@@@ Emma Ruth Rundle: Killing Floor (Sacred Bones, 2020) I like this label as they put out interesting stuff and this record looks set to continue that. I’m checking out the first track Killing Floor and I’m wondering if this is a cover — I assume so though the intro but now I’m guessing not. A female singer, great, for real I like hard rock/metal singers. Solid contrast with the wall of fuzz and distortion offered up by the guitar players. The tempo is a couple of notches above molasses and the production is immaculate, this record has a very good chance at being the NPR hard rock/heavy metal record of 2020!!! I like it but it’s a bit polished and polite for my taste so you NPR faux metal listeners can get with this.
@@@ Mr. Bungle: Raping Your Mind (Ipecac, 2020) Another appropriate song title here and yeah I’m looking at you Donnie J. Trump! My fist impression is that this is some stripped back, non rock star Metallica but with a coupla shots of Red Bull straight into the eyeball. The singer is much more of hardcore leaning type of fella than most metalheads and then they drop into a quick classic metal shred before coming back to thrash and then back to threedle!! Oh boy I hope these guys have some protein powder on hand as they’re all over the place and bitch slapping this tune. I came for this single but this is some righteous hardcore/metal and I will most definitely check out more of this bile for sure. It’s more than competent they got it ramped. I’m checking out the second track Anarchy for Your Anus, well what do you say to that?? It looks like this is a record of demos from a long running loosely affiliated group. I’ve seen the name before but haven’t sampled.
@@@ Puscifer: The Underwhelming (BMG, 2020) Very nice work on the song title, if there’s any word to describe this time underwhelming has to be up on the list. I like the falsetto vocal stylings and the buzzy bass but the relentless kick-snare kick-snare is just wonder bread and bologna, wonder bread and bologna. About 1:35 we get some dance style hi hat sauce to go with out kick snare meat and potatoes. They start to raise the energy bigly with more background vocals and some stylish guitar short lines. It’s both impressively tight with nice packaging of background vocals, occasional guitar blasts and synth noodles but it’s also a bit too tight for my taste.
@@@ NOTHING: Say Less (Relapse, 2020) It opens a bit different from normal Relapse releases and it sounds to me like it’s a bit more of a hard rock thing than a straight metal burn it down thing. Polished production, wide stereo field and not a soft ass crooner but a singer who sings and hasn’t exploded into any throat shredding as of yet. It’s more of what music nerds (not me!) call post-rock as it doesn’t have that cloying low self-esteem/self-hating grunge flavor to it. Thank God. It’s positively midtempo and polite and pretty in a masculine neighborhood. Very loud, almost hip hop flavored (just a pube!) drums and I’m not a huge fan of the hi hat that pans back and forth across the stereo field through the whole song. Hey turn that shit off for the verse and turn it on in the chorus, naisayin’? Not really my thing.
YTD recordings listened to: 848
Good music, not list worthy: 462
Not good music: 362
Honorable Mentions: 5
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