Noise-some Notes – 9th June 2013

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.

18 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – 9th June 2013”

  1. I like Messiah Marcolin’s hair.

    So Far So Good So What is a great record. It was Anarchy that turned me onto that band back when I was a precious 16 year old kid.

    Endgame, I have the Japanese import of (SHOCK!). Having watching my fair share of races in my day (both F1 and Nascar) I can tell you that you don’t often hear the driver’s screaming. On the other hand, you don’t often see the driver’s faces since they all wear helmets!

    Best racing movie ever:


  2. Thanks for the mention, and the amount of great records that are featured in this list.

    Heavy metal for the win!


  3. I love Unhalfbricking, from the cover on in it is just an amazing LP. When I’m really happy I put on ‘Million Dollar Bash’ REALLY REALLY loud.


  4. Hooray for the old-style!

    Candlemass – Chapter IV – I need to hear more of this band.

    Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power – YEAH!

    Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking – You actually paced? That’s so awesome.

    Free – Highway – Maybe they were ashamed of their name?

    Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What? – Cool beans.

    Megadeth – Endgame – At the end of the race, the pit crew said “HMO, get out of the car.” HMO, “I can’t.”

    Celtic Frost – Monotheist – Wow. that’s high praise indeed.

    Gojira – From Mars to Sirius – Haha he wants us to believe he was doing the dusting. Another band I wanna get to, thanks for the reminder!


  5. Holy cow! The “best” Free and I haven’t heard it? I freaking love Free. I have three issued before it and two issued after it (including Free Live!). How has this happened? Must repair this breech immediately!


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