Another delve into my weekly earload…
Black Sabbath – Headless Cross I finally bagged a gorgeous vinyl copy of this superb album. Coming to a Buying Round-Up near you! Oh, I’m not meant to be buying things. Whoops.
Saint Vitus – Born Too Late and Thirsty and Miserable EP Earlier in 2012 I bought both these LPs at a shop called Distortion Records in Amsterdam. With a name like that I was disappointed to discover that the shop predominantly stocked Clubbing/DJing music and the like but I was impressed when the man behind the counter asked if I was looking for Metal. I was and he went to the stockroom to grab me some Saint Vitus. I was mystified at his powers of Metalhead detection until EVAOverload helpfully pointed out that I was wearing my Venom T-Shirt. Ah.
Blue Murder – Nothin’ But Trouble LeBrain’s excellent list of overlooked 90s albums inspired me to dig out this excellent album from John Sykes’ band. More mixed than their classic debut but there are many songs on here that I just adore. And Sykes’ playing is peerless.
David Lee Roth – Skyscraper Sometimes you are confronted with something so unique and so amazing that you can help but be momentarily appalled. That happened when I first clapped my eyes on Dave Lee Roth’s Just Like Paradise video. “Who’s that clown?… he’s awesome!” He also gets extra cool points for climbing the massive cliff face on the album cover. Even thinking about that makes me want to vomit all down myself.
Blackfoot – Dry County (7” Single) A former Single of the Week star. “The sign says liquor in the front, baby. And poker in the rear”. Blackfoot were cunning linguists.
Voivod – War and Pain Before going off into the outer limits of Prog-Metal, Voivod thrashed like maniacs. This album isn’t mentioned much in Thrash conversations but it should be because it can tear faces off. The guitar tone on this is absolute savagery.
Immortal – Sons of Northern Darkness The fact that Immortal have internet meme status to rival Glenn Danzig makes it easy to overlook how talented they are. This album is sheer class. Ride the Riff over the grim permafrost!
Jeff Beck Group – Truth and Beck-Ola I listened to these in preparation for reading Rod Stewart’s autobiography (which I’m enjoying very much so far). These are essential albums for anyone interested in Rod, Led Zep, Proto-Metal and The Who. Keith Moon hurtling into Beck’s Bolero is a thing of wonder.
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed I’m not a huge Stones fan but when I’m the mood they go down really well. Stuck this on after watching the Crossfire Hurricane documentary on the telly. And if I had to do that “The Stones vs. The Beatles” thing where you can only pick one then there’s no competition. It’s The Stones.
SONG OF THE WEEK Immortal’s Tyrants. Supreme riffology from Blashyrkh’s finest.
[Immortal – Tyrants]