@@@ White Reaper: White Reaper Does it Again (Polyvinyl, 2015). Some garage punk off this week’s All Music weekly notable releases. I’ve noticed these days that a lot of folks are looking to cash in on the garage punk label cache. These guys are serving up a pretty nice dose of fuzz, but I’m not sure it qualifies as garage punk. I will leave it at that cuz I don’t want to be a bitch about genre. Very melodic vocal lines, some space organ on this first track and a pumpin’ drummer. The second tune, I Don’t Think She Cares, features a tasty skanked out bass and the tempo is pretty rippin’. High energy rock ‘n roll to roast some weenies to.
@@@ Ghold: Of Ruin (Ritual Productions, 2015). Some heavy music off my heavy music weekly newsletter email. Opens up slow, slow, slow — get your big ol’ jug of industrial strength cough syrup up cuz you’re gonna want some Purple Drank to help you get into the zone. A double track of chorded basses, an occasional power chord washing over you and enter the Horned One. Oh my, that’s epic and satanic — delicious! The Kraken has been released and he’s stomping slowly over almost everything in his/her path. Who knows, maybe the Kraken is trans? That’s cool, giant squids can get their gender switched and what not. This tune is long and that brings on this rambling bit of trans/Kraken wondering, but the tune has morphed into quite a muscular beast, propelled by the nasty bass(es)? The second tune, Partaken Incarnate, gets right into the mashing with the from the mountaintop vocals and a continuation of the ridiculous metal bass action. Sweet, check it out if you’re having a satanic bbq on this steamy summer day.
YTD recordings listened to: 560
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 323
Not good music: 193
Honorable Mentions: 14
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