exile. Thanks to Dave G for the tip, although I really should have known about it. I've also ordered their first album, but haven't heard it yet.

Mars - Metaldrone. This is just one of many obscure, C- USPM albums I own. I think I bought it mainly because the cover is ridiculous. Mine is on Retrospect Records, which means there's a better than even chance it's an unauthorized bootleg.

Matakopas - Coming Out Ahead. This is definitely a B+ USPM album, at least! From upstate NY.

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