cphite wrote:Ghost - Meliora
Just got into these guys recently... they're pretty good musically... nothing overly fancy, just good, solid rock played nice and tight.
Lyrically I think they're trying a bit too hard to be "satanic" and at times it just starts to sound silly; I'd be curious to hear what they could do if they dropped the devil shtick and just played.
Wikipedia wrote:Chicago heavy metal-themed restaurant Kuma's Corner added a hamburger called "The Ghost" to its menu in tribute to Ghost. Its recipe includes goat shoulder, red wine reduction, and a communion wafer. Local Catholic institutions have called the burger "tasteless" and demanded Kuma's Corner to remove it from the menu. The restaurant's owner acknowledged the controversy and stated they respected religion while refusing to remove the burger, citing the First Amendment. To demonstrate his respect for opposing views, he also donated $1,500 to Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese.
just brew it! wrote:Soen - Lotus (2019)
Soen's debut Cognitive (2012) was very good, but also overtly derivative of Tool. With each subsequent album they have evolved a little, refined their approach, and increasingly stepped out of Tool's shadow to find their own voice. On this, their fourth album, everything really comes together. The playing (which has always been excellent), songwriting, vocals, production, and pacing of more aggressive tracks interspersed with quieter ones, all just click. IMO this is a fan-damn-tastic slab of prog metal goodness.
A couple of tracks:
just brew it! wrote:Soft Machine - Land Of Cockayne (1981)
A Soft Machine album in name only, with none of the original members. Vaguely new-agey keyboard-driven fusion with a lot of synths and strings. Has its moments, but in general not all that memorable. Just picked it up because I'm a sucker for anything with Allan Holdsworth on it, but his role here is pretty minimal. This was out of print and very hard to find for years, but was apparently reissued in remastered form a few years back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKxojs0 ... A1mip4KZ_g
cphite wrote:Overkill - The Wings Of War
These guys have been one of my go-to bands since the 80's - just raw, aggressive, in your face thrash metal... Blitz is starting to show his age on vocals a bit.
Captain Ned wrote:Postmodern Jukebox - Dream On (yes, that Dream On).
Not sure if this is supposed to be a torch song or an unsolicited audition to do the intro song for the next James Bond movie but I'm happy with either. She's got some pipes.
just brew it! wrote:Ghost - Prequelle (2018)
I'd never really listened to this band before, having written them off as another gimmicky novelty act ala GWAR. At least in the Chicago area, their claim to fame is a controversy from several years back when a local burger joint named a burger after them and topped it with a communion wafer.
Anyhow, this album is rather tame stuff given their controversial earlier albums and stage show. They seem to have dialed the blasphemy back, and if anything, this album is channeling mid-period Blue Oyster Cult in a big way. At times, the vocalist even sounds kind of like BOC's Buck Dharma (who sang lead on their hits "Don't Fear The Reaper" and "Burning For You"). Poppy, hummable hard rock with dark (somtimes incongruously so) lyrics. It does veer pretty close to Spinal-Tap-esque genre self-parody at times (I assume this is intentional...), but that's part of the charm.
If you're a Blue Oyster Cult fan (like me), this album is probably worth checking out. It's kind of like finding a long-lost, previously unknown BOC album.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxyGT0B ... zjRxsCe6lp
Anovoca wrote:Just went and saw Dream Theater Sunday Night. They played their newest material in the first set along with some classics followed up with metropolis pt2 album in its entirety in the second set. What a ride. 10/10. Full disclosure, I might actually enjoy their newer material better than metropolis. As a whole, the album is a masterpiece, but song for song, I enjoy their newer material more. The new stuff has dialed down the prog and jazz influences and filled in the gap with a touch more metal. This allows Petrucci to sit back and riff and look much more comfortable doing it than in some of the more intricate jazz meters he plays in on metropolis. If you are a fan of Symphony X you will love the new material. Either way, new or old fan, it was a fantastic show and I highly recommend picking up tickets to their nearest stop.