This is a series of short spiels discussing albums that I’ve failed to review for the past month or so. Sorry I didn’t get to them. I would have liked to, but I’m just one man. I can’t review everything. Here are the albums and artists mentioned in this video:
FRANKIE ROSE- INTERSTELLAR
AIR- LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE
XIU XIU- ALWAYS
BJ THE CHICAGO KID- PINEAPPLE NOW-LATERS
DIE ANTWOORD- TEN$ION
VAN HALEN- A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH
YOUNG MAGIC- MELT
DR. DOG- BE THE VOID
ROBERT GLASPER- BLACK RADIO
ISLANDS- A SLEEP & A FORGETTING
THE TWILIGHT SAD- NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW
LAMBCHOP- MR. M
PEPE DELUXE- QUEEN OF THE WAVE
FUN.- SOME NIGHTS
NAPALM DEATH- UTILITARIAN
Ah, the new Opeth record. Was I expecting to like this? No. Was I hoping I’d like this? Yes! A big, fat “yes,” actually.
I’ve never been an Opeth fan. Their melodic and almost overproduced take on death metal–and progressive metal, generally–just doesn’t have anything I look for in music.
I was surprised by the classic progressive rock direction the band took this album in, though. The syncopated guitars, drums, and organs are a serious treat to listen to on a lotta these tracks. The acoustic interludes in these songs transition into louder moments really gracefully, too. The production ain’t bad, but I’m still being held back by one major snag: the vocals.
Yes, the vocals just do nothing whatsoever for me. They just don’t portray any personality to me. Opeth has always had some decent death growls, but the cleaner vocals don’t hook me at all.