Marillion – Seasons End I thought this would be nice wintery fare but I just couldn’t get into it at all. Abandoned after Berlin, which is one of the better tracks. I really like this album but I just don’t seem to be in a Marillion mood much lately. Something a bit more fetid was required…
Vallenfyre – A Fragile King Paradise Lost guitarist/songwriter Greg Mackintosh formed this unexpected Death Metal side-project after his father passed away in 2009. The loss caused him to think back to his early band efforts (his Dad was a big supporter of his endeavours) and his Extreme Metal roots. Joined by friends and fellow members of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, A Fragile King is a surprisingly venomous and crusty blast of old-school Death Metal. The kind you didn’t think anyone made any more!
Van Halen – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge This was the first Van Hagar album I got into and still my favourite. Judgement Day is especially potent if you listen to it before heading to work or the pub.
Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas – Not 4 Sale Along with Van Halen’s F.U.C.K. this album is a winter perennial. Word of warning: don’t listen to this one while walking home in heavy snowfall. A spring in your step and ice underfoot don’t mix (trust me: I ended up on my arse in the snow at Glasgow’s Bridge Street underground).
The Misfits – Box Set (Collection I) Everytime someone wears Misfits merchandise without actually having listened to their music… a kitten dies. This makes Danzig sad.
Queen – A Kind of Magic This is a game of two halves. The keyboard driven pop and George Michael-isms of Side A give way to the righteous glory of the Highlander tunes on Side B. My internal monologue sounds a lot like Princes of the Universe.
Manowar – Into Glory Ride Leather! Spikes! And chains… Manowar pound the concept of “the difficult second album” into the dirt with mighty hammers. Galloping trad Metal meets epic Doom on this Crom-approved classic.
Rollins Band – The Only Way to Know for Sure Thanks to Aaron for recommending this one. The best live album I’ve heard in a long time. Did you know that Henry Rollins has gasoline for breakfast and napalm for lunch which makes him hotter and hotter and hotter and hotter and hotter? I like porridge for that.
Aerosmith – Pandora’s Box This purchase was looonnngggg overdue. I’m glad I held out though because it’s just been reissued in a nice DVD sized book-style case. Much better than the jewel case version that was previously available – and it has a bigger book! I was starting to feel I had worn out 70s Aerosmith a tad but this has relit the flame. That makes it worth its weight in gold.
SONG OF THE WEEK: I can’t describe a song as sounding like my internal monologue without at least letting you hear it! Enjoy this special insight into my inner-workings…
[Queen – Princes of the Universe]