Saturday, 27 May 2017

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, May 2017 Vol.II


DANZIG – Black Laden Crown

His once mighty voice has been reduced to a pathetic croak and all the songs sound the same but he’s our Glenn, we love him. (7)

DOG FASHION DISCO – Erotic Massage

Mr. Bungle from Lidl. (6)

FATES WARNING – Awaken The Guardian Live

Two complete festival appearances with John Arch on vocals to celebrate that album’s 30th anniversary on CD and DVD and if you’re a fan of progressive metal you know what that means. The playing’s a bit sloppier than that of the current line-up but who the fuck cares. (10)

FUCKED UP – Year Of The Snake EP

Epic 24-minute main track starts out psychedelic, then goes all-out Rush. Also includes a totally mental instrumental that a high-on-peyote Pete Townshend would’ve been proud of. (9)

LINKIN PARK – One More Light

Where the fuck did the guitars go? (5)

MUTOID MAN – War Moans

Supergroup featuring members of Cave In and Converge gets dangerously close to The Metal and IT OWNS. This one will melt your face, seriously. (8)


After the Deep Purple-isms of the sophomore album they’re back to retrofuturistic AOR on this one, channeling everyone from Toto to Boston. (8)

SOLSTAFIR – Berdreyminn

Berdreyminn is to Otta what One Second was to Draconian Times and what Alternative 4 was to Eternity. If you didn’t understand that sentence please move on to the next review. (8)



ALGIERS – The Underside Of Power

2015’s debut left a mark with its post-punk/gospel hybrid. On this year’s follow-up they go political and crank up the industrial noise. (8)

DANIEL ROMANO – Modern Pressure

I keep waiting for this guy to create the masterpiece I know he has inside of him, a perfect marriage of power-pop and countrypolitan, but he falls short every time, probably because the sound in his head is much bigger than the cheapo production he can afford. (7)


A folkier Mercury Rev meets My Morning Jacket, but in a somewhat boring way. (6)

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT – Live From Welcome To 1979

“Welcome To 1979” is an analogue recording studio in Nashville and Isbell definitely sounds very analogue on this vinyl-only EP covering the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, John Prine and Candi Staton. (8)

SECRET SISTERS – You Don’t Own Me Anymore

Real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers sing close harmony like real-life brothers Everly, offering up a beautiful slice of Americana. (8)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Gibble Gobble & Sadaba: Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 5 & 6

Originally issued on 10” vinyl, first time on CD, a crazy collection of tittyshakers from the late 50’s/early 60’s. Fun fun fun, put this on = instant party! (10)

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