I've gone on another King's X
kick, and I really wish someone around here would take a listen to them and report back. The more I listen to them, the more I fall in love. I've never heard a band infuse such easy-on-the-ears harmony and melodicism with such poignant lyrics and outstanding, but understated, musicianship. Nearly every album has at least one tear-inducing song, surrounded by others that are just pristinely crafted and get better and better with repeat listens.
I was listening to Ogre Tones last night, and their ability to go from the hard-driving rock of Alone, to the stripped-down elegant beauty of Honesty, to the playfully, jazzy, reggae-lite Bebop, to the pure pop catchiness of Hurricane, to something as profoundly sad as Sooner or Later is just amazing. How these guys never became the biggest band in the world will always elude me.
Though I've been listening to some Mastodon lately, I just keep coming back and listening to their albums over and over again.
I nearly burnt out on them. When Leviathan came out I thought they were the Second Coming, and Blood Mountain practically confirmed it. I think I've cooled quite a bit since Crack the Skye. I think my problem with them now is that they're becoming a mediocre prog band instead of that ultimate fusion of pure metal aggression and more sophisticated structures/melodies/harmonies/etc. I still think leviathan is their best, though both Remission and Blood Mountain have a lot going for them.
Jeff Buckley's Grace on headphones is a spine chilling experience.
Indeed. Listening to them on a state-of-the-art headphone system is even better, trust me.
Well, it's been a busy past month with new stuff.Black Flag
- My WarThe Dillinger Escape Plan
- Calculating Infinity
and Miss MachinefireHOSE
- If'nGlenn Danzig
- Black AriaThe Jesus Lizard
- The Power of LardMeat Puppets
- Meat Puppets IIMinutemen
- The Punch LineMotorhead
- No Sleep 'Til HammersmithRadiohead
- The King of LimbsThe Smiths
- Hatful of Hollow
I've always dug Black Flag and Danzig, though I haven't listened to them a lot. You can't go wrong with DEP and Motorhead.