Re: Nos' Record Roundup: January

Date:2019-01-26 20:44:07
In Reply To:Nos' Record Roundup: January by Nosferatwo

Album Of The Month: Inglorious - Ride To Nowhere

The band that just imploded did so right after making their best record. The first two never really did much for me, but this one has hit the sweet spot. For whatever reason, the songs are stickier this time around, and I really like the organic guitar tones. It's the same idea as Greta Van Fleet, but done with a much more generic vintage approach. Too bad the band broke up. I worry what comes next.
Not my AOTM but makes my list. Nathan is just an amazing singer and his performance on this is top notch. Seeing the new band Friday coming.

The Good/Decent:

Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters - Show Me Your Teeth

This is one I was pointed to that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. We get some straight-up rock and roll, with some good songs and a good singer in Beth. It reminds me of a similar album from a couple years ago that I really loved (which is getting its follow-up soon). I think I've made it clear I tend to enjoy rock with these kinds of women's voices powering things. That trend strikes again. A good record.
So I went to youtube. She sounds really good and the fact that she and them are from over here pleases me. I think I will try the full album even though it's not really my thing.

Puppy - The Goat

This one is a mix of some almost metal guitars with Weezer-esque power pop. It's sort of like the last Ghost record, without the Satanism, and with a bit less cheese on the whole thing. It's an interesting sound, and most of the songs are quite catchy and enjoyable.
Went to youtube for the lead single. Voice is a little indie or thin but then so is Ghost's vocals. I like the feel of the song. I guess another album I have to try. Probably more hopeful than the Beth album.

Soilwork - Verkligheten

I've never been much of a Soilwork fan, and I'm not sure why. This record is good, but it doesn't change that. Other than a riff here and there, it almost feels like The Night Flight Orchestra with a few growls along the way. I don't get the massive love for that band, so this is one of the records I kind of like, but it fades away rather quickly.
I like it. It's got a nice mix for me.

Neal Morse Band - The Great Adventure

This is another one that is good for what it is, but I simply don't want another double concept album right now. We just got one, and this one isn't as good as that was. It's too much music, and when it isn't exceptional, it really drags.
I couldn't make it to the second part. Real disappointment.

Evergrey - The Atlantic

For me, it's their best album since "Torn". It's not as good as that one, but they have a little more energy and effort to the choruses this time, with Tom crooning nothing less often. I still think they rely too much on being dramatic, and don't deliver enough with the songs, but they're enjoyable when I'm in the mood.
Really very good. Agree with everything you say but I like it more than you. Really classy and the vocal melodies linger in my head.

The Bad:

The Three Tremors - The Three Tremors

This record sucks. I'm not going to try to find the bright side, or sugar-coat it. I hated having to sit through an entire album of these three screaming their heads off. It sounded awful, the songs were barely mediocre, and I'm still annoyed the stole the (dumb as all hell) name associated with the Dickinson/Halford/Dio project that never came to be. All they ended up with was an embarrassment.
Haven't actually heard it. Don't think I even heard the single.

February is going to be good. I've already heard Soen, Avantasia, Dream Theater and Within Temptation, and love them all. That's setting up a huge month, and getting the year on-track.
Hold on you said you "love" new music? Sit down let me call the doc... :-)

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