What are you listening to now? : Non-metal Edition

October 30, 2022 04:06 PM


Glaare - To Deaf and Day (2017)

Pottering about this morning doing some errands after the wedding on Friday and ahead of us going to Wales on honeymoon this afternoon and after a chaotic few days in the final run up to the wedding I am in need of something soothing and yet with life in it.  This post-punk outfit usually hit the mark whenever I need such relief and this has once again hit the spot today.  Drank far too much on the night of my wedding so I am now suffering with anxiety being off the chart whilst I come back down so I sense this record may get quite a bashing over the next couple of days whilst I am relaxing in my hot tub on honeymoon.

Quoted Vinny

Congrats by the way. Didn't realise the wedding had come around so soon. Have a great hooneymoon!!


October 30, 2022 09:56 PM

Congrats, Vinny, and have a good honeymoon!

Ben
Ben
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October 31, 2022 02:05 AM

Congratulations Vinny! Have an awesome time in Wales!

October 31, 2022 03:23 AM

Welcome to the club Vinny! 

November 12, 2022 08:49 AM

Buffalo - "Volcanic Rock" (1973)

The sophomore album from this seminal band from the beloved town of my birth in Sydney, Australia was pretty much regarded as heavy music royalty by the older metalheads when I was first getting into underground metal in the very late 80's. It's not a metal release as such although I'd suggest that the opening & closing tracks should qualify as they're not all that far off Black Sabbath. The rest of the tracklisting is closer to heavy psych & hard rock in my opinion but "Volcanic Rock" is a high quality release in its own right with no weak tunes included. Front man Dave Tice sounds almost exactly like my all-time favourite singer in Soundgarden's Chris Cornell & is the clear focal point of the album although the more stripped back, repetitive & psychedelic guitar work is a real treat too, especially the nine minute album highlight "Freedom" which is nothing short of mind-blowing. If you dig 70's psychedelic/hard rock & proto-metal then you can't go wrong with this record.

For fans of Sir Lord Baltimore, Flower Travellin' Band & Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.

4/5

November 12, 2022 12:15 PM


Buffalo - "Volcanic Rock" (1973)

The sophomore album from this seminal band from the beloved town of my birth in Sydney, Australia was pretty much regarded as heavy music royalty by the older metalheads when I was first getting into underground metal in the very late 80's. It's not a metal release as such although I'd suggest that the opening & closing tracks should qualify as they're not all that far off Black Sabbath. The rest of the tracklisting is closer to heavy psych & hard rock in my opinion but "Volcanic Rock" is a high quality release in its own right with no weak tunes included. Front man Dave Tice sounds almost exactly like my all-time favourite singer in Soundgarden's Chris Cornell & is the clear focal point of the album although the more stripped back, repetitive & psychedelic guitar work is a real treat too, especially the nine minute album highlight "Freedom" which is nothing short of mind-blowing. If you dig 70's psychedelic/hard rock & proto-metal then you can't go wrong with this record.

For fans of Sir Lord Baltimore, Flower Travellin' Band & Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.

4/5

Quoted Daniel

Another one of my favourite early 70's records. Heavy psych is a sorely overlooked genre.


November 19, 2022 08:24 PM

Scorpions - "Tokyo Tapes" (1978)

I always enjoy the German hard rockers 1970's releases but I can never seem to get my scoring up over the 3.5 star mark & this double live album is no exception. It's an 80 minute/18 song journey through the band's first five albums with a few covers & an unreleased track thrown in for good measure. Some of the tracks are extended through some entertaining & most welcome instrumental experimentation with guitar legend Uli Jon Roth (in his very last show for Scorpions) being the obvious superstar. Front man Klaus Meine proves what a talented singer he can be too while the rest of the band perform their duties with a great deal of professionalism. The weak point certainly comes when Roth takes over the vocal duties on "Polar Nights" as he can't sing in key & sounds like some sort of dying animal while the high points come during the more progressive & expansive numbers, especially the brilliant one-two punch of "In Search of the Peace of Mind" & "Fly To The Rainbow" which is nothing short of breath-taking. Unfortunately there are enough generic hard rockers here to taint the elite level stuff which is generally the case with Scorpions. And for the record, Scorpions never have & never will be a metal band. That belief is a complete falsity. Still... this is definitely worth a listen for those that wanna see what the band were like in their prime or guitar heads like myself who want to marvel at one of the finest exponents of his craft the 1970's had to offer. If I'm being honest though I'd probably reach for studio albums like "Taken By Force", "Blackout", "Lovedrive" or "Animal Magentism" before this one though.

For fans of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple & Rainbow.

3.5/5

November 22, 2022 11:51 AM

Alkana - "Welcome To My Paradise" (1978)

A fairly underground one-off album from this obscure Californian band that included future Warlord front man Jack Rucker (aka Damien King) behind the mike. I'd describe Alkana's sound as being based in the hard rock of bands like Boston, Deep Purple, Van Halen & Queen with the addition of the progressive rock stylings of Yes & the proto-metal riffage of early Judas Priest. Instrumentally it's a pretty decent record but I find the light-weight vocals of Rucker to be a real let-down, particularly on the less ambitious & more traditional hard rock fodder. Unfortunately that flaw taints the overall product enough to ensure that I won't be enticed into return visits any time soon.

For fans of Van Halen, Yes & early Judas Priest.

3/5

November 22, 2022 08:47 PM

Def Leppard - "The Def Leppard E.P." (1979)

I've never liked Sheffield-based NWOBHM legends Def Leppard's 1980 debut album "On Through the Night" much to be honest. Def Leppard didn't offer much interest for me until 1981's very solid "High 'n' Dry" record (which is probably still their best work in my opinion) but I have to admit that I'd only ever given their seminal 1979 debut E.P. a passing listen during my Metal Academy podcast research many years ago so thought I'd better rectify that in the interest of completism. It didn't sound much like metal at the time so I didn't give it much attention at the time & nothing's changed there. As with a lot of early NWOBHM releases, "The Def Leppard E.P." is nothing more than a hard rock release & I wouldn't say that it's a particular good one either. It includes three tracks with the first two both being pretty generic & uninteresting. Thankfully the seven minute epic "The Overture" is much stronger & goes some of the way to justifying the effort but unfortunately it's not enough to make this release worthy of my attention, despite coming a little closer to the mark than "On Through The Night".

For fans of Tygers of Pan Tang, Heavy Pettin' & Saxon.

3/5