Archive for June, 2012

The Rapture / In The Grace Of Your Love

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on 300000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

In The Grace Of Your LoveIn the Grace of Your Love is the third full-length album by dance-punk band The Rapture and the first without former bassist Mattie Safer.[8] The album was released on September 2, 2011.[9] The album marks their return to DFA Records after leaving Universal Music Group.[10] The cover features a picture of band member Luke Jenner’s father.

The Analysis:

Sail Away—-At the very onset of the track, that familiar voice comes out of the silence and comforts you….the beats add layer upon layer…becoming a magnificent solemn dance track that is full of emotion and a remarkable underlying energy. This is a magnificent start…..this has an EPIC synth line!!!!

Miss You—-Beginning a bit more sedate, the bass line that leads in the track sets the tone for the entire track. This is a bit more of a punky track at the onset…..the attitude is incredible. The synth line enters and travels me back in time to the 80’s with little effort. The vocal is amazing…sounding much thinner than the previous track…but conveying the sentiment wonderfully well!!!!

Blue Bird—-These tracks seem to start so suddenly…..little or no introduction!!!! This has an even more energetic and fast tempo than anything thus far on this release…the beginning drums are wonderful. the track takes a wonderful spacy turn that reminds me of beginning Stone Roses…..this is really a favorite track of mine…the layers and layers of sound are incredible….it makes the song small……but HUGE!!!!

Come Back To Me—-This really has never resonated with me….it is not a bad track, but it offers to much of what I have heard before. I like the vocal…but the stripped down instrumentation leaves me a bit hollow……

Grace—-returning to a nice 80’s inspired synth lead in, this resonated with me right away!!!! I love the vocal….this is incredible…the histrionics give me chills…there is an almost laid back reggae beat to this track……got in my head months ago…and has never left…..this is a favorite band of mine…so versatile and real!!!!

Never Die Again—-Energetic…..with a slight punk influence…but full of 80’s style synth lines….can a human being ask for more or try to write more? I think not……marvelous!!!!

Roller Coaster—-Yet another amazing track…full of rather mundane lyrics…but the energy and the feel of the song are incredible….as the song progresses. the words sink in a bit and the track becomes more meaningful to me…this is exquisite…I love the mood of the song…amazing…..I really like this band!!!!

Children—-Rather laid back and with a slight retro feel, this is a fantastic track. There are nice layers to this song as well…..the synth line leads the song…but the vocal overlays makes the song much larger. The drums are present and the cymbal taps make it extraordinary…..this is energetic…fun and also though provoking…….I love this!!!

Find A Way—-Really not a favorite track of mine, it is a bit erratic for me…the saving grace is the almost Duran Duran inspired synth line that runs through the track and adds energy to the delivery. The vocal is nice…the double style really appeals to me…..I like this…but it has been done many times before…..

How Deep Is Your Love?—-The lead off single for this release…..and a damn magnificent song….this is a favorite and will be for a very long time! This is energetic….danceable and has a synth line to die for…..I am amazed at the talent of this band…eventually people will wake up and catch on…..this is an amazing band!!!!

Take Time To Be A Man—-Interesting at the onset, this has a slight jazz edge to it that includes the Blues and a Orleans style of slow delivery…..not sure what that is all about…but the lyrics are outstanding… it makes the song a triumph for me!!!! Wonderful.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


Cannibal Corpse / Tomb Of The Mutilated

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 190000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

Tomb of the Mutilated

Tomb of the Mutilated is the third studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1992 through Metal Blade Records and is the last album featuring founding guitarist Bob Rusay. The album was banned in Germany, due to the violent cover and the extreme nature of the lyrics.

Because the liner notes on Butchered at Birth feature quotations from American serial killer Albert Fish, he is often incorrectly credited with being the voice at the beginning of “Addicted to Vaginal Skin”. However, the taped confession heard at the beginning of the song most likely belongs to the “Genesee River Killer” Arthur Shawcross.[1]

The song “Hammer Smashed Face” was featured during the band’s cameo appearance in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series. The song “I Cum Blood” is also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.

The Analysis:

Hammer Smashed Face—-This ‘ground-breaking’ and critically acclaimed release begins much in the vein as you would expect. Barnes and Fischer share the same vocal grind so it is hard to really know that george is not the vocalist on this release. The deep bass is all over this release and the trademark guitar squeals almost give me an erection. This is brutal, gory and fun at the same time…this is a classic release….grind on fucker!!!!!

I Cum Blood—-On headphones, this track becomes even more brutal than before. The speed and intensity of the playing needs to be recognized as much as the brutal vocal. This is classic stuff right here….Barnes is less understandable than george has been….but the ability to growl is incredible!!!! This is grind at its very best…you cannot deny the humor and brilliance of it all…it does take immense talent to make music this brutal. I but into the whole idea that this is a hidden concept record…this takes you from murder to orgasm in 9 songs…brilliant!!!!

Addicted To Vaginal Skin—-What an amazing vocal intro……setting up the intensity of the song and the record even more. The drums on this track are intense as all get out…..there is a deep muted energy that the new version of the band has seemed to have abandoned. The sound…makes everything even more serious and sinister. The bass riffs are spontaneous and incredible…the drums beat your forehead and the lead squeal….are the highlight of my life!!!!

Split Wide Open—-Continuing the mayhem, sometimes all of the music coming together in intermediate tracks like this is a huge cerebrum traffic jam……fuckin’ awesome……the downtempoi shifts get me every single time!!!!

Necropedephile—-When that opening growl enters the song, I just sit back for a moment and enjoy the whole moment. Am I wrong to say I prefer George though? I like Barnes…but his gut is so deep you hardly ever catch a phrase or no when a sentence ends. the band is so tight on this release…playing like it has forever….the shift and tempo changes are incredible…..I love this band!!!!

Cryptic Stench—-The playground noises at the intro of the song….kind of take you aback…lol. The intensity follows quickly after and puts you right smack dab in the middle of death and gore once again. This is intense….I love the shifting bass…it takes talent to play that fast and with accuracy. The vocal is as you would expect…but it seems to be pushed aside a bit on this track…allowing the band a full on death rattle made my instruments alone….phenom!!!!!

Entrails—- This entire track defines brutal…..there is never a moment to catch your breath as the band rips through one disgusting verse after the other…….just incredibly intense and affecting…there are some nice bass downshifts…but for the most part…this is a full on brutal assault!!!!

Post Mortal Ejaculation—-This track begins a bit different…offering up a much more mainstream guitar sound until the vocal enters and mayhem ensues. the squeals are intermittent, but there is a guitar melody that runs underneath the entire song that I absolutely demand…therefore it is a success for me……I love this!

Beyond The Cemetery—-Rounding out this proper release much the way it began, it is amazing that the intensity never ebbs for a moment from this band…you wonder what everyday life is like for such individuals!!!! This again…has huge bass downshifts and tempo changes that really first attracted me to this band…and so it goes….just anotherr magnificent step in history…..and still going!!!!

I Cum Blood [ Live ]—-CC live can be a trying experience….but this track…with george at the vocal is a bit better…but the track is highly distorted and not really enjoyable….was this necessary????

***3/4 out of 5

Bon Iver /Bon Iver

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on 190000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

Bon IverBon Iver (play /bn ˈvɛər/ Bone ee-VEHR) is an American folk band founded in 2007 by indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. In addition to Vernon the band includes Michael Noyce, Sean Carey and Matthew McCaughan. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a remote cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for their self-titled album.[1][2][3] The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver (French pronunciation: [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ]), meaning “good winter” or “have a good winter”.

The Analysis:

Perth—-Wonderfully layers and filled with a nice winter silence at the onset, the double tracked vocal enters and delivers a melancholy sound that sets the tone for the rest of the release. The marching drums are magnificent, and the slight Alt-Country sound is brilliant. I love the voice..the layers…the actual textures!

Minnesota, WI—-Although the track picks up the pace a bit…a nice jangle runs through the backdrop, there is still a quiet about this whole release that is phenomenal. the vocal is SUPERB…..I love the mood change, the tone change and the utter display of diversity. This is phenomenal…I have not listened to this is quite sometime…and for the moment I’m so sorry for not doing so…..

Holocene—-Many of the opening strains on this release take me back to the most classic Simon & Garfunkel records that I loved so much as a yuongster…this track is no exception. The vocal is ghostly, sad and haunting…the content is real as fuck and the music is damn serene! This is and remains one of my favorite tracks on the is release…because it is so real. I love this guy…..

Towers—-Building up the tempo and changing the mood a bit, production is outstanding on this release. The double tracked vocal is amazing to me…..Vernon has the voice of an angel and when you combine two or three of them together it becomes a choir. This is fantastic……the instrumentation is simple…alloowing the music to take the spotlight…outstanding! When the track picks up the tempo and adds some strings……wow!

Michicant—-From the very opening strains of this song, it is as depressing as the situations in Michigan. This has great strings that run throughout and a shifting beat that makes me smile despite the melancholy of the whole damn thing. I believe this just might be brilliant!

Hannon, Tx—-Full of reverb and instrumental emotion, Vernon returns to his baritone voice and makes the song even more intense. It is amazing to believe he recorded this almost by himself in a far away cabin. This track is pretty damn contagious….reminding me of the best Alt music available to a more sedentary audience…one that prefers to think rather than necessarily move. This is brilliant!!!

Wash—-Returning to full on depressive introspection, perhaps this is what was needed today and thus the reason for my revisitation….this is again…remarkable. The violin is so haunting…the single strands from the piano…lead me to a deeper thought. the gentle shift of the music only prevents it from becoming suicidal music…but instead beautiful and though provoking…..

Calgary—-Again, layered and full of beautiful instrumentation, the voice just naturally becomes a part of the instruments used to deliver serene story…one after the other. This is a remarkably beautiful release….never doubt the wonder of a man who is driven to deliver his thoughts and feelings to the world….just beautiful!

Lisbon, Oh—-This track begins in a rather sonic and slight electronic way….surprising even me…this is brilliant!!!! This sounds like a robot gone wild…all the time clinging on to an Alternative feel to carry it through to the finish….just wonderful!

Beth/Rest—-Ending this incredible release with another track that has become my favorite, Vernon returns to his deeper vocal and carries with it an emotion that permeates my entire being. this is haunting….beautiful and magically joyous!!!! What a nice revisit this has been!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


Cannibal Corpse / Live Cannibalism

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 150000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

Live CannibalismLive Cannibalism is a live album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse, released in 2000 through Metal Blade Records. It was also released as a DVD.Most of the album was recorded live at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI on February 16, 2000. Tracks 3, 5, 6, 12 & 15 were recorded the day prior (February 15, 2000) at The Emerson Theater in Indianapolis.

The Analysis:

Staring Through The Eyes Of The Dead—-The intro to a live release is always the best…you can feel the energy surge through the crowd…this is no exception. as the show gets underway, i am rather surprised with the slow progression of the track…..but once the stellar vocal arrives…I am at home and comfortable. I would imagine it is very difficult to capture a band like this live… is as good as the recorded version…even if the music is a bit muted at times!

Blowtorch Slaughter—-With less than a second of respite, the band finally launches into full-blown mayhem. The music is much more upfront on this track…as well as allowing room for the vocal…this is brutal…played with precision and amazing in energy!

Stripped, Raped And Strangled—-The energy on this track is amazing…the lyrics and ideas almost comical…but that is CC…a more brutal Gwar for the under covers!!!! There is no break between songs…almost hard to even know this is a live release…the production is stellar. The deep bass of the song really sounds studio worthy….and George just rips his guts out singing this shit….amazing!

I Cum Blood—-a perennial live favorite, it is hard to imagine the band could ever leave this out of the live show…EVER!!!! This is one track you hear clear crowd support…incredibly delivered and sounding almost like a master recording….I’m still impresses with the quality of this recording….always a favorite of mine!!!!

Covered With Sores—-As George eggs on the crowd, the band launches into a lesser known track that is deeper in sound and filled with a nice bass driven dirge. The track….I’m sure is designed to give the band a chance to catch up from the opening mayhem…even george sings a bit more relaxed until mid track where hell is right back in place….incredible!!!!

Fucked With A Knife—-Obviously a huge crowd favorite, you can hear the commotion occurring in the background. This track is ultra fast and ultra violent….you have to love the energy…the aggression and the way the crowd reacts to a favorite demented track!

Unleashing The Bloodthirsty—-George delivers line after line that is full of incredible energy…..damn…doesn’t this guy ever get worn out? This is amazing….full on thrash/deathcore that is unrelenting. the deep sound the band produces is amazing…I love this song……not really a well-known track…but really growing on me…..

Dead Human Collection——This is so amazingly fast and full od those guitar squeals I love so much from this band….I get so excited listening to this release…the qualioty is almost like you are right there in the arena…..this is an amazing release to me…the production is TOP-NOTCH… can even catch more words live than on the recorded versions…..

Gallery Of Suicide—-One of the bands best known ‘singles’, this is much more dirge driven and a personal favorite. I love the deep feel of the song…this IS deathcore!!!!! The live version is done as well as any recorded version you can find…and leaves me pissed as hell I did not catch this tour….George is incredible…and the drums and bass are massive!!!! Did I mention there is some great melody on this track?

Meat Hook Sodomy—-Another classic track that is filled with Mayhem and Aggression…the guitar breaks on this track are just incredible. George delivers a classic live vocal that is almost better than the studio version. This is pretty incredible…the puke and putrid feel of the song transports to live performance without even trying!!!!

Perverse Suffering—-From one of my favorite releases from this band, this track is sheer brutality!!!!! There is no room to catch your breath…you can tell the band has had time to warm up as the pace is electric and the delivery is maddening. This is an incredible live version of one of my favorites….Death/Thrash very best!!!!

The Spline Splitter—-This has a different feel and t=you can tell it was recorded elsewhere…the sound is much more muted and disconnected…this is a favorite track of mine…but this live version falls a bit flat…the only saving grace is the lightening speed which it is played!

Gutted—-I love this track because of the great rhythm section at the onset…the song quickly dissolves into mayhem…but the melodic content always plays in the backdrop. the vocal is as you have come to expect…but the instrumentation….is brilliant…magnificent~!!!!!

I Will Kill You—-Again, this has a different tone…but the energy is incredible. George can sing from his guy like no other Death Metal singer ever…..this is brilliant…one of my favorite tracks on this live release….just for the intensity and vocal style!!!!

Devoured By Vermin—-Another of those classic CC releases, this transposes live as well as it does on the recorded version. The vocal is remarkable……full of speed….distasyte and putrid hate…..Damn…I love this that healthy?

Disposal Of The Body—-Aggressive….brutal and so fast you can not catch your breath…..can there be anymore comments made?????

A Skull Full Of Maggots—-Rounding out this epic show with two classics, this is a song that the band has played for years without falter. The sound on this mix is a bit full of tin…but the vocal is great…even though even it seems removed. This is nice but leaves me wanting the recorded version…..

Hammer Smashed Face—–Of course, saving one of the best for last, it is too bad the production was not as well executed as on the previous tracks…this is a fantastic track…and the guitar squeals just make me smile for days….I love this brutal shit…….Damn!!!!

**** out of 5

Fear Factory / The Industrialist

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 140000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

The IndustrialistThe Industrialist is the eighth studio album by industrial metal band Fear Factory.

The Industrialist marks the band’s return to the concept album.[4] Burton C. Bell said about the album, “the protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”[5] According to Cazares, the title was taken from a documentary the band saw about the people who developed “the engines for war machines”, and God Eater was a name Bell saw on a toybox while traveling.[6]

The album was recorded with Bell and Cazares as the only two credited members of the band, while Rhys Fulber once again produced and received additional writing credits. No live drummer was used on the album, with the band instead opting for programmed drums with help from John Sankey of Devolved, who was also credited.

The Analysis:

The Industrialist—-I’ve so been looking forward to this release, so my expectations were really high when I finally got this…..from the opening strains, I will not be disappointed. The opening opus begins rather slow but takes on the familiar FF sound after just a few bars….this opening track is almost epic…making me hard with excitement! The familiar vocal enters and the further tales of demise ensue…sit back and enjoy……the fun is about to begin!

Recharger—-Returning to full on aggression at the onset of the song, it is hard to believe there is not a human drummer on this release!!!! The vocal is so familiar, it feels like I’m home after being gone for a long time. this is fantastic. The squeals from the guitars are incredible and when that clean vocal enters…I’m just amazed….it makes me feel warm and fuzzy!!!! Imagine that!!!! This is an incredible track….a favorite for sure!

New Messiah—-This track, upon the intro, seems to actually come out at you from a distance….and just builds in aggression from there. This is remarkable…the lead guitars just soar. The vocal is like being transported back 8 years or so…to the glory days. The clean vocal enters and the song takes on a magical melody that will have you playing this in your brain for days and days. This is just classic!!!!

God Eater—-Beginning at the onset like a Linkin Park track, this quickly comes alive and reminds you what you are listening to. This is Industrialized Metal at its finest. The song is slow to begin…but comes alive with an intensity that is worth the wait. This is incredibly intense. I love the deep feeling of the song…and the slight manipulations you hear in the backdrop of the song. This is different…but fits in with everything in a masterful way……I love this band!!!!

Depraved Mind Murder—-This is classic FF from the very first notes and just progresses as the song does. I freakin love this….the drums are incredible for being machine made…the vocal is like it has always been…sounding the same as the very first release….the clean vocal sounds even better than ever….providing the much-needed melody to this song…this band would not be the same without it….incredible….!!!!

Virus Of Faith—-With super human drumming, that is not even human, the song begins with a huge BANG!!!! The interplay between aggressive and clean vocals make this track a favorite of mine…you travel between mayhem and calm so quickly…I feel schizophrenic…and in headphones…the track moves from ear to ear magically….this is just fantastic!

Difference Engine—- Drum driven and really aggressive from the very first note, this is another really favorite track of mine on this release….this is incredible…there is so much energy and vehemence. I love the slow ebb of the song and the sudden bursts that follow…this is incredible. I really can never find fault with this band!

Disassemble: Religion Is Flawed Because Man Is Flawed—-There are some really great guitar squeals throughout this song that really get me going…I love that shit. This is aggressive and full of religious venom…..I cant deny the disbelief…but i still love the band as an entity. this is remarkable…even the rough vocals are almost clean….this is fantastic…another very favorite track!!!

Human Augmentation—-This huge….epic last track on this stellar release…will leave you thirsty for more…begging for another quick release and listening to this one over and over for the next 6 months. this is extraordinary…full of effects, Indutrial style noises and an almost soundtrack style to the delivery. This is masterful….and that is before any singing even begins! Which it never does!!!! This ambient style closure is an excercise in patience…but a display of talent!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]



Cattle Decapitation / Monolith Of Inhumanity

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Monolith of Inhumanity

Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation’s songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals as well as the abuse of the environment. Lyrics may also focus on subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the situations that animals are subjected to (animal testing, slaughter, etc.). Only two current members are vegetarian: Travis Ryan and Josh Elmore.[citation needed]

Their 2002 album To Serve Man saw controversy in Germany, where distribution company SPV refused to handle the album due to its graphic cover.[3] The cover of the 2004 album Humanure, featuring a cow excreting human remains, was reportedly censored without permission from the label in some outlets. Record store owners did not display the album, making it difficult for customers to find and buy it.[4][5]

Former member Gabe Serbian is a member of the band The Locust.[6] Former member Dave Astor was also a member of The Locust.

Metal author and journalist Garry Sharpe-Young once acknowledged the band as “one of the few metal bands whose message hits as hard as their music”.[3]

In August 2009, Cattle Decapitation parted ways with long-time bassist Troy Oftedal because of “musical and personal differences”.[7]

Their latest album, Monolith of Inhumanity, was released in 2012. It received positive reviews upon release.[8][9]

Cattle Decapitation has toured with many death metal bands including Suffocation, Cryptopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Krisiun and Job For A Cowboy[citation needed]. The band is touring in May 2012 with Fear Factory, Voivod, and Revocation.

The Analysis:

The Carbon Stampede—-Coming out of silence with a low hum that builds and builds, it is not long before the predictable hell breaks loose. The deep growl from this vocalist is incredible…as well as the speed of the music. Most of this band’s lyrical content is very positive and filled with a message…..I just wish I could catch a word or so here and there. what I love most about this band is the aggression and unrelenting speed! And….believe it or not…there are some exceptional guitar melodies on this track!

Dead Set On Suicide—-From the very first notes of the intro, this track really resonated with me. Although the lyrics bash God a bit more than I prefer, the track is freakin’ electric as hell….exceptioinal drums…..outstanding bass and a huge melody line. Vocals….brutal as always!!! The double tracks and overlays are incredible…is there someone else singing on this track?

A Living Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat—-Returning to song content that first attracted me to this band, the lyrics also contain a few words against God as well….which rather surprises me. The vocal on this track is outstanding…I’m not sure what has changed here, but this is much more friendly to my brain…there are nice breaks and a bit of melody! Fantastic!!!!

Forced Gender Reassignment—-Kudos for the band for deciding to write a song about such a controversial issue….even bigger kudos for coming off sounding almost exactly like Cannibal Corpse. This track moves….and the effects are incredible…again…the double tracking is incredible. The deep vocal at times makes me think of Oceano…but there are bloody screams as well…remarkable!!!!!

Gristle Licker—-Beginning with lightning fast drums, this is by far the most aggressive vocal thus far on this release. I am amazed at the depth that this guy can reach with his voice…he goes so deep sometimes it is like he is bubbling underground…othertimes there is an almost Satanic squeal to his voice…loving this band right now!

Projectile Ovulation—-Once again, the drums lead off this track at an incredible pace…the melody of the song falls into place immediately and floats in and out as it progresses. The vocal is as you would expect, but the bass guitar is the surprise here….giving the song a huge groove over the gravesite depth of the vocal…just amazing…..

Lifestalker—-Seemingly coming right out of the previous track, the music is very consistent. The high cymbals throughout this release is a surprise to be…as are the vocals on this track…almost puking with vehemence and horror. I love this band…this week….my new favorite aggression release. When the track suddenly shifts tones….I sit with my mouth hanging open…an incredible surprise to me…and makes the track almost…..supernatural!

Do Not Resuscitate—-This begins with a nice almost thrash feel to it, but becomes the MONSTER track of the release…this is so aggressive and fast that it is almost maddening. I wonder how the hell this guy can sing like this for song after song….but it is done and done incredibly well. This is another favorite track….angry, energy filled and fueled by fire!!!!

Your Disposal—-This track has a really great intro…..from all the instruments involved…giving you an appreciation of the band before it rapidly dissolves into more of what you have come to expect from this band…and there is that magical clean vocal again…making me smile and wonder what the hell. This track speaks to the level of trash we leave in the environment…both physical and mental and really resonates with me. this is another VERY favorite track of mine.

The Monolith—-Beginning in a rather odd vein, the track is slow to light up…there is a lot of doom serving as the intro……the guitar enters almost at a ghostly pace….and I shake my head in amazement…knowing that the familiar is not far behind. This is a rather incredible track…there is no mayhem…but instead an intense vocal that makes me think of all things…Pink Floyd……masterful!!!!! This is interesting…good track placement and production!!!!

Kingdom Of Tyrants—-Melding perfectly from the previous track, this is a true return to the mayhem that you have come to expect and serves as an excellent end to this release. The brutality is as real as the very first track…leading me to smile even wider. This will be in my rotation for quite sometime…the added clean vocal is extraordinary….I love this new direction…..

****3/4 out of 5

Jay-Z/Kanye West / Watch The Throne

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on 90000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

Watch the Throne

Watch the Throne is a collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, released on August 8, 2011, by Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc Nation, and Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording locations and began in November 2010. It was produced by West, 88 Keys, RZA, Swizz Beatz, Jeff Bhasker, and Mike Dean, among others. Prior to the album, Jay-Z and West had collaborated on their respective singles and with West as a producer on Jay-Z’s work.

Expanding on the dense production style of West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Watch the Throne incorporates orchestral and progressive rock influences, unconventional samples, and dramatic melodies in its sound. Jay-Z and West’s braggadocio lyrics on the album exhibit themes of opulence, fame, materialism, power, and the burdens of success, as well as political and socioeconomic context. Music writers interpreted the album’s subject matter to concern the rappers’ plight as African Americans struggling with financial success in America.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 436,000 copies its first week. It produced seven singles, including the international hits “Otis” and “Niggas in Paris” and Billboard hit “H•A•M“. Upon its release, Watch the Throne received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production and the rappers’ performances, although some criticized its subject matter and cohesiveness. It was one of the top-ranked albums in year-end lists by critics and publications. Jay-Z and West promoted the album with a concert tour that spanned October to December 2011. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and, as of March 2012, has sold 1,421,000 copies in the United States.

The Analysis:

No Church In The Wild—-From the very first strains of this track, you know that you are in for an epic journey of two huge personalities coming together to make a possible masterpiece. When Jay opens his mouth and begins to rap over the dar beats of West’s production, you know this is a match made in heaven. there is no ego here…just the urge to make something magnificent……few can match the easy flow from Kanye….this is magnificent!

Lift Off—-When I first heard the opening strains to this track, I just knew….it was going to be EPIC!!!! When they included Beyoncé in the mix, that made it even more magnificent….there is an aggression to this track that Beyoncé herself is responsible for……her vocal combined with the music makes me feel really hyped! Kanye enters with some magnificent robot vocals that are fantastic…and delivers some lines in a higher tone that is so becoming…this is a magnificent track…..not sure why it did not get mass air-play….perhaps everyone feared nepotism…but it deserved to be heard everywhere!

Niggas In Paris—-With a sound that hearkens back to the earlier days of Jay’s solo music, this is not that different from the very first few singles he released. The piano in the backdrop is irritating…but it would be a different track without it. this is magnificent…these two work so well off of each is like a marriage made in heaven. The interplay between the two vocals are as natural as spring and summer…..this is brilliant!

Otis—-The lead off single to this release and a fantastic video, the sample becomes annoying after a bit…but it never gets tired. The video and the premise is fun…and you can tell these guys have a relationship between the two of them that was begging to be expanded upon. The throwback soul vibe is freakin brilliant…..the vocal play between the two MC’s are incredible and leaves you breathless…..this is a match made in heaven…who knew!!!!

Gotta Have It—-Again searching back into the old school souls sound, Kanye delivers an opening vocal that is magnificent. The switch back and forth between the two is almost seamless…even over the heavy sample…this is practised and perfect…there are no errors…but pure perfection. Jay is laid back as always….Kanye still carries his anger…it drives this entire lp…..

New Day—-Returning to the Robo-Voice of his previous releases, Kanye begins this whole show with a nice vocal introduction……with just a tad bit of reverse racism thrown in for fun? Sometimes I get offended…but I try not to let it get in my soul…..I’m the most open-minded person in the world…sometimes the fact that people feel this way hurts my soul…..but that is what music is for…to discuss and reveal….

That’s My Bitch—-With a nice throwback hyped feel, this reminds me a lot of old school rap from the late 80’s!!! The sample that runs through the song is incredible and Kanye delivers a flow that is just incredible….words piled upon words….making me smile. This is fun, misogynistic and predictable…but needed in the flow of the CD….the backdrop singing makes the track even larger…this is fantastic…..Jay can go fast to…who knew!!!!

Welcome To The Jungle—-Another sample filled track that just adds to the hype-ability of the song….makes it even more incredible. So often through this release, Jay sounds almost breathless…like he caught the excitement that this whole thing was going to become. This is line after line of classic wordplay….lyrics that make you think and require time to digest…this is incredible…almost a year out and I still listen to this most everyday!!!

Who Gon Stop Me—-Again sample heavy, but with some really aggressive sounds in the backdrop, Kanye almost manages to outshine the master on this track. There is a real distortion that runs through the backdrop…as well as the vocal distortion that gives a hyped energy that is impossible to ignore…this is one of my favorite tracks on the CD.

Murder To Excellence—-This is rather run of the mill… appeals to me, but is not a stand out track to me…I know the content is important….Blacks are killing Blacks at an alarming rate…so perhaps we should pay attention…I understand the frustration…but what about the sympathetic White guys dudes? We do exist…..

Made In America—-A track full of empowerment and references to the greatest that stood for equality, you have to give the guys credit for including those things that make credence to the advancement of human beings! this is a poignant song…with many references to Kanye’s mom…while Jay sits in the back for most of the song. The interlude that runs through the back drop gives me shills…this is epic!!!!

Why I Love You—-Another brilliant track…..with fantastic manipulated samples and an energy that makes me want yo jump up and get rowdy from. The vocal from Jay is still almost breathless……wondering what that is all about. The energy of this song…even though it ebbs…never lets you alone…this is hyper active…built around an ADD nation!!!!

Illest Motherfucker—-Not a favorite of mine, but it is still a classic track…..I will leave most of my comments to myself…..sometimes Kanye and his words cause me hurt?

H*A*M*—-Stripped down and very raw, this is kind of surprise to be…I guess just because it is so graphic. This is raw and sexist…I guess that fits in the whole rap game…right? The ‘chorus’ opens up the song really nice…but you have to wonder whether Jay was really on board with this whole thing…especially since his verses are totally different from anything Kanye delivers…but, somehow it works…amazing!!!!

Primetime—-CLASSIC… of the few tracks that seems to allow Jay control from the very onset, this is like old school Jay….I love this. I like the stripped down NY style music…this is a first on this release thus far….even Kanye sounds a bit different on his delivery……I love this track……fantastic…and one of my favorites!!!!

The Joy—-Damn I love this sample…..wish I knew where it came from. Kanye enters the scene and delivers a rather dry vocal…full od nastiness and things that really do not fit on this release which has been full of empowerment and expression. I dont hate this, but to end it like this makes me wonder. I see more stuff from these two…and I can’t wait…..I love Jay and Kanye together…without the reverse racism please!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


Best Coast / The Only Place

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 90000006-04:00 12 by marky7235

The Only Place

The Only Place is the second studio album by American indie rock duo Best Coast, released on May 15, 2012 on Wichita Recordings. Produced by Jon Brion, the album features a more polished aesthetic than its lo-fi predecessor, Crazy for You (2010).

Regarding the album’s lyrical and thematic content, songwriter Bethany Cosentino noted, “It comes from a point of view of being very homesick and feeling like my feelings were all over the place because of the fact that I was so busy and scatterbrained and traveling all the time.”

The Analysis:

The Only Place—-From the onset, it appears to me that this favorite band of mine has taken a bit of a turn. Not concentrating as much on the low fuzz ‘beach-pop’, this release has an almost Country flair to it….but not in a bad way! This first track, is perhaps my favorite…as it shines with a nice gloss that makes me smile. This is so damn pleasant, it is hard to find fault with the whole damn thing. I miss the slight Alt feel of the previous release, but this is still stellar!

Why I Cry—-Again, can anyone find fault with this release? This is shiny and full of pop hooks. The vocal overlays that are throughout the song give the entire thing so much body…this is wonderfully warm, bright and sunny despite the somewhat downer lyrics…you can’t get past the shiny feel of the whole thing…polish away!!!

Last Year—-this has a really heavy 50’s Country lean to the entire thing. Makes me think of old-fashioned Prom songs from years gone by. I can almost envision the old 50’s tuxedos in my brain….the track paints a huge vivid picture…this is magnificent! “What a year this day has been, what a day this year has been”…..incredible!!!

My Life—-Returning to a more pop edge, the vocal layers on this track are fantastic…wondering how this band pulls this off live? This is so damn pleasant…depite the fact the the lyrics are rather dark. The music has a nice jaunty beat to it…making me smile….as the vocal wraps itself all around the music…this is bright…and brilliant!

No One Like You—-With virtually no b ass on this release, it is hard not to be bright and shiny! This is another of those tracks that from the very first listen made me think of old-fashioned 50’s school dances full of angst and revelries. This is just brilliant…the simple fact that they are making music like this in 2012 is remarkable….and doing it well is even better…I love this!!!

How They Want Me To Be—-Beginning a bit sedate and quiet, the track turns into a nice mellow interlude that allows you to sit back and actually catch every single word that is offered up. As the percussion enters the track it becomes a bit more lively, but there is an underlying sadness that makes you pay attention….

Better Girl—-Wow…..from the first guitar chords of the song…I fell in love. This is much more reminiscent of the first release….the vocal is so damn clear and the emotions are everywhere…intrumentally and lyrically. This is another of those favorite tracks of mine that screams sunshine and bright lazy days outdoors…..just wonderful!!!

Do You Love Me Like You Used To—-Another track that uses the magical vocal overlays to make you think about the fun Girl Groups of the past…this is full of built-in harmonies and a bright sunny sound. I love the retro feel to the whole damn thing…maybe that shows my age? This is brilliant…when the chorus opens up, the song becomes an entirely different animal…I love diversity!!!

Dreaming My Life Away—-Beginning much more gentle, the vocal has an almost slight echo to it that catches my attention right away. The drums are pretty fantastic on this song…I know this band has revolving drummers…but they should hang on to this one. This is not a happy song…but the poignancy makes it so attractive to me…another favorite!

Let’s Go Home—-This track returns to a much more jaunty and fun sound…the music is fast paced and bright as hell. I love this song!!!! The music is much more aggressive and the drums are surf all the way! This is what I have been waiting for…this is why I fell in love with this band!!!! Again……brilliant!

Up All Night—-Rounding out the release with a return to the pure 50’s sound that has carried most of this release, it only makes me sad it is the end and hungry as hell for the next chapter. There is a part of me that thinks this band could be very loud and aggressive if they wanted to be…for now…this is too damn pleasant to walk away from….I will be listening to this for a while…..

**** 3/4 out of 5

Marilyn Manson / Born Villain

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Born Villain

Born Villain is the eighth full-length studio album by American rock band, Marilyn Manson. It was released on May 1, 2012 by Cooking Vinyl Records and Manson’s own vanity label Hell, etc.[1][2] Interviews with the band’s frontman described that the record would be in a heavier tone than that of previous works, describing the sound as a “suicide death metal” style.

In November 2010, Twiggy Ramirez was quoted as saying “We’ve got a new album [that we’re working on]. It’s almost done. It’ll probably be out next year. […] It’s our best record yet, I think. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think this is our best work so far… It’s kind of like a little more of a punk rock Mechanical Animals without sounding too pretentious.” It is Marilyn Manson’s first album to be released via Cooking Vinyl.

The album’s lead single, “No Reflection”, received its first airplay on March 7, 2012 on KROQ Los Angeles. It was released in digital format on March 13, 2012 through Cooking Vinyl and Hell, etc., over a month ahead of the album’s release. The single was also released in physical format on April 21, 2012 as a limited-edition white vinyl, available only in the UK and Europe in celebration of Record Store Day. A music video directed by Lukas Ettlin[3][4] was released to promote the single, and also features Roxane Mesquida. The music video premiered on April 4, 2012 on Marilyn Manson’s VEVO channel.

The Analysis:

Hey Cruel World—-Beginning in a slight muted and hushed tone, it is just a huge pleasure to finally hear from the Shock Rock God after such a long silent period. The song comes alive slowly and finds Manson in great vocal form. There is both a metal edge as well as a slight electronic feel to the song….this is classic Manson……finding him seemingly as welcome to be back as we are to have him!

No Reflection—-The lead off single to this release, this track again begins rather slow and quiet creeping up on you before coming more alive. The tempo is magnificent…with Manson giving all types of vocal utterances before the actual vocal. This is classic Marilyn…the voice is in such good form. The song is a bit sedate and not as aggressive as I expected…but definetly radio friendly. This is nice…but I would prefer a bit more intensity!

Pistol Whipped—-Yet another track that begins so odd…..are all of these effects necessary…just get to the damn blow out will ya? Manson sounds a bit particular on this song…it obviosly is not a very favorite of mine…not sure I really appreciate the song content. The chorus is magnificent though…..sounding like classic Manson…but the instrumentation is kept to muted for me…let it rip guys!!!

Overneath The Path Of Misery—-Again, taking forever to get started, this has a bit more of an aggressive instrumentation. Manson almost growls his way through the song and when the band is permitted to, they really let loose. but everything thus far on this release seems so controlled…I much prefer the mayhem of previous releases!!!

Slo-Mo-Tion—-Beginning with a great bass line, the track gives me hope from the onset. The pace is so slow for me though…I keep waiting for all hell to break loose and it never really does. Of course Manson is in control and delivers an almost crystal clear vocal…..but the blues edge to the song is a surprise. This sounds too much like other songs that have been done…..but it is still acceptable.

The Gardener—-For me, this track is rather brilliant….I love it!!!! Manson talk his way through the beginning of the song…..and sounds typically pissed off and demented. This is nice!!! The guitar effects that run through the bottom of the song are almost sonic…this sounds like a movie to me. I really rather like this song!!! When Manson really lets loose with his vocal, I breathe a sigh of relief!

The Flowers Of Evil—-I guess my problem with this release is the damn consistency of the entire thing…there is nothing new or predictable this far into the record. This is just like the 1st, 3rd and 5th track…there is no ingenuity! The aggression is missing so badly from this release…leaving me feel a bit flat and defeated. There are rare glimpses into the older days…but this is pretty sedate for Marilyn…..the track has a really nice melody…but where is the anger?

Children Of Cain—-Offering a bit more of an Industrial lean musically, Manson even sounds a bit more like his old self on this track. The chanting delivery of the song is reminiscent of the glory days…but the aggression is flat and almost absent. i like the chorus a lot…mostly for the sweeping music in the backdrop. The voice even reaches a higher pitch not heard yet on this CD…nice!!!

Disengaged—-Returning to the sing-song delivery that Manson is known for, I have hope for the track…as it reminds me of so many other songs. This has a slight down tempo blues feel to it…and then finally!!!!! the band lets loose with a bit of momentary aggression and the vocal turns into a nice ugly mass of hate……but it is short-lived! What is going on here? This is not bad….but it is by no means stellar!

Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms—-This is nice…..exactly what I have been craving for thus far on this release. The music is huge on this track…the vocal is full of putridity and disgust making me smile in secret. The sentiment is relevant and the music portrays the urgency magnificently!

Murderers Are Getting Prettier Everyday—-Beginning rather slow, the song becomes its own by the second bar….becoming even more alive and aggressive. Manson finally has some venom to deliver and the erratic music makes the track even more intense. this is what I have been waiting for…..the entire track just makes me grin underneath my plaster face…giving me a smile that will last inside for days. This is fantastic!!!

Born Villain—-The title track to this release finds it sounding a bit odd at the onset and my heart falls flat upon the first listen. The vocal enters and makes me feel a bit better…although it seems pushed to the back of the mix a bit. The aggression is absent for the most part…but the sentiment is classic manson…the track sounding much like things that have been done in the past…this is not a bad track, but not really a favorite!

Breaking The Same Old Ground—-Ugh…..not liking this track at all……disappointed. Next…..

You’re So Vain—-Manson does a stellar cover version of this classic Carly Simon track….that also features Johnny Depp on drums and guitar. The interpretation is incredible…allowing a bit more venom then the original ever had. The track has a nice aggressive edge and some vocal overlays that fit the tempo and mood perfectly…this is a classic Manson cover……God knows there are enough of them…but this ranks up there with the best!!!

*** 3/4 out of 5


Cannibal Corpse / Torture

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TortureTorture is the twelfth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. The album was produced at Sonic Ranch Studios by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan.

Bassist Alex Webster said about the record: “After having spent the past seven months writing and rehearsing new material, we’re very excited to finally begin recording. We’ve had great success working with Erik Rutan on our past two albums so we’ve decided to work with him again, but to keep things fresh we decided on a change of location — we’re returning to Sonic Ranch studios in Texas, where we’ve recorded several albums in the past. We are psyched to see how this combination works out — we feel it’s pairing that could result in our best album yet.”

It is the first Cannibal Corpse record in eight years (the last being 2004’s The Wretched Spawn) to feature a morbid cover. Although unlike other Cannibal Corpse covers where two would have to be illustrated – one censored and the other featuring the usual graphic violence – Torture includes a flap over the cover that depicts its graphic violence, which can only be opened once the product’s plastic seal is removed. The Japanese version comes in a standard jewel box with a slip cover case to mimic the Digipak version of the uncensored international release.

The Analysis:

Demented Aggression—-There is little new or shocking that CC can do at this point that has not been done by them already…all we can ask for is quality and consistency and this opening track really delivers. The music is as you would expect….amazingly fast and full of shreds…all the while George delivers growl after growl of disgusting suggestions to the listener. All in fun, this is also a huge stress reliever. Long live the grindcore kings!!!

Sarcophagic Frenzy—-Leaving you little time to catch your breath, this track comes in as heavy as anything the band has managed. With a bit more of a down-tempo, this allows George to tell a bit of a demented story. The musical interchanges are incredible going from ultra fast to a slower dirge like magic…the only thing missing for me are the magical guitar squeals this band is known for.

Scourge Of Iron—-The drums on this release are showcased so well on this track….as the heavy bass guitar produces a death march to the gallows…this is extraordinary and manages to make me smile. CC have turned their Deathcore into an art…that no one can do better. Who would think they would stand strong after 20 plus years? This track is full of melody and a damn catchy refrain…truly…believe it or not!!!!

Encased In Concrete—-Probably my favorite track on this release, it contains all I have ever needed from this band….aggression, speed, gore, ghastly vocals and a magical cohesive sound. the cymbals crash all over this track and the lead guitar is much shinier…allowing the track not to sound as deep. the intensity level is amped and the vocal is delivered at ultra speed. This is a huge combination of everything I love about this band…except the occasional guitar squeal……can’t have it all.

As Deep As The Knife Will Go—-Returning to full on aggression and thrash, the lyrics are a bright return to the gore-iffic escapades of the past…..reminding me of the true glory days of the band. The vocal is pushed away a bit…..making me wonder why? It is almost impossible to catch every word….but you just know this is brutal and ugly….and… is!!!! Classic!!!

Intestinal Crank—-Delivered deep and full of dirge at the onset, the song picks up a tempo that seems almost superhuman…I’m never sure how George manages to keep his vocal in time with the music coming at him in all directions. This is so aggressive and gory…you have to laugh…and shudder at the same time. Extraordinary!

Followed Home Then Killed—-The intro to this track is rather surprising….setting a melodic mood that lasts for quite sometime. George delivers line after line that you can actually understand and shake your head at. The speed is interspersed and the track switches from mood to mood..there are even some slight guitar squeals here…this is another favorite track…for the melody, the energy and the predictability!!!

The Strangulation Chair—-Returning to full on death mode, this is classic CC…..full of interchanges and growling vocals that make me shake my head and wonder how the hell George can sing like this year after year…all while whipping his head around at 40 miles per hour. This has that nice CC deep sound and you will not be disappointed…predictable but needed!

Caged-Contorted—-One thing you have to give this band credit for….they are true to their art form and they never leave it far behind them. No new sounds for them…this is classic and expected but welcome and brand new. the aggression makes me feel new…the energy gives me purpose…the lyrics make me smile sardonically…….everything I need from a band! Besides….this has a great vocal melody to it!!!

Rabid—-Another classic sounding track, George has a way of singing that carries a melodic edge to it despite the full throttle growl he delivers. This is a well versed band that knows how to construct a track…this is another favorite of mine from this release…just for the barrage of instrumentation and the great underlying melody that accompanies the damn thing! some vocal overlays here too!!!! WOW!!!

Torn Through—-Ending the release as brutal as it began, the energy level never takes a break. The dirge is magnificent and there seems to be some nice overlays on the vocals on this track as well…live, I suppose it really has no bearing! This is a great recording…another nice stepping stone in the foundation of Cannibal Corpse…..I will re-visit this often….

**** 3/4 out of 5