@@@ Children of Bodom: Hexed (Nuclear Blast, 2019) Horns up ya shittaz! #classic metal #redbull. The singer is rougher than what you usually get from the classic metal outfits but you do get some cheerful Joe Satriani-esque guitar playing and some manic double kick dome slapping. Balls deep in kick drum for sure! I had to check out track 5, Kick in a spleen. You can’t fuck with that. I’m not sure lyrically where a tune like Kick in a Spleen is gonna go but it’s full bore classic metal. Full fucking bore.
@@@ Malahini: Hopefully Again (Memphis Industries, 2019) I got to this indie electronic (as well as the metalheads above) via this week’s All Music notable release email. This is super friendly guitar driven indie pop rock. Two singers, male and female, will hold you in their hands and give you a piece of cotton candy to put under your head. It’s a wee bit soft for me as I’m dead inside and I love both the rough combined with the soft, and just the rough by itself. I don’t mind if other folks like the soft towels, the handclaps, the shaker parts and the huggy business, have at it.
YTD recordings listened to: 150
Good music, not list worthy: 91
Not good music: 53
Honorable Mentions: 0
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