The Playlist (2.1.11)

30 Sep

Lazarus A.D.: Black Rivers Flow – Wisconsin metal masters, Lazarus AD, back with their heaviest album yet. Similar to Shadows Fall with southern grind vocals, the band has finally developed sequences of clean vocals. Black Rivers Flow, their second album, listens way better than their thrashed-based first release with some truly amazing instrumentals. Single: “Ultimate Sacrifice”

Rating: 4 out of 5


Red: Until We Have Faces – Straight from Nashville comes this Christian rock band similar to Breaking Benjamin. Both of their first two albums received Grammy nominations, and this third album sounds like they might be up for another. They’ve really perfected their clean vocals and put together some really heavy riffs. Single: “Watch You Crawl”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo – Professionally trained and amazingly talented bassist, Marcus Miller, releases his first live album with Orchestra accompaniment. It’s just relaxing and intriguing at the same time to listen to some good bass solos. Special guest singers include Beyonce Knowles and Eric Clapton.

Rating: 5 out of 5


Noisear: Subvert the Dominant Paradigm – It’s hard to say that grindcore is a legitimate genre, but it’s ignorant to say that there aren’t good musicians behind bands like Job For a Cowboy, Napalm Death, and Waking the Cadaver. Noisear, who’s still pretty underground with this being their second album, has some really fast drum progressions, and they’re vocals sound oddly similar to Meshuggah. If there ever was a grindcore band to check out, this would be them.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Matisyahu: Live at Stubb’s 2 – The Jewish rapper releases his second live album, and while it has some great recording, it’s hard to attribute more than a few good songs to Matisyahu. He gets very repetitive in this live performance, too, and his rap lyrics leave much to be desired. Skip this one.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5


Ricky Martin: Musica + Alma + Sexo – Yes, Ricky Martin is still livin’ la vida loca. The album name sort of says it all. Not only does he mock the Latin-American community without realizing it, but he can’t keep a beat to save his own life.

Rating: 1 out of 5


Gurf Morlix: Blaze Foley’s 113th Wet Dream – Sounding like he just rolled out from under Jimmy Buffet’s bed having had entirely too many margaritas and not enough beach babes, comes Gurf Morlix. I’ve never heard of him, but this album is unfortunately not his first. Avoid this at all costs.

Rating: 0 out of 5


Tiger Riot: Look Up! – Similar to Andrew W.K.s repetitive blather, Tiger Riot seemingly tours the basements of ecstasy-addicted 12-yr-olds who like to party, party, party. With more synthesizer and significantly less lyrical ability than W.K., Tiger Riot isn’t really adding anything to the world of music.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Behrend Beacon Articles


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