He has collected some impressive players including the guitar talent that is Marc Bonilla and re-recorded a bunch of Chicago classics like "25 or 6 to 4" and "I'm a Man." Lead vocals are provided by Tower of Power mainman Larry Braggs. Not so much a rehash as a reinvention, but one that works retaining all the catchiness and updating it all. This CD is a great pleasure to listen to and that is about all that matters.
Wolfpack Unleashed: Anthems Unleashed
You might think that Austrians might not work so well doing thrash, as they are wont to be too precise and calculating even in their music. However, this is a great dosh of old school thrash that harkens back to the era of Bay Area trash but doesn't completely ape it. Cleverly the band have made an effort to avoid being a "crap version of Slayer" even employing a lead singer in the form of Gunther Wirth, who can actually sing. All I can say is would that all of the neo-thrash be this good. These Austrians have what it takes to be in the A list of neo-thrash.
Enthroned: Tetra Karcisst
Black as f*** and twice as nasty, Belgium's Enthroned are one of the legends of black metal, while still retaining their cult status. This is heavy dark and twisted stuff; but unlike some of the extreme metal of late its so well played and concocted its hard to ignore. Soaring soundscapes capped with heavy aggression pervade this release. Ten tracks of utter blackness that shows you just how good the genre can be when done properly. Best track...more like all of it. Sit back, turn down the lights and enjoy the blackness that is Enthroned. Guaranteed to keep away 100% of evangelists from your front door. You will be hard pressed to find a better black metal album this year.
Well on that cold, dark and evil note that is your lot for this week. Remember to stay safe and catch live music as often as you can, where ever you can.