Weekly Reviews #3: Metal Madness

October 17, 2009

This week I look at three metal releases that have come out in the last week or two. Now with pictures!

Immortal – All Shall Fall

The new Immortal album was everything I could have hoped for. After being a huge fan of the last release, Sons of Northern Darkness, I was really looking forward to this album, and I can say it is not disappointing. It continues the more thrash oriented sound from the last album, but feels slightly “dirtier” in parts, more of a black metal aesthetic. That’s not to say the production is bad, because it’s great. Think of it as Sons with a bit more speed and soloing, and there you go. Definitely recommended for fans of the band, as well as anyone who hasn’t given them a shot yet. Now I just have to pray they tour North America.

Baroness – Blue Record

The real reason I’m even reviewing this is because of how much the latest issue of Decibel magazine fellated this album. Not only was it the cover story, they proclaimed that it might be the album of the year, and we’ve still got about two and half months left to go. Simply put, this album is good, but not the second coming of Jesus like it’s portrayed. It doesn’t do anything that bands like Torche or Goes Cube didn’t do this year or the year before. It’s your typical sludgy/stoner rock with some various prog and post metal bits thrown in. Like I said, good, but not the best of the year, I prefer the new Goes Cube to this.

Children of Bodom – Skeletons in the Closet

Last, we have this new release from Finnish metallers Children of Bodom, which consists entirely of covers. I can honestly say I enjoy this album more than most of their original catalogue. I don’t mind a few of their songs, but the albums have been getting increasingly boring the last few years, and this record is a hilarious detour from that road. A quick glance through the names covered on this album make a bit of sense coming from a metal band. Slayer, Iron Maiden, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, the Scorpions. Then we hit names like CCR, Pat Benetar, and even Kenny Rogers for God’s sake! Oh and yes, this also features the infamous Britney Spears cover as well. ┬áReally, it entertains me quite a bit, and if you’re in the mood for a little “Looking Out My Back Door” metal style, then this is the disc for you.

That’s it for this week. Check back later for other entries, and of course more reviews as I consume media so you don’t have to. Hopefully I’ll be able to get Matthew Good’s Vancouver done by then.

– D

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