Music for 2/28/20!!! Body Count, Cirith Angol, Exhorder, Hatebreed, Lucifer

Body Count: Bum Rush (Century Media, 2020) Big Body Count fan over here and this one will raise your blood pressure.  Megadeth flavored but with rhythm on the microphone and ramped up a whole bunch.  This is a very energetic first (pre-release) single and I would definitely listen to more of this record.  The vocals drive the tune as the musical elements are pretty familiar but it comes together as a track with Ice T driving the bus.

@@@ Cirith Angol: Legions Arise (Metal Blade, 2020) More classic metal with a dramatic singer.  Plenty of energy here but it’s going for a more epic vibe than the rampaging Body Count tune.   Big melodic guitar playing, I like the drummer but it’s not my cup of metal!  Also a pre-release single off an upcoming full length.

@@@ Exhorder: The Man that Never Was (Nuclear blast, 2020)  Kinda boogie metal with some really elaborate guitar riffage and a lot of spraying drums.  The singer is half operatic and half rock star.  It’s all about the riffs, shreds and drums here.  Not really my cup of metal either.

@@@ Hatebreed: When the Blade Drops (Metal Blade, 2020)  A bunch of metal flavors here — a little hardcore, some stomping metal and a lot of metaphors regarding the guillotine.  There’s nothing you can do to stop it, drop the blade.  Plenty of hostility without a full meltdown.

@@@ Lucifer: Midnight Phantom (Century, 2020)  If you want a little glam to go with your metal here ya go.  This isn’t metal per se, it’s a rocking track with a female singer wooing the dark fellas.  Some mildly crunchy and contained guitars here but the intent is much different.  This is something you might hear at a Halloween party.  Melodies, singing, hooks and structure.  I like it all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 145
Good music, not list worthy: 84
Not good music: 61

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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