Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 08/29

Date:2019-08-29 17:41:07
In Reply To:Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 08/29 by Matt Johnsen
Kansas - Song for America
I only have Masque, Point of Know Return, and Leftoverture. Do I need this one, too?
If you see it for $5 or less, pick it up. The title track and "Lamplight Symphony" are both solid tunes.
Helstar - A Distant Thunder
I like Nosferatu better, but this is a close second! Wish they hadn't covered that Scorps tune.
The is disc is stopped before that track, certainly.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest. They psych rock of their earlier albums didn't really do much for me, but it's okay. This new one is billed as a thrash record, and I guess it basically is, although to me it sounds more like Mastodon trying to knock out a new Voivod album in a weekend. It's okay, but I think it's probably a lot more impressive to people who don't ordinarily listen to this kind of music.
Got a buddy that talked about them incessantly for a period of about six months. Never understood the appeal.
Violent Dirge - Elapse. Excellent 90s tech death from Poland. Think Atheist meets demo-era Cynic. I had both of their albums on tape, but someone finally reissued their debut. The second album was evidently reissued on CD in the early 00s on a small Ukranian label, but I have not been able to turn one up. I bet it'll also get reissued by Pagan Records (who did Elapse).
Almost put this one in the car in this morning. Thanks for the tip on the reissue!
Judas Priest - Stained Class. When I want to hear old Priest, I almost always grab Sin After Sin. This one rarely calls to me, probably because the songs I know well, like Beyond the Realms of Death, Exciter, are just kinda played out, and I never liked the Spooky Tooth cover. But man, Saints in Hell is awesome, isn't it? I ended up really enjoying the listen, and will try to be more generous to this album in the future.
Solid album. The title track is a total banger, too.

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