@@@ Distartica: In Flames We Rise (Distartica, 2017) Squealy guitars and dome cracking bass pedal dominate this tune I got to via the Apple Music breaking metal. After the intro they settle into a pretty standard metal groove with some thick ass guitars both power chords and melodic. The singer is mostly hardcore with some big shout along background vocal woofs. A good blend of muscle and mainstream metal if that’s how you roll.
@@@ Incendiary: Front Toward Enemy (Closed Casket Activities, 2017) Also off Apple’s breaking metal playlist. Big Rage Against the Machine/At the Drive In vibes going on here. Definitely some power chords being spilled around but a political vibe mixed in with the ka-chunk. The song bounces around from section to section which I find refreshing as it’s a tad unpredictable.
@@@ Carach Angren: Blood Queen (Season of Mist, 2017) Wow, what a combination of orchestral string swells and a pissed off orc on the microphone. Add to that a band that thrashes around, lurching and beating on you. It’s really quite a salad. Things get even more odd during the breakdown when the singer goes Tom Waits and there’s a down energy quasi-theatrical little thing about a baby and then the tune just hits the fan again. You gotta give it up for mashing up some weird sounds.
YTD recordings listened to: 343
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 196
Not good music: 132
Honorable Mentions: 2
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