Sunday, May 29, 2005

Devil Music

Satan!I finally managed to procure a copy of Dickinson's Tyranny of Souls after going to no less than five stores since Thursday. It's a winner, regardless of the fact that it has that "up against the wall" sound of all music these days.

If you're a fan of the direction Bruce took on Accident of Birth and The Chemical Wedding, pick this one up. It's a more modern version of Iron Maiden - riffs (even in harmony) and solos galore, but with a downtuned, sludgier tone. Putting mastering issues aside for a moment, it's clear Roy Z still knows how to produce an album that old school metalheads will embrace. I think Bruce's singing is finally starting to slip (he couldn't keep it up forever), but it's not apparent unless you're really paying attention.

While in the store I also decided to add Slayer's Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits to my collection. On a quick listen they're spiffy. Yes, the production is standard 80s thrash (i.e. lots of reverb), but don't let that distract you from giving these a listen. Mercy reminds me of Metallica's debut, Kill 'Em All, for some peculiar reason, and Hell Awaits is proto Reign In Blood all the way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you explain what you mean by the "up against a wall" sound of today's music? Those two Slayer albums you got are essential to any Slayer fan's collection. You won't be disappointed with them, for sure.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Hollow Man said...

See my "Louder is Always Better, Right?" post from March 31.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Outrider said...

Here is a link to a pretty good article / rant on this trend.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Hollow Man said...

Here's the link with an easier to copy url:

10:43 PM  

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