Loudwire: 10 stupidly fast metal guitarists.
It's a slow week for new metal albums, so I'm spending this week finally spinning some new non-metal. The new Over the Rhine album is sublimely melancholy, a quiet, indy-folk, poetic tear-jerker. The new Weezer (black album) is pleasant and a good choice for the headphones while getting stuff done in the office. I'm enjoying both today.
Ozzy Osbourne's granddaughter singing "Crazy Train" to cheer Ozzy up while he was ill recently. Click to view video.
I don't see any super-interesting new albums today, but here's a new song by Death Angel. Pretty dang good.
This bot generates names for metal bands, complete with appropriately fonted logos. Cracks me up a few times each day.
It seems silly to review Hel, the new Týr album: if you know the band, you pretty much know what it sounds like. But if you don't, you might check it out if you're down with folk metal / power metal. I like it, and would put it up there with their best work. Haven't picked a favorite track yet, but this one is pretty representative of the album. "Ragnars Kvæði" https://youtu.be/Us-NTwC3vOM
Also check out "All Heroes Fall."
After two tracks, my early feeling is that the vocals are fine. This would be a great band to put out an instrumental album, though! Maybe they could release instrumental versions of their entire albums.
Spinning the new Children of Bodom! I admit I have a soft spot for them — my very first impression is that this one sounds a little corny, but I like it anyway. I just love CoB’s shredding and production sensibilities. Their last few albums have just been so accessible, like a jar of shiny Skittles candies, with about as much substance. This is melodic technodeath the way I like it. Heavy on the melodic, heavy on the techno, light on the death. Also a great live band. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
My top 14 albums of 2019 so far:
1. Dream Theater — Distance over Time
2. Within Temptation — Resist
3. Presto Ballet — The Days Between
4. Avantasia — Moonglow
5. Neal Morse Band — The Great Adventure
6. Evergrey — The Atlantic
7. Soen — Lotus
8. Queensrÿche — The Verdict
9. Weezer — The Teal Album
10. Soilwork — Verkligheten
11. Steve Hackett -- At the Edge of Night
12. Born of Osiris -- The Simulation
13. Delain -- Hunter's Moon (EP)
14. Rhapsody of Fire -- The Eighth Mountain
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