Thursday, March 29, 2007

So let's see, it's almost April. I've already heard four albums that are a shoe-in for any Best Of 2007 list I might put together to amuse myself with:

1. Grinderman - Grinderman
2. Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion
2. Unsane - Visqueen
3. Melechesh - Emisaries (going by the US release date)

I've also heard a few more that are in strong contention:

1. Alabama Thunderpussy - Open Fire
2. Scariot - Momentum Shift
3. Immolation - Shadows In The Light
4. Monstrosity - Spiritual Apocalypse

Others I wouldn't rate that highly for various reasons:

1. The Good, The Bad & The Queen (Not bad, not outstanding)
2. Therion - Gothic Kabbalah (They sound like a sub-Theatre Of Tragedy Therion rip-off band now)
3. Vital Remains - Icons Of Evil (pretty solid, but also kinda stolid)

What am I missing? Also, this list is rather heavy with metal (snicker, snicker) - what good releases in other, possibly totally unheavy genres am I missing? Be warned that I am one of those troglodytes that does not comprehend the thing that they call Indie Rock although I love that Television album they say started it all, and have a Platonic regard for the Velvet Underground album they also say started it all.


forgottenmachine said...

Hmmm....check out:

The new Do Make Say Think
The new Pelican (releases April)
Blonde Redhead - 23
Moving Mountains

Will suggest more as I remember....

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I too cannot wait for the new Pelican album, and Neurosis, for that matter.

In your first list, the only one I've not heard is Grinderman. Those others are all wonderful. Glad you like the ATP and I think I have that Immolation album somewhere.

JP said...

Oh yes, I've got the new Neurosis - have to listen to it yet. Pelican and Jesu for sure.

Grinderman is Nick Cave's side project with a few members of his regular band, The Bad Seeds. The resulting album is certainly the most intense and urgent-sounding thing he's done in a long time - I keep planning to review it here but get side tracked!