Monday, October 12, 2009

Albums Listened To In September

Another month down, and another month of me posting this article way late. It's almost been a full year for me on blogger, and through that this site. I've enjoyed what I've done tremendously and I plan to continue it for another year. Thanks to all my readers.

The best albums of this month are Baroness' Blue Record (read more about that here), Cheap Trick's live tribute to The Beatles, aptly named Sgt. Pepper Live, and the self-titled debut EP from the Australian rockers Mammal (more on that EP here). I really like when band's do tribute albums, even when live. Sgt. Pepper Live sounds enough like the original to be a proper tribute, but just different enough to be Cheap Trick. A good performance to be sure. Other tribute live albums I like are the official bootlegs from Dream Theater of Master of Puppets (Metallica), Number of The Beast (Iron Maiden), and Dark Side of The Moon (Pink Floyd). All of these capture the essence of the original bands as well as Dream Theater's prog feel. One more live album tribute, which will be on next month's list is Colonial Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade's redition of the entire Animals album (Pink Floyd again) on their Live Frogs: Set 2 album.

The worst few are, once again, few and far between. The only stand-outs are the new 3 Inches Of Blood album, Here Waits Thy Doom, which I found boring - not like their previous work at all - and Staring At The Divine, by Alabama Thunderpussy. I really liked this band's final album, Open Fire which was a great blending of stoner and southern rock. Their previous albums are progressively more death-growl prominent. The earlier the album, the more guttural the vocals are. I like the southern sound, not the the New Wave of American Heavy Metal influences.

Some other remarks, not bad but not good, are Dream Theater's first album, When Dream And Day Unite, I'm glad the group changed their sound for their future releases, and Andrew W.K.'s 55 Cadillac, which one would expect some more balls-to-the-wall party music that he is known for. Instead it's a soely instrumental album, mixing piano and industrial influences. It's interesting to say the least.
  1. 35007 - 35007 - Newly Listened!
  2. 35007 - Liquid - Newly Listened!
  3. 3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom - Newly Listened!
  4. Alabama Thunderpussy - Staring At The Divine - Newly Listened!
  5. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue - Newly Listened!
  6. The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters - Newly Listened!
  7. Amorphis - Skyforager - Newly Listened!
  8. Andrew W.K. - 55 Cadillac - Newly Listened!
  9. Astra - From Within - Newly Listened!
  10. Baroness - Blue Record - Newly Listened!
  11. Baroness - Blue Record (Again)
  12. Baroness - First (EP)
  13. Baroness - Red Album
  14. Baroness - Second (EP)
  15. Billy Joel - River of Dreams - Newly Listened!
  16. Billy Joel - Storm Front - Newly Listened!
  17. Candlemass - Death Magic Doom - Newly Listened!
  18. Cheap Trick - Sgt. Pepper Live - Newly Listened!
  19. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory - Newly Listened!
  20. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum - Newly Listened!
  21. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy And The Poor Boys - Newly Listened!
  22. The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love
  23. Dream Theater - Master Of Puppets - Official Bootleg - Newly Listened!
  24. Dream Theater - The Number Of The Beast - Official Bootleg - Newly Listened!
  25. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
  26. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory (Again)
  27. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite - Newly Listened!
  28. Fishbone - In Your Face - Newly Listened!
  29. Five Horse Johnson - Double Down - Newly Listened!
  30. Five Horse Johnson - The No. 6 Dance - Newly Listened!
  31. The Freezing Fog - The Freezing Fog - Newly Listened!
  32. GWAR - Lust In Space - Newly Listened!
  33. Half Man - The Complete Field Guide For Cynics - Newly Listened!
  34. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
  35. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
  36. Liquid Trio Experiment 2 - When The Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago - Newly Listened!
  37. Lowrider - Ode To Io - Newly Listened!
  38. Mammal - The Majority - Newly Listened!
  39. Mammal - Mammal (EP) - Newly Listened!
  40. Mammal - Vol 1: The Aural Underground - Newly Listened!
  41. Megadeth - Endgame - Newly Listened!
  42. Monster Magnet - 25...Tab - Newly Listened!
  43. Monster Magnet - Monolithic Baby! - Newly Listened!
  44. Montrose - Montrose - Newly Listened!
  45. The Mushroom River Band - Music for the World Beyond - Newly Listened!
  46. Reel Big Fish - Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album: Disc 1 - More Shtick Than You Can Shake A Stick At
  47. Reel Big Fish - Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album: Disc 2 - Move Fastly With The Fast Music
  48. Slo Burn - Amusing The Amazing (EP) - Newly Listened!
  49. Steel Panther - Feel The Steel - Newly Listened!
  50. Thunderstone - Thunderstone - Newly Listened!
  51. Wooly Mammoth - The Temporary Nature - Newly Listened!
  52. Yawning Man - Pot Head (EP) - Newly Listened!

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