Smells Funny by the Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Hard rock hallelujah infused with jazz.

In the long history of Scandinavians not giving a fuck about being commercial Norwegian Hedwig Mollestad Thomassen can hold her head up high. Smells Funny is a quite delightful album of experimental hard rock / blues instrumentals that often takes off into wild flights of jazz fantasy.

This is music at it’s rawest, played by three maestros at the top of their game. Can be listened to directly or used as the soundtrack to your life, it’s travelling music where the purpose is the journey not the destination. Absolutely beautiful.

Verkligheten by Soilwork – album

Hitting the sweet spot

Sometimes they sound like Europe – albeit with a slight throat injury to the singer – at others Carcass. Often at the same time. It’s a glorious noise and when it hits the sweet spot – which it does often – extremely pleasing and effective.

The title apparently means “Reality”

High As Hope – Florence and the Machine – Review

High as Hope

Perhaps surprisingly to some, I’ve always had a thing for female fronted pop-rock bands. I used to like Lily Allen’s music until the last couple of albums turned into dirges interspersed with rubbish rapping and other urban crap. Florence and the Machine though have always stuck to their roots and their new album High as Hope is thankfully no different. Continue reading “High As Hope – Florence and the Machine – Review”

Killing is my Business – Final Kill – Megadeth Review

Megadeth - Killing

Most re-mastered and re-mixed albums are an evolutionary update on the original sound bringing it up to date with modern mastering methods. They might tweak the mixes of the original tapes/digital tracks a little to suit the taste of the engineer or artist involved. Rarely are they revolutionary, entirely enhancing the aural experience while keeping a sense of the original source material intact. Continue reading “Killing is my Business – Final Kill – Megadeth Review”

Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland (Live) – Review

Anthrax Kings Among Scotland

One of the four original thrash titans, this live album provides adequate proof that Anthrax have not lost it. They still sound fresh and vital, as sonically dense and intense as they ever did. Original singer, Joey Belladonna, may look odd as fuck these days but can still hit the heights of his vocal range across the platter of Anthrax old and new offered up here from their recent gig in Glasgow.   Continue reading “Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland (Live) – Review”

Ministry – AmeriKKKant – review

ministry amerikkkant

“So, just the other day I made this album with NWO and Just One Fix and shit on it, I’m hoping one track might do real well on MTV called “Jesus Built My Hotrod’ then I woke up with a mild headache and my beard had gone grey. Somehow 25 years had gone by, it was all a blur. I hope nothing bad happened, you know.

And then I turned on the news….”

Al’s back, and he’s really, really pissed off with the state of AmeriKKKa in general and a certain be-wigged president in particular. Whether AmerKKKa is ready for Ministry is another question – but were they ever? Like everything they’ve ever done this is not an album for the aurally squeamish.

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Review – Queen EP by King 810

Queen EP King 810
Ballads

If you love King 810 for their extraordinarily effective violent output alone then give this one a miss. This is an EP full of ballads with David Gunn’s voice at the forefront, backed by brass ensembles, low key piano and delicate muted drum work. It seems from the content that Mr Gunn’s heart has recently been broken – I think of the whole thing like a sequel to the gorgeous duet Bad Man they released a couple of years ago. Continue reading “Review – Queen EP by King 810”