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Recent digs. I'm going to try to review most of these since most of them need reviews and August is a slow month (both for me and for new releases)
Forever Street Metal Bitch
Straight-forward Blackened Thrash band looses up and releases this album of playful yet overly aggressive thrashy heavy metal. Sort of reminds me of a much more aggressive Municipal Waste only with a Japanese Jake Bannon on the mic. Features mandatory Mirai and Shinichi cameos.
Crushingly heavy and masterful pioneering of doom infused death metal. Less frantic than Severed Survival but probably better for it.
Piece of Time
Thrashy death metal with a penchent for unnecessary solos. Still, possibly their best album.
I wish Quorthon's vocals were always this inaudible. It's great to hear a Bathory album I can hear without laughing hysterically, something you can't really say for the stuff he put out later on.
Italian Thrash Metal with a sense of humour. Vocalist sounds eerily similar to Lemmy. Drums are a little too cymbal-dominated but the album is outstanding.
Symphonies of Sickness
Disgusting in the best possible way.
Necroticism:Descanting The Insalubrious
Before they castrated themselves with Heartwork, Carcass were on the top of their game. This expands the slight hints of death metal found on Symphonies of Sickness into a full album. Replete with some of the most memorable riffs to ever puke on the genre and some flat out amazing songs, it's easy to forgive the fact that the album's longer than it needs to be.
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"One of these things is not like the other...." I've been on an aggressive kick as of late but this has still creeped it's way into semi-constant rotation in the last few weeks. Pleasant surprise.
Graves of the Archangels
The second best death metal album of the year. This sounds like it's from the golden era of death metal and not in a retrosexual way. Pure Immolation worship and I say that with a toothy smile on my face. Amazingly huge sounding and a must hear.
Serenity in Chaos
The band that went onto become the semi-laughable, semi-awesome Aeon started out as a purely elite death metal act. The perfect blend of brutality and melody and a nice mixture of Florida and Sweden.
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Don't Break the Oath
Too lazy to state the obvious.
Get Fucking Slaughtered
Unrelentingly pissed of blend of thrash and death metal. Borders on absurdly aggressive but thankfully never hits that mark.
Beyond the novelty this is an album ripe with self-awareness, self-parody and charm. Ben Folds help craft some truly outstanding pop gems to sit alongside Shatner's spoken word. Excellently reflects all sides of Shatner; he's not just for Trekkies anymore.
|14||Sir Lord Baltimore|
When Eliminator told me about these guys I imagined some lanky sounding proto-metal band with awful shouty vocals and awesome riffs and a borderline cheesy aesthetic. What I got was a lanky sounding proto-metal band with awesome riffs and a borderline cheesy aesthetic, but the vocals are pretty fucking awesome.
What Time Is It?
The funkiest album Prince never made (but he did), this is Prince and Morris Day throwing some Purple Rain onto some Parliament and Funkadelic. Though he had his name taken off the credits, this album features Prince tearing the house down, playing every instrument excellently; this includes bass, guitars, drums, keyboards and vocals (alongside Morris), proving once again that the little dude in the frilly purple shirts is infinitely more talented than you'll ever be. With only one semi-skipworthy track, "What Time Is It?" is a classic showing of extended funk jams. The fact that I had to add this to the database is a little bit ridiculous.