“Hearing is for life, wear fucking earplugs at shows”
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Sweet Death and Ecstasy offers a healthy demonstration of Midnight's penchant for writing rebar rigid heavy metal that salutes the rocking past while simultaneously adding undeniably catchy and memorable songs to heavy metal’s pantheon.
The ten tracks on offer span the width and breathe of the Godflesh oeuvre, sounding as rhythmically calculating and drill-press noisy as early works on the one hand while coming across as more nuanced on the other with bouts of formless amorphousness weaved into various sections.
To the untrained ear, this review is nothing but nerdy hair splitting; your significant other who knows nothing about metal and your mom will continue to hear a bunch of fucking directionless noise.
"…contribute customarily down-picked thunder and chug that recall as much bright and sassy new school sludge as it does mid-tempo Bolt Thrower-inspired wrist-slitter riffs that’ll make you want to make nice with a bar of Irish Spring and an inner city fire hydrant…"
Melodic rock/AOR may not be as overtly popular as it was when bands were selling millions, but the “scene” appears to be as strong and healthy as ever. It’s a perfect time for The Night Flight Orchestra to thrive, and they’ve written an album that should help them do so.
Trumpeting Ecstasy takes is one that follows the course and structure of the band’s live show and having Full of Hell pretty much put their collective head down and ram into your solar plexus at full force isn’t a bad thing.
When I sat down to review this, I wasn't sure what there would be to say about an album comprised of live versions of songs from seven years ago recorded a mere three months before the band called it quits. But this brief look into the ISIS canon illustrates why they were one of the most important and innovative bands of the first decade of the 21st century.
Whether you’re a fan or not, it has to be recognized that there’s no band like the singular, shape-shifting force of musical nature and what guise the duo of Roger “Buzz” Osborne and Dale Crover are going to take is always unpredictably up in the air. Take that irreverence and have it fronted by the multi-faceted performance art approach of Le Butcherettes’ Terri Gender Bender, add Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from At the Drive-In/Mars Volta, a musical polymath in his own right, and…
Black Star Riders emerged when Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham had new material kicking around which he initially intended to showcase on a new Lizzy album a couple of years back. Three albums in and Heavy Fire continues the collision of down-to-earth pub rock and in-the-stadium-rafters anthems.
Whether you think positively or negatively about Hammerfall, the Swedes have to be respected for being one of the initial bands to break heavy metal from the doldrums created by the music industry’s obsession with finding the next Kurt Cobain and trying to replicate and extend the success of grunge back in the 90s. Ten albums in and things aren't so sunny.