Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weekend Nachos - Still (2013)

Still, Weekend Nachos’ latest full-length, is anything but what the title might suggest. The record blasts along at hypersonic speeds, avoiding sticking to one punk subgenre, and it unleashes its innermost contents without musical boundaries in mind. It's undoubtedly impressive, but does the material live up to the hype? 

Indeed, in many ways it does, but that doesn’t mean the record is simple to shape into a tight ball of descriptive words. As with any review, creating a genuine sense of what the music is like—the texture, transitioning, and overall compositional prowess—is often tougher than it should be. And, of course, Weekend Nachos’ newest offering is a prime example of that.

Naturally, Still presents that sort of predicament, but in this case, it’s a good thing, as the music is a joy to explore and absorb with each successive listen. In fact, it’s fantastic because it speaks volumes of what Weekend Nachos has done with their newest effort—there’s never a dull moment because the music probes the vast expanse of what acts looking to play it safe tend to avoid when they settle into their niche. In other words, Weekend Nachos doesn’t really have a style that’s easy to pinpoint from the get-go and, contrary to the popular belief, they’re a better band for it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry of Consciousness (2013)

Joel Grind is undoubtedly one of the most reliable men in the modern metal business. With each new Toxic Holocaust release he retains a sliver of the identity that made his previous works wonderful, but mixes the pot ever so slightly with wacky guitar solos and riffing reminiscent of the thrash's hay day. Even so, the end product is often cliché feeling, like it's all been said and done before--the only real drawback.

But take a moment and consider this: think of Toxic Holocaust as the Motörhead of our generation. There isn't a bad record in their discography, and they better their sound with every piece of music they write, a lasting momento of their consistency. Fixing minor aesthetic issues with past efforts, the band's latest release, Chemistry of Consciousness, fits in soundly among contemporary albums, while still retaining old school charm--not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination.