Tuesday Six – 1/3/2012

 

A new year is upon us! Maybe the Mayans were right, maybe they weren’t…guess we will find out in December. In the meantime, let’s enjoy some music, shall we?

1. Lamb of God – Desolation

The new Lamb of God album, Resolution, drops on January 24th, and so far, I am loving what I am hearing. First we heard Ghost Walking, now they have released the album opener, Desolation. Buckle up and hang on…this one goes to 11. (The video also includes the intro track Straight for the Sun)

 

2. Incubus – A Certain Shade of Green

Before they started churning out out radio-friendly hits like Wish You Were Here, Incubus was a heavy, funky, proto-nu-metal band. Their album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was full of screaming, slap-bass, and plenty of heaviness to go around. This is not the Incubus you are familiar with.

 

3. Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone

On New Years’s Eve at the 9:30 Club, I had the pleasure of hearing the beauty and soul of Alabama Shakes. These guys (and gal) are the real deal, exuding passion and heart into every note. Frontwoman Brittany Howard sounds as if a séance went wrong and she is now channelling soul of Etta James and the gritty power of Janis Joplin. Two thumbs way, way up.

 

4. Overkill – Spiritual Void

1993’s I Hear Black saw Overkill leaning away from their traditional thrash/speed metal sound in favor of a heavier, slower, doomier downtuned sound. They had occasionally drifted into this realm with songs like Skullkrusher (on The Years of Decay), but would return to the faster thrash style on subsequent albums. This has always been a standout Overkill album for me, one of my favorites from the NYC wrecking crew.

 

5. Essence – Unlimited Chaos

I had never heard the thrashers from Denmark until yesterday on Sirius/XM Liquid Metal, and i was pleasantly surprised. Very tight thrash metal of the old-school vein. WithVolbeat and now Essence, it looks like Denmark has got some good metal coming out of there these days.

 

6. Metallica – Dyer’s Eve

The blistering conclusion to 1988’s …And Justice For All, this song was always one of my favorites on the album. The horrifying lack of bass on this album has been well documented, discussed and debated. Some geniuses have managed to isolate the bass tracks and remix the songs to be heard as they should have been. Pretty amazing to hear this album with a proper bass sound!

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