@@@ Foreseen: Power Intoxication/Dying Spirit (Triple B, 2017) A Scandinavian thrash single I got to via Invisible Oranges. High energy, hardcore punk style vocals, and a mix of guitar grinds and quick explosive shreds. This first tune goes out on a nice power stomp. The second tune seems more metal but with a big singalong chorus. These are big full tunes with plenty to chew on.
@@@ Pallbearer: Heartless (Profound Lore, 2017) Also off the Invisible Oranges new music section but in the new release area. I’ve checked these guys before and I dig them. They’re a tad gloomy with bits of classic rock floating in the offal. Big epic guitar melodies as expected and a jammy feel. I don’t remember their previous music being this muscled up classic rock but this isn’t far from Kansas or REO Speedwagon. Not in the guitar sound but the overall vibe. I like it a bit rougher than this.
@@@ Memoriam: For the Fallen (Nuclear Blast, 2017) These guys also have three tunes up as a preview of their upcoming full length. They have a dark sound with a commitment to thumping you to death via kick drum or power chord, take your pick! They crank up the beatdown on the second preview track Surrounded (by Death), it’s really quite a thumping. The singer sounds a bit like Lemmy but with more sand in his mouth and this tune (clipped below!) is the best of what I heard today.
YTD recordings listened to: 191
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 104
Not good music: 71
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee