It’s been two whole months since the last digest so let’s not waste time with idle banter! Here’s what’s been happening on the blog.
Thin Lizzy – Thin Lizzy (Album Review)
Lynott and chums scatter their beans over different scenes on their eclectic, but sleepy, debut.
Stratovarius – Hunting High And Low (Song Review)
Helloween – Why? (Song Review)
Two power metal classics in a row. Why? Why the hell not.
KISS – Bang Bang You (Song Review)
Cause 80s KISS is the best! And you wanted the best.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Knife-Edge (Song Review)
This song rhymes seagull with eagle which is just one of the many reasons for its awesomeness.
Cream – Badge (Song Review)
A great example of lyrics not mattering as long as they sound the part.
Tankard – Mercenary (Song Review)
A great example of lyrics not mattering at all.
R.I.P Michael James Jackson, producer of my favourite two KISS albums (Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up… 80s KISS again!)
Steve Grimmett, best known as lead throat of NWOBHMers Grim Reaper, who has died aged 62.
The exalted Piledriver (aka Gord Kirchin) who has died from cancer aged 60. I wrote about a great Piledriver tune here if you want to familiarise yourself. And their albums Metal Inquisition and Stay Ugly both got stellar reissues lately so get involved.
A good year for new releases continues with Megadeth’s The Sick, The Dead… And The Dying! and Behemoth’s Opvs Contra Natvram which are both enjoyable efforts. Not up with either band’s best work but better than I was expecting. Other notable purchases include Marillion’s Holidays In Eden box set (love!), KISS’s Des Moines set (wow!), a Steeleye Span box set (fol-de-rol!), Whiplash’s The Roadrunner Years (ermagerd! Thresh meddle)
I also had a big blow out and bought all the Darkthrone albums I’m missing. Basically all the studio albums between Panzerfaust and F.O.A.D. I should really have bought all these long ago because Darkthrone, but the news of their upcoming Astral Fortress inspired me to finally bite the bullet. I can listen to the whole discography now before the new one comes out on the 28th October.
What I Was Listening To While I Wrote This Post
Cathedral’s The Carnival Bizarre from 1995. Monstrously heavy stuff with classic tracks like Vampire Sun and Hopkins (The Witchfinder General) as well as wonderful deep cuts like Inertia’s Cave and guest guitar from one Frank “Tony” Iommi on Utopian Blaster. Let’s get it on!
We’re getting in to the heavy release schedule months now. There are new releases and reissues galore on the horizon. Coming up in Oct there’s new albums from The Antichrist Imperium, Avatarium and Queensryche and on the reissue front there’s Diamond Head (expanded Lightning To The Nations), Danzig (the long out-of-print 666: Satan’s Child) and album boxes from Deicide and Blitzkrieg.
On the review front I have some Deep Purple, Brian May and Whitesnake posts in the works. And probably some Darkthrone cause that’s all I’m going to be listening to for the next month or so, let’s face it. Until next time… eternal hails!