Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Albums Listened To In November (62)

This month is a rarity, in which there are more albums that stand out as 'bad' then those who are overwhelmingly 'good.' Usually each month I rant and rave about the amazing albums and only have albums that fall into the bad category because I am nitpicking some detail. Not this month.

A newcomer here at The Guide, Jefferson Colby plays a really creative style of semi-progressive stoner rock. His album, Octopus, was something new and refreshing, and I look forward to hearing his other releases. The new Whores of Tijuana album, Psycholongevity, was a superb sophomore release from the group. Their self-titled debut showed promise and the group delivered with their second. Go check it out. A complete surprise was the brand new album by The Ocean, Heliocentric. I have heard a couple of albums by the group and have not been too impressed, I only put the album on because I had just come home and I wanted something to unwind to, and what better then some usually-dull post-metal? What followed was anything but. It was full of complexities and layered sounds and different focuses between songs. A complete surprise. I'm going to go into more about it, I'm working on the article now.

The Swamp Sessions were ho-hum at best, but I've already gone into that. Blaak Heat Shujaa's self-titled debut wasn't as great as I was expecting from a group with a great name. It trudged through the lines of psychedelic and stoner with abandon; sometimes working wondrously, sometimes failing. They have skills and could be something amazing. I'm going to have to keep my eyes out.
The following two bands, Clagg and Cough, are only on the 'Ok' list (even though I didn't really like them) because their music was fabulous but their vocals were atrocious. I can't fully damn these groups just because I don't much care for their style. So that's why they are 'Ok' when after you read my review of Ritual Abuse (and I have another for Lord of The Deep coming up eventually) and think I hate the groups. It is just not so.

And here we come to the main performance of the night ladies and gentlemen; the 'Bad' collection. Instead of a long and drawn-out synopsis of the works, this is going to be quick and easy: Acid Witch's Midnight Mass EP: so-so music with horrible death growls. Insufferable. Jacknife Holiday's Stinkin' N Drinkin' EP: A mix of hardcore and NWOAHM, and not in a good way (as if there could be a good way). Locrian's The Crystal World: Horrible, simply horrible. Read the full review. And finally Rorcal's Heliogabalus: a hour and ten minute droning nothingness of a doom album. Crappy ambient music with screams and growls over top.

Whew glad that's over. Hopefully December won't be as difficult.

Johnny Cash, The Ocean (sort of), Whores of Tijuana

  1. 3 - Paint By Number
  2. 10 Years - Killing All That Holds You
  3. AC/DC - '74 Jailbreak (EP)
  4. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
  5. Acid Drinkers - Fishdick Zwei: The Dick Is Rising Again - New 
  6. Acid Witch - Midnight Mass (EP) - New
  7. Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet 
  8. Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet (Again)
  9. Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare - New 
  10. Blaak Heat Shujaa - Blaak Heat Shujaa - New
  11. Black Majesty - In Your Honour - New 
  12. Black Science - Cosmodemonic and Beyond - New
  13. Centripetal Sound - JuCo Transfer's "A Pressing Matter...." (EP) - New
  14. Clagg - Lord of The Deep - New
  15. Cloudkicker - ]]][[[ (EP)
  16. Clutch - Blast Tyrant
  17. Cough - Ritual Abuse - New 
  18. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory 
  19. Droids Attack - Must Destroy
  20. Easy Trigger - Good To Know (EP) - New 
  21. Electric Moon - Lunatics - New
  22. Electric Religion - Divinity (EP) - New
  23. Elixir - All Hallows Eve - New
  24. Flogging Molly - Float 
  25. Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk - New
  26. Gwar - Bloody Pit of Horror - New 
  27. Hammer of The Gods - Two Nights In North America (2 Discs) - New
  28. The Hellacopters - Rock and Roll Is Dead
  29. Helloween - Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary - New
  30. Holy Grail - Crisis In Utopia - New 
  31. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
  32. Jacknife Holiday - Stinkin' N Drinkin' (EP) - New 
  33. Jefferson Colby - Octopus - New
  34. Jex Thoth - Witness (EP) - New  
  35. John Arch - A Twist Of Fate (EP)
  36. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
  37. Johnny Cash - American II: Unchained - New
  38. Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison - New 
  39. Johnny Cash - At San Quentin - New 
  40. Jorn - Dio - New 
  41. Kamelot - Poetry For The Poisoned - New 
  42. Keef - Stoned To Doom - New
  43. Locrian - The Crystal World - New
  44. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell 
  45. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (Again)
  46. The Ocean - Anthropocentric - New
  47. The Ocean - Heliocentric - New
  48. Ogre - Dawn of The Proto-Man
  49. Queen - A Night At The Opera
  50. The Red Coil - Slough Off (EP) - New
  51. Rorcal - Heliogabalus - New 
  52. Rotor - Rotor 4 - New
  53. Slough Feg - The Animal Spirits - New
  54. The Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor (EP) - New
  55. The Steamrollers - Get Ready To Roll (EP) - New 
  56. System of A Down - Toxicity 
  57. Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards
  58. Various Artists - Swamp Sessions - New
  59. Volbeat - Fallen (EP) - New 
  60. VRSA - Old Man Gray - New 
  61. The Who - Who's Next
  62. Whores of Tijuana - Psycholongevity - New 
  63. Whores of Tijuana - Whores of Tijuana 
  64. Yes - The Yes Album

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