As April came in like a ram and goes out like a bull, here are my picks for the four most rad albums that I enjoyed this month as we charge into the Spring.
See my picks BELOW.
- Sleep came back on 4.20 and once more conquered the vast wastelands between thought, bong, couch and the fridge. All jokes aside, this is a beast. This album makes me not feel bad that I sat out Sabbath’s The End tour in protest of no Bill Ward. “Antarcticans Thawed” is the most Sleep sounding phrase almost imaginable, if not for some of the other song titles on here. I have listened to the record several times now and love it. It reminds me of the heaviest Sabbath eras combined with what I love best about Sleep at their most at ease. I think all the live playing again has really honed them to a fucking dynamic monstrosity even more potent than they get credit for. I wish I had seen one of the dates with SubRosa. “Marijuanaut’s Theme” ought to have everything you came for. If that song alone doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know wtf you were expecting…listen to Pike’s fucking madcap solo. This is maybe the most I have ever enjoyed Al Cisneros on a full record (not because I wasn’t a fan, but he really knocks it out of the park on The Sciences. It has a lot of his presence front and center, intentional or otherwise). Noah Landis did a tremendous job making the band sound raw and real, up there with some of the best Albini-Neurosis collabs. People will be returning to this album for many years, trust.
2.Scientist – Despite an association with Grant Morrison, the Danger Days My Chemical Romance record’s merits remain debated (I think it rocks and is really meta). Metalheads have a chance to hear a directly Grant inspired new record via Chicago’s Scientist’s Barbelith (the title comes from a quite interesting and pervasive key component from The Invisibles, a classic comic book series for spiritual awakening in the pop age). I remember the magic mirror. That issue is fucking terrifying. But the fiction suit issue is also really cool. Anyway you can kinda tell this sludgy work of metallic prog heavy wonder is also pondering if we fashion reality itself from the conceptual building blocks of spellforms inherent in language and semantics. Fans of trippier Mastodon, Hark and Turbid North will be into this, especially if they have a handful of shrooms.
3. Gozu “Prison Elbows” from Gozu’s Equilibrium speaks all for itself, just a great, gigantic rock song. The band have a lot of talent and are sure to make themselves more widely heard on this powerful and expressive album.
4. Antagonize – A very nice surprise for East Coast hardcore fans. Aaron Bedard from Bane kicking ass with a new, no nonsense act. Fans of Aaron’s work will really dig this. It’s like heavier crossover but borderline thrashy and rips the fucking roof off. “Sunday Best” is made for a matinee pit like a motherfucker. If you have any taste at all, you will think this fucking slays.