Some thoughts...

Date:2020-02-01 05:09:37
In Reply To:Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 30 January by Matt Johnsen
Spiral Architect - demo. Still badass. I prefer the demo version of Fountainhead to the album version.
I probably agree there.
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. Their best by a country mile.
I think it's great, and then the next couple albums were a case of diminishing returns, as Blackie sorta tried to write the first album again... and I think he himself would now agree with that. But then when he retooled his approach and got heavier and more serious on The Headless Children, he did a great job on that IMO, and that strong songwriting (though not all of the heaviness) carried through to The Crimson Idol. Note, however, that I didn't get any of these in real time as they were released, as I didn't get into W.A.S.P. until 1998, when I picked up the reissues of those first 5 albums that were released that year. Oddly though, I only got those first 5 reissued albums... Still Not Black Enough and Kill Fuck Die were out by then, but very difficult to find at the time, and I didn't wind up hearing those until some years later.
Their/They're/There - Analog Weekend, T/T/T. Short lived indie rock band featuring dudes from more famous indie rock bands I don't know or care about. This group was kind of like a less adventurous Minus the Bear, minus 100% of that band's detached irony. The lyrics here are emo as fuck.
This doesn't really sound like my kind of thing, but kudos to them for thinking of a memorable band name, heh.
Astronoid - Astronoid. When I can't think of what to listen to, I usually pick something from the As, because they're at the top of the list, ha ha! I hadn't listened to this in a bit, and it's still as enjoyable as ever. I imagine they'll have a new one out in 2020. I personally think they're the better Mew metal band, although Vola is still cool too.
I should check out some of their studio material. I happened to see them live a few months ago and thought they were pretty solid.

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