So back in the day here, about 5-6 years ago, I used to do mini-reviews of the metal albums I was listening to for the first time. Figured it would be cool to start doing that again. Just like back then, I'll just write two or three sentences about each album, keeping it simple and straight-up. I'll start with the latest batch of albums that are still fresh in my mind...
Artist: fluoride Album: fluoride Year: 2017 Genre: Grindcore, Powerviolence, Sludge Metal Rating: 3.5/5 Comments: A solid mix of fast, punishing riffs along with big, slow sludge, often quickly alternating between the two. And in typical Grindcore fashion, the album goes by quick at 15 minutes. The riffage could be made more memorable on future releases though (and apparently these guys just put out a highly acclaimed sophomore album that I haven't yet heard).
Artist: Quiet Riot Album: Metal Health Year: 1983 Genre: Heavy Metal, Glam Metal Rating: 3.5/5 Comments: Of course I've heard the hits from this album my whole life (ex: "Cum On Feel The Noize"), but I finally got around to listening to the full album. I was impressed how most of the album is filled with some very fun, catchy stuff. Nothing that will blow your mind, but it does its job quite well.
Artist: Sleepkillers Album: Sleepkillers Year: 2019 Genre: Alternative Metal Rating: 3/5 Comments: A new supergroup from members of Limp Bizkit, Saliva, and Puddle of Mudd. This is a pretty standard and perhaps above-average Alt-Metal album, which to be honest is kind of refreshing these days since we don't get too much of this sound anymore. With that said, a lot of choruses are whipped out, but too many of them just aren't catchy. However, some of them are, which makes for some satisfying songs. And that's pretty much that.
Artist: Tragedy Album: Vengeance Year: 2002 Genre: Crust Punk, D-Beat Rating: 4/5 Comments: Similar to fluoride above, this is an album that provides both fast riffage along with big, monolithic moments, but this band does it better. If that's the kind of sound you dig, then definitely check out both this album and their previous debut album.
Artist: Jerry Cantrell Album: Degradation Trip Year: 2002 Genre: Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge Rating: 4/5 Comments: From the main songwriter/guitar player/co-vocalist of Alice Chains, this album basically sounds like a modern Alice In Chains album, but with a bit more grit. If you're an Alice In Chains fan and you haven't heard this, then definitely check it out. You'll feel right at home.
Artist: Gandalf The Green Album: King of the Ashes Year: 2017 Genre: Stoner Metal, Doom Metal Rating: 3.5/5 Comments: A solid, well-done Stoner Doom album. However, there's nothing too special here and musically there's nothing actually related to LOTR/Tolkien from what I recall to really solidify its niche. If they included some samples from the movies (the classic cartoon movies or the Peter Jackson movies), that would have bumped this up for me. But still, it's worth a listen.
Artist: Smoulder Album: Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring Year: 2019 Genre: Heavy Metal, Doom Metal Rating: 3.5/5 Comments: This a debut Epic Doom-style album with female vocals, so it sounds a bit unique. I felt some of the songs might have been a bit too drawn out, but there are also some very strong songs and overall it delivers.
Artist: 3TEETH Album: shutdown.exe Year: 2017 Genre: Industrial Metal, Electro-Industrial Rating: 3.5/5 Comments: Nothing ground-breaking here, but most of the songs provide a satisfying mix of electronic beats and deep, heavy metal riffs. If you're into both Metal and Electronic music (like me!) then you'll enjoy this.
HearNAid behind the scenes from back in the 80's. I probably watch this at least once a year. Awesome hearing some of the classic voices and guitar players from back in the day and fuck me do some of those guitar solos rip. George lynch from Dokken is probably my favorite one. If you've never seen this watch it.