This week I have mostly been listening to some of the rather quirky releases in the review bin.
Katatonia are set to release Dethroned and Uncrowned on the 10 of September. This is quite a spectacular piece of heavily acoustic progressive rock. The band have followed Opeth into the realms of the dark progressive rock. This is both beautiful and deep, while at the same time being enthralling and bewitching. What is most interesting is that this is an entire reworking of their last album Dead End Kings as a full-on semi-acoustic progressive album. To add to the credibility of this album, it has been crowdfunded via Pledgemusic by their fans. Those who pledged their hard-earned money for this effort will not be disappointed as this is a wonderful release. Simply irresistible is one way of describing it.
Pyhä Kuolema offer up the incredibly quirky Kevättuulisormi for release later this month. This is heavy acoustic folk rock that will have you scratching your head in amazement while you enjoy it. You could describe it as neo-folk, but I am not sure many folkies would recognise this as what they are used to hearing at their festivals. Songs like “Mustat Virrat” are actually catchy after a few listens and it is hard not to be swaying along to the chorus.The music is in Finnish and is about as deep as it gets. The one-man project deals with tales of Finnish history. This is an album to pull out for those mellow times late in the evening.
Räjäyttäjät have released on the world Awopbopaloopop Alopbam RÄJÄ! with its “Jytä” minimalistic rock. There are touches of punk, as well as late ’60s British rock and even some AC/DC-like hi-jinks. Besides the impossible spelling of the band’s name and the title, there is the fact the band singing in Finnish might get in the way. Quite how this one escaped from Finland is beyond me. Roots rock and roll can be quite interesting at times, so the curious might just enjoy this. I suspect that large quantities of drinks are required to truly get it.
GWAR are back with their own brand of madness on Battle Maximus. As per normal this is an album of decent metal played by guys in odd costumes. GWAR are metal’s KISS and revel in that fact. Their legions of fans will lap this new album as they always do. This is quite a heavy album and there is nothing on here that rivals their Eurovision-topping song (“Hard Rock Hallelujah”), although “Falling” comes close. The title track is quite the slab of instrumental technical metal and shows that the band still have the chops. GWAR as always made sure they have the music to back up the outrageous costumes. Their latest release is no exception.
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