Some quick hits for you on this cool Wednesday evening. All ratings based on the Rate Your Music 1-5 star scale. Check my RYM profile for more reviews!
Lee Bannon – Alternate / Endings
Genre: Drum and Bass
// Tracks: 11 // Rating: 4.0
It never hurts to bust out the Amens and get down the jungle/old school drum and bass way. Each of these tunes carry a moody atmosphere and pack quite a punch. From the very beginnings of Resorectah, you know you’re getting quality tunes done the proper way. Prime / Decent and Perfect / Division are perfect examples of what I enjoy out of this style of music.
Not much to harp on when the music is this well-made and it’s a style not too many people push nowadays, and with LB you get his personal flair to it. Well done.
Worthless – Beaten by Life
Genre: Death Metal
// Tracks: 7 // Rating: 3.5
You’d expect an aquatic mud bomb of Finnish riffing. Instead, we’re treated with a nice slab of Swedish-influenced, punk-infused stomper filled with dirty riffs and occasional dips into doomy waters. For a demo, the production is crisp and clean, though maybe a little colorless. For those looking for something to reinvent the wheel, one listen to bangers like Personal Eclipse or the powerful closer Derelict will put all that notion to bed.
Enjoy the pounding drums and thick riffs. When done effectively, a band like Worthless earns its place amongst the wave of retro-death metal acts. It’s a fun romp that may earn a higher score from me in the future.
Krieg – Isolation / Transmission 7″
Genre: Black Metal/Post-Punk
// Tracks: 2 // Rating: 4.5
Krieg has been a force in the United States’ fertile black metal scene. For close to 20 years, Neil Jameson has delivered cut after cut of ultra-personal black metal. It’s the type of band and music that wears its emotions and influences on its sleeves, no bullshit and no compromises here.
It’s these traits that make this 7″ such a fine piece of work by him. Walk With Them Unnoticed rides a fantastic atmospheric tremolo riff backed by a drum beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a Joy Division record (heck, the record’s title is taken from two of Neil’s favorite JD songs). Add in Devil Pig’s trademark snarl, and the whole thing becomes a 10 minute exercise in bleak, neurotic music. Perfect for those nights of contemplation, or a sunny day that needs a little bit of darkness to balance it out. Very impressive.
When I think about blending black metal with genres like post-punk and shoegaze, I picture songs like these two. I’d be thrilled with an album from Krieg done in this style. If you missed out on the vinyl 7″ during Record Store Day, you can check the songs out on the band’s Bandcamp page.
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