Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 30
Wow! 30 of these damn things, now! That’s a lot of tunes I’ve gone through! This edition will feature CDs I’ve picked up from August and there’s another feature coming soon as you’ll hear me state in the video embedded at the bottom of this.
Before I get into it all, as always, I’d like to thank and give props to Dave over at Mad Rush Media for all his help acquiring music! Make sure to check out and BUY, BUY, BUY!
The Lurking Fear – Out of the Voiceless Grave
(Century Media, 2017)
A Swedish super group featuring At The Gates’ Tomas Lindberg on vocals pummels with their debut album. Whether this is a one-off remains to be seen, but I hope it isn’t. If you’re a fan of old school death metal, especially Swedish death metal, you’re in for a treat! The album doesn’t reinvent the wheel in any manner but it does provide metal fans a really great album. It’s worth checking out!
Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep
(Napalm Records, 2017)
A confusing album title is fitting to match this odd painting used on the cover by Edvard Munch, a Norwegian artist who drew this in 1898. This is probably my favourite album by the band since Rebel Extravaganza. There’s so much on here to like. The production is fantastic especially with the drums. It’s so awesome to hear a metal release with raw sounding drums and someone actually playing what you hear. I think this one will be purchased on vinyl as well because I’m quite impressed with the mix and blending of metal that Satyr and Frost provided here.
Mastodon – Cold Dark Place
(Reprise Records, 2017)
This surprise EP featuring four songs from the Emperor of Sand sessions came out in September and is along the same lines of the songs featured on that album and Once More Round the Sun. If you like Mastodon, you’ll like this. The four songs sound like they could have been on either album and blended in fine, so I’m unsure why they left them off Emperor of Sand in the first place. With an $8 price tag, I’m sure the band and label really didn’t make too much more by doing this. But then again, what do I know?
Herbal T – Lo-Fi Blow Dry
(Whiskey Den Recordings, 2014)
While the album and songs are credited to 2014, it wasn’t until this year that this collection of songs was available to purchase on CD. While I’m not a big rap/hip-hop fan, I do love 80s rap and the pioneers. This album really gives off that 80s nostalgia feel and Herbal T’s rhymes and lyrics are a blast to hear. If you haven’t heard any of this, make sure you check it out on YouTube because he’s got a lot of great videos (along with his brother Wax) that you need to hear. I hope there are more physical releases of their tunes.
River Black – Self Titled
(Season of Mist, 2017)
From the ashes of the amazing band, Burnt By The Sun, comes River Black. If you want your face ripped off with a diverse platter of metal, get this album. This is easily going to be in my top 20 of the year because the songs are catchy, aggressive, and the lyrics to the songs actually are relevant. This is going to be another album I have to snag on vinyl because I’m so impressed with it that I have to have a copy on wax. Brilliant album.
Dead Cross – Self Titled
(Ipecac Recordings, 2017)
Want your face to be washed with a Brillo pad, your nose punched, and then have a hug right after to make you feel better? That’s what the music on this release will do to you. Featuring members of The Locust along with ex-Slayer stickman, Dave Lombardo and Faith No More’s Mike Patton, these four have produced an album that will make you pay attention throughout. Minus the cover of Bauhas’ “Bella Legosi’s Dead” this is practically a front to back album (sorry, not a fan of the song or Bauhas).
The front and back cover also glow in the dark. It’s a cool bonus to go along with an excellent album.
The Haunted – Strength In Numbers
(Century Media, 2017)
I like The Haunted and this album is good…but it’s not great. Exit Wounds, to me, was a way better album and really kicked my ass. This one has a some excellent songs on it, but as a whole, it didn’t leave me as impressed as Exit Wounds.
This media book edition features three stickers and bonus tracks. I’m a stickler for these kind of special editions but they’re a pain in the ass to get sometimes. Thank goodness for the Internet and Ebay!
Kyng – Burn the Serum & Breathe in the Water
(Razor & Tie, 2014/2016)
Holy shit n’ piss. This is one of those times where I discover a band and I think, “how did I miss this??!!” Kyng is a f’n great hard rock/grunge band that would have fit absolutley perfectly in my teenage years. That’s the utmost compliment. This is the kind of band that should be on radio stations, firing it up on all cylinders because their songs are top notch. Think of the best 90s hard rock/grunge bands (yes, I’m probably assuming your top three) and these guys could easily be slotted into that group, or at least top five.
I can’t say much more than listen to them. Do it. Now. Stop reading my feature and just get over to any means necessary to listen to them. These guys have become one of my favourite new bands of the last couple of years and I can’t wait for more.
I do have to say that I didn’t hear of them until they were played a few times in my new vehicle that had Liquid Metal as a free trial courtesy of Sirius FM.
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
(Caroline International, 2017)
The master behind Porcupine Tree returns with another album the blends all the prog rock, metal, soft rock, and everything in between, that you could hope for. This album is quite excellent although I find it more tame than Hand. Cannot. Erase. I’m fine with that becasue I applaud the journey Wilson takes with his albums and establishing that he’s an artist that absolutely won’t be defined by labels or genres. A must listen.
Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass
(Season of Mist, 2017)
It’s funny that in these times where image is more important than anything that these guys, who are established in other bands, parody some of the most important death metal releases with their album titles and songs titles and still manage to outperform the new blood.
In one of the most memorable front to back death metal albums this year, Cannabis Corpse takes everything you love about 90s death metal and perfects it. It’s like them and Entrails should be going out on tour to kick everyone right in the balls and show them how it’s done. This is essential death metal listening for this year and you need to buy it. Now.
Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
(Roswell Records, 2017)
If you’ve read any of my past features, among them you’ll know my appreciate and love for Foo Fighters and David Grohl. He has been a musical inspiration and someone who just happened to release songs and albums with themes that have helped me deal with life. Yeah, it’s personal, but that’s the whole point about music sometimes. It’s the connection that counts.
I found Sonic Highways to be the most boring and uninspired release Foo Fighters ever released although it was supposed to be the most inspired by the documentary they did. When the album was announced and “Run” was the track released with the PR campaign I was so damn hopeful the album would deliver more than Sonic Highways did. And damn it, did it ever.
This album is practically their Beatles tribute album but with a harder side to it. The harmonies and chord progression on many songs just echo many of The Beatles tracks for me. “Happy Ever After” is an easy comparison to The Beatles catalogue but “Sunday Rain” sounds like a slowed down “Glass Onion” to me.
All comparing aside, Foo Fighters have release their best albums and the approach of incorporating more harmonies and a fuller sound to choruses paid off big time. I’ll even give it bonus points for some of the more metal aspects of the album. This is already in my top five of the year and I’m sure it won’t be knocked out.
Enjoy the video!