Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recent Hauls Part Three

Stopped by the mall today with a friend just for kicks. I decided to drop by FYE and was met with the usual overpriced compact disks, but I was able to find a few albums that were within reasonable price range. That isn't saying much, however, as a portion of FYE's stock is the typical trash that gets lumped into the metal section and clearly isn't.

As a big fan of Havok's first effort Burn, I find it astonishing that it took me this long to purchase their newest album. Based on first listens, Time is Up takes the same basic formula of bombastic thrash metal, but ups the heaviness as well as the riffiness. I haven't heard this many awesome riffs crammed into an album since, well, forever.

If you like riffs, this album will wet your taste-buds nicely because it combines elements of thrash and death metal in such a way that's catchy, yet somehow refined. The guys sound a little more mature on this record, possibly due to the more polished production, but no worries as they've avoided down spiraling with their sophomore effort. Currently I deem this a must buy for metal fans and as proof that Colorado knows how to thrash.

Oh, yes, Immolation. I never really had a strong interest in the death metal band until I saw the cover to Majesty and Decay. Whether we like it or not, at some point we're attracted to a band based on artwork. Neat illustrations are certainly a big part of the experience, but the music is still the core. Luckily, Immolation deliver with a dissonant sounding brand of death metal that's somehow addicting. I can't quite explain it at the moment, but for what this album lacks in memorability, it makes up for in addictabillity (Yes, I made that word up. Remember, you saw it here first!). Relying on first listens, I can't really recall what I heard, but it has something that makes me want to go back to it. It might be the overly dry production with a boosted drum sound, or it might be the interesting riff structures. Whatever it is, I like it.

That's it for now. I have another haul of records to group into a "Recent Hauls" post, but I'm still digesting them.

-TMA

3 comments:

  1. LOVE the Havok. I caught on late, started with Time is Up and moved backward to Burn. Would kill to see them in Dayton. I frequently buy based on covers and you just added another to my list - looks like a cross between the pilot's corpse in Alien and Conan as King, "destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow" - that's killer enough to merit my purchase.

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  2. Definitely check the Immolation album out. It's good, but I just know there are fantastic, better secrets hiding in the rest of their discography.

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  3. That's it...I gotta get my hands on some HAVOK!!

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