@@@ Heiress: Made Wrong (The Mylene Sheath, 2016). Some more heavy music spilling over from the heavy music listening session this past weekend. I hear almost equal doses of post punk, noise rock and metal sounds here. Very pleasant. The second tune continues the theme of heaviness without being fully a metal record. The sound of the record is also less compressed and more mainstream than a full on metal record. Somebody also did a great job on the guitar sounds on this record.
@@@ Deviant Process: Paroxysm (PRC, 2016) A technical death metal record from the big list I been chewing through since the weekend. I hear at least three different guitar tracks and that’s not including the layering and double tracking. These guys are nerdy and fierce. The guitars are a bit dominant in the mix and I would prefer more drums but I’m persnickety that way. Let’s peep more. This second tune, Narcissistic Rage, is a tour de force of technical metal playing. I can appreciate the level of playing here but it’s a bit like super chops oriented nerdy jazz. The music has a lot of impact but I keep noticing the playing more than the music tunes.
@@@ Aterciopelados: Reluciente, Rechinante Y Aterciopelado (Shiny, Squeaky and Velvety) (Sony Colombia, 2016). I got to this record via the weekly reviews at WRIR in Virginia. This is a live record by some Latin rock pioneers and the first tune comes out with a blend of twangy rock guitar, accordion, funky beats and sophisticated vocal arrangemements. This is a very high level of musicianship going on here. This is a very sophisticated mash of world music influences with a great singer and a super tight band. Check these guys out.
YTD recordings listened to: 788
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 443
Not good music: 294
Honorable Mentions: 12
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Gorguts