Super low budget cliffs notes mini-reviews – written as I listen to the new stuff….
Corrosion of Conformity
The Doom (Single)
Wow, they’re back! Cool, right? Sludgey, fast metal… catchy and still cool. It’s just one song, changes moods… goes from all out fast, to toned down more moody parts… all in one song! A great start to a comeback!
The inventors of big epic “Fe-metal” are back… they aren’t breaking any new ground here, but it’s a great addition to their catalog. Big epic symphonic stuff, a mix of female and metal male vocals… metal stuff, symphony stuff… you know the drill.
We had a single for this… it seemed a bit darker and more old school black metal sounding… same goes for the rest of the album. Can’t say it’s a bad thing. to get more evil and more dark… right? Although… the songs are kind of long and seem to lose there way here and there.
Lava On My Tongue (Single)
Just a single, but it’s got that classic metal sound. This band has always been pretty solid… just not all that balls out heavy.
Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters
Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free
Normally… I’d say… WTF is this?! acdtually I am going “WTF?” anyways. The only reason this is on this list, as it’s the country alter-ego of Al Jourgenson from Ministry fame. So, yeah, not sure if will get real airplay… but here I am talking about it.
Mostly a death metal thing… vocally, almost seems a bit thrashy and maybe a bit hardcore and grindy musically. Obviously with a bunch genres that I just spewed out there, there is a lot of different stuff going on. They’ve been around for quite some time (1993) and while I don’t remember what the other stuff sounded like, I like this.
A good hard rock/metal thing. Almost power metal, but with some more balls and not quite as technical… vocals echo Bruce Dickinson… songs are kinda catchy too.
The Devil’s Blood
The Thousandfold Empire
An interesting sort of occult metal thing, taking some dark, doomy old school metal and adding almost Jefferson Airplane sounding vocals on top
Beaten to Death
Xes and Strokes
Kind of a hardcore, blackened grind sort of thing. In your face, brutal, and evil sounding… yet it doesn’t feel like they take themselves too seriously. (This is me not reading up on them or anything… I just get that feeling)
Hatred, Love & Diagrams
More or less a rock sort of thing from Norway. A little bit of a Tool vibe… nothing leaning too “metal” on here. Good catchy hard rock though.
Live At Wacken
This is Gaahl’s new incarnation of Gorgoroth (after the whole splitup/name dispute thing) This is a live show from Wacken 2008 while they still performed as Gorgoroth. Quality black metal of course… and it even comes across well live.
Everything Went Black
Cycles of Light
Their facebook page says that they are “Blackened Hardcore” And I can hear that… it’s really that on a base level. You can hear hardcore basics, but there’s a dark black metal feel to the guitar tone… and there is a lil bit of melody there too. Prosthetic rarely signs duds.