@@@ Cruciamentum: Charnel Passages (Profound Lore, 2015). Some death metal off the Aquarius Records weekly email for this fine Easter season . The first tune opens up more doom than death but I expect this ambient intro to be the pause before the crush. And there it is, sweet. A pungent mid tempo stomp through civilized society. Oops, we’ve now segued into a thrash section with some caveman singing. The band is hot, that singing style doesn’t super work for me. The second tune Necrophagous Communion comes out of the gate swinging — there’s a big ol’ crate of Red Bull (or meth) backstage at these gigs. The guitar player and the drummer are really working hard here and the guitar player is able to threedle on his low strings during the thrash sections and he spews glorious metal shred in other spots. I might have to circle back on this record as the band is hot hot hot.
@@@@ Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman (Republic Records, 2016). Switching gears we move to Ariana Grande’s latest single. I was feeling the verse and then she got to the epic, cheese blast of a chorus. The ascending melody to the chorus is great and then a pile of wet cardboard lyrics, a phony rock vibe, and too many vocals. What happened to tasteful restraint? At least she got some free headlines from cursing on Saturday Night Live.
@@@ Mind Spiders: Prosthesis (Dirtnap, 2016). Some sharp edged Kraut-punk/Devo rock I got to via the All Music weekly email. The second tune, No Filter, brings on the urgent and pumping synths to go with the medium dirty guitars. They be a rocking in their own special blockhead kinda way. This is not my favorite style of music as I dig swing and black music but these guys do a good job with this formula.
YTD recordings listened to: 247
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 136
Not good music: 90
Honorable Mentions: 5
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Los Hacheros, Cruciamentum