Posted: July 04, 2007 (03:40 AM)
here are some more recent releases floating around my hard drive.
Behemoth - "The Apostasy": Mainly the same old frenetic guitars underlining Inferno's spastic drumming and Nergal's gravel-gargling vocals. Sometimes it sounds exactly like their last two albums, but some tracks such as "Inner Sanctum" are pretty fucking weird. It's so avant-garde, Nergal sounds more like the guy from Kraftwerk with spoken lyrics and there's even a piano in the background. Ugh. 6/10
Coffins - "The Other Side of Blasphemy": By the same twisted Japanese power trio behind Dot[.], so you know it's got plenty of chugging riffs and indecipherable vocals, only now their songs are about death and impending apocalypse instead of smoking copious amounts of weed. Has probably the greatest cover artwork of all time which gives it a generous point boost. 8/10
Ghostface Killah - "Fishscale": A giant leap forward from the post-"Supreme Clientele" doldrums, to say nothing of the elaborate story Tony Starks has written around himself smuggling "ten pounds of raw fishscale" from Colombia. Some rhymes are simply breathtaking, epic tales of skullduggery and busta-blasting such as "Shakey Dog", or hilarious such as the "Bad Mouth Kid" skit. Lots of fellow Killah Beez and guests (including Notorious BIG) contribute on over half of the tracks here, but don't take the focus away from Ghostface. 9/10
ICP - "The Tempest": After taking a nearly decade-long hiatus from anything clown related, I saw this on the rack at one of the only music stores left in my town, scoffed, then went home and downloaded it. The first track "The Sky is Falling", starts off with a pretty awesome atmospheric noise bit but then J and Shaggy come in, and it's on a constant downhill grade like the titular rollercoaster. Way too much repetition of unoriginal phrases, and when that gets old there's always sex with the elderly to rap about. 2/10
Sigh - "Hangman's Hymn": Holy crap. After the sporadically great experimental "Imaginary Sonicscape", I was unprepared for this fucking crazy sonic assault. My balls were rocked off and I couldn't find them for a couple days. The synthesized keyboard parts are now perfectly integrated into the blistering shredding; instead of "wtf?" genre shifts everything's right there from the beginning in this glorious stew. Lots of thematic repetition and necromancy. 9/10
Posted: July 04, 2007 (09:38 AM)
The best thing about Fishcale, was the bad online commercial for the "extras" release More Fish.
And I kinda figured the new ICP, that I discovered with the same "oh, there's a new ICP album?" kinda of way, would suck lots of ass.
Please look forward to my soon coming new music round up, which will include the new Smashing Pumpkins album.
Posted: July 04, 2007 (04:37 PM)
that was a very weird commercial for an unnecessary follow-up album. you didn't like Fishscale, or are you just dismissing it?
Posted: July 04, 2007 (06:51 PM)
Nah, I've never listened to it though I should since even indie circles enjoy it. I'm not big into rap.
Posted: July 04, 2007 (08:44 PM)
Any Wu-Tang related stuff is worth listening to even if it's to reinforce previously held opinions about rap.