@@@ Pete Furnace & Haftor Medboe: Bitter Together (Self-released, 2015) I saw this musician mentioned on the Twatter and this duo record is up on the Apple Music. Electronic music it is. The first track, Happiness Cascade, is abstract and drone-y or at least it starts out that way. I think this is an electronic/jazz collaboration as an acoustic instrument comes with a slow melody providing a pleasant contrast to the electronic churning. Oh no, I think it’s two jazz dudes and one of them is rocking an electric bass and the electronics or they’re helming them together. Unfortunately, the contrast recedes and the second piece (I believe) is electric guitar and horn. I like the music, it’s slow and contemplative.
Ihsahn: Telemark EP (UMG, 2020) Some black metal with prog feels. Interesting guitar work, a shredded voicebox singer, and even a hornline in this first tune. Yikers. All the metal sounds are here but the vibe of the record is not as boot stomping and tight as usual metal records. Unusual touches here and there and not a blast of unrelenting hatred and noise. This is interesting. I think the inclusion of a horn section is funny.
Suicide Silence: Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast, 2020) More traditional battering metal from the new release metal section on Apple Music. Plenty of guitar ka-chunking and double kick drum thwacking. The second tune, Two Steps, brings a full on tempo with wailing guitars, Red Bull vocals, etc. A fully realized explosion. I think most notable is the singers vocal stylings, followed by interesting guitar playing. I’m really feeling the demented and herk a jerk nature of the fifth tune, The Hiding. Check it out.
Kvelertak: Splid (Rise, 2020) Our last listen of the day. Another interesting mash of sounds and styles — plenty of post hardcore also with some uplifting musical elements (background vocals as well as certain chord progressions) in the first and second songs. There’s more than a bit of Queens of the Stone Age as well as some Quicksand and even some Urge Overkill going on here. Less dark, more revved up and rocking. I don’t usually like this style but these guys do it well and in a non cheesy authentic manner. I completely understand that one man’s authentic shit doesn’t strike another listener as authentic.
YTD recordings listened to: 118
Good music, not list worthy: 71
Not good music: 44
Honorable Mentions: 0
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