Re: Nos' Record Roundup: August

Date:2019-08-28 10:24:24
In Reply To:Nos' Record Roundup: August by Nosferatwo

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.
I have no idea who thius band is. Well I tell a lie I've seen the band name on posters around but can't recall hearing a note. So I went to youtube to hear the Fear Of Flying single. Definitely hearing the Foos angle. Other than that I can safely bypass..

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.
It's ok and has some great riffs and melody in the vocals but it is a slight disappointment.

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.
It's a great record for me.

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.
Not that great for me.

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.
Sadly I'm sort of agreeing with you. Not as good as the previous 2 albums but it's still Hammerfall so I like it.

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.
Not heard.

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.
Not heard no interest lol.

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.
No interest.

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.
Heard one song and no interest in hearing more.

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.
Doubt very much I'll like YOTG but we'll see.

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