Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Brainbombs - Urge to Kill (Load Records)

Another non-metal genre of music I enjoy quite a bit is post-punk/noise rock.  Hence my choice for album of the day today, Brainbombs 1999 classic, 'Urge to Kill'.  The music featured on this album is a sort of groove based version of noise rock.  The album and band itself is infamous for their controversial lyrics (at this moment I'm listening to track 5 entitled, 'Maybe', which includes the line 'maybe I should fuck you and your baby...').Yeah, their lyrics are pretty wild, but damn they know how to play a good riff! 
Fav. tracks: 'Slutmaster', 'Ass Fucking Murder'

My Rating: 8 / 10

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ice Dragon - The Sorrowful Sun (Self-Released)

The Sorrowful Sun, released in 2011, is Ice Dragon's 3rd full-length album.  These guys play doom metal reminiscent of Electric Wizard,  including the intentional low quality of recording.  Strangely, the low quality of production seems to fit perfectly with the band's overall sound.  If you fancy some good old fashioned doom/heavy metal then check out Ice Dragon! 
My fav tracks: 'Mistress Death', ' Interspecies Communication, 'Near Sun, on Earth'. 

Currently, all of the bands albums (including 3 full lengths released in 2012) are available for download and you can name your own price!

My Rating: 7.5 / 10

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cobalt - Eater of Birds (Profound Lore Records)

I hate when I miss updating my blog, but this past weekend was quite hectic.  I am going to make up for missing a few days by picking an album today that is so punishingly awesome I don't think words can do it justice.  I'm speaking of Cobalt's 2nd full length album entitled, 'Eater of Birds'.  Released in 2007, the album contains some of the most intense hardcore/black metal music this blogger has had the pleasure of hearing.  Whats even more remarkable is the bands successful transition to playing acoustic rock which occurs a few times throughout the album.  I tried to turn a couple friends of mine onto this band who are very into stoner/sludge/doom metal but it wasn't their cup of tea.  All I can say is, I don't typically get into black metal/hardcore but these guys got me hooked!
Fav. Tracks: 'Ulcerism', 'Eater of Birds'

My Rating: 10 / 10

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Carlton Melton - Pass It On (Agitated Records)

Being that I am a pretty massive fan of psych & space rock, it is no small miralce that I have not chosen an album of the day from that genre.  That streak comes to an end today, as I have chosen Carlton Melton's 2nd LP entitled, Pass It On, as today's album of the day.  Released in 2010, this album is drone rock done right.  Listening to this album instantly puts me in a relaxed mood whether i'm sitting in rush hour traffic or laying on the floor on a lazy sunday morning.  Check these dudes out asap!
My Rating: 8.5 / 10

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sourvein - Black Fangs (Candlelight Records)

Black Fangs, released in 2011, is the 3rd full length album from Sourvein,  a sludge/doom metal band out of Cape Fear (great movie), North Carolina.  These guys have been around in one form or another since 1993 which makes them a sort of hidden gem of the Sludge/Doom Scene.  The album consists of 10 intense, heavy, riff-laden tracks but what I especially like is this band's ability to change tempo on the drop of a dime to a faster but no less intense pace.  My fav tracks are Gasp, Flux..., & Nomadic.  Check em out! 

My Rating: 8.5 / 10

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis (E1 Music)

This album is freakin epic!  King of Days, Warhorn, Fertile Green, Madness..., etc, a complete metal masterpiece from beginning to end.  If you're a metal fan and don't like High on Fire than, to me you don't exist. 

My Rating: 10 / 10

Monday, October 22, 2012

Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hallucinations (Razorback Recordings)

First off, I would like to apologize for the nearly one year gap between posts.  I guess you could say my job(s) took over my life.  Fear not, as I have been listening to more music than ever before! 

My first album of the day for 2012 is Acid Witch's second full length entitled, 'Witchtanic Hallucinations'.  I have known of this group for a while but have shyed away from them due to the media's categorization of them as 'Death Metal'.  While the vocals on this record are certainly Death Metal-esque, the music played could fall into several categories (i.e. Psychedelic, Doom Metal, etc.).  Anyways, outstanding album from a really cool band.  Check em out!

My Rating: 9.5 / 10

* Update (11/7): I'm changing my initial rating from 10 to 9.5 as I think I may have been focusing on a couple great songs.  The album kills but maybe not quite perfect 10.