Albums of the Week… In my opinion

I’ve done a bit more reviewing these days, and so far, these are the best albums I’ve seen so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ultimate fusion of electronic music and heavy metal… but too badass to be industrial. I loved every track, and there’s something for all to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A true rock and roll experience, and a wake up call that music isn’t dead. One of the best bands that I’ve seen and heard in a VERY long time… It’s a shame that these guys aren’t multi platinum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The songs say it all: “COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, Turn it up! COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, Turn it up! COME ON! Let’s turn it up louder! IT’s the best album since Cowboys from hell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best comeback album I’ve heard in years! A legendary album for a legendary singer. Amazing voice, amazing melody, amazing music!

The Chase: Slings & Arrows

Here’s The Line-up:

Michael Turvey – Guitar, Vocals
Harry Street – Rhythm Guitar
Luke Jerome – Bass
Ralph Humby – Drums
Ben Riley – Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Keyboards

 

 

 

Now regarding Slings and Arrows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The single “You”:

This album sounds amazing from start to finish. This album is one of the catchiest melodies I think I’ve heard in a long time. It almost sounded like Oasis and The Beatles did some kind of crossover. Turvey has a softer voice in comparison with the bands I’ve heard before, but his voice is still just as sharp as his melodic ear as lead guitarist. Street is a perfect duel composition, but to be honest, his performance is overshadowed (audio-wise) by the craftsmanship of the bands V.I.P Ben Riley. If his arsenal of playing instruments is accurate, then he’s a regular Jon Paul Jones… I really like how he slapped some tracks with his signature piano scores… his backing vocals are also in perfect sync with Turvey, sounding almost like a flawless voice over. Jerome’s bass playing falls into the low range in this album, but I still like his Steve Harris type approach. He manages to truly stand out as a player and not simply “sustain the rhythm” like common bassists. Humby is the REAL rhythm holder; one could use this album as a drumming course. Touchpaper is the strongest song in terms of drumming aptitude in my opinion.

The band sites a selection of English bands as their influence, and so far, I’ve can hear where they were able to grab the positive elements of each and personalize it into their own unique delivery. Even softer ballads like Home & Tea are beautiful tranquilizing pieces that prove that these guys aren’t one-trick (or one-style) ponies.
They like English bands; The songwriting is on the level of the Stones. The rhyming patterns and melodic structure stayed on relative course with an expressive wittiness. This album was more brilliant than it was talented, but more talented than today’s modern chart toppers by a long shot. I’m really anxious to hear more work from these young men and wish them all the best in the near future.

View in Itunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/slings-arrows/id487340544

Heart Impaled: Review on 14 Track LP…

Why aren’t these guys multi-platinum? They should move to Japan. The industry’s faster there…

About a month ago, I was blown away by a track listing for the January Complex. Literally- I was blown away! I fell off my chair headbanging. That master work was more electronic oriented, fused with Industrial workmanship and heavy metal riffs. But if you get me hooked on one album, I better OD on the next. Now, I think I’ll write this review in a trauma-unit, so I can resuscitate dead people with this EPIC GOD-MODE music!

Hearing this, I thought the opening sentence above. This is truly a work of art. The ultimate blend of electronic music and the ultimate hardcore metal styles. It’s like when Bruce Lee married different fighting styles in the seventies, but with music! It’s as if two polar styles can coexist with the merging of music and technology!

The vocals sound like a cross of Jeff Becerra, Spider One, Jonathan Davis and Mustaine all in one! It’s truly amazing that someone could carry this on through a long play. The drumming style is never the same on any track, lending methods of power and speed drumming. The lyrics sound like a crossover of Doom and Trash and Death; a polygamous intertwine. The track Avil sounds like the voice of American Hardcore Chris Van Dahl. I swear to God, I could assault this album with the pro sound they’ve achieved. The guitars are just as brilliant; like Judas Priest meets Spineshank. The solo work of the fourth and fifth track (Pinions and Locust) are mesmerizing for the average metal head, igniting a racing pulse (no wonder they call it heart impaled).
Here’s what’s interesting; the music is so heavy and guitar/electro oriented, and yet you hear the bassist clearly. Through track 4 to 7, he sounds like a ravaging Steve Harris, and then John Entwistle all the way through. I love the keyboard work on Mantichords (The Awakening)… That was unexpected but proved that these guys don’t just shred like maniacs (not that they’re anything wrong with that).

This album is going straight to my listening devices!!! I’d pay for three houses worth to have this!

However, being as unbiased as a jury member, I can’t give this a full five. The output is incredible, but electronic fusion must always be confronted with the winning question: Can it sound good live. It’s sounds contrary, but hey; we learned our lesson with DragonForce, and EVERY modern pop star from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry. If I can see clear quality live footage, then they’ll be top quality for sure!

This is still amazing work! Well polished! Very intriguing, and satiable for people of every walk of musical taste! Poetic! Complex!