Monthly Archives: May 2013

Queens of the Stone Age-…Like Clockwork

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The Queens of The Stone Age are back doing whatever you call what they do is. Genre specifics be damned, …Like Clockwork is the newest offering of head Queen Josh Homme and a “Holy SHIT!!” lists of guest appearances. Dave Grohl returns on drums along with proverbial guest vocalist Mark Lanegan. Joining them are returning Queen Nick Oliveri, and wait for it…

 

Trent Reznor and Elton John.

 

WHAT!!!!

 

Elton John?

 

Yes, Sir Elton John agreed to contribute after calling Josh and telling him they need a real queen for the album. Damn, that is some rockstar shit right there.

 

Anyway on the actual album, …Like Clockwork is as much a hodge podge as its’ guest stars. There is lots of experimenting going on here and at times it is very dark. But in a good way. You get a sense of what you’re getting into with opener “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”. It has a slow twangy bass line that gets interrupted by surprising power chords that disappear as quick as they showed up. “Vampyre Of Time And Memory” is very morose and seems like the perfect Mark Lanegan track except he’s not on it. One of my favorite tracks is “Kalopsia” with its’ odd mixture of Pink Floyd chill and generic Pitchfork alternative band. What makes it odder is this is the track that has Trent Reznor on it. Everyone seems to show up on “Fairweather Friends” and it shows. Song is crowded and disjointed although it does have the awesome line of “what’s it going to take to get you back in bed”. It closes out with the title track, a nice piano based song that serves as a nod to ballads from 70’s bands.

 

I know that may seem like QOTSA has changed course but there is lots of familiar material. “I Sat By The Ocean” is the quintessential Queens song. Catchy riff, slide, and Josh’s signature vocals. Same with “If I had a Tail” and “My God Is The Sun”.

 

I think you have to give Josh lots of credit for branching out on …Like Clockwork. He took a lot of chances and they paid off. It may seem like he has forgotten what got him to the dance. I like to think he has just learned some new steps.

 

 

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

 

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

 

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon purchase

 

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on a MP3 sale

 

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

 

$0-Not worth the drive space

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dillinger Escape Plan-One Of Us Is The Killer

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Many just got their first taste of Dillinger Escape Plan at the recently televised Revolver Golden Gods Awards. If you had never seen or heard them before, that had to be quite a shock. Lots of screaming, banging on instruments, and blood.

Awesome.

Those DEP virgins might have been scared away from buying the newly released, One Of Us Is The Killer. But they shouldn’t. While there is till the frantic madness that they witnessed on TV, you get a better sense of the band. There is still the craziness, just not as much. The album leads off with “Prancer” & “When I Lost My Bet” the first two songs they played that night. They are the very definition of mathcore. If there is one. Best way to describe it is Dream Theater in a blender. I love the fact that they led off the album with those tracks. They are not accessible and DEP has this attitude of not caring what people think, they’re just going to do what they like. It shows.

After that Killer is a lot easier to get into for a first timer. The title track is a great radio track that owes a lot to Faith No More. There is some more FNM influence on “Nothing’s Funny”. However right after that is some more of the craziness which some might think sounds like the musical score of a NASCAR crash.

The first time I saw Dillinger Escape Plan they opened for Mastodon. The whole time I just stood there because I could not figure out what I was witnessing. If you just relax and let it happen I think most metal fans will enjoy it. One Of Us Is The Killer makes is easier to wade into those waters.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

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Buckcherry-Confessions

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Buckcherry the kings of the hard rock party have returned with Confessions. It has a loose theme of the 7 deadly sins plus a couple others the band discovered while on tour.

This album is full of what you expect from the band with a couple of surprises. It all kicks off with “Gluttony” arguably the best named song title ever. Especially on a track that is about drinking, eating, smoking, and fucking too much. What’s not to like about that? Title aside it is a very rocking track and the essence of what Buckcherry is.

Then we hit the problem that I have always found with Buckcherry. One awesome song and a bunch of “alright” tracks. “Wrath” is a decent song but the tough lyrics doesn’t seem to work. I don’t know if it is Joshua Todd’s delivery or what. Same with “Seven Ways To Die”, just seems very formulaic. Granted, they’re not all duds, “Air” has a nice surf-ish guitar sound and it’s nicely coupled with refreshingly restrained vocals. “Sloth” is a great slow rocker with an Aerosmith vibe. “Pride” and “Envy” and “Lust” are all nice tracks but they all seem like the same song.

Some of the most enjoyable songs on Confessions are the slower ones. “The Truth” is an updated power ballad but it works real well plus Todd sings slower and cleaner and it really stands out. The album closes out with “Dreamin’ of You” an real nice acoustic ballad that is able to dodge the cliche with Todd’s unique voice.

People that like Buckcherry are going to like Confessions. They may even love it. My big problem is that this is 2 or 3 songs too many and the song order is horrendous. If they would have switched a couple of the songs from the front of the album with ones on the back it would have been great. However, in this day and age of iTunes and MP3 that may be only a problem for those that listen all the way through.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

Normally I post a video from the album here. But for some reason the video for “Gluttony” is not available for USA.

What?

Also, the lyric video for “ 7 deadly” has the embedding disabled.

That almost makes me want to change my review.

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