samedi 21 octobre 2017

Tricky - Ununiform (2017)

Tricky is a very versatile artist, touching and mixing different styles, different beats, blending rock and electro, using many different vocalist on his albums. On the same album you have tracks that can be very different and it's also different from one album to the other. The overall quality is very high but his career has many ups and downs. Lately it was about one good for one mediocre. Mixed race in 2010 was good, False Idols in 2013 is maybe its weakest, Adrian Thaws in 2014 is a good one, whereas Skilled Mechanics in 2016 wasn't very inspired. IS the new one Ununiform following the pattern? Yes hopefully it is and it is indeed a really good albums with few average tracks and some really strong ones. Witht his trademark dark and melancholic mood, the melodic female singing (the usuals Francesca Belmonte, Asia Argento, and even Martina Topley-Bird), the rappers (Scriptonite from Kazakhstan and Smoky Mo from Russia), well, it's another classic Tricky album, possibly the best since Blowback?

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vendredi 20 octobre 2017

Leng Tch'e - Razor Grind (2017)

Razor Grind is the sixth album from Belgian band Leng Tch'e. They play a modern kind of grindcore, with a bit of death/grind and elements from modern hardcore and even a bit of beatdown / slam. But their major specificity is the inclusion of more melodic parts, especially with the vocals (although the majority of it is typical grind screaming), making it remind sometimes Cattle Decapitation, or even Vision of Disorder. I don't like every part in this album, but the diversity is a good thing and overall it's an interesting and enjoyable album with some surprises.

The BC page.

mercredi 11 octobre 2017

Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light (2017)

I'm usually not that much in this kind of stuff and that's why I'm only now discovering Ingurgitating Oblivion, from Germany, with their third album Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light (on Willotip records). But I'm really glad I discovered it since this album is surprising and very enjoyable. We could say they play some kind of "progressive" death metal, with the more death metal elements, like on the first track, reminding a bit Ulcerate but with less density, more breathing space and melody, while they also includes some fusion jazz guitar playing, vibraphones and piano parts on their more progressive moments. And they do it without sounding ever cheesy, nor boring, it really adds another dimension to the music, an uncanny feel and epicness. Highly recommended!

The Bandcamp page.     

samedi 7 octobre 2017

Unsane - Sterelize (2017)

Unsane's 8th album, Sterilize sounds like a continuation of their previous ones, and is maybe even slightly better, which means it's really good and worthy of many many listen. All the typical Unsane elements are here and used to full effects, the very strong rhythmic section with heavy bass sound, those crawling serpentine riffs, and the anguished vocals. Don't really know what to add, it's Unsane... enough said...

dimanche 1 octobre 2017

Howls of Ebb / Khtoniiks Cerviiks (split 2017)

Howls of Ebb and Khtoniiks Cerviiks are easily among the best, more interesting and innovative recent death metal bands (their latest albums were on my favourite albums list for last year). So obviously this split beetween the two of them is more than welcome. It had to be done. and it does not disappoint. It brings the expected amount of chaotic free Deiphago meets Voivoid death metal madness highs. Excellency in expectedly unexpected forms. It's not just higly recommended it's mandatory.

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 26 septembre 2017

Blame God - Strategically Confined (cs 2017)

Strategically Confined is a ten minutes cassette and the second release from the US grind band Blame God. Strategically Confined is not just really good, it's near perfect. The fast grind / crust parts are killer, high impact stuff, with great vocals and riffing and especially good drumming, while the slower parts are very good as well with some noise / feedback loving guitar playing that is really nice, reminding a bit some Napalm Death or even Godflesh stuff.  It's without any doubt one of the major grind release of the year and I'm impatient to hear more from Blame God (I'm not listening Strategically confinded each day, but several times a day during last weeks). Highly recommended!

The BC page.

samedi 16 septembre 2017

Our Solar System - In Time (2016)

In Time is the third album from the Swedish prog/fusion/psych rock band Our Solar System, and I'd say it's their best. Two 20 minutes long tracks, mostly instrumental, different each from the other and both good. The first one, my favourite, is mostly sax and piano driven for the melodies, the sax playing a leading role, not just solos here and there. In the second track the guitar is the main melodic element. The album is of the quiet psychedelic kind, not buried under cosmic effects allover, but trippy anyway and the atmosphere created and the melodies are really enjoyable and not already heard countless times.  Good stuff.

The Bandcamp page