Amesoeurs – Self Titled

Amesoeurs Self Titled:

Neige from Alcest got together with friends and made created this band. It was an attempt to fuse Black metal with shoe-gaze/post-punk, which seems like a bad idea on paper. Well, the actual results are more hit than miss. What really works on this album is when the music is very atmospheric black metal with female vocals over it. What doesn’t work is when the album goes into post-punk music with black metal screeches over it. Because it’s an ambitious album it’s an uneven affair. Yet the good parts are very good and even the bad parts aren’t that bad. So if you’re looking for something interesting from Black Metal, or any heavy music, and don’t mind not understanding a word (it’s all in French of course) then this is worth your time.

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Isis – Wavering Radiant

Isis Wavering Radiant:

One could not be faulted for thinking of this disc as In The Absence of Truth part 2. That’s not a bad thing either. Rather it seems like the musical ideas that Isis developed on In The Absence have been better realized and executed on this disc. There are still heavy parts with the expected thundering growls, but these are tempered with atmospheric passages and singing. Aaron Turner may not be the best singer ever, but he uses his voice well and it compliments the music. One of the best aspects of the new album is the expanded presence of the keyboards. In previous releases the keyboards seemed to be regulated far back in the mix, but here they are up front like they are live. They even seem to be used as a third guitar. Also Adam Jones stops by on two tracks, which is pretty cool. Over all, an awesome, interesting album worth the purchase.

Into The Moat – The Campaign

Into The Moat The Campaign:

Into The Moat is band that a lot of people are calling the future of extreme metal. If so, Metal maybe in for some bad years. This is a World War 2 themed death metal album. Wait sorry Technical, Chaotic Death Metal album. That means the dudes have musical chops no doubt. Time signatures are changed abruptly and what not. The problem with this is that there is no real taste to it. It seems more like the band is showing off rather than composing a good song. The other problem here are the vocals. If your band is doing complex stuff, shouldn’t you change up your vocal style at least once in a while? The singer just stays with the same growl through out the songs. It works somewhat, but it also causes songs to sound the same. I hate to be so negative, but I can’t accept this as the future of Metal. You guys as a band can do better, I know you can.

Sluts – Self Titled

Sluts Self Titled:

What sounds doe the phrase “Boston Melodic Hardcore” invoke when you hear it? Well that’s what you get on this album. It’s nothing super bad, but really nothing genre breaking either. Meat and potatoes really. They sound like a slowed down Daggermouth to be honest. So if you like that band, you’ll dig Sluts.

DOOM – Born Like This

DOOM Born Like This:

I’ve made my feelings about DOOM well known before. So the time has come for me to pass judgment. It’s a mixed bag. Many of the tracks are typical DOOM, which means they are boring. The guests stars are pretty good, especially when Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and Ghostface Killah show up. IT’s kinda weird having Ghostface on here since I usually think of DOOM as lesser version of Killah. The beats on here are mixed. Some are simple but effective, others just sorta fall flat. DOOM’s rapping again sometimes works, but mostly is just boring and outshone by his guests. Also many of the tracks are less than have this annoying announcer talking about being a super villain. So if you’re a DOOM fan, you’ve already bought this. If you’re curious about listening to DOOM just get a Ghostface Killah CD instead.

The Funeral Pyre – December EP

The Funeral Pyre December EP:

Here’s a band from LA trying to combine Death and Black metal. Defiantly not the first band to do it, but still it’s a nice idea. And these guys show that when it’s done well, it’s awesome. Just look at the first track. Awesome atmosphere, great guitar part, and the screeching vocals really accent it all. Then the rest of the CD just falls miserably flat. The music is uninspired and the vocals become grating. These guys are not a bad band, rather they are a band with a good idea and no idea how to properly execute it. Hopefully their next release will have a more fully developed sound.

Gorilla Zoe – Don’t Feed Da Animals

Gorilla Zoe Don’t Feed Da Animals:

I won’t lie, Gorilla Zoe sounds like some obscure racists epithet. But it’s actually Atlanta’s next rapper poised to break out into the mainstream. So what does he talk rap about? Drugs and hoes mostly. While most rap albums these days are like that, Zoe has the charisma to stand out. Zoe has also made one of the best rap song about mental illness since Ghetto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Gorilla does fall trap to using that Auto-Tuner bullshit that’s infecting rap, but he does so somewhat tastefully. He also has some blazing beats to back him up. Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and even Diddy himself show up here. Over all one of the better rap albums to come out in 2009 so far.