@@@ Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neuron, 2016) These guys have been in the metal game for a long ass time so you can raise the bar as far as expectations when you peep their records. This first tune is a gloomy and more than a bit stony with a tasty ass drum sound and some slow epic riffage. The tempo and energy pick up when the singer starts in and he’s more in the post-rock/hardcore neighborhood. #unhappy #desperate This is definitely heavy music but not necessarily full on metal and this second tune reminds me of last year’s record Grievances by Kowloon Walled City. Imma wing back on this and give it more ear when I have the time.
@@@ Isis: Panopticon (Ipecac, 2004). No not the terrorist group. This and the Neurosis record I found via the Apple Music editor’s playlists. This tune is in the avant garde metal section and I guess that’s where they put the heavy music that’s not straight molten metal. this tune has large swathes of dual guitar dueling arpeggios, more an indie flavor than a metal thing. It’s a big thing, but if you’re up for a slab of grunge flavored heavy guitar jam action well this will get yer weekend started proper.
@@@ Ludicra: The Tenant (Profound Lore, 2010). Another track off the avant garde metal section. Sporting an orc singer these guys are (again) more like a mainstream heavy rock band than a full meltdown spasm metal blowout. It’s another almost 7 minute slab of double guitar action and it’s solid. Not necessarily my favorite metal flavor but I’m here for the people.
YTD recordings listened to: 752
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 424
Not good music: 281
Honorable Mentions: 12
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