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August 2013 Musical Review

Post by hellboy » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:28 am

It's that time of the month again where you ignore my musical reviews! Included some links for your listening pleasure.

Here goes:
  • Annihilator - Never, Neverland & Schizo Deluxe: I've know of these guys for years now, but never got around to listening. After hearing a cool track on some French Metal radio station (don't ask) I thought they sounded good and downloaded a couple of albums. The end result is that I think they're ok, without being anything too amazing. 6/10 for both. Link: Warbird
  • Born of Osiris - Tomorrow We Die ∆live: Downloaded as it was a metal album on the what.cd top 10. Was fucking shit. 2/10.
  • Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA: An album I'd always meant to download, and the recent tour announcement prompted me to do so. A few good tracks, but ion general a bit bland. Might have to check out some of his older stuff. 6/10. Link: I'm on fire
  • Carcass - Surgical Steel: Not a massive fan of Carcass, and some of there recent work has been a bit lame. However I thought this album was pretty good, and one of the better metal albums I've heard in 2013. 7/10. Link: [urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSsrKl6HtAw]Captive Bolt Pistol[/url]
  • Dead In The Dirt - The Blind Hole: Nice powerviolence/crust album. 7/10. Link: The Pit of Me
  • Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire: Listened to it once and found it to be pretty bland. Not sure I'll listen again. 4/10.
  • Dead Meadow - Warble Womb: Some light psych stoner rock. Not a bad album, but a little forgettable in parts. 6/10: Link: Yesterday's Blowing Back
  • Deltron 3030 - City Rising From The Ashes: Preview EP for the long awaited Deltron 3030 followup album Event II. Tracks are quite promising so far. 7/10. Link: City Rising From The Ashes
  • Destruction Unit - Deep Trip: Old school sounding psychadelic hardcore punk. Interesting album, though I need to give it some more time. 6/10. Link: Control The Light
  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris: Seemed popular on the What.cd top 10 so I gave it a whirl. Not sure what the big deal it. 5/10.
  • FIDLAR - FIDLAR: Some band that seem overhyped that I was told I should listen to. Didn't think it was a bad album, but not real compelling either. 6/10.
  • Forest Swords - Engravings: These guys are on the ATP festival I'll be at next month, so I thought I'd check their new album out. Some quality dubby electronica, but still a bit like background music for me. 7/10. Link: The Weight of Gold
  • Gorguts - Coloured Sands: Got told I have to check out this great metal band, as this album is the best metal album this year. It's not. 5/10.
  • Melvins 1983 - Gaylord: Not much has been written about this EP, but I quite liked it and it's collection of quirky tunes. Looking forward to Tres Cabrones. 7/10. Link: You're in the army now
  • Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting: Solid Emo/metalcore album I know most of you will disregard immediately. 7/10. Link: Media Cunt
  • Morne - Shadows: Pretty good doom metal album, but probably won't appeal to anyone not already a doom fan. 6/10. Link: A Distance
  • Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks: Trent goes electro pop! 5/10.
  • No Age - An Object: Another muddy sounding grunge/punk album. Didn't do huge things for me but was ok in parts. 5/10. Link: C'mon, Stimmung
  • O'Brother - Disillusion: Great Hard rock album, kinda link Mastodon with Jeff Buckley singing. Probably my favorite of the month. 8/10. Link: Oblivion
  • Phillip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only: Phil establishes that he should probably just stick with Down. 4/10.
  • Pond - Hobo Rocket: Aussie Psycho Electro Rock. Nat as bad as it sounds. 7/10. Link: Xanman
  • Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors: Downloaded this to assist me deciding to get a BDO ticket or not. Didn't help with my decision. 4/10
  • Propagandhi - How To Clean Everything (20th Anniversary remaster): One of the best pop/hardcore punk bands going around. This remaster isn't hugely different from the original, but it's a solid album anyway. 7/10. Link: Haille Sallasse, Up Your Ass
  • Revocation - Revocation: Probably the best modern metal band going at the moment. Riffs are catchy as hell and all the guys in the band are pretty talented. 8/10. Link: Scattering the Flock
  • Rosetta - The Anasthete: Best album so far from these progressive metallers. 7/10. Link: Myo/The Miraculous
  • Six Organs of Admittance - The Lost Six Organs Album: Not idea why I downloaded this, though I'm sure there was a good reason. Not much of interest on the album though. 4/10.
  • Superchunk - I Hate Music: Another one from the What.cd top 10. I'd heard of this band but never listened to them, and this album hasn't given me any reason to bother with the rest of their work. 4/10
  • The Icarus Line - Slave Vows: Some more psychadelic-y punk rock from a band I've enjoyed for quite a while now. Pretty solid album that I need to listen to more. 6/10
  • The Mars Volta - Demos: Yep, they sound like songs that shouldn't have made the albums, so seems as though Cedric & co made the right calls there. 5/10
  • Vista Chino - Peace: Sounds like Kyuss, but without that something special. A few good tracks though. 6/10.
  • Watain - The Wild Hunt: Every other time I've checked this band out I've found it pretty uninteresting, but decided to give this album a go when it appeared on that what.cd top 10. Glad I did, still a bit like babies first black metal band, but this album much better than anything else I've heard from these guys. 7/10. Link: The official stream
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Re: August 2013 Musical Review

Post by UndKeineZwEier » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:59 am

hellboy wrote:Watain - The Wild Hunt: Every other time I've checked this band out I've found it pretty uninteresting, but decided to give this album a go when it appeared on that what.cd top 10. Glad I did, still a bit like babies first black metal band, but this album much better than anything else I've heard from these guys. 7/10.
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Post by UndKeineZwEier » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:21 am

Royal Thunder - CVI: 7/10
Volto! - Incitare: 8/10
Black Flag - My War
Revocation - Revocation: 8/10
Bad Religion - True North: 8/10
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Lord Dying - Summon The Faithless
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Kvelertak - Meir
Deep Purple - Machine Head
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer
The National - Trouble Will Find Me: 9/10
Mother Falcon - You Knew : 8/10

I've been kinda busy this month so a lot of these albums didn't get much attention which is why I didn't give them ratings.
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Re: August 2013 Musical Review

Post by not tyson » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:44 am

hellboy wrote:[*]Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire: Listened to it once and found it to be pretty bland. Not sure I'll listen again. 4/10.
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Honestly though, I think it's time to turn in my hipster card, while I love a lot of bands pitchfrok and /mu/ offer, this upsurge in melodic metal like DLC, Tesseract and Karnivool, I fucking love it, LOVE IT!


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Post by petemasterpete » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:20 am

I've only listened to a handful of those, although, most of those don't interest me in the least to even attempt to listen to. Melvins EP's not bad. I def think Rosetta is over-rated, but I do agree this is their best work so far. O'brother record is decent (but there was one track, maybe 6 or 7 tracks in that was horrible) and there seems something weird about how the vox are in the mix (or maybe they meant it that way). Phil Anselmo is quite underwhelming, though I don't expect much from him anyhow. NIN is def only 5/10 tops ... easily NIN's worst release to date (makes the new QOTSA record sound like a stroke of genius and be honest, it's far from). Vista Chino = nothing special. Likely won't listen to it much, if at all. Looking forward to Deltron for sure.

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Post by The Boss » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:08 am

Back off of The Boss. I've come to deeply appreciate him in my old age.

Couldn't agree more about BORN OF OSIRIS. Fucking awful. Billed as being a lot like NILE, when I came across them.

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Post by hellboy » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:48 pm

I suspect Born In The USA is where Bruce got a little commercial. My thoughts are that his older stuff may be where the gold is. That said, there are several great tracks on that album, but most of the ones I've not come across before didn't really do anything for me.

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Post by The Boss » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:53 pm

hellboy wrote:I suspect Born In The USA is where Bruce got a little commercial. My thoughts are that his older stuff may be where the gold is. That said, there are several great tracks on that album, but most of the ones I've not come across before didn't really do anything for me.
Fair enough. Make no mistake, he still was/is a fairly "pop" musician.

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Post by hellboy » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:00 pm

The Boss wrote:
hellboy wrote:I suspect Born In The USA is where Bruce got a little commercial. My thoughts are that his older stuff may be where the gold is. That said, there are several great tracks on that album, but most of the ones I've not come across before didn't really do anything for me.
Fair enough. Make no mistake, he still was/is a fairly "pop" musician.

The try-hard's Dylan, if you will.
Yeah, I'm not expecting otherwise, but I am expecting to find some of his work interesting, and some indication as to why his live shows are so highly regarded.

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Post by ilikecheese » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:29 pm

The Boss wrote:
hellboy wrote:I suspect Born In The USA is where Bruce got a little commercial. My thoughts are that his older stuff may be where the gold is. That said, there are several great tracks on that album, but most of the ones I've not come across before didn't really do anything for me.
Fair enough. Make no mistake, he still was/is a fairly "pop" musician.

The try-hard's Dylan, if you will.


I'd have liked to seen the boss walk up to the Sandburg residence that one time.
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Post by ilikecheese » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:41 am

[BBvideo 560,340][/BBvideo]that is to say i prefer the boss over dylan
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Post by limeygringo » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:30 pm

^Born to Run is a much better intro to Bruce than USA imo. And the Hammersmith Odeon live dvd that comes with the 30th anniversary edition is great too.

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