5/16/16: Death and Vanilla, Orchid’s Curse, Fallujah

@@@ Death and Vanilla: Vampyr (Fire, 2016).  An indie record I got to via this week’s All Music weekly notable releases.  The song titles are Vamypr Pt. 1-6, and the last tune Vampyr rehearsal.  The record opens slowly with some tinkly percussion, some space organ and pleasant, clean guitar.  I guess this opens slowly because the first three pieces are all around 20 minutes so they’re conserving their energy for the marathon.  I’m gonna give a quick peep to this second tune as it’s 20 minutes long.  It rides that fine edge between indie and prog and psych with an ambient noodling vibe.

@@@ Orchid’s Curse: Cynics and Liars (Orchid’s Curse, 2016)  Some heavy music off the CFUV weekly email.  This is a 4 song EP and the first tune, If History Teaches Us Anything, opens up classic metal with a big drum sound and a fairly long circular guitar figure.  The singer comes in and he’s a post-hardcore throat shredder.  This is some pretty muscular mostly classic metal.  For this type of metal this is pretty banging.

@@@ Fallujah: Dreamless (Nuclear Blast, 2016).  Some ‘merciless’ metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  A mash of arena rock and metal with a caveman singer that I got to via the All Music weekly email.  This first tune features some pretty mainstream metal guitar shredding, a synth tucked back in there.  It’s fairly heavy and kinda light and fluffy at the same time.  The singer is pretty brutal, the guitar playing is a mix and the drummer is a little proggy and a bunch metallic.

YTD recordings listened to: 434
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 242
Not good music: 160

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

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, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Al Scorch

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