Happy Friday the 13th! Can we get these days recognized as a holiday yet? Everybody could take off work and school and just watch Friday the 13th movies all day. That sounds amazing to me.
So this weeks playlist is all over the place again. A couple more awesome metal releases came out this week in the form of Tyr’s Valkyrja, Lustre’s Wonder and Katatonia’s de-metalized version of Dead End Kings called Dethroned and Uncrowned. I stumbled onto Neko Case this week, who I had never heard before and was impressed with the albums I got of her’s. My buddy dropped me the new Chelsea Wolfe album which was a sad dose of somewhat gothy music perfect for the fall weather. Speaking of the fall, it’s hit like a ton of bricks here in Denver so some of my fall favorites are starting to creep into the playlist like Repulsion and Ghost.
I was familiar first with Chuck’s solo folk stuff before I was familiar with Hot Water Music. I think I became more a fan of Hot Water Music because of his solo stuff. Covering Ground is his most recent solo album and easily his best. If you get a chance to see him live don’t miss it. The music sounds even better that way.
This is the last Iron Maiden album I purchased until their most recent. It was the supposed come back album with Bruce. I haven’t listened to it for years except the exceptional song The Wicker Man. Giving it a spin this week, this is a fantastic record. Everything one would expect from Iron Maiden. The closing song The Thin Line Between Love and Hate… amazing.
The “de-metaled” version of Katatonia’s newest album Dead End Kings. Gone are the metal elements to be replaced with traditional orchestration and pianos. It isn’t that much of a departure from their usual sound but I think it showcases what excellent song writers they are. Definitely a mellow undertaking but not one that will leave you bored or sleepy. Katatonia rules in any form.
This week I discovered Neko Case. I love good country music and she seemed to have some writing chops. I tried her newest album and while it was good, wasn’t very country so I thought I would give one of her albums with Her Boyfriends a shot. This album is a sultry, blues infused country album with some amazing vocals. Set Out Running is an amazing song and the first one on the record if that tells you anything about the rest of the album.
Satyricon is a weird band for me. I’m always curious what they are doing even though their out put over the past couple albums has been hit or miss. I still really love their first couple albums. A self titled album this far into a career usually implies a return to form. This album… is not that but there are some good songs on here and even an 80’s feeling gothy ballad. I dig it and like the sound they crafted for this album. Is it a masterpiece? No but it’s solid and worth checking out.
Falkenbach – …Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri…
Irminsul – Irminsul
Townes Van Zandt – Rear View Mirror
The Morningside – Moving Crosscurrent of Time
Carcass – Surgical Steel
Goreguts – Erosion of Sanity
Tyr – Valkyrja
Repulsion – Horrified
Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
Laura Stevenson & The Cans – Wheel
Man’s Gin – Rebellion Hymns
Lustre – Wonder
Neko Case – Blacklisted
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Azarath – Diabolic Impious Evil
Ghost – Opus Eponymous
Ghost – Infestissumam
Finsterforst – Zum Tode Hin
Stay Creepy My Friends!