Category Archives: Doom Metal

Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 3rd September 2012

Paradise Lost – Gothic Monday morning again and what better way to start the week than with misery mongers PL! Up and at ‘em! Not listened to this for ages but dug it out after seeing it in Kerrang’s 666 Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die(!) magazine. It’s the toilet read that keeps on giving. As you can probably guess from the title, Paradise Lost were starting to introduce a Goth style to their established Death Metal making this a pretty unique transitional and innovative album in their catalogue.

The Darkness – Hot Cakes I’m loving this more with every listen. It’s good to have them back.

The Plasmatics – New Hope for the Wretched and Metal Priestess EP New Hope… is the Punky debut from The Plasmatics who hadn’t quite found their voice at this point. But it’s great fun and, coincidentally, also appears in the Kerrang mag. They had found their sound by the time of the later Metal Priestess EP but the debut has its fair share of classics like Butcher Baby and Monkey Suit.

Genesis – We Can’t Dance Phil Collins’ final studio effort with the mighty Genesis finds the pop songs joined by some moodier tracks like No Son of Mine, Dreaming While You Sleep and the excellent Driving the Last Spike which I absolutely love. Driving The Last Spike has the kind of emotional build that’s reminiscent of Marillion and there is a superb performance of it on the Way We Walk live DVD.

The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy A great album for fans of Alice Cooper, early KISS and Blue Oyster Cult although it’s a bit scuzzier and wackier than any of those acts. Also features the legendary Ross the Boss who would later form Manowar thus achieving complete godliness.

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy This long-delayed album proved to be well worth the wait and it increases in my estimation with each passing year. Just bought the vinyl edition because I had a notion the album would make a great LP. I was right, some albums are so good you have to buy them twice… although I did wait for the inevitable price drop!

The Wildhearts – The Wildhearts  Easily one of the greatest albums of the last 10 years. Brilliant hooks and most of the songs veer off into epic, tightly composed riff journeys. There’s also a DVD called Live in the Studio: A Film by Tim Smith where they bang the whole album out live in a recording studio. Which is way more entertaining than it sounds, I promise!

KISS – Destroyer Resurrected OK remix of the iconic album adds some instruments and oomph in some places but manages to lose half a beat from Flaming Youth. Try air-drumming to that! Also, the cover wasn’t used because it was too violent? I thought it was cause they had the wrong outfits on?

Danzig – Danzig II: Lucifuge This taut Blues-Metal workout is one of the evil-Elvis’ greatest achievements. Love Danzig… but not so much that I’d want to move in with him or anything.

Rollins Band – End of Silence An absolutely primal album. This was my introduction to Henry back when it was released and it’s one of those albums that refuses to grow old or get too familiar. For such a long record there is not a wasted moment here.

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Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 27th August 2012

Paradise Lost – In Requiem Paradise Lost have had a remarkable career and this is one of their greatest releases. Classy Doom Metal with great melodies. Vocalist Nick Holmes gets better with every release and sounds particularly Hetfield-esque on this one as does the mighty guitar crunch.

Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power and The Great Southern Trendkill Vulgar Display is another album with the Hetfield “mega-crunch”, as Phil Anselmo would say. Got right into this so I stuck on the less familiar Trendkill too as it features Drag the Waters, one of my favourite tracks of theirs.

The Darkness – Hot Cakes It’s great to have this band back. I really enjoyed One Way Ticket a lot so I had high hopes for this. As with their other records it takes a while to fully reveal its charms but this is already an album of the year contender. Absolutely loving this and it’s been getting played a lot. She’s Just a Girl, Eddie is possibly one of the best songs of the year so far, along with Van Halen’s You and Your Blues and Ginger’s Forget About It.

Danzig – IV Got to love Glenn Danzig. For all he’s become a sort of walking meme (I especially like that he appeared on Google Street View), he’s had an enviable career and been a massive influence in Rock and Metal. I have to fess up and admit I’ve not followed his career beyond this album though as this was the last to feature the classic Danzig line-up that featured John Christ on guitar. Am I missing much?

Ginger Wildheart – 555% Been listening to the first Disc of this a lot but I’ve finally progressed to the weirder second disc which is… weird. If the third CD of this album continues to be weirder it might just be an hour of Spooky Halloween Farts or something like that but we’ll see. You can pledge money for the prolific Ginger’s next two projects(!) here. One of these, Mutation, is going to be Ginger’s first venture into Grindcore which I’m pretty intrigued by.

Queen – News of the World (and Bonus EP) Is it possible to say the phrase “Classic Queen” without doing it in Alan Partridge’s voice now? Not for me. Anyway, this is “Classic Queen” and went down a storm this week as did the stingy but enjoyable bonus EP.

Def Leppard – X Er… I quite liked this when it came out. A shameless but failed stab at pop stardom. There are good tracks on here but it really could do with a bit more beef and a lot of the tracks are just a bit doleful sounding. They also show themselves up by channelling Steve Clark on the track Scar at the end of the record so you come out of it wondering why the whole album wasn’t that good. An uncomfortable entry in the Lep canon.

Rollins Band – Hot Animal Machine Been on a real Rollins kick so thought I’d revisit his debut solo record. It reminded me of Discipline-era King Crimson. Angular and jazzy with Henry’s righteously angry vocals and lyrics. More listens required so I think this’ll be showing up here again.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis Bold as Love My favourite Hendrix album. This is perfect bliss and a great late-night listen. Dug this out after reading a great piece on it in Record Collector.

Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation Only managed Side A of this and I was done. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song Magic Touch.

Hirax – Not Dead Yet Gave this a good whirl while writing up my Buying Round Up last week. Fun stuff but I can’t remember anything about it other than the opening track, the excellently named Demons Evil Forces!

Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 24th July 2012

Another wee update of what I’ve been listening to before moving on to more pressing thoughts…

Sammy Hagar – Essential Red Collection Pretty cool compilation of the Red Rocker’s solo career. Accompanied my reading of his Autobiography which was… ok. Some quality bitching about Eddie Van Halen and Ronnie Montrose! The always raging Van Halen vs. Van Hagar debate is one thing but who’s the better author? Sammy or Dave? It’s Dave. Sorry Sammy.

The Darkness – Permission to Land A great debut. If you’ve never heard this on vinyl though, remedy that immediately! I love that they keep their albums short too, quality not quantity. And, if you’ve heard any of the B-Sides of the period, you’ll know they had great songs to spare. Check out Planning Permission, How Dare You Call This Love and the excellently named Curse of the Tollund Man if you’ve never heard them. It’s exciting to see them back and their upcoming Hot Cakes is one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick (1997) This is a brilliant Cheap Trick record and marks a new beginning for the band. Unfortunately, their label went bust so it probably hasn’t been given the shake of the stick that it deserves. The album has a great live sound and the band tap into the more eclectic, alternative feel that the 80s beat out of them. It would take a long time for them to follow this up but the rebirth continued and new Cheap Trick albums have stayed exciting ever since.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream Not a huge fan of this band but this is a good album and the Cheap Trick CD put me in the mood for this (Cheap Trick being a big influence on Billy Corgan). There are some brilliant tracks like Cherub Rock and Disarm is a stunning song. Think they could learn a thing or two about running lengths from CT and The Darkness though!

Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol A real favourite band of mine and I’m still not sure whether this is just average or if I’m just not in the mood. I’m going to reserve judgement because I love them so much. A bit of a let-down because their previous album was stellar.

The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed I have so much love for this album. Proto-Progressive Rock with a charmingly naive concept, pioneering mellotron and breathtaking orchestral accompaniment. It’s so lovely and innocent it makes you glad to be alive. The Classic Albums series should get in on this because it has a great back-story too and the multi-tracks are bound to be a revelation!

Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation Another band on the verge of a studio album comeback (although I can’t say their new song is doing much for me). Managed to pick this up on vinyl and it sounds great. I always though this album was a bit patchy but I enjoyed it hugely the whole way through. A surprisingly enjoyable re-discovery!

Burzum – Filosofem A Black Metal classic and a great place to start if your interested in the genre and can separate the musician from the music. Say what you like about him, Varg Vikernes is a talented guy and this is a very innovative album. Atmospheric, lo-fi and ambient but still extreme and ominous. A game of two-halves, though, as the last two tracks are lengthy electronic affairs. One of the few BM albums I can put on without annoying my girlfriend.

Mantas – Death By Metal Reviewed this here.

Urchin – High Roller Adrian Smith before he was poached for stardom by Iron Maiden. I always thought he was their secret-weapon, an extremely talented songwriter and exquisitely melodic guitar player. Great to hear him early in his career and this is more in a UFO, Thin Lizzy classy Rock vein. Adrian has a great soulful voice and there is an interesting track here (Life In The City) that would go on to become the jokey Sheriff of Huddersfield in the hands of Maiden. Got this through the excellent German label High Roller who bring out some spectacular NWOBHM vinyl resissues. Although, if you fancy this and are near Glasgow, there’s a great shop there called Monorail Music that has these in stock!

Manowar – Triumph of Steel One of my picks of the 90s and it should be pretty clear how much I love this band by now so I’ll leave it at that! So, until my next post – Hail and Kill!

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