Sunday, September 24, 2017

21 Savage - Bank Account

Artist:  21 Savage
Song:  Bank Account
Album:  Issa Album (2017)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

Honestly, I like a lot of stuff about 21 Savage.  Firstly the dude looks freaking miserable and thug like and this just makes me want to love his music.  Secondly he works a lot with Metro Boomin' and I love that dude's beats.  He's just fantastic.

I wasn't sure how I was feeling about his new album for a bit though, but I finally gave it a solid listen and I think I like it.  It's not great, but it's got some solid tracks to it.

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Album Review: Speticflesh - Codex Omega

Band:  Septicflesh
Album:  Codex Omega
Release Date:  September 1st, 2017
Genre:  Symphonic Death Metal
Rating:  9/10

I was rather excited to see that Septicflesh had finally dropped a new album.  I've been waiting for this since the "good but not great" release that was Titan back in 2014.

I've gotta say, I'm incredibly happy with where they went musically in this album compared to Titan.  The music is a lot riff heavier, but it doesn't sacrifice any of the edge that the orchestra gave it either.  Right out the gate we start with Dante's Inferno and it's very very SF traditional orchestra work.  However, this is also a song that allows a very important part of the band to shine.  The new drummer.

I'm Not trying to blow smoke either, so I went and re-listened to chunks of Titan and The Great Mass (one of my all time favorite albums) to check drum differences.  Good lord it's night and day.  Not only is this drummer just...  better, he's also mixed better than the last one.

That's honestly a lot of my takeaway from this release, they are much better at mixing tracks than they used to be.  The orchestra isn't as overpowering and the drums are rather present.  My only issue with them honestly is the vocalist doesn't sound as demonic as he used to.  He still does at times, but for the most part he seems to have changed the way he screams and it's not as horrific.

One of the things I love about these guys is the fact that they are just dark.  Dark music is something I've fallen in love with over the last few years and Septicflesh has delivered on such great, emotion filled content for me in that regard that as long as their new music doesn't sound anything like Sumerian Demons or Ophidian Wheel era Septicflesh I'll be happy.

That isn't to say this isn't a good release though.  Technically and musically it's a much grander piece than Titan.  Thematically it's incredibly different from The Great Mass as well, and I feel that was a good choice.  If they had tried to keep the same sound I don't think it would have worked any better than Titan had.

So I want to give you standout tracks like I generally would, but I just can't here, there's too many good ones to narrow it down fairly.  That being said, some of my favorites include Enemy Of Truth, Dark Art, Portrait Of A Headless Man, and Faceless Queen.  While the whole album is worth the about 50 minutes it takes to listen to you should at least check out those 4 and the title track.

All in all I give this release a very strong 9.  I look forward to becoming more familiar with it as the week rolls on.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Winds Of Plague - Never Alone

Band:  Winds Of Plague
Song:  Never Alone
Album:  Blood Of My Enemy
Genre:  Hardcore
Language:  Strong

Oh hot dang, let's get some heavy hype going on here for the new Winds Of Plague song!

I know I said something about an album review, but that'll wait till tomorrow since this was literally released on Friday.

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting too much from Winds Of Plague.  It's been 4 years since they put out any music and the stuff before that was pretty basic, ya know?

I was happily surprised when I heard this track today though it made me change my tune.  While I've always enjoyed WoP as high energy pump up music, I wouldn't generally choose them as a favorite.  This track follows a lot of what they used to do in their old songs, but instead of slipping into their traditional Deathcore groove they sound a lot more... Varied?  I'm pumped to see what the rest of the album sounds like honestly.  They had this blackened vibe that promises to be a blast if done right.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Patrick Carney, Ralph Carney - Bojack's Theme (Full Length)

Artist:  Patrick Carney, Ralph Carney
Song:  Bojack's Theme (Full Length)
Album:  Bojack Horseman (Music From The Netflix Original Series)
Genre:  Funk

In between school and such I've been watching an old favorite show again.  I had forgotten just how much I loved it's theme song so I decided to check if there was an actual track.  Turns out there's a whole album that they put out this year less than 15 days ago, so that's fantastic.

Check out the show if you haven't, it's my favorite little slice of depression.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

KONGOS - Take It From Me

Song:  Take It From Me
Album:  Egomaniac (2016)
Genre:  Rock

Well here's another band that I was so sure I had shared before.

As a general rule I love the stompy rock sound these guys have.  That's something I've found I enjoy more and more recently actually, "Stomp Rock".  I don't know how to describe it other than it's the kind of music that makes me want to, generally, stomp and clap along.  Either that or there's actually stomping sounds in the music.  Sometimes both.

I'm majorly whacked out by allergies right now though, so I gotta go.  But keep your eyes open, I'm doing an album review on Saturday or Sunday.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zomboy - Outbreak

Artist:  Zomboy feat. Armanni Reign
Song:  Outbreak
Album:  The Outbreak (2014)
Genre:  Dubstep
Language:  Strong

Got this song from the guy that I bought my new(ish) logo from actually.  We were talking about various Dubstep artists we enjoyed and later in the evening he dropped me this song.

Gotta say, I really like it.  The fact that there's the rapper going over a traditional Dub song works really well since he's not trying to override the song, he's really flowing with it nicely.  Hella pleased with this tune.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tee Grizzley - First Day Out

Artist:  Tee Grizzley
Song:  First Day Out
Album:  My Moment
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

So I have a plethora of playlists on Spotify, one of them being a Rap playlist.  I don't know how, but it actually has 24 followers right now, so I try to take it seriously and update it regularly.

Since it's called "Violent/Angry Rap" I do try to keep in that vein as well, and since I can't oversaturate with individual artists this means I hit a lot of the Spotify suggested stuff at the bottom of the list.  Cause of that though I tend to add a lot of artists I don't know too well and I rediscover them by shuffling them up.

Tee Grizzley would be one of those guys.  I found this song on the list just this past Saturday and was impressed at how clean and clear his vocal work sounded compared to a lot of the rappers I listen to, since the group I tend to frequent hits up the Mumble Rap spectrum a little bit.  That's not a bad thing, but it makes dudes like this stand out a lot.

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