No. 35

July 01, 2016

The Melvins - Basses Loaded (Ipecac Recordings) ....

After dominating the planet for over three decades, The Melvins continue to rock out with their new album Basses Loaded. The title has meaning in that members of the band change positions taking bass duties on different songs, something the band has been known to do in the past switching instruments. The Melvins stroll down the road of remaking cover songs again, not one of their strong suits, and on this new album cover The Beatles "I Want To Tell You", and more obscure jingles like "Take Me Out The Ballgame". Overall this new album is mediocre, but amidst the usual drivel there are some noteworthy songs that are winners like "Phyllis Dillard", "Beer Hippie", and "Choco Plumbing". Songs like "The Decay of Lying" had weird sequencing that seemed out of place and didn't grab my attention. Buzz Osborne and company serve up 45 minutes of music here, some of it can be passed over, but some of it shows progression and strength in the band being able to continue on for another decade.

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Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast) ....

Hatebreed recently released their new album titled The Concrete Confessional. The band continues their style of hardcore metal, thrash, and punk influenced music inspired by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, Madball, D.R.I., Cryptic Slaughter, and others. This new album is heavy, aggressive, and something you'll want to play cranked up at ordinance breaking levels. Hatebreed entered the music scene in 1997 with their debut album but were not well received. After taking five years to release their follow-up album Perseverance, the band gained notoriety with the track "I Will Be Heard" found on th soundtrack for Vin Diesel's movie XXX. Concrete Confessional offers 13 upbeat songs over 33 minutes that won't disappoint. Songs like "Seven Enemies" and "The Apex Within" sound like NYC-style hardcore delivering a punk undertone. Songs like "From Grace We've Fallen" and "Looking Down the Barrel of Today" are more geared towards straight forward metal, while others like "A.D" are more cross genre. I love the breakdowns, and parts that make you want to sing-along. Overall, the album is a bit repetitive of their past works, but worthy as a metal bashing that their fans will enbrace.

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Tripping The Mechanism (Self-Released)

Tripping The Mechanism had the track "Unspeakable" from their previous album featured in the movie Killer Waves by James Balsamo of Acid Bath Productions. The three-piece Charleston, SC metal band released their new album titled Dead Letters last month in June. It is an album that deals with various psychological concepts rooted horror fantasy and inspiration from Clive Barker's novel The Great and Secret Show. The title for the album is taken from the Dead Letter Room that the main character of the novel worked in. The album was recorded at the Jam Room by Phillip Cope (of Kylesa) and Jay Matheson, then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The recording prouction is decent. The band claims its music is generally considered doom/sludge with punk elements and I'd have to agree. Among the notable tracks were "Serpent's Tongue", "Loss of Control", and "Selina Kyle", which the band describes as touching on what its like to look yourself in the mirror and have a conversation with yourself, with both the deamon and the saint while begging them to be friends with each other. Overall, I found the album to be average but one certainly worth a listen to fans of their genre.

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