4/25/16: Fit for Abuse, Elder, Beyonce, Wood Lake

@@@ Fit for Abuse: Mindless Violence (Armageddon Shop, 2015).  Some old school hardcore dedicated to the War on Terror (my add).  I love the War on Terror, we’re really killing our way to peace, it’s going great!  These guys have no metal to their sound despite that they’re on my heavy music weekly email.  The drummer has more skills than a normal hardcore drummer, the guitarist has a solid slashing style while the singer does the hardcore schtick with sytle and flair.  He doesn’t have that Jello Biafra wild sarcasm, he’s much more meat and potatoes which is good too.

@@@ Elder: Lore (Armageddon Shop, 2014).  Off the same heavy music email.  It’s not a straight metal, it’s got quite a dollop of prog in it.  Not the full prog art explosion but up in there.  The singer has started in the first song here and he is epic.  These are long guitar bangers with the shortest weighing in at 9 and one half minutes of your life, so you either better have a big bag of weed or you better really like these guys.  It’s pretty good but not quite worth my time.  Maybe yours?  Big mainstream rock with prog schmears — that’s what you’re gettin’.

@@@ Beyonce: Pray You Catch Me (Not sure, 2016).  Beyonce dropped a monster shot over the weekend.  Regular readers know Imma huge Beyonce fan, I love her.  She so honest and open with the people.  Imma gonna review her record one song at a time.  This first tune is a slow saddie, oh Jay Z you a bad man hurtin’ Beyonce’s feelings like that.  I like the gospel tinges to the track and the simplicity of it as it has not exploded into diva land.  There are too many vocal tracks for my taste, but she’s Beyonce and shit.  It goes out instrumental and it’s all right.  Certainly not Curtis Mayfield face ripping, or Prince 1999 (I miss Prince already yo) but it’s awright.

@@@ Wood Lake: Hell (Sef-released, 2016).  Some Canadian shoegaze I got to from the indie music blog Indiepulse.  This first tune explodes more than your typical shoegaze.  More urgency, I like that.  They have some dance influences in this first tune.  Oh, these kids today with their mashing and combining.  There’s a piano opening up the second track and the singer sports a Thom Yorke like voice.  It’s an interesting blend of sounds when it’s all bound together with big blasts of guitar noise.

YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 210
Not good music: 138

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 7

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar

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