Monthly Archives: May 2019

Felice Brothers – Undress

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Genre: Americana
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 3.5/10
Commentary: Almost unlistenably smug and tedious, another ineffectual contribution to the culture wars from the Felice Brothers.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Devin Townsend – Empath

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Genre: Broadway
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: Devin Townsend is sort of a thrash metal granddad. All the reviews describe this album as uncharacterizable and groundbreakingly creative. It is only uncharacterizable because the reviewers didn’t grow up listening to Broadway musical scores. It is a musical. A heavy metal musical. 8.5/10 for being a cool concept, docked 1 point because musicals are deeply uncool.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Beth Gibbons/Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary:So I really like pop culture takes on this symphony. For example Colin Stetson’s 2016 version is one of my favorite albums in recent years. This version with rock singer Beth Gibbons (Portishead) is interesting but, I think, ultimately unsuccessful. Beth’s voice is to flat and doesn’t carry its own against the orchestra, which plays it straight. The eery, free-floating tonal quality that makes this symphony so powerful is missing.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

The Comet is Coming – Trust in The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

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Genre: Quantum Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary:An album of pure space music. Not like, “music of the spheres”. More like – you know that robot guy who runs around the space ship sweeping floors and checking the air conditioning while the crew is in cryosleep for 4 light years? This is the music that robot listens to.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Metal Round-up May 2019

Metal round-up for May!

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Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light
Genre: Cheeky black metal
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Wonderfully diverse, campy, tons of fun.
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Lucifera – La CacerĂ­a de Brujas
Genre: Columbian Thrash Metal
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Great female vocalist. New band to me.
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Mastiff – Plague
Genre: Kinda sludgy hardcore
Rating: 6/10
Commentary: It get’s a little tedious in the back half. But such a great start.
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Aephanemer – Prokopton
Genre: Symphonic gloomy twiddling
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Works best as background music.
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Amon Amarth – Berserker
Genre: Songs about ravens and longships
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: For those of you who haven’t found a good Viking album yet this year.
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Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods
Genre: Real songs/fake band
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: Queue up the usual philosophizing about simulacra and life in our giddy post-post-modern times.
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