Uneasy Listening 04/29/11
What gets us through the work week over here in "Revolver-land," as Lars Ulrich calls it? Hard rock and heavy metal, of course. (And occasionally something a little softer. Hey, you got a problem with that?!) So every Friday we're going to be posting some of the albums that our staff has been rocking over the past week. Maybe you'll find something you like—or at least something to bust on us about.
Editor in Chief
Sebastian Bach, Angel Down
"Getting to hang out with Baz at the Revolver Golden Gods was probably my personal highlight of the whole trip out to L.A. Dude is beyond cool and killed it as both our Black Carpet host and as a guest performer with Asking Alexandria. When we were having drinks at a local wine bar after soundchecks the night before the big show, his song 'American Metalhead' from this album randomly came on the stereo, and I was blown away by it, so I dug up the record, and, shit, it's rocking my head off. Dude, I know Revolver hasn't been giving you your due for the last, oh, 10 years, but I only took over as Editor in Chief a year and half ago, and as you can tell as of late, that shit is changing! Love ya, man. Can't wait to hear the new tunes."
"I'm a huge fan of these guys' 1999 album, 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening, with all its blues-infused mathcore riffs and Sean Ingram's distinctively burly roar, but I think this comeback record might even be better. Techy and angular while still irresistibly groovy and resolutely human. Put something new out soon, dudes!"
Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip
"When I was a teenager, I was almost as into industrial music as I was into metal, so when this album came out, fusing the two styles in a uniquely simple and sublime way, I was all about it. I returned to the record recently, inspired by seeing frontman Wayne Static at the Golden Gods, and it still gets my head bobbing. Too bad the band never could match it."
Diamond Head, Singles
“After seeing the Big Four last week, I got on an N.W.O.B.H.M. kick listening to Paul Di’Anno–era Maiden and of course the kids who wrote ‘Am I Evil?’—Diamond Head. This has some pretty great songs on it that didn’t make their über-essential Lightning to the Nations, including ‘Dead Reckoning’ (compare the breakdown riff with Metallica’s ‘Frantic’) and the catchy ‘Streets of Gold.’”
Soundgarden, Louder Than Love
“Some Soundgarden Greatest Hits comp was playing before Slayer took the stage at the Big Four. The songs on Louder Than Love are the best, especially ‘Hands All Over,’ ‘Get on the Snake,’ and ‘Big Dumb Sex.’ I usually skip over ‘Full On Kevin’s Mom.’ I suggest you do the same.”
Swans, Children of God
“This record is utterly crushing. If you want to feel like you’ve been put through a meat grinder, listen to ‘New Mind’ and ‘Real Love’ over and over and over again until you’re in a padded room wearing a straightjacket.”
TV Ghost, Cold Fish
"A great post-punk revival record, it also kind of sounds in places like a garage-rock version of Mr. Bungle. The whole album is 10 songs clocking in at under 25 minutes, so this might be a good album if you're coming off of a Dream Theater bender."
Anthrax, The Greater of Two Evils
"I could write a long commentary on the state of a certain band's lead vocal situation, but I'd rather this pick just speak for itself."
Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2
"OK, so this album isn't exactly metal, but given these guys more or less invented rap metal and had Kerry King on their first album, I'm including it anyway. Fanfare about their cameo-filled video for 'Make Some Noise' aside, the album is pretty solid all around, despite a lack of any mega-hits ala 'Intergalactic' or 'Sabotage.' It's an album that sounds like the guys who made it enjoyed making it, and more so, knew they had nothing to prove to anyone. Also, 'Lee Majors Come Again' is probably the best hardcore track I've heard this side of Fugazi."
Psychic Limb, Queens
"Great new local band here in Brooklyn. Great classic sounding grindcore, but very well executed. Short, fast and creatively structured grind. I would def. recommend grind fans check these guys out."
Hate Eternal, Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
"Blistering and brutal new record from Erik Rutan & Co. Rutan is easily one of my favorite death-metal guitar players, and in my opinion one of the most creative. His riffage is technical and savage, creating dense and textural dissonant sound. I am also a fan of Rutan’s production, seems like he gets better with each record he does. Excited to hear what he did with the new Morbid Angel record as well!"
The Black Dahlia Murder, Nocturnal
"Listened to this record quite a bit this week while working on our Black Dahlia photo shoot for the July/Aug issue of Revolver. Forgot how good it was, easily my favorite Dahlia record. Looking forward to hearing their new record!"
Skid Row, Skid Row
"After hearing the amazing Sebastian Bach sing 'Youth Gone Wild' last week at the Golden Gods Awards, I'm more obsessed with him than ever. He truly sings like no one is listening, dances like no one is watching, and lives like heaven is on earth. Love him."
"This is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I'm sure it's on everyone's top 5 list. 'Sad But True' is my No. 1 track!!!"
Volbeat, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs
"Their Golden Gods performance of 'I Only Wanna Be With You' with Scott Ian was absolutely awesome. Scott Ian rules, too."
Isis, In the Absence of Truth
"I know Kory and I disagree on the best era of Isis. Personally, I think Isis was at their best between 2000 and 2009. Yep, that's right: pretty much their entire careers. But this was my first Isis album (give me a break, I'm not old enough to rent a car yet), and it's special to me. It's like if the Grateful Dead played metal, kind of."
Swallow the Sun, New Moon
"When I heard the title track of this album a few years ago, right before it came out, I was pissed. I thought it sucked in comparison to their older stuff like 'Doomed to Walk the Earth,' which is unbelievable funeral doom that you absolutely need to look up on YouTube if you haven't already heard it. I bought this anyway, just because I'm such a huge fan of the band, and it's amazing. Lesson learned, don't judge an entire album on one song."
"I know I'm way behind on this one, but I simply hadn't heard Cobalt until a week ago. Brandon gave it to me as a suggestion, and I'm forever indebted. It's quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. It's like if Isis played black metal."