@@@ Ranger: Speed & Violence (Spinefarm, 2016). Some classic metal with thrash and hardcore punk flavorings that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. Wow, the singer just uncorked the most classic metal balls-in-a-vice scream that I’ve heard in a long ass time. That shit could curdle blood. I’m thinking the guitar player is gonna need some wrist support after hearing him as well as some Red Bull rehab. I like it, pretty standard classic thrash coming in at a solid B.
@@@ The Evaporators: Ogopogo Punk (Mint, 2016). Some old school punk with bits of rockabilly and Dead Kennedy vomit chunks. Less anti-social bile than Jello but a good solid cheap beer vibe. This first tune, I Can’t Be Shaved, is a bit of a mystery. I guess it’s a focus on nonsense unless there’s some pro beard supremacy punk going on out there that I’m not hip to. The second tune is less punk and more partyistic which is fine — more Violent Femmes. The guitar player has skills, something you don’t see mentioned in many reviews. These guys have great energy and the record moves more into sillytown as it unfolds.
@@@ Krullur: ….failure to comply (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, 2016). Also off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. This first tune descends like a crashing helicopter, it’s a full speed blast of thrash drumming and statick-y guitars. Think wolves chasing down a rabbit and the bunny is gonna lose. Fuck that first tune was exhausting. This second tune, Shit, is pretty straightforward hardcore and I like it. This band is muscular and not fucking around. The drummer has it going on and they’re working some freshness into a pretty established form. This is an 18 minute workout and Imma swing back on this as it’s got a lot going for it. I can’t believe I made it through this review without any donut jokes but I guess that means I’m maturing which is kinda sad.
YTD recordings listened to: 44
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 30
Not good music: 11
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur