@@@ Overkill: The Wings of War (Nuclear Blast, 2019) Classic metal with some industrial flourishes that I got to via the excellent Vancouver station CFUV. I don’t usually go for the classic metal due to goofiness but these guys really rev it up. The singer sounds like he could fit right in with the Scorpions and the drummer needs to cut back on the Red Bull. I’m listening to this record on really nice headphones and my ears are just stuffed with guitars and guitar distortion. If you’re looking for fully brewed and steeped classic metal these gents will hook you up. Leather pants, big riffs, cucumbers stuffed down there leather pants….it’s all there and more!
@@@ Candlemass: The Door to Doom (Napalm Records, 2019) Occupying the #1 slot on the Apple Music metal page, these guys enter all sinister and shit, the way Trump stomps into his bedroom with his ill penis and his dark rage. After the hazy, epic intro it gets into a hard rock thing a pretty boy sounding singer and some pretty mannered metal. The second tune, Under the Ocean, opens up with some Bon Jovi/Soundgarden guitar noodling and it’s pretty goofy to my ears. A wee bit of metallic cheese, oh there they’ve ripped of the laderhosen and it’s a 3/4 mashup!!!
@@@Whitechapel: When a Demon Defiles a Witch (Metal Blade, 2019) I’m checking out this tune as I’ve always wondered what happens when a demon defiles a witch. Apparently it’s a pretty gruesome affair as these guys get down and smash up the place with a lot of guitar power chord action and a devolved singer. They get a good stomp going with the added double kick thwacking. They do that thing where they have the lead guy grunting in the front and actual singing/harmonizing behind him. It doesn’t get into the specifics of what happens when a Demon Defiles a Witch, though they kinda jump the shark in the second half of the song with some introspective slow down before going out kachunky and back! Flopping around like a fish at the bottom of a boat.
YTD recordings listened to: 115
Good music, not list worthy: 66
Not good music: 44
Honorable Mentions: 0
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