Archive for September, 2010

30
Sep
10

Music Review: Made Of Metal (2010)

Halford is back with a rocking album that not only does full justice to Rob Halford’s singing skills but also is a pure heavy metal album your ears will quite enjoy. Starting off on a note a bit tame for my liking, Rob sings about a boxing champ on “Undisputed”, but soon enough the solos come in and put my mind at ease. Made Of Metal is a worthy Halford album, full of interesting songs packed with crunchy riffs. “We Own The Night” is straight out of the 80s – the use of keyboards on the chorus doesn’t dilute the pure heavy metal sound and actually gives the song a great feel. The songs are not hard-hitting like Judas Priest’s classics, but it’s just fucking amazing to hear Rob Halford sing. I love that he’s still delivering the goods with that powerful voice. A track titled “Hell Razor” is playing now; do you think the old fag is being cheeky here? “Thunder And Lightning” sounds like a tribute to the music Rob created with Judas Priest, and it’s one of Halford’s best songs, followed by “Twenty-Five Years” which has great lyrics, and I’d quote a line or two but the whole song’s damn good. And then comes “Matador” to kick your classic metal ass, but the Rob Halford I really wanted to hear shows up in full form on the heavy as hell “The Mower”. I don’t even know who the other members of Halford are (I’ll google it after publishing this), but they’re all fucking good. Halford/Judas Priest fans will really like this. Just don’t expect any metal anthems here; Made Of Metal is a strong album, but it’s no Resurrection.

RATING: 3.5/5

30
Sep
10

Music Review: Handful Of Stars (2010)

Mostly on their own trip on Handful Of Stars, Ukraine’s Drudkh have made a rather uncompelling album that not many may have the patience or wish to listen to more than once.

RATING: 2.5/5

29
Sep
10

Music Review: Neo-Satanic Supremacy (2010)

Norway’s Troll serve up symphonic black metal the old way. Nagash (ex-Dimmu Borgir) is on vocals here. The album loses grip somewhere for a few moments but is by no means weak. With the drumming and vocals being exactly as you’d expect, it is the combination of thrash/speed metal riffing and keyboards that makes Neo-Satanic Supremacy worthy of  a few listens. Inconsistently good.

RATING: 2.5/5

28
Sep
10

Music Review: Axioma Ethica Odini

Yet another strong album from EnslavedAxioma Ethica Odini is extremely well-crafted music that moves at a confident pace, with plenty of clean singing thrown in with the screams and growls.

RATING: 4/5

28
Sep
10

Beer Review: Tuborg Gold Label

Lack of options can drive one to do strange things, like calling for a strong lager at a friendly neighbourhood bar. What can I say about Tuborg Strong? Was I really expecting it to be good? Or even very different from other strong lagers? What a fool I am. Smooth it is… and malty, yes. And there’s this fruity beginning that I can’t put my finger on. But then, it’s just another strong lager. Why do I even bother with this stuff anymore?

RATING: 2/5

Please note: Prohibition Week 2010 (2nd-8th October) is Beer Week on this blog.

27
Sep
10

Music Review: Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir is here with their ninth album. It’s called Abrahadabra (hilarious, I know) and it’s got the fanboys awestruck. Kicking the others out wasn’t such a bad idea after all, because it gave Dimmu Borgir a chance to show they can suck even without those dudes. Sticking to the same old formula may not be such a bad thing, but in Dimmu Borgir‘s case it’s terrible. Fucking boring parts with orchestral shit coming in every now and then, absolutely ridiculous female vocals, promising attempts at experimentation gone wrong… no wonder the fans are over the moon. Overdramatic as always, these Norwegians do exactly as is expected of them and march through the motions without any sign of conviction or soul. Considering Abrahadabra has some decent melodies, how nice would it be if Dimmu Borgir fired the orchestra, fucked and killed the chick singer, and multiplied the blast-beats? I did like these guys when I got introduced to black metal (which was over a decade ago), so I hope their 10th album is tolerable, because ‘enjoyable’ sounds like too much to ask for right now.

RATING: 2/5

Music Review: Weakling’s “Dead As Dreams”

Book Review: James Hadley Chase – “The Sucker Punch”

Beer Review: “Kingfisher Mild”

26
Sep
10

Sunday Under A Dying Waterfall

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