Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 03/12

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2020-03-12 15:14:08
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff 03/12 by killed_by_the_tech
Marc Moulin - Placebo Sessions
Good shit! This is really kind of better than the actual albums, as it more or less excludes the worst songs (including all of the vocal tracks.)
Shamblemaths - s/t
They should be due for a new one, no?
Sanhedrin - The Poisoner
Pretty ordinary stuff, but enjoyable nonetheless. They have a winning stage presence, too.
Negativa - ep
I listened to this last year, surely for the first time in over a decade. It's a cool thing.
Bobby Hutcherson - Components
I fucking love Hutch!
Die Kreuzen - s/t, October File
Gorement - The Ending Quest
I need to get this.

Now, for me:

Intronaut - Fluid Existential Inversions. Pretty much like the last one. The loss of Danny Walker didn't really affect the quality of the drumming, thankfully. These guys could stand to mix things up a bit, I'd say. All their albums are good, but a lot of them sound fairly similar.

Gonin-ish - Gonin-ish, Muge no Hito, Naishikyo Sekai. I forgot how cool this band was! I recently learned they were formed as an Anekdoten tribute band, and now their sound makes a lot more sense.

Zool - Zool. Rainbow worship from some Swedish dudes. Very good stuff, if you like 70s Dio worship! I like the heavier songs best, but even the rockin' ones are good.

Tchornobog - Tchornobog. Weird one-man death metal from Portland, I think. I mainly got it for the cool art, to be honest, but it's a cool album, too.

Overkill - Horrorscope. Nice day for a funeral.

Victor Brady - Brown Rain. Early 70s psychedelic rock led by a steel drum player. It's kind of interesting, but not really my thing. Also, and I say this with the admission that I don't really have the experience to judge, Victor Brady doesn't sound like an especially good steel drummer.

Heikki Sarmanto Quintet - Counterbalance. Very mellow Finnish jazzrock. Tons of flute and rhodes. Relaxing!

Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly. I usually go for C&R, but this album has its own special appeal. I think I was inspired to spin it by a cover of "Meltdown" by Ukranian tech thrashers Violent Omen.

Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple. Pretty much everything Wayne Shorter did before Weather Report turned into smooth jazz is awesome.

Yuji Imamura & Air - Air. One of the best Japanese kosmigroov albums.

Queensryche - Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime, Empire. This was all inspired by Empire, which I realized I didn't actually own, although I could have sworn I picked it up in the past 10 years. Maybe I lost that one? I actually don't like the album very much, but I have all the other DeGarmo discs (and his leaving is where I draw the line on QR - beyond that point I shall not pass) so I bought another out of compulsion. It's still a bad album, although I like "Thin Line." Funny to hear Tate complain about an insufficient amount of police activity. You got it wrong, buddy!

Sacral Rage - Beyond Celestial Echoes. Still amazing! They're the Greek heirs to the Realm fortune for sure.

Celtic Frost - Vanity/Nemesis. This is a pretty good album that I think gets overlooked because they still had poofy hair, and the stink of Cold Lake was still heavy in the alpine air.

Stillborn - Necrospirituals, Nocturnals. I'm a depressing specimen of a man, for sure. I had the two Stillborn albums on Century Media since forever, because they used to turn up in discount bins all the time and they have cool-looking covers. I never liked them very much, though. But because I had those two, I kind of always wanted the first album, which was very hard to find on CD. I lucked into a cheap copy, though, so I bought it. The vocals are really weird, kinda like Peter Steele at his moth goth, mixed with a heavy dose of Andrew Eldritch. At first, I was really hating it, and the album has a doom meets death rock kind of vibe which I would normally despise, but it kind of grew on me as the album went on. And then I discovered that the band is back together and had issued a new album in 2017, which meant that the ancient laws of my people demand that I also buy that album. What is fucking wrong with me? You all read these weekly pleas for help, and yet no one does anything! Have you all no pity, no mercy?

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