Turku Romantic Movement: Animals
Part of a four track split CD and vinyl release, this lot of sleaze rockers just evoke feelings of being hammered. You feel almost guilty you are drinking listening to the title track "Animals." It's got a wonderful scandi-sleaze element peddled by Diamond Dogs, Backyard Badies et al.
It's great stuff one never gets tired of and is catchy on the first listen. "Generation Updated" is quite fun too.
Neil Leyton: Lie to Me
As with the other two above releases, this CD is a bit more of the mainstream poppy-indie rock featured so much on radio here in the UK. It's jangly, perky, and a bit goofy. Until Turku Romantic Movement, the two tracks from Neil Leyton are not instantly catchy and suffer from bleeding into the rest of this type of music. Still there is nothing wrong with either "Lie to Me" or "Fires." The latter is a far more shambolic song; but probably great fun live when pissed as a newt.
Body Count: Murder 4 Hire
A few weeks ago I reviewed the Body Count DVD Live in LA and now I have the new CD from Ice-T and the boys. As I have said before BC make all the other rap-metallers seem not quite true and genuine. Ice-T knows how to combine rap and metal because he knows both genre's so well.
He takes the bits of each genre and combines them into something truly stunning. It is intense and different. Quite frankly there is nothing like Body Count. Rap-metal has been so devalued by some of the rubbish released under the monicker they need a category of their own.
Almost 10 years since the latest release from the band (1997) and the loss of no less than three original members has not watered down the results. If you like a bit of rap in your metal and want to hear how it is really done then, this release is for you. Don't believe me? Just check out the title track.
Well there is your lot for this week; some cracking tunage from a diverse lot of bands. Now that the bloody World Cup is over; I look forward to rock gigs popping up in London a bit more often this month.
As always stay safe and keep rocking...especially if it's at live gigs.