Before I start this column, I would like to clarify one thing about Marty’s Music Meltdown. Due to the sheer number of releases I get to review, inclusion in this column constitutes a recommendation. If it “makes the cut” into my four reviews a week, it means it deserves your ears.
Amon Amarth are back with a new album called Deceiver of the Gods and it is just what you would expect. They have not really altered much from their sub-death metal vocal style over Iron Maiden-esque galloping metal musings. The title track very much sums up what this band is about. Calling it melodic death metal, as some do, does not do justice to the intricate nuance of the music. Subject matter is more Norse mythology, specifically the event called Ragnarok, delivered in a style that is neither subtle nor folky. Fans of the band will love this album as it is very much more of what they have been used to over the last few years of their career. Consistency is always good when it results in such a solid album from a much adored band.
Lonewolf are set to release The Fourth and Final Horseman on an unsuspecting world. They play metal that very much reminds you of the original releases in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This is about traditional heavy metal and nothing more. This is very much head-down, foot-on-monitor heavy metal with little in terms of subtlety or musical nuance. Those who like things more technical and clever might find the tracks on here the slightest bit repetitive. But taken at face value, it is a wonderful collection of stripped-down metal. In a world of power metallers trying to outdo each other with over the top bombast, there is very much a time for this sort of metal. If you can resist “Hellride”, can you call yourself a true metalhead?
A Pale Horse Named Death have released Lay My Soul to Waste and it is getting quite the buzz. It was a pick of the week on That Metal Show and there is little wonder why. If you lament the demise of the late Pete Steele’s Type O Negative, this might be just what your goth doctor would order for you. In fact, it features a member of that band and boy, does it show. Songs like “Shallow Grave” remind us all why we liked proper goth music in the first place. This is not your glam pop variety but the goth done properly with a hefty dash of doom for good measure. This is a good reminder that Americans can do proper goth as well as the English. It will meet all your daily musical nihilism needs, that is for sure.
Palms have released an album called merely Palms. The minimalist name echoes the vibe of this band. It features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and a couple of former Isis members. There is quite the buzz about the release and it is quite easy to miss why on the first couple of listens. It doesn’t seem like much at first, but the album is very much a grower. Not that atmospheric albums like this are necessarily instant ‘likes’ anyway. This is less of an album that you listen to and more one that you let aurally wash over you, catching snippets as the notes go by your ears. There are elements of Floyd-esque prog in songs like “Patagonia”, which can be a bit of relief in the sea of sounds that is this album.
That is your quartet of quality albums for this week. Stay safe and rocking out there please.Powered by Sidelines