Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 24 October

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2019-10-24 13:11:48
In Reply To:PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 24 October by Brian Taylor
Fvneral Fvkk - Lecherous Liturgies
I want this!
Rolo Tomassi - Grievances
Man oh man, I love LA Confidential.

My shiz:

Sulphur Aeon - The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos. I kept waiting for cheap copies to show up in the US, but gave up and spent like $22 on this fucking thing. They're the best band in this style, though. I'd take SA over Blood Incantation any day.

Sir Edward - The Power of Feeling. Sir Edward was a pseudonym for Harold Vick, whose Don't Look Back album is the best Strata East release I've ever heard, for sure. The Power of Feeling is not as kosmigroovy as that album, but it's moving in that direction. Really nice hard bop with some spiritual moves.

Legend - From the Fjords. Really cool early US metal from New England (I want to say Connecticut, but I don't feel like looking it up.) Cover by Ioannis (of Awaken the Guardian fame). Great drumming, good songs, sketchy singing. They were kinda like the East Coast equivalent of Anvil Chorus. Really nice reissue from Cult Metal Classics.

Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller. This was the first WR album I ever bought, and I kinda always disliked it! But I've finally come around on it. I just wasn't ready for its vibes when I made those first tentative incursions into the world of fusion and jazz.

Beyond - Quantum Bummer. Weird alternametal from French Canada. They started as a proggy thrash band and there's certainly some of that left on this album, but also the kind of early 90s confusion that sometimes led to brilliance, as for Last Crack or Ada Vada. But mainly, I bought this for the title and cover, ha ha!

The Beyond - Chasm. Different band, similar sound. The Beyond (from the UK) are another band who superficially sounded like they could make it onto the radio, but of course they were just a little too weird. I like their first album better, but this one is good, too. I saw some comment that named them, "A British Voivod," but that could only make sense if you were thinking of Angel Rat.

Zero Option - Gates of Utopia. Rare Canadian PM from the early 90s (think: Deaf Dealer, King's Ransom, Assault, that sort of thing). The good songs are great, but the bad songs suck pretty hard.

Deathspell Omega - The Funaces of Palingenesia. Scummy nazi singer notwithstanding, they're the best black metal band in the world, at least for my tastes.

Varga - Oxygen, Return of the Metal. Oxygen I bought for the sake of rounding out the discography. Return of the Metal is the second EP of re-recorded tunes from when they were more of a proper metal band (their two proper albums were pretty clearly watered down in a doomed effort to find some commercial traction in the mid 90s), and it's very good. Years ago our own Rob K sent me a CDR of the shelved album from which all these songs were drawn, and the new versions fare pretty well compared to what the band did with them when they were young and full of energy.

Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean. Not their best, but still very good, and the best tunes (like the standout "Hold Me In") can go up against anything in their catalog.

Elegy - Supremacy. My fave Elegy. Such a great album opener, too!

Hypnotheticall - In Need of a God? Needed an EP to finish out the day.

Hexx - Quest for Sanity, Morbid Reality. It would have been nice if Vic Records could have found a better audio source for QfS than the beat-to-shit LP they obviously used, but oh well. It's not a great sounding EP in any case. Good tunes, though. Morbid Reality is a masterpiece.

Scorpions - Taken By Force. Research for Pharaoh cover :) Also, a great album! You really can't go wrong with any of the UJR Scorps albums. That said, I wouldn't mind it if I never heard "He's a Woman - She's a Man" again.

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