Hey all! Here are my thoughts on the stuff in the inbox this week…
46:03 – 8 Tracks
Hey, a new release from Enslaved. These guys have seemed to always be a solid black metal band. This album is a no frills, straightforward black metal album. Good sound, nothing too wacky or out there. Just a good example of meat and potatoes black metal. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!
47:19 – 12 Tracks
Hey, cool, a power metal release. The first track is called “Scream Machine” and boy, it starts off with some screaming!! Of course, this is the new project from Ripper Owens, so it will be sounding a bit like Priest. This is pretty good. He seems to fit this a little better than Iced Earth. Just straight forward power metal. This proves that Ripper can write stuff too. This seems to be his primary focus, as who knows when Iced Earth will record again. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!
The Alien Blakk
Modes of Alienation
47:47 – 10 Tracks
Hey, another instrumental album! This is kinda neat. You know how many times you hear a song, it sounds all cool, then some stupid scream, singing, or SOMETHING mucks it all up. Well, not so with an instrumental album! Hah! Well, now you just have some dumb guitar sound or keyboard wackiness to screw it up. Anyways… this band is a guitar player named Joshua Craig, he’s worked with a bunch of people. What’s going to gain the most notoreity on this CD is that Dave Ellefson (formerly in Megadeth) and Craig Neilson (from Flotsam and Jetsam) are the rhythm section. So about the CD… pretty solid playing of course, straightforward metal-hard rock type songs. Mostly a lot of guitar wanking, almost like a Steve Vai album, but not so weird. Also, some great metal-thrashy stuff. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!
Barriers And Passages
New release from these guys sounds good. Well, I could only hear their stuff on Myspace. They are all instrumental, and kind of a cacophony of musical goodness. A lot of all over the place notes, music, metal. A little Meshuggah, some stoner metal, some of this and that… all with solid production. This is refreshing stuff and different than the norm. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit. They are also coming to the High Noon Saloon in Madison on June 21st.
When Worlds Collide
43:13 – 13 Tracks
Hey, it’s another metal core release. But wait, they are from Germany! And guess what, they are all vegan and straightedge! I only say that because it’s printed in the bio like it’s supposed to matter. I guess it does if you are straightedge and vegan. I think it’s pretty good hardcore/metalcore with some meaty heavy riffage. They keep it heavy and don’t just stick to the hardcore stuff, they get some blastbeats and some Gothenburg sound as well. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!
Speakers for the Dead
Prey For Murder
50:54 – 12 Tracks
This band takes a bit of a metal core sound and seems to mix it with a bit of prog-metal sound. They are on Magna Carta Records, which is typically a prog rock/metal label. So to hear more growly vocals on parts of the songs is a change for this label. But this is a little different than a lot of the stuff out there these days. This has mostly clean vocals, but occasionally like I said, they get growly, and can go from plain hard-rocky, to all out metal in the same song. It’s not too bad, and you’ll probably hear this on the Mosh Pit.
55:25 – 12 Tracks
At first glance, I thought this week was a dud for new releases. But that’s why I listen to all the new stuff that I see is released to metal radio each given week. This is some quality power metal from Denmark. It has a lot of the stereotypical epic power metal type stuff. You know, with “wings, metal, doom, fire, king, brave, dark, spell” as words in some of the song titles. But they do a good job in this genre, and you’ll probably hear this on the Mosh Pit!
Fear of Eternity
Spirit of Sorrow
43:13 – 8 Tracks
Mostly keyboards and piano on this… sounds like some decent background music, until you hear some black metal screaching/screaming in the background. You’d think vocals would be in the forefront, but this is something I guess one could call ambient black metal. While it’s something different, you probably won’t hear this on the Mosh Pit…. unless, well, it’s in the background!
Bullets and Octane
In The Mouth Of The Young
40:16 – 12 Tracks
This seems to be more of a hard rock release than anything metal. Since The Mosh Pit tries to be a “metal show” I won’t go much further. That’s that!
7:08 – 1 Track
What can you say about tool? A long awaited single from their forthcoming 10,000 days album. This is classic Tool. Not much has changed on this one folks. While it’s just a single, it’s good, pretty heavy towards the end. I think the big station in town is playing this, so I’m not sure if I’ll break this out or not on the Mosh Pit.