For a couple years now I’ve decided to make a kind of midway list at the end of May of the records that have come out in the year, it helps me remember them when the year-end lists start rolling up. It’s also probably the best opportunity to shine a light on some records which may have flown under your radar, with enough time for you to digest and perhaps include them in your own year end list. I suppose one can dream. Lets get under way…
5. Stubb – Stubb
I had known and liked Stubb before I went to Desertfest in Camden back in April and yet I surprised myself when I sang along with ‘Scale the Mountain’. In fact what was more surprising was that the Purple Turtle, the venue, was packed and sweaty and everyone made their voice heard, and it was only 2.30 in the afternoon. This did not happen regularly.
On stage they were just regular guys in rather colourful shirts, but as Stubb they swaggered and rocked, the record’s practically anthemic yet it is dirty and sleazy, and we all loved it washing over us. There’s a sense of invigorated classicism about their 70s psych tinged stoner rock; they’ve suffered their share of evil women and they’ve studied every note of every Hendrix solo, and it feels real with Stubb whereas if it were another band it may seem cliché.
The record easily benefits from the superman Tony Reed’s (Stone Axe) production skills (he has also done Saint Vitus’s new one this year) making this catchy and memorable release a standout of the year so far.
Set the Dial
01. Brewing the Storm
02. Bring Me Darkness
03. Ender of All
04. Mass Devotion
05. Carved in Stone
06. Set the Dial to Your Doom
08. This Time is Divine
09. Growing Horns
10. Crossroads and Thunder
For quite a while now, Georgia has breed its fair share of bands that all utilize that brand of southern-tinged music, albeit to a much heavier degree. Bands like Mastodon, Baroness and Kylesa have made a name for themselves and despite their different paths, they’ve all retained certain characteristics such as massive hulking riffs, booming vocals and an all around gritty sound. And in the case of their backwater brethren, Black Tusk, they are no different. But what sets Black Tusk apart from the other bands is there no holds barred approach to writing high-energy hard rock/metal music that bodes well their overall hell raising attitude. And with the release of their latest album, Set the Dial, Black Tusk continue that formula, bringing back that southern hospitality which will undoubtedly have you banging your head and stomping your feet!
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Mastodon let their fans know that they’ve recently stepped into the studio to write and record their new album by uploading a series of photos in the album ‘New Album Recording April 2011′. The above photo of the legendary Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Probot, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures, etc if you somehow forgot his legacy) was tucked neatly at the end, leading rock fans everywhere to salivate in awe at the possibility of Dave contributing to the new album. Dave is certainly fit for Mastodon’s sound, just as Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures, etc) fit in perfectly in “Colony of Birchmen” from their album Blood Mountain. Hopefully this ends up being more than friendly goofing off and we see a recorded collab between Dave and Mastodon; it’s just undeniably sweet and should be excellent!
Expect to hear more about this soon enough. We’ll have the record later this year!
I saw this idea thrown up by the ladies over at Reign In Blonde (via Metalsucks, of course), outlining a list of enjoyable songs by bands who are otherwise not all that enjoyable. I thought to myself, “Well, here’s a short gap in studying and homework and there’s fuck all in the news this late in the year, so I might as well bite at the idea.”
So here I am! And here are some songs I like by bands I don’t!
Children of Bodom – Tie My Rope
I’ve tried to get into Children of Bodom in the past, but they never really clicked for me, save for this song, “Tie My Rope,” which comes off of their last album Blooddrunk. I liked my melodic death on the side of In Flames and Soilwork around that time, so Children of Bodom’s more thrash-influenced approach didn’t do much for me, but this song has a certain catchiness and groove that drew me in. Unfortunately, the rest of the album failed to get that sort of attention from me, but I still enjoy this particular song.
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Despite their praise as a prog rock band, I could never get into Muse as a whole. “Knights of Cydonia” is alright, but it didn’t stick with me like this one did. This song is too damn catchy for its own good, though. That riff is infectious and the lyrics are catchy. And yes, I know this song is on the Twilight soundtrack, effectively ruining Muse with an army of Twilight fans. Regardless, this is a fun song.
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