@@@ Kanye West: Wouldn’t Leave (UMG, 2018) The fourth tune on this record that we’re reviewing track by track opens up with a singer. Then comes West with the whole slavery is a choice brouhaha. The sounds here evoke Stevie Wonder ballad funk from back in the day though West slathers his whole self absorbed sauce over the top so it changes the listener’s perception of the sounds. It’s not about the Stevie Wonder love/peace trip, it’s about West and all the nonsense he gets caught up in. By the end of the track he’s turned the lyrics into a sort of apology for his bullshit antics but unlike slavery which was most definitely not a choice his antics have been and will be a choice. If you buy this notion that West is bipolar then he kinda gets out of that choice. Either way he should be more mindful of stupid shit that comes out of his face and though I don’t mind the song, his stupid shit does nothing to make me like more for sure.
@@@ Gruesome: Twisted Prayers (Relapse, 2018) Some old school death metal revivalists I got to via the Apple Music metal section. Nice hard hitting drummer with a less than developed singer. Lord of the Rings orc style grunts and whatnot to go with a piquant blend of melodic guitar squeal and heavy slabs of power chords. I’ve sample parts of the first three tunes but I can guarantee a healthy amount of monster guitar riffs and a steady, unforgiving sonic beatdown. Good shit.
@@@ Ghost: Faith (Loma Vista/Concord, 2018) A theatrical metal record set in the middle ages during the bubonic plague. The first tune also sports a synth melody and while I don’t ban synths from my metal music it’s not usually a good sign. After a brooding opening it gets more into a straight hard rock tune with a singer, a real singer that seems also quaint. Also a somewhat cheesy singer. This second tune Rats sounds a lot like the ’80s band Ratt. Coincidence? I think not. Not my cup of tea but if you like a quiff of art school, classic FM radio, and some synths up in your metal this will work just right for ya!
@@@ Orange Goblin: The Wolf Bites Back ( Universal Music, 2018) A pre-release single from an upcoming full length. It opens with a big acoustic strum, then some bass, and then a big stiff rock beat. This is gonna be a cheesefest, I predict. After the rhythm is established they get into a sort one note metal groove with a growling singer. No orc, more of a biker dude. These are not literal words they’re indicative to help readers get a sense. Of course, you can lift that heavy finger and actually click on the link to listen but not many folks can bring themselves to exert the effort! Weird, right? This is the sort of hard rock/metal that frat boys or Wall Street fucks listen to because they can’t get with the truly corrosive shit. It’s not a bad tune, it’s just very familiar to my ears. Better lyrics would make me feel kindly. I bet poor Melania Trump starts to cry when Donald throws this on the Sonos before he whips off his tightie whiteys and reveals his pinky finger dick for her to service. Oh God, the horror! I wonder if she feels like she made a big mistake, speaking of Orange Goblins! You can’t fuck with that mainstream music reviewer.
YTD recordings listened to: 309
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 162
Not good music: 137
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Los Texmaniacs