Monday, August 31, 2009

absu - absu (2009)

I'll be upfront- this is the first and only album I've heard by Absu, a Texan death-metal band that was formed in the late 80's/early 90's. So I can't really consider this album from the perspective of their back catalog, or tell you how they've grown as a band. I can say, however, that this is a great, complex, thrash-y blackened death metal album with occult, Lovecraftian & Sumerian/Mesopotamian themes. Make sense? No, not really to me, neither. When I first heard this album I wasn't quite sure how to categorize it- I was under the impression it was a black metal record, and it does sometimes veer close to the thrash-y black metal made by Darkthrone and other more stripped-down black metal acts. But despite some black metal flourishes, this is actually progressive death metal, filled with hook-y riffs, odd tempos, and intricate song structures. The band uses a variety of sounds, in addition to the shredding guitars and relentless drums: synthesizers, ceremonial Tibetan horn, "brake disc" (?), Greek horn, and vibraslap are all present as well. In a sense, Absu reminds me of Dødheimsgard, in that both bands are releasing confidently complex-yet-accessible albums, late into their respective careers. While the songs on "Absu" take abrupt turns, sometimes winding around at breakneck speeds only to suddenly morph into an over-the-top synthesizer solo, it never feels half-assed. I certainly never had the impression that the band didn't know exactly what they were doing, or being unnecessarily intricate for the sake of intricacy itself. Don't get me wrong, this is proggy as hell. But it's also immediately approachable. Proscriptor McGovern, the drummer/lyricist/vocalist, has put in time with like-minded Middle-Eastern-influenced death metal outfit Melechesh, and has ties as well to The Firstborn, so if you've heard either of those bands, it might give you an idea what Absu are about. But even if you haven't heard those other bands, as long as you enjoy varied, well-written and interesting death metal, you're likely to enjoy this. Definitely one of the best metal albums I've heard this year- I'm interested too in checking out their last album, "Tara", which came out in 2001.

Absu - Between the Absu of Eridu and Erech
Absu - Amy

Andrew W.K.- 55 Cadillac(WTF and Whoa Awesome!)

Alright so has anyone heard this? it's apparently a instrumental solo piano album by Andrew W.K. I will review this once i have heard it but seriously this is pretty kick ass. Alex i'm looking in your direction for this one.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

the 70's: 1975-1979, take 2

once again an excellent list from Destroy the Scene. So as not to double up on his list, I won't be including:

television - marquee moon
captain beefheart and the magic band - shiny beast
gang of four - entertainment!
joy division - unknown pleasures

but there are still a number of great albums left unmentioned! SO....

brian eno - another green world (1975)
my favorite eno album, the incredible robert fripp guitar solo in "st elmo's fire"

read the rest!

eroc - eroc (1975)

harmonia - deluxe (1975)

cluster - sowiesoso (1976)

selda - selda (1976)
worth it for yaz gazeteci yaz alone

thin lizzy - jailbreak (1976)
you know what it is

beach boys - love you (1977)
oh MAN this album is so good and simultaneously such a disaster! I'm definitely reviewing it in full soon!

dennis wilson - pacific ocean blue (1977)
totally heartbreaking!

fela kuti & afrika 70 - zombie (1977)
fela kuti lived an insane life and was also a great musician!

fleetwood mac - rumours (1977)
since "tusk" was already taken

goblin - zombi ost (1979)
funky and creepy!

the slits - cut (1979)
dunno how this didn't make Sean's list

this heat - this heat (1979)
good! not as good as their next album, but that came out in the 80's

wire - 154 (1979)
totally underrated! "a touching display" is heavy as HELL

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The 70s part 2 1975-1979

Alright everyone, here is part 2, this list seems to be more dominated(obviously) by punk, lot less glam and prog and shows the musical landscape both becoming more noisy and going back to its pop 50s roots. Enjoy and of course please please comment and send your own lists our way.

Queen-A Night At the Opera(1975) Glam Rock, Operatic Rock, Prog

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Renaissance-Scheherazade and Other Stories(1975) Prog, Folk, Canterbury Sound

Ramones-Self Titled(1976) Punk, Bubblegum Rock

The Runaways-Self Titled(1976) Hard Rock, Proto Punk

Stevie Wonder-Songs In the Key Of Life(1976) Soul, Funk

The Modern Lovers-Self Titled(1976) Proto Punk, Indie Rock

AC/DC-Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap(1976) Hard Rock

Iggy Pop-The Idiot(1977) Dark Glam Rock

Lee Perry-Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Cornbread(1977) Dub, Reggae

Kraftwerk-Trans Europe Express(1977) Electronic, Synth Music, Experimental

Electric Light Orchestra-Out Of the Blue(1977) Experimental Pop

Richard Hell and the Voidoids-Blank Generation(1977) Punk

The Stranglers-Rattus Norvegicus(1977) Punk, Sleaze Rock

Suicide-Self Titled(1977) Electronic, Synth Based Noise, Experimental

Talking Heads-77(1977) Art Rock, Punk

Television-Marquee Moon(1977) Art Rock, Classic Rock Sound

Dr. Alimantado-Best Dressed Chicken In Town(1977) Reggae, Dub

Ian Dury-New Boots and Panties!!(1977) Funk Punk

Wire-Pink Flag(1977) Minimalist Punk, Art Rock

Pere Ubu-The Modern Dance(1978) Experimental Art Rock, Punk

Marcia Griffiths-Naturally(1978) Singer Songwriter, Reggae

James Chance and the Contortions-Buy(1978) Funk Punk, Experimental

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band-Shiny Beast(1978) Blues Rock, Art Pop, Experimental

Devo-Q: Are We Not Men. A:We Are Devo(1978) Art Rock, Punk, Synth Based Rock

The Cars-Self Titled(1978) Art Pop, New Wave

Chrome-Half Machine Lip Moves(1978) Experimental, Art Rock, Noise

Nick Lowe-Jesus Of Cool(1978) Classic Rock Sound, Power Pop, New Wave

Public Image Limited-Second Edition(1979) Art Rock, Experimental, Dub

The Pop Group-Y(1979) Art Rock, Dub, Experimental

Liliput-Self Titled(1979) Early Riot Grrl, Art Punk

Fleetwood Mac-Tusk(1979) Art Rock, Rock n Roll, Experimental

Gang Of Four-Entertainment!(1979) Dance Punk, Post Punk

Stiff Little Fingers-Inflammable Material(1979) Punk Rock

The Undertones-Self Titled(1979) Punk Pop, Roots of Skate Punk

The Raincoats-Self Titled(1979) Art Punk

Young Marble Giants-Colossal Youth(1979) Synth Based Music, Art Pop, Post Punk

Zounds-The Curse Of the Zounds(1979) Anarcho Punk

X Ray Spex-Germfree Adolescents(1979) Early Riot Grrl, Classic Rock Infused Punk

Buzzcocks-Singles Going Steady(1979) Punk Pop

Augustus Pablo-East Of the River Nile(1979) Dub, Reggae

The Clash-London Calling(1979) Classic Rock and Dub Influenced Punk Rock

Joy Divison-Unknown Pleasures(1979) Dark Post Punk