Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 10th September 2012
Napalm Death – Grind Madness at the BBC Massively groundbreaking and influential Peel Sessions from the Extreme Metal pioneers. The first from 1987 is the best. Essential.
Rollins Band – End of Silence and Weight Really enjoyed End of Silence last week so another listen was required and I’m so glad I’m finally getting to know Weight better too. What a band. I even made it all the way through to the excellent live bonus tracks this time. Check me!
The Black Crowes – Three Snakes and One Charm The glorious “Beard Years” of the Crowes resulted in this album and Amorica, their two finest moments. Quality adventurous stuff. Then they went and shaved.
Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory I’m not entirely up on DT’s career but this is fantastic and hasn’t been far from my ears for the past few years. A band that has managed the feat of both playing in odd time signatures and staying in decent hotels. Bill Bruford would be proud. In other news, I met James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess in a shop once. Nice guys but they couldn’t pronounce “Braehead” to save themselves.
Slade – In Flame A great soundtrack to a great, gritty movie. How Does it Feel and Far, Far Away are the well-known hits but I absolutely adore Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing which is an awesome slide-driven rocker. I love Slade more with every passing year.
KISS – Dynasty and Rock and Roll Over Possibly my two favourite studio albums from the original line-up. I’m going to give a shout out here for Dirty Livin’ on Dynasty. A real sultry effort from the undervalued Peter Criss, it also features a feedback solo from (I’m guessing) Ace Frehley which is a shivers-down-the-spine moment. Rock and Roll Over is more signature-style KISS though and I would treat anyone that didn’t like it with extreme prejudice.
Charred Walls of the Damned – Charred Walls of the Damned I’ve went back to this often since its release. It’s a formidable blast of modern Metal but with a really appealing melancholic melody running through it. It’s very addictive stuff! The song Blood on Wood is the stuff of training montage dreams!
Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy Really pleased with this on vinyl. A great album that just got better. This feels like it was meant to be heard this way.
Yes – Drama Yes have had more than their fair share of drama but never more so than when Buggle Trevor Horn took over the mic. His glasses may have looked daft but that didn’t stop this being an awesome and surprisingly heavy Yes record. One of the great underdog albums.