No Saxon, Pentagram or Manowar this week! What’s going on?!
Burzum – Filosofem One of the most eerie and atmospheric Black Metal albums ever. Varg Vikernes was also an early pioneer of “stabby” way before ex-Queensryche singer Geoff Tate got his hands on the backstage cutlery!
Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph Quite similar to Filosofem in a lot of ways but with the harsh edges softened. This album is really quite lovely! Like a Black Metal Anathema.
Darkthrone – Circle the Wagons Brilliant fun. For all lovers of true underground 80s Metal. These guys have a new album The Underground Resistance coming out at the end of February and I can’t wait to hear it. It’s easily the most exciting Metal release of the year so far.
Anathema – Judgement A band that has toiled in cult obscurity for many years but has finally achieved much-deserved success. This is one of their best. They also beat Geoff Tate to the punch here too with their early use of text-speak in a song title: Make it Right (FFS). Don’t u just luv that Geoff? LOL.
Kate Bush – Sensual World “Oh man… I was steamin’ at that club last night. What was I up to? I was dancing with who? This guy in the paper? The Hitler guy?”
Megadeth – Warchest (Disc 4) Sublime thrashy Megadeth live album which I recently discovered has been the recipient of some studio trickery! Can’t knock them too much for that, plenty of great live albums have had that done. Although, for all I know, he might have spent the whole gig calling everyone an asshole and no-one wants to hear that. Actually… that sounds like it could be quite cool.
King Crimson- Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Not the 47 disc Box Set that’s currently emptying people’s wallets. Just the actual album. There are a lot of Metal bands that wish they could conjour up the occult darkness that KC invoke in this album’s opening track. Brilliant.
SONG OF THE WEEK: Just because I listened to it SO MANY TIMES! Here’s Megadeth’s Peace Sells (Live). From Warchest. He doesn’t call anyone an asshole in this version. Shame.