Music for 12/11/19!!! Blood Incantation, Fontaines DC, Employed to Serve

@@@ Blood Incantation: Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent Records, 2019)  Three rough listens today in a couple of different heavy music listening neighborhoods.  First up is this death metal record which features some modern and extensive guitar riffing with a singer that flirts with a caveman lifestyle.  The record tops out at 36 minutes with one tune coming in at 15 minutes so it’s fair to say it has epic aspirations.  I’m quite sure the drummer is Red Bulled out of his ass, he’s playing like it, and the energy of the band is quite quite high.  Myself I prefer a messier, spillier production style and I’ve always felt a manicured metal record is a bit of a contradiction but metalheads out there be rolling like this and loving it.  I don’t think it’s my metal record of the year but I dig the drummer and the guitar playing.

@@@ Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan, 2019)  An Irish band from Dublin doing a literate post punk thing.  Not particularly rough in the guitar style but a lot of drumming energy and the singer is pushing it pretty good.  I’m guessing there might be some Clash records up in this band’s collection as they borrow in spirit without a full embrace of the Clash’s love of black music.  Also some Smiths records but without that evolved, shockingly UK fascist Morrissey vibe.  I’m on the fourth tune and all the tempos are quite brisk.  I dig the angular approach and I think the singer adds to the band playing.  It’s an old school aesthetic that they do a good job of cleaning up and taking for a walk.

@@@ Employed to Serve: Eternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm/Universal, 2019)  Our last listen of the day described on Apple Music as marrow rattling metalcore or some such shit.  This is a major label record so the production is going to be full porn star bush manicure but they do come out of the gate looking to establish dominance.  I’m enjoying the singer despite the fact that I can’t tell his/her gender, but ya know I’m a modern American and I don’t give a shit — he/she is quite frustrated and at the end of his/her rope.  It’s a big shot of energy here and the technical level of the playing is quite high.  I don’t, however, completely buy the tunes and as has already been discussed in this blog post the full structuring both compositionally and production wise of the record detracts from its fierceness.  I think it would benefit from giving less of a fuck and letting more unfocused rage come out.

YTD recordings listened to: 644
Good music, not list worthy: 388
Not good music: 218

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik

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