Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 8th June 2012

Here’s what’s been assaulting my ears this week:

King Crimson – Red A Prog classic but never one of my favourites from them I have to admit. More of a Lark’s Tongues In Aspic sort of guy. I have to say I enjoyed it immensely this time round though so maybe this is due a reappraisal.

Pink Floyd – Animals 1st time I’ve ever listened to this, enjoyed it again but a bit early to comment in any detail!

Candlemass – S/T This is a beast of an album and is unfairly overlooked due to the unfortunate on-off reunion with Messiah Marcolin. Only gripe is the line Mirrors for our souls which sounds a bit too much like Mirrors for arseholes for my liking. Once you notice something like that it’s hard to ignore it so.. sorry about that.

Watain – Sworn to the Dark I’ve listened to this quite a lot trying to decide about whether to buy their recent Opus Diaboli. I’m rating it more with every listen but still couldn’t hum a tune off this if I tried! I realise I’m probably missing the point..

Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic Probably not very metal but I don’t just listen to metal all the time! He’s the Hunter and you’re just the punter so be quiet. This is a great album, if you like Bowie, Springsteen, Dylan kind of stuff you should check this out although I rate him above any of them.

King Diamond – Abigail My girlfriend has a thing about haunted houses at the moment so this sprang to mind. The King’s high-low voice is great for singing the parts of the various characters and the band are shit-hot. Glad to see him bouncing back from his recent heart surgery!

Manilla Road – Crystal Logic Only just purchased so I’ll be covering this as a “Too Tempting To Resist” very soon.

John Renbourn – Sir John Alot of… Top Medieval Cobblers. Been on a bit of a folk kick with the recent purchase of the book Electric Eden and then I watched the BBCs excellent documentary Folk Brittannia too. Much better than the rather dull Punk Brittannia that was on recently.

Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol  I rated their last Faith Divides Us.. album as their best for some time and the best album of recent years so I was a bit dissappointed to be underwhelmed by this when I first got it. Then I realised it was because the weather was too sunny. Now it’s started pissing down its making perfect sense.

Def Leppard – Slang Really unfairly dismissed album of theirs and a bit of a shame their fanbase didn’t accept the slight shift in direction. And it was slight. That said, I don’t think it’s aged as well as some of their older stuff but there are some timeless tracks on here (as on every Lep album).

Saint Vitus – Born Too Late Picked the vinyl for this up in Amsterdam which seems appropriate. Seminal Stoner Doom.

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13 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 8th June 2012”

  1. First-ever Noise-some Notes!! I feel privileged to be here. I’d like to thank the Academy…

    Ahem.

    King Crimson – Red = Tough to say there’s a KC lesser than another…

    Pink Floyd – Animals = Meh. I’m not big on Floyd. But if you are, good on ya.

    Candlemass – S/T = Hahahaha if I ever hear that, it’s ALL I’ll be able to hear! Woo!

    Watain – Sworn to the Dark = Yep. Stop trying to hum the damn things and

    Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic Probably not very metal but I don’t just listen to metal all the time! He’s the Hunter and you’re just the punter so be quiet. This is a great album, if you like Bowie, Springsteen, Dylan kind of stuff you should check this out although I rate him above any of them.

    King Diamond – Abigail My girlfriend has a thing about haunted houses at the moment so this sprang to mind. The King’s high-low voice is great for singing the parts of the various characters and the band are shit-hot. Glad to see him bouncing back from his recent heart surgery!

    Manilla Road – Crystal Logic Only just purchased so I’ll be covering this as a “Too Tempting To Resist” very soon.

    John Renbourn – Sir John Alot of… Top Medieval Cobblers. Been on a bit of a folk kick with the recent purchase of the book Electric Eden and then I watched the BBCs excellent documentary Folk Brittannia too. Much better than the rather dull Punk Brittannia that was on recently.

    Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol I rated their last Faith Divides Us.. album as their best for some time and the best album of recent years so I was a bit dissappointed to be underwhelmed by this when I first got it. Then I realised it was because the weather was too sunny. Now it’s started pissing down its making perfect sense.

    Def Leppard – Slang Really unfairly dismissed album of theirs and a bit of a shame their fanbase didn’t accept the slight shift in direction. And it was slight. That said, I don’t think it’s aged as well as some of their older stuff but there are some timeless tracks on here (as on every Lep album).

    Saint Vitus – Born Too Late Picked the vinyl for this up in Amsterdam which seems appropriate. Seminal Stoner Doom.

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    1. Not sure what happened there, it posted and I didn’t hit anything. A WP burp!

      Carrying on:

      Watain – Sworn to the Dark = I was gonna say, stop trying to hum the damn things and go break some stuff!

      Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic = Careful rating him above Springsteen, man! 😉

      King Diamond – Abigail = Any KD is good KD.

      Manilla Road – Crystal Logic = Bring it on!

      John Renbourn – Sir John Alot of… Top Medieval Cobblers. = Careful, us punkers will put on our stompin’ boots! ‘)

      Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol = Yeah, that’ll happen.

      Def Leppard – Slang = same as the Floyd, I’m not huge into this, but if you are, give ‘er!

      Saint Vitus – Born Too Late = I WANNA GO TO AMSTERDAM!!!!

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  2. I drifted after Animals. Good album. Just listened to ‘Red’ recently and really enjoyed it. ‘Larks’ is the one that started it for me. Love that lineup. That explosion about 3 and a half minutes into Larks Tongues in Aspic pt 1 always gets me. Love it

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    1. The period from Larks through to Red is incredible. And some of the live performances I’ve heard from that era are formidable. I’m sure it’s been rendered redundant by endless reissues, but there’s an album Nightwatch that is just magnificent.

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      1. So much I like about that music. One of the things is the hard edge. Mahavishnu Orchestra had the same thing. KCs live stuff from that era is fantastic. I haven’t heard all of ‘Nightwatch’ (USA is the one I’m familiar with) but you are sending me on some revisits and discoveries. Very cool.

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      2. ‘Birds of Fire’ CB did a take. 1537 did a good take. It has some real heavy hard playing by some great musicians. Unique. Check it out. Don’t think you’ll be disappointed. John Mclaughlin and Billy Cobham are from an other planet. Be very interested on what you think

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