26 November 2017

2017 Round Up Review Part 15

Welcome to a round-up review!  Similar to the Round-Up posts I put up earlier in the year, I’m going to be posting some bullet point reviews, sort of akin to the ones that you get in magazines, short and to the point.  I complete my first one of these reviews around last Christmas, mainly due to the volume of albums that were still left to review at that time of year, the lack of time to review them all and this is happening for similar reasons. Basically, there is only so much time available to a one-man team, I cannot complete the full detailed blog that I usually post on here, as I need to work to feed myself, look after my lady and generally keep a roof over my head.  So, the list of albums that I want to review/promised to review/need to review has grown beyond my control.  At any given moment, it tends to hit north of 100 with ease and going forward, I will need to get that down with these sorts of blogs.  Now, I will be breaking these roundups down into batches of ten, they will be minus the normal link to purchase or stream the albums (due to space) but you will be able to find these online very easily (legal links, remember - this is not that type of blog).  I will be using the same introduction to each of these blogs if only to save more time.  Thanks for reading - Eddie.

Primus – The Desaturating Seven



You know what, when Primus is at the top of their game, they are unstoppable.  However, when they are shit, they are truly shit.  The Desaturating Seven is somewhere in between both of these sides of the band, there are some glorious moments of lunacy such as “The Seven”, “The Scheme” and “The Storm”, but they tend to disappear up their own collective genius (for want of a better word) every now and then.  I love this band, but this album is not one I have enjoyed at all, even with the returning original line up.

3 out of ten – It could have been a bit better

Top track – The Seven

Fangclub – Fangclub


With their self-titled release, Fangclub has continued the great tradition of the Irish punk rock three-piece acts.  It is a throwback to when grunge was king, the Deftones were about to hit the airwaves and the guitar tone was set at fuzzy!  It is a great album, one that gives an old genre a new lick of paint and to make it their own!

8 out of ten – Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my time, money and heart

Top track – Role Models

Cloakroom – Time Well


Time Well is one of the albums that really should have received a full review, but time is truly against me at the moment.  Cloakroom (for my money) are the American modern equivalent of Dublin Legends, My Bloody Valentine.  They are bathed in reverb, which they use to smother the audience in noise, giving this album a retro feeling.  But it is not an album that is looking back for a time long gone, they have made their own mark in Shoegazing with this album, it is a brilliant record that needs to be heard to be believed.

9 out of ten – Almost perfect, almost…..

Top track – Concrete Gallery

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Front Poach Sessions


Front Poach Sessions is a stripped back affair from the good Rev and his God Damned band, designed to be playing in an intimate setting, with family and close friends around.  It is a gentle album, one that has a sing-along quality to the music and it sounds beautiful.  The gentle nature of the Reverend is strong, the vocals are fantastic and the songs make you feel like you’re at home.

8 out of ten – Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my time, money and heart

Top track – One More Thing

Anti-Flag – American Fall


American Fall is an album which is conflicted; on one side you have the lyrics, on the other side there is the music.  Lyrically, this is the hardest biting Anti-Flag album in a long time, they are aiming for the enemies of their version of the American ideal, and hell hath no fury.  In that respect, they are spot on.  But musically, oh where do I begin, musically this is the sound of a Pop-punk band trying to sound edgy.  They have watered down their formula further and it makes the message meaningless.  This is such a poor album, they might be hitting bigger audiences with their sound, but the message is lost.

2 out of ten – If only there was some quality control

Top track – The Criminals

The Menzingers – After The Party


A Pop Punk album about the party ending at the end of your twenties, it is an album that all of these acts have to face at one time or another, but rarely has this subject been faced in such a direct manner.  After The Party is an album that I have been wanting to hear, but I didn't even know it.  It's the style of the album that I've been wanting to listen to, one that is really refreshing and new.  I have wanted to hear the Pop Punks who have accepted that they are getting old, but sort of trying to fit it at the same time.  This is a great record, one which is just as important to the genre as any of the hard-hitting political albums, you need both sides and The Menzingers created something special here, love it!

9 out of ten – Almost perfect, almost……

Top track – Lookers

Fireball Ministry – Remember the Story


Remember the Story is a good, honest, straightforward hard rock album.  Much like the Breaking News album I reviewed earlier, it’s success is based on the fact it keeps everything very simple, it does not need to do anything but rock.  Yes, it is not doing anything that I have not heard before, but it still sounds great and that is all you want sometimes, isn’t it?

7 out of ten – This is good and worth checking out

Top track – Back on Earth

David Gilmour – Live at Pompeii


Live at Pompeii will be under the Christmas tree of every Pink Floyd fan who has not already purchased this record.  It is a great album, documenting David Gilmour’s return to that iconic Roman ruin.  It’s a good record, the music is spot on and it acts as a good addition to Rattle That Lock.  I sometimes fear the market is oversaturated with live records, but this is one of the best I have heard in a long time.

7 out of ten – This is good and worth checking out

Top track – High Hopes

Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire


Black Star Riders are a band that receives an unfair amount of flack in my opinion; yes, they were formed out of the last incarnation of Thin Lizzy, but they have done so much since then, it's time that we let them create music without that comparison.  I mean, it is not their fault that they sound like their former incarnation, you cannot change your spots that quickly and this late in the game.  With Heavy Fire, they have stuck with that hard rock sound that has always been their bread & butter, and it is no surprise that it sounds polished and the band are at the top of their game.  It is a no-nonsense album, straight to the point and it sounds really good.

7 out of ten – This is good and worth checking out.

Top track – When The Night Comes In

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard


Electric Wizard is a band that I go backwards and forwards on, when they are on fire and there is nothing holding them back (ie – their own self-destructive tendencies), they are unstoppable.  When they “indulge” a bit too much, they just piss everyone off (including themselves from what I have read).  On Wizard Bloody Wizard, we find EW on great form (thankfully), with some good old fashion doom, a lot of guitar work and songs which you can lose your imagination and sense of self.  The pacing might be a bit slow for some people, but that is to be expected with EW, they are a Doom band after all!  All hail the Wizard, may you forever stay bloody!

8 out of ten – Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my time, money and heart

Top track – Hear The Sirens Scream

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