Deep Purple – “Now What?!” (2013)

June 15, 2013 at 11:24 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

This review of the long-awaited Deep Purple (or Deep ?urp!e, as it’s stylized on the cover) release comes from William Clark (dated May 27th) in Music Enthusiast Magazine. Good stuff…

Considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal, Deep Purple have captivated the music world throughout the past four decades. And if you’re only familiar with their rock ‘n’ roll super hit “Smoke on the Water”, you’ve been truly missing out on the full breadth and depth of one of the greatest bands to ever grace the studio and the stage.

Renowned for their captivating and elaborate instrumentation comprised of bold synthesizer playing, ever expansive guitar work and vocal melodies, all of which is proudly showcased throughout their output of 19 studio albums.

Most musicians hang it up at this point in their musical career, but Deep Purple are still kicking, bound and determined to continue creating standout rock and roll anthems. And that’s all the more self-evident on their new studio album, Now What?!

This new album is a proud collection of 12 new compositions, filled with all of those captivating elements that made such previous outings as Machine Head and Perfect Strangers timeless classics.

Your anticipation slowly builds as the album kicks off with “A Simple Song”, which begins with a slow guitar riff that gradually increases its volume and power.  Soon a passionate, wailing guitar solo rings out over the clicking high tops, before Ian Gillan begins to sing. “Once you sing a simple song, got Read the rest of this entry »

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Church of Misery – “Thy Kingdom Scum” (2013)

June 15, 2013 at 7:51 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

This review comes from metal expert Adrien Begrand off his Headbang site (by way of MSN.com). This was written 2 days ago (June 11th). The music is pure Black Sabbath-inspired and well done but I’m not a fan of the hoarse, “Cookie Monster”-style of singing that is popular in a lot of death metal these days. I think it’s ridiculous and unlistenable… this music would be much better served by an Ozzy-type of singer… but it’s still worth a listen for the music…

Even though the Japanese band’s lineup is constantly in flux these days, whenever you hear Church of Misery on record or see them perform in person, you know what you’re going to get. Simply put, these guys, led by bassist Tatsu Mikami, pull off the wickedest doom jams you’ll hear from a modern-day band. One of the only bands around that remember that swing is just as important to doom metal than pentatonic riffs, Church of Misery emphasize the jazz and blues element that Bill Ward brought to Black Sabbath, and pull it off in stunning, convincing fashion. Their music makes audiences move a lot more than simply bobbing their heads.

Sonically, though, the albums have always been a bit lacking compared to the raw power of the band’s searing live performances, but they’ve righted that in a big way on Thy Kingdom Scum, their first new album since 2009’s Houses of the Unholy. Having reunited with singer Hideki Fukasawa, who last provided his demented, slurred singing on 2004’s The Second Coming, the band is scorching from the get-go, “Lambs to the Slaughter” loaded with the kind of contagious grooves people have come to expect. As usual, the songs are all about serial killers, which always adds a disturbing air to the proceedings, but in the end the music proves to be more important than the lyrical gimmicks, as “Dusseldorf Monster”, “Brother Bishop”, the colossal “All Hallows Eve”, and instrumental “B.T.K.” immediately rank as some of the best tracks the band has ever come up with. Also of note is the rampaging cover of Quatermass’s “One Blind Mice”, in which the band makes the song even more psychotic than it already is.  Read the rest of this entry »

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