10/1/16: Magrudergrind, Red Fang, Vektor

@@@ Magrudergrind: II (Relapse, 2016).  Imma gonna peep some metal because I don’t want to give the impression that I’ve gone mainstream and shit.  I’m not bathing any more often and my attitude sucks.  I saw these guys at the bottom of a list of the most anticipated metal records at Stolling Rone and though the list was littered with some real stiffs, this is the shit.  This is labelled as grindcore and while I get that I also enjoy the spasm-ing herky jerky turns in the tunes.  And when they thrash they aren’t fucking around, they’re thrashing like a big tuna on the floor of Donald Trump’s yacht — get me the fuck out of here.  These are all sub 2 minute nuggets of pissed off, have a snack you little fuckers.  Imma gonna crank this when the family is out of the house.

@@@ Red Fang: Only Ghosts (Relapse, 2016).  There are two tunes up streaming from this mid-October full banger.  This is much more mainstream than the gents above.  It’s not quite full Foo-ey, but it’s got more than a bit of FM radio heavy to it.  It’s riffy and energetic but it’s like canned peas — kinda enjoyable but a little soft.

@@@ Vektor: Terminal Redux (Earache, 2016).  This progressive metal record from a band out of Philly is a top pick over heah.  The first tune is super uptempo with dual guitar shredding and an orc out front.  I don’t think this record is going to work for me but let’s peep more.  I guess when they say progressive it’s either code for artistic ambitions or a sci-fi vibe to the proceedings because to my ears this is a mash of thrash and glossy, space metal, you know the shit you hear out of Japan.  I can appreciate the complexity but I don’t feel it strongly.

YTD recordings listened to: 778
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 438
Not good music: 292

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 12

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind


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