Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 02/13

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2020-02-13 21:09:01
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 02/13 by BenMech
The Gathering - How to Measure A Planet?
They lost me here.
King Diamond - Songs For The Dead (Philadelphia)
I was there!
Death - ITP
What song do you think would sound best with Tim singing?
Cirith Ungol - I'm Alive
Front 242 - FUCK Up Evil (with the vulgarity in numeric code)
I always wanted to like this band, but never did.
Satyricon - Nemesis Divina
I love this album so much! I'm not big on anything else they did, though.
this weekend is new Psychotic Waltz and the new preview ep of Ihsahn. Plus things
I expect to find the PW in my mailbox tonight!

For me:

Gang of Four - Entertainment, Yellow, Solid Gold, Another Day Another Dollar, Songs of the Free. RIP Andy Gill. I was lucky to see Go4 when the full original lineup reunited about 15 years ago. One of the best post-punk bands ever, and Gill was massively influential.

Hammer - Sherman. Been trying to land a reasonably priced copy of this forever, despite it not being all that great, because I am insane. Medium-good Polish thrash that reminds me a bit of Blackfire-era Sodom.

Crowley - Whisper of the Evil. Awesome Japanese metal from the 80s that reminds me of Mercyful Fate.

Sepultura - Arise. Got the title track stuck in my head while making the boy's lunch in the morning, and had to listen to exorcise. My first instinct is usually to grab Beneath the Remains, but if that album is a 10, this is a 9.5 at least.

Afflicted - Dawn of Glory. Swedish death metal gone melodic. It's okay. The singer is better here than in Defender.

The Police - 1986 Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights. I've had a bootleg of this forever, and only just realized it was officially released on CD six or seven years ago in Japan.

Demiurgon - The Oblivious Lure
Crypteria - Crypteria. These are both widdly melodic death metal albums gifted to me by Monsieur Frank.

Forbidden - Twisted Into Form. Right before I got to the office, "Step By Step" came on the Liquid Metal satellite station. Rather than sit in the parking lot and listen, I went inside and gave the whole album a spin. An eternal classic, this one!

Fleshkiller - Awaken. From one F album to another.

Various - The New Sell Out. A tribute to The Who Sell Out, which I own for Zumpano's otherwise-unissued cover of "Silas Stingy," which is awesome. I've never been a big fan of The Who, but I really enjoyed this listen, so maybe I'll give the original a try.

Superconductor - Hit Songs for Girls. Got on a Carl Newman kick after that Zumpano track. This was the first album by his first band. It's fuzzier and a little punkier (in an early 90s kind of way) but you can tell it's Newman. That guy is a songwriting treasure for our age.

Zumpano - Goin' Through Changes. I never liked this album nearly as much as the debut, but this time, after all these years, the album really clicked for me in a way it never has. I mean, it's still not as good as Look What the Rookie Did (the best SubPop release ever - fight me!) but it's brilliant in its own way, and Carl really came into his own as a singer here. I've got the Japanese release which includes most (but not all) of their single b-sides and other rarities. I think aside from a live track on an indie Canadian comp I'll never find, I have everything the band ever released.

The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic, Electric Version. I rarely listen to Mass Romantic, but I was deep in the old-school Newman weeds at this point. The Dan Bejar tracks get less annoying to me every time I spin the album. Neko sounds so young!

Harold Vick - Don't Look Back. The best Strata-East album I've heard, but I'm hardly an expert. Killer album, never on CD, but I have a nice needle-drop .flac set.

Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit. Time for a new one, I'd say!

Megadeth - The System Has Failed. Haven't listened to this in a dog's age, but it's still pretty great! I like it more than anything after Rust in Peace, and really, it's about on par with that album for me. Poland > Friedman. Some cringey lyrics, though, and a few clunkers, but at least nothing as epically stupid as Dawn Patrol or Sweating Bullets.

Loudness - Hurricane Eyes. It's cheesy, but I listen to this more than any Loudness album.

Manitou - Entrance. One of the greatest albums of the first prog metal boom. Needs reissuing, with their demos and non-album tracks!

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