Just gonna lay down a few reviews for some albums I've been listening to lately.
Authority Zero-Stories of Survival (2010)
Their 4th full length album, brings out the best in everybody. An improvement on last album where they seemed to focus on that awkward hard punk. Still hard edged but has some amazing vocals and dips into some slight pop punk. Reggae/ska tunes on this album are later on in the cd, wish it was a little more spread out. Overall a major improvement from 12:34 but then again that wasn't a horrible album either.
Verdict: 8/10It's got some memorable songs but where they always fall short is the guitar department, I could hear a few licks reused from past albums. As usual, amazing vocals and nice embellished bass lines.
Mindflayer-Die and Mold Services(2004)
After finally getting my needle replaced, this was one of the first lps I wanted to try out. It is 220 gram weight and let me tell you, even on my crappy set up, the sound quality on this lp is fantastic! This lp is only 2 songs, 1 on each side. They are pretty long but very intense. Some may not like the repetitive nature of these songs but others will be encircled in the dense oscillator work, almost reminding me of gibson's bass playing. It isn't apparent in other albums such as "It's always 1999" but it's there and a good background to chip's wild and insane drumming skills.
10/10 They totally trapped me in with this album, I used to be a so so fan of mindflayer but upon hearing this gem, I am a full out fanatic!
I've been itching to try these guys out ever since they popped up on my last fm radio. Finally picked up a cd at my local shop and was pleasantly surprised. The music is fast and furious with the lead of a screachin' female vocalist. This does get a tad bit old after a while of just hearing furious instruments but luckily this 11 track release does not go on for long so it doesn't spoil itself. The drums on this album are so fun to listen to, blast beats here, odd time signatures there, and just plain wacky stuff I would of never thought a drummer to do. It may be too harsh for some to listen to but it isn't too bad.
Final Verdict: 7/10 This album is fast and furious with some catchy female vocals going on but it just seems like it's a little one sided in terms of diversity.
Pelican-What We all Come to Need(2009)
I went on a limb picking this album up, I've heard a lot about this bands on some other forums so why not. For a nearly all instrumental album it seems lacking. Laid back is a great way to describe this album, it's got it's metal moments but it's got ton of repetition, even for someone who loves stuff like that. This album could of been great but fell a little short.
Final Verdict: 6/10Overly Repetitive riffage and sometimes dull drumming can be a downer, but there is still some good music in this release.