@@@ Pissgrave: Posthumous Humiliation (Profound Lore, 2019) Wow! This record opens up with a giant wall of ass static! Impressive. The playing is fierce but the mix has been contorted and squashed until it’s recognizable but painfully so. Sorta like a deer that’s been hit by a car — it’s still a deer but it’s very fucked up. I think there would be more impact if the music had some low end to it as it sounds like it’s being extruded by a transistor radio. I’m enjoying the threedly guitar work on this fourth tune, Catacombs of Putrid Chambers, but the distortion and the lack of low end is a bit physically repulsive to my ears. Which is the point I get that, the world is ugly so why not music?
@@@ Deserted: Gatekeeper (Relapse, 2019) Off Vice’s top 100 of 2019 which has the most variety of any list I’ve seen to this point. It can have that as it’s 100 records, but still it’s not infested (Trump!) with nonsense indie rock. This first tune comes out frog stomping and riffy with big big guitar sounds and arena rock drums. It slowly builds to a thrashy thing and I enjoyed that transition. I’m not a huge fan of this singing style and they definitely swirl more than a bit of rock boogie into what I’ve heard thus far. I like it all right but I like my metal less classic and rougher and more molten.
YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not list worthy: 400
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 15
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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik