Nos' Record Roundup: August

Date:2019-08-26 13:18:01
Things finally started to turn around in August. After a few months of me being rather depressed by the lack of albums to listen to, we got some good stuff this month, and now it doesn't look like there's going to be any shortage moving forward. So what goes where?

Album Of The Month: Feeder - Tellulah

This became a close race, but ultimately I enjoyed this one the most. There's a lot of early Foo Fighters vibes to this, with some power-pop thrown into the mix. It's got a strong 90s feeling, which is a nice change from all the 80s records that have been coming out. Plenty of nice, melodic songs I found a breeze to listen to. It won't be a year-end standout, but it's a nice summer record.

The Good:

Killswitch Engage - Atonement

This one grew on me as the month went on. For the last year or so (ever since Light The Torch came out, actually), I've been going back to Killswitch a lot more. This isn't as good as any of the Howard albums, and I'm not sure it's better than "Disarm The Descent" either, but it's still very good. It made a run for Album Of The Month, but a couple little complaints kept it down. But I'm still enjoying it more than I thought I would.

Visions Of Atlantis - Wanderers

Not really my style, but it's very good for what it is. I would rather listen to the last Temperance album, "Of Jupiter And Moons" to get my fix of duet metal, but I can appreciate this as being good stuff.

Volbeat - Replay, Rewind, Rebound

This is not a great Volbeat record. It's a mish-mash of their styles, and I don't like it as an album. But there are some really good songs, so I can't say I dislike it either. It's a step down, and Volbeat has lost what made them so unique, but they write good mainstream songs too. So it's still good, even if it's disappointing.

The New Roses - Nothing But Wild

Solid but forgettable. This is a classic example of a band that's fine to listen to, that I never remember or think about afterward.

The Mediocre:

Hammerfall - Dominion

Sure, it sounds like old Hammerfall, but the songs are boring. Maybe I've just heard all the songs about swords I ever need to hear in my life, but I find this a pale imitation of the early stuff. It isn't bad, but it isn't good either.

Nemesea - White Flag

Another one that's just there. I didn't come away from this album with any impression of the band at all. I'd say that's a pretty bad sign.

Taylor Swift - Lover

Pop music has become so drab and depressing. I thought this was supposed to be brighter and more fun? It's better than her last album, which was a train wreck, but it's not what I would call good. I wasn't hoping for a lot, but I was at least hoping it would be cheery. Nope.

The Bad:

Tool - Fear Inoculum

This was not worth the wait. Not at all. It's 85 minutes of slow, ambient, boring as all hell music. I didn't hear more than one riff that was interesting, and not a single good thing from Maynard. I've already seen people calling this thing genius, but I say it's worthless.

Ardours - Last Place On Earth

Frontiers keeps giving people who haven't displayed a wealth of talent multiple projects, and I don't get it. There isn't a single thing about this for me to understand why the label agreed to fund this album.

September looks like it could be a big month. I've already heard a few albums, including my most anticipated, Year Of The Goat. If everything else lives up to expectations, there should be a lot to talk about.
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