@@@ Lamb of God — VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic, 2015) More muscular than most corporate heavy metal records, you’re not gonna get much uplifting in a record named Sturm Und Drang. An eight armed drummer that sprays and thrashes with equal deftness, a pretty straightforward guitar player who chunks it up and shreds as a veteran would. The singer is understandable with more than a bit of grit to his voice. He’s safely wedged between the Neanderthal class and the singing class. The playing is strong but I don’t really feel the record — check it for yourself. I like the messy shit, this in between corporate hard rock and heavy metal doesn’t work for me. From this week’s All Music weekly notable releases.
@@@ Evvol: Eternalism (Evvol, 2015). Off the Beats highlights page. The first tune, I See You, opens up all video game bleep and shit. There’s also a nice faux electric guitar synth whistling over the top and then….some synth vamping chord changes. Then the drum machine and then the reverbed female voice. Things get even cloudier and more intimate with a lot of female vocal energy floating over a small bed of synths and a flute! I’m feeling like there’s too much reverb on these vocals and it’s not making me feel good. One more tune. The third tune was like a little mint between courses and something more interesting is happening with this fourth tune so if you’re hardcore on the fem-electro go straight there. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a proggy synth biscuit — too mushy to be useful.
@@@ Exco Levi: Hello Mama (Silly Walks Discotheque, 2015). Levi’s record is #1 in the world section at CFUV but only this single is available on my Beats/Apple sto. It’s roots reggae, very sticky with sophisticated vocal arrangements and a well balanced mix. Levi has high energy and works the microphone hard.
@@@ Twin Bandit: For You (Network, 2015). #1 in the roots music section at CFUV. It’s opening up expansive and alt and a tad New Age-y. Big cloud of high pitched tone in the back of two harmonizing females. That fades and we’re on to two lightly strummed guitars, somebody with a shaker, and then a super simple kick-stick beat on the drum kit. This is high meaningful music with big sounding production. Let’s skip ahead. This second tune, Crown, continues the formula. I don’t think I love the singers, they don’t sound natural to my ear — it’s too cleaned up and purposeful and lends a slightly sterile air to the record.
YTD recordings listened to: 585
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 340
Not good music: 201
Honorable Mentions: 14
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, ILSA, Jeremy Pinnell