Some highlights from the HeavyMetalOverlord’s recent listening for y’all. And back to the old-style Noise-some Notes… just because.
Candlemass – Chapter IV The one where Thomas Vikström replaced the departed Messiah Marcolin. There’s some really great tracks on here but it doesn’t quite satisfy in its entirety. Vikström is fine, if a bit piercing at points, but the band sounds a bit like the wind is out its sails. The high points are fantastic though so I’ll be giving this more spins.
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power I’ll wager that any Metal fan watching The Exorcist makes a Phil Anselmo face when Regan says “that’s much too vulgar a display of power”. I know I do.
Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking FolkOverload! Spent ages last Sunday pacing around trying to figure out what music I was in the mood for. Turns out it was this. There are quite a few Dylan songs on this one but Fairport put their own stamp on them.
Free – Highway Very few bands can get away without putting their name on their album covers. Free weren’t one of them. Which is a shame cause, terrible cover aside, this album is their best.
Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What? My favourite Megadeth record. Dave Mustaine is the closest thing Thrash Metal has to a genius and you can say what you like about the Sex Pistol’s cover: at Ayr Pavillion on a Friday night it sounded fine.
Megadeth – Endgame Another firm favourite and the high water mark for modern day ‘deth. Mustaine’s distinctive vocal delivery means that lines like “Supercharged, strapped in and screaming” stay in my head for days. Even when I’m none of those things. And, while we’re on the subject, do race car drivers (assuming that’s what this song is about) actually scream? If I was at the wheel of a drag racer I’d probably scream (and wee myself). But I thought professionals had a bit more self-control than that.
Celtic Frost – Monotheist Terrorizer magazine voted this the 2nd greatest Extreme Metal album in the 2000s. I’d vote it the 1st, this is absolutely incredible and possibly one of the greatest comebacks in the history of… people.
Gojira – From Mars to Sirius Listened to this while I was doing some dusting! This album is so incredibly hard-hitting it didn’t seem there was any volume it could be played at that didn’t involve it annoying my neighbours. Gobsmacked. Check out Nick’s review here.