Sunday, August 28, 2016

Album Review: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Album: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Band: Black Sabbath
Genre: Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
Year of Release: 1974
Duration: 42:35
Label: Warner Bros.
Rating: 9.0/10

Black Sabbath's most experimental album is a fantastic piece of sludgey, doomy, heavy metal goodness. Nearly every song is fantastic in its own special way. There is lots of experimentation, as well as diversity on this album. There are the usual typical Doom Metal masterpieces you'd get from an early Sabbath album, such as "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Killing Yourself to live." There is a classical-inspired instrumental, which is "Fluff". There are even vocal harmonies on tracks like "A National Acrobat" and "Looking for Today." The album is near perfect. The best moment of it has to be the title track. The lyrics are about alienation, and the riff is heavy and awesome. The chorus is catchy and memorable, and then there is the heavy doomy part near the end of the song. This is the best moment on the entire album, as the rhythm suddenly shifts and gives a slower, sludgier, and darker vibe. This part just sounds so evil, and epic. The second track, "A National Acrobat" is also an awesome song. The lyrics are interesting, and the riff reminds me a lot of an early Iron Maiden song. This song is rather experimental, as it is a bit more mellow and has a vocal harmony in the chorus. "Fluff" is a relaxing instrumental that at first seems odd, but gets better with each listen. "Sabra Cadabra" is a great song, as it seems more a hard rock type track, but with a dark Sabbathy vibe to it.  There is a rather interesting guitar effect on "Who are you" that sounds almost electronic, but still very heavy and doomy. "Looking for Today" has a very memorable melody to it in the chorus, which seems very bright for a Black Sabbath song, but it somehow works on an album as experimental as this one. The closing track, "A Spiral Architect" is simply a classic. The album cover is amazing, as it depicts a man being assaulted by demons in a dark way. Overall, this album is just awesome.

Strongest Tracks: All of Them

Monday, August 22, 2016

I'm not sure what to think of the new Metallica Album

I'm confused about this album. The new track hardwired is a good song, but I dislike the production. The band is returning to their roots, but they aren't doing anything new, so it feels like just a nostalgia type thing. The album art looks cool, but it has a too slick look to it. I feel as if after selling out with albums like St. Anger Metallica are out of touch with the metal scene.

Vinyl Update + Review #1

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this new track

This is a good song, but I don't like the production. It sounds too clean, and not like a metal album should.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


The character at the top right corner suspiciously looks like Iron Maiden's eddie...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Album Review: White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean

Album: White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean
Band: NOFX
Genre: Skate Punk, Ska Punk
Year of Release: 1992
Duration: 32:19
Label: Epitaph Records
Rating: 8.9/10

      NOFX's fourth album, White Trash, is like the band's Ride the Lightning, and then Punk in Drublic would be their Master of Puppets. If you don't understand the comparison, its because the band found their sound on this album, and then on the next album they perfected it. The album is not as masterful as their phenomenal 5th album, but White Trash has some fantastic moments of its own. Though the lyrical content on songs like "Soul Doubt", "You're Bleeding", and "She's gone" make this seem like a breakup album, for the most part the tone of this album is actually pretty bright and comedic. The ordering of the songs however isn't very well done. To put a bright, funny song like "Johnny Appleseed" after the semi-dark "I wanna be your baby" is kind of odd and kills the mood, but on their own the majority of the songs are fantastic. There are a few songs on here that aren't very memorable, such as "Warm" and "The Bag". The standout two songs on this album though are the fast "Stikin' in my eye" and the Ska-ish "Bob" that so many Pop Punk bands ripped of the guitar riff to. The opening track "Soul Doubt: is also really great, with a really nice guitar riff. The melody to the song "Liza and Louise" is very catchy and is a very strong ear-worm, and it also has some very intriguing lyrics about a lesbian relashionship. The lounge jazz cover of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" is also very good, even if it is tongue in cheek. "Johnny Appleseed" is a very funny song with El Hefe doing a (I think) fake Hispanic accent. Fat Mike's vocal performance on the song "I Wanna Be Your Baby" is very good and memorable. Overall, this is a fantastic skate/ska punk album.

Strongest Tracks: "Soul Doubt", "Stikin in my Eye", "Bob", You're Bleeding", "Straight Edge", "Liza and Louise", "I Wanna Be your Baby", "Johnny Appleseed", "She's gone", "Buggley Eyes"

Weakest Tracks: "The Bag", "Warm"