Welcome to the return of the Noise-some Notes! My brief thoughts and observations on the week in my ears.
Celtic Frost – Into the Pandemonium The Frosties thought out of the box with their third album, mixing their usual proto-Black Metal with orchestras, techno, female vocals, gothic French odes and a cover of Wall of Voodoo’s Mexican Radio. Justifiably, it was well-received but then the band’s next album Cold Lake dabbled with – gulp! – GLAM and all the purist’s toys went out the pram.
Anthrax – Spreading the Disease Anthrax’s first full album with the magnificent Joey Belladonna is an absolute cracker. Not quite the full Thrash shilling yet, they play at a fair clip but the songwriting is still traditional Metal through and through. It’s fine by me. I could listen to this stuff all day. There are a couple of lyrical moments that irk me though. Does the hero of Lone Justice have a stubbled chin or a double chin? And what about Medusa? She’s staring at you. WITH HER EYES.
Allman Brothers Band – Beginnings This CD groups the Allman’s first two essential albums together. Soulful, swinging Southern Rock from the masters.
Ted Nugent – Free For All The Nuge’s second solo album features not one, not two but THREE singers. And one of them is Meat Loaf. Which, given Ted’s carnivorous inclinations, seems somewhat fitting. Marty Friedman once said this was the sort of album that you have to like, or there’s something wrong with you. Not quite sure I’d go that far… but I like the attitude!
Tommy Bolin – Teaser I really love this album. It has so much style and panache and Bolin’s playing is just astonishing. He manages to sound so laid-back but still sends every song into Outer Space like it’s no big deal.
Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth I brought this one back from my recent trip to Berlin. I’ve read a lot of people complaining about the production on this. One day every Metal album will sound identical and those people will be to blame. I’m just warning you now.
Y & T – Earthshaker Awesome, Hard-Rocking, meat and potatoes. Every song seems to be about a sexy lady… except Hungry for Rock. Which is about their hunger for hard, hard Rock. I’m not going to read anything into that.
Robert Plant – Principle of Moments One for Mike! I enjoy a lot of Percy’s solo stuff more than I enjoy Led Zeppelin. I’m not saying the albums are better but… I just enjoy them more. Maybe the upcoming Zep deluxes will change that? But anyway, I listen to Big Log a lot when I’m driving around in GTA-V. EvaOverload often catches me doing this and says things along the lines of “what are you like?”
Jethro Tull – Catfish Rising I fished this out on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Bluesy Tull with a bit of a Richard Thompson vibe through some of it. Rocks on the Road remains one of my favourite Tull tracks. Someone give these guys a Grammy!
Deep Purple – Now What?! Another pleasant surprise. The Purps’ best album since Purpendicular finds the band ageing gracefully while progging out blissfully. I’m sure Jon Lord would be proud. It’s good to see them getting some well-deserved plaudits and success with this one.
SONG OF THE WEEK
The Evil Elvis still has it. I heard him play this live last year and, even though I had never heard it before, it has been stuck in my head ever since. Proof of the man’s songwriting mastery! Can’t wait for the TV special.
[Danzig – Hammer of the Gods]